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Beachfront Casa Terra with private swimming pool near PV

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

Oceanfront with private pool, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom Casa Terra is located in the gated and secure complex of La Puntilla, just 20 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta airport between the towns of Bucerias and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle on Mexico’s Pacific coast. This area on the northern portion of the Bay of Banderas is quickly becoming known as Riviera Nayarit.

La Puntilla is a luxurious, upscale gated and secure complex of 19 homes on 7 acres and each house has its own private swimming pool. There are 10 homes located directly on the beach and 9 homes in the oceanview row. Casa Terra is house #9 in the beachfront row of homes. As Casa Terra is conveniently located between Bucerias and La Cruz, you will not be bothered by beach vendors or timeshare sales people while you enjoy your vacation.

At Casa Terra, the living room and master bedroom open directly onto a private beach facing patio where you can enjoy the beautiful sunrises. From your patio take a step down to your private pool and then walk about 40 feet across the tree lined grass to the beach. With the ocean at your front door, explore tide pools and comb the beach. You can walk along the beach 10-15 minutes to La Cruz or during low tide walk 30 minutes to Bucerias. Downtown Puerto Vallarta is only 45 minutes away.

The master bedroom suite opens onto the poolside patio and the ocean beyond, and features a king sized bed and master ensuite bath with soaker tub and shower. Air conditioning as well as screens on the wall-to-wall windows allow for a comfortable night's sleep.

The second bedroom features a king sized bed while the third bedroom has twin beds, convertible to king bed. Two main bathrooms, both with marble showers are located just outside the bedroom doors. The second and third bedrooms open onto the landscaped front garden.

The home office located in the master bedroom offers COMPLIMENTARY high speed modem and Wi Fi service throughout the house and yard (bring your laptop). There is a phone for local calls and a second phone for FREE LONG DISTANCE PHONE CALLS to Canada and the US -- no computer required.

As well as two shaded eating areas on the pool deck--a shaded area tucked under the roof overhang, and a patio table with umbrella and chairs near the water--there is also a spacious dining area and a laundry room with full sized washer and dryer.

Comfortable outdoor furniture on the large, partially shaded poolside patio lends itself to a bit of daydreaming, a relaxing snooze or day of basking around the pool to work on your tan--or just settle back on one of the pool lounges with your favourite book and look up to watch the sea birds plunge into the bay for their next meal. For your outdoor enjoyment we provide QUALITY patio furniture, chaise lounges and pool floats, a picnic cooler and freezer packs and a beach umbrella. All this, plus beachfront and private pool!

After a day in paradise, casually walk the beach to one of the many fabulous restaurants in La Cruz or Bucerias for dinner, or whip up a gourmet meal in the fully equipped kitchen that is complete with cookware and utensils, floor standing cooler with bottled water, new 3 door stainless steel refrigerator, gas stove with oven, new stainless steel dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, and toaster. And of course, no vacation home is complete without a blender and glasses for those frosty margaritas!

We can help you arrange for an onsite massage, facial, manicure or pedicure--all at a very reasonable prices--and in the comfort and privacy of your own casa.

From the nearby Marina Riviera Nayarit you can arrange for a fishing, snorkelling or sightseening tour around the Bay of Banderas. There are several fresh fish markets at the marina where you can purchase fish, shrimp, lobster, etc. -- all fresh off the boats that morning. There is also a wonderful Sunday Market at the Marina featuring 'Made in Mexico' crafts, gifts and delicious food items.

You might decide to fire up the built-in stainless steel gas barbeque and grill up a feast of freshly caught fish purchased that morning from a fisherman in La Cruz, from one of the fish stalls at the Marina or from one of the markets in Bucerias. Savour your meal with a glass of wine and dine poolside while you admire the evening sky with the lights of Bucerias and Puerto Vallarta twinkling across the bay. Midnight dip in the private pool, anyone?

After a busy day in paradise, you’ll want to relax on the comfy couch in the living room while you listen to music and enjoy the view or watch the new 48” flat screen HD TV with full package Star Choice English language satellite, BlueRay disc player and a new CD player and i-Pod docking station.

Casa Terra is wheelchair accessible and as a non-smoking home, we invite you to smoke outside or on the patio only, please. A well behaved pet may be allowed--please inquire. A security guard is at the gated entrance 24 hours a day, and a security patrolman is on the beach in the evenings and throughout the night.

Our local property managers live in nearby La Cruz and are available to answer any questions you might have.

The new Marina Riviera Nayarit is an easy 10 minute walk along the beach and 5 more minutes will take you to the village of La Cruz where there are restaurants, evening entertainment, shopping and fresh fish markets. The town of Bucerias with many very good restaurants and shopping is 8 minutes by car or bus and downtown Puerto Vallarta is 45 minutes away.

Escape the crowds of Puerto Vallarta and enjoy the privacy, comfort, peaceful surroundings and spectacular oceanfront views at Casa Terra. Come and enjoy our slice of paradise and create your own special memories of Mexico.

Keywords: House, villa, casa, private pool, beachfront, luxury private villa, Riviera Nayarit, gated, secure, luxury complex, quiet, ocean front, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, la Cruz de huanacaxlte, la cruz, bucerias, punta mita

More Details

Property Manager
Marilyn Hadley
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 11, 2017

About Marilyn Hadley

I enjoy the sunshine and warm weather that Mexico provides.

Marilyn Hadley purchased this house in 1999

Why Marilyn Hadley chose Nayarit

After spending several winters in the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta, I discovered the quaint little fishing village of La Cruz de Huanactaxtle (La Cruz) located just 20 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta airport. I enjoy the peace and quite at Casa Terra, yet I am easily able to go to the hustle and bustle of downtown Puerto Vallarta--then come home and relax by my private pool. The best of both worlds!

What makes this house unique

La Cruz is a wonderful, quaint little Mexican fishing village with friendly people, several very good restaurants, some evening entertainment and shopping. The town of Bucerias is a 5 to 8 minute drive or bus ride away where there are many very good restaurants, evening entertainment and shopping. Downtown Puerto Vallarta is an easy 45 minutes away. The new MEGA supermarket is 10 minutes south of the house, so no need to fight the traffing into downtown PV for groceries!

The new Marina Riviera Nayarit is an easy 10 minute walk along the beach from Casa Terra and I can enjoy the restaurants, evening entertainment and buy fresh fish from the fish markets at the Marina or in La Cruz. Boat charters are available for fishing, snorkeling or sightseeing tours around the Bay of Banderas. What's not to love!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for letting us spend our family vacation at Casa Terra. We are "regulars" to Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas area and absolutely, this is one of the best properties for a family vacation we have had.

We want to recognize eepecially, Gloria the housekeeper for Casa Terra, who was very helpfull.

We will return next year and hope to rent Casa Terra for a month.
Jul 2011
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La Cruz de Huanacaxtle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Soaker tub/shower in master bedroom en-suite Showers in bathrooms 2 and 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (2) King beds in oceanfront master bedroom and second bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 twin beds in third bedroom, convertible to king bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
60 inch TV, Full ShawDirect English language Satellite package, CD player and i-Pod docking station, High speed modem or Wi Fi throught the house and yard, FREE phone calls to US and Canada -- no need to plug into a computer. The fully equipped kitchen is complete with new cookware and utensils, bottled water, new 3 door stainless steel fridge, new stainless steel stove with oven, new hood fan, new stainless steel dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster and blender, There is a washer and dryer for your convenience--soap and paper products supplied, iron and ironing board, as well as picnic coolers and freezer packs, beach umbrella, beach towels, pool floats, pool lounges and chaise lounges, Hair dryer available. Well behaved pets may be allowed with permission. As Casa Terra is a non smoking home, smoking outside or on the patio only, please


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Beachfront Casa Terra with private swimming pool near PV
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 26 reviews

Beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time in Mexico and we couldn't have found a better place to stay. The house was perfect for our family of four. The location was the ideal place to stay and relax and was also an excellent base for seeing the sights of the area. The house had everything we needed for a great stay, we cooked and ate in several nights and the house was very well equipped. We also visited the local restaurants and found great local cuisine and delicious seafood. The Sunday market is a short walk from the house and is a must see. The owner and the local manager are very easy to work with and have provided everything you could need for the perfect vacation. We can't wait to visit again.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tacoma, Washington


  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Casa Terra six times over the years. It is a fabulous place for couples. We had three couples and each had their own bed and bath. The private pool is so nice to have and the villa is so roomy and beautiful. You have it all at Casa Terra. The sandy beach, the pool, a short walk to La Cruz with some of the best restaurants you'll find. Security is an added benefit. Gloria takes great pride in the villa being cleaned. Maria comes right to the villa for the best massage ever. This year it was a girls trip and it was equally as wonderful. Best beach is a five minute drive up the road past La Cruz. Nahui Beach for body surfing and great food .

Dee Dee

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review. I'm so glad you enjoy Casa Terra -- but what's not to enjoy, I always think -- especially when you have your own private swimming pool and the quiet beach just steps out your door! I certainly agree that some of the best restaurants are located in La Cruz, just a few minutes from the house, and Maria's onsite massages are wonderful! It has always been a pleasure doing business with you and I look forward to being able to accommodate you "next time". Marilyn
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Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed everything about this rental. Marilyn was incredible to deal with as well as John and Carol.

The home was perfect in every way and the security around the home was fantastic. We enjoyed many of the restaurants and made many new friends. Already thinking of making this a annual event. Used Diva transportation and they were waiting for us with sign in hand and picked us up on time for the return trip to the airport. See you soon Casa Terra.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and the time you spent to submit this great review. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay at Casa Terra and were able to enjoy some of the many very good restaurants in La Cruz and nearby Bucerias. Thank you also for letting me know Diva Tours offered a great transportation option to and from the airport as that will be a good alternative for those guests not wanting to rent a vehicle. It was a pleasure doing business with you and I look forward to being able to accommodate you again! Marilyn
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Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing vacation! I did my research about where to celebrate our 20th anniversary during the month of August and selected this area due to no hurricanes (Banderas Bay acts as a natural hurricane barrier I found out).

I was hesitant at first when I found out I could not use my credit card to pay for this home. I then found out that through vrbo, only homeowners that are US citizens with a social security number can utilize the credit card payment option through vrbo. After reading all the amazing reviews posted by previous guests, and talking with Marilyn, I decided to book this home. BEST decision ever.

I did figure out to still "use" my credit card. I went to my bank and withdrew off my credit card (no charge for this at the teller window) and got a cashiers check and mailed it regular mail off to Canada!

Marilyn made me feel at ease and comfortable with all her amazing tips, advice and information regarding our upcoming vacation.

I could not have imagined renting a home in another country and sending payment to yet another country, could work out soo well. I am already referring this home to other friends who travel.

We did rent a car ahead of time from Gecko and we were very glad we did. The airport was crazy and we were just whisked away with our scheduled ride and delivered directly to Gecko; so relaxing. Adam and Lalo at Gecko were so friendly and helpful.

I booked a hot stone massage with Maria, which was simply amazing. Gloria left us an amazingly spotless house and even folded our laundry and left us fresh flowers on the patio table. What a wonderful surprise to come home to after fishing all day. The property managers called and came by to be sure we didn't have any questions. We booked a fishing trip with Jesus and his son (we caught a sailfish and a needlefish!) and later a snorkeling trip with them too.

The weather wasn't as hot as I'd feared it might be in August. We got some rain and thunder storms a few of the evenings and we loved every minute of it! We felt safe and secure and even accidently left our iPad on the back patio one night and it was still there in the morning!

I would come again in early August as we don't mind a little rain. I would highly recommend this house to anyone wanting a Mexico vacation away from the busyness of the resorts and timeshare sales. My girls (age 12) loved it and the house was huge for our family of 4. My husband already wants to come back and bring some of our friends with us next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review! I am so glad you enjoyed your vacation at Casa Terra -- but I always wonder, "what's not to enjoy"! When you booked the house for early August I was concerned that the weather might be very hot and possibly rainy, but glad to hear that was not the case. I am also happy to hear your iPad was where you left it the night before, but just as at home, I suggest not leaving valuables unattended. The guys at Gecko Rent a Car are great people to work with and so many of our previous guests have had great experiences with them. I never hesitate to recommend them, just as I love to recommend Maria for great massages and facials and can't say enough great things about our housekeeper, Gloria. She is a wonderful lady and I wish I could bring her home to help me! It sounds like you had a great time fishing and snorkelling with Jesus and his son. Glad to hear you caught some fish and hope your snorkel adventure was another wonderful experience. Belated congratulations on your 20th wedding anniversary, and I look forward to being able to accommodate you again! Marilyn
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Vancouver, BC, Canada

Dream location for relaxing days and nights

  • 5 of 5

The first impressive part of renting this house was the manager Marilyn who responded quickly, comprehensively and kindly with lots of information, answering any question, no matter how tiny. Before we arrived we were so well-briefed that we were assured of no unpleasant surprises. The villa itself was extremely comfortable for our party of six. It is very well equipped with all amenities, including lots and lots of beach towels. The photos more than accurately reflect the property itself, but cannot quite describe what it is like to be sitting there looking at that view at sunrise! We appreciated the twice-weekly thorough cleaning services of Gloria. We also highly recommend that visitors take advantage of the on-site spa services provided by Maria. We had various massages, wraps and facials, all of which were so relaxing. She is wonderful at providing the type of treatments that one would expect in a first class hotel, without having to leave the Casa. The nearby towns of Bucerias and La Cruz have a variety of good restaurants, which we took advantage of many times during our two week stay. I would highly recommend this property as a spectacular vacation experience from start to finish. Everyone we encountered, both associated with the property and outside of it, was friendly and reliable. If you want to get from the airport to the property we would also recommend that you take a look at the A/C car services provided by Divatours (see their site on-line). Also if you are wondering whether or not to rent a car (we didn't), the taxi services are plentiful and inexpensive. We also took the local bus (8 pesos) to the supermarket and got a cab back. We would not rent a car if we returned to La Cruz for a vacation. Once again, many thanks to everyone who made our vacation possible and enjoyable at Casa Terra.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words, Sue. It was a pleasure doing business with you, from your initial inquiry and throughout the booking process. I agree that the view of the sun coming up over the mountains is spectacular and leads to thoughts of what the rest of the day has in store. I'm glad you were able to enjoy the onsite services that Maria provides, and at such reasonable rates. Gloria is delightful and does such a great job of keeping the Casa clean and tidy. Also happy to hear the airport pick-up and drop off service worked for you as well as taxis and the bus. It can be an adventure riding the bus--especially if you never ride the bus at home. I can't say enough about the many very good restaurants in La Cruz and Bucerias and all at such reasonable prices. I do hope you were able to visit the Sunday market at the Marina Riviera Nayarit or at least buy some fresh fish and shrimp at the local fish vendors. Again, it was a pleasure doing business with you and I hope to be able to accommodate you another time. Marilyn
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Seattle, Washington

Fabulous! - Wish we could have stayed longer

  • 5 of 5

Our week went by so quickly. La Casa Terra is a wonderful home in a peaceful location with a million dollar view. I loved waking up each morning to watch the sunrise over the mountains with sailboats anchored just offshore swaying in the warm morning breeze. Many great restaurants are within walking distance. The Sunday Market at the marina should not be missed. Also, be sure to get a spa treatment from Maria.

Marilyn's communications with us in advance of the trip were excellent, and she provided a great deal of valuable information about the area which was greatly appreciated. I hope we are able to return for another visit soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so glad you enjoyed your time at Casa Terra and I look forward to being able to accommodate you another time. My favourite time of the day is also early morning, sitting out by the pool, coffee in hand, watching the sun come up over the mountains as the sailboats sway in the breeze. I agree that the Sunday Market at the Marina in La Cruz is not to be missed. It get better -- and bigger -- every year. It is amazing the number of beautiful gift items available for purchase as well as fresh produce and flowers, baking, food treats and of course the fresh fish markets are right there with all types of seafood, fresh off the boats that morning. I'm so glad you were able have Maria over for a Spa treatment. She is a lovely lady and her rates are so very reasonable. Thanks again, and I look forward to being able to accommodate you another time. Marilyn
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
PVR -- Puerto Vallarta International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Philo's Bar and Grill in La Cruz
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
5 Golf courses within 30 minutes of Casa Terra
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
1 mile off Mexico Highway 200
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Many restaurants in La Cruz
Nearest Beach
Directly on the beach/40 feet from private pool
Car: recommended

Snorkling & Diving, Boogie Boarding, Whale Watching, Deep Sea Sport Fishing, Wind Surfing, Beachcombing is at your front door, Lots of great restaurants and nightlife in Puerto Vallarta or, closer to home, in Bucerias or walking distance to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Five golf courses within 30 minutes of Casa Terra.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Pet Fee $10
Damage Deposit $300

Cancellation Policy: Please inquire when booking

50% to confirm Balance & refundable damage deposit 60 days prior to arrival (90 days for Christmas/New Years bookings) Note: No refunds for Cancelled Christmas/New Years bookings
Payment by cashier's cheque, bank draft, INTERNATIONAL money order, wire transfer (wire transfer fees apply)
$300.00 refundable damage/security deposit w/final payment
$70.00 US Service Fee for less than 7 night stay

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund