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Truly Private - 1 BR Oceanfront Casita, Cove Beach Below

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


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House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Casa del Risco is a one bedroom, open floor plan casita, perched 110 ft above a private cove beach, on your own private, walled ½ acre, with 180 degree coastal views, on the Pacific Ocean. (visit our website

After passing through the iron entrance gate, through flowering gardens and giant palm trees, you descend several garden steps over a wooden bridge and through an antique door into the casita. The casita is comprised of one bedroom, kitchen, double sink vanity, private WC and an outdoor shower accessible through a glass door. The private outdoor shower, where you may spend more time than expected, is partially enclosed on two sides, covered with a palapa roof and open to a raised garden on the third side. The breathtaking view from the shower includes the waves breaking on the beach & cliffs below as well as the coastline south to Sayulita. Opposite the foot of the bed are sliding doors and sliding screens to the balcony, with a palapa roof and palm tree supports, table and chairs. Breakfast, lunch or sunset dinner can be enjoyed here in total privacy without ever leaving home. Below the balcony is a tiled sun deck with a barbecue, wet-bar, chaise lounges and umbrella. By now you probably have guessed that this is not a place for children. There are several steep cliffs and drop-offs. You will enjoy the feeling of being in the treetops with the flocks of pelicans that float on the air currents all day long, occasionally diving for fish below. Watch for whales just to the right of the property about 3/4 mile off shore. They like to spend the winter there too.

The property includes numerous patios for sunning or a deep shade garden patio under an ancient Fig tree, all with different spectacular views of the ocean and coastline. The beach below is accessible by traversing rustic steps across the hillside and down to the rocky shoreline and a beautiful sandy beach. The surf can be calm and azure blue or rough with huge waves crashing on the cliff side. During turtle season, leatherbacks have been seen laying their eggs on the full moon tide. The public beach is a short walk out the driveway and down the hill. From there you will find the 2 miles of beach with several restaurants and cafes. Fishing boats can rented at the end of the public beach.

The pueblo of San Pancho offers many fine restaurants where you can enjoy sunset while having cocktails and dinner. After that you might just walk down the street and watch a soccer game on your way home or stroll through town and shop. If it’s lunch you’re after, choose from an array of taco stands which dot the village or enjoy fresh seafood on the beach with your feet in the sand. The next town south of San Pancho is Sayulita, visible from our property. In Sayulita, surfing is the big draw. Plan to have lunch under a palapa on the beach and watch the surfers that come from all over the world to compete at this location. My favorite lunch spot in Sayulita is actually in town above the village square for fish tacos, you can’t miss it.

Additional services included:

-Maid service - twice weekly

-Gardener - three days per week

Additonal services available:

-Authentic Mexican and Internaional cooking

-In house massage therapy

-Airport Pick-up & Return Car Service

Keywords: Casita

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

Eleanor Dunham
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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based on 20 traveler reviews

Truly Private - 1 BR Oceanfront Casita, Cove Beach Below
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Perfect Honeymoon Stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 days at this beautiful spot on a honeymoon getaway. It was perfection in so many ways. From the location, to the outdoor shower with an ocean view, the most DELICIOUS meal made by Abigail, walks to a secluded beach, some of the most beautiful sunsets, and lovely beach walks to San Pancho...everything about this spot was what we had wanted and envisioned for our trip away.

Abigail was the perfect host; mindful, sweet and flexible. Her presence will not soon be forgotten as she (& her cooking) was a highlight of our trip.

I would definitely recommend this for a romantic getaway or just a spot to get away with a loved one or some alone time. It is beautiful!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sacramento Ca

Mexican paradise

  • 5 of 5

This place is stunning for the moment you walk down the steps and see the entrance, all the way to the fantastic views from anywhere you are in the casita. You can,t go wrong if looking for a secluded romantic getaway. We walk and traveled by bus everywhere with no problems what so ever. We would love to return and recommend it highly.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Fe, N. M. USA

A truly great find!

  • 5 of 5

An absolutely ideal casita (which was a bit roomier than we had expected) for total privacy and peace, other than the sound of waves crashing on the shore which made us sleep like babies! The entire casita location and design were so tastefully done, with lovely landscaping and balconies surrounding the casita. The kitchen and bath areas had just what you needed and nothing superfluous to worry about. We were happy to have a car so that we could get to various beaches easily and to the wonderful Fri. market in Sayulita. We also heard some of the 3 night music festival in San Pancho which was fun. Abigail the manager is a true gem! And a fabulous cook!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An extremely special place

  • 5 of 5

Just returned home from Casa Del Risco. The cliffside waterfront home has a wonderful sense of placing one in the hands of both comfort and at the same time mingles seamlessly with the nature that surrounds it. There is great attention to detail in every cornor of the house. I especially love the outdoor shower, there is plenty of hot water and more importantly a great view of the ocean. The sunsets were beautiful and the walk to town very reasonable. Abigail gave my partner a massage and she said it was the best massage she has ever had. Abigail is really a special person, very warm and at the same time very respectful of the guests privacy. The ocean is a short but steep walk and is warm with very powerful waves. Swimming in it was a spiritual experience for me. A car is really not needed for a short stay but would have been nice for stays of a week or more. The people are very friendly. Carlos was a safe driver and has a very safe car for your transport to and from the airport. He is a very positive person, well traveled and loves to talk about football (the kind with the round ball). The town was bustling with activity and should be walked to on the beach but do not try to climb the rocks and walk directly from the home to town on the beach you must walk on the road first and then get on the beach for the last half of your walk to town. I am told the tide is occasionally lower than during our stay. Whale and bird watching is endlessly entertaining. This is not a place for kids however due to its very steep drop. I will always remember Casa Del Risco.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wichita, KS, USA

Ocean Front Paradise!!!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Del Risco is one of those special places that you feel lucky to find. An amazing property sitting right on top on the ocean, with your own private beach to go with it (it is a nice climb down and back up, but we would just count it as part of our workout each day). Our favorite part of the day was coming back to Casa Del Risco in the late afternoon and spending the evening on the lower patio, lounging with a beer and watching the sunset over the ocean (I could do that every day of the year and never grow tired of it!!!!). I also never knew how much I would miss the open air shower!

It's about a 20 minute walk to town by beach, and about 30 minutes by road. We would walk to town and back during the day, and then walk back again for dinner and take a cab back home, but we also like walking and don't mind using a flashlight when it gets dark. You can always get a cab in town to take you back if needed, or get a cell phone # from Diva Tours and they will pick you up and take you back, the going rate seemed to be around 100 pesos for each trip, cheap if you ask me.

San Pancho is an amazing little town, great beach and wonderful restaurants and we will be back as soon as possible!!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

No words to describe it!

  • 5 of 5

I feel as though the photos do not do this place justice. It's simply gorgeous. The view, the villa, the jungle surroundings - all fantastic. The beach is shared with only two other casitas/villas so it truly is private. I arrived about a week and a half before Christmas and the area was still very quiet. At the tail end of my trip now (I leave tomorrow), more people are starting to arrive and the activity is picking up a bit for high season. You should be warned that if you want to walk to town, it's about a 30-45 min walk. I had a car rental and it wasn't an issue. But it is outside the San Pancho city core. Again, I prefer something off the beaten path, and this is it.

The garden and landspacing is fantastic...the gardener came by a few times while I was here as did the cleaning lady. To conserve on water, the cleaning lady doesn't come by daily, which I highly prefer. The entrances are secured to add to the security/privacy.

The villa is built into the hillside, so it's a pretty hefty climb to/from the beach. Good workout, but don't expect to just fall out of bed onto the beach. Honestly, other than a few dips, I spent most of my time on the deck drinking coffee and reading, listening to the crashing waves and unwinding. Oh and saying "hi" to the whales and dolphins, of course.

The outdoor shower is great. I hadn't really used one before, but now I am a big fan.

Abigail, the house manager, and Eleanor the owner were great to deal with as well.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • An open shower overlooking the ocean
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1)
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming

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