About this listing
Relax in this unique open palapa house right on the ocean. Watch whales, mantas, dolphins, pelicans and sunsets from the deck in comfortable lounge chairs. Activities such as snorkeling, kayaking and hiking are just steps from the palapa.
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La Palapa Tranquila is one of those unique hard to find special places. If you are looking for something different, an adventurous vacation away from it all, with tranquil days in the sun, deserted beaches and evenings of watching beautiful sunsets, you have found your paradise. Your adventure will be an unforgettable escape from the modern every day rat race.
The palapa house, La Palapa Tranquila, is in an eco resort called Chonchos. It is very remote, which means on some occasions you will need to spend your first night in the beautiful city of Puerto Vallarta. There you can enjoy your first evening dining in one of the finest restaurants, visiting many of the art galleries, or strolling along the malecon. We can recommend a hotel in PV if you like. If time allows after the arrival of your flight into PV, you can go directly to the palapa and catch the 3:00 PM water taxi Nayeli, from Boca de Tomatlan, an hour from PVR airport.
The water taxi ride will take you by the scenic coastline where the green lush mountains meet the deep blue Pacific Ocean with small Mexican fishing villages, the well known town of Yelapa and other small vacation resorts along the way. After the hour water taxi ride you will arrive at the beach of Chonchos and be greeted by the staff who will help take your luggage to La Palapa Tranquila. The palapa house is off the grid with solar panels to give you the modern convenience of refrigeration and lights. We have a solar hot water heater for nice warm showers and drinkable clean spring water. Most personal cell phones will have service at the palapa if one wishes to use one. Instead of watching TV you will be entertained by nature with a variety of animals, birds and insects and an wide ocean view right in front of the palapa where sightings of whales, dolphins, manta rays and other fish are an entertaining every day phenomena depending what time of the year you are visiting.
There are beautiful hikes, one of which takes you to the next quaint little village, Chimo, where one can get cold beer, basic groceries and dine at one of the two local restaurants. Some other activities include kayaking, snorkeling, birding and fishing. You can also take day trips to other small villages such as Yelapa and Pizota by water taxi. If you are looking for a different type of vacation then look no more!
Freshly cooked meals at our small restaurant overlooking the beach!
Restaurante de Chonchos
The cost is $75.00 per couple for 2-3 meals a day. The cost does not include tips.
The neighborhood is unique, because there are no roads, so it is very quiet and peaceful. No cars, so all transportation is by food, mule, kayak or boat.
There is a water taxi, Nayeli, which goes by twice a day to pick up and drop off passengers at our beach. The cost is approximately 130 pesos each way per person from Boca to Chonchos. Departure times:
9:00 AM and 3:00 PM from Boca to our place
11:00 AM and 5:00 PM back to Boca
Check in is after 3:00 PM unless the place can be ready for you earlier. Please contact me regarding earlier check in!
The water taxi can also take you to Yelapa, Pizota and Chimo for the day.
Other Things to Note
The Nayeli water taxi does offer special trips as well. See below:
Boca-Chonchos $185.00US per trip
Maximum 6 persons
Los muertos pier( Vallarta)
To Chonchos $240.00US per trip
Maximum 6 persons
$65.00US p/h 4 hours minimum($260.00).
Marietas islands tours
$75.00US p/p 6 hours($450.00)
And yes also includes the traditional ceviche.
50% deposit required
(deposit to be paid at Chonchos to schedule then balance paid when boat arrives, or (email hidden))
There is a users manual at the palapa.
Our stay in Palapa Tranquila was unimaginably wonderful and greatly exceeded our expectations. The open air palapa paired with the expanse of Banderas Bay created feelings of calmness, peace, and a great sense of freedom. We found the palapa to be just as shown in the pictures, and as described by our hosts, Yvonne and Chuck. They were very helpful before our arrival, responding quickly to our questions and concerns (and we had many!). We would highly recommend Palapa Tranquila to anyone who is looking for a rejuvenating vacation experience, especially those with an adventurous spirit. Although we spent plenty of time reading, relaxing, and enjoying the wildlife, we took advantage of all there is to do and see in the local area. Along with snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and playing in the waves, we made several excursions on foot to the village of Chimo where we ate ceviche at Arturo's restaurant and bought fresh produce. We took the water taxi to the village of Yelapa for an afternoon, and went on an amazing tour of the Marieta Islands. We met so many wonderful people, and enjoyed breathtaking sunsets each and every night. To us, this was the experience of a lifetime. Thank you Chuck and Yvonne for allowing us to stay in your beautiful palapa home. We dream of the day we can visit Los Chonchos again!
I can honestly say we had the most amazing time staying at Chuck and Yvonne's palapa. Los Chonchos is a hidden gem and we will absolutely be back. Henry was so helpful and knowledgable and took such great care of us with whatever we needed. It was such a memorable experience. We made full use of the snorkelling equipment and the many kayaks available. Our neighbours were friendly and respectful and we had so much privacy.
The palapa was ready upon our arrival. Henry met us on the beach and showed us the ropes. After poking around a bit, we had everything needed for a wonderfully relaxed stay.
By far one of the most enjoyable, relaxing and special places I have traveled. Not only on airbnb, but in all my traveling adventures. This is the way to see Mexico and I highly recommend this great spot!
Yvonne and Chuck were a breeze to communicate with and responded quickly to any questions I had.
I also found it helpful to read other reviews and their house manual as it has EVERYTHING you need to know for preparing your trip.
Here is a mini example of our trip:
You will most likely spend a night in PV on your way in or out due to flight times and the water taxi schedule to the palapa.
Our flight was delayed out of JFK so we missed our connecting flight in Mexico City, thus delaying us several hours to PV. No problem! We hung out in D.F. for the day getting into PV in the evening. We found two rooms at Hotel Yasmin (a decent no frills spot) and hit up the grocery store stocking up on beer, grains, tequila, toilet paper and snacks. All four of us packed lightly (not hard when all you plan on wearing is your swim suit and shorts for a week) so we could fit all of our extra stuff in our luggage backpacks or duffle bags. We grabbed a cab the next morning around 0730 for 200 pesos to Boca.
We bought dairy and veggies at the little market near where you pick up the water taxi and then took the 0900 Nyali to Los Chonchos.
Upon arrival we were greeted by a sweet, sweet man named Henry who helped us get settled and gave us the run down of the palapa and surrounding area. We had a delicious lunch that Alfonso prepared for us at the palapa restaurant and then we took a little hike to Chimo and bought more veggies and fresh seafood from Anotonio (who owns the restaurant, Chimo's). If you want a fresh coconut you can buy one for 15 pesos from the dude chillin in the hammock in front of the mansion (the only structure) on the swimming beach that is about a 15 minute walk from the palapa. We spent the next six days in maximum relaxation mode making incredible meals, reading, sunbathing, snorkeling and day dreaming.
Once we were out of fish we went back to Chimo to buy some more and had ceviche at Arturo's restaurant -it was delicious!!!
We slept to the sound of the waves right beneath us and woke up to whales playing right outside the palapa (NO JOKE!!). Our trip was pretty much like living in a Mexican fairy tale. Have fun!
This is an amazing place: in the middle of the benevolent jungle, right next to the sea, beautiful calm energy and the sound of the waves... It's the kind of place where you feel like getting away from everything and spending time on your own or with very special people. The houses are great: you feel very close to the nature - they are kind of half-open but also protected. Also they all have kitchens and even several sleeping areas. Henry who works there is super friendly and helpful so in case you need something there's always somebody to take care of you.
Everything was magnificent. Chuck and Yvonne were very clear about the rustic nature of the home and location, and the limited amenities. They were not present, but their friends and helpers in the community who greeted us and helped us get settled - specifically the young New Jersey lad, Henry - were just great.
It was the perfect way to unplug! We are both self-employed and very busy. To be removed from email and internet for the days we stayed there was amazing. Our young children loved the openness of the space, and the closeness of the family without distraction. If you are looking to unwind and unplug, you can do much better than this!
Amazing. If you are thinking about staying here and enjoy being a bit off the map and just enjoying peace and quiet and nature then look no further. Seriously just do it! You won't be sorry unless you hate the sound of the ocean, seeing whales every day, and really BEING with whoever it is that's lucky enough to join you on this trip.
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About the Host, Chuck And Yvonne
We were so excited when we came upon the opportunity to buy this special place, La Palapa Tranquila, which is located in the tropics where the jungle meets the ocean. It's like a dream come true to have a little peace of paradise just like this. It is like being on a beautiful deserted island and now we are happy to share our special place with you.
Chuck, my husband, is a retired architect and my back ground is in interior design, photography and art. However, I chose to be a stay at home mom for our two beautiful daughters. We are very adventurous, athletic and outdoorsy. We love to travel and have been to many places. I am from the Netherlands, so we travel back to Europe quite often. It is one of our favorite destinations. There are so many other places we want to see one day, especially South America and explore more of Mexico. We enjoy the Mexican people and their culture very much. We can't complain about the food either. We are not much into 5 star traveling, even though we have done it from time to time. We find that when you go off the beaten path and stay at different homes, B&B's or small non-chain hotels instead of big luxurious hotels, you meet the most interesting people and learn the most of one's culture.
Our moto in life: collect as many positive experiences and friends rather than personal possessions.