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Unique House on Beach In Front of Burro’s Surf Break in Private/Gated Community

Lori Cleary

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Unique House on Beach In Front of Burro’s Surf Break in Private/Gated Community

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Punta del Burro House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

This beach lover's ocean front property, which also borders a lush palm-surrounded riverbed, is located on the sand directly in front of the well known 'Burro's' surf break, in a community called Punta del Burro. It is one of the earliest Punta Mita developments, which accounts for both its charm and its isolation – it is not adjacent to any town or village, and, as the rest of Punta Mita, it is far from any of the problems currently associated with border towns and other urban centers in Mexico. It is private, it is safe, and you will experience the luxury of being able to watch the surf from either the patio in front of the main house, the private palapa off the Master Bedroom, or under the palm trees in the cozy sand-level sitting area.

The property consists of Casa Selvatica, the main house in front on the beach, and two cottages, Casa Buena Suerte and Casa Lilia in the gardens in back. Casa Selvatica is over 2000 square feet, has a living room, dining room, well-stocked kitchen, a guest room (queen bed) with patio downstairs and an entire master bedroom suite (king bed) upstairs with private palapa/patio look out area out over the ocean. In back in the garden is

1. Casa Buena Suerte, a suite with a large bedroom (king bed), a living room with two sleepable couches and a kitchenette. And finally, on the path to the beach is

2. Casa Lilia, a studio with queen bed also with a small kitchenette. The three 'Casas' can sleep from 8 to 10 people.

Designed by architect Cristina Duque, these houses are full of creative exotic touches and unique approaches to design using tropical hard woods, cantera (Mexican volcanic stone), coral and marble. The large sweeping walkways, open air living areas, and high bamboo ceilings keep the houses cool year round. Tropical rare plants, orchids, haliconias, gingers, palms, cycads, fern trees, etc., dot the lush abundant landscaping designed by botanist Carlos Sacamano. Over 18 varieties of tropical birds are ever-present visitors to this beach, these gardens and the palm forest next to the river bed.

The Casa Selvatica property is located on just under an acre of land in Punto del Burro, one of Riviera Nayarit's most desirable secluded neighborhoods. It is gated, private and secure with 24/7 guard service. It is located approximately 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, 5 miles before the Punta De Mita Four Seasons Hotel, 3 miles past the new International Marina in Cruz de Huanacaxtle and 15 minutes from the surf town, Sayulita. Punto del Burro is a quiet, beautiful community offering spectacular views of the bay as well as a fabulous white sand beach free of crowds and vendors.

If you enjoy walking through gardens and palm forests, you can find at the back of the property a newly planted orchard of 6 varieties of bananas, papayas, pineapples, oranges, lemons, limes, limas, tangerines, grapefruit, lychees, passion fruit, guavas, guanabanas (cheramoyas), mangos and avocados. Given the incredible growth patterns in the tropics, many of the trees are starting to bear and you may find your own 100 lb. bunch of bananas hanging in front of the house. Depending on the time of year, you might also find a vegetable garden full of many varieties of lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, peas and many herbs: basil, oregano, parsley, chives, cilantro, etc.

The beauty of this property is that not only is it sitting directly on the sand in front of one of the area's best surf breaks, but it borders a lush tropical river bed with paths that go back through bamboo patches and palm trees ending up in an orchard surrounded by pink and orange bouganvilla plants - a true paradise for surfers, beach lovers, photographers, nature lovers and anyone who relishes the privacy and solitude afforded by a spectacular property and house located at the end of the road!

See the latest video of the surf on two of Punta del Burro's breaks: 1. 'Pools' and 2. In front of Casa Selvatica. You can view the video at: YouTube: Burro's Surf Break Casa Selvatica

HOLIDAY 2014/2015: Dec. 18 - Jan. 5

There is a ONE WEEK minimum over the holidays: At least one week for Christmas and one week for New Years. Please email owner for pricing during this time

SURF INFO from Ryan:

The main peak at Burros is a fast rippable right with a short left. Often there is another peak which will have good lefts and the occasional fast right with a fun beach break as well. Directly in front of the house is a very forgiving wave, perfect for beginners - however, many prefer it to the point as it is never crowded. This wave also happens to be perfect for boogie boarders and stand up paddle boarders! Burros is known to hold any size swell as well as be a wave magnet when other spots aren't breaking. I would say the surf is usually chest high with bigger sets.

Other breaks nearby are Destilladeros, Veneros, La Lancha, El Coral, Anclote, El Faro, and, of course, Sayulita.

Wavehunters Website:

'The best surf in winter is found around Punta de Mita and inside the Bay of Banderas on the sheltered reefs such as Burros, Playa La Lancha, and El Faro.'

Surf-mexico Website:

'Surfers In the Burros area report a sand and rock bottom with a right reef break and occasional barrels working with a west swell.'

Amigosurfmexico Website:

'Surf in The North Shore of Banderas Bay: Punta Mita faces due South, with deep-water canyons focusing exceptional waves at off shore reefs. Punta del Burro and Destiladeras Beach among others, have the swells often times swing in with full Pacific power and it is usual to enjoy 8-12 ft waves throughout the year.'

Keywords: Rent one bungalow - or two - or the entire property located on the beach in small community of 20 houses. Perfect learners' wave right in front of the house! Surfboards, Stand Up Paddle Boards & Kayaks available.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Lori Cleary (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2015

About Lori Cleary

Our family has loved this house since it was first built in the late eighty's by friends of the family. The builder was a botanist, the architect won a prize for this her first house, and our family loved the surf in front of the house. It had had a couple of owners before we found it again in 2003 but it has been brought back to its former glory and it is loved by all who visit. It is truly a magic house in a paradise setting.

Lori Cleary purchased this house in 2003

Why Lori Cleary chose Punta del Burro

Because this location is beautiful, private and safe - and you can watch the surf from all the patios!

It provides an easy vacation:

you can surf, paddle board, swim, boogie board or snorkel right in front of the house;

the property is surrounded by a palm forest and bordered by river bed and therefore will stay cool in the summer;

as it sits on a hill, there is usually a breeze and thus very few mosquitos;

you can sit in the swing (with a beer or glass of wine) and watch your kids or friends surfing in front of the house;

the house has all the ocean or surf toys you will need;

and if you hire Octavio, you can never leave the property: he will shop, cook and clean up!

And Jovanna will put the house in order every morning.

It's a unique property and everyone who stays leaves looking healthy, happy and all saying the same thing: 'we will be back!'

(read the comments!)

What makes this house unique

Very colorful gardens, beach views and sunsets.

Solitude, Privacy and Security

Private beach with very few people in a tropical palm forest setting.

Great surf 80% of the time.

Gourmet chef available.

Surfboards, SUPs, Boogie, Kayaks, masks, snorkels and fins.

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Unique House on Beach In Front of Burro’s Surf Break in Private/Gated Community
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews

amazing place

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at Casa Selvetica and Burros. Your house is beautiful and I think Burros is the best location in the whole bay. We love it and will definitely be back this winter/spring!

Anyway, it was an amazing trip and our new favorite Mexico destination. I look forward to exploring that area more.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Jackson, WY

small family wedding

  • 5 of 5

I rented Casa Selvatica and neighboring Casa Rincon for a small, family wedding and it couldn't have been more perfect. Casa Selvatica is paradise found. The houses themselves are pieces of art. The architecture and design of these houses is stunning. The open air kitchen and in door/out door living is just perfect. There are million dollar views of the surf from all the balconies. We held our small ceremony on the patio in front of the kitchen and it was perfect. It looked like a picture from a destination wedding magazine.

The beach at Punta del Burro is gorgeous and the surf is great, and there is hardly anyone around. I felt like I was in on a well kept secret.

The houses are great for large groups. There is plenty of space for everyone to be together or be able to retreat to their own area. The jungle location is amazing, you could spend hours just exploring the property. The place is so peaceful and tranquil but at the same time offers so much to see and do. I have been going to Sayulita for a long time but after renting Casa Selvatica I am converted. This is my new favorite home and vacation location in Mexico!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
San Francisco CA

Wonderful Spot

  • 5 of 5

This was my fourth trip to the are and my first stay at Casa Selvatica. The place is clean, comfortable, charming, and very close to surf. Lori and her staff were very helpful. Lori is more than happy to set you up with locals for surf, SUP, or snorkeling tours.

The architecture of the place is very unique and beautiful. The grounds have a variety of interesting plants and beautiful flowers. It's the best of both the beach and jungle experience (I stayed in a more remote area once and had to contend with some flipflop stealing jungle crabs. This place has all the scenery without so many meddlesome creatures!)

We rented a car as we have friends in the area and have a few other surf breaks we like to visit, but if you opt for the chef service, no car is needed.

I love visiting this area in late spring to early summer. The temperatures are in 80's (water temps in the low to mid 70's) so the weather isn't too hot. Casa Selvatica gets a nice breeze up on the hill and the two back houses are perfectly shaded should you find yourself ready for a cool nap after a day at the beach.

Casa Buena Suerte was perfect for our group of 3. We enjoyed our stay and would be happy to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
San Diego CA 92103

Third stay in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our wonderful week at your lovely Casa. My husband's and my third visit but the first for the other 3 couples who joined us. Everyone had a great time and were delighted with the accommodations. We all got into the kick-back-and-relax spirit and we hardly left the property. Why leave paradise?

We absolutely adored Chef Octavio and his wife Allie ... he's an incredible chef. We dined like royalty. Best of all were their great smiles - they got right into the craziness of our group (Mousetrap Reunion aka Ratones) ... complete with them donning mouse ears. Each meal was better than the next. We adored both of them. We hired them for both lunch and dinner - what a wise decision! Fresh fish - mango margaritas - incredible desserts! Yummy!

We also had incredible whale watching right from the patios- so much activity.

Again, we were delighted to be able to enjoy your place. Can't wait to book our next trip! Muchas Gracias to Lori and her team!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

surf vacation of a lifetime

  • 5 of 5

this house was everything a surfer could ask for and MORE . I had fun on all the breaks up and down the beach. We did catch a nice swell while we were there, but even before the swell came in there were super fun long board waves. The beach is lovely ,the locals were welcoming, the house is insanely nice.It was seriously a week of heaven on earth. Thank you Lori for all !Give Bella a smooch and Latte too

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Unique and stunningly beautiful! Not just for surfers!

  • 5 of 5

The house architecture/design is exquisite, and there are definitely things to do even if you don't surf. The photos speak for themselves.

Lush Coconut Trees jungle right up to the private beachfront.

Front house wonderful ocean view/breezes from Master bedroom, kitchen and livingroom. Crashing waves and nice breeze. Full-sized fridge and stove

Back house more jungle views/noises and less breeze small fridge and microwave

We went as far south as Yelapa and as far north as San Pancho during our stay.

1. You should absolutely include Ocean Grill Restaurant in your visit. This restaurant is only accessible by boat. See their website online.

You meet the boat at Boca de Tomatlan by calling the restaurant..have a reservation, number available on the website. Closes at 5:30 and NOT open on Tuesdays. The ceviche is excellent and so is the shrimp main course (we got a few of the sauce options on the side). Oh, and I know this sounds weird, but be sure to use the restroom; it's definitely part of the whole experience (in a good way)! After lunch, you can take a water taxi to Yelapa, which is the last town at the end of an extremely beautiful coastline. Horses or a steep hike in Yelapa apparently takes you to a waterfall, though we did not do this as it was raining. The road to Boca de Tomatlan takes you through Puerto Vallarta, including old town, which is charming and something to see. The Guadalupe church is amazing.

2. Be sure to take a cruise with Sayulita Sailing Explorations. We went to the Marietta's for the day and went swimming through a cave (do-able even by scaredy-cats) which has a gorgeous little beach on the other side. Darin and his crew are fun, relaxed and professional. You will be glad you did this. I believe he also does sunset dinner cruises and Los Arcos trips.

3. Go swimming/boogie boarding at the public beach at Nahui just down the road towards Cruz (not yet developed on our visit, but looked like they might be building something there). Lots of locals at this beach (in fact, we were the only gringos, I think). We only took our keys and towels down to the beach so we could keep our eyes on our gear.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Puerto Vallarta

Available: Stand Up Paddle Boards;

Surf lessons available with a local friend and excellent teacher - great with children.


Rates & Availability

From $150 Per night

Punta del Burro House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 16 2015 - Jun 15 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jun 16 2015 - Jul 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2
Aug 1 2015 - Oct 15 2015
3 night minimum stay
Oct 16 2015 - Dec 14 2015
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 15 2015 - Jan 5 2016
7 night minimum stay
Winter - Spring
Jan 6 2016 - Mar 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Easter/Spring Break
Mar 19 2016 - Apr 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Notes 1. Partial Property (Cottage) Rates & Longer Stay Discounts:

Casa Selvatica, the main house, (two bedrooms) can be rented separately, as well as one or both cottages, (one studio, one suite). Please inquire re/ description and rates for each one. We offer discounts for stays longer than a week.

Reservations: To confirm your reservation, a deposit of 50% is required, payable with check, bank transfer, wire or PayPal, (please add 3.9% fee).

3. Holiday Rates - Please contact owner for special rates for Christmas week (Dec. 18 - 27, 2015 ) and New Years week (Dec 27 - Jan. 4, 2016).
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Punta del Burro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Sleepable Couches - 2-4
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Ipod Dock in Living Room with Bose 5 speaker system, High Speed Internet. Surfboards: 4 longboards, 3 softboard 8', 4 short boards; 2 stand up paddle boards; Kayaks: 2 double, 3 single; 4 boogie boards; competitian ping pong table, masks, fins, snorkels, fire pit on beach. (Note surfboards, SUPs and kayaks are available for rent only.)

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