Mayto's La Casa Jardin is a remote vacation rental on the Pacific coast of Mexico, located 1 hr. southeast of Puerto Vallarta to El Tuito and 45 minutes west to Mayto, Jalisco. With its brilliant sandy beach that seems to go on and on, this 3 bedroom, 3-bath home, overlooking some of the most pristine waters in Mexico, accommodates 2-7 people. One of Mexico's lesser known oceanside havens is for the traveler looking to unwind in a more private and serene setting, while experiencing Mexico at its heart. RENTALS: ***** Main House consists of 2 bedrooms (1 double bed and a set of twin beds; 2 bathrooms; fully-equipped kitchen; indoor & outdoor living/dining areas; views of the ocean and gardens to the west and ducks to the east! ***** Ocean View Room--2 Beds(1 Queen and 1 twin bed)/Bath/Private Entrance accommodates 2 adults/1 child. WINTER RATES (Nov. 15 through April 14) 2 nights minimum. --Main House Up to 4 Guests/37.00 per adult/per night --Ocean View Room: 2 Guests/30 per adult/per night (13 years or older) ($40.00 for 1 adult) , if only renting this space, otherwise 37.00 per person/per night. Note: If there are more in your party than 4 guests and you choose to also rent the Ocean View Room, upper level, it will be 37.00 per adult/per night as well, since they will be utilizing the Main House with you. Rates for 5 yrs to 12 years = 17.00 USD per night—under 5 years of age no charge. SUMMER RATES (APRIL 15 THROUGH NOV. 14) Main House Up to 4 Guests/32.00 per person/per night Ocean View Room: 2 Guests/25.00 per person/per night. ($30.00 for 1 adult.) Note: If there are more in your party than 4 guests and you choose to also rent the Ocean View Room, it will be 32.00 per adult/per night as well, since they will also be utilizing the Main House. (Rates for 5 yrs to 12 years = 15.00 USD per night—under 5 years of age no charge. ****SEE PAYMENTS AND NOTES UNDER THE RATES SECTION FOR THE OPTIONS TO MAKE A PAYMENT AND THE CANCELLATION POLICY. BELOW IS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BELOW REGARDING LA CASA JARDIN & SURROUNDING AREA: Casa Jardin located in the municipio (or county) of Cabo Corrientes, population 9,000 people scattered over its entire 2,000 square kilometers, at a density of 4.5 persons per square kilometer This is one of the last undeveloped coastal regions in Mexico. The beaches and water are virtually untouched, unspoiled and unpolluted. As you begin to enjoy and unwind in this exquisite environment by the sea, your experience will be one of tranquility, serenity, beauty as well, as lots of fun enjoying the wonderful and very colorful Mexican culture with its many flavors. We hope the following information will help make your stay all the more enjoyable through answering in advance any potential questions and informing you of the surrounding area! CARETAKERS We are very fortunate to have Efren and Estela as our caretakers. They are absolutely wonderful and will do anything to help make your stay all the more pleasurable and comfortable. Efren will gladly cut open coconuts for agua de coco, pickup fresh drinking water, purchase fresh fish, do his best to repair anything that may need attention and answer questions regarding the local area including providing directions. Estella would be delighted to cook delicious Mexican cuisine, clean and launder clothing for an extra fee. Efren and Estela appreciate knowing that your needs and comfort are met by them! THE BEACH On the weekends you may be enjoying this glorious beach with local families and music. It is all a part of the Mexico experience. There are 2 palapas (ramadas) at the edge of the property directly in front of the beach for shade and relaxation. Hammocks & lounge chairs are provided. Make sure you take all your garbage with you back to the house and PLEASE DO NOT take bath towels or blankets or bedspreads to the beach. (Please bring your own beach towel from home with you.) THE GARDENS We ask that you tread kindly on this fragile landscape. We have numerous flowers and are growing herbs right out the backdoor, e.g., cilantro, oregano, mint, basil, thyme, rosemary, lemon verbena, etc., some fruit and occasionally a few vegetables. The salt air as well as the ants and crabs have a tendency to thwart our best efforts! Our intention is to cohabitate peacefully and therefore choose not to use poisons on them or the earth. THE ANIMALS We love our ducks. They are very much a part of our home and are cared for well. Please enjoy them. It is great fun to watch the ducks dip into their pond, splash about, live a ducks life from the kitchen window. Mid afternoon, they tend to swim more, play and bathe. The ducks love to eat papaya, bananas, LEAFY GREENS, tomatoes, cucumbers or the peel, fish & more. See the list posted on the refrigerator for more delectables. THE POND We have a small pond on the grounds in which we grow lidrios which in turn are fed to the ducks, as they need and love to consume greens. (We have even been known to buy lettuce off the produce truck to add to the birds fare!) INSECTS **There are times you may see parades of ants going up and over walls, through garden beds, down the steps and there can be literally hundreds. They are just passing through as they migrate to a new location. If you just leave them alone, they will be gone as fast as they came. **At night you may witness lines of leaf cutter ants taking down an entire shrub, e.g., hibiscus, by cutting off the leaves and letting them drop to the ground. They then cut them up into small bits and carry them off piece by piece to their underground nest where they process the shards of leaves into edible food. They move back and forth all night long. It is quite a remarkable feat of nature. This deep pruning does not seem to hurt the plants unless its done over and over to the same plant before it can fully recuperate. It is one of the many creatures we contend with to help this garden grow. We are committed to only using natural methods to work and live in harmony with these forces, which includes not doing anything, i.e. the hibiscus will leaf-out once again healthy and beautiful as ever. It seems to be a natural thinning process. **The alacron or scorpian does live in Mexico. They are poisonous and can be deadly. Though you are likely to never see one, they are here. It is a good idea to shake out your clothes and shoes in the morning and check your bed at night. Also when playing outside be sure to turn over pieces of wood, brick, tile or cardboard boxes with caution, as this is where they often hide out by day. Children and the elderly are at greatest risk from a sting. If need be, there is an anti-venom in Mayto at the home of Rosa, Efren's sister. None of the guests have reported seeing a scorpion in quite a while, but be assured they are around. WATER The water in the faucets comes from a well on the other side of Mayto. We use it to cook with, but we suggest you use the bottled water to brush your teeth and to drink. Efren is happy to drive over to Mayto and purchase 5 gallon size purified water when needed. COMPOST We compost and if you are so inclined to add to the "pile" simply put any kitchen scraps, i.e. egg shells, vegetable waste, scraping from ones plate, etc. (no meat or dairy products) into the small plastic container to the right of the sink. When it is full, place it into the white plastic bucket located outside, straight ahead to the other side and left of the back garden gate. If you do not want to compost, place everything in the plastic garbage bags provided for all of your trash. Give it to Efren and he will dispose of it. TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT There are numerous car rental companies, which you can check on-line from Budget to Avis. There are many buses per day to El Tuito from Puerto Vallarta. From Tuito to Mayto one would need to take a taxi for approximately $500.00 pesos or $30 to $35.00 USD one way (at an exchange rate of 16 to 17 pesos on the dollar). A taxi from Vallarta to El Tuito is also $500.00 pesos. Efren, the caretaker, has a transport business as well. Round-trip to and from the airport, stopping for groceries and supplies or wherever you may need to go for $200.00 USD round trip for up to 4 adults. (One way---$100.00 USD. The gasoline is included in fee. LOCAL FOOD/RESTAURANTS/PLACES TO GO There are produce trucks in the general vicinity one to three times a week. They stop at the restaurants on either side of the house. They briefly play very loud music to hail their arrival. Providing fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, as well as other dairy products and at times eggs and meat. In Mayto there are a few small tiendas for snack foods and basics. Estela: is happy to provide a meal from her home or cook right there at La Casa Jardin. A menu is provided. Some of her specialities are Chicken Mole, Flan, Cheese Cake, Ceviche. Rinconcito: (next door) Fernando and Maricela will make your dining experience not only delicious, but also lots of fun! They need advance notice when you plan to join them for breakfast or dinner. Hotel Mayto (next door) Offers a restaurant and bar to the public. Should non-guests desire to utilize the swimming pool and beach chairs, they charge a 100 pesos Daily Use Fee. Las Brisas, located on the other side of Hotel Mayto, but before the Turtle Sanctuary, not only has a restaurant, but it is situated on a beautiful estuary. They have boat rentals for paddling about. Great for bird watchers! Please continue to read below for more information, e.g. UNIQUE BENEFITS! Lastly, enjoy yourselves and this wonderful community of people, plants and animals.