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Awesome Casa Polo - In The Sweetest Town In Mexico, San Pancho

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Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
5 nights


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House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6), WIFI, Plunge Pool, garden, 2 terraces

Casa Polo is a sweet home in the fishing village of San Pancho (officially: San Francisco) on a lazy cul-de-sac . It is affectionately named after the adjacent polo field where, before they moved to their new field, we caught glimpses of magnificent horses and bi-weekly polo matches. Our house was designed to be a haven with three primary concerns; privacy, layers of public spaces and cooling. For cooling we have overhangs and orientation to shade the sun and whisk in a cool tropical breeze.

*Two king master suites have dedicated baths, closets and privacy.

*There are two second-floor decks, one with chaises -private for the master suite and one overlooking life in the lane, with charcoal BBQ, benches and a picnic table. These are great for reading, sunning, eating or partying.

*The kitchen/dining overlook the living room: both overlook the cooling plunge pool with small deck.

Older children are very welcomed, however due to unprotected stairwell and ladder, the house is unsuitable for toddlers and rambunctious kids(and adults :-).

San Pancho is wonderful for people who love the ocean without the overwhelm of tourists or refinery. The beach itself is 1.8 miles long, an oasis of empty white sand. Near main street, the beach has clusters of people where a few local restaurants serve lunch, dinner and drinks. In either direction the beach is unpopulated except for New Years and Easter. On the left end is the good surf and the fishing pangas. You can ask fishermen to take you deep sea fishing. Occasionally the national Mexican surf championships is here. At the right end is the occasional surf caster or boogie boarder.

We love our small mixed neighborhood of friendly folks, both Mexican and Gringo. Our un-trafficed cul-de-sac has a particularly relaxed feeling while still giving an authentic Mexican experience. We walk or bike (rent) everywhere. The ocean is only 3/4 mile and almost everything you could want is between here and there: fine restaurants, taco stands, the EntreAmigo community center, shopping, bars, and soccer field. Las Huertas Golf Club is a mile away: they rent fine clubs for men and women. Just walking to the ocean, taking a swim and having lunch under a palapa near the beach is our idea of fun. My husband has discovered mountain motorcycle touring. I enjoy yoga classes and I'm just experimenting with SUP surfing. We love both cooking at home and the amazing restaurants here. Our kids love surfing. A favorite part of the day is at sunset when locals and gringos come together on the beach with babies or margaritas in tow. Horses go by for a sunset riding tour. Eyes are peeled for birds, whales, and butterflies while sipping cold drinks and watching the friendly activity.

The San Pancho Music Festival is a huge draw the last weekend each February. It is a true community affair from school kids to world class performers. It is organized by musician and recording legend Charles Eller - think Putumayo Records. The big question is will he open a studio here one day? Amazing statistic: the owners of 3 American recording studios own houses in tiny SP.

Exploring the varied coastline is engaging with unique villages, jungle ruins, natural hot springs, a village where prime surf is reachable only by boat, and farmers markets, just to name a few. Sayulita is great for night life; Punta Mita for snorkeling, whale watching &, fishing; La Penita for its Thursday morning market, and Puerto Vallarta for everything city.

A huge bonus while at Casa Polo is our multi-talented and bilingual manager, Abigail. Through her you can arrange in-home massages, foot reflexology, cooking, private yoga or cooking classes, taxi and delivered groceries. You can ask her for references for bike rentals, tours and more. She is a talented chef and massage/health practitioner.

Services included:

Maid service - midweek on 6-7 day rentals (more can be arranged)

Gardener - three days per week

San Pancho Hydration Essentials :-)

*Jamaica Tea or Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Punch) Non Alcoholic: bring water to boil, steep till it’s the color of cranberries,10 minutes-ish. This tea is great alone, or with a tad of sweetness -add agave. For punch:

3 quarts water

1/2-inch piece ginger, finely grated

1 1/2 C dried Jamaica flowers (hibiscus or flor de Jamaica) - bring to boil and steep, then add:

1 cup agave

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 1 large lime)

*Casa Polo Margaritas:

Rub glass rim with lime or agave and dip in sea salt.

1 part Tequila - Herradura (or your favorite 100% agave tequila)

1 part Triple Sec ( Amaranta Triple Sec is our favorite orange liquor. See photo attached. Only found at Super Mary’s this visit on the main street just behind Casa Polo).

1 part Freshly squeezed lime juice

Ice finely crushed for proper dilution (if not add water to the mix)

*Micheleda: Rub rim of chilled glass with lime then dip in salt. For more zing, add chili powder to the salt.

I bottle Clamato Juice

1 bottle Pacifica

8 dashes of hot sauce & worschester sauce +

1/2 large lime juiced


More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Dorothy Reilly
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016

About Dorothy Reilly

Gringos from New York state, ocean lovers with background in Architecture, Environmental Advocacy and Window/Door Manufacturing.

Dorothy Reilly purchased this house in 2007

Why Dorothy Reilly chose Nayarit

After buying a spectacular seaside property 3 mi. out of town to build our dream house, we planned to first build a spec house in the village to fund construction of our dream house. To our surprise, when Casa Polo was complete, we discovered we loved living in the village more than ocean side & now our seaside lot is going on the market.

What makes this house unique

Lots of privacy, great manager, plunge pool, close to EntreAmigo community center, end of cul-de-sac.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Happy New Year's greetings.

Please forgive the tardiness of this note- somehow the re-entry was more challenging than ever!

This is, no doubt, because both Michael and I had such a wonderful time in San Pancho. While we'd be in the town about 12 years ago- to have pizza- we never took in the big picture. What a lovely town, with such spirit and friendliness. I cannot wait to return.

We loved EntreAmigo and visited several times to drink in the culture and see the close interaction of both natives and "gringos". Adored the recycled "art" and the crafts and all the efforts being made there to educate and nurture a real sense of community. We drove to Sayulita one day and scurried away in horror at what that sweet town has become- yikes!

We loved your gorgeous house and were so comfortable there. We spent countless hours on the upper deck reading, eating and enjoying the view.

We're especially grateful to Abi and Carlos for their attention and friendship throughout our stay.

Thank you for all that you did to make our stay such a memorable one. We hope to be back soon.
Jan 2014
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Awesome Casa Polo - In The Sweetest Town In Mexico, San Pancho
average rating of 4.866667 based on 17 reviews

Very Unique

  • 3 of 5

The design of the house is so unique. Part of it was indoors and part of it outdoors. The Windows and sliding door opened up to make the house very cool and comfortable. It is three bedrooms and three bathrooms. We were amused that two of the bathrooms were ceiling. You needed the ladder if you were going to sleep in the twin bedroom. The doors, picnic table, coffee table....all were made out of old old wood, which added to the unique flavor of the house. The house was decorated very cute. It was about a 16/18 minute walk to the beach. We felt very comfortable walking in the middle of the road/street of San Francisco, Mexico, at night time. I felt there should have been a table/shelves in the master bedroom for luggage/clothes. There was an area in the bathroom to hang clothes and a few shelves, which we had for our toiletries. I don't know if it was the mattress pad on the bed in the master bedroom or not, but this was not my favorite bed on our trip. Would we stay there again? You bet.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Loved your suggestion, David, for extra surfaces in the upper master suite and we are drawing up a design for that right now. Will look into making the bed softer too. So pleased that you enjoyed the coolness and inside/outside quality of Casa Polo. And we certainly hope to see you down here again in the future. PS - New plans for the bunk room are to convert the lower bunk into a queen sized bed and leave the upper bunk just in case. Bunk ladder still will be required.
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Beautiful casa in San Pancho

  • 5 of 5

I bring down groups to travel in Mexico all the time and I have to say, this was one of my all time favorite houses we've ever stayed in! It is beautiful, quaint and a block off the one Main Street of San Pancho. It offers indoor/outdoor living, Mexico style. If you have a group of about 5-6 people or a family, I would highly recommend renting Casa Polo.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Andrew we are so thrilled that you enjoyed your stay. Come back soon!!!
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Always a delight

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful spot in a delightful village. We've been coming to San Pancho for nearly a decade and look forward each time to our return to Casa Polo - a simple, elegant, architectural gem and perfect base from which to explore the charms of San Pancho and the wonders of the Riviera Nayarit.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girls Week 2015

  • 5 of 5

This was the definition of relaxation, but with fun, entertainment, superb food, culture, beach and just down right perfect! We had an excellent time. In fact we thought about going to Puerto Vallarta, but we enjoyed San Pancho so much we didn't leave all week, but for a day trip to San Blas and Sayulita for one evening..but we were glad to be back in San Pancho. . The house has an "open concept" living space so it was nice to just lounge in either the living room or be in the plunge pool or in the kitchen or even the upstairs balcony and still talk and share alone or together time. Everything was provided for. It is about 10 minutes from the beach, but if you are up for walking and just enjoy truly getting to know the village its perfect. Half the time we would get stuck at a great new food place or little store to shop at on our way to the beach... during the hot day the plunge pool was awesome. The hosts Abigail and Carlos are wonderful...they arranged Taxi service to and from the airport, Abigail knows many people in the town and recommended Alonso with San Pancho's Surf shop for a day trip to San Blas and Abigail cooked us on the last night there, the best dinner with homemade margaritas and appetizers to top it off!! We couldn't have asked for anything more.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simple elegance

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at Casa Polo almost every year for the past seven years. It's such a warm and welcoming spot - simple architectural elegance and comfortable decorations. The owners are delightful, and Abigail, the property manager, is always helpful for suggesting local highlights. The restaurants of San Pancho are an easy walk from Casa Polo, ensuring delicious huevos rancheros every morning! The beach at San Pancho provided beautiful sunsets every day ... for the more adventurous a variety of pristine secluded beaches are just a short drive north. Casa Polo is highly recommended for a romantic getaway or family vacation. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casa Polo. San Francisco , Mexico

  • 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our stay at Casa Polo which was the middle of Nov..when the rainy season is normally over. We did experience 2 days of rain, but when the sun came out, it was beautiful and lush. The house is a comfortable 3 bedroom complete with a dunking pool, ping pong table, and plenty of space for throwing a frisbee, etc. The location is great for walking to the beach, town, shopping and delicious food. We enjoyed golfing on the 9 hole course and dining at their fine restaurant in an awesome setting. There are many 4 star restaurants in town, a beautiful town square which includes a Catholic church. The beaches are beautiful and pristine. The people are very friendly and it is a wonderful place to surf, swim, read, and relax. This is a jewel of an area-not to be missed!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
at about half mile from the house
Nearest Point of Interest
La Patrona Polo Club
Nearest Point of Interest
The Pacific!!!!
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Las Huertas Golf Course
Car: not necessary

PingPongat Casa Polo, Yoga, Polo, Ocean Sunsets, Stand-up-paddelboarding, SUP surfing (my friend Tiger who stoppped surfing 30 years ago is a convert) , Orchid Hike, Off Shore Fishing, Salsa Dancing & Lessons, Jazz, Motorcycle Mountain Touring, Turtle Egg Releases, In-house Massage


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Winter Holidays
Dec 16 2016 - Dec 10 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
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5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

In the event of a cancellation more than 60 days prior to the arrival date, the total rent will be refunded to Guests less a $50 service charge. If guests cancel less than 60 days prior to scheduled arrival date, funds paid are non-refundable, unless we rebook minus $150 service change. Cancellation is required by midnight.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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San Francisco House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , With private bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , With private bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Above the queen is a twin bunk.
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming

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