The Great Beach-Town Nature Retreat

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Av Revolucion, Sayulita, Nayarit 63734, Mexico

Close in yet worlds apart, this artfully constructed, budget/adventurous two-floor suite offers jungle views, breezes, star gazing and a touch of typical Sayulita Bohemian chic. Great outdoor kitchen. 10-15 minute no-hills walk to town. Can sleep 6.

The Space

The Great Beach-Town Nature Retreat offers you a relaxing vacation that is the best of both worlds. Located south of the village, the walk up cobblestone Av. Revolucion, as it gradually climbs to meet the the "high" road to Punta de Mita, 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!

Nicely furnished and decorated, private and secure - THE GREAT BEACH-TOWN NATURE RETREAT offers great rates and value for the the money! BETTER than Hostel rates!

NATURE RETREAT SUITE is a unique two-floor (double decker) suite - comprised of both the second and third floors - which can easily accommodate a large group. The second-floor features a private 13 ft, x 13 ft. enclosed one-bedroom apartment, with en-suite bathroom. This opens out onto the charming roofed 13 ft. x 30 ft. patio - combination living room and dining room - with amazing tree-level jungle views from which you can watch all the bird and butterfly. The full outdoor kitchen features a 6-burner stove with oven and has everything you need for making and enjoying your eat-in meals. A true nature-area retreat and truly a little gem! This is a favorite spot for so many of our guests!

The bedroom features a double or "matrimonial"-size bed and is large enough to add a single/individual-size bed inside. The patio features a futon couch which can also be used as a bed.
The entire suite is nicely decorated and furnished with charming traditionally-Mexican and many "custom" features,

Traveling up a charming spiral staircase, is the entire roofed third floor area with stunning, above-the-tree-level panoramic views. This is an ample 20 ft. x 26 ft multi-purpose mostly open apartment, but which is divided into partially-walled areas, with beds situated strategically to accommodate many. With several additional beds available, the entire double-decker, 2-floor suite can easily sleep 6-8 people.

Hosts pride themselves on offering the BEST VALUE, the BEST, KINDEST and CARING SERVICE, the BEST EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE for your vacation. It's OUR GOAL!!!

Everyone enjoys their stay here!

When you are not at the beach or enjoying plaza-area diversions, the terrace is where you will want to spend your time relaxing, reading, talking or just enjoying the amazing natural ambiance.

The deep red flowers of a mature "Copa de Oro" tree crest over the top of the far wall and a custom Virgin of Guadalupe tile "painting" acts as the centerpiece for the terrace's interior wall. The terrace/living area is also fully furnished with many casual chairs, a large, circular dining table with chairs, and a futon couch, which pulls out as a bed.

Many built-in architectural nooks amplify the space, creating natural "conversation areas" throughout. Each area has its own specific view and visual aspect to enjoy. Discover your favorite area!

The (13 by 13 ft.) bedroom apartments offers many custom and artistic features throughout including an interior sloped tile roof, as an architectural accent, and a shell and ocean-rock decorative shower in the private 2 meter by 2 meter (6 and 1/2 by 6 and 1/2 ft.) bathroom. There is abundant hot water for long, relaxing showers.

Bedroom apartment furniture includes a double or "full size" bed with firm mattress and decorative carved headboard, a large wooden wardrobe/dresser, comfortable love seat, ornate table with four scroll-design chairs, for inside-the-bedroom dining (or internet use), and a nightstand. Ornate security windows and doors bring in much light and help catch the cooling valley breezes. Frosted, leaf-patterned glass adds privacy and adds to the charm!

It's a fact! The deep valley cross breezes - wafting across the terrace and through the bedroom apartment - keep it 5-10 degrees COOLER, than areas closer to the plaza! High speed ceiling fans help, also.

PLEASE NOTE: Hosts reasonable rates are lower due to the slight distance from town (a 10-15 minute walk) than many closer-to-town rentals, but the walk is easy and straight and has NO HILLS as do many "higher rate" North-Side rentals.

HOLIDAY SEASON apply from December-January.
HIGH SEASON RATES apply in November and from February- May.
LOW SEASON RATES apply from June through October. your style) and MAID SERVICE. Beach towels are not provided.


Hosts provide - 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 - CONCIERGE SERVICE, NATURAL BUG REPELLENT (or anti-mosquito spirals), FIRST AID or ASSISTANCE, FLASHLIGHTS, ROAD ATLAS, A SOFTER MATTRESS (if firm isn't your thing).

Guest Access

The property is protected and secure with the entire perimeter walled and gated for added security and privacy. The large wooden front gate includes a door for your separate keyed entrance.

There is RELIABLE, 24/7 WIFI - HIGH SPEED INTERNET!!!! Guests can rely on a constant supply of free 5 liter bottles of purified water, plenty of hot water for long, relaxing showers, toilet paper, bathroom and kitchen soap, a fully stocked kitchen.

Interaction with Guests

Sayulita is a breezy 30 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 make arrangements to pick you and your luggage up - at various favorite restaurants, chosen depending on the time of your arrival - after your fun bus ride through the lush jungle.

Knowledgeable, local hosts offer helpful (free) concierge services. Hosts know everyone and can help connect you to any service or activity you want.

We love and appreciate our guests and deeply respect that it's their vacation. Hosts are happy to interact with guests to whatever comfort level or preference that is innate to each guest.

The Neighborhood

The Great Beach-Town Nature Retreat 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.

Getting around

Help with all transportation needs - from calling for taxis, renting cars, golf carts or bicycles 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.

Other Things to Note

Both hosts are poets who regularly read newly-written poems at the Open Mic in the neighboring village of San Pancho. Guests who are poets or musicians often join hosts in getting up at the mic and becoming part of the emerging and exciting local arts scene.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 5
Extra people: $8 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 5 nights
Weekly Price: $350 /week
Monthly Price: $1200 /month
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Our stay in this place would have been fine had the description of the location been accurate and the hostess been as friendly and helpful as the local Mexicans are to visitors...L.A. told us it was an easy, flat 15 min walk to
    the house. She told us that,when we arrived, we would be picked up and given a ride there.
    We e-mailed when we arrived in Puerta Vallarta (the previous day) with the information of our arrival time in Sayulita and got no reply. When we arrived and got in touch, the owner's son had no idea where his Mom was (although when we arrived she was there), so he walked us to their home. This would have been fine had the walk not been uphill and partly on the highway with, in some places nowhere at all to get off the highway when cars or trucks passed. When we got there and met Leslie (L.A.) and told her of our concerns she became argumentative and said that in "Mexican standards" It was a flat walk. I have knee problems and, from this walk, one of my knees became
    significantly swollen. We told her we wouldn't be able to do this walk twice daily to and from the beach. She made it clear she wasn't interested in helping us solve this dilemma and suggested we take taxis (which she said cost 50 pesos and really cost more), rent a car, or go to town, buy a calling card and call airbnb. From then on she completely ignored us. There were four of us and it would have been nice to have more than three towels, but it was uncomfortable to ask as it was clear we were not wanted there.
    We left a few days early because of her lack of hospitality.

    The place is adjacent to the highway and you hear all traffic, dogs that at times bark incessantly, and of course roosters that crow at random throughout the night. If you have small children I don't recommend this place. I also don't recommend it if cats affect your allergies.

    The house itself is set up comfortably. Martin and L.A.'s son are very nice but they seem to have nothing to do with running the business. It is my family's opinion that L.A. does not have the appropriate people skills for being in the hospitality business. We do not recommend this place if you want to be around a friendly, accommodating, easy going hostess.

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

    There seems to be an expectation that, despite aggressive/hostile behavior on the part of this (male) guest towards a (very small) female host, that the host is required to make herself visible/available for more possible continued abuse. Being absent was a deliberate and necessary decision. Martin and our son are/were fully capable of taking care of these guests and their every request in my planned absence. We contacted airbnb immediately to discuss the initial unpleasant/unreasonable encounter and the decision was made to simply not make myself available for other possible unpleasant encounters, leaving further dealings with this unhappy and angry person to the male family members. Our review of this guest, which excludes Brenda and the children, written prior to this, is also available to read. We are exemplary hosts, our listing is accurate, we do right by our guests and truly desire that they have the very best vacation possible. It got off to a bad start because there was NO notification of their ETA, which we repeatedly requested. The disjuncture, created by this unknown, followed by spur of the moment phone calls, did not make for a smooth or proper check in, which we prefer, desire and work towards. Brenda booked the reservation. She and the children were very nice. We had no awareness that a member of the party, Gary, had an existing mobility issue. If we had known, we would have declined the reservation request. For the mobility impaired, a 10-15 walk, as we list and which is accurate, on any cobblestone or pot-hole-ridden dirt road (which is all of Sayulita) is going to be problematic. The walk is mostly flat, as listed, and there is only a very small part of it that has a slight, graded incline. We offer a calm and tranquil retreat which is distinctly different from the in-town Plaza experience. The guests who find their way here who are attuned to the unique ambiance we offer are very satisfied and happy to be here. We are truly saddened that this guest was not able to tune into what is here and what we offer and we, truly, wish him the best.

  • We had a ton of fun staying at LA and Martin's place. It was exactly what we were looking us a real feel of what life is like in Sayulita (we are considering a purchase/move there so wanted to avoid "hotel" type places). L.A. and Martin were the perfect mix of social and helpful while still respecting our privacy. Sometimes the walk to town was a little tiresome (20 mins if you are slow like us) but that was mostly because our three year old went on a "walk strike" so we ended up carrying her more than we would have liked. All in all the slightly further location was worth it though because it was closer to some of the more quiet beaches which is what we were really interested in visiting.

    Favourite things? The sunrise view from the top floor in the morning, the AMAZINGLY bright stars at night, the sounds of the jungle as we fell asleep, the fresh tortillas that came ala motorbike in the mornings (only 15 pesos for a kilo), and Martin's yummy salsa's (we liked the dark chipotle one the best). We will definitely be back.

    January 2014
  • Leslie and Martin are wonderful people with a lovely casa a short walk outside Sayulita. They are very hospitable and great to be around, and I very mush enjoyed my time there. Would definitely rent again!

    December 2013
  • We absolutely loved staying in the casita. My wife and I took the local bus from Puerto Vallarta (a fun adventure in itself for a measly 60 pesos) and had no problem locating the meeting place in town where we first met L.A. and Martin. They were right on time and gave us time to catch a bite to eat while they ran some errands. They then gave us a little tour of Sayulita on the way back to their house. We found L.A. and Martin to be very friendly and helpful with local sites, directions, places to go and things to do in Sayulita. L.A. was well informed on the local flora and fauna in the area pointing out various flowers, plants, trees and explaining to us about the abundance of land crabs we saw crossing the road on the walks home every night from town. It was a short and easy 10 minute walk to town from their place but that always made for an adventure every morning while we decided what we were going to do for the day and again in the evening planning for the next day. As has been pointed out by others that have stayed here, bringing a couple of flashlights is a good idea for the walk back if you plan on doing it past dark. We found their lodging to be very clean with plenty of hot water and appreciated the availability of the kitchen, though we didn't make use of anything other than the fridge. It was rainy season during our stay and the lush green jungle setting around the property had me initially worried about the possibility of mosquitos but we only spotted 1 or 2 the entire week we were there. Sayulita is a great place to visit for those who wish to get away from the commercial, tourist laden streets of Puerto Vallarta but still want to have the availability of nice beaches, restaurants, bars, shopping, hiking and excursions. I really can't say enough about how much fun (both relaxing and adventurous) we had while visiting Sayulita and staying with L.A. and Martin. They are truly wonderful hosts and their location is perfect for people who don't want or need a luxury resort style vacation where all you do is stay on the premises. Staying at their house felt like visiting relatives that knew all the ins-and-outs of a town and were more than willing to share all they knew with us. In the same sense, when we would often come back during the middle of the day for a siesta nap, they never bothered or intruded upon us. We would definitely stay here again.

    September 2013
  • It's a really cool, roomy place at a great value.There's a really nice full kitchen outside on the veranda which is for preparing big meals or just relaxing on. Only a short walk up the road from town which allows you to escape the noise from the parties and bars whenever you like. Martin and Leslie are great hosts, very laid back bilingual couple that was happy to help out when I needed something. They seemed to know everyone in town and had tips and recommendations about anything I needed to know .Travelers wanting to meet really cool local people and still have plenty of privacy should look no further. Chad

    August 2013
  • I can't put into words how amazing our time was!!
    It was my sister's first time in Sayulita and out of the country for that fact! LA and Martin were so warm and supportive of the things we were interested in. They knew all the right people, the best places, coached us on the language when weren't too sure of ourselves. They gave gave us that extra confidence to really pursue the things we wanted to do in Sayulita. The home is wonderful, a 10 min max walk from town. We rented a scooter and really enjoyed having it to scoot-scoot around. We really enjoyed the open kitchen to make breakfast and to relax when the day got too hot. We are were beyond happy with the space, their hospitality and the overall experience!

    Claudia wants to go back as soon as she can and we would both definitely look to saying here again!

    June 2013
  • My daughter and I, both from England, enjoyed a very special time at L.A and Martin's residence. This was our first visit to Mexico and L.A and Martin welcomed us into their own community in Sayulita giving us an insight into the different lifestyles of their friends ad neighbours . We shared many interests in common which led to is going together to a poetry and music evening, an eco ranch, and cumbia party/on the beach. We would never have known or found these without L.A. and Martin Although slightly out of town, the jungle surroundings of their home provided a different environment from the lively town of Sayulita. We liked the open terrace from which we enjoyed the sight and sounds of the birds and insects and the starry skies. The accommodation is very reasonably priced and comfortable and we would definitely recommend it to our friends .

    May 2013
  • We had a great time with L.A and Martin. Stayed there with our 20 month old boy, and it was perfect for him. L.A and Martin were helpful and kind, but also quite discrete. The fact that their house is a little outside town has benefits (no city noise for early bedtime) but it was a little bit far to walk many times a day (quite easy for people without a toddler though). The house had a very interesting architecture and was clean. We loved it and would stay there again!

    May 2013
  • L.A, Martin, Piers and Phoenix where a very hospitable family.

    The property is a out of town, but close to some lovely secluded beaches. 20 min walk to town, a little scary walking along the main road at night- so bring your torches.

    April 2013
  • My friend and I had a great time with LA and Martine! She met us at the main plaza when we first arrived, we had some delicious margaritas and then she gave us a ride back to the house. LA and Martine are very friendly and helpful.

    The house has a few different apartment units in it. Ours was nice.. clean, plenty of space, full kitchen, good bathroom. There were actually a few different sleeping options: a bed in the apartment, a couple beds on the roof and a futon outside (which is where I ended up sleeping).

    The location is great if you're more interested in going to secluded beaches than to the main public beaches near town (which can get pretty crowded). The house is near a road that has access to several beautiful and largely empty beaches. The walk to town is a bit long, but not bad.. it was good exercise and it didn't ever feel too long to deter us from going into town (we'd make the round trip a couple times a day). I'd recommend bringing a headlamp or flashlight to navigate one section of road that doesn't have streetlights at night.

    I felt like this place was a great deal and I had a comfortable stay. I'd recommend it.

    April 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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