John Laughlin

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2 one bedroom studios, 2 bathroom close to the beach with ocean views.

Welcome to Casa Suerte ('Luck'). The location of our three-story home combines the best of both worlds—beach and town. In the heart of Sayulita, with stunning ocean views, Casa Suerte offers an exclusive corner just a minute's walk from great restaurants, a variety of shops, and the colorful town plaza. The beach is a two or three minute stroll from the front door.

Casa Suerte is made up of two self contained levels for $99/night each or one can rent the whole house (both levels and rooftop) for $195/night (holiday rates are slightly higher Dec. 15 - Jan 10).

Designed by a renowned local architect, Casa Suerte combines light, views, art, and functionality in a delightful way. Every level has wonderful ocean views.

The street entrance opens into a peaceful garden and cobblestoned area with secure parking. A spiral staircase leads to each of the home's three levels, all beautiful and unique with open floor plans.

Upper level 1 has great ocean views and includes a queen bed, comfortable chairs and a full kitchen with hand-crafted counters, and an eating bar with stools. A lovely garden area with a soothing fountain leads to a full bathroom featuring local stonework and artisan-made fixtures. French doors open to a spacious patio equipped with a gas grill, dining set, comfortable chairs, and ocean views. This level has air conditioning as well as ceiling fans.

Upper level 1 is ideal for those who like to cook and barbeque, and who enjoy ample outdoor 'living' space. It rents for $99/night.

The Upper Level 2 apartment has great ocean views and includes a king bed, full bathroom, an efficiency kitchen, deck and private garden patio area. Windows and French doors open on each side creating an airy, beautiful and peaceful environment. On the ocean side, large glass French doors open onto a deck offering wonderful views of the ocean, village, and mountainous coastline. Another set of glass doors open onto a lush private garden with a table, chairs and water feature. The room includes comfortable chairs for reading and relaxing. The small efficiency kitchen includes a refrigerator, microwave, sink, coffee pot and hot plate. A beautiful wood armoire houses a small television and space for clothing. This level also has air conditioning and ceiling fans.

The Upper Level 2 is ideal for those whose emphasis would be on views over extensive cooking. It is $99/night. It is not available January 15 - March 15, 2015.

The rooftop terrace has a breathtaking 360-degree view of the town, ocean, and surrounding mountains. Equipped with chaise lounges and a comfortable outdoor couch, it is ideal for sunbathing, reading, napping, and watching the sunset. While the Upper Levels 1 and 2 are private, this is a shared level.

An additional sleeping room off the garden/cobblestone entrance area is available for an additional $35/night. It includes a queen bed, armoire, chair and fans. It's one level up off of the street and is private.

Every level of the home has incredible views, but the rooftop is a favorite place to watch the sun rise, sip coffee, and listen to the town slowly waken. From our perch, we can watch whales migrate, hear the waves, see if the surf's up, and feel the pulse of Sayulita. In the evening, as the day slows, we drink margaritas, snack on tacos from the local stands, watch children play in the streets, and enjoy the sunset.

At night, you are minutes from Sayulita's vibrant night life where you can enjoy great restaurants and cafes, food stands that open only in the evenings and live music. And, every Monday is Salsa night at Don Pedros on the beach.

We keep our prices very reasonable for the quality and size of our house so that others can enjoy our wonderful location, home, and the fabulous village of Sayulita.

We hope you choose to stay at Casa Suerte (translated from Spanish: the House 'of' Luck). Welcome.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
John Laughlin (Owner)
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About John Laughlin

We live in Ashland, OR where we have lived for over 30 years. We met at Southern Oregon University where John was the Dean of the School of Business and I worked in Admissions as Associate Director. We share a love of Mexico-- its people and culture--and discovered the beautiful village of Sayulita while on a coastal trip we took with our friend, Nathan, while John was teaching at the university in Ashland's sister city, Guanajuato. We are active with SayulitAnimals and have rescued and placed over 16 puppies and dogs locally. We also own a seasonal cafe in Ashland, which we've had for 12 years, an on-line feather business, and own and manage several local properties.

John Laughlin purchased this house in 2003

Why John Laughlin chose Sayulita

We immediately fell in love with Sayulita our first trip there and wanted to make it our home away from home. After looking at dozens of rentals and homes, decided that this house and its location were exactly what we wanted. We are both very view oriented and this house has great views of the village and ocean from every level. We also wanted a house close to the beach and the village cafes and shops so we could walk out our door and be at any of these places within an easy 1 to 2 minute stroll. And, we love great architecture and this house is beautiful, has great architectural detail and is solidly built. We bought the house directly from the owners who had it built for themselves and who put great care and love into each detail.

What makes this house unique

There are so many details about this house we love. I especially love the views from the Master bedroom as you lie on the bed. To my right I have a beautiful view of the ocean, and to my left a full view of our peaceful lush garden and water feature through the huge glass french doors. My husband loves the front patio on the kitchen/studio level where he can perch and look out over the village and ocean and read. And we both love the rooftop patio which looks out over the entire area. It's great to watch the world wake up with your coffee, or watch it slowly quiet down as you sip your evening wine or margarita. During the day we bask on the rooftop in the sun and nap in the shade under the palapa. And I so love the unique little alcoves, arches, hand crafted counters, spiral copper faucets, and little details that are all over the house, inside and out.

And, of course we love the fact that we can walk to the beach in a couple minutes, or dash out to the store and be back in four or five minutes.

We also really appreciate that we are surrounded by families who have lived in Sayulita for generations. We've just had our house for about 10 years, but we feel a part of the community there, and love to hear bits of Spanish and laughter floating on the air.

We are also fortunate in that our house feels very safe and secure; I and my women friends are very comfortable staying alone here. Our manager and housekeeper grew up in Sayulita; they have many friends and neighbors who also keep an eye on our property adding a level of security for which we feel blessed.

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Sayulita's Favorite Beach & Plaza Home
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews
Sayulita's Favorite Beach & Plaza Home
Sayulita Nayarit
Spokane, WA

Fantastic place, very enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5
Casa Suerte is a GREAT PLACE to stay, it is a beautiful house in a beautiful location. I would like to stay at Casa Suerte full time. It is centrally located near the Sayulita city center and is just a short walk to the main beach. There are many good restaurants and bars in a wide variety of price ranges within a couple of blocks. It is quiet, extremely clean, well appointed, and has comfortable living spaces. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The view from the balconies and rooftop are fantastic and they are a great place to hang out. I would not hesitate to recommend Casa Suerte to anyone, I love it there!
  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Sayulita's Favorite Beach & Plaza Home
Sayulita Nayarit
Ashland, OR USA

Great Find!

  • 5 of 5
Over the past 10 years my wife and I have been coming to Sayulita in the winter to vacation. We typically rent a place on the beach but this year we decided to try something different and stay in town at Casa Suerte. I did have my doubts because of the noise that often accompanies the festivities but I was intrigued by the idea of being a stone's throw away from the Plaza. Casa Suerte, it turned out, is a little jewel nestled right into the fabric of town (you wouldn't know it). Carved into the hillside on a north-facing aspect, it is cool on hot days and weirdly quiet at night. I mean, there were the typical late night sounds of town but close the doors, turn on the fan, and drop into the king-sized bed and you would never know. Casa Suerte has four levels of which our rental was the second. It has a very large kitchen, beautifully designed bathroom, and a large terrace that looks out over the town and to the ocean beyond. At night we would climb up the spiral stairs to the rooftop terrace with a bottle of tequila and watch night settle over the Mexican coastline. One night we watched fireworks explode above San Francisco (San Pancho) to the north of town. Pretty fantastically romantic. When we were staying there, Adrienne and John were in the unit above. They are great people and made sure that we had everything we needed to make our stay worry-free. Great find!
  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Sayulita's Favorite Beach & Plaza Home
Sayulita Nayarit
St. Paul, MN USA

Great view!

  • 4 of 5
One of my favorite photos is the view from this property's deck overlooking the plaza, palm trees and ocean. Close to everything in town. Very accommodating owners. Know that it is on a steep hill and there are stairs to climb to the bedrooms. I'd come here again!
  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Sayulita's Favorite Beach & Plaza Home
Sayulita Nayarit
Portland, OR

Best vacation!

  • 5 of 5
I have to say the best vacations of my life have been in Sayulita at Casa Suerte—and we’re planning our third trip back later this spring. We love this house – the spectacular ocean views, great location, ease of getting to the beach and getting home at night, not needing a car, feeling secure, and the sophisticated yet rustic feel of the architecture. We enjoy being surrounded, too, by friendly local Mexican families rather than vacation rentals. It makes us feel like a part of the town, not just tourists.
What we like in particular about the house are all its different levels, each of which has a great ocean view, fresh breezes and interesting detail. The kitchen has everything you need and more, and is nicely appointed. Even the bathrooms are unique with beautiful pebble, stone and tile detail in garden-like settings. Lots of windows allow for cool breezes and fresh air. The beds are comfy and have good quality bedding. There are thick curtains, a/c or fans and even white noise machines for those who are light sleepers or who need to initially adjust to the roosters and different village sounds. I am a fairly light sleeper and slept well.

Each morning we’d make an omelet and coffee, pack a cooler and head to the beach. If you need a break from the beach, the rooftop is amazing and a great place to hang out all day and evening reading and sipping coffee or margaritas. Incredible ocean views, a comfortable couch and chaise lounges make it difficult to leave.
The cleaning person came three times/week and the manager came nearly daily in case we needed anything. In addition, the owners provided detailed information about the house and checked in with us several times before and during our visit. The house is well maintained and everything worked (including the wi-fi) so we needed no assistance, but it was nice knowing we had this support.

We’re familiar with rentals in Sayulita, and Casa Suerte is an amazing house in a fabulous location and is great value. It’s a home away from home to us and we wish we could live there year round!
  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Sayulita's Favorite Beach & Plaza Home
Sayulita Nayarit

Great first trip to Sayuilita

  • 5 of 5
I was able to enjoy a week with some friends in Sayulita in March. I'd never been before and it was amazing! Our house was located very close to the downtown plaza which allowed for quick walks to the beach as well as the local restaurants and kept us from having to rent a vehicle. It was great to be a quick walk home in the evenings from the fabulous wine bar Escondido as well as the local night life. Town was very fun and busy that week as it was the Punta Sayulita Surf competition weekend.
The house itself was 3 levels which was great for privacy when needed, it has the most amazing rooftop area with a couch and sun lounges...we spent a large portion of time up there reading and enjoying the beach views as well as watching the local families and the goings on of Mexican life:)
Our house had all the amenities we needed...laundry facilities on the rooftop, a full kitchen including a bbq on the deck, well stocked and wonderful bathrooms with beautiful tile, a variety of books and dvds to enjoy as well.
We also fostered a couple rescue puppies while we were down there...obviously we fell in love with them and brought them home! All and all it was a great week in Sayulita and I look forward to my next visit and stay at Casa Suerte!!!
  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Sayulita's Favorite Beach & Plaza Home
Sayulita Nayarit

Sleepless in Sayulita

  • 2 of 5
I don't normally post reviews on these kind of sites, but in this case - I felt very inclined to do so. Prior to posting, I emailed the Owner privately to let them know I was planning to post.

Overall we enjoyed Sayulita but were really, really disappointed that the Owner was not more forthcoming regarding the nightly noise from a nearby bar over the holiday period. Prior to renting, on a call to the Owner, I specifically asked about noise level from the nearby plaza/businesses. While we were fine with the"village noises" and birds which were actually quite peaceful, Don Patos bar pretty much hugely impacted our enjoyment (or non enjoyment) of our stay at this rental.

The owner should be more up front with guests prior to them spending a significant amount per night over the holiday period. The noise was loud every single night till 4am (not just New Years). We had to close the door, turn on AC (for white noise), and buy earplugs. We dreaded going home every night to (try to) sleep because the noise level was so out-of-control. I would NOT recommend this rental for families or for anyone looking for a Mexican village retreat like we were.

- when we arrived the door was locked (no code) and I had to call the local property manager to unlock using my cell phone and he wasn't able to come till after 530pm so we lost a whole afternoon as we had to sit with our luggage in the plaza waiting
- there is something wrong with the fridge. It leaked from the freezer the whole time we were there and there was visible mould from moistness down the outside of the fridge. It made the whole kitchen smell wet and musty our whole trip which is too bad because the kitchen was well appointed with good quality cookware/appliances etc.
- there was a minor roof leak in the bedroom upstairs, as it rained very very heavy one day
- the cleaning was good, the very nice cleaning lady came 3 times during our stay and we were appreciative. The house is well stocked with all supplies, and there was plenty of water
- all the lights on the top floor patio do not work
- the bed is very, very soft and of low quality. If you have any sort of lower back issues do not stay here. Even if your back is in top shape - when you leave, it won't be. I slept on the floor for the last 3 nights of our stay.

If you are a hard-core partier, out every night till 4am+, then this place is for you. Otherwise I'd strongly recommend you stay elsewhere.
  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is important to us that our guests have a pleasant stay at Casa Suerte. We provide our renters with detailed information and our contact information so issues may be resolved immediately if they occur. Our manager and house keeper are also on-site regularly to assist guests.

We want our guests to have a positive experience, and ask in our confirmation and contract information that people participate in problem solving; if we don’t know what the problem is, it is difficult to help. In this situation we were notified by the guest of difficulties nearly two weeks after she had left so were unable to assist. Were we notified while the guest was staying at the house we could have helped immediately. For example, we could have shared where a spare key was located and that our new mattress has a removable softer topper because most find the mattresses in Mexico too firm. The other items were also addressed as soon as we were notified of them.

The noise level described by the guest during her stay New Year’s week has not been our experience or that of other renters in years’ past. Our house is very solid and we have effective ways to manage noise for such festive occasions. Families and couples renting Casa Suerte subsequent to this review have also commented that they have had no problem with noise or managing the noise when it occurs.

Sayulita is an interesting, vibrant and culturally dynamic Mexican village; it is not a sleepy quiet town. There is some seasonal ambient noise throughout the town which we and the vast majority of our renters have found non-intrusive, manageable and a part of the experience of Mexico. The music venue noted in the review plays live music from 10 pm to midnight. The midnight deadline is consistently honored and is also enforced by local police.

We have enjoyed a ten year history of wonderful guests including many return guests. We appreciate the goodwill and communication so many have demonstrated over the years, and look forward to sharing our home with future renters. Many thanks.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Puerta Vallarta (PVR)
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Punta Mita
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Car: not necessary

A couple minutes from the beach, guests enjoy surfing and paddle boarding (lessons are available as well), sea kayaking and snorkeling. One may rent equipment in many places.

Yoga studios and classes are numerous as are Spanish classes.

One can take a boat from the beach for fishing, whale watching, and snorkeling, or go to Punta Mita or La Cruz for departure for similar tours. Many boats include trips to the Marietta Islands, a great place to swim and snorkel.

A favorite hike is a path that leads north through the jungle to San Pancho (town north of Sayulita) or one can also walk along the ocean and beaches to San Pancho. We like the jungle hike as it's very quiet and peaceful, with wildlife (coati, butterflies, birds) and wonderful ocean views at crests (and lots of shade).

For excellent live music, we have two recommendations. Don Pedros, a restaurant two blocks from our house on the beach, has wonderful live Cuban music every Monday night along with Salsa lessons and on Thursday nights Latcho and Andrea, 'The Blonde Gypsies,' perform. Additional live music is available in a beautiful venue on the beach at San Pancho where one can watch the sun set into the ocean and enjoy hundreds of birds in a fresh water lagoon while listening... semi wild horses often run on this beach adding to the magic and charm of the setting. Latcho and Andrea perform on Tuesdays, traditional Mexican/Mariachi music is on Thursdays and Cuban music is on Sundays (starting @ 6pm).

For a day trip, one can take the bus or taxi to Puerto Vallarta for shopping and sight seeing (Old Town is most interesting perhaps). From the PV area, one can take a boat out to Yelapa, a quiet beach community with nice beaches. Another day trip would be to rent a car and go to San Sabastian, a former mining town that once had 40,000 people, and now has less than 1,000. It's an interesting, historic mountain town about 1 hour from Sayulita in a very different environment (pine trees, higher altitude terrain, cooler). The largest city near Sayulita, Tepic, offers little of interest to us and is a fairly long drive (few hours), but near there is a beautiful lake formed in a crater that's quite nice.

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Sayulita House Rental Rates

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Peak/Holiday season
Dec 14 2014 - Jan 10 2015
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $40
Notes The rate for the whole house is $195/night (excluding holidays) which sleeps 6 people. The rate for each level of the two levels is $99/night each (excluding holidays) which sleeps two unless you add the extra bodega/lower bedroom. The rate for the extra bedroom to add on to either of the levels providing more sleeping space is $35/night. Rates are subject to change until confirmed.

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Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Sayulita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upper level
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Upper level 1-- bathroom is in a garden like setting
  • Wonderful tile and artisan crafted sinks and fixtures make these bathrooms unique. In addition, both bathrooms are in garden-like settings--very beautiful and spa-like.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • air mattress - 1 queen , A queen air mattress can be used on any level.
    Sleeping Room (bodega) - 1 queen , Room with queen bed above ground level, fans, windows.
    Lower Level - 1 queen , Ocean view from bed; full kitchen, bath, air conditioning
    Upper Level - 1 king , Ocean view from bed; kitchenette, full bath, a/c, fans
  • There are two primary living levels: the upper level 1 including a queen bed, full kitchen, full bath, large patio, ceiling fans and air conditioning; and the upper level with a king bed, small kitchenette, full bath, garden patio, deck, ceiling fans and air conditioning. There is also a bodega, or sleeping room, with a queen bed and armoire for additional sleeping space.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Fully furnished house with quality furniture, antiques, and art, tile throughout, chaise lounges, bistro sets, ceiling and portable fans, quality linens, towels, soap, outdoor soaking tub/water feature, television (for movie viewing only), DVDs, garden(s) ample books for guests to read, board games, iron. Please bring your own shampoo, personal toiletries, and beach towels. We provide you with bottled water. A housekeeper comes three times a week and our manager checks in with you most mornings.
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