Step back into the Mexico of the '60s ‘70s and 80’s with a visit to the quaint community of Zipolite. Although you’ll have all the comforts of home in this beautiful condo on the waterfront, you’ll experience the ambience of rural Mexican life just a half hours drive away from the international airport in Huatulco.
Feel the white sand between your toes as you walk the 2 km beach. Watch fishermen cast out their nets and buy fish that are still wriggling on the beach before you. See flocks of pelicans circling in feeding patterns just meters from shore. Stop anywhere along the beach for a cold drink or cervesa and order up the meal of the day. Be lulled by the sound of the constant ebb and flow of the surf and the calling of the seabirds.
This condo is airconditioned with units in the living room, and bedrooms but with a constant temperature of around 30 C during the day and 20 C at night, it is certainly not a necessity. Each room has a fan, and there is a constant breeze coming through the unit from the ocean.
The unit is bright and cheery, with a fully equipped kitchen (refrigerator, stove, blender, toaster oven, pots, pans, and utensils) for those who plan on preparing their own meals. There are two bedrooms, one with a queen-sized bed, and one with a king-sized bed. There is a safe in your room and lots of closet space for your clothing. The sofa in the living room is comfortable and wide, and can be utilized for sleeping extra people if necessary.
You have a spacious balcony with a view of the sunrise in the morning, and the sunset in the evening. Picture yourself seated in a bar stool and eating your meals with a backdrop of a sandy beach and the Pacific Ocean.
If you’re feeling hot after a walk on the beach, play in the ocean waves, or jump into the infinity pool for a refreshing swim. You can either tan on the beach or lay next to the pool. The beach in Zipolite is one of the few in Mexico where clothing is optional.
There are more than 40 restaurants in the community that serve a wide variety of foods from high cuisine to burgers. Most restaurants are traditional Mexican but there are lots of Italian restaurants and one with Indian cuisine. The seafood is great and you can find lots of places that serve burgers, fries, and pizza. The nightlife is good with a disco and bars that are open till the wee hours. Crafters line the street in the evenings, with everything from handmade clothing to jewellery for sale.
You can often see whales passing from the balcony, but there are whale watching tours for those who like the close-up view. There are also white water rafting tours, snorkelling tours, tours into the mountains for viewing coffee plantation and high mountain waterfalls. Ziploite is a bird watcher’s paradise. The fishing is fantastic, and one can get guides at either Peurto Angel (2 kms away) or San Agustinillo (2 km in the other direction). The largest turtle sanctuary and museum in Mexico is in Mazunte (3 km from Zipolite), and there is an alligator reserve in Ventanilla (8-10 km to the west). Taxi service is good and the fairs are very reasonable.
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Dr. David Perrin practised veterinary medicine in the Kootenay region of British Columbia for 26 years. He retired in 1999 from full time practice and moved to Hawaii for a year where he penned his first collection of stories, Dont Turn Your Back in the Barn.. Over the next ten years, he wrote five best-selling volumes of veterinary adventures and another volume called Keep Sweet…Children of Polygamy, that he wrote with Deb Palmer about her childhood experiences in the fundamentalist LDS community of Bountiful. Keep Sweet won the Vancity Prize for the best BC book on women’s issues for 2005.
Dave Perrin was raised in a small community near Trail and attended Selkirk College before moving on to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He earned his degree as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon.
He served on the council of the B.C. Veterinary Medicine Association for seven years and was one of the founding members of the Associated Veterinary Purchasing Company that distributes drugs and equipment to veterinarians in the province. In his early years of practice, he wrote scientific articles for the Canadian Veterinary Journal. One of the articles dealt with an outbreak of Bacillus cereus mastitis, a crisis that he recounts in his third book, Where Does It Hurt?
He remains in the log home he built in Lister, British Columbia. He’s a devoted father to four children.
The first year I came to the Zipolite, I fell in love with the community. The next year I started looking on the mountainside for a property that I could afford, with the idea of building something my family could use. No matter where I looked, the question I asked myself was always the same, "if I build here, how long a walk will it be to the beach?" After returning four years in a row, I found a piece of property that was ocean front, but more expensive than I could afford at the moment. After mentioning it to a few friends from my hometown in Creston, BC, a group of us purchased the property and started designing. 18 investors planned the units and worked together to build them.
Not only is the condo directly on the beach, it’s centrally located in the town of Zipolite, close to all the amenities you’ll be requiring. Restaurants and stores for groceries and fresh produce are all within a few hundred meters of the Monarca building. If you’re looking for an affordable place to relax in a peaceful setting, this is it!
I rented one of the condos in this complex this winter. I did not see the ad for this specific unit until after I rented the other. I did though recommend it to friends for next winter after having contacted The owner and visiting the unit.
You have to take into contexte the general situation in Zipolite before judging this place for not having hot water nor air conditionning. We found absolutely nothing else on the beachfront with air conditionning , hot water, a kitchen and a pool. In fact, i think there is only one place in Zipolite with all four elements and it is a two block walk from the beach.
The pool is lovely and cleaned everyday. No one can control breakdowns though and you have to accept that in this small costal town there is not really all the expertise needed to repair things rapidly.
I think it's important to make clear the conditions before you rent something not to be disappointed. We knew the conditions before and accepted them.
The building has only a few units for rent. The others are owners who prefer not to rent out and it does mean you are not "overcrowded" ..it's great like that for us.
As for fast response, i don't know if it's the way the site works but I find that it always takes a few days to get answers here. Goes faster once you get another email adress as contact.
Just home from 2 idyllic weeks at this spotless, elegant and comfortable condo. The photos are accurate -- you can see the sun rise and set from the balcony, and the beach is right there!! It had the best bed we've ever slept on, and with the ceiling fans and constant ocean breezes, we never missed the currently non-functional air conditioning. We cooled off after long walks on the gorgeous beach in the pristine infinity pool, and under the wonderful room temperature showers. We loved being outside on the porch, reading, eating and checking out all the beach activity: late afternoon soccer games with local boys and men, sunbathers, walkers and joggers of every variety -- old, young, straight, gay, nude, clad -- there were fishermen, kite-flyers, jugglers, vendors, lots of playful, happy, friendly dogs (and the beach was very clean), yoga classes, local volunteer lifeguards who collected and guarded the turtle eggs laid by the sea turtles on the beach -- then hatched them and liberated them with the help of the local kindergarteners, Mexican families plus Europeans, Canadians and Americans. It is the most tolerant and easy-going place, sort of a beachy Garden of Eden. There are many restaurants on the beach and in town, all within easy walking distance -- our favorites were Sal y Pimente (2 palapas down for excellent fish caught that day), the Alchemista on the beach to the right and La Providencia, a bit beyond and off the beach for fabulous cutting edge Mexican fare (make reservations, it's really popular) and the Oracle Cafe for lunch. You can get basic provisions in town or go to Pochutla by taxi for a big shopping. We had no trouble connecting with the owner, and the English-speaking manager Jorge and his wife Alexandra got us to and from the airport, found a super masseuse, brought us a huge container of drinking water, answered all our questions. We didn't take advantage of all the sight-seeing opportunities (turtle sanctuary in Mazunte, crocodiles in Ventanillo) -- too happy hanging out in Zipolite -- but next time we will, because we'll be back! One last thing -- though we were told the surf is calmer this year, and there were young men surfing, and many bigger kids and adults body-surfing, Zipolite is known to have riptides, so for little kids the beaches a short taxi ride up the road at San Agustinillo and Mazunte would be better.
We have travelled world wide using VRBO as well as other booking sites. The apartment complex is very well located right on a swimmable beach and has a really nice pool. It did take 4 days for the owner to get back to us re. availability. Since the grounds had sustained minor damages from the recent hurricanes, he confirmed that all was in order and that the ground keeper would be there to meet us upon arrival. We choose the apartment facing the beach, and we were the only ones in the entire complex. The apartment is very sparsely furnished but functional, except for one major drawback. The air conditioning did not work. There is a air con system in the unit but we later found out that it is an ongoing issue and never works reliably. We contacted the owner upon arrival (phone and email) however we never received a response. This was very disappointing has the humidity and heat was quite intolerable at night, and windows and doors were kept open which triggered a constant influx of bugs. The shower in the larger of the two rooms was nothing more than a trickle, and although we did not need it, there was no hot water. On the fourth day the main pump for the pool stopped working. It was a blessing that we were the only ones there, as I doubt the pool would have remained clean or sanitary if the place had been busier. It is also advertised that 6 people could sleep there, but once each bedroom would be occupied by 2 adults, I fail to see how 2 more persons would fit. We did request a change of towel mid-week, we were told that this was not possible. Finally I must mentioned that the Manager/ground keeper and his wife were extremely kind and accommodated us as best they could despite the obvious lack of support from the owner. The lack of air conditioning was such a drawback that despite the excellent location, good price, and the great pool, I do not recommend you stay here.