|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
For readers of my book, 'Gringos in Paradise', or my article in AARP magazine , you may recall that my wife and I decided to settle and build a Dream House in the lively, lovely village of Sayulita.
Sayulita, for those of you new to the area, is a surfing and fishing village tucked into the edge of the jungle, about 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. It was the paradise we picked after traveling throughout Mexico.
We built our beautiful 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house, pictured on the cover of my book. It’s a handsome colonial home in the quiet north side of Sayulita, just a 10-minute walk from the life and color of the plaza.
There are restaurants and stores where you can get cold cervezas just down the street from us, too. We’re on the main beach road, 1 block away from the ocean, on the tranquil side. (Sayulita’s main beach can be crowded in high season.)
Our house has two stories inside a secure, corner compound enclosed by a big, hacienda-type wall. Except during High Season, each floor can be rented independently. There's secure private parking within the compound, though one of the charms of the village is that you don't need a car--you can walk everywhere.
The first thing you see upon entering our imposing wrought-iron gates are 2 tall flower-bedecked arches, one of which cascades water into our 30-by-15 pool. There is an enticing thatch-roofed poolhouse with its own bathroom, sink, and mini-fridge.Through the arch is a 'mini-secret garden' behind lush foliage, with a seating area and a corner fountain. There's an outdoor shower near our front gate.
On the ground floor, we have 2 beautifully-appointed bedrooms with queen-sized beds with custom-carved head boards and furniture, each with a private bathroom decorated in hand-made talavera tiles. There's a full tiled kitchen with breakfast bar.
The living/dining great room is open to the garden and pool area, which glows at night from the lanterns along the hacienda wall. There is also an inside den that can be closed off when it's cool for DVD-watching and sofa-loafing -- or air-conditioned when it’s warm.
Our dishes and glassware are colonial Mexican, the doors and windows are of handsome parota wood, and we’ve decorated the house with handicrafts from our trips to the villages surrounding Patzcuaro.
Upstairs is a self-contained apartment with 1 Queen-sized bedroom and 1 very small bedroom with a sink. (It has a double bed.) The 2 bedrooms share a full bath. Plus a living room, kitchen and terrace with two long chaises where you can watch the life of the village and the garden below you. Both sleeping areas have AC.
All bedrooms and the den on the main floor are air conditioned, though it's not necessary during the winter months.
We also have a spiral staircase to a large roof pavilion, and a seating area where you can take in the sea breezes. You’ll have a view of the village and surrounding mountain and jungle, and a peak through the palms at the nearby ocean. It's surrounded by wrought-iron railings and lanterns.
Other amenities: laundry room with washer-dryer, bed linens, bath and pool/beach towels provided. Midweek cleaning and change of linens & towels. There’s a restaurant-trained cook/chef we like nearby that is available for home-cooked meals.
As you probably know if you’ve been scanning these listings, you can stay for 2 weeks and not visit all of Sayulita’s restaurants. There’s a wealth of beach activities, including Sayulita’s own world-class surfing, plus horseback riding, nearby snorkeling, whale-watching, canopy tours, and of course the glitter of Puerto Vallarta 40 minutes away.
See you on the beach!
Barry & Thia Golson
Keywords: Secure, Private Home, 1 Blk from Beach, Gorgeous Pool & Garden
We stayed at Casa Gala for a week last April and it was amazing. We rented it out with another family (we stayed upstairs and they stayed downstairs) and it worked out great. Full disclosure: both couples only have two kids (for a total of 8 people); so, if you have larger families it might be a little tight.
As you can see from the photos, the house is immaculate. So beautiful. The kitchen is open air – which was perfect for us because it wasn't too hot or too cold. But I imagine it could be hot in the summer. The pool and backyard area were a great haven for the family after a day at the beach. We could retreat to the pool area and continue to relax while the kids had fun in the pool.
The bedrooms downstairs were really nice and spacious. The bedrooms upstairs are also nice, but definitely smaller. Overall, the upstairs is smaller and feels more like an apartment or flat, while the downstairs is more spacious and more like a home. But both have kitchens and living room areas – which is quite convenient and meant that we didn't have to go downstairs every time we needed something.
There is also a cool rooftop terrace. We didn't use it too much because we felt it wasn't safe for kids 3-5 years old, but I did go up there every morning to do yoga and it was amazing for that. Older families could certainly go up there for happy hour at sunset and really enjoy it.
The house is at the end of one of the main streets that runs through the center of Sayulita. It is just a little bit off the beaten path, but we kind of liked that. It never got too noisy or congested. We enjoyed the short 10 minute walks to and from the downtown area. It's just a few minutes to walk to the beach. And there are also some nice restaurants located just a few minutes walk away.
April seems to be a good month to go. Although I think earlier in the year would work as well. Later in the year (summer/fall) would probably be pretty hot and humid.
The property owner was quite forthcoming will all kinds of details about the property and what to do in and around Sayulita (very helpful). And the property manager was responsive to our questions/requests.
I certainly recommend Casa Gala to anyone and would love to go back there again. It felt like staying at a resort without all the resort ickiness. And Sayulita in general is a real gem and very tourist friendly. It's just a beautiful place to relax and unwind.
We had a wonderful stay at Los Delfines. The pool was very inviting every afternoon and evening when we were trying to beat the heat. Beds were comfortable, lots of storage, nice washrooms, kitchen with full amenities and a big spot to park your car inside the gates. Very safe and beautiful property. We had a great stay!
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Nov 15 2014 - May 14 2015
3 night minimum stay
May 16 2015 - Nov 14 2015
3 night minimum stay
Major Holiday Rates: $4000 (weekly only)
50% at booking 50% 1 week before arrival. Deposit is refundable until 30 days before date of arrival.