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Zihuatanejo Dreamin'..Heavenly Vistas, 5 Minutes Walk to Beach

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights


Cerro del Vigia Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)

One of the many things that sets our Casa del Rayo Verde apart, besides the panoramic vistas and truly beautiful artisan-crafted interiors, is its easy access to both the beach and to town, though some stairs are involved to reach the pool and then the beach. Upon arrival, one enters the front door which is right next to a private parking spot at the level of the road with no steep driveway or stairs to negotiate. The large private terrace with a huge stone table is the perfect place to enjoy meals and lounge throughout the day and night. The walk to the beach is roughly ten minutes, depending on your pace, down some stairs to the pool, along a dirt road, another set stairs....and you are there, no traffic or busy road to cross. All along the beach, there are many small restaurants to choose from. A cab can be at the front door within five minutes after calling and the drive into town is not much more than five minutes. There are several dining choices along the road to town including an acclaimed pizza parlor, several cliff-side restaurants overlooking the bay and many more in all price categories once you are in town. A list of our dining recommendations is provided and spans the simple to the sublime. NOTE: While most of our renters have found our beach very accessible by foot, we don't recommend our place to anyone who is not sure-footed and/or able to manage some stairs. Like most homes with spectacular views in this hilly area, stairs and sometimes steep driveways are a given; precise details with photos of our stairs is happily provided upon request.

On the grounds, a large shared pool invites swimming laps or enjoying the sun, and there is a 24-hour presence of either maintenance or security staff. The home is stocked with all the amenities you might need to include wi-fi, satellite television (40' Samsung flatscreen), BluRay DVD player, stereo and highly efficient air conditioners in every room. The kitchen is well supplied for cooking with a pro-level stainless steel range and serving from a lovely assortment of talavera dishes and handblown glassware. Each of the three individually decorated bedrooms has a writing desk and private en suite bathroom to provide those traveling in a group a comfortable place to retreat. A trusted housekeeper will keep you feeling pampered by thoroughly attending to chores three days a week. She can shop and cook for you as an optional service by arrangement and comes highly recommended by us and others.

Perched on a rocky bluff above the gorgeous La Ropa beach, this three-bedroom, split-level 1900 square foot space, including the large terrace, is at the top level of a small condominium community, affording lots of privacy and unique views, with two bedrooms upstairs and one downstairs. Upon purchase in 1999, it was largely a blank, white canvas inside but with stunning vistas from the windows and private terrace. As busy working people, we searched for someone locally with the integrity as well as artistic sensibility to transform this big shell into something we could dream about when we were away from it and feel captivated by when we were present. That person turned out to be Nicole Dugal, a designer of Canadian origin who had done the interiors of Casa Que Canta (an award winning local boutique hotel) and other beautiful homes in the area. We feared she would find the project too small to be of interest but as it turned out, her main criterion was having 'room to play'. Our criteria were keeping it simple, local, handmade where possible, and Mexican through-and-through. This much was accomplished and more. Over the years, we've added and adapted to keep it updated and even more appealing. In its own way, Casa del Rayo Verde has become our own 'casa que canta' (house that sings). It's about a kind of a feeling you get when you enter, and it's about a kind of dreaming that stays with you long after you leave.

Casa del Rayo Verde was named after an optical phenomenon called the green flash (rayo verde) which can occur shortly after sunsets or before sunrises, when a green spot or line along the horizon may be visible just above the sun for a second or two. Out on the spacious terrace, the many displays of nature's artistry can be appreciated from several vantage points offered by comfortable seating or lounging areas. Here you will find your own appreciation for the changing subtleties of light from sunrise to sunset with starry nights included. We invite you to experience the special magic that emanates from this setting!

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Mona Felts
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2016
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About Mona Felts

My husband and I met in Houston, Texas in 1980 and traveled that same year for the first time to Zihuatanejo. Over the next twenty years, we returned intermittently even after relocating to Manhattan where professional commitments, friends and a community keep us very engaged. Our passions include travel, mostly to Mexico, seeing good films on the large screen, cooking and enjoying food from many different cuisines while 'trying' to stay fit! We took up cycling a few years ago and find it the most fun way of getting a workout while also enjoying nature and the outdoors. We were thrilled to discover we could keep our cycling routine while in Zihuatanejo by heading over to Ixtapa early in the mornings, renting a bike and taking the well maintained off-road path through an ecological park that leads to Playa Linda.

Mona Felts purchased this condo in 1999

Why Mona Felts chose Zihuatanejo

By returning many times over a period of years, even as the area started to grow and become more developed, we were always met with an attitude of warmth and welcoming by the local people. The magic of the surroundings with its unique blend of the tropics, the beach and the mountains never ceased to inspire awe and an immediate feeling of tranquility. We were also astonished that the town government kept its promise to not allow high-rises and to keep the views and the beach open to all the people. While there is more of a presence of North Americans visiting as tourists or pursuing their dreams of acquiring an oceanfront home in Mexico, Zihuatanejo remains essentially a Mexican town. It boasts a thriving mercado which spills out from the official municipal market into the streets, with teeming piles of tropical fruits, vegetables, fresh fish, carne of all kinds, along with small fondas transforming these raw ingredients into freshly prepared local specialties along with as many handmade tortillas as you can eat. The Zocalo (town plaza) is centered around a basketball court right in front of the town beach where most evenings one can stroll, indulge in delicious street foods and watch whatever game of volleyball or basketball is being played. Today with the added conveniences of a large American-style supermarket, a wider array of dining establishments and small venues to hear live music, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy one's time.

What makes this condo unique

After a couple of years of looking and considering different options, in 1999 we finally found the place that met all our requirements. The most important was having a view of the water and being able to access it and the beach comfortably by foot. Perhaps equally importantly, we wanted a large enough private terrace or deck that would allow us to enjoy being outdoors as much as possible, given the cold winters here in the Northeast that keep us wrapped up and indoors so many months of the year. What we got in addition to all that was a condominium that feels more like a house, very private, at the top of the complex with views not only of the one of the most beautiful Bays on the Pacific, with its pristine mile-long beach, but also an unobstructed view of the foothills of the Southern Sierra Mountain Range. Not only can we walk down to La Ropa beach, we can extend our workout by taking the fork in the road and hiking another 20 minutes over some large rocks to reach Las Gatas beach, a uniquely beautiful stretch of white sand with even more protected waters for swimming and snorkeling. As at La Ropa beach, the string of beachfront restaurants with palapas or umbrellas invite you to spend the day, sipping cold drinks and enjoying a lunch of fresh fish. If you're not up for hiking back the same way you came, you can take a small water taxi which will bring you across the bay to the municipal pier. From there you can wander around the town before hopping a cab for the ride home.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Zihuatanejo Dreamin'..Heavenly Vistas, 5 Minutes Walk to Beach
average rating of 4.9142857 based on 35 reviews

Paradise in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

This was just what we needed . A beautiful home, a short walk to the beach yet set back away from the bustle of the tourists. The swimming pool on the property was perfect for my morning laps . The decor of the home is curated with an amazing eye to detail and the front terrace is the perfect place to relax in the evening. The staff was helpful and even had Olga the house keeper make us a traditional Mexican lunch. We took some of the proprietresses suggestions for restaurants and excursions and they were just as expected, wonderful! Can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Havre de tranquilite situe sur les hauteurs de la baie de Zihuatanejo l’appartement offre une vue imprenable depuis l’immense terrasse sur la baie d’un cote et sur la sierra de l’autre. Ne pas rater les couchers de soleil…

Nous avons adore la deco « Diego et Frida » de l’appartement de 3 chambres, chacune decoree avec un gout exquis. Les lits king size offre un repos absolut.. La cuisine est super equipee et vous pourrez demander a Olga de vous mijoter de petits plats typiques. Sinon suivez les recommandations gastronomiques que Mona vous enverra au moment de la reservation. Pas de probleme pour l’internet si vous voulez rester connecte. Fred est toujours prêt a donner un coup de main pour regler les details de la vie quotidienne.

La piscine en contre-bas et encore plus bas on arrive a la plage. Le centre est a quelques minutes en taxi.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I spent 2 weeks at this beautiful condo. We had a great time. The condo is walking distance from Playa La Ropa and tons of delicious restaurants and a quick drive to the town square and grocery store. If you're looking for a picture perfect vacation, this is the condo for you. The views from the patio are absolutely breathtaking! There is convenient covered parking right outside of the front door. The place is beautifully furnished, with everything you could need for a comfortable and relaxing vacation. The a/c in the rooms worked very well and cooled us down quickly after a hot day at the beach. Olga was at the condo every two days. She provided us with fresh sheets and towels. Freddie and Alvaro are the guards of the grounds. They are both super friendly and know everything about the town. We once got a flat tire and Alvaro drove with us to the nearest tire shop and helped with the repair. Mona is quick to respond to any question you might have. She made booking our stay pain free and super easy. I would definitely recommend this condo to any of my friends. It's the perfect place to have your next vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a family reunion and stayed at this beautiful condo above La Ropa exceeded our expectations...every detail was taken care of...and the detail to design and decorating was just wonderful and the views were breathtaking...every morning my husband and I would walk to the beach, one of our favorites, and marvel at the beauty of this area...Olga came every two days to clean, freshen the bedding and delivery new towels...she also cooked for us and we felt totally pampered by the family member was not able to negotiate the stairs to the pool and beach but we had rented a car and there was no problem taking them to both areas...restaurants abound and Zihuatanejo is so charming we can't wait to return...thanks Mona for all your efforts to make our stay memorable.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Beautiful Views

  • 4 of 5

My family of 4 stayed at Casa del Rayo Verde over Christmas and had a wonderful time. The home is exactly as advertised; comfortable and inviting with fantastic views. We enjoyed Olga's breakfasts and Mona was very helpful in recommending restaurants and excursions. You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Great family time in Zihuataneo!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for our spring break week March 20 to 28. The weather was the same every day. Blue skies and 28. The casa was perfect for our needs. Our two teenage sons each had a room with a shower and my wife and I had the main bedroom upstairs with the beautiful view of the bay and the ocean sounds. If it ever got too hot inside the a/c worked great to cool the rooms down quickly. The pool area was very nice however if you have any mobility issues this is likely not the place for you as there are a lot of stairs to get there. It is also a brief hike to the beach which is not to bad going downhill but the return can be more of a challenge especially in the heat. The beach is terrific with beautiful sand and bath warm water and was never busy at all. What we liked best about the casa was the beautiful terrace which is huge. It is partially sheltered from sun when you need a break from it and just want to lie in the hammock and enjoyed the breeze. When you want sun you can move the loungers toward the edge and tan till your done. We enjoyed morning coffee out there and spent a lot of time reading there as well. The view of the bay is outstanding. We felt very safe staying here and would certainly stay again upon a return visit to Zihuataneo.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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Easy day trips to less developed pristine beaches with lagoon kayaking or surfing, a wildlife preserve (El Refugio dePotosi), bike rental with safe cycling routes, fishing/snorkeling trips and the colonial jewel of Patzcuro with a new highway which connects you by car or bus in just 3 1/2 hours.

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Cerro del Vigia Condo Rental Rates

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2016 Peak
Nov 12 2016 - Dec 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
2016-17 Holidays
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

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Cerro del Vigia Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
housekeeper 4 days a week, cook available by prior arrangement

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