Perfect Beach-Town Nature Getaway

Apartment - Private room · Av Revolucion, Sayulita, Nayarit 63734, Mexico

The Space

With free high-speed Wi-fi internet, many other amenities and necessities provided, nicely furnished and decorated, private and secure, the Perfect Beach-Town Nature Getaway, called Casita Arte, offers the BEST RATES and VALUE for the money in Sayulita!

Hosts pride themselves on offering the best value, the most caring service and the best experience possible for your vacation. It's our goal.

Everyone enjoys their stay here!

A charming 10-15 easy amble south through the village (the walk is FLAT with NO HILLS!) 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!

BEAUTIFUL, CASITA ARTE (Little Art House) is a tastefully-decorated, tree-level, SECOND-FLOOR apartment featuring a small balcony with a large wooden bar - for eating or using the internet (and also featuring a great panoramic view!) - topped by a sweet and traditional tile roof!

This unique and airy "birds' perch" apartment 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 an ample private bathroom, with plenty of hot water for long-relaxing showers.

This nature-area getaway is always 5-10 degrees cooler than other areas in Sayulita. And, ample windows, which catch frequent delightfully-cooling valley breezes, topped off by a good-quality, high-speed ceiling fan, also conspire to keep you cool!

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.

A larger and roofed garden-level patio is also available for guests' enjoyment.

Away from plaza-area noise and light pollution, star-gazing is also a favorite night-time activity. Glorious sunsets and occasional rainbows are also a "must see!" Frequently-complained-about plaza-area night-club noise, is never a problem here.

Inside the apartment are many custom “artistic” and traditional Mexican features throughout. An ornate carved wooden headboard presides over the full-sized bed with firm new mattress. There are a built-in closet, an additional bureau, a table and two chairs for dining or internet, and two traditionally-Mexican casual chairs also included. Star-themed light fixtures top off the fun! Custom-made, ornate ironwork security windows and door bring in much light and help catch the cooling valley breezes.

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 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. And, the access road for walking beautiful jungle trails leading to secluded beaches is so close it's visible from our driveway!.

The nearest beach, called Patzcuarito, is a beautiful ten-to-fifteen minute walk. Guests simply fall in love with the privacy and the majesty of this beach. The same access road also is the back way into town and leads to other amazing beaches - the secluded Playa Carricitos and the popular near-town Playa de los Muertos.

There is reliable HIGH SPEED (WiFi) INTERNET for 24/7 use by guests! And, ample parking for those guests with vehicles.

Enjoy Sayulita's fine restaurants, unique jewelry made by local artisans, colorful boutiques, lively nightlife with live music, horseback, snorkeling, fishing, boating and hiking tours and activities. Hosts offer helpful (free) concierge services. We know everyone and can help connect you to any service or activity you want.

It's a mere 30-45 minute drive to Puerto Vallarta and/or areas of interest to the north along the Riviera Nayarit coast. Sayulita is a breezy 30-or-so minute bus ride from the airport. Catch the green and white "Compostela" bus right across from the airport using the pedestrian bridge which crosses the highway. After the bus arrives, it's a short walk to Sayulita's main Plaza, past north-side shops and over the bridge, towards the town hub and activity. Or, there are many rental car options available right at the airport.

Hosts are happy to meet you for HAPPY HOUR at our favorite plaza-area restaurants - MONCHIS or CARMELITA'S - to pick you and your luggage up after your fun bus ride through the lush jungle. Or, depending on time of arrival, coffee at another of our fave plaza-area restaurant CHOCOBANANA?

PLEASE NOTE: HIGH SEASON RATES APPLY starting November through May. HOLIDAY RATES - December-January - are slightly higher.


The following are provided by hosts - TOWELS, SHEETS, BLANKETS, PURIFIED WATER (for drinking, use in cooking, and brushing teeth), KITCHEN SOAP, BATHROOM SOAP, TOILET PAPER. The following items are provided ON REQUEST - more detailed CONCIERGE SERVICE, NATURAL BUG REPELLENT (or anti-mosquito spirals), FIRST AID or health care ASSISTANCE, A SOFTER MATTRESS (if firm isn't your style) and MAID SERVICE. Beach towels and flashlights (recommended) are not provided.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 5 nights
Weekly Price: $280 /week
Monthly Price: $900 /month
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We too enjoyed the walk from the casa to Sayulita. We found a trail next to the road from where the driveway starts that goes up to where the horses are which allows you to stay off the narrow busy part. Along this path, we found a tree with red fruit that looks like pea pods which some locals were picking and shared with us. It was quite good and tasted like coconut. See if you can find them. The walks through cobble stone streets to town are filled with local shops, restaurants and grocery stores with anything you might need.
    Our hosts were fantastic, super friendly, fun and interesting. Their artist spirit is alive and well. We had several wonderful times together including an Art Opening for L.A. It was great to see her work, meet their friends and share in the festivities.
    Our room was perfect for the two of us and we loved having the kitchen. We enjoyed climbing the spiral staircase to our room which goes right by a giant gardenia bush. So we had fragrant flowers to walk through every day.

    April 2014
  • L.A. and Martin were lovely accommodating hosts, we drank about 15 or more gallons of water and they happily went to town to make sure we had enough. The room was nice, it was handy to have a kitchen. There was some space for eating but it is tight. The bathroom door is a curtain, so if privacy is a concern keep is in mind. There are some noise concerns, the roosters make them selves known, not to hard to sleep through, but may wake you up here and there. There were some dogs that barked a couple nights incessantly, L.A. is perfectly willing to speak with the neighbors about it. The house is close to a road that gets traffic, so there is some late night noise from that. If you do not like hard beds trade in for the softer one, the bed was pretty rough and I had wished i brought my own pillow.
    The walk is nice, but if you plan to do it multiple times a day or after a long day when you are tired it can be challenging. There is a place in town that rents golf carts, we did not check out the prices.
    We would be open to staying again if we were to return to Sayulita, a generally very positive experience.

    February 2014
  • We just returned from Mexico a couple days ago, having spent the last week in an upscale hotel in contrast to our first week and a half at Leslie and Martin's 'nature getaway' which turned out to be infested with bedbugs! We had overlooked the wasps making nests above our entrance door, the toilet that needed occasional plunging (even though we carefully kept toilet paper out of the toilet) and the moldy smell from the mattress (which improved when we kept the windows wide open every day), but the bedbugs were the deciding factor for us. After waking to 2 or 3 new bites every morning we knew it was time to get out of there.
    The apartment had been advertised as a nature getaway but there was a backhoe operator who started leveling the lot next door. He began working around 0745 on the third or fourth day after we arrived and continued for the next few days until the lot was fairly level; then the machine for breaking rocks to build the rock wall started up (more (email hidden) than a getaway). However on the plus side, we were able to make simple meals there and the walk into town to get groceries was good exercise. Unfortunately most of the walk in to town was on a fairly busy road.
    I grew up on a farm so the rooster crowing in the middle of the night did not bother me, but the dim lighting in the apartment made it difficult to read after dark. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

    January 2014
    L.A. And Martin
    Response from L.A. And Martin:

    We were simply flabergasted by this review. NO, there are no bedbugs! Right after these guests checked out, we had new guests in this apartment sleeping on the same mattress and there are guests there currently. NO BEDBUGS!!!!! No complaints.These guests were completely unsuitable regarding the airbnb experience and should only stay in all inclusive resorts with no interaction with the surrounding environment or people who live in it. We greeted these guests daily with our usual smiles and our real and concerned inquiry into how they were enjoying their stay - or not, if that is ever the case because we deeply respect or guests and want them to have the very best vacation. Not one word about bites, the mattress, nothing...silence. Then, this review. How unspeakably rude and crass. If they had read our instructions/house rules, before coming or even while they were here, then they would have known that we have other mattresses available (to allay whatever questions they had about the origins of the “bites” they complained about) and most importantly they would have known that our No. 1 REQUEST/RULE is COMMUNICATION. Guests such as these are simply against the spirit of what airbnb is all about. Our review of them offers more details, if necessary, and if there are any questions, please peruse all our other reviews left by other guests.

  • Let me begin by saying the hosts, Martin and L.A., are beyond lovely -- welcoming, accommodating, helpful, and the like. Their accommodations, however, were not too my liking, and I ended up moving to a hotel in Sayulita mid-way through my eight-night stay. My partner and I both agree that the apartment was somewhat misrepresented in the listing. While the photos present it as an airy, clean apartment, we found it to be cramped, smelling of mildew, and needing a deep clean. A number of the dishes were still dirty from the previous tenant and there was an impressive termite nest blooming on the back side of the desk. Also, it was impossible to get any sleep with the roosters constantly crowing outside! All this could have been overlooked for the price and a pair of earplugs -- it's to be expected with accommodations that are budget for even AirBnB -- but combined with the pervasive smell of mold and mildew, we knew we had to seek a bed elsewhere.

    Further, this place is way, WAY out of town! I'm an urbanite who is used to walking everywhere, so I assumed 15-minutes would be no big deal. Not true. The walk to-and-from Sayulita is along a fast-moving, unlit highway with no shoulders that absolutely terrified me. If you stay here, be sure to bring flashlights and be prepared to dodge traffic!

    All said, Saylita is an awesome vacation destination! We had a blast and I know L.A. and Martin's place will be ideal for many travelers -- I just think you should get a complete picture of what you're in for.

    January 2014
    L.A. And Martin
    Response from L.A. And Martin:

    Let us just say that we are sorry that your stay was not more to your liking. AND, the unseasonable and very hard daily downpours from the rains caused unprecedented moisture. There were huge mushrooms growing everywhere, even in the Plaza! The complaints about a damp smell could have been remedied if the windows had been left open, even a little bit. We noticed and commented that the windows were shut tight all day, every day - a problem in a tropical environment during any rainy period and guaranteed to cause problems such as are described.

    YES, it did smell of mold due to the apartment being closed up tight.Once it aired out, it returned to normal. And, the rains did finally stop. It is a light and airy apartment which most of our guests find charming and meets with their expectations.

    It was not a termite nest, but a mud wasp nest which can and do appear within one day, along with other wasp nests. We are out of town and "in nature" - no (email hidden)so, the walls are color concrete and therefore variegated and not uniform, giving a funky, but artsy appearance, which creates an odd appearance for those expecting something more uniform.

  • Wow. Sayulita was paradise and L.A. and Martin's Home was my ticket to paradise. I loved my Case de Arte room - it was authentic, cozy and perfectly accommodated with everything I needed for my extended stay. I loved the L.A. and Martin "compound", as my neighbor (another guest) and I started to call it, in the best of ways. It was just the right amount away from "downtown" Sayulita for a refreshing escape and yet it was a fun daily walk into town. My neighbors room with an outdoor kitchen patio, also on the 2nd floor, became our little cafe, where we met up with L.A. and other guests to chat and/or to be productive, as this was a writing sabbatical for me.

    I will say that there was no beach "5 minutes away", but the beaches are all a short walk away, each offering it's own little version of beach front paradise.

    I can also confirm that, as a woman traveling alone, I felt quite comfortable and safe at "the compound" and in Sayuita generally.

    Many thanks, or should I say, Muchos Gracious, L.A. and Martin, for your lovely accommodations, and sharing yourselves with us. You are intriguing, warm, friendly, gracious and wildly talented in your writing and poetry.

    Warmest regards and I will see you again when I come back to Sayulita, which will most certainly happen as soon as I can make it so.


    December 2013
  • L.A. And Martin were great hosts. My friend and I enjoyed our stay at their lovely home within the tropical Forrest. Their house is not far from the main town but we rented a golf cart just so that we can do more things in the small amount of time we had there. L.A. And Martin were so helpful and such lovely people. Thank you guys so much! I miss waking up to the roosters!

    October 2013
  • L.A. and Martin [and L.A.'s sons] were great hosts! They answered our request *very* quickly, and were very accommodating [it was last-minute... we made the request in the morning, and were there by the same afternoon]. They were very friendly and courteous -- the perfect balance of an involved host ["Do you have enough drinking water?" "do you need new towels?" "here are some tips based on our personal experience" kinda thing] while giving us our own space and privacy. They also went above and beyond on a number of occasions -- picking us up from a central place in the town [Sayulita... it's a small place, but hard to describe directions], giving us a ride on our way out [they were headed in that direction, and we chipped in for gas], and helping us out with a precious kitten we found in a sack on the side of the (website hidden): the place/room -- it's rustic, but has everything you need: ceiling fan, full bathroom [curtain, no door, if privacy is a big thing for you], full kitchen [gas stove, oven, refrigerator, all utensils and cooking supplies], and an automatically locking door. Jody and I felt very secure and comfortable. We probably should have cooked more and done more grocery shopping, though [to save more money for surfboard rental and fresh coconut water on the beach :) ].

    I think this place works for short term, but it's ideal for longer term stays [and once you go, you'll probably want to stay longer... we even added an extra day!].

    These guys are such great hosts, and the overall experience was so positive, I'd send all my friends there, as long as they don't mind the 10-15 min walk to town. [It's not bad, you get used to it. Just be sure to borrow a flashlight in case you're coming home late -- that road gets *dark*.]

    June 2013
  • Our 5-night stay in L.A. and Martin's upstairs apartment was an outstanding vacation for my friend and me. The room itself was perfect for us, and even nicer-looking than the photos! Beautifully painted blue walls, cool light fixtures, gorgeous tile work in the bathroom, and a lovely spot to sit outside and enjoy our morning coffee — plus access (via the side stairs) to their beautifully done rooftop patio! They kindly supplied us with huge jugs of filtered water for drinking and tooth-brushing, so we didn't have to lug it home ourselves from the store. And of course, having a full kitchen (kitchenette, really, but bigger than many NYC apartments!) with stove/sink/fridge made it easy for us to eat breakfast or lunch at home and save our pesos for all the delicious dinner spots in town.

    We also loved the quiet/removed location, the house being about a 7-minute walk out of the town proper, along a 2-lane road. (Note: we were two women and felt safe making the walk — felt safe throughout our trip in fact). We were there during Easter week, when the town filled up with jolly but noisy vacationers from all over the region... we were always happy to return to our little spot outside of town. It is worth having a flashlight for the walk, however! Also, LA and Martin were always happy to offer a lift anytime they were driving into town on errands.

    As hosts, LA and Martin were extremely warm and super-responsive to any of our needs and questions. They gave great tips about beaches to try beyond the bustling main beach, which really made our time there all the more relaxing. LA also met us in the town square when we arrived and drove us to the house so we wouldn't have to bounce our rolley bags out there along the cobblestones :)

    Overall I can't recommend their home highly enough! And Sayulita overall. It was a wonderful stay. The only slight drawbacks were the internet at the house, which had a weak signal but worked fine if we sat in a certain spot by the window, and the roosters nearby, who seem to think morning begins around 2am. But we bought some earplugs at a local pharmacy and did just fine. All in all a great trip!

    April 2013
  • L.A. and Martin - what gentle chicken-loving, nature-worshipping people and the perfect Airbnb hosts. We truly enjoyed our time in their cute little upstairs apartment, where L.A. made certain that we had everything necessary for a perfect vacation in beautiful Sayulita. L.A. and Martin live in the country, about a 20 minute walk from 3 beautiful beaches, our favorite being what we called the "wild beach"- on a busy day, you might see 2 or 3 other people on the beach. Sayulita's main beach is great for surfing on the south end and tranquil walks on the north. Playa de los Muertos is a fairly quiet beach, perfect for swimming. Everything you need, you can buy in Sayulita and L.A. will be happy to give you recommendations. An especially fun thing to do is to go to the Friday market where L.A. and Martin sell Martin's delicious salsas.
    Yes, the roosters will definitely wake you at a ridiculous hour but the bonus is that there are always cute little chicks running about the yard and a great variety of wild birds in the surrounding jungle.
    We felt like old friends after a couple of weeks with L.A. and Martin and their family - if you like nature, animals and good people, you are sure to enjoy this family.

    March 2013
  • Wonderful. We loved the nature walk to town, butterflies, birds, and flowering trees. Totaly felt safe, as we are women, we had not even a remote incident of feeling uncomfortable. L. A. and Martin are warm, friendly and helpful. Definitely take earplugs if you cannot adjust to different noises, roosters start super early! The Nature Getaway was perfect, clean comfortable, safe. The whole house is cool and the common rooftop space was great for early morning yoga and stretching, and moon watching at night.

    March 2013
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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!
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