2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 6, secluded hilltop setting. Ocean & Mountain Views
- english, spanish
About Trilby Babin
Austin was formerly home, but in 2001, I fell fast for this sleepy coastal village full of smiling faces. Loving all the sweet fresh fruit, I planted a garden of my own and seven years later built my own home. With the Pacific Ocean at the forefront and the Sierra Madre Mountains as a backdrop, wildlife abounds on land, air and sea. This region takes its birdlife seriously with world-class birding opportunities and a migratory bird festival held annually. Though times are changing, donkeys, dogs, and chickens still stroll the cobbled streets or loll in the shade. Aticama offers visitors a warm embrace and the best of traditional Old Mexico.
Trilby Babin purchased this Estate in 2007
Why Trilby Babin chose Aticama
Unsurpassed 360° views of the Pacific Ocean, Matanchen Bay, miles of walkable sandy coastline, and tropical jungle with the Sierra Madre Mountains as a backdrop. No big hotels, or overcrowded resorts in this authentic Mexican getaway. Exceptionally long surf break in Matanchen Bay. The mostly low key tranquil village scene of Aticama livens up around festival time with colorful parades, rodeos, dances and crazy fun fireworks at the seaside plaza, e.g. Mexican national holidays, Navidad (Christmas), Semana Santa (Easter week), and village feast days. Aticama is a great place to practice your Spanish, locals are friendly and welcoming. Dark skies make for good star gazing. The surrounding property grounds have an amazing variety of native, migratory and neo-tropical birds to see year-round e.g. citroline trogon, scrub euphornias, cinnamon and long-billed hermit hummingbirds, gnatcatchers, whistling ducks, gray hawks, parrotlets, painted buntings, magnificent frigates, groove billed anis, great kiskadees, golden cheeked and pale-billed woodpeckers, vermilion flycatchers, magpie and San Blas jays, chacalacas, caciques and plenty others to add to a bird sighting list. This area takes birdlife seriously! Nayarit is home to an astounding number of bird species. The 2017 San Blas Christmas Bird Count was a total of 285 bird species (10th highest in the world). Falling asleep with fragrant jasmine in the air, waking gently to the lovely sound of the soothing surf or wren's song is simply unforgettable.
What makes this Estate unique
The setting of Casa Babina offers guests an opportunity to experience the endearing Mexico of bygone days from our comfortably modern retreat. For guests less inclined to exploration, there are expansive views from the cliffside vantage point (100 ft/30 mt) above Matanchen Beach. Early mornings you'll see fishermen bringing in their nets. Bird activity is abundant and easy to spot in the surrounding treetops or circling above the property as frigate birds, hawks, pelicans, egrets and the like rise and glide along the thermal updrafts of the cliff below. The historic port city of San Blas is known to birders and surfers. Artists, writers, and travelers visit the Matanchen area to escape the hustle of city life.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Glorious garden, great birding, and serenity cliff-side in a traditional Mexican community
Seven idyllic weeks at Casa Babin, a spacious, beautiful, luxurious retreat provided a great break from the Canadian winter. Aticama is a superb base for birding Nayarit and for the highly recommended Festival de los Aves in San Blas. Astounding sunrises and sunsets, the view of the endless sandy beach, the sound of crashing waves, and the spectacular garden combine to entice relaxation. Our host was exceptionally congenial but unobtrusive and Camote and Bernie, resident dogs, were lovely companions. The casa has all the modern conveniences and more importantly, offers a serene and very elegant environment.
Spectacular stay at Casa Babina
We absolutely loved the house and surrounding garden. Eveything exceeded our expectations. The house is decorated with beautiful arts and crafts and has cozy and serene feel to it.
It is open and airy and you can hear waves of the of ocean in every room. The pool is cool and refreshing and the views are breath taking.
We loved having our host's mellow and sweet dogs Camote and Bernie come over for snuggles. We miss being there and hopefully will be lucky enough to come back and stay again.
Thank you T. for allowing us to experience this trip of a lifetime.
Just wow !
What a wonderful housse with breathtaking views. I definitly recommend this place. The owner is adorable and very attentive. Aticama is a very beautiful village where you eat well and where people are warm. Thank you for everything señora Babin.
Thank you very much for your kind words! It was a sincere pleasure meeting you and your lovely family. I welcome your return.
Trilby is a wonderful, sweet, gentile lady, who has a wonderful estancia overlooking the ocean, surrounded by mango and avocado trees.
The house is comfortable and welcoming, with a fascinating garden that is s full of beautiful flowers and herbs, the lawn is green and bordered by pineapple plants and papayas, with a great lap pool positioned slightly above the house, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The patio is comfortable and surrounded by trees and the garden, within easy view of the ocean to the west and jungle inland to the east.
The kitchen is great for cooking, with dining at the center island or her large handmade dining table only steps away.
The nearby beach has a number of restaurants with good seafood and a nice selection of Mexican cervezas.
This is the real Mexico with great people. It's out of the way and unbelievably beautiful, charming and relaxing. We originally intended to be there two days, then extended it to a week, then decided to spend our entire vacation there, and we can't wait to return; it's that nice.
Mil gracias for your thoughtful review! It was such a pleasure meeting you. I hope your travels will bring you here again. You would be most welcome.
Amazing house and view
House is perfect for a quiet getaway. The pool is positioned perfectly on a high lookout over the beach and also is great platform for morning yoga. House is decorated beautifully. We are already planning a return visit!
Thank you so much Ann! I am pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to having you again.
Oh what a piece of Paridise this is!!
Beautiful house and grounds with unbeatable view of the Pacific. Walking distance to the beach.
Small, rural village with authentic Mexico lifestyle.
Great food abounds!
Perfect getaway from frozen Idaho!!!
The hilltop location is 100 feet above the ocean with commanding 360° views of the Pacific Ocean, coastline, a symphony of birds, the Sierra Madre Mountains and surrounding countryside. The sleepy seaside village of Aticama and Matanchen Beach are 7-10 minute walk from the house. Aticama is a small welcoming community, offering a glimpse into Mexico's bygone days with a refreshingly low key vibe compared to our busy Nayarit neighbors to the south, Sayulita and San Pancho. A picturesque seaside plaza, church, and string of small restaurants serve fresh seafood, tasty Mexican fare and ice cold drinks. Like much of rural Mexico, one can expect unpaved streets and undeveloped infrastructure, a slower pace, infrequent WiFi when out and about, and some litter. Along with the constant sound of the sea, there are frequent - including early morning - sounds of roosters and dogs, occasional festivals, town announcements. Earplugs can be helpful! The wealth in spirit of the people and beauty of nature more than make up for perceived inconveniences, but it is good to arrive with accurate expectations.
Matanchen Beach - one of the longest, widest, sandiest beaches in Mexico - is just below our cliffside home. Kayak and surf board rentals are available on weekends. Stroll the Matanchen Beach pier at twilight for a wonderful coastal vista, with the Sierra Madre Mountains as backdrop.
Yoga and Pilates classes and a weekly community market are held at the Aticama Cultural Center from mid-November into April; private art, yoga and language classes are available. Visit Aticama’s fascinating archaeological museum downtown, located one block southeast of the town plaza.
A vehicle is recommended to fully appreciate the beauty of the Matanchen Bay coast and experience the many day trips, including excursions to El Cora waterfall, the sand beaches of Platanitos, Las Islitas, Borrego, petroglyphs of Alta Vista, coffee and mango plantations, and more. Highways are paved and modern, with occasional speed bumps along local roads. The village of Aticama includes cobbled and unpaved streets. Public transportation is available within 10 minutes walking distance.
The state capital of Nayarit is Tepic (Tepeek) and is quickly accessed by a scenic and modern toll road within 20-25 minutes. Tepic has big chain grocery and department stores such Chedraui, Soriana, Leys, Walmart, Home Depot, etc.