House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)
- english, spanish
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Loved sitting on the balcony and watching the sunset.
There is plenty of room and overall it is a fine place to be. It does need a sparkle since the furniture is well used and the lighting is low. It is a relaxing place to be. The hill up to the house seems daunting to walk up, but it really is not bad.
Casa Juanita was just what we needed for a weekend break to get some peace and quiet. We enjoyed the beach with our dogs and the house had everything we needed to kick back and relax. We hope to be able to return here again. Just one note the house has a TV but it is only for watching DVDs so suggest you bring some of your own with you if that's important. We brought our laptop so watched some TV shows on that.
Away from it all
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.
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.
Very Special Place
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.
Two Weeks in Paradise!
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.
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.