About this listing
"Casita Musica" is a sweet Mexican-style garden-level apartment - a fusion of both Mexican rustic and traditional decors with many nice Bohemian, eclectic touches. It has its own private, secure and keyed entrance, kitchen (stocked with basics), bathroom and features a small private, roofed patio tucked in a corner and softened by flowering plants/trees. Artists, surfers and backpackers love the space! A 15 min. flat walk to town, free parking, laundry, close to paths leading to hidden beaches.
The space and surrounding area:
Away from Plaza-area noise hustle and bustle, newly updated and decorated, budget/adventurous "Beach Town Escape to Nature!" ("Casita Musica") offers competitive rates and good value. With better-than-hostel rates for 2 guests, Casita Musica ticks all the boxes for surfers, backpackers and first-time visitors to Mexico seeking a more authentic experience!!!
A charming 10-15 easy amble south through the village (the walk is FLAT with NO HILLS!) on cobblestone Av. Revolucion, takes you from Sayulita’s bustling plaza, main beach (and famous surf break!) and late-night music/club scene, to the greener, cleaner and much cooler (five degrees cooler) south side of town.
The away-from-town nature and jungle ambiance, with daily performances from the local bird population, provides a nice relief, a getaway, from in-town congestion and hustle.
Our best "HIDDEN SECRET" is its direct access to three of the area's most stunning SECLUDED BEACHES - Patzcuarito (which is DIRECTLY across the road) Carricitos and Playa de los Muertos.
The path leading to all three beaches is a mere "stone's throw" from the end of the driveway. Guests often prefer going to the Plaza/Main beach the "back way" vis a vis this beautiful nature walk which winds through the cemetery and empties onto the road along the bay (going through Villa Amor). If walking on the paved roads into town doesn't appeal, this great option certainly will!
Details and basics:
CASITA MUSICA (Little Music House) is a basic and nicely-decorated ground-level one-bedroom studio apartment with kitchen, private tiled bathroom and a small but good-sized private garden patio, with a traditional tile roof, for outside enjoyment. The kitchen has most basics you need for making and enjoying your eat-in meals. Abundant flowering and fruit-producing trees - in season, more bananas than you can eat straight from the trees.
There are many custom features that add to the traditional rustic Mexican decor. Furniture includes a double-sized or "matrimonial" bed with a traditional-carved wooden headboard, a table and 2 chairs for eating or internet use, a small closet, dresser and large, overstuffed comfy chair. An additional single-sized bed is available on arrival with advance notice. There is abundant hot water for long, relaxing showers. Traditional, ornate, hand-made security windows and door bring in much light and help catch the cool breezes.
The kitchen has all the simple basics for your stay with a stove (no oven), small refrigerator, dishes, flatware, kitchen utensils, coffee maker and whistling tea kettle. The bathroom is a 2-meters by 2 meters space with a tiled shower that can double as a bathtub. There is a curtain at the entrance rather than a door, to provide maximum air circulation, if bathroom privacy might be a heightened concern.
There is a keyed entrance with a perimeter wall, softened by tropical plants and trees and gated for added security and privacy. Ample parking for those with vehicles.
Getting around, fun excursions and things to do:
For guest who rent cars, it's a great location for surfing all areas along the north side of Bahia de Banderas coast, also is the back way heading back into Puerto Vallarta.
Restaurants, Boutiques, Nightlife, Farmer's Markets:
Enjoy Sayulita's fine restaurants - favorites are Mary's, Chocobanana, Don Pedro's, Los Corazones, Blue Corn Mama, Tierra Viva, La Rustica, El Ilticate, Aaliyah's, Chilly Willy's, Pizza Ron. Unique jewelry and trendy boutiques are everywhere downtown - our favorites too numerable to mention.
Best experience is El Mercado del Pueblo - Organic food and Artisan market every Friday from 10-2 p.m. There is also Mercado del Sol every Tuesday in neighboring San Pancho (Francisco).
Sayulita has a vibrant nightlife with live music every night. Favorites are Bar Don Pato on the Plaza and Camaron Cumbia Night at Camaron's on North Beach Fridays nights starting at 10 p.m. - until the wee hours.
Horseback riding with horses from Rancho Manuel and Mi Chaparita. Tours of the bay - whale watching (in season), Marieta Island tours with snorkeling, fishing - with Chica Loca and Ally Ca, hiking tours with Mexitreks and Wild Mex. All surfing schools are great, too numerable to name.
Hosts help with transportation questions and with every aspect of a guest's arrival so that is low-to-no stress and problem free. Using the airport pedestrian bridge, wait for the Compostela bus to Sayulita at the bus stop on the other side of the highway.
After your fun bus ride through the lush and winding jungle road, look for the taxi stand as the bus turns the corner into Sayulita at the Pemex gas station. Knowledgeable local taxi drivers can bring you and your luggage to the door for a 60 pesos fare
Hosts background and experience:
We are knowledgeable local hosts who know everyone in town (it's true) With five years of experience, we are known for our 5-star detailed and solution-based free concierge service, offering useful tips, help and suggestions to our guests.
We, as hosts, pride ourselves with doing our best to provide the best experience possible for our guests vacation. It's our goal!!!
What to expect, useful tips and additional information:
Authentic Mexico - compared to resorts - can be noisy. Sayulita, recently designated a "Pueblo Magico" due to it's authenticity as an old-style Mexican village, is no exception.
Here, we offer a comparatively quiet environment which many guests find relaxing and tranquil. Roosters sometimes crow, friendly street dogs wag their tails and ask to be pet, everyone gets along. It's part of the magic.
Come prepared to enjoy the experience or, if highly noise sensitive, past guests suggest to bring earplugs. We are caring hosts but cannot make Mexico not Mexico for our guests. We keep our rates low for adventurous budget travelers to experience the full range of what Sayulita offers.
What hosts provide (repeated and detailed in House Manual):
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 connecting guests to medical ASSISTANCE, and HOUSE-KEEPING on request.
Guests can use the on-site laundry free of charge, but please provide your own detergent.
Beach towels and flashlights (helpful for the nighttime) are not provided.
Casita Musica has its own separate patio and shares the rest of the outside space/yard with the upstairs Casita Arte. Both share a separate entrance with its own keyed gate.
Interaction with guests
Knowledgeable, local hosts offer helpful (free) concierge services. Hosts know everyone in town, it's true, and can help connect guests to any service or activity a guest would want with knowledge that you will be in good hands and well cared for!
Restaurants? We know them all. Services? Just ask. Bargains? We will hook you up and help get you what you need at a good and fair price. We will call a Taxi for you, shuttle you back and forth to town if we are going that way, take you to the Farmacia or Centro de Salud (health center) if you need, find that specialty item for you, hook you up to the best cruise deals, tell you which is the best fruteria, carneceria, smoothie bars, markets, hikes, horseback rides, cruise of the bay.
We appreciate our guests and deeply respect that it's their vacation. As some guests prefer privacy and others company, hosts are happy to accommodate guests' preferences to interact or not to whatever comfort level or preference each guest prefers.
Hosts live on-site in the lower, first-floor bungalow. Just ring the bell by the door, if the door is not already open, and we are happy to answer questions and honor requests for additional items or services.
If you don't ask, we cannot know what you are missing to help make your vacation the best. Communication has always been our Number 1 House Rule.
We are part of a cluster of houses in our small Colonia (neighborhood) which offers a mix of both resort-style and traditional Mexican homes.
Casita Musica is situated, as the crow flies, directly across from one of the area's most beautiful secluded beaches - Playa Patzcuarito. This is also a prime location for surfing all areas along the coast near Punta de Mita. Or...walking the intricate network of jungle trails leading to the area's other wonderful secluded beaches closer-in to town - Playa Carricitos and Playa de Los Muertos. Playa Patzcuarito is a beautiful ten-to-fifteen minute walk away.
This is a tranquil, private and protected nature area with many fruit and flowering trees. Crowing roosters either add to the charm or occasionally annoy, but are part of the natural ambiance.
Birds, native to the area, flock to nearby trees throughout the day and into the early evening, also creating ambient sound. This is a natural birdwatcher's paradise. In season, a constant array of multicolored butterflies completes the daily "nature show." The comical Chachalacas (related to the wild Turkey) and in-coming flocks of the sweet but noisy Pericos (green wild parakeets) will keep you charmed and entertained.
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. It’s a mere 30-45 -minute (depending on traffic) drive south to Puerto Vallarta and/or equidistant to areas of interest to the north along the Riviera Nayarit coast.
The Sayulita Compostela bus runs every 20 minutes departing to all points south Bucerias, Puerto Vallarta and the airport. Also, there is now service to neighboring San Francisco (San Pancho). Help with all transportation needs - from calling for taxis, renting cars and arranging fishing trips or day-long all-inclusive tours of the bay, is what guests can expect. Ample parking is provided for those who choose to rent vehicles for their stay. NOTE: GOLF CARTS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN SAYULITA or surrounding towns in Riviera Nayarit.
Other things to note
Hosts participate in the local El Mercado del Pueblo, the open air Organic Farmers and Artisan market, every Friday during High Season, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Please stop by and visit our art booth!
Both hosts are poets who sometimes perform or read their work for special events. We are happy to let guests know if any of these events are scheduled during their stay.
Two basic rules says it all.
#1 - Good communication
Let us know FIRST how things are going. We are here to answer any questions and resolve any concerns or issues. Stories, jokes and laughter also welcome!
#2 - Mutual respect. Please treat our home as you would your own. Please note that the needs and requirements for good maintenance of a Mexican home might be different than what you are used to. Please follow our directives regarding this.
Not a rule, but IMPORTANT- in general, familiarize yourself about BASICS and specifics of staying in Mexico. We are caring hosts, but cannot change how Mexico is.
NEVER FLUSH TOILET PAPER (anywhere in Mexico). Use bins provided.
Make sure toilet handles are in "up" position to prevent water outages. Brush off sand outside before showering.
Don't put grease or food down drains or use bleach.
-Use cutting boards, provided, do not cut on fragile hand-made counter tops.
Smoking is allowed, but please smoke outside of the rooms.
Use the below grade horse path opposite the house when walking to town.
Use a flashlight or phone to help illuminate paths while walking at night.
Turn on your outside lights if you will be arriving back late.
Don't sit on upper-floor balconies to avoid falling.
-Accept very infrequent but sometimes possible power, water and internet outages, beyond hosts' control.
-Here, we do not experience Plaza noise, but roosters sometimes crow and dogs bark - everywhere in Sayulita. We have a good relationship with neighbors and they usually thin out the populations of both if we ask. Thank you for asking.
-Any problem or situation? Ask us. We know everyone is town and together can work all sorts of magic to make sure your stay here is the best ever!
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!