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Oceanfront Palapa, Romantic, Secluded Beach's, Eco Preserve, Near Yelapa

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Exotic Oceanfront Beach Retreat; Casa Blanca

If you are looking for a private beach retreat that offers romance and adventure, Los Chonchos beach is the location for you. Casa Blanca is an open air Palapa style home located in Eco-Preserve MarSelva, also know as, 'Chonchos' to the locals, it lies just one hour south of Puerto Vallarta Mexico on gorgeous Banderas Bay. To get to our unique property from the Puerto Vallarta airport take a taxi cab ride to Boca de Tomatlan where you catch the 9am or 3pm water taxi Nayeli to Los Chonchos beach. From the airport to Boca plan on a one hour cab ride along the beautiful coastline. At Boca you can buy basic supplies, tortillas, beer, tequila, fruits and vegetables etc... From Boca the one hour water taxi ride takes you along the beautiful coast, stopping at seaside villages in route to Los Chonchos beach. Returning from Chonchos to the airport or Puerto Vallarta the water taxi stops twice daily at 11am and 5pm. For flights arriving after 1 pm in Puerto Vallarta you can stay the first night in Old Town and enjoy strolling along the water front Malecon, visit galleries, shop, have a lovely dinner on the beach and relax in one of the many hotels before leaving for Chonchos the next day at 9am or 3pm. If you would like hotel recommendations we are happy to assist you. There are a few favorites from $50 to $120 per night in great Old Town locations. If you are looking for a secluded and romantic vacation away from the hustle and bustle of city life, look no further. (Check out our weekly discounts)

Our oceanfront palapa home overlooks one of three pristine beaches offering peace, quiet, and beauty in every direction. Casa Blanca has one bedroom with a queen bed, one full bathroom, full kitchen, dining area, great room with comfy overstuffed rattan sofa and chairs. The expanded deck with lounge chairs and cushions overlooks the ocean and beach below offering a great place to siesta on the hammock, whale watch or sunbathe. The beach is a one minute walk from the casa where you can hop on our two person Hobie kayak for an ocean paddle or grab the snorkel gear to explore the many species of multi colored fish.

Whale watching right from the deck is incredible from Nov.thru March, expect dolphin and manta ray sightings too. Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, hiking, bird watching, sunbathing, yoga, exploring or just to get away for some much needed rest and relaxation........exotic paradise awaits you!

Keywords: Beach, Casa, bungalow, Casita, Oceanfront, Beachfront, Marselva, Los Chonchos, Chonchos, Remote, Eco Preserve, Private, Romantic, Adventure, Honeymoon, Yoga, Privacy, Exotic, hike, swim, snorkel, rest, explore, read, write, peace, beach retreat

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Property Manager
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2018

About Rick

Greetings Casa Lovers,

"In case you hadn't noticed, Dennis and I are no longer listed as Manager/Owner of Casa Blanca but rather Rick & Lisa.

Have no fear, nothing has changed! We have decided to spend more time with our Grand kids and traveling.You are in great hands with Rick & Lisa All the best,Debbie and Dennis."


We are Rick and Lisa. We live and work in Northern California on the historical Ridgewood Ranch where the famous little racehorse Seabiscuit retired.

We enjoy traveling and the great outdoors, which led us to Casa Blanca, what a find!! Lisa and I travel to Casa Blanca as often as possible. We found our little slice of Heaven in Mexico and are so excited to share it with you!

Rick purchased this house in 2005

Why Rick chose Chimo

Lisa and I spent time looking for a vacation retreat in Mexico, we wanted an oceanfront property in a quiet location away from the big city hustle and bustle. We found it all here in paradise.

What makes this house unique

rest, relax, explore, read, write, whale watching, wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking, swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, yoga, shelling.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"Once in a lifetime experience"

Want to have a real getaway? Want to really experience Mexico? Want to see wildlife up close and not pay a fortune? This is the place to go. Complete serenity, romance and seclusion. My husband and I just spent a week in the prettiest place we've ever seen. We were completely amazed at the beauty and serenity that Casa Blanca offered us. We spent our 21 st anniversary lying on the secluded beach watching the whales in the distance. The sunsets cast colors that keep you captivated. Be prepared to be off the grid and live simply. The people in the town of Chimo that is located a 45 minute hike away are the most gracious, generous, friendly and accommodating. The small grocery store had all that was needed for the weeks worth of groceries. The small restaurants are filled with friendly faces and great food. I felt completely safe and never worried about our belongings. The water taxi to the palapa is enjoyable and you get to see several resort areas before you get to the secluded beach of Los Chonchos. We will definitely be going back. There's so much to explore. Go on a hike and pick your own wild avocados, mangos and lemons. Go fishing with the local fisherman or just lay on the beach and listen to the waves crash. The palapa is decorated with beautiful furnishings and has all the needs of home. We found ourself forgetting what time it was and even what day it was and we really didn't care. As you can see I could go on and on about this paradise. The owner was very easy to talk to and very informative. Thanks to the owner I had an anniversary that will always be one of my favorites! You will not regret staying in Casa Blanca, just be sure you stay more than 3 days to really enjoy all that it offers!
Feb 2014
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Chimo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Private indoor/outdoor shower with hot and cold water, sink, toilet and guest closet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed with Ocean view
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
We have an on site restaurant that is open to our guests on a book in advance notice. Please contact owner for details.


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Oceanfront Palapa, Romantic, Secluded Beach's, Eco Preserve, Near Yelapa
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews
Seattle, Washington

Rustic but lovely property for those looking to really get away!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed at Rick's palapa, Casa Blanca, for a week and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Rick was easy to communicate with and was very helpful in providing information about getting to Los Chonchos, including connecting us with a very helpful taxi driver named Jesus. We loved the remoteness and seclusion of the property and found the amenities to be more than satisfactory. Riding the water taxi to and from Boca de Tomatlan and Yelapa was a fun experience - especially considering that there is no dock at Los Chonchos! We made the (steep and hot) hike to Chimo one day which was quite enjoyable - particularly the meal we enjoyed at a little place called Arturo's. We also ended up ordering dinner a couple nights from the "restaurant" at Los Chonchos. The meals were absolutely delicious and it was lovely to be able to enjoy them from our deck. All in all, we would highly recommend this property for any travelers who really looking to disconnect from the "real world" and reconnect with loved ones and with nature.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

Rick, the owner, was very proactive in reaching out prior to our visit to make sure were "knew the ropes." He explained the details of the location, accommodation, and the water taxi ride that gets you there. The property was exactly as presented, and we enjoyed it very much. There is a beautiful view from the deck of the bay. We felt this was a superb counter-balance to three nights in the Romantic Zone in PV and very much enjoyed our stay. Also, found many of the regulars very friendly, a few of us elected to gather on the beach on subsequent days and help other new arrivals with their luggage when coming off the boat. It was interesting to learn their stories and meet others. The taxi ride was about an hour and an easy ride on a beautiful day with easy on/off.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was a surprise anniversary vacation for my wife. The first thing she said when we walked into Casa Blanca was "You didn't reserve this for the rest of our lives?" It was the perfect accommodations for a relaxing vacation. We saw Humpback whales every day right out front. Alphonso made us delicious dinners that we arranged for several evenings at the restaurant hut overlooking the beach. We enjoyed the kayak on several occasions and had dolphins come up and join us. (the whales always seemed to be hiding when we were out there) We had good weather on the days we came and went on the water taxi but some other visitors weren't as fortunate. It's necessary to be fairly agile to enter and exit the taxi even in good conditions. There were a couple of days that were too rough for the taxi to come in. Some ended up hiking to the nearby town of Chimo were the landing is more protected and hiring mules to pack their supplies. All part of the adventure! There's always lots of help on hand to meet the taxi and help with the loading/ unloading. Rick and Lisa were always very prompt at answering all my questions before arrival. We will definitely be recommending this to all our friends who are looking for this kind of getaway.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Beautiful Reset...

  • 5 of 5

This truly is a special place... The Palapa is beautiful, well appointed, and has amazing ocean views. We enjoyed seeing Whales daily from the Palapa, and from the beach. We even had the good fortune of kayaking within about 50 yards of two Humpbacks, and even closer to 5 curious Dolphins. We also really enjoyed the hikes to Chimo, and the fantastic, yet simple food at both of it's restaurants. The town is charming, and the people are friendly, and welcoming. Rick (The owner of Casa Blanca) was very easy to work with, and helpful with suggestions, and recommendations.

Like I said Los Chonchos is special. It's for those adventurous people that really do want to unplug, and reset. The few locals living there are wonderful people, and very helpful. I'd like to think that we made friends that we will see again, and stay in touch with. Igor is a huge asset to the community, and a great human being! This was one of my favorite vacations, and I'm looking forward to the next time I land on that beach!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just a little time in Heaven...

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Casa Blanca last year around this same time and loved it! So much so that we booked it again for this year, and I think we love it even more. It has a beautiful, unobstructed view right on the ocean and is perfect for watching the whales. The palapa has everything you need for a comfortable stay and Rick was great to work with-answering all of our questions promptly. This could easily turn into an annual event for us-we love it!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alberta, Canada

Tranquil and relaxing delight

  • 5 of 5

Dear Rick,

We love casa Blanca a lot. Surprisingly for open air palapa, the casa was clean and comfortable with the most of essentials in place. Lots of drinking water, plenty of books – big library, some of the dry food like rice and beans leftover from previous residents – it was a nice surprise.

It was great to watch whales while sipping the morning coffee. Beautiful birds are singing, waves crushing – all so amazing. Stargazing is amazing.

Despite that Los Chonchos is one of the kind place is not for everyone. If you into TV, internet and comfy coach – you may not like it. One should embrace great outdoor with whatever nature gives.

When we arrived it was stormy for a while, was not easy to swim. But we got lucky the last two days of our stay when ocean calmed down. We especially enjoyed this time by kayaking and swimming.

Please note that on overcast days sometimes isn’t enough power, however, a lot of candles were provided which made our evenings especially charming. Thanks for mentioning a flashlight – it was handy. We also suggest to bring your own snorkeling gears.

Thank a lot for your kind hospitality. We are also grateful for great work of caretakers. Our special thanks is to Igor for being so nice, kind and friendly. He was helping us with a lot of things, we went kayaking and fishing with him, once he treat us with a coconut, we went to Chimo together. We very happy to meet him,

So if you see him – let him know what a nice person he is.

We hope to be back to Los Chonchos again.


Ihor and Oksana

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Puerto Vallarta
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: not necessary

The water taxi stops twice daily at Los Chonchos. You can hop on the boat in the morning and spend a day in Yelapa, a nearby village for about $10 per person for the water taxi. A great hike is a two mile walk to the small village Chimo where you can buy groceries or have lunch at a seaside restaurant.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Manager'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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