|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Named for its impressive palapa roof, La Casa Palapa is a picturesque and unique luxury villa located in a small, gated community at the north end of the San Pancho beach along Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit. Once you’ve entered through the antique, rustic front doors of La Casa Palapa, a sense of wonder and awe immediately caress your senses and you begin to anticipate the magic you will experience during your escape from everyday life in this seductive hideaway. A world of nature’s wonders and remarkable beauty await your discovery and enjoyment in this idyllic 3 bedroom plus den (which can be used as a 4th bedroom), 4 bathroom home. Note: Steep drop offs, NOT toddler friendly.
The open main living and dining areas under the palapa provide elegant comfort and breathtaking views allowing you to fully embrace the warmth and beauty of this very special location. Nestled between the ocean and the jungle every view is full of life and beauty. Whether it is the whisper of palm fronds or an unforgettable sunset, this spectacular setting will fill your heart with lasting memories. Located on a bluff, directly over the Pacific Ocean, the villa overlooks the sea, with views toward Sayulita, the San Pancho beach and President’s Point. At night the lights of Sayulita twinkle and sparkle in the distance. You will have the perfect view of any fireworks displays from San Pancho or Sayulita. They are very frequent on weekends and inspire lots of oohs and aahs when viewed from the villa. We’ve seen many of the dazzling displays from the master bedroom deck or even while in bed. During whale season (December through April), it is not uncommon to see a big splash or a spout of water from a passing pod of whales. Mesmerizing sunsets, many of them with the infamous “green flash”, are a glorious sight to enjoy at the end of the day.
Each bedroom has its own peaceful, cozy deck perfect for enjoying the view, starting the day or ending the day with a beverage, having an intimate conversation with your special someone or enjoying a favorite book. The bedrooms offer the option of air conditioning. Outdoor showers provide an exotic treat for city dwellers. While staying at this villa, you truly feel like you’ve entered another world far from the stress and strain of everyday life.
The private outdoor deck and heated infinity pool are the perfect place to unwind or relax and soak up the sun. If you would like to go to the beach, it is a short walk away and is uncrowded. We provide beach chairs and an umbrella for your use and convenience.
A poolside BBQ is available for grilling whatever you choose. Freshly caught fish is available in town daily if you want a local specialty like dorado (Mahi Mahi). The village does have amazing restaurants. We encourage our guests to explore the many fantastic choices available in town although some guests are so comfortable once settled into the villa that they would rather stay put. Arrangements can be made for our staff or another local resident to cook dinners for you if you would like that option. If you love to cook, we provide you with suggestions for grocery shopping. Let us know if you would like to have groceries delivered before your arrival for an additional fee. We do recommend the experience of shopping in the local supermarkets. There are several convenient places to stop between the airport and San Pancho.
The entire house has a state of the art water purification system, but we also provide bottled water.
Housekeeping is provided Monday through Saturday mornings.
From the moment you arrive, nature’s sounds will be your background music. Bird songs and surf will serenade your stay. Chacalacas and beautifully colored Great Kiskadees with their boisterous singing voices might tell you it’s time to get up and smell the coffee. On occasion you may witness an exchange between a squirrel and a woodpecker arguing over a treat in their favorite tree. Pelicans and frigate birds fly overhead and often at eye level or even below right next to the house and infinity pool. Curious little lizards scuttle by with a shy hello. In the fall fireflies light up the night. Each season has its wonderful bird and animal visitors flying by or dropping by to meet and greet the humans.
La Casa Palapa provides a treasure trove of subject matter for photographers. Bring lots of memory cards along with your camera. San Pancho offers a variety of outdoor adventures for enthusiasts of all levels.
Bienvenido. Welcome. Enjoy your stay. And for many of you, welcome back again! We are so happy to share our “secret” paradise with you. Mi casa es su casa.
We built this home in 2005 after having another home in San Pancho. When this lot became available, we knew we had to have it. We love our home and find San Pancho to be the most delightful town we have seen in Mexico. It is a wonderful change from our other residence in Olympia, WA,
Tom purchased this villa in 2005
Each pueblo has its own distinct ambiance and atmosphere. San Pancho is small and quaint. It is clean, safe, and filled with incredible restaurants. It is charming and picturesque, the local residents are warm and friendly and the beach is uncrowded.
La Casa Palapa is the most charming and romantic villa in the area. Its unique benefits include location, sunsets, view, privacy, and outdoor living space.
This is a great property well located just outside of town on a bluff. Fantastic views over the ocean, and a nice great room and pool deck. The Master and 2nd suite are very nice, the 3rd bedroom is pretty dark and claustrophobic, and needs some attention. Ok for kids, but not really for a 3rd couple. As noted by others the driveway is really steep.
House is fairly dated (80s style) but pretty clean. Kitchen had some ants, but didn't bother us too much. Housekeepers are nice, don't speak much english.
Our biggest complaint is the directions and maps are horrible!! The house is located just after the cobblestone ends and dirt road begins on the way out of town, but if you miss it, you drive on a bumpy dirt road for miles. Owner needs to use a town map (not a hand drawn map) or just say to look for the gate on the left after the cobblestones end, OR just give the address!
Great Views! Incredible Views! San Pancho is great. Tons better than Sayulita. Very much like a laid back Mexican town with everything still to offer. A great beach, good restaurants, and good shops. We had Eva cook 3 nights and her Chili Rellenos was fantastic! We had Dorado as well as traditional enchilada's.
The master bedroom looked out over the Pacific ocean with a super outdoor shower. The open room to the pool and patio was relaxing and nice. Kids slep in guest rooms and the short walk to the beach helped get our blood flowing again. I would highly recommend to anyone to stay here.
Beautiful location, views are spectacular. Close to the beach, though the walk up and down the driveway is very very steep so not good for anyone who has difficulty getting around. You need a car for this location.
House is nice though a few things were not up to what one would expect for this price per night. Some examples:
Fans were broken in main area, palapa roof had several leaks so when it rained it rained inside! Pool was not clean upon arrival and needed to be filled almost every day (due to evaporation?) but it wasn't, only did it one time (though was clean after the first day). Kitchen was not equipped in a manner one would expect with old cutlery and a fridge that didn't have an icemaker nor did it close well - also rusty.
The third bedroom is downstairs in a dark corner of the home and not nearly as hospitable as one would expect.
We were unclear on the staff's role, turns out the only service they provide is cleaning of rooms and kitchen, which is very nice, but again for the price the listing is a bit misleading. Instructions are very dated regarding price to have staff cook a meal and local amenities. Also the pictures are a bit deceiving as there is now a house built right in front of the pool blocking a bit of the view (though views are still one in a million).
We were well taken care of by the staff and the house and it's view is nothing less than perfect. Thank you for having all of us
We loved our stay at Casa Palapa and were so sad that we had to leave. A beautiful home with the most amazing views. Thoughtfully landscaped, quiet, spacious, and sunsets that were breathtaking. The beds were all very comfortable. We loved all of the plants throughout the house which added to the indoor/outdoor feel. The outdoor showers were a special treat.
The space provided plenty of room for the eight of us. We loved the openness of the main living area and the privacy of the bedrooms. Our kids especially loved the pool though we all enjoyed it. We made good use of the boogie boards and we're glad to have those.
Owner Tom was very easy to communicate with, and the house staff (Sylvester, Eva and Joel) were all kind, dedicated and delightful. They always made sure we had what we needed and checked in with us regularly.
We had issues with the air conditioning for part of the stay and Tom and the house staff acted upon it immediately to get things working.
Eva cooked us a lovely dinner, and we really appreciated the salsa and guacamole awaiting us upon our arrival.
We have traveled many times to Mexico but this was our first time in San Pancho and we will be back with certainty. A lovely, quiet town with kind people, great food and a lonely beach. We hope it stays that way....
A few notes about the property - it is nestled in the jungle which made for some amazing bird sightings. It is high up on a hill which gave us the incredible views. It is a steep climb of a driveway. We walked it at times and drove at times. It would be a challenge to walk if someone had mobility issues or was not in good health. The house is about 1.2 miles from the center of town. A lovely walk for those inclined, but we were grateful to have a car too.
We spent time at the beach, went kayaking up north (arranged through Tailwind resort), snorkeling in the Marietas, took a yoga class in town, and ate at many of the local restaurants. Lots to do in the area.
After staying in Sayulita for years, we were ready for a quieter less commercial village. We fell in love with both San Pancho and Casa La Palapa. The home, situated on magnificent bluff, overlooks blue water and San Pancho's pristine beach. We chose to walk rather than have a car, which worked perfectly for us. The steep drive is not for the faint-hearted, however, so most folks rent cars. The view took our breath away - and the privacy was unparalleled. Eva & Silvestre, the couple who care-takes and cleans the house, were fabulous, always happy to answer our questions and make our stay easy and comfortable. We look forward to future visits.
Golf - Las Huertas Golf Club is only a half mile away. It is a beautiful 9-hole course surrounded by gardens and orchards of tropical fruit, nut, and spice trees. Open Tues. - Sat. 8am-4pm www.lashuertasgolf.com
Polo- La Patrona Polo Club *** Grand Opening of new location coming soon in 2015***You will be blown away by this incredible world-class polo venue located in a quiet fishing village. Work is progressing steadily on the amazing facility and restaurant in its new location. It will definitely be on the list of places to experience while in San Pancho. It will be the envy of polo clubs around the world.
Yoga - El Estar Yoga and Wellness Center offers classes and healing therapies. A schedule of classes as well as a menu of services can be found on-line at el-estar.org
Nature Walks and Orchids - Lo de Perla Jungle Tour (lodeperla.org) If you want to experience the local flora and fauna you can participate in a guided 2-hour jungle walk through mango orchards and native jungle plants and end up in a garden of over 500 exotic orchids.
Birding - Birding San Pancho has bilingual guides and offers tours for both beginner and advanced birders. Visit their website for more information at birdingsanpancho.com
Sea Turtles - Grupo Ecologico de la Costa Verde is a local conservation organization actively engaged in protecting and preserving endangered local sea turtles. If you would like to tour the turtle nursery or participate in a hatch release (usually summer or fall) contact www.protect-tortuga.org T-shirts are also available for sale to help support the organization and make a great souvenir.
Zip line canopy tours - If you would like a bird's eye view of the area, head over to Sayulita (5-mile drive from San Pancho) and take a zip line canopy tour. For information visit michaparrita.com
Alta Vista petroglyphs - Diva Tours in San Pancho (www.divatours.net) can arrange a tour to ancient petroglyphs. The hike takes you through the jungle, along a river, and ends up at a stunning natural location (I don't want to spoil the surprise). The petroglyphs are difficult to get to on your own so a guide is recommended for this adventure.
Tours can also be arranged for fishing, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, horseback riding, whale watching, and shopping. Tours are also available to San Blas. A real life version of Disneyland's jungle boat ride (La Tovara) is an adventure for the whole family. You'll see rare birds, turtles and crocodiles as your guided panga boat meanders through the mangrove wetlands. You can stop at a crocodile nursery and a restaurant for lunch. A swimming area with an underwater fence to keep crocs out is available with a swing to jump off into the water. Swim at your own risk.
Community - to get a real feel for the community spirit in San Pancho, visit and tour Entreamigos, a non-profit organization which benefits children. An on-site gallery and store are filled with handmade and one-of-a-kind items as well as local organic food products. It is the perfect place to inquire about local events and activities. The Dalai Lama recently visited and honored the founder. For more information visit www.entreamigos.org.mx
Rates are for a maximum of 6 people. Additional people at $25/night per person.