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Charming Ocean View Retreat, Matanchen Bay

Bedrooms 2
Property type house


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Master suite and sitting room offers handsome colonial-style furnishings with king-size bed, dresser, chest and desk. Living area features an upholstered couch, love seat and oversized chair. Suite includes kitchenette w/sink mini fridge, microwave, bar and stools. Full kitchen on covered open air dining balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean and serene palm garden below.

The Second bedroom is downstairs and separate from the upstairs, which makes for private accomodations for two couples.

The round bathroom has an enormous tiled shower with ocean view. There is a smaller separate suite downstairs with kitchen access. Downstairs suite has a queen size bed, air conditioning, and bathroom with a sea-view from the shower. It has it's own ocean and garden view patio.

One is lulled to sleep by the sounds of the ocean from both bedrooms. One may relax on the large open air porch with two hammocks and rocking chairs and enjoy the scent of the indigenous flowers.

The house has internet connection. The beach is a ten minute walk and swimming privileges at the Casa Manana may also be included. The area is known for its world class birdwatching.

There is a caretaker who manages the house and beautiful garden and will introduce you to the area if needed. Additional housekeeping and laundry services are available for a reasonable fee. No smoking inside the living areas.

Keywords: House, ecotravel, beach, surfing, bird watching, artist retreat, writers retreat

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Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 7, 2018


Aticama House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Also, has a desk overlooking serene garden and ocean
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Charming Ocean View Retreat, Matanchen Bay
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews

Away from it all

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Casa Juanita in the tiny village of Aticama. The house is clean, there is plenty of hot water, and the kitchen well stocked. Umberto checks on you daily to assure you have all you need. The house dog, Lulu, and cat, Stitch, are treats.

There is only one small market in town that takes credit cards. Everyone else deals only in pesos, which you can get at the ATM in San Blas. The pollo place down the hill is excellent. Restarants all have the same menu of seafood and are very good. We found El Chaco on Mantachen beach to be very handy for food, drinks, hammocks, shade and bathrooms. About $2 US per person.

Bring books and games as this is a very poor, family oriented town which closed up after dark.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful stay. Aticama is a paradise and Casa Juanita has everything we needed. It's clean and spacious enough for 2 couples or a small family. House keeper; Don Beto, is nice and helpful.

We would definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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California, USA

Very Special Place

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at Casa Juanita 3 times over the last 5 years, with children, teenagers and a friend. I have been meaning to write a review of Casa Juanita for some time. When booking recently, I saw a somewhat bad review which I found perplexing, and I wondered if things had changed since my last visit. But I stayed again for 9 days recently and I found the house as charming, clean and safe as ever. Casa Juanitia is a special place. The surrounding grounds are loaded with flowers and trees, and the view of the ocean and the hills is spectacular. We most recently stayed in August, and we had some thunderstorms in the evening, which we enjoyed outdoors, protected by the roofed patio, sitting in hammocks or rocking chairs. It is also a wonderful place to have an afternoon siesta. I love cooking in the outdoor kitchen which is well stocked. Everything was clean and well-protected from the elements. The local shops have everything needed and stay open into the evening. The two living areas have lots of windows which are well screened, so we could open them and hear the ocean and wildlife. Both AC units work very well. Both interiors had recently been painted and there was good storage for our things. The furniture is beautiful and there are plenty of lamps and comfortable sofas and a new flat screen T.V. The beds are both very comfortable with good linens and plenty of pillows. Both bathrooms clean and in great working order. The downstairs shower has amazing view! There are lots of towels. The caretaker Humberto is a very sweet man and is so helpful. He grew up in the area, and helped us plan trips to Tepic and Mexcaltitan, both good day trips. He also kept us well supplied with water. The beach is a short drive away, it has soft sand and very warm water. Within walking distance of the house are several little restaurants, with affordable fresh food. Two that have become favorites are Lucy's, with tamales and pozole, and Alicia's, with delicious grilled chicken and rice. Also a Tortilleria, with good corn tortillas daily. Casa Manana, about a mile away is a good place to have a cocktail, swim and pizza from wood burning oven on Saturdays. Our teenagers could take the bikes out to find a pick-up soccer game or get something from store. I am already planning a return trip during spring break with my family in tow again. I highly recommend this place for any traveler looking for an off the beaten trail, truly Mexican experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 6
Monterey, CA

Two Weeks in Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We booked Casa Juanita for 2 weeks and could not have enjoyed our stay more. The main house and the guest house are both absolutely adorable, colorfully painted and with an artist's accents everywhere. The first week it was just my husband and myself and the second week another couple joined us. Casa Juanita is perfect for two couples because each can have a very private bedroom and bathroom of their own. But the common area, dominated by a long, open veranda with views of the ocean and red sunsets, is where we spent most of our time. The open air kitchen was well equipped and we made our own dinners almost every night preferring to stay home after days filled with outdoor adventures such as: a fishing trip, whale watching trip, bird watching trip, sitting on Aticama's beach (which is entirely empty of other people during the week), swimming in the ocean, and shopping and lunch-ing out in San Blas and the other nearby towns. The caretaker came to the house almost every day to do yardwork, maintenance, and check that we had everything we needed. The house is on a hill above the town (about 2 blocks down a cobble stone street very typical of Mexico) and is about 4-6 blocks to the stores and shops which have everything you need. Aticama is not a tourist town at all, which made it ideal for us as we prefer to have a more authentic experience when traveling. Most of all we were seeking peace and quiet, fresh air, beautiful scenery, and some hammock time with a good book. We felt entirely rejuvenated after 2 weeks in paradise and plan to book this house for at least 2 weeks every year from now on.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 5

Great for Couples

  • 2 of 5

We rented Casa Juanita for 6 months from Feb-July 2014 myself, husband and our 2 young children (2 & under 1) but ended up leaving after only 3 months (gave 1 month notice) because the property location just wasn’t suitable for foot travel with children and there was no yard. We enjoyed the real Mexican feel of the town and house. We spent many hrs enjoying the long porch during the day and patio off the kitchen at night (luckily we had packed our own large screen tent). The sunsets never disappointed us or our visitors. A few things are misleading in the listing: 1 The short walk to the beach is a steep hill with a roughly cobblestone surface not easily walkable with young children or people who might have mobility issues. The other option is a rough narrow path through the woods again up and down hills. 2 The yard is nothing like the picture or description -no grassy area or palapa and hammock. 3 There is NO off street parking and while we were there several cars on our street were broken into. We cooked most of our meals at the house and found the stores in the area had most of everything we would need. The kitchen had a great knife set and you could host up to 20 people with all the plates, cups and cutlery. On the down side the pots and pans were in a large garbage bin and a mish mash of sizes either too large or too small with no lids to match and the stove is in need of repair or replacement. We had to clear out the closet and the bureau so we could unpack as there were lots of personal items left. Half the light bulbs were not working, one of the air conditioners was broken as was 1 of the 2 ceiling fans in the living area/bedroom. When I asked the caretaker about it he said, yes it’s broken and it wasn’t fixed. We found the main living area/bedroom a bit dingy and not really clean. The house just didn’t seem to be set up to rent out. There were no instructions left on what to do with garbage, recycling, how to get water, what to do in case of emergency or how to get a hold of the caretaker if there were other problems. The owner did respond promptly when we emailed regarding some of these questions but it would have been more helpful to just have an instruction manual (as we had with all the other properties that we rented off VRBO).For the most part we really enjoyed our stay in Aticama and the caretaker was very helpful. I would recommend this property to couples for a fun getaway but NOT to families with children of any age.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Diamond in the rough

  • 5 of 5

This pretty cliffside Casa is a diamond in the rough. If you are a little bit adventuresome, it is so worth the lovely drive through small Mexican villages to go there. It is not a tourist place at all do during the week, you have the beautiful beaches to yourself and the water was warm. Even though we don't speak Spanish, we were able to get by just fine even though very little English is spoken. The Casa itself was very special. The architecture was in true Mexican style with arched brick ceilings, hand painted designs on the colorful walls, lovely round bathroom, pretty Mexican furniture, wonderful veranda overlooking the tropical gardens and ocean. This place really allowed my creative juices to flow as I ended up painting 3 paintings during our stay. It also comes with a lovely seperate guest bedroom with its own round bathroom. We had some friends come up for the weekend and they had a blast. I don't remember the last time I got this relaxed away from it all (even though we had wifi). The Casa also comes with a caretaker who was extremely helpful and a watchdog which I'm not sure we needed as the place felt very safe. With an outdoor kitchen, we did have to learn the timing of our meals to have dinner cooked by sunset otherwise with lights on, you could invite bugs to join you for dinner. We would love to come back here!!! Thanks Peggy!!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2013
  • Stayed: January 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 4


Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Puerto Vallarta
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Matanchen Bay
Car: recommended

birdwatching, La Tovara Jungle River trip and Crocodile Sanctuary, shopping for regional folk art, near colonial capital city of Tepic with museums, near Mexcaltitan (a city on an island only accessable by boat) as well as the Huichol Cultural Center in Santiago, and visit an organic coffee plantation. An ecotravelers delight.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $30

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.