San Blas Accommodations

Accommodations in San Blas

Bedroom
Bedroom
  • Wifi
The SpaceThe SocialClub is a restaurant and bar where people from all parts of the globe meet and share stories. San Blas is the oldest port on the west coast of the new world and has a long history of explorers, pirates and trade routes to the far east. We offer a place to stay and create your own stories in this historic port. Daily maid service available at extra charge. Guest AccessSan Blas has a lot to offer. Whale watching, bird watching, jungle boat rides, waterfalls, crocodiles, pyrimids, oyster beds and big game fishing. Borrego beach is great for surfing and having lunch in ramadas along the shore. Interaction with GuestsYou can always find me either in the kitchen cooking or behind the bar telling long stories of far away places. The NeighborhoodWe are located on the Town Plaza across from city hall and the police station. Here you will never be pestered by Time Share Salesmen peddling their snake oil schemes just local Huichol Indians selling their handmade jewelry and artisan crafts sitting at their stands in the plaza. Getting AroundIf there ever has been a walking town this is it. Everything is walking distance or rent a bike. The beach is about 15 minute walk. Cabs easily available and are very cheap. Other Things to NoteDaily maid service available at extra charge. patio closes at 10pm. Breakfast is available from 9am on.
Bedroom
Bedroom
  • Wifi
The SpaceThe SocialClub is a restaurant and bar where people from all parts of the globe meet and share stories. San Blas is the oldest port on the west coast of the new world and has a long history of explorers, pirates and trade routes to the far east. We offer a place to stay and create your own stories in this historic port. Guest AccessSan Blas has a lot to offer. Whale watching, bird watching, jungle boat rides, waterfalls, crocodiles, pyrimids, oyster beds and big game fishing. Borrego beach is great for surfing and having lunch in ramadas along the shore. Interaction with GuestsYou can always find me either in the kitchen cooking or behind the bar telling long stories of far away places. The NeighborhoodHere you will never be pestered by Time Share Salesmen peddling their snake oil schemes just local Huichol Indians selling their handmade jewelry and artisan crafts sitting at their stands in the plaza. Getting AroundIf there ever has been a walking town this is it. Everything is walking distance or rent a bike.
Bedroom
Bedroom
  • Wifi
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Pets Allowed
The SpaceThe SocialClub is a restaurant and bar where people from all parts of the globe meet and share stories. San Blas is the oldest port on the west coast of the new world and has a long history of explorers, pirates and trade routes to the far east. We offer a place to stay and create your own stories in this historic port. We offer daily maid service at an extra charge. Breakfast is available at extra charge approx $4. Guest AccessSan Blas has a lot to offer. Whale watching, bird watching, jungle boat rides, waterfalls, crocodiles, pyrimids, oyster beds and big game fishing. Borrego beach is great for surfing and having lunch in ramadas along the shore. Interaction with GuestsYou can always find me either in the kitchen cooking or behind the bar telling long stories of far away places. The NeighborhoodHere you will never be pestered by Time Share Salesmen peddling their snake oil schemes just local Huichol Indians selling their handmade jewelry and artisan crafts sitting at their stands in the plaza. Getting AroundIf there ever has been a walking town this is it. Everything is walking distance or rent a bike. Cabs are cheap and abundant. The Beach is a 15 minute walk.
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3br Home/Apartment
  • Wifi
  • Parking
  • Swimming Pool
The SpaceThe house can comfortably sleep two small families or three couples. The house was designed by a talented Tepic architect in the spirit of Mexican architect Luis Barragán. Here you will experience Mexico at the northern part of Mexico’s popular tourist destination Riviera Nayarit. It’s a beautiful place to surf on unspoiled beaches, go bird watching on a jungle tour, and taste some of Mexico’s freshest seafood dishes. You also can practice your Spanish with the friendly people in the nearby Pueblos of Aticama and San Blas. The beach is sandy all winter long, but mid-summer to October/November will be dependent on the tides. Guest AccessThe house has 3 Bedrooms plus an office all upstairs, 2 ½ Bathrooms plus an outdoor shower, and a main floor family room. We provide our guests with linens and plenty of towels, so you can keep you packing to a minimum. In the kitchen you will find a gas stove and oven, coffee maker, microwave oven, toaster, blender, service for 12, pots and pans, refrigerator, and bottled water for drinking and cooking. Ceiling fans keep the already cool house refreshed and air-conditioning is available during the very hot weather. Because we are on the beach, the ocean breezes cool the house even during the warm weather. Air-conditioning is rarely needed. The pool looks out over the ocean, yet you still have privacy with a medium-bank seawall. There is high-speed Internet in the house, but no television. Interaction with GuestsThis is our vacation home, so I am not in the area when guests are present, but I am available by phone, email or text at a moments notice. Daniel, our house manager, lives close by and meets guests at check in/check out and is available by phone, email or text at a moments notice Getting AroundWe recommend that you arrive with a car, as many of the amazing attractions require one to visit. Other Things to NoteFor more, go to (URL HIDDEN)
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8br Home/Apartment
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  • Parking
The SpaceWake to the sounds of birds singing and ocean waves lapping the shore. Breathe fresh, clean air and eat healthy organic and delicious food. Relax to your core without the stress of sirens, helicopters, airplanes, traffic, deadlines and all of the trappings of urban life. And then you'll be more receptive to the bountiful possibilities which the cosmos may have in store for you! Guest AccessThe rooftop terrace over-looking the ocean as well as the "mango-shaped terrace" are ideal spaces for resting in a hammock, reading a good book, sunning or partying. If others are doing yoga or meditating, be patient. They won't be at it for very long. Interaction with GuestsI like to orient guests when they first arrive to such facts as the need to arrive at a beachfront restaurant before the sun sets in order to be assured of dinner service (during the week.) On the weekends restaurants tend to stay open somewhat later. The NeighborhoodThe local fishermen depart our beachfront in the evenings and return in the mornings with their fresh catch (for your dining pleasure!) Small farms provide abundant and inexpensive papayas, jack fruit, citrus, bananas, pineapples, guavas, watermelons, nuts, coffee and much more. Getting AroundFrancisco, the local taxi driver will be happy to drive you to local destinations and to wait while you shop, hike the waterfall, etc. Or if you prefer, we are a short walk to the bus stop for adventures in San Blas, Tepic, Guadalajara or Puerto Vallarta. Other Things to NoteBring bug repellant, sun screen, a flash light, sun hat, sandals and also good walking shoes, a swim suit, multiple layers of light weight clothing as it can be cool at night, (long sleeved shirt and long pants are a good idea also.) Also bring plenty of pesos as the nearest ATM is fourteen miles North of us.
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2br Home/Apartment
  • Wifi
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
The SpaceYou will love this rustic hideaway 2 bedroom bungalow in the middle of San Blas! We are ideally located between the central square and the beach, so you can explore the best of San Blas and still find time to enjoy some relaxation at "home". Equipped with a kitchen, dining room, 2 full-sized & 1 double bed, tiled bathroom and plenty of screened windows, you will find you have everything you need for a comfortable and unique stay in this little fishing village. Guest AccessThe space is part of a small complex with 5 other bungalows, which surround a large and lush courtyard. You are welcome to enjoy the courtyard, which has several tables and chairs and an outdoor kitchen. We serve drinks, refrescos, snacks and meals throughout the winter months. If this interests our summer guests meals can be arranged on a regular or irregular basis. We also have a small Super Micro Mini Super stocked with some basic food items, personal care items and some other strange stuff. There is also with a microwave for communal use in the back of the courtyard as well as a blender and more dishes and cookware, if you find you are lacking what you need in your space. You will be provided with towels, and purified water is available for purchase. You are also welcome to play with the animals that live here! The space is part of a small complex with 5 other bungalows, which surround a large and lush courtyard. You are welcome to enjoy the courtyard, which has several tables and chairs and an outdoor kitchen with a microwave for communal use. There are also many more dishes and cookware, if you find you are lacking what you need in your space. You will be provided with towels, and purified water is available for purchase. You are also welcome to play with the animals that live here! Interaction with GuestsWe (Chris and Rita) live here, and there are a few other long-term residents. We are all friendly and happy to lend advise about San Blas, chat over a cup of coffee, or leave you to your tranquility if you prefer. The courtyard is often a place of small afternoon gatherings and scrabble-playing, and you are always welcome to join! The NeighborhoodSan Blas is a wonderful fishing and shrimping village in the Riviera Nayarit. It has all the amenities of a tourist town, but holds very true to it's Mexican roots. You will find a harmonious blend of both worlds here. The beach is long and sandy with perfect sunsets, and there is a bit of surfing culture here too. Our bungalows, while close to the town center, are located on a dirt road surrounded by many jungle lots, so you feel like you are in the countryside. You will hear many birds throughout the day, and you may see local horses grazing nearby! Getting AroundWith the town center only 6 blocks away, and the beach 3 long blocks, everything is walkable. If you prefer to get there faster or avoid the buggy hours of the day, we can call a taxi for you. They are cheap and plentiful. Other Things to NoteWe have cats and dogs, and a few pretty birds. San Blas is known for the beach, the shrimp, and the bugs, so be prepared with bug spray or clothing that provides coverage, especially during dawn and dusk. Our bungalows have fans and are fully screened.
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1br Home/Apartment
  • Wifi
The SpaceThe apartment is right on the main plaza downtown facing city hall near the cathedral. Guest AccessThe market is half a block away and the beach is a 20 minute walk. Interaction with GuestsI am usually behind the Bar in the mornings and afternoons. Getting AroundThe bus terminal is also on the plaza and everything is walking distance. Plenty of inexpensive cabs and approx. mile from the beach 15 minute walk. Other Things to NoteThis is a super safe location in a very safe town.
Home/Apartment
1br Home/Apartment
  • Wifi
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
The SpaceYou will love this rustic hide-away 1 bedroom bungalow in the middle of San Blas! We are ideally located between the central square and the beach, so you can explore the best of San Blas and still find time to enjoy some relaxation at "home". Equipped with a kitchen, dining room, full-sized bed, tiled bathroom and plenty of screened windows, you will find you have everything you need for a comfortable and unique stay in this little fishing village. Guest AccessThe space is part of a small complex with 5 other bungalows, which surround a large and lush courtyard. You are welcome to enjoy the courtyard, which has several tables and chairs and an outdoor kitchen. We serve drinks, refrescos, snacks and meals throughout the winter months. If this interests our summer guests meals can be arranged on a regular or irregular basis. We also have a small Super Micro Mini Super stocked with some basic food items, personal care items and some other strange stuff. There is also with a microwave for communal use in the back of the courtyard as well as a blender and more dishes and cookware, if you find you are lacking what you need in your space. You will be provided with towels, and purified water is available for purchase. You are also welcome to play with the animals that live here! Interaction with GuestsWe (Chris and Rita) live here, and there are a few other long-term residents. We are all friendly and happy to lend advise about San Blas, chat over a cup of coffee, or leave you to your tranquility if you prefer. The courtyard is often a place of small afternoon gatherings and scrabble-playing, and you are always welcome to join! The NeighborhoodSan Blas is a wonderful fishing and shrimping village in the Riviera Nayarit. It has all the amenities of a tourist town, but holds very true to it's Mexican roots. You will find a harmonious blend of both worlds here. The beach is long and sandy with perfect sunsets, and there is a bit of surfing culture here too. Our bungalows, while close to the town center, are located on a dirt road surrounded by many jungle lots, so you feel like you are in the countryside. You will hear many birds throughout the day, and you may see local horses grazing nearby! Getting AroundWith the town center only 6 blocks away, and the beach 3 long blocks, everything is walkable. If you prefer to get there faster or avoid the buggy hours of the day, we can call a taxi for you. They are cheap and plentiful. Other Things to NoteWe have 7 cats and 3 dogs, and a few pretty birds. San Blas is known for the beach, the shrimp, and the bugs, so be prepared with bug spray or clothing that provides coverage, especially during dawn and dusk. Our bungalows have fans and are fully screened.
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2br Home/Apartment
  • Wifi
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Pets Allowed
  • Breakfast
  • Parking
The SpaceYou will love this rustic hide-away 2 bedroom bungalow in the middle of San Blas! We are ideally located between the central square and the beach, so you can explore the best of San Blas and still find time to enjoy some relaxation at "home". Equipped with a kitchen, dining room, 2 full-sized & 1 single bed, tiled bathroom and plenty of screened windows, you will find you have everything you need for a comfortable and unique stay in this little fishing village. Guest AccessThe space is part of a small complex with 5 other bungalows, which surround a large and lush courtyard. You are welcome to enjoy the courtyard, which has several tables and chairs and an outdoor kitchen. We serve drinks, refrescos, snacks and meals throughout the winter months. If this interests our summer guests meals can be arranged on a regular or irregular basis. We also have a small Super Micro Mini Super stocked with some basic food items, personal care items and some other strange stuff. There is also with a microwave for communal use in the back of the courtyard as well as a blender and more dishes and cookware, if you find you are lacking what you need in your space. You will be provided with towels, and purified water is available for purchase. You are also welcome to play with the animals that live here! Interaction with GuestsWe (Chris and Rita) live here, and there are a few other long-term residents. We are all friendly and happy to lend advise about San Blas, chat over a cup of coffee, or an afternoon cerveza, or as Jenny from Germany says,"and if you like, you can chat with Chris. if not, that's ok as well." The courtyard is often a place of small afternoon gatherings and scrabble-playing, and you are always welcome to join! The NeighborhoodSan Blas is a wonderful fishing and shrimping village in the Riviera Nayarit. It has all the amenities of a tourist town, but holds very true to it's Mexican roots. You will find a harmonious blend of both worlds here. The beach is long and sandy with perfect sunsets, and there is a bit of surfing culture here too. Our bungalows, while close to the town center, are located on a dirt road surrounded by many jungle lots, so you feel like you are in the countryside. You will hear many birds throughout the day, and you may see local horses grazing nearby! Getting AroundWith the town center only 6 blocks away, and the beach 3 long blocks, everything is walkable. If you prefer to get there faster or avoid the buggy hours of the day, we can call a taxi for you. They are cheap and plentiful. Rental bicycles can be arranged for your stay, as San Blas with its one hill is a perfect place for them. Other Things to NoteWe have cats and dogs, and a few pretty birds. San Blas is known for the beach, the shrimp, and the bugs, so be prepared with bug spray or clothing that provides coverage, especially during dawn and dusk. Our bungalows have fans and are fully screened."
villa
4br villa
    See us at www.lavillabella.net ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Live your dreams in a Mexican paradise -- surround yourself with the sun, the moon, the sea, the surf and warm ocean breezes! Leave the commercial resorts behind and experience the real Mexico in the luxury of a colonial style villa – muy privado ( very private), tranquilo (tranquil) and exclusivo (exclusive). Experience life in a Mexican villa surrounded by towering palms, lush vegetation and endless flowing abundance. Snooze in the hammock, rock in a recliner -- watch the pelicans buzz the tree tops and absorb the rhythm of the ocean waves -- as they calm your senses. Watch the sun set or rise - as the fishermen cast their nets for the daily catch of fresh sumptuous seafood. Sun and fun by a spectacular sea side pool ...or hang with the locals at the village beach! Want something more physical? Kayak the peninsula, beachcomb the coastline, jog the ocean front and surf the breakers that run for miles. Want something less physical? Observe the surrounding jungle, visit the local bird estuary or turtle farm, whale watch from the point, sniff the flowers – and count butterflies! La Villa Bella is a destination resort with many relaxing and refreshing 'inside the gate' pleasures for short stay guests as well as day excursions for those wanting more. For those desiring other types of activities, there are Mexican style shopping options, tourist attractions, social events and religious holidays as well as local rodeos, soccer tournaments and fiestas that can be arranged. We have a lengthy list of possible options available. The location of our villa, in the spectacular region of Nayarit, is the local bread basket for the pacific coast and a fisherman’s paradise. Our Hacienda fare will tantalize and please the palate with a delectable menu of selected appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages that are proven favorites. Fruits, vegetable and seafood is purchased fresh from local vendors and prepared by a trained staff. For details on our food offerings, visit the cuisine section of the website @ www.lavillabella.net We hope you will visit the real Mexico and become enchanted by the natural beauty and culture of this region, You will be surrounded by the creative talent of local artisans and love of the local people who are proud of their country and this community known as Punta El Custodio en Platanitos, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. We hope to see you soon! 2013 - 2014 VILLA PRICING (Rates after Labor Day 2014 will be adjusted for the following season) ~These Rates are for the ENTIRE Villa but do not include food. ~We offer several Meal Plan options that vary from our 'Classic Fare' of authentic favorites to our 'Gourmet Cuisine' that provides a flare of specialties we know you would enjoy. You may have a bit of both if you prefer. ~ Feel free to contact us prior to your travel decisions and our Executive Concierge will be glad to quote a meal plan based on your preferences. Over all, meals run an average of $25-$50 PP per day. In addition, please call with questions on number of guests and our accommodations. We do host small group events as well. ~ Couples and groups which do not require all rooms will pay according to number of guests ~ The villa can accommodate up to eight overnight guests very comfortably in four double occupancy bedrooms. La Villa Bella is located in the spectacular region of the new Mexican Riviera in the State of Nayarit, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. This area is a welcome escape from the mega resorts and virtually untouched by commercial development ~ and the tourists that go with it. Our villa is located on the beautiful peninsula of Punta El Custodio ~ near the seaside village of Platanitos. La Villa Bella is part of an exquisite gated community of private villas with close proximity to culturally rich towns, seaside villages with opportunities to explore the area or simply escape on our beautiful grounds. Punta El Custodio itself has a sub-humid climate and an annual average emperature of 25째C (77째F). Throughout the year, days are filled with bright rays of radiant sunshine, creating the ideal environment for flora of intense color and variety. Traveling North from the Puerto Vallarta airport on Pacific Coast Highway 200, La Villa Bella is located 119 km or 74 miles north-west. This coastal highway of Nayarit winds north through Banderas Bay, Sayulita, Guayabitos, and Platanitos...to our paradise. Whether you are a seasoned adventure traveler or new to Mexico, the coastal highway enroute to La Villa Bella will dazzle your senses beyond expectation! You will experience the raw beauty of of Mexico as you wind under treetop canopies and pass roadside vendors displaying their dazzling produce in a multitude of colors, textures and sizes. This journey unveils the real Mexico! As you near La Villa Bella, the landscape will become increasingly dense, and beautifully lush with foliage -- and just when you are sure you are lost, a sign will appear! "Platanitos ahead" ~ and the gate of Punta El Custodio and La Villa Bella su Hacienda! Please visit our website for additional travel and villa details as well as our Travel 'Primer' for first time travel to the region. You can learn everything there is to know @ www.lavillabella.net. See you soon! Bienvenidos!
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    3br house
    • Pets Allowed
    Relax and enjoy life in a secluded tropical retreat on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Let the rhythm of the ocean waves caressing the shore be music to soothe your soul. Let the gurgling of the river nearby wash your worries away. The swaying and swishing coconut palms and the gentle ocean breezes combine with the songs of the shore birds to create this tropical symphony. This pastoral paradise is concealed in the state of Nayarit on the western Mexican coast due west of the state’s capital Tepic. The name Símpatico means charming or engaging which sums up this enchanting spot for your next vacation getaway. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ………….THERE"S TWO SEPARATE UNITS, TWO BEDROOM DOWNSTAIRS, AND A STUDIO APARTMENT ABOVE……………. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A 50%, deposit is required when booking. The balance due before arrival. We also need a registration for filled out with the payment, or info in text form. We are now trying the honor system, you report any damage and replace or reimburse, we don't take a cleaning deposit, just We accept PayPal, checks, bank transfers and cash. Also available: Studio Apartment above for 300 dollars per week per couple Daily maid and cook service upon request Monthly rental 1000 dollars Nature abounds in this area, where lots of rivers, mountains, ocean, large trees and lush vegetation characterize this sleepy country setting. The artistic and spiritual Huichol Indians live there, as well as over 250 species of birds. Up to the old seaport town of San Blas, you will find 20 miles of deserted sandy beaches, where the surfing and fishing is great, and the variety of sea life large and bountiful. The local oysters are some of the best on earth, and are available at dozens of nearby ramada's. San Blas offers services such as a bank, post office, fruit and vegetables market, restaurants, cafes, etc.
    Home/Apartment
    Home/Apartment
    • Wifi
    • Pets Allowed
    • Parking
    • Swimming Pool
    The SpaceGuests have access to the pool and garden area. Guest AccessGuests have access to the pool and garden area. Interaction with GuestsWe are happy to help guests with general information about the area and can recommend guides for tours such as bird watching, whale watching, jungle boat trips, surf school etc. The NeighborhoodWe are in a quiet neighborhood with a high school in front of us and government offices behind. We are not in a hotel zone. It is a typical Mexican small town neighborhood. Roosters and dogs are active at night as in most small Mexican towns. Getting AroundWe are 4 blocks from the center of San Blas, plaza, bus station, restaurants, etc. Several small grocery stores are in a one block area. We have secure parking.
    Home/Apartment
    2br Home/Apartment
    • Wifi
    • Pets Allowed
    • Parking
    • Swimming Pool
    The SpaceCasa Carolina is newly built with both authentic Mexican details and modern amenities which makes for a great mix of comfort and culture. It has 3 levels all connected by a spectacular spiral staircase and hand crafted railing. Interaction with GuestsThere will be house managers available to help make your stay comfortable and as trouble free as possible. Other Things to NoteAticama is the perfect place to get away from the busy tourist places and enjoy the tranquillity of a small village and long stretches of beaches, but since it is a smaller town here are a few tips. Pesos are the only way to pay for anything in the town. The main street is paved but all the other streets are cobbled which is charming but sometimes a little harder to walk on. To get to the beach from our casa there is a cobbled street that is down a hill so good walking shoes with no slip soles would be a good idea. Very little English is spoken in the shops and restaurants so an English/Spanish dictionary or translator app is very important. The people are very friendly and will try to help and appreciate any effort you make to communicate in their language. There are a few insects to be aware of so bring insect repellant.
    townhouse
    1br townhouse
      1,000 sq. ft. Town home ON the south end of 6 miles of sandy beach. Palms and flowers well off the highway in REAL MEXICO. Bahia Matanchen is a resort area that caters to Mexican vacationers so the food and settings are authentic and affordable. The village of Aticama is a 2 km. walk away along the malecon and has many stores and restaurants. Temperatures are almost always in the low 80s during the day and mid 70s at night. Health and dental care are available in San Blas, 12 km to the north.
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      2br Home/Apartment
      • Pets Allowed
      • Parking
      The SpaceBEFORE BOOKING PLEASE READ THE BULLET POINTS BELOW DESCRIPTION Aticama really is a hidden treasure off the beaten path designed for those who are adventurous at heart and yearn for a truly meaningful vacation. Perfect for artists and writers or for those who just want some quiet time to contemplate or enjoy this beautiful garden state. Casa Karina is located just above the town of Aticama, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. It is a private, quiet oasis set in a garden of palm trees with a green jungle surrounding it. While at Casa Karina you can dine inside or out on the patio tables al fresco while enjoying the view of the ocean and the garden tended to by our lovely housekeeper. In or out you always have the soothing sounds of the water in the background. Matanchen beach is about 10 minutes by car. Unspoiled by tourists but spotted with friendly beach restaurants it has wide sandy beach and shallow water perfect for swimming. Just fifteen minutes away by bus or car is the Historic town of San Blas as well as the famous La Tavora mangrove boat trip which takes you through the jungle filled with flora, fauna and most exciting, crocodiles. The local hotel does sightseeing trips if that's of interest and there is always a willing captain willing to take you out to some of the best fishing anywhere on the coast. Or you could plan your own itinerary of waterfall hikes, trips to a coffee plantation, road trip to the capitol city of Tepic or a visit to the release location of sea turtles. If you are tired of the tourists, timeshare salesmen, souvenir hawkers, and high prices of other destinations come see us and experience Mexico at a cheaper, more leisurely, more enjoyable pace. After a few days at Casa Karina and our little town of Aticama you'll understand why we call it Ati-Coma. It helps melt away the stress, hustle and bustle that is so much of our every day (EMAIL HIDDEN)e to a more mellow place to recharge your batteries and enjoy a slower pace of life. The good life! ATICAMA IS BEST SUITED TO SEASONED, ADVENTUROUS TRAVELERS November, 2015: We do our very best to make Casa Karina as comfortable as possible but this a tropical climate which does reek havoc on hard and soft goods which have to be repaired or replaced fairly often and is an ongoing endeavor. We have just repaired the water, power, septic, painted the interior. Bought a new fridge, microwave, coffee pot, blender, hammock, 6 burner stove, pillows and fans for our guest’s comfort. With that said this is a very peaceful, albeit rural part of Mexico and we want to set the right expectations for our potential guests. We have several caretakers in the area while you’re visiting but the bullet points below are things to keep in mind so you can make an educated decision. •Who do I call if I need something? This has always been our biggest challenge in this area. But we now have our local handyman/contractor Jason (on hand for emergency repairs), and our Mexican housekeeper Paty (cleaning, water, gas, garbage), and Donna who often serves as our guests translator (as a favor to Casa Karina). •How does it compare to Cabo or Puerto Vallarta? It doesn’t. This isn’t a resort town, this is really Mexico and your stay here will be very much like living, for a short time, in a community of family who welcome visitors as friends they’ve never met. It’s called the garden state because of the green jungle, wildflowers and butterflies that flourish here and there is some tourism but this is a working fishing and agricultural village. You’ll be sharing that uncrowded beach with a family here and there who’ve taken the day off to have a family picnic or fresh fish lunch. •Wi-Fi. It’s available at the local library, restaurants in San Blas and the restaurant at Casa Manana, down the road. Tip: download movies, shows and music before you arrive to enjoy while you’re here. •Beaches. About 10 minutes or less by car via the beachfront street that runs below the house. Matanchen beach is very wide and shallow making it a great swimming beach. There are palapas (shaded palm shelters) all along the beach and if you’re in front of a restaurant they’ll serve you while you enjoy the surf and sand. My favorite is El Paraiso. The second restaurant as you enter the beach from Aticama. •Groceries. Mexicans shop the fish, fruit and vegetables stands and markets daily. There are no big grocery stores in Aticama. We may be able to find someone to stock the house before you’re arrival if you are interested for a fee. Otherwise my recommendation if you’re coming from Puerto Vallarta is to stop at one of the many mega stores there on your way north, Mexican or American. Purchase one or two Styrofoam ice chests and do a major grocery run. Don’t forget ice. We have excellent coffee here in town picked locally. And at the mini marts you’ll find milk, bread, cheese beer etc… but not a big wine selection, or olive oil, balsamic vinegar and other very non-Mexican items. •Restaurants. Again this is a fishing village. There are taco stands, Lucy’s, the Mexican diner, Casa Manana hotel bar/restaurant, the take out chicken shop and all the fresh fish and shrimp you’d ever want to eat in Aticama. There’s the San Blas Social Club, Red Witch and Garza Canela in San Blas for variety but overall not a lot of actual restaurants. •ATM’s. There are at least 4 in San Blas. •A car is essential. Again this is a rural area. So if you are in great shape and don’t mind walking up and down hills in the heat or to the beach, great. If not then a rental car is really the only way to enjoy everything this area has to offer. •There are geckos. They’re really cool and eat a ton of bugs and you’ll never see them on the floor, only on ceilings. But these little mascots live both in and outside of homes here. Mosquitos and no see ums are only a challenge in the hot, rainy season between June-October and at twilight and dusk and only outside. Casa Karina does have screens and bug spray always helps. •We do not have an egg slicer. Or other fancy kitchen gadgets except those listed above. We try to have wine glasses on hand at all times but they break on the tile floors. We have plenty of glasses, dishes, etc… This weather is tough on knives and pots and pans but the kitchen does have them even if they’re not the fanciest. •Drinking water. There should be at least 2-3, 5-gallon jugs when you arrive and if you need more just ask our caretaker. We cook only with purified bottled water and use a drop of iodine, designed for water purification, when cleaning fruits and vegetables, which we place in a bowl of tap water. •Gas and electric. There are two gas tanks for the house so there should be one full one for your use and a spare. The stove and water heater are gas. The water heater is temperamental but if it does go out you can reach out to my caretaker to get it lit. •Locals. There is a nice sized, active community of Americans and Canadians who run the museum, spay and neuter clinic, cultural center and library, where there’s a Sunday market from November through April. The locals are used to visitors and are very friendly and helpful even if they don’t speak English and you don’t speak Spanish. A smile and an attempt to communicate is always appreciated. •Safety. This is a small tight knit community where violent crime is extremely rare and you see multitudes of children happily playing outside. But petty theft has always been a nuisance in Mexico, which is why people have privacy gates and security windows. Common sense stuff like not leaving bags or purses in plain sight in your car or leaving the house doors open when you’re gone is really the only things to avoid. Tip: We do have a locking closet if you do bring valuable items like electronics that you’d like to store away. •What if I want to barbecue? Again, we replace things ALL the time. Sometimes we may have a barbecue, sometimes, they’ll rust and fall apart in the off-season. Same thing for anything made of cloth or plastic or glass. We are forever buying new hammocks and beach chairs, pillows, fans etc. Right now there’s a barbecue , beach chairs and a lovely hammock, a half a dozen margherita glasses but only 3 wine glasses. Cest la vie. •What do you provide? Sheets, regular and beach towels, clean drinking water, pots/pans, dishes, dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels. And of course fans, indoor/outdoor furniture. Everything else is up in the air depending on when you come, besides what’s mentioned above for the 2015, season. Salt and sugar? The humidity means that they don’t last long? Cooking oil/coffee? I’m leaving some now but typically only if the previous guest picked some up. Anything that is in the kitchen is available for your use. I ask the housekeeper only to clear out perishable items and to leave non perishables for the next guest. •Monteczuemas revenge. You can pick it up in even the fanciest of resort towns. Tip: Buy the highest count of pure, (not a probiotic combination), acidophilus at home a week before your trip and take 1 twice a day, every day including while you’re here. Gives you an iron stomach that will allow you to enjoy the wonderful seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables without the stress. Trust me, it works! Keywords: Vacation Home Guest AccessThe property is enclosed by a locking gate so the inside space is your private sanctuary. From time to time, vendors may knock or ring bell selling seafood or homemade items. There is a small window on the gate to speak through. Use your judgement as to who you open the gate for. No gracias is an acceptable response. There is no internet or landline, but the local library has wifi and available computers at no cost. Donna the neighbor at the corner also allows people to catch wifi signal outside her house. Interaction with GuestsProperty managers are available via phone (and live nearby) but please limit calls before sunrise and after sunset to emergencies. A handbook is provided in the rental so please browse through as many questions about your stay will be found there. There is also a yard person and housekeeper who will respond to specific needs. The NeighborhoodBienvenidos! Casa Karina is a very welcoming vacation spot, and once you settle in, relaxation will come easy. The veranda overlooking the garden and Pacific Ocean will offer a private show of life in Aticama, from hummingbirds and birdsongs, to people on bikes or ponies heading off to work via the malecon below, to fishing boats heading offshore and pelicans on the hunt for breakfast. There is a town announcer who sporadically broadcasts information which is great for practicing your spanish. In town there is a church, seaside plaza with fresh fish and lobster grilling and several small stores for the basics. Getting AroundHaving a vehicle is recommended (though not required) and will enable you to explore the area at your own pace on your own schedule. There are taxi's, buses, and your own two legs to provide some mobility but it will limit you. There is a gated pull-through driveway inside and a parking space outside. Detailed driving instructions will be provided by email as well as phone numbers for taxis and bus schedules. Other Things to NoteAticama is an authentic small Mexican fishing village and very few locals speak English. A little grasp of spanish will help you and of course a travel dictionary. Locals here want to help and understand you if you make a small effort, and its fun! There are also English speaking residents dotted throughout town and the Sunday Market at the library is a great place to shop for garden veggies and homemade items and meet new people.
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      Guest AccessGuests have access to the pool and garden area. Interaction with GuestsWe are happy to help guests with general information about the area and can recommend guides for tours such as bird watching, whale watching, jungle boat trips, surf school etc. The NeighborhoodWe are in a quiet neighborhood with a high school in front of us and government offices behind. We are not in a hotel zone. It is a typical Mexican small town neighborhood. Roosters and dogs are active at night as in most small Mexican towns. Getting AroundWe are 4 blocks from the center of San Blas, plaza, bus station, restaurants, etc. Several small grocery stores are in a one block area. We have secure parking. Other Things to NoteQuiet hours are 10 pm until 7 am Pool hours are 8am until 9pm
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      1br Home/Apartment
      • Wifi
      • Pets Allowed
      • Parking
      • Swimming Pool
      Guest AccessGuests have access to the pool and garden area. Interaction with GuestsWe are happy to help guests with general information about the area and can recommend guides for tours such as bird watching, whale watching, jungle boat trips, surf school etc. The NeighborhoodWe are in a quiet neighborhood with a high school in front of us and government offices behind. We are not in a hotel zone. It is a typical Mexican small town neighborhood. Roosters and dogs are active at night as in most small Mexican towns. Getting AroundWe are 4 blocks from the center of San Blas, plaza, bus station, restaurants, etc. Several small grocery stores are in a one block area. We have secure parking.
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      2br Home/Apartment
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      • Parking
      • Swimming Pool
      The SpaceThe house is large, spacious and inviting--great for relaxing with lots of outdoor living space and views to die for. The cliffside pool, two terraces, one on the main floor and an upper covered terrace offer 360-degree views of Matanchen Beach, Pacific coastline, Sierra Madre Mountains and surrounding countryside. When it's time for bed, the sound of the surf lulls you right to sleep. The house accommodates up to 6 adults. Guest parking is secure within the fenced and gated property. Guest AccessGuests have access to the house, pool, outdoor showers, two-acre grounds, garden, and organic mango orchard. The garage and attached studio space are reserved to owner. Interaction with GuestsOwner is nearby to address issues, answer questions, make recommendations for dining, activities, day trips, arrange for catering, grocery stocking, and in-house spa services e.g. massage, manicure, pedicure. The NeighborhoodThe hilltop location is 100 ft/30 meters above the ocean with commanding, 360-degree view of the Pacific Ocean, coastline, Sierra Madre Mountains and surrounding countryside. The sleepy fishing village of Aticama and Matanchen beach are 10-15 mins. walk from house. Aticama offers visitors a glimpse Mexico's bygone days with a picturesque seaside plaza, church, and string of small restaurants serving fresh seafood and typical Mexican fare, ice cold drinks. Terrific local of color and people watching. Getting AroundA vehicle is recommended to fully appreciate the beauty of the Matanchen Bay area and experience the many day trips e.g. excursions to the Secret Beach, El Cora waterfall, Platanitos Beach and petroglyphs of Alta Vista. Highways are paved and modern. Local roads are fine with speed bumps. The village of Aticama includes cobbled streets with a few pot holes. There is good public transportation, buses, a collectivo, and a local taxi driver available if needed. Other Things to NoteAn outdoors only cat and two friendly easy going dogs live on the property. This property is not suitable for small children (under age 8) as the pool is not enclosed and there is steep, 100 ft/30 mt. dropoff along cliff edge.
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      2br Home/Apartment
      • Wifi
      • Smoking Allowed
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      The NeighborhoodAticama is a great escape from the busy tourist places. Come enjoy the small fishing village with a long stretch of beach. Enjoy fresh oysters or ceviche on the beach under the Ramadas. There are lots of day trip that are 1/2 hour to 1 1/2 hours away like La Tovara River cruise, but since it is a smaller town here are a few tips. Pesos are the only way to pay for anything in the town. The main street is paved but all the other streets are cobbled which is charming but sometimes a little harder to walk on. To get to the beach from our casa there is a cobbled street that is down a hill so good walking shoes with no slip soles would be a good idea. Very little English is spoken in the shops and restaurants so an English/Spanish dictionary or translator app is very important. The people are very friendly and will try to help and appreciate any effort you make to communicate in their language. There are a few insects to be aware of so bring insect repellant. Getting AroundIt's best to have a car, especially for day trips. You can walk into town which is a couple of blocks down a cobblestone road and to the beach which is a 15 minute walk. There is a bus that takes you into San Blas.
      Country House
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        See us at www.lavillabella.net ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Live your dreams in a Mexican paradise -- surround yourself with the sun, the moon, the sea, the surf and warm ocean breezes! Leave the commercial resorts behind and experience the real Mexico in the luxury of a colonial style villa – muy privado ( very private), tranquilo (tranquil) and exclusivo (exclusive). Experience life in a Mexican villa surrounded by towering palms, lush vegetation and endless flowing abundance. Snooze in the hammock, rock in a recliner -- watch the pelicans buzz the tree tops and absorb the rhythm of the ocean waves -- as they calm your senses. Watch the sun set or rise - as the fishermen cast their nets for the daily catch of fresh sumptuous seafood. Sun and fun by a spectacular sea side pool ...or hang with the locals at the village beach! Want something more physical? Kayak the peninsula, beachcomb the coastline, jog the ocean front and surf the breakers that run for miles. Want something less physical? Observe the surrounding jungle, visit the local bird estuary or turtle farm, whale watch from the point, sniff the flowers – and count butterflies! La Villa Bella is a destination resort with many relaxing and refreshing 'inside the gate' pleasures for short stay guests as well as day excursions for those wanting more. For those desiring other types of activities, there are Mexican style shopping options, tourist attractions, social events and religious holidays as well as local rodeos, soccer tournaments and fiestas that can be arranged. We have a lengthy list of possible options available. The location of our villa, in the spectacular region of Nayarit, is the local bread basket for the pacific coast and a fisherman’s paradise. Our Hacienda fare will tantalize and please the palate with a delectable menu of selected appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages that are proven favorites. Fruits, vegetable and seafood is purchased fresh from local vendors and prepared by a trained staff. For details on our food offerings, visit the cuisine section of the website @ www.lavillabella.net We hope you will visit the real Mexico and become enchanted by the natural beauty and culture of this region, You will be surrounded by the creative talent of local artisans and love of the local people who are proud of their country and this community known as Punta El Custodio en Platanitos, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. We hope to see you soon!
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        3br Home/Apartment
        • Pets Allowed
        Relax and enjoy life in a secluded tropical retreat on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Let the rhythm of the ocean waves caressing the shore be music to soothe your soul. Let the gurgling of the river nearby wash your worries away. The swaying and swishing coconut palms and the gentle ocean breezes combine with the songs of the shore birds to create this tropical symphony. This pastoral paradise is concealed in the state of Nayarit on the western Mexican coast due west of the state’s capital Tepic. The name Símpatico means charming or engaging which sums up this enchanting spot for your next vacation getaway. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ………….THERE"S TWO SEPARATE UNITS, TWO BEDROOM DOWNSTAIRS, AND A STUDIO APARTMENT ABOVE……………. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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          1,000 sq. ft. Town home ON the south end of 6 miles of sandy beach. Palms and flowers well off the highway in REAL MEXICO. Bahia Matanchen is a resort area that caters to Mexican vacationers so the food and settings are authentic and affordable. The village of Aticama is a 2 km. walk away along the malecon and has many stores and restaurants. Temperatures are almost always in the low 80s during the day and mid 70s at night. Health and dental care are available in San Blas, 12 km to the north.
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          3br Home/Apartment
          • Smoking Allowed
          • Pets Allowed
          • Parking
          • Swimming Pool
          The SpaceIt is a beautiful waterfront Residential House, it has a big swimming poll, which passes the Riviera Nayarit, is located three km. a beautiful boat ride called The Tovara, in which a variety of flora and fauna can be seen; It located eight km. the famous port of San Blas. Guest AccessYou can use all the instalations in the house Interaction with GuestsWe are availables in case of help like a rent of a car
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          2br Home/Apartment
          • Wifi
          • Parking
          Guest AccessCommon entrance to building. Interaction with GuestsWe live on the property and are available at all times Getting AroundTaxi and bus services are available
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          Excellent
          4 reviews
          1br Home/Apartment
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          • Parking
          The SpaceWell furnished, with a fully functional Kitchen Guest AccessSecured parking inside gated property. Interaction with GuestsLandlord lives on property. The NeighborhoodFive blocks from central Plaza. 2 kilometers to the beach Getting AroundTaxi and bus service available. Other Things to NoteSmall dogs permitted. Maid and laundry services available at additional cost.
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          1br Home/Apartment
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          • Gym
          • Parking
          • Swimming Pool
          The Space7-NIGHT RESORT ONLY - CHECK-IN DAY: SATURDAY Redefining the concept of seaside vacation, Rancho Banderas enjoys a privileged, sun-drenched beachfront location on the north shore of Banderas Bay, just 16 miles from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, in the exclusive Punta de Mita zone. Spacious one, two and three bedroom suites accommodate couples as well as groups of friends and families. Multilevel, infinity pool cascades down to beach level. Cliff-top Peppers restaurant’s gourmet cuisine and breathtaking view enhance vacation pleasure. Sunset strolls on Destiladeras beach are memorable. All Inclusive Optional Resort amenities and other information are subject to change. We assume no responsibility or liability for any such changes. Unit Amenities Bathrobes & Slippers Blender Bottle of Water & Coffee (Upon Arrival) Central Air Conditioning or Mini Split Coffee Maker Dinner Set & Glassware Dishwasher Electric Range Top Electronic Safety Box Microwave Oven Plasma TV Pots & Pans Refrigerator Signature Bathroom Amenities Toaster Wi-Fi Full Housekeeping: Mid-Week Light Housekeeping: Daily Additional Housekeeping: Upon request Unit Bedding / Bath / Kitchen 1BD Maximum Occupancy: 4 Bedding: King Bed and Pull-Out Sofa Bed (Maximum Occupancy of 2 Adults & 2 Children Under 12); Full Kitchen Bathroom: 1 Guest AccessOnsite Amenities Convenience Store Events & Entertainment Gym Pool Resort Activities (Beach/Poolside/Pottery Painting/Water Sports) Restaurant Spa Sports Lounge Wedding Services The NeighborhoodNearby Activities ATV Tours Ballooning Bar/Lounge Beach Beach Volleyball Biking Boating/Sailing Charters Botanical Garden Golf Go-Karting Guadalajara Trip Hiking Tours Huichol Jeep Journey Jet Skiing Jungle Safari Kayaking Kite Boarding Marina Motor Coach Tours Nightlife Parachuting Restaurants San Blas/Tovara Tour San Sebastian Trip Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Sea Parks Shopping Sierra Madre Expedition Surfing Tennis Tequila Factory Tour Tropical Tours Waterskiing Whale Watching Other Things to NoteResort Information Front Desk Hours: 24 Hours Check-In Time: 4:00 PM Check-Out Time: 10:00 AM Check-In Days: Saturday Late Check-In Procedures: Please contact resort prior to late arrival for instructions. Fees or Government Surcharges Required From Guest: Must be at least 18 years of age or older to check-in. A credit card is required at check-in for incidental charges. Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. No Pets Room Service Airport Transportation Provided (for a fee)
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          • Smoking Allowed
          • Parking
          Guest AccessYou have your own car park , but the yard is a common area with two other departments. Interaction with GuestsThere is only a ceiling fan , but if you need another 'll gladly I can get it , because san blas is a bit wet and hot at certain times of the year The NeighborhoodThis close to the beach in the town , have many seafood restaurants that are our specialty at hand, and lots of fun for everyone , there is a hospital also one block (you never know ) Getting AroundThe taxi stand is located just blocks from the bungalow, if you need a taxi I call it for you, or if you like to take a tour of the tourist sites in san blas and nearby will gladly I give you some advice, the central bus station is close too. Other Things to NoteSolo hay un ventilador de techo, pero si necesitas otro con gusto te lo puedo conseguir, ya que san blas es un poco humedo y caliente en ciertas epocas del año
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          The SpaceThis started out as a large, single family beach house with a few old trees and decent infrastructure but no garden. I have expanded and renovated it with artistic elements, recycled fragments and eclectic details and created a fun, comfortable, alternative retreat/refuge ( from the urban miasma) surrounded by a lush, tropical garden right on the Pacific Ocean. The sound of the waves and the sunsets will quench your soul! Guest AccessThe garden descends from the apartment to the gate leading to the beach front. There are hammocks and chairs for sunning , reading or relaxing on the rooftop or lower garden terraces. Interaction with GuestsGuests should feel free to find me for recommendations for restaurants, busses, taxis, etc. or leave me a note on the peg board if I'm off somewhere so I can get back to them when I return. The NeighborhoodMiramar is home to the local fishermen and oyster divers mostly. Small family owned stores have just about everything you might need for a simple, healthy vacation. Getting AroundThe last direct bus to Miramar leaves the main Puerto Vallarta bus station (headed toward San Blas) at 3pm. It costs about $10. US (try the delicious tamales on board.) Local busses can take you to San Blas, Tepic etc. and some taxi service is also available. Other Things to NoteThe best places to visit are rarely the easiest to get to in my experience. So please print out directions to find us and remember to bring them. We are five houses to the North of the Dubai de Miramar hotel on the upper road (not the beach road) and must be accessed through the gate into the private area of Miramar.)
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          3 reviews
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          The SpaceYou will love this rustic hide-away 1 bedroom with private bathroom in the middle of San Blas (yet in a rural setting) located between the central square and the beach. Explore the best of San Blas and still find time to enjoy some relaxation at "home". This room is ideal for those who don't need a kitchen. Money saved is enjoyed by having meals in the courtyard or elsewhere in town. No problem if you need to store, some cheese or whatever in the Courtyard kitchen's fridge. This is a great economic choice for a comfortable and unique stay in this little fishing village. Guest AccessThe space is part of a small complex with 5 other bungalows, which surround a large and lush garden courtyard which offers several tables, chairs, and a "Catch me if you can " kitchen CatFe. The "Cat's Pajamas" Bougamvilla Speakeasy Bar sometimes serves drinks, refrescos, snacks and meals throughout the winter months. If this interests our summer guests, meals are arranged on a regular or irregular basis. In any case, with a little leeway, bar and or its services are available for your important (or not so important) personal events. At the far end of the courtyard you will also find a small 24 HOUR (self service) Super Micro Mini Super stocked with some basic food and personal care items. Watch your head going up the spiral staircase to view the star's at night, and remember, it is just as dangerous by day. Hopefully the lots on either side of the Quinta will be evolving as permaculture garden delights, complete with something edible during your stay. The "fogata" or campfire ring is available for use by all. At least a little advance warning is much appreciated... There is also a microwave, a blender, more dishes, pots and pans and so forth available for your use located in the back of the courtyard's CatFe in case you find you are lacking what you need while manifesting some magic meal in your kitchen. You will be provided with kitchen towels, basic cooking utensils, pots and pans, dishes, glasses and cups. Purified water is available for purchase as are some basic spices other ingredients. The many animals that live here always enjoy attention from the guests and often even will insist on it, if not compete with others (human or feline) for your kind attention. Interaction with GuestsChris and Alma Rita live here year around. In season there are a few other long-term guests, most who have been returning for over a decade. We are all pretty laid back, but always happy to lend advise about San Blas, chat over a cup of coffee, or an afternoon cerveza. As Jenny from Germany says, "and if you like, you can chat with Chris. if not, that's ok as well." Everyone is granted their privacy, but are welcome to the musings in the courtyard as well. The NeighborhoodSan Blas is a wonderful fishing and shrimping village on the north end of what is now referred to as the Riviera Nayarit. It has all the amenities of a tourist town, but holds true to it's Mexican roots and, yet, manages to maintain it's own unique flavors and style - making it a culture within it's own. The bungalows, while just 6 blocks from the town square and three from the beach , are located on a cobble stoned road surrounded by jungle lots with coconut palms presenting a rural out-of -town feeling. You will hear and see many birds throughout the day, local horses may graze by or perhaps Renaldo might herd some cattle on by... The beach is long and sandy offering views of the Sierras marching into the Pacific with perfect sunsets, palm thatched ramadas offering cerveza and fresh seafoods, and the use of a hammock for that long dreamed of beach fiesta. There is a bit of surfing culture here too. The beach is a mere 3or4 blocks away and offers board rental, surf lessons and news about the next swell. San Blas is an excellent place to learn how to surf. One might ask, "The actual price for all this beauty?" The obvious lack of hotels constructed all along Playa Borrego (the main beach) with it's majestic views of the Sierra, the thatched palm restaurants and the doings of the small fishing fleet is actually paid for in blood due to the biting sand fleas (no-see-ums) known locally as Jejenes as well as (let us not forget ) the pinche mosquitoes.....However, the many returning guests and travelers find the price worth it. This helps ones attempt to define just who these eccentrics are that return every year, as well as why in hell that more than a handfull of foreigners make San Blas their year-round home. Getting AroundWith the town center only 6 blocks away, and the beach 3 long blocks, everything is walkable. If you prefer to get there faster or avoid the buggy hours of the day, we can call a taxi for you. They are cheap and plentiful. Rental bicycles can be arranged for your stay, as San Blas (with its one hill) is a perfect place for bikes. There are taxis. local buses and combis (shared taxi-vans) offering transportation to the many small communities and "ranchos" within San Blas county. Buses leave every hour for the state capital Tepic. From Tepic you can get anywhere. It has a small modern airport which will soon add more and more international destinations. Other Things to NoteWe have cats and dogs, and a few pretty birds- all of which are known to bark, hiss or chirp from time to time. We are neighbors with a normally not-to-noisy bar which is also the town"s....well, never mind..... San Blas is known for the beach, the shrimp, and the bugs, so be prepared with bug spray or clothing that provides coverage, especially during dawn and dusk. Our bungalows have fans and are well screened. We offer repellent, mosquito coils and electric devices that use special laminas saturated with repellent. Chris suggests that if you don't let the bugs bug you, they won't. Focus on them and they will eat you alive.
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          1br Home/Apartment
          • Smoking Allowed
          • Parking
          The SpaceIf you need a place to come to rest far from noise and distractions, after a busy day , this is your ideal place, despite the old house has everything you need to spend pleasant days in San Blas Guest AccessThe back and front are common areas but the front is well defined by parking spaces each department Interaction with GuestsAnything you need 'll be in constant communication to Work out your questions or needs and make your stay much more pleasant The NeighborhoodThe street is one of the secondary so the traffic is low , so the noise is practically nil , despite this you have everything you need around you, the center, the municipal market , the beach, a health center , and taxi stand Getting AroundIf you need a taxi, I can order it for you, besides that the bus station is only a few blocks Other Things to NoteThe house has no air conditioning, but if you need an extra fan I can gladly provide
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          1br Home/Apartment
          • Smoking Allowed
          • Parking
          The SpaceIf you need a place to come to rest far from noise and distractions, after a busy day , this is your ideal place, despite the old house has everything you need to spend pleasant days in San Blas Guest AccessThe back and front are common areas but the front is well defined by parking spaces each department Interaction with GuestsAnything you need 'll be in constant communication to Work out your questions or needs and make your stay much more pleasant The NeighborhoodThe street is one of the secondary so the traffic is low , so the noise is practically nil , despite this you have everything you need around you, the center, the municipal market , the beach, a health center , and taxi stand Getting AroundIf you need a taxi, I can order it for you, besides that the bus station is only a few blocks Other Things to NoteThe house has no air conditioning, but if you need an extra fan I can gladly provide
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          1br Home/Apartment
          • Smoking Allowed
          • Parking
          The SpaceYou have your own car park , but the yard is a common area with two other departments. Guest AccessThere is only a ceiling fan , but if you need another 'll gladly I can get it , because san blas is a bit wet and hot at certain times of the year Interaction with GuestsCualquier cosa que necesites con gusto comunicate conmigo y estare gustosa de ayudarte en tu estancia, para que te sientas como en casa The NeighborhoodThis close to the beach in the town , have many seafood restaurants that are our specialty at hand, and lots of fun for everyone , there is a hospital also one block (you never know ) Getting AroundThe taxi stand is located just blocks from the bungalow, if you need a taxi I call it for you, or if you like to take a tour of the tourist sites in san blas and nearby will gladly I give you some advice, the central bus station is close too. Other Things to NoteSolo hay un ventilador de techo, pero si necesitas otro con gusto te lo puedo conseguir, ya que san blas es un poco humedo y caliente en ciertas epocas del año
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          1br Home/Apartment
          • Wifi
          • Parking
          Guest AccessThere is a rooftop terrace for yoga, sunning, reading, enjoying a drink at sunset, etc. And we have a mango-shaped terrace on the descent to the beach where guests can barbeque and enjoy meals as well beneath the shade of the amapa trees. The NeighborhoodA very peaceful retreat amidst a lush garden; no planes, trains, highway traffic, etc. Just the sound of waves and birds singing. Getting AroundThere are local busses and taxis available throughout the day. Other Things to NoteEl Encanto (the enchanted place) is located five houses North of the Dubai Hotel in Miramar. You must open the black gate into the private area and then look for the very colorful, three story building surrounded by plants.
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          3br Home/Apartment
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          • Pets Allowed
          • Parking
          The SpaceA two bedroom one bath with a separate studio apartment above, on one acre of lush gardens. Available for the summer and an incredible $250 per month. Located 90 miles north of Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Guest AccessThe whole house. Interaction with GuestsJuan Carlos will be your contact, he lives in Santa Cruz, 10 minutes on foot. The NeighborhoodThe casa is directly on the Bahia Matanchen. A short walk to Santa Cruz de MiraMar. Casa Simpatico is a family place. Not a party house. We have internet, its been reliable, medium speed. There is no television, one radio station and a CD player. Its among fruit orchards, cool, calm, and quiet. Well, quiet most of the time, except when over joyed children are in the river. Also the place to the north of us rents his place for weddings on occasion, not often. I am proud to say that all of our reviews are good, they are posted on (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) under Casa Simpatico. We have been renting since the year 2000 and are without incident. Please be mindful of the coconut trees. Getting AroundCan walk to and from the bus stop, "Playa La Manzanilla". There's 4 Puerto Vallarta busses per day. If you are bussing from Puerto Vallarta the last one is at 03:00 PM (1500). Get a ticket to San Blas, the centro camionara is a short taxi from the PV airport. Juan Carlos can come for you at Las Varas, anytime also if your flight gets in after 1500. There's a charge for that. There's local taxi's. Juan Carlos has a vehicle. There is one beater mountain bike now at the house. I have not had a car there for several years and it works out for me, so unless you have elderly, or small companions you do not really need a car. Other Things to NoteIts old Mexico, not a lot of services, but much natural beauty, and very reasonable. We unlock the front gate during the day to allow locals to walk through to the beach. Renters have a key to drive in and park under the awning. We use water from the arroyo for the house, bottled water is used for the drinking water. The beach can be rocky after summer storms, we have a recylcling net on the beach, Casa Simpatico does its best to maintain it, but its not perfect. The arroyo also can vary in depth, but is always great to swim in the clear cool water.
          Hostel
          2br Hostel
          • Wifi
          • Smoking Allowed
          • Pets Allowed
          The SpaceThis economical option offers a bit of a social scene in the courtyard with other guests and travelers to visit with. And if solitude and or privacy is desired the two bedrooms provide just that. There are two bedrooms with two beds in each, a bathroom, a basic equipped kitchen and a small sala area with dining table. The bathroom is accessed through one bedroom. but an another (with shower) is located in the back of the courtyard. Guest AccessThe garden courtyard features tables and chairs and a good internet signal. Drinks, snacks and often meals are served. Cats and music entertain while you kick back in the shade of our very large ficus tree. The north side lot offers a spot for a fogata Campfire), a favorite for sharing camping style food cooked in the ring and taken with a couple cervezas. All this comfort, economy and convenience is situated in a rural setting with just three walking blocks to the beach and six to the town square. Interaction with GuestsChris and Alma Rita live here, and in season there are a few other long-term residents. We are all pretty laid back, but always happy to lend advise about San Blas, chat over a cup of coffee, or an afternoon cerveza. As Jenny from Germany says,"and if you like, you can chat with Chris. if not, that's ok as well." Other Things to NoteThe space is part of a small complex with 5 other bungalows, which surround a large and lush courtyard. You are welcome to enjoy the courtyard, which has several tables and chairs and an outdoor kitchen. We serve drinks, refrescos, snacks and meals throughout the winter months. If this interests our summer guests meals can be arranged on a regular or irregular basis. We also have a small Super Micro Mini Super stocked with some basic food items, personal care items and some other strange stuff. There is also with a microwave for communal use in the back of the courtyard as well as a blender and more dishes and cookware, if you find you are lacking what you need in your space. You will be provided with towels, and purified water is available for purchase. You are also welcome to play with the animals that live here!
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          1br Home/Apartment
          • Smoking Allowed
          • Parking
          The SpaceNice rustic house wit(URL HIDDEN)cable TV and room to park the vehicle Guest AccessThe whole house and its services are available for your stay Interaction with GuestsAnything you need me willingly and gladly comunicate to help you in your stay will be, to make you feel at home The NeighborhoodIs close to the beach in the town , have many seafood restaurants that are our specialty at hand, and lots of fun for everyone , there is a hospital also one block (you never know ) Getting AroundThe taxi stand is located just blocks from the bungalow, if you need a taxi like I do arrive, or if you like to take a tour of the tourist sites in san blas and nearby will gladly I target , the central truck this close too. Other Things to NoteThe house is a bit old and rustic but clean and comes with everything you need for your stay, anything I'll be happy to help
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            My place is close to great views, restaurants and dining, beaches and surfing. You’ll love my place because of the outdoors space, pool, the view, and nature. My place is good for couples, solo adventurers, business travellers, families (with kids), big groups, and furry friends (pets).
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            2br Home/Apartment
            • Parking
            • Pets Allowed
            • Swimming Pool
            • Wifi
            • Smoking Allowed
            Casa Carolina is newly built with both authentic Mexican details and modern amenities to ensure a comfortable Mexican experience. It is situated on a large hillside lot which affords beautiful ocean, town and mountain views from all three levels, including a roof top terrace. The main level has a large well equipped kitchen with island for indoor dining, living room, and 1/2 bath. There is also an outdoor dining /lounging area on the front covered terrace. The lower level has two large bedrooms, both with queen beds and clothing storage, and a bathroom with large tiled shower and washer and dryer for in-house laundry. There are ceiling fans in the kitchen and living and in both bedrooms. The main level of the garden has a private pool and many places to sit and enjoy the many flowering plants and fruit trees. The villa is well off the main road with covered parking for one or two vehicles. An English and Spanish speaking manager lives very close and will be happy to get you settled in and give you helpful suggestions for the many places to see and lots of things to do. It's a short 5 - 7 min walk down a cobblestone street (bring good walking shoes) to the oceanside malecon where turning left takes you to the quaint fishing village of Aticama where you can purchase groceries and/or any supplies you might need. If you feel like dining out there are many restaurants throughout the village, but remember, this is real Mexico so bring your translator app or a Spanish/English dictionary so you know what you are ordering!! The people are very friendly and will help you in any way they can, but very little English is spoken. A short drive back along Playa los Cocos is Casa Manana, a hotel with a restaurant where English is spoken and delicious margaritas are served!! Turning right on the malecon brings you to 7kms of gorgeous beach along which you will find beach front restaurants, palapas to sip your cool drinks under, a newly built pier and kilometer stretch of malecon filled with fun things for kids. A 15 min drive north of Aticama is San Blas which is a larger village where you can access ATMs and a wider variety of shopping and restaurants, also a historic sight well worth seeing. Along the way to San Blas is a boat tour through the mangroves, a new birdwatching platform, as well as opportunities to purchase freshly baked banana, coconut, or pineapple bread and fresh fruit on the roadside. There are buses or taxis to bring you the 80 miles from Puerto Vallarta but renting a car is the best way to take advantage of all the things to do in the area. All of the main roads are paved and very well maintained. Come and enjoy the peace and tranquility of being away from the busy tourist areas in beautiful Aticama!!
            Country House
            4br Country House
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            • Pets Allowed
            • Wifi
            Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine lists Villa Del Mar as one of 5 'standout rentals' in their 'Dream Trips' (March '10 issue, pg. 30). BEACHFRONT VILLA DEL MAR IS THE ONLY FOUR BEDROOM VILLA IN PLAYA LAS TORTUGAS! It sits in a serene stand of coconut palms and tropical gardens on a spectacular 5 mile pristine undeveloped beach. Our soft sand flat beach is perfect for swimming and long leisurely strolls and is designated as a protected Sea Turtle nesting habitat. Witnessing mama sea turtles as they come up to our beach to lay eggs or joining volunteers at our neighboring turtle rescue center to release baby turtles back to the sea are truly moving experiences. One of the best surfing spots on the coast, bring your own board or enjoy the waves on the Villa's boogieboards. Canoes and sea kayaks are available for exploring the spectacular adjacent estuary, home to hundreds of bird species and other wildlife. The villa's interior features hand-crafted Mexican furnishings and Central American artifacts, showcased under a soaring 20 foot traditional palapa ceiling, creating an ambiance that reflects our serene setting. Each of the four private bedrooms opens to its own beach facing patio. Traditional Talavera tile accents a gourmet kitchen that is fully equipped for the casual or more serious chef. For those seeking total relaxation, meals can be provided by our cook, highlighting the delightful local cuisine. Or freshly caught and grilled seafood can be enjoyed at nearby seaside open-air restaurants. For those who want to stay connected, we offer wireless internet and an indoor/outdoor Ipod friendly sound system. Our on-site property manager can assist with any needs you may have during your visit, such as arranging transportation, food provisioning, meal service, fishing and other excursions, horseback-riding and other activities. Our private Tahitian-inspired 200 sq.ft. beachside palapa is the perfect spot to practice yoga, hammock lounge, whale watch, or gather for sunset drinks to toast the end of a perfect day in paradise! This spacious single-level, beachfront home is the ideal gathering spot for family, friends, or small groups, and provides the perfect environment to relax and rejuvenate in this magical beach paradise! Email or call for more pictures and information! Keywords: Beachfront Villa
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            2br Home/Apartment
            • Parking
            • Wifi
            Quiet, oceanfront home, swimming pool and lanai overlooking Matanchen Bay, the northern point of Pacific Mexico's tourist destination, The Riviera Nayarit. Offering a secluded, natural setting, this 2,500+ sq. ft., cliff-side home is 4-stories featuring stunning ocean and mountain views with high speed internet/WiFi. Two upstairs sleeping quarters have an open, airy plan with no bedroom doors. One sleeping area includes a queen size bed, the second area has a double bed (an additional bed may be set up here depending on the number of people in your party)--these two spacious areas are separated by partition and include a small study, a shared bathroom and a large covered patio with seating. Additionally, a day bed and second full bathroom are available off the main floor living area. The sound of the ocean is heard throughout the house and lulls guests to slumber. High ceilings, eclectic art, antiques and a funky furniture collection create a distinct and unique retreat for artists, birders and writers alike. The oceanfront location--set 100 feet/30 meters above the coast provides splendid, clear views of the Pacific coastline and swimmer-friendly local Matanchen Beach with its charming palm thatched ramadas for shady seaside dining. Guests can either drive or make an easy 10 minute walk to the beach to enjoy for deliciously fresh catch of the day, cold drinks and breezy relaxation. Located in Aticama, Nayarit, a quaint and friendly village, pop. 2,000 just off the beaten tourist track and a great getaway in authentic, old world Mexico. This rental is ideal for birders, writers, a girls' getaway, or for romance and renewal. Not suitable for small children as the pool is not enclosed and the steep height along cliff edge is not child proof. The home's setting is backed by a one-acre, organic mango orchard, and tropical garden of bananas, pineapples, star fruit/carambola and other exotic fruits and palms. The multi-story house is open air in design with numerous screened windows that catch the sea breeze and highlight the views. Plenty of outdoor living space for relaxation, meditation or entertainment including a small pool, lanai, lounge chairs, a tree shaded patio and covered terraces on each floor--all with 180-degree views of Matanchen Bay and coastline. The upper-most terrace offers a pair of hammocks to enjoy 360-degree views of the ocean, jungle clad mountains, beach and surrounding countryside. Spacious, comfortable and eclectically furnished, the house sleeps up to five adults and offers two full bathrooms with additional outdoor shower available for after the beach, as well as poolside. Enjoy the peace of mind and convenience of purified drinking water from every tap with an in-house Ultra-Violet water purification system, four, high bar stools for sitting round the kitchen's wood island, a gas range, electric coffee maker, toaster, waffle iron, blender and assorted and essential cooking utensils. Ceiling fans throughout the house; bed and bath linens provided. Cook as you wish or delicious meals may be ordered in advance. Weekly maid service included for week long stays or more, additional cleaning days and meal preparation are an option. Grocery stocking service is available with advance notice, please inquire with owner. The gated property grounds are approximately one and half acres and full of bird activity. The garden surrounding the house is lush with tropical plants and palms--at times intoxicatingly fragrant with scented jasmine, white ginger, mock orange and golden chalice vine. Guests enjoy tropical fruit straight from the garden including banana, pineapple, papaya, guava, lime, avocado (Nov/Dec), mango (May/June/July), passion fruit, starfruit/carambola. A small house library, dominoes, and board games e.g. Scrabble, chess set, puzzles, playing cards and more for entertainment. With no TV, the "real world" cannot intrude on this idyllic setting. Evening time is magical with owl hoots and fireflies brightening the night, a full moonrise over the mountains, or its silvery reflection as it sinks over the dark ocean. At Casa Babina, celestial drama plays out like theatre, guests enjoy rose hued sunsets, perhaps glimpsing "the green flash" at sunset. Star gazing and bird watching are both excellent. Activities nearby include beach swimming, strolling, fishing, surfing, hiking, trek to El Cora waterfall, shell collecting or simply a good book in the hammock. Aticama's Cultural Center comprises an art gallery, public library with WiFi and movies to lend. Each Sunday morning during the tourist season from mid-November to April, a lively market or tianguis is held in the courtyard of the Cultural Center, where locals and visitors gather weekly for fresh homemade food, local, shade grown coffee, fresh fruits and vegetables, tropical plants and flowers, handicrafts and secondhand goods. The Aticama Community Museum displays a collection of indigenous artifacts found in or around the Matanchen area, it is also home to the free monthly spay/neuter clinic for cats and dogs providing a wonderful community service for the Matanchen area. Summertime in the tropics (July-Sept) is humid and green, it's also mango harvest time and monsoon season with fantastic thunderstorms mostly at night, inquire about our special green and shoulder season rates. September is customarily big surf season.
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            3br Home/Apartment
            • Swimming Pool
            • Wifi
            Playa Royale Residence building! Beachfront! 6th Floor corner unit, 3100 sq. feet, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2 King size beds, one in the Master Bedroom, one in the 2nd bedroom, 2 Queen size beds in the 3rd bedroom. Also a pull out coach (sleeps 8). Incredible views! 5 sliding glass doors opening onto huge wrap-around deck. State of the art grill on the balcony. The balcony offers 4 lounge chairs and a table with 6 chairs if you enjoy eating outside. We also have a great HOT TUB on the balcony for romantic evenings. We also have a fully equipped Kitchen with stainless steel appliances. It's very quiet and peaceful at the condo with a white sandy beach that goes on for miles. This building only has 44 units. If you have not been to Playa Royale in Nuevo Vallarta it is a safe, super clean, and well maintained exclusive gated resort within one of the most beautiful uncongested areas of Puerto Vallarta. Escape the traffic jams and density of downtown Puerto Vallarta and enjoy over 30 miles of walkable, swimmable, sailable, beach along the Bay of Banderas in Nuevo Vallarta. There is a shopping center with a full grocery store, deli, pharmacy at your disposal. The shopping mall boasts over a dozen eating venues and restaurants, McDonalds, Domino's Pizza, sit down restaurants for Mexican, Japanese (sushi), Italian, Brazilian, Continental, and seafood cuisine. Downtown Puerto Vallarta can be reached by car (20 minutes), water taxi (15 minutes), local bus (30 minutes), or taxi ($15 each way). AMENITIES: The condo is fully-equipped with all kitchen amenities, TVs, vcr DVDs, and satellite televisions throughout. The terrace provides comfortable furniture to sit and relax and enjoy the water and mountain views from your high vantage point. There is wireless internet access in the room.. A phone in the home for local calls. There is a full-size washer and dryer available for your convenience. GOLF, ETC. For a one time small fee of US $75 per family/group ($75 fee for duration of your stay for family of up to five members) you can each enjoy access to the bountiful activities within the resort. One of our trained courteous bi-lingual customer service assistants will assist you with information about purchasing the social membership pass to gain access to the beach club, and sports center and restaurants in the Resort's and many facilities and amenities in the country club.. There are two world class spas with wet areas (treatments are extra, of course) and state of the art fitness center with dozens of Lifecycle machines, weights, etc. and free aerobics, spinning, Pilates (Reformer machines), yoga and other classes, as well as men's and women's locker rooms, with towel, robe and slipper service, saunas, jacuzzi’s, steam rooms, etc. El Tigre is a championship 18 hole golf course that will challenge the best person. The water-sports activity center at the Paradise Village™ hotel is also available to guests for jet-ski, boogie board rentals, parasailing, and other water adventures. The Marina is a short walk from the beachfront condominiums and has fishing charters, sightseeing trips, and other water adventures to be planned. There is also recreation on the beach at Paradise Village ™ available to you. Go banana boating, parasailing, or swim with the dolphins. There is a water taxi that you can take to downtown Puerto Vallarta. This is an incredible, beautiful, and luxurious place. Very warm and welcoming. You won't want to leave! There is a courtesy shuttle bus that will also take you to all of the different properties owned by Paradise Village ™. There is also a trolley car that will take you to neighboring restaurants and sites in the area free until 10 pm. KIDS ACTIVITIES: At the new $14 million dollar fitness center, restaurant, and sports center - located on the gated golf course grounds - in addition to an adult Olympic-size pool, there is a separate kids club play area and large kids sized pool with fountains, slides and other water activities with the depth only 16 inches to allow kids of all ages to enjoy. The kids' locker rooms have child size toilets, showers, changing tables, etc. to make them feel right at home. Location: Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexican Riviera, Mexico (Just five miles/8km north of Puerto Vallarta (PVR) Airport) Keywords: Condominium
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            2br Home/Apartment
            • Swimming Pool
            Gorgeous water front home located in Playa Los Cocos, which is two hours north, by car, from Puerto Vallarta. This beautiful home has air conditioning, two bedrooms with two double beds in each bedroom, two full baths, living room, dining room, and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen. The home has a phone, internet, television, and DVD player. Bring your own DVD's Directions: From Puerto Vallarta drive north on Highway 200 about one hour to Las Varas. Turn left at the sign for San Blas. Follow signs toward San Blas until you come to Playa Los Cocos. After you pass Motel Casa Manana, our house is on the ocean side of the road about a mile further. Directly across the street is the Bungalos Las Tres Marias, The house is two story, beige with brown trim and green gates. Carmen (our housekeeper) is also available for maid, cooking and laundry service (at extra cost).
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            2br Home/Apartment
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            • Pets Allowed
            • Wifi
            Master suite and sitting room offers handsome colonial-style furnishings with king-size bed, dresser, chest and desk. Living area features an upholstered couch, love seat and oversized chair. Suite includes kitchenette w/sink mini fridge, microwave, bar and stools. Full kitchen on covered open air dining balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean and serene palm garden below. The Second bedroom is downstairs and separate from the upstairs, which makes for private accomodations for two couples. The round bathroom has an enormous tiled shower with ocean view. There is a smaller separate suite downstairs with kitchen access. Downstairs suite has a queen size bed, air conditioning, and bathroom with a sea-view from the shower. It has it's own ocean and garden view patio. One is lulled to sleep by the sounds of the ocean from both bedrooms. One may relax on the large open air porch with two hammocks and rocking chairs and enjoy the scent of the indigenous flowers. The house has internet connection. The beach is a ten minute walk and swimming privileges at the Casa Manana may also be included. The area is known for its world class birdwatching. There is a caretaker who manages the house and beautiful garden and will introduce you to the area if needed. Additional housekeeping and laundry services are available for a reasonable fee. No smoking inside the living areas. Keywords: House, ecotravel, beach, surfing, bird watching, artist retreat, writers retreat
            Country House
            3br Country House
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            • Wifi
            Modern beachfront villa with large, private pool located on Playa Los Cocos, Aticama, on the Pacific coast of Mexico – two hours north of Puerto Vallarta and 15 minutes south of San Blas, Nayarit. It’s also an easy 3 hour drive from both Guadalajara and Mazatlan. The house can comfortably sleep two small families or three couples. The house was designed by a talented Tepic architect in the spirit of Mexican architect Luis Barragán. Here you will experience Mexico at the northern part of Mexico’s popular tourist destination Riviera Nayarit. It’s a beautiful place to surf on unspoiled beaches, go bird watching on a jungle tour, and taste some of Mexico’s freshest seafood dishes. You also can practice your Spanish with the friendly people in the nearby Pueblos of Aticama and San Blas. Daniel, our house manager, speaks English. He will check you in and out, and is available by phone or text if needs or questions arise. His wife, Rosa, is available to cook for a modest extra charge. There is secure parking for up to 4 cars within the walls of the property.
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            2br Home/Apartment
            • Parking
            • Pets Allowed
            • Wifi
            Situated 80 miles or a two-hour drive north of the Puerto Vallarta airport, the small 1000-person fishing village of Aticama is located just off the beaten tourist track. Aticama is known for its tranquility, charm, and beautiful sunsets. The beaches are uncrowded with panoramic vistas of the majestic Pacific Ocean and tropical jungle that surround the village. If you like small town atmosphere and the appeal of beaches that seem to be 'all of your own,' treat yourself to a vacation at Casa Sorrento. Suitable for artists, plant enthusiasts, birdwatchers, surfers, and hikers this lovely home on its quiet hillside setting presents wonderful Pacific coast views to the south and the Sierra Madre foothills to the east. Enjoy morning coffee or exercises on the palapa-covered, roof-top terrace at sunrise. The terrace offers a shady outdoor living area to view the sweeping tropical landscape and village below. Aticama's plaza and a string of casual seafood restaurants are located along the shore - ideal for a cold drink, taco, or fresh catch of the day at sunset. The internet cafe is a five-minute walk. Pacific Ocean swimming and recreation at the sandy beach of Matanchen Bay is less than a ten-minute walk from the house. Airport transfer and local buses are available from Puerto Vallarta (two-hour drive) and Guadalajara (four-hour drive). It is less convenient, but it is quite possible to visit without a car. Keywords: House, casa, casita, bungalow,beach, ocean, San Blas, Mexico, Aticama, Matanchen Bay, Riviera Nayarit
            Country House
            2br Country House
            • Parking
            • Pets Allowed
            • Smoking Allowed
            BEFORE BOOKING PLEASE READ THE BULLET POINTS BELOW DESCRIPTION Aticama really is a hidden treasure off the beaten path designed for those who are adventurous at heart and yearn for a truly meaningful vacation. Perfect for artists and writers or for those who just want some quiet time to contemplate or enjoy this beautiful garden state. Casa Karina is located just above the town of Aticama, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. It is a private, quiet oasis set in a garden of palm trees with a green jungle surrounding it. While at Casa Karina you can dine inside or out on the patio tables al fresco while enjoying the view of the ocean and the garden tended to by our lovely housekeeper. In or out you always have the soothing sounds of the water in the background. Matanchen beach is about 10 minutes by car. Unspoiled by tourists but spotted with friendly beach restaurants it has wide sandy beach and shallow water perfect for swimming. Just fifteen minutes away by bus or car is the Historic town of San Blas as well as the famous La Tavora mangrove boat trip which takes you through the jungle filled with flora, fauna and most exciting, crocodiles. The local hotel does sightseeing trips if that's of interest and there is always a willing captain willing to take you out to some of the best fishing anywhere on the coast. Or you could plan your own itinerary of waterfall hikes, trips to a coffee plantation, road trip to the capitol city of Tepic or a visit to the release location of sea turtles. If you are tired of the tourists, timeshare salesmen, souvenir hawkers, and high prices of other destinations come see us and experience Mexico at a cheaper, more leisurely, more enjoyable pace. After a few days at Casa Karina and our little town of Aticama you'll understand why we call it Ati-Coma. It helps melt away the stress, hustle and bustle that is so much of our every day lives at home. Come to a more mellow place to recharge your batteries and enjoy a slower pace of life. The good life! ATICAMA IS BEST SUITED TO SEASONED, ADVENTUROUS TRAVELERS November, 2015: We do our very best to make Casa Karina as comfortable as possible but this a tropical climate which reeks havoc on hard and soft goods which have to be repaired or replaced fairly often and is an ongoing endeavor. We have just repaired the water, power, septic, painted the interior. Bought a new fridge, microwave, coffee pot, blender, hammock, 6 burner stove, pillows and fans for our guest’s comfort. With that said this is a very peaceful, albeit rural part of Mexico and we want to set the right expectations for our potential guests. We have several caretakers in the area while you’re visiting but the bullet points below are things to keep in mind so you can make an educated decision. • Who do I call if I need something?: This has always been our biggest challenge in this area. But we now have our local handyman/contractor Jason (on hand for emergency repairs), and our Mexican housekeeper Paty (cleaning, water, gas, garbage), and Donna who often serves as our guests translator (as a favor to Casa Karina). • How does it compare to Cabo or Puerto Vallarta?: It doesn’t. This isn’t a resort town, this is real Mexico and your stay here will be very much like living, for a short time, in a community of family who welcome visitors as friends they’ve never met. It’s called the garden state because of the green jungle, wildflowers and butterflies that flourish here and, there is some tourism but this is a working fishing and agricultural village. You’ll be sharing that uncrowded beach with a family, here and there, who’ve taken the day off to have a family picnic or fresh fish lunch. • Wi-Fi: It’s available at the local library, restaurants in San Blas and the restaurant at Casa Manana, down the road. Tip: download movies, shows and music before you arrive to enjoy while you’re here. • Beaches: About 10 minutes or less by car via the beachfront street that runs below the house or along the curving road to San Blas. Matanchen beach is very wide and shallow making it a great swimming beach. There are palapas (shaded palm shelters) all along the beach and if you’re in front of a restaurant they’ll serve you while you enjoy the surf and sand. My favorite is El Paraiso. The second restaurant as you enter the beach from Aticama. • Groceries: Mexicans shop the fish, fruit and vegetables stands and markets daily. There are no big grocery stores in Aticama. We may be able to find someone to stock the house before you’re arrival if you are interested, for a fee. Otherwise my recommendation if you’re coming from Puerto Vallarta is to stop at one of the many mega stores there on your way north, Mexican or American. Purchase one or two Styrofoam ice chests and do a major grocery run. Don’t forget ice. We have excellent coffee here in town, picked locally. And at the mini marts you’ll find milk, bread, cheese beer etc… but not a big wine selection, or olive oil, balsamic vinegar and other very non-Mexican items. Tip: there is a good liquor store that has several options of wine next to the Social Club across from the plaza in San Blas. • Restaurants: Again this is a fishing village. There are taco stands, Lucy’s, the Mexican diner, Casa Manana hotel bar/restaurant, the take out chicken shop and all the fresh fish and shrimp you’d ever want to eat in Aticama. There’s the San Blas Social Club, Red Witch and Garza Canela in San Blas for variety but overall not a lot of actual restaurants. • ATM’s: There are at least 4 in San Blas. • A car is essential: Again this is a rural area. So if you are in great shape and don’t mind walking up and down hills in the heat or to the beach, great. If not then a rental car is really the only way to enjoy everything this area has to offer. There are local buses that run every 20 minutes but again this is for energetic, heat resistant types. • There are geckos: They’re really cool and eat a ton of bugs and you’ll never see them on the floor, only on ceilings. But these little mascots live both in and outside of homes here. Mosquitos and no see ums are only a challenge in the hot, rainy season between June-October and at twilight and dusk and only outside. Casa Karina does have screens and bug spray always helps. • We do not have an egg slicer: Or other fancy kitchen gadgets except those listed above. We try to have wine glasses on hand at all times but they break on the tile floors. We have plenty of glasses, dishes, etc… This weather is tough on knives and pots and pans but the kitchen does have them even if they’re not the fanciest. • Drinking water: There should be at least 2-3, 5-gallon jugs when you arrive and if you need more just ask our caretaker. We cook only with purified bottled water and use a drop of iodine, designed for water purification, when cleaning fruits and vegetables, which we place in a bowl of tap water. • Gas and electric: There are two gas tanks for the house so there should be one full one for your use and a spare. The stove and water heater are gas. The water heater is temperamental but if it does go out you can reach out to my caretaker to get it lit. • Locals: There is a nice sized, active community of Americans and Canadians who run the museum, spay and neuter clinic, cultural center and library, where there’s a Sunday market from November through April. The locals are used to visitors and are very friendly and helpful even if they don’t speak English and you don’t speak Spanish. A smile and an attempt to communicate is always appreciated. • Safety: This is a small tight knit community where violent crime is extremely rare and you see multitudes of children happily playing outside. But petty theft has always been a nuisance in Mexico, which is why people have privacy gates and security windows. Common sense stuff like not leaving bags or purses in plain sight in your car or leaving the house doors open when you’re gone is really the only things to avoid. Tip: We do have a locking closet if you do bring valuable items like electronics that you’d like to store away. • What if I want to barbecue?: Again, we replace things ALL the time. Sometimes we may have a barbecue, sometimes, they’ll rust and fall apart in the off-season. Same thing for anything made of cloth or plastic or glass. We are forever buying new hammocks and beach chairs, pillows, fans etc. Right now there’s not a barbecue but there are newer beach chairs and a lovely hammock, a half a dozen margherita glasses but only 3 wine glasses. Cest la vie. • What do you provide?: Sheets, regular and beach towels, clean drinking water, pots/pans, dishes, dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels. And of course fans, indoor/outdoor furniture, including comfortable beds. Everything else is up in the air depending on when you come, besides what’s mentioned above for the 2015, season. Salt and sugar? The humidity means that they don’t last long? Cooking oil/coffee? I’m leaving some now but typically only if the previous guest picked some up. Anything that is in the kitchen is available for your use. I ask the housekeeper only to clear out perishable items and to leave non perishables for the next guest. • Monteczuemas revenge: You can pick it up in even the fanciest of resort towns. Tip: Buy the highest count of pure, (not a probiotic combination), acidophilus at home a week before your trip and take 1 twice a day, every day including while you’re here. Gives you an iron stomach that will allow you to enjoy the wonderful seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables without the stress. Trust me, it works! Keywords: Vacation Home