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Paradise Facing the Pacific Ocean & Fronting Enchanted Lagoon

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Ocean front house:4 Bedrooms,5 Baths (Capacity: 8 adults or 6 plus children)

We visited the Gulf coast and the Pacific coast resorts of Mexico looking to buy the perfect ocean-front house, and we found it at the end of our year-long search in the state of Oaxaca, 15 minutes south east of Puerto Escondido and in the southwest corner of Mexico. On Google Maps: 15.788433, -96.947237; 15º 46' 52.1 N, 96º 55' 45.6 W

As we drove into the access road from the Carretera Costera (PanAmerican highway) we saw the entrance framed with huge red and white bougainvillea bushes, the road itself was planted with cacti, parota trees and diverse palm species, and 30 meters before reaching the Costa Cumaná gate we drove through a lovely tropical lagoon, la Laguna Encantada (the Enchanted Lagoon), that was densely vegetated, populated with hidden cackling chachalacas and iguanas. As we drove to look at our future house we immediately knew we had encountered our vacation paradise and our dream house facing the open ocean 100 meters away! Every moment that we spend at our house, La Libélula (Lee-béh-loo-lah//Dragonfly), we count our blessings!

We wanted to live part-time in year-round sun and warmth in intimate proximity to the ocean. The temperature at La Libélula ranges from 75 to 85 degrees most of the year and in the summer there are daily short-lived tropical rains. We had heard about the natural wonders of the Puerto Escondido from two reliable sources. Ed’s brother was an international surfer, always looking for the best waves. He had frequented Puerto to surf at Zicatela beach whose surf is called the Mexican Pipeline and is in the top 10 surfing spots in the world for expert surfers. Patricia's daughter is an ecologist working and living in Queretaro’s Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, and she informed us that the entire Puerto Escondido zone was deemed an ecological preserve for turtles, birds, alligators, and the black iguana.

The house was built by a Mexico City couple who dedicated an entire year traveling back and forth to La Libélula as it was being built and lavishly paid attention to the smallest details in design, e.g., tall ornamental walls with hand-made and decorated multi-colored tiles grace the entrance and one side of the lap pool; the floor in front of the master bed has an inlay of tropical leaves made with colored stones, the master bed faces the ocean directly.

Why Oaxaca instead of Puerto Vallarta or other coastal resort areas of Mexico? Oaxaca is a very traditional Mexican state, away from the urban centers of Mexico. It has fought for and has been able to preserve its "usos y costumbres" (practices and customs). Thus Puerto Escondido has maintained at its center a thriving open air traditional Mexican mercado (market), something you cannot find anywhere along the coast of the Puerto Vallarta region in the state of Jalisco, for example. Nothing can compare to walking into a covered one-block sized building with separate rows of fresh vegetable and fruit shops, of freshly caught fish, of free-roaming chicken shops, butcheries, flower stands, shops of typical Oaxacan dresses, pants, and huipiles for children and adults, a section of stands of fresh juices and blended fruit drinks, and small boutique restaurants of local dishes. Amazing!

Keywords: One story, 1 master BR, 3BR each with 1 queen and 1 single beds, ceiling fans, lap swimming pool, palapa roof over beachfront living and dining rooms, study with A/C, wi-fi, TV, tropical and desert gardens, full time housekeeping and ground keeping services.

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Patricia Perez-Arce
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
March 8, 2018

About Patricia Perez-Arce

Ed and Patrici live in northern California most of the time. Patricia was born in Mexico City, and Ed was born in Los Angeles and is of Mexican and Irish heritage. Ed was a developmental psychologist researcher/test developer and she is a clinical neuropsychologist. Our careers have focused on issues regarding cognition and language development and the Spanish speaking populations in the United States. Patricia has a private practice, and Ed loves to play golf winner of many local championships. He also loves to make fine furniture with hard woods, and has been a mask collector for over 40 years. Patricia, through her daughter’s work as an ecologist, has a great interest on environmental and economic sustainability in areas with communities living in extreme poverty. Daughter and mother run a non-profit organization called “Viva Sierra Goda,” under the sponsorship of Earth Island Institute.

While in Puerto, besides socializing, and experiencing an amazing and peaceful closeness to nature particularly when watching the waves right in front of the swimmi we watch surfers at Zicatela beach, rent boats to snorkel, fish, and wwatch close-up whales, dolphins, turtles, etc. in the high seas. We also visit the many festivals in towns along the coast: beautiful masked dances, rodeos, Mixtec ball tournaments, religious ceremonies with boat processions, carnivals, etc. Along the many lagoons (Manialtepec, Naranjos) in the Puerto Escondido coast one can go boating, kayaking, swimming, bird watching, etc. There are a 130 different species of birds in this coastal zone. At the beach in front of our house this year, 2015, we +/or guests have witnessed turtles leave the ocean to lay eggs on the beach in front of our house. Turtles are endangered and their eggs poached for profit or nourishment. So, residents and visitors watch out to protect the eggs and place them in a safe camouflaged place once the mother leaves them. We feel blessed!

Patricia Perez-Arce purchased this house in 2008

Why Patricia Perez-Arce chose Mexico

We chose to buy our house in the development called Costa Cumaná for various reasons. The first is that it is gorgeous and well kept. It is legally constituted as a condominium and thus owners pay annual fees for the upkeep and protection of the common grounds, i.e., the infrastructure, flora and fauna, the maintenance of the roads, and automatic gate entrance security. We also are in charge of maintaining and protecting the federal zones that border Costa Cumaná, the beach and the lagoon. It is also a bit remote from the hustle and bustle of the tourists at Zicatela’s surfing beach and Puerto Escondido. We have 8 km of beach fronting our house, Most days we see maybe 5 people walking by, 10 at the most. So we have privacy, solitude, and unrivaled beauty in front of us all day. And while we love Oaxaca City with its amazing art and cultural life, rich nearby towns unique for their arts and crafts, and framed by famous pre-Colombian Zapotec ruins, we wanted to live occasionally in year-round sun and warmth with intimate proximity to the ocean. We’re delighted that Oaxaca City is just 6 hours away by car or a short half hour flight. From Mexico City the Puerto Escondido airport is 45 minutes away.

What makes this house unique

Costa Cumaná development is 25 minutes from the Puerto Escondido airport and 1 hour 20 min. from the Huatulco airport. The Huatulco resorts and golf course are 1.5 hours away. While you can rent or hire taxis to take you around, the highway is 1 km from our house. There are numerous types of public transportation that go back and forth all day in front of the entrance to the access road. Every 10 minutes or less you can hail down a collective taxi, a minibus, a microbus, or an autobus that go directly to Puerto Escondido’s downtown or in the opposite direction to Huatulco. In the town of Tomatal, 5 min. by car, thre are 3 small grocery shops good for the basics, one opens on Sunday. In this town there is a small artisanal factory of peanut butter (crema de cacahuate) and sesame butter, Tahini. This region is the capital of peanuts in Mexico. The fields one drives by on the road to Costa Cumana's entrance are peanut fields. We have a house manager who oversees the running of our house. Our manager ensures that the kitchen is well supplied, that our/your favorite foods and beverages are always in stock, and she will arrange excellent and reliable services for those who want to rent cars or ride taxis. The cooks we hire excel in the preparation of typical Oaxacan cuisine along with traditional Mexican dishes and standard international fare. Fish and seafood dishes are key specialties, grilled or not.They are adept in cooking for vegetarians. Great margaritas!


Mexico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Please do not flush paper products in toilets--septic tank. Por favor no ponga productos de papel en los inodoros--fosa séptica.
  • Swimming pool towels are only for drying not to spread on the sand; use sarongs as throws on the sand. Toallas no se echan en la arena, usa pareos.
  • Conserve energy, please. Turn off lights, A/C, and ceiling fans if you're out. Conserva energía eléctrica--apaga luces, A/C, y ventiladores.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
    Bathroom 6 - outdoor shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1) All 4 bedrooms have queen beds and a full bathroom. All but the master bedroom have an additional twin bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
The house, swimming pool, and gardens are maintained by a housekeeper and a groundskeeper; it is managed by a local administrator who attends to the everyday needs of our guests; lots of coconuts; ceiling fans in all rooms and common living spaces, cooking and chauffeur services available.


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Paradise Facing the Pacific Ocean & Fronting Enchanted Lagoon
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
the Netherlands, Uruguay, Argentina, Germany, Belgium, Austria, USA

Our stay in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Le Libelula for a month ( Nov) The house is perfect with the pool and the ocean front. Lumy and Neulfrain(Jim) looked after us very well. Many thanks.

We hope to back go there in time.

After all a very good holiday with perfect weather.

Also our thanks to Georgina and Stephanie.

Martin & Nel

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with two other couples, stayed at La Libelula for 7 days. As soon as you walk through the front door, you see the beautiful pool facing the ocean. The house is very spacious and comfortable. We were six adults staying there and we never felt cramped. The staff took care of everything for us. From cooking our meals to calling us taxis to setting up excursions for us... They did it all! And every meal was delicious! The house, the location and the staff are all amazing! We can't wait to return to La Libelula!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Leandro, California

Our dream came true!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we walked through the front door our dreams did come true!!! This house was paradise! It was beautifully decorated with lots of love. My kids who were 8 and 11 felt right at home. The wonderful staff welcomed us like a family. Our memories included: cooling off in the pool while gazing out at the beautiful waves crashing on the beach, boogie boarding in the ocean, collecting shells on the beach, visiting the Iguana reserve which was only a 20 minute drive, driving into town in Puerto Escondido, boat tour in the ocean and we saw Turtles and Dolphins, surf lessons, horseback riding and eating the delicious meals prepared by the chef. We stayed 2 weeks and it went by so fast. We already miss the home and will definitely come back!!!!! Thank you for allowing our dreams to come true!!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA, USA

Perfect getaway for two families

  • 5 of 5

The house has a quiet location with a fabulous beach view, beautiful pool, and comfortable outdoor lounging area but most of all it comes with wonderfully attentive and helpful staff and amazing cook. Every time we left for a meal, we regretted it! We would all highly recommend La Libelula.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oakland, California USA

Honeymoon paradise

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at la Libélula for our honeymoon and we can't wait to marry each other again so we can go back! The property is truly one-of-a-kind and and house is beautifully designed and decorated without attempting the impossible task of competing with the out-of-this-world scenery. You are literally steps from the waves here, with nothing between you and the water but a row of coconut palms, a brilliant green lawn, and pearly sand. You can sit with a cup of coffee and fresh orange juice in the morning and watch sea turtles and manta rays cavort in in the surf. The pool is refreshing and we spent most of our days sitting next to or in it, refusing to tear ourselves away from the spectacle. Although we went during the hottest time of the year, the house has the perfect balance of indoor and outdoor spaces to keep comfortably cool. We capped each day with a long walk on the near-empty beach and watched the sunset exploding across the sky. The groundskeeper and managers at the house are lovely and incredibly helpful and we left feeling like we had made new friends. Oh, and don't spend all your time on the beach-side of the house - the cactus garden on the land-side is superb!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Querétaro, México

A hidden gem in the mexican pacific coast.....

  • 5 of 5

By far has been the nicest place to stay I have ever been, as the location is gorgeous, La Libélula stands out as a beautiful house, were every detail has been polished and a friendly and efficient staff, excellent food and amazing sunsets. And easy to get from the Puerto Escondido airport. So if you really want to relax in beautiful spot, this should be your choice, just to stay there or explore the many atractions in the region.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola Beto, mil gracias por tu reseña! saludos, patricia y lalo
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Car: not necessary

Nearest navigable lagoon is 5 minutes away, extensive bird sanctuary 45 min., Zicatela beach 10 min., Mazunte 40 min., Huatulco 1 hr 30 min, and in the region there are frequent baby turtle liberations, turtle/iguana/alligator preserves, indigenous/cultural festivals, and mexican arts and crafts.

A lo largo de la costa de Oaxaca en la región de Puerto Escondido se encuentran una laguna tras otra--las más inmensas son Manialtepec a 45 minutos, que es un santuario de aves, y Chacala a más de una hora. La playa Zicatela, a 10 minutos, es una mecca para surfistas. Casi todo el año las tortugas golfinas, especie protegida, entran a las playas a desobar sus huevos , la comunidad siempre está invitada a participar en los rituales de la liberación de las tortuguitas. En la región hay iguanarios, albergues de protección de cocodrilos y de tortugas endémicas de México. Al norte hay festivales con danzantes en máscara representando las comunidades de la costa chica--mixtecas, afro-mexicanos, y de las comunidades alternativas


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

The daily fee includes daily housekeeping and groundskeeping for 6 persons. Rental for 7+ nights, $315 USD per night. The ideal capacity is 8 adults. Cooking services $400 pesos per day. Food & beverages additionally charged on site. Full payment due 30 days before date of arrival arranged directly with owner. For longer than 1 month rentals an additional reduction in price. House is for sale.
La tarifa diaria incluye servicio de aseo de casa y mantenimiento de alberca y jardín para 6 personas. Rentas de 7+ noches $315 USD por noche. Servicio de cocinera $400 pesos por día; el costo de alimentos y bebidas se pagan directamente a la administradora. El cupo máximo de la casa es 8 adultos idealmente. Pago completo se debe realizar 30 días antes del día de llegada concertado con el propietario. Para rentas de más de un mes hay otra reducción adicional en el precio por noche. La casa está en venta.

Daily rate applies ONLY to up to 6 persons. Additional adult $40, children (3-15) $20. Room deposit is returnable up to 30 days before first day of reservation, at 29 days or less it is not. .
Tarifa cubre SÓLO 6 personas, si más $40 o $20 por pers. El depósito de la primera noche sólo es retornable si la cancelación se hace más de 29 dias antes del día de llegada, si a 29 dias o menos se pierde.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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