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On the Beach - Private and Affordable Beach House

Bedrooms 2
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Enjoy the ocean in our 2-bedroom beachfront casita that offers spectacular ocean views and authentic Mexican furnishings and construction. Besides being a private home (not condo), what sets this home apart is a prime location in the middle of Santiago Bay and the rustic charm of palapa living. In addition to the main casita, a second 20’ x 20’ open-air palapa located next to the sea wall offers a dining area and simple outdoor kitchen with sink and gas grill. Attached to this outdoor palapa is the bathroom with shower. The simple but clean casita has 2 bedrooms, a dining/kitchenette area, and a small living room area. Authentic “rustico” furniture and Mexican dishes, glassware, and decorations add to your experience. Appliances and cookware are all newly purchased. AC, high speed Internet connection, safe, and two additional twin size mattresses are provided as well.

Location: Situated on a gently sloping sandy beach, children and adults will enjoy safe swimming, body boarding, stunning sunsets, and few foreign tourists. The 3 mile long beach is also perfect for walks, playing in the surf, or watching fishermen in pangas lay their nets. At times dolphins and whales are visible. The Mexican community of Santiago is two blocks away. Here you can explore a traditional market with fresh produce and seafood; you can also board inexpensive taxis or buses to various sites including two large nearby “American style” grocery stores.

More Details

Jay Rasmussen
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 11, 2017

About Jay Rasmussen

I'm currently a Professor of Education at Bethel University in Minneapolis, MN. My love affair with Mexico began when I visited Vallarta with my wife and children about 15 years ago. Since my first exposure to Mexico I have returned seven times with groups of education majors from Bethel. In addition to these yearly visits our family purchased beachfront property in Manzanillo (Santiago Bay) about three years ago. In July of 2009 we completed construction of a simple casita that we use as a family and for rental purposes.

Jay Rasmussen purchased this house in 2009

Why Jay Rasmussen chose Manzanillo

When this beautiful beachfront property became available our family moved immediately to make the purchase. We loved the traditional Mexican setting, low crime rate, and the friendliness and warmth of the people. The relaxed living and easy access to taxis and buses was a benefit as well. The established ex-pat community helped us navigate the construction and furnishing of our casita. The fact that Manzanillo is not overly touristy added to the appeal of this location.

What makes this house unique

Our friendly English-speaking caretakers, the Maritnez family, will greet you at the casita and are available day or night if needed.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My first trip to Mexico was such a wonderful experience and made possible by the Rasmussens. Armando and Lupita took very good care of us and the stories I’ve heard about the Casita de la Playa by Roberta were much more than I could imagine. I would love to return in 2011 for another stay in Manzanillo. What a great city and the hospitality of the local people are more than you can ask for.
Mar 2010
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Olas Altas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower
  • Outdoor shower is provided in addition to indoor one.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Two separate twin size mattresses are also available for use.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
iPod/iPhone Docking Digital Music System and 4 Body Boards


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On the Beach - Private and Affordable Beach House
average rating of 4.8285713 based on 60 reviews

Beautiful View, Toddler Friendly

  • 4 of 5

We loved our visit to Santiago! We spent our mornings on the beach, afternoons in town for lunch and groceries, then had a glass of wine while making dinner back at the casita. Everything you need is in walking distance: restaurants, food supplies, etc. You can also take a taxi to La Boquita and Playa Audiencia for about 50 pesos. We highly recommend heading to a ramada in La Boquita. The food is excellent, the water is calm and there is decent snorkeling by the rocks. We are simple people so if you're looking for a luxury vacation this may not be the best spot for you. If you are more of a traveler than a tourist and enjoy hanging with the locals then this is the spot. The people of Santiago are kind and helpful. Overall we enjoyed our stay. There are a few things we were not aware of so hope readers find this helpful. 1) the bathroom is detached from the casita so you have to unlock/lock doors by key to get in/out of the bathroom at night. 2) there is not running water in the casita (no sink) so you really have to do all cooking/prep in the outdoor area. 3) the road next to the casita is for public access to the beach so it gets busy and people tend to hang out there. We didn't have problems other than the occasional loud person. So- be prepped on what to expect and you'll be in good shape. You can't beat the view, the outdoor area and the convenience of the location. Hope you enjoy your stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very, very relaxing

  • 4 of 5

This is a very well equipped casita, especially if you enjoy cooking and eating outdoors. It´s a bit inconvenient having the refrigerator inside and the cooking and BBQ outside, but the view and the sound of the ocean and beach made up for any small things. The major stores are close by and, unlike Malaque, the prices for food and wine are not out of reach. Three air conditioners and the sound of the sea at night had us sleeping 10 hours a night. Very goos value. David and Ann

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Simply Tranquil

  • 4 of 5

It's not PV or Cancun or Acapulco - Thank goodness! What it is, is a private little piece of paradise.

The casita is simple and comfortable. The beds extremely comfortable and the kitchen well stocked. The outdoor space is perfect for relaxing and meditating and just about anything else you might want to do.

The only draw back is the beach is quite steep and not conducive for sitting and relaxing or kids playing. The surf is very strong there, with some strong undertow. But just down a ways is a little cove that did the trick for us. Santiago is a typical Mexican town, not much there, not too clean, but the Pizza place 2 blocks a way is awesome. You do have to go to Manzanillo for supplies and if you want any restaurants other than a typical taco stand. However, for us casita had just what we needed as a great get away of peace and quiet! Nothing comes close to the pounding sound of the surf and the incredible sunsets!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, not so great chill-spot next door

  • 4 of 5

The home is wonderful although a little impractical; bathroom is outside, half of the kitchen is indoors and the other half outdoors. A lot of running back and forth. When it rained it wasn't fun having to get all wet running to and from the sink or bathroom.

The abandoned building next door is a gathering spot for locals who may or may not have a place to shower. There is SO MUCH trash in and around the building. It smells of urine and alcohol and there's broken glass everywhere. Intoxicated men like to nap there and youngsters like to turn their music up and hang out there...You get the idea. When you're outside cooking or on the hammock these same locals walk by and can see everything into the casita; the sand is high and that wall is short. Kind of creepy but just ignore them and don't be naked.

There was no TV which would of been nice while nursing a belly ache. And to see/know what was going on locally.

The Pacific Ocean is beautiful and the sound of the waves was SO loud! I personally loved it. The local lifeguards were so sweet.

Even though the place next door was really hood I can't wait to stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private beautiful oasis

  • 5 of 5

The property was exactly what we expected from the description, pictures and reviews. Everything was well supplied and well maintained. You cannot beat the beautiful location and privacy it offers. There was nothing like coming home to our little casita with the cool ocean breeze and green grass yard. Jonathan was waiting for us even though our flight was delayed and checked in throughout the week. He even put us in touch with an English speaking taxi driver, Luis, who showed us everything from Monzanillo to Colima. We were careful with locking up when leaving and at night and never felt unsafe. It was a relaxing, rejuvenating vacation - just what we were looking for.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Sunsets from the lounge chair in the yard were

  • 5 of 5

We contacted the owner about the rental, because I wanted to surprise my wife with a 25th anniversary vacation. The owner was amazing in helping me put together all the details for our trip including setting up an appointment to have some dental work done, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, and all the ins and outs of Mexico living.

Our first impression of the rental is that it was safe, on the beach, and in the center of all of the local interaction things that we wanted to do. We loved spending time in the yard lounging and reading books while the waves came in, walking on the beach right in front of us, and preparing fresh Yellow tailed Tuna on the grill while the Sun was setting.

The Casita was comfortable with two bedrooms, one with a double bed and two twin beds in the other. We had everything that we needed for a comfortable stay with air conditioning, games to play, books to read, they personally put together a book of things to do, and a relaxing hammock for the mid day nap.

Location for us was a highlight, with the Saturday market 2 blocks away. The City mercantile was 5 blocks away with our favorite fresh fish market just across the street from the Mercantile with a blue front. Buses will take you anywhere you want to go for 7 pesos, and taxis are inexpensive as well.

Overall Jay the owner is helpful, his caretakers on the ground can answer any questions that come up and are great servants to guests, comfortable Casita, amazing view, and time with my wife priceless.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Car: not necessary

The town of Manzanillo (pop. 100,000) is located between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Manzanillo, with warm and wonderful people, still holds traditional Mexican flavor and is considered one of the safest cities in Mexico. Santiago is in the northern quiet end of Manzanillo, close to many great seaside restaurants and local taco stands. World-class fishing and highly rated golf courses are nearby. A short 15 minute drive puts you in Manzanillo Centro with its great shopping, market, and local life.

Direct flights are available to Manzanillo (ZLO) from most major cities in the US and Canada. Our casita is located 25 miles south of the airport. At times, less expensive flights are available to Puerto Vallarta or Guadalajara.

Other Activities: ATV use, banana boating


Rates & Availability

Olas Altas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 11 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2017 - Mar 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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