ZIHUATANEJO DREAMIN'..HEAVENLY VISTAS, 5 MINUTES WALK TO BEACH

Mona Felts

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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ZIHUATANEJO DREAMIN'..HEAVENLY VISTAS, 5 MINUTES WALK TO BEACH

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Zihuatanejo Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)

One of the many things that sets our Casa del Rayo Verde apart, besides the panoramic vistas and truly beautiful artisan-crafted interiors, is its easy access to both the beach and to town, though some stairs are involved to reach the pool and then the beach. Upon arrival, one enters the front door which is right next to a private parking spot at the level of the road with no steep driveway or stairs to negotiate. The large private terrace with a huge stone table is the perfect place to enjoy meals and lounge throughout the day and night. The walk to the beach is roughly ten minutes, depending on your pace, down some stairs to the pool, along a dirt road, another set stairs....and you are there, no traffic or busy road to cross. All along the beach, there are many small restaurants to choose from. A cab can be at the front door within five minutes after calling and the drive into town is not much more than five minutes. There are several dining choices along the road to town including an acclaimed pizza parlor, several cliff-side restaurants overlooking the bay and many more in all price categories once you are in town. A list of our dining recommendations is provided and spans the simple to the sublime. NOTE: While most of our renters have found our beach very accessible by foot, we don't recommend our place to anyone who is not sure-footed and/or able to manage some stairs. Like most homes with spectacular views in this hilly area, stairs and sometimes steep driveways are a given; precise details with photos of our stairs is happily provided upon request.

On the grounds, a large shared pool invites swimming laps or enjoying the sun, and there is a 24-hour presence of either maintenance or security staff. The home is stocked with all the amenities you might need to include wi-fi, satellite television (40' Samsung flatscreen), BluRay DVD player, stereo and highly efficient air conditioners in every room. The kitchen is well supplied for cooking with a pro-level stainless steel range and serving from a lovely assortment of talavera dishes and handblown glassware. Each of the three individually decorated bedrooms has a writing desk and private en suite bathroom to provide those traveling in a group a comfortable place to retreat. A trusted housekeeper will keep you feeling pampered by thoroughly attending to chores three days a week. She can shop and cook for you as an optional service by arrangement and comes highly recommended by us and others.

Perched on a rocky bluff above the gorgeous La Ropa beach, this three-bedroom, split-level 1900 square foot space, including the large terrace, is at the top level of a small condominium community, affording lots of privacy and unique views, with two bedrooms upstairs and one downstairs. Upon purchase in 1999, it was largely a blank, white canvas inside but with stunning vistas from the windows and private terrace. As busy working people, we searched for someone locally with the integrity as well as artistic sensibility to transform this big shell into something we could dream about when we were away from it and feel captivated by when we were present. That person turned out to be Nicole Dugal, a designer of Canadian origin who had done the interiors of Casa Que Canta (an award winning local boutique hotel) and other beautiful homes in the area. We feared she would find the project too small to be of interest but as it turned out, her main criterion was having 'room to play'. Our criteria were keeping it simple, local, handmade where possible, and Mexican through-and-through. This much was accomplished and more. Over the years, we've added and adapted to keep it updated and even more appealing. In its own way, Casa del Rayo Verde has become our own 'casa que canta' (house that sings). It's about a kind of a feeling you get when you enter, and it's about a kind of dreaming that stays with you long after you leave.

Casa del Rayo Verde was named after an optical phenomenon called the green flash (rayo verde) which can occur shortly after sunsets or before sunrises, when a green spot or line along the horizon may be visible just above the sun for a second or two. Out on the spacious terrace, the many displays of nature's artistry can be appreciated from several vantage points offered by comfortable seating or lounging areas. Here you will find your own appreciation for the changing subtleties of light from sunrise to sunset with starry nights included. We invite you to experience the special magic that emanates from this setting!

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Mona Felts (Owner)
Advertiser since 2009
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Speaks english, french, german, spanish

About Mona Felts

My husband and I met in Houston, Texas in 1980 and traveled that same year for the first time to Zihuatanejo. Over the next twenty years, we returned intermittently even after relocating to Manhattan where professional commitments, friends and a community keep us very engaged. Our passions include travel, mostly to Mexico, seeing good films on the large screen, cooking and enjoying food from many different cuisines while 'trying' to stay fit! We took up cycling a few years ago and find it the most fun way of getting a workout while also enjoying nature and the outdoors. We were thrilled to discover we could keep our cycling routine while in Zihuatanejo by heading over to Ixtapa early in the mornings, renting a bike and taking the well maintained off-road path through an ecological park that leads to Playa Linda.

Mona Felts purchased this condo in 1999

Why Mona Felts chose Zihuatanejo

By returning many times over a period of years, even as the area started to grow and become more developed, we were always met with an attitude of warmth and welcoming by the local people. The magic of the surroundings with its unique blend of the tropics, the beach and the mountains never ceased to inspire awe and an immediate feeling of tranquility. We were also astonished that the town government kept its promise to not allow high-rises and to keep the views and the beach open to all the people. While there is more of a presence of North Americans visiting as tourists or pursuing their dreams of acquiring an oceanfront home in Mexico, Zihuatanejo remains essentially a Mexican town. It boasts a thriving mercado which spills out from the official municipal market into the streets, with teeming piles of tropical fruits, vegetables, fresh fish, carne of all kinds, along with small fondas transforming these raw ingredients into freshly prepared local specialties along with as many handmade tortillas as you can eat. The Zocalo (town plaza) is centered around a basketball court right in front of the town beach where most evenings one can stroll, indulge in delicious street foods and watch whatever game of volleyball or basketball is being played. Today with the added conveniences of a large American-style supermarket, a wider array of dining establishments and small venues to hear live music, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy one's time.

What makes this condo unique

After a couple of years of looking and considering different options, in 1999 we finally found the place that met all our requirements. The most important was having a view of the water and being able to access it and the beach comfortably by foot. Perhaps equally importantly, we wanted a large enough private terrace or deck that would allow us to enjoy being outdoors as much as possible, given the cold winters here in the Northeast that keep us wrapped up and indoors so many months of the year. What we got in addition to all that was a condominium that feels more like a house, very private, at the top of the complex with views not only of the one of the most beautiful Bays on the Pacific, with its pristine mile-long beach, but also an unobstructed view of the foothills of the Southern Sierra Mountain Range. Not only can we walk down to La Ropa beach, we can extend our workout by taking the fork in the road and hiking another 20 minutes over some large rocks to reach Las Gatas beach, a uniquely beautiful stretch of white sand with even more protected waters for swimming and snorkeling. As at La Ropa beach, the string of beachfront restaurants with palapas or umbrellas invite you to spend the day, sipping cold drinks and enjoying a lunch of fresh fish. If you're not up for hiking back the same way you came, you can take a small water taxi which will bring you across the bay to the municipal pier. From there you can wander around the town before hopping a cab for the ride home.

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Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 26 traveler reviews

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Zihuatanejo Dreamin'..Heavenly Vistas, 5 Minutes Walk to Beach
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Zihuatanejo Guerrero
5

Wonderful

  • 5 of 5
This was our annual girls getaway-my sister myself and my girlfriend. From the beginning and all the way to the end of our trip Mona was more than helpful and timely with information and suggestions to make our stay a wonderful one. I highly recommend following her lead on things. We were there during the off season and it was very quiet during our stay. The home is spacious and it was so nice for each of us to have our own bedroom and bath. The views are great, plenty of seating outside ( I spent most of my time in the hammock) and as one prior reviewer said, it stays shady if that what you want-if not there is a spot for sunning as well.

Olga is absolutely fantastic-make sure you have her prepare supper for you at least once and if you like shrimp ask for the garlic shrimp-unbeatable.

The walk to the beach is easy and there are plenty of places to eat along the water. The trip into town is a little longer but well worth it. The first time we went into town we walked back, the second time we learned our lesson and took a taxi-for 2-3 dollars including a large tip and it was WELL worth it.

I would also HIGHLY recommend hiring Jose Aldama as a tour guide-we also used him for airport transportation to and from the condo. He is VERY knowledgeable, speaks great English and has a great sense of humor. Were we to do it again, I would hire him to pick us up at the airport-he knows right where he is going-and stopped for us to grocery shop. I would hire him for the next day or second day of our stay for a tour-he does a great job-and it really gives you a better sense of your surroundings and the layout if you have never visited before and then I would just get a regular taxi for the return to the airport.
He can provide any type of tour for you-he has a brand new AIR CONDITIONED (remember, it was low season-translation hot and humid) Suburban. He is an official tour guide for Mexico-evidently no small feat-and his professionalism shows.

We ran across a great Panderia (bakery) just one street off the boardwalk-I can't remember the name of it but it has a small wooden sign hanging over the door and the bakery goods are displayed in the window. From the boardwalk turn into the alley that houses the "library" (as in some books in a stand) its just a wide alley, go to the next street and turn left and its the second or third little shop on the right. Awful description I know but a local can help.

Mona is great, the condo is great, the staff is great, DO IT!
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car
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5

The Best Gets Better

  • 5 of 5
We are repeat visitors, so we are already very much in thrall of the perfect view from the Rayo Verde’s wonderful deck as well as appreciating the other features of this wonderful three-bedroom home overlooking La Ropa Beach and Zihuatanejo Bay. With all the good things in place, we didn’t expect that it could even get better, but it has: new great gas stove so we can really cook; new terrific mattresses; new TV and Blu-Ray; delightful new bits of Mexican folk art in Mona’s collection. New furniture by the pool too. All this just keeps us coming back to the Rayo Verde’s warm embrace. We feel pampered by the care Mona takes to anticipate needs and desires so that our holiday is always perfect. This place is the best.
  • Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Zihuatanejo Guerrero
5

Outstanding Getaway

  • 5 of 5
Casa del Rayo Verde provided an outstanding getaway retreat. The condo is exquisitely appointed and its location couldn't be better. From the moment of arrival at the top of a hill with commanding, beautiful views of both bay and mountains, Casa del Rayo Verde provided a serene and restful location for a perfect vacation spot. The veranda is terrific by day and night, whether one is dining, lounging around, watching colorful para-sailors go by, reading, or socializing. There is a swimming pool on-site, and the beautiful La Ropa beach is just further down the hill with a variety of restaurants. There is also easy taxi service to and from the shops and restaurants in town (about 50 pesos per journey).

Speaking of restaurants and food, we availed ourselves of several excellent meals (both breakfasts and dinner) prepared by Olga, the housekeeper/cook, in Mona's well-equipped kitchen -- and would highly recommend her services to you. We also cooked meals there ourselves. One day, very early in the morning, we purchased fresh tuna from local fishermen at the harbor and fresh vegetables from the market and made our own delicious dinner that night. (If you do this, remember to take a container with some ice in it to transport the fish back to the condo.)

This condo accommodates 3 couples quite comfortably and with privacy. All of the rooms are tastefully designed and decorated and display lovely native Mexican art and crafts. The beds had excellent mattresses and we slept restfully every night.

Mona provided very complete information and although we didn't contact her, it was clear that she was available to answer any questions that we might have had.

All around, an outstanding getaway! We look forward to returning.
  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Stamford, CT, USA
5

Wonderful Wonderful

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I just returned from a wonderful stay at Casa Rayoverde. Look at the pictures on the website and multiply the beauty by 20!! The spectacular view from the veranda, the gentle breeze while lying in the hammock or sitting at the outdoor dining table, and the lovely pool with the waterfall at one end were all as relaxing as one could imagine, and then more. And the interior of Mona's condo was as beautiful as the pictures on her website. Her attention to detail cannot be overstated. We have stayed at many VRBO locations in the US, Mexico, and Europe, and this one offered the most well-appointed, relaxing, and cared-for environment we have experienced to date. Mona had provided thorough and clear information before we arrived. She also was available for inquiries we had during our stay.

Don't miss out on the wonderful restaurants at the beach at the bottom of the hill and in town, and don't miss out on at least one breakfast and dinner prepared by Olga, the woman who comes several times a week to clean and also make meals upon request. They were amazing. And again, Mona provided information on all of this ahead of time.

We cannot wait to return to Casa Rayoverde. And to bring our friends with us!
  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Zihuatanejo Guerrero
Napa CA USA
5

Great Zihuat condo

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at this lovely place for a week during the Christmas break. There were 5 of us and the condo accommodated us perfectly. The bedrooms were very pleasant and the patio and views spectacular. We enjoyed being able to take a daily walk to town along the beach.
In all, the condo is relaxing and very tastefully appointed. I highly recommend it.
  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Zihuatanejo Guerrero
4

What a view

  • 4 of 5
I and 4 friends, including my best friend, my wife, spent 2 weeks at the Casa at the beginning of December. Fantastic weather the whole time. This 2 story condo is at road level so when you get your groceries and wine and beer you are not lugging things up and down stairs. But when you want to sit by the pool and enjoy Margaritas the most fit male should be designated as mix master because there are stairs involved then. The walk down to the beach take 10 minutes. The walk back up the hill 15 minutes, if you get my meaning. When we ate on the beach the ladies would take a taxi for 30 to 40 pesos and the men would walk back. What we won't do for our women. The view from the Casa is as spectacular as shown in the photos. And we did not have to sit in the sun. There was always shade on the deck.
I walked into town and it takes about 3/4 hour. The bus back is all of 6 1/2 pesos, around 50 cents.
There are some real nice places to eat on the beach and of course in town as well. If you don't mind hoofing it up the steep driveway, the restaurant behind and across the street from the Casa is great. The food is excellent even if the prices are a little bit more than elsewhere. And the variety. Snails anyone. Flambe coffee and desert. Hey, you only live once. And the view, even in the evening is great.
I would recommend this Casa to anyone and its only 50 pesos by taxi from and to town. Try Tony the taxi guy; speaks good english, okie dokey. Mona is reachable by phone or email and looks after any concerns quickly.
  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful comments and wonderful sense of humor! I am glad to be reminded that the stairs can be an issue for some people and I will add some notes onto our web page to make that more clear. As owners, our enjoyment and need for quiet beauty dictated our choice in which condo to buy and we feel fortunate that we are far enough away from the swimming pool to avoid hearing (or seeing) the sometimes not-so-quiet enjoyment of others who use it. Like you and most of our renters, friends and family, we love our perch up on the hill for the awesome views it affords and all of us regularly take cabs home if we're not up for the walk home from the beach. With a couple of dollars (the cost of the cab), we support the local economy. But what is one person's blessing is another's curse....hence the great value of these reviews!!!
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Easy day trips to less developed pristine beaches with lagoon kayaking or surfing, a wildlife preserve (El Refugio dePotosi), bike rental with safe cycling routes, fishing/snorkeling trips and the colonial jewel of Patzcuro with a new highway which connects you by car or bus in just 3 1/2 hours.

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Zihuatanejo Condo Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Shoulder Season
Oct 1 - Nov 29
7 night minimum stay
$1,575
 
 
Early December Special
Dec 1 - Dec 14
7 night minimum stay
$1,400
 
 
Winter Holidays
Dec 16 2014 - Jan 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
$3,150
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,925
 

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Zihuatanejo Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
housekeeper 4 days a week, cook available by prior arrangement
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