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, hiking and the beach are just steps from the palapa.
La Palapa Tranquila is a unique and very special place. 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, or whales and sea life splashing in the ocean, you have found your paradise. Your adventure will be an unforgettable escape in a natural eco preserve setting.
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, or last night in the beautiful city of Puerto Vallarta. There you can enjoy an 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 the PVR airport. The water taxi going back to Boca de Tomatlan leaves Chonchos at 11:00 AM, so keep that in mind for your flight departure time heading back home. We can arrange for a private boat. The cost is $150.00, which needs to be paid in advance.
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 ocean is unpredictable and especially during the winter months, December, January and February, the ocean can be rough, which means that the water taxi might not be able to drop you off at the beach. On a particular, but rare day like that, you will be dropped off at the nearest village, Chimo. Somebody should be there to hike you into Chonchos, with a mule if necessary for you bags. For people a bit less sea worthy, there is always the option to take a regular taxi from Puerto Vallarta to the town of Chimo as well. The cost to take a taxi to Chimo is about $(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) and takes about 2 1/2 hours. The taxi can also be arranged from Chimo, if for some reason you missed the water taxi going back, or on a rare day when the ocean is too rough to pick you up from Chonchos.
The palapa house is off the grid with solar panels to give you the modern convenience of refrigeration and lights. That does not mean you can use a blow dryer, but once you are there, you realize that this is not the place you worry about that anyways. When there are cloudy days, especially two or three in a row, the system might not work as well, but we do have flash lights and candles. December, because of its shortest days, and the rainy season (July through September), are particular months when the solar system might not get adequate sunshine to charge the panels. We do have a back up generator in case of lack of sun.
We have a solar hot water heater for nice warm showers and drinkable clean spring water. The hot solar water might not have hot water in the mornings during the winter months, or on cloudy days, but there is always hot water in the afternoons after the sun has warmed up the tank.
Most personal cell phones will have service at the palapa if one wishes to use one. It has been a bit hit and miss lately to get cell phone service, so if you depend on cell service, you might want to reconsider staying here. There is a place to charge your phones and cameras at a charging station at the palapa.
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. The hike is somewhat vigorous going over one hill, and takes about 45 minutes, or longer, if you take photos and take your time enjoying the amazing scenery and views.
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. The water taxi goes to the fishing village of Chimo twice a day as well. If you are looking for a different type of vacation, away from it all, then look no more!
Freshly cooked meals at our small restaurant overlooking the beach!
Restaurante de Chonchos
The cost is $110.00 per couple, or 1500 pesos, for 2-3 meals a day. The cost does not include tips.
Interaction with Guests
If you have phone service, you may contact us at any time! Ruben, Gabriel and Alphonso work at Chonchos and are more than happy to assist you with any problems you may encounter. Igor speaks English and is there part of the year to help out with anything as well.
The neighborhood is unique, because there are no roads, so it is very quiet and peaceful. No cars, so all transportation is by foot, 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)
You can also arrange for a private boat at that same website.
There is a users manual at the palapa. No smoking inside the Palapa, please! We have had some burn damage to our furniture. No candles allowed in, or around the palapa! Only tea lights are permitted in the provided glass votives for safety. Please inquire about brining children before you book our place. Also, we do not recommend anyone with health issues booking the palapa. Thank you!
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.