The Perfect Nature Getaway, “Casita Arte" - "close in to town yet worlds apart" - a charming 2nd floor private apartment, better-than-hostel rates with its own kitchen/bathroom, WIFI, private, secure, nicely furnished, many amenities, ample parking.
The Perfect Beach-Town Nature Getaway, called Casita Arte, is a unique and airy "birds' perch" apartment which is reached by going up a charming old-world metal spiral staircase - a beautiful fusion of Mexican tradition and function.
It features a full kitchen, with everything you need for making and enjoying your eat-in meals, and a roomy private bathroom, with plenty of hot water for long-relaxing showers AND amazing panoramic jungle-canopy views.
The ample 12' by 12' apartment is architecturally "classic Mexican rustic" with many fun hand-crafted features.
The blue walls are are not painted, but rather they are a variegated color concrete which enhances the rustic quality. It features a full-size bed with an ornately-carved wooden headboard, a dresser, small table and chairs, a equipal lounge chair, built in small closet for storage and a large kitchen storage area.
A sweet and romantic "star" lamp hangs over the bed and other fun lamps and lamp shades are also hand-crafted.
The bathroom is good-sized, has a large hand-crafted Talavera sink, mirror and accessories, and has a storage unit for toiletries.
This is a tranquil and private nature area in a small compound shared by other neighbors. Abundant flowering trees, fruit and palm trees add cooling green, fragrance and mystery to the large garden which surrounds the entire structure.
Private and secure, there is a separate keyed entrance for the apartment with the entire perimeter walled, fenced and gated for added security and privacy, softened by beautiful tropical plants and trees.
This nature-area getaway is always about 5 degrees cooler than other areas in Sayulita. Many windows, which catch frequent cooling valley breezes, topped off by a good-quality, high-speed CEILING FAN, also conspire to keep you cool!
The house is located close to town, a short distance (400 meters) past the end of Av. Revolucion on the Libramiento/high road - officially called the Punta de Mita road. We are the best of both worlds, close in yet worlds apart.
Casita Arte is located in the back of the compound, in a secluded garden area with 3 flowering Gardenia trees below. Guests have access to the adjacent garden area.
There is reliable HIGH SPEED (WiFi) INTERNET for 24/7 use by guests! And, plenty of free parking for those guests with vehicles.
Interaction with Guests
HOSTS PAY CHECK-IN TAXI FARE FROM PLAZA! No guesswork, no worries!And, we provide detailed and easy directions from the airport!
Hosts, are extremely knowledgeable and helpful...we know almost every thing about being here and almost everybody here. You are in good and safe hands. We offer extremely extensive and helpful services to each guest.
Hosts are especially responsive to guest's needs for their vacation, whether its privacy or interaction with hosts.
Hosts are on-site and available to answer guest's questions, offer information and introduce them to the unique aspects of Sayulita. Hosts are happy to help with all needs - suggesting where to find things or services which in line with guests' interests and needs. Hosts also help with free transportation service to the bus stop upon departure, help with any extra Taxi pick-up services, help with any health issues which pop up, if and when needed. Hosts are essentially each guests' private concierge service and point people for the duration of the visit.
The goal is to help in any way so that each guest's stay is as enjoyable as possible.
Now on the map as a sought-after destination and the jewel-in-the-crown of Riviera Nayarit, Sayulita offers fine restaurants, unique jewelry made by local artisans, colorful boutiques, lively nightlife with live music, horseback, snorkeling, fishing, boating and hiking tours and activities.
The Perfect Getaway, "Casita Arte," is a charming 10-15 easy amble south through the village (mostly flat, with only a slight incline on the walk from town, with NO HILLS!) and takes you from Sayulita’s bustling plaza and beach scene (and famous surf break!), to the green, clean and much cooler (five degrees cooler) south side of town.
The peace and tranquility of the area is like a huge sigh of relief!
Plaza noise with amped-up bands playing into the wee hours, occasional loud fireworks and simple human bustle simply CANNOT be heard here. Nature sounds, including occasional outbursts from the remaining 2 roosters (down from 7), can be heard and the occasional dog barking at night. The dog population has also been thinned.
Formerly much more of a nature getaway than currently, the area still offers much in the way of satisfying a thirst for nature, away from the bustle and noise of the Plaza.
As town encroaches, we are much closer to town center than previously, but, still, at night, is the cacophony of crickets, the summertime chorus of frogs and rain bugs, bird calls and bird song, fabulous butterflies as big as birds and tiny hummingbirds drinking nectar from our many blooming trees - the magnificent dark orange Tabachin, both yellow and red Copa de Oro, purple Jacaranda, Amapa, various colored Bugambilia.
This is a bird-watcher's paradise! Year-round flocks of various birds, including the comical Chachalacas and in-coming flocks of the sweet but noisy Pericos (green wild parakeets) will keep you charmed and entertained.
And, still very very close by - just across the road - are two jungle paths which lead to various secluded beaches and constitute the back way into town, which skirts the road. The beaches are Patzcuarito, Playa Escondido, Carracitos and Playa de los Muertos. At night the crashing surf at Patzcuarito can sometimes be heard.
And, of course there is the amazing night sky still unpolluted by closer to the center of town lights. All the constellations are there seeming close enough to touch and full moon nights are spectacular.
Depending on how fast you walk, it's a 10-15 minute walk to the town Plaza and principle beach. Small tiendas/markets to buy necessities such as eggs, bread and beer are much closer. The walk into town is very pleasant...a short stint on the smoothly-paved "highway" a rural, two-lane road and then down the left fork onto the cobblestone Av. Revolucion, Sayulita's main road. Both roads - Av. Revolucion and the Punta de Mita road - start at the at the "crucero" (crossroads) of coastal Highway 200 where there is a Pemex gas station and Oxxo convenience store. The Punta de Mita Road goes straight and is the "high road" above town. Av. Revolucion begins by turning right, a short distance from the Pemex /at Hgwy. 200, and runs through the commercial area of town, the Plaza and beach area, and then meets up again with the Punta de Mita road.
Many guests rent vehicles. There is AMPLE PARKING, here unlike many closer to the town center rentals, most of which have no parking available. Also bicycles and golf carts are available in town to rent.
The distinctive green and white Compostela Bus, which offer low fares to all points south including Bucerias, Mega, Walmart, Mezcales, Nuevo Vallarta, the airport, and Puerto Vallarta, has a depot slightly north of the bridge next to the Centro de Salud/Health Center. There is a shaded waiting area with ample seating.
The Pacifico bus for all points north - San Pancho (Francisco), Lo de Marcos, Rincon de Guayabitos, La Penita de Jaltemba, Las Varas and Chacala - can be caught by crossing Hwy. 200 across from the Pemex and waiting to board.
This is a great location for surfing all areas along the coast near Punta de Mita, and the northern side of the bay, and enjoying the pristine beaches near Higuera Blanca - such as beautiful Punta Negra beach.
You can get from the airport by boarding the Compostela bus, which is THE bus to Sayulita and has a stop at the bottom of the airport pedestrian bridge stairs. Or, Taxis are available at the airport to drive you straight here.
Once you arrive in Sayulita, we have an arrangement with Plaza Taxi drivers to bring you straight here and we will pay the 50 pesos fare.
Other Things to Note
Again - hosts, are extremely knowledgeable and helpful...we know almost everything about being here and almost everybody here. Just ask us. We help hook guests up to everything they need.
Especially in the summer rainy season, nature abounds - including various odd creatures (frogs, toads, bugs) almost all of which are harmless and innocuous.
Make sure you are comfortable with this reality before booking. Hosts will help familiarize guests with any unfamiliar member of the "nature family"...including chirping geckos climbing up and down interior walls - and help with comfort levels.
The noisy Chachalas in the trees and other characters making their appearance are a source of constant wonder and delight for the hosts and for many many guests.
High season or winter here, is much calmer regarding nature activity. there are far fewer anything that might possibly alarm.
High season is also Whale season and many guests have been so moved by seeing breeding/birthing Whales on cruises of the bay - Bahia de Banderas. Sayulita has 3 cruise trip offices here - Chica Loca, Ally Cat, and Sayulita Sailing Adventures. We know all of them and are happy to help guests connect with a tour. Mexitreks offers day long hikes of interesting nature areas, such as climbing to the top of Monkey Mountain or hiking the back way from San Ignacio to San Pancho to Malpaso beach.
Ditto with all the surf school and board rentals.
PLEASE NOTE: HIGH SEASON RATES APPLY starting November through May. HOLIDAY RATES - December-January - are slightly higher.
RULE ONE - communicate freely any question, concern, or issue with hosts! Stories, jokes and laughter also appreciated!
1) toilet paper in basket next to the toilet NEVER FLUSHED! (standard everywhere in Mexico)
2) limit sand in the plumbing by brushing/ washing sand off at the outside faucet near the gated entrance.
3) turn off fans/lights when you leave, except outside lights for safety.
4) Do NOT use pesticides/repellent (many of which is banned elsewhere and can be dangerous). FANS, NETTING, NATURAL REPELLENT, and safer SPIRAL REPELLENT, which is burned like incense, are provided.
4) Please do not use bleach (especially down the drains) or other harsh cleansers/chemicals,
5) Do not cut vegetables/fruit on the custom-made (fragile) counter tops - USE the cutting boards, which are provided.
Hosts provide - TOWELS, SHEETS, BLANKETS, PURIFIED WATER (for drinking, use in cooking, and brushing teeth), KITCHEN SOAP, BATHROOM SOAP, TOILET PAPER. Beach towels are not provided.
Once you arrive in Sayulita, we have an arrangement with Plaza Taxi drivers to bring you straight here and we will pay the 50 pesos fare.
Just returned from a month stay with L.A. and Martin who were very gracious hosts, inviting me to participate in local happenings and who provided helpful information about the area. This great studio provided me with all my needs. This is a very authentic Mexican experience, one that the well traveled will appreciate. I would certainly return for another stay.
It was an amazing experience. They were kindly and made me feel like home. No doubt to return to the bird nest! :)
I stayed in Perfect Beach-Town Nature Getaway for almost 2 months. I really loved the way the room was decorated, and Martin and Lesley were really friendly. The turquoises and blues of the room were beautiful and relaxing. You could tell a lot of care and attention to detail had gone into making that room the way it was. I particularly loved the bathroom sink – I want one like that! :) I had a lovely little desk for working at, a great full kitchen, and the bed was nice and comfy too. The two main drawbacks for me were that I couldn’t get wifi in my room, neither on my laptop or both of my smartphones, and despite efforts at having this fixed, (Lesley’s son is a very skilled techy) this unfortunately wasn’t resolved during my stay there. I was able to catch wifi connection in an outdoor part of the building downstairs however, where I had a chair and a table to work at. This is a problem that perhaps was specific to me because I came to Sayulita to work on my freelance projects, and thus needed reliable internet in my room. But if you only need to use it occasionally, going to another part of the building shouldn’t be a problem. Likewise, Lesley told me that the next person staying there managed to catch wifi. The second drawback for me, perhaps particularly as a young woman travelling alone, was the 15-20 minute walk to the town/beach, which was quite scary in the night - the last five minute stretch along the highway before getting to the house doesn’t have any street lights or houses. Catcalling in the middle of the night on an empty dark highway can be intimidating! However, it’s only 50 pesos for a taxi back from town, but the taxis aren’t always available. Some other things – not necessarily specific to this accommodation: some nights it was really difficult to sleep because of relentless dog barking next door. Also, during the day there was a lot of noise from the construction site next-door, which was only a problem for me because it made it difficult to concentrate on work sometimes. However, I loved my room, and always enjoyed coming back to it, it felt like home :) Lesley and Martin were super nice and bought a blender for my room, when I mentioned I liked making smoothies! Likewise Lesley gave me two sticks of lovely smelling incense, which I happily used for my yoga sessions. So sweet! I managed to leave behind my surfboard bag in the room when I moved out, and they were really helpful and accommodating when arranging a time for me to pick it up. All in all, I loved my room and Martin and Lesley were super friendly hosts, and the main drawbacks I mention could well be quite particular to me as a young woman travelling alone and as a freelancer, needing to work on projects from...
We stayed in the self contained studio up the spiral stair case for 5 great nights. Sayulita is such an amazing spot and our time there was made even better choosing to stay here! Our room had lots of character and Mexican authenticity. We enjoyed being just out of town to enjoy both the beach and the jungle.
LA and Martin were great hosts and made every effort to make our stay as comfy as possible. I hope to come back to Sayulita again and I would definitely stay here again :) Thank you!
L.A and Martin have created the perfect little haven on the outskirt of Sayulita. Just a quick 10-15 minute walk to the center of town, it was a peaceful and tranquil escape from the touristy vibe that parts of Sayulita give off. The place was colorful and comfy. I would stay here again In a heartbeat. They were really sweet hosts and supplied all the essentials that I needed during my stay.
I loved this bright, colorful, airy "nest." I felt so at home with all the conveniences I need to do the things I enjoy - read, write, cook, contemplate the birds, butterflies, and flowers. L.A. & Martin's hospitality was superb. They told me all I needed to know about the area, to explore its treasures. I loved their location near the beach and the forest, such a lovely mix of nature. I appreciated the week of solitude with the large, warm doses of hospitality. I look forward to a return visit.
This is my first Air B&B stay and review. I hate to have to only give 2 starts but I think Leslie and Martin could improve upon their customer service a bit.
Sayulita is a nice small surfing/beach town, the house is about a 10-15 minute walk uphill out of town, or a quick $5 cab ride. It was nice to walk down and then take a cab back. There is also a great secluded beach you can and should hike to, it was a highlight of my trip.
I stayed in the 2nd floor apt and my friends were renting the place up front. As our visit was in July it was EXTREMELY HOT and HUMID, there is no AC however at night there is usually a good breeze and the rooms are equiped with ceiling fans. I am sure other times of the year it is more reasonable, however during this time of year I wished I had booked accommodation with AC. (however I knew this going into this)
As for the place itself, the photos are representative of what you see. I did wish it were a little cleaner. There were some dead bugs on the floor on arrival, the corners dusty and the the shower floor was a bit slimy. But it compared to lots of beach cottages I have stayed at in the states. I think people kind of think of it as camping.
Leslie and Martin the hosts were very nice, my only complaint was that with it being the hot and humid season I had emailed Leslie before I came out to ensure there would be a fan and a misquito net available for the room. Leslie assured me there was. Then when I arrived there she instead tried to convince me that my friends were wrong and that no one ever needs these items. My friend requested she place a standing fan in the room at the very least and she agreed, when we got home I found no fan but they had rearranged the room so the bed was in the center of the room and thus in the cross wind of the two windows along with the ceiling fan. Although I appreciated this and at night it provided sufficient breeze, I would have been much happier had the host just been upfront and honest from the start to tell me there was no fan available and that she had no further mosquito nets. In addition during a storm on my first night a window blew out and shattered on the floor. I informed her in the morning, it took them 2 days to come up and sweep up the shards of glass and this was only after we reminded her there was no broom or way for me to sweep this up myself.
In the end, I would probably still recommend to a friend, but with the caveat that it may be a bit dusty/dirty and avoid the hottest season.
Full house with this guest's friends, many many demands we were trying to dance attendance on as a budget accommodation. Yes, we cleaned rigorously. We always do. This is off-season, rainy season during which things happen and rates are adjusted downward accordingly. We are "the staff," and are not a resort, but clearly, price-wise a budget accommodation, way below local hostel rates with much less value offered. With what we thought were sufficient fans and nets for all, a net for every bed, with use of the king sized net being refused by friends who Insisted upon a "personal net" and additional personal fan, when higher priced hostels do not provide this seeming extreme.
We were happy to try to provide everything for our guests, but, as explained endlessly, nets are very difficult to procure here. We have since remedied the situation, but have never before had these requests from guests. Happy to do our best to accommodate.
We regret our fatigue with this guest who deserved better personal service, as she was renting her own unit and not sharing the dormitory space with the others. For example, providing toilet paper for the other long-term guests, Heather's friends, was an amenity we just decided to include as a provision for long-term guests but we did not expect to provide a roll per day, which is pretty close to what we experienced providing.
We provide a great value accommodation for guests and mostly it works out well. No one here we know uses nets, but during this season we are happy to provide our ceiling fan, a personal net and additional fan, if needed and/or requested.
The garden has just been manicured.
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We are a bi-cultural couple who live on the premises. We are both easy-going and personable people, with a passion for interesting and kind people who treat others kindly, for the lively and friendly exchange of ideas and for engaging discussions on all topics (or, alternately, silence is also good). Our motto: All travelers are welcome!. Other passions are travel (spontaneous road trips!), the beach, nature in general, philosophy, good food (luscious tropical fruit and seafood), GOOD FRIENDS and the arts – visual art, music, dancing and poetry. Our strong beliefs are that similarities and the connections between people are much greater than any differences. Travel is the universal teacher and the universal equalizer. Favorite television shows are International House Hunters, intelligent crime dramas, boxing, wrestling and irreverent comedy. High quality films (with or without subtitles) - always good! Music – all music with Latin-based rhythms (Cumbia, Salsa, Merengue), Reggae, European-based Classical music (especially from the Baroque era), music from the Mexican Romantic Ballad tradition, Contemporary and Experimental (Phillip Glass, Electronic), Intense or Ballad-based Rock 'n Roll (Queens of the Stone Age, Leonard Cohen) - in short, ANY music, if it's good. We are here to facilitate the best possible vacation any guest could have!