About This Listing
Our charming beach retreat, Casa Blanca, overlooks the ocean and beach in a private and secluded area on Bandaras bay, just one hour south of Puerto Vallarta by water taxi. Privacy, Romance and Adventure await you at this off the grid Eco Preserve.
Casa Blanca is an open air Palapa style home which is a grass roof home overlooking the ocean and Los Chonchos beach. The palapa has all the comforts of home with a kitchen including refrigerator, freezer, two burner cook top, sink with fresh spring fed, hot and cold water. The kitchen is stocked with utensils, dishes, glasses and storage bins. Next to the kitchen is the dining area with seating for four people. The full bathroom has a private indoor/outdoor shower, sink, toilet and guest storage closet. A separate bedroom has a queen sized bed, writing desk, storage cabinets and sliding shutter doors to either leave open or closed at night. The Great Room area is spacious and comfortable with Rattan furnishings and overstuffed cushions, the chairs can be turned toward the ocean to enjoy the amazing views in all directions. Outside offers a private side deck with hammock and the very large main deck or "viewing deck" has chaise lounge chairs and cushions. It's the perfect spot to sunbathe, read, practice yoga, watch for whales, dolphins and manta rays during the day and watch the sunset after a perfect day in paradise.
Casa Blanca is run by solar power for electricity and propane for the frig and cook top. We have a charging station for electronics such as cell phones, ipads. Cell phones typically work as well as internet however wifi is not available. This is an ideal spot to unplug for a romantic getaway, honeymoon retreat or vacation for the adventure minded. When you stay at Chonchos, you have three private and beautiful beaches to enjoy, perfect for relaxing under the sun, snorkeling, swimming, shelling, fishing and kayaking.
We provide a two person Hobie Kayak for our guests enjoyment, snorkel gear including life vests and fishing gear. The Preserve is 25 acres with 24 palapas sprinkled around the property, most can not be seen unless you are looking for them, it's very private and serene. We have three beautiful beaches, one nearly a mile long where your footprints may be the only ones in the sand...awe moments! There are several marked hiking trails, one trail leads to the small fishing village of Chimo, a 2 mike walk/hike from Chonchos. Chimo has a couple of oceanfront restaurants and dirt roads meander around the village where you can explore the local culture and buy basic supplies at one of the small grocery stores. We have a restaurant on-site at Chonchos that is run independently by a young couple Henry and Heather. They will prepare and serve meals and drinks for our guests. To book the restaurant services, guests meet with Heather upon arrival to book dates and select food options.
Interaction with Guests
We are available to our guests via phone, text and email before, during and after their vacation.
Chonchos is an amazing and unforgettable place where the sights and sounds reconnect you with nature. It feels so good to be away from the concrete jungle and experience sights and sounds of the natural jungle, ocean and beaches at this little slice of heaven in Mexico.
Accessing our village is part of the adventure. From the Puerto Vallarta airport, you take a taxi cab ride from the airport to Boca de Tomatlan where you catch the 9am or 3pm water taxi Nayeli to Los Chonchos Beach. From the airport to Boca, plan on a one hour cab ride along the beautiful coastline. At Boca, you can buy basic supplies, tortillas, beer, tequila, fruits and vegetables etc...From Boca, the water taxi ride is one hour with stops at several small coastal villages offering many Kodak moments, so have your camera ready. Returning from Chonchos to the airport or Puerto Vallarta, the water taxi stops twice daily at 11 am and 5 pm. For flights arriving after 1 pm, you can stay the first night in Old Town and enjoy strolling along the waterfront Malecon, visit galleries, shop, have a lovely dinner on the beach and relax in one of many hotels before leaving for Chonchos the next day at 9am or 3pm from Boca. If you would like hotel recommendations, we are happy to assist you. There are a few favorites from $60 to $120 per night in great Old Town locations.
No pets allowed.
We LOVED our stay in Chonchos. Debbie sent us great information on how to get there, and we made sure to have enough provisions so we could cook all our meals on our own. We did, however, love our hike to Chimo for extra supplies and to eat a delicious meal.
Although we did not eat at the restaurant, it was nice to know it was there in case we may want to eat there.
Everyone was incredibly helpful, nice, welcoming and the palapa was clean, well stocked with everything we needed, and in a BEAUTIFUL location. Our stay was unreal. We would definitely love to be back.
Wow... what a truly great and unique time we had at Casa Blanca and Los Chonchos. As advertised, it was off-grid in many ways and yet very comfortable, so if you are looking for rustic chic, and a bit of adventure, this is your place.
We spent lots of time on beautiful empty beaches, hiking in the jungle, stunning sea views, star gazing and whale watching from the patio. It felt like living in a dream world at times.
On a practical note - we had very good and prompt communications with Debbie prior to our arrival and felt well prepared and well supported throughout our stay. It is not for those who need urban conveniences, but if accessing via water taxi (beach landings were part of the fun...) and taking care of your own provisions by foot or by a boat trip into neighbouring harbour villages you'll be very blissed by the tranquil and wild surroundings.
We will definitely be back for more!
Thank you staying at Casa Blanca during your vacation , your feedback is very much appreciated. We strive to communicate promptly with our guests to help with travel plans to our remote little paradise, you were a great communicator with a thoughtful mind. Thank you !
From the very start Debbie was attentive and responsive with my inquiries. She was a pleasure to speak to over the phone and I almost felt like we were friends- something I love about airbnb. Just before we arrived we tried to connect in person in PV so that she could personally hand over a hammock for the deck, showing eagerness to make sure her guests are comfortable and a willingness to engage personally, which I appreciated.
The bus from PV to the water taxi launch was simple, easy, and fun. The water taxi to Choncho's beach- where the house is- was also very enjoyable. The water was quite rough at times and I'm not sure I'd recommend this destination for the very young or very old due to the various traveling methods. The folks running the water taxi were incredibly skilled and kind and new exactly what they were doing during the beach landing.
There was a MASSIVE swell the entire time we were there so we couldn't go swimming but we loved watching the waves come up to the beach and crash on the rocks just below the deck. The house was perfect, quiet, and although we felt like there was nobody around us- it was so quiet- it also felt nice to know we had neighbors. The only critters that made themselves known were some mice, geckos, and super scary looking spiders, but that's the fun of living in the jungle!
I loved the kitchen- which is fully stocked- and simple with a 2 burner gas stove. We recommend bringing in a box of food with you that you can get at the water taxi launch or in PV as there are very few places to get the items you need unless you walk to Chimo. Bring a backpack to bring all the goods back with you!
There were the most stunning sunsets and we spent most of our trip playing cards, watching the waves and reading. It was absolute paradise. Chimo is a tiny beach village about a 45 minute hike through the jungle and across one of the most beautiful beaches which is also recommended. We also decided to take the water taxi to Yalapa - another beach village- on our way back to PV which we loved.
The only downfall is the size of the bed. My partner is just over 6 feet tall and we had a hard time sleeping, but maybe that's just us!
We really enjoyed our stay at Debbie's and will be back!! Enjoy!
Located 45 minutes by boat from Boca – which in turn is about a half hour bus ride from Puerto Vallarta. If you want secluded, this is your thing. If you want the hotel experience, go to a Hilton. Located in an eco-reserve, this community of palapa huts is a natural paradise with beautiful views and lush jungle all around, none of it groomed. No roads in so the only way to get about is the water taxi that you catch from the main beach.
We stayed at the Casa Blanca unit for three days in May and were thrilled with it, we both wish we had stayed longer. The unit itself is in good repair and has all the amenities you may need. A refrigerator, gas stove, utensils, running water and full bathroom (I never thought I’d love an open shower but I did/do!). The power is limited - solar - but we didn’t really miss it. Having the lights out at night was a stargazing dream. The view from the deck alone is worth the stay with a panorama of the rocky beach in front of the hut to the main beach in the cove. The whole house is open to the air and I thought I would not like that but it didn’t bother me at all. There’s not much likelihood of crime out in the middle of nowhere.
We highly recommend renting this unit for a secluded and quiet time away but a word of warning, bring some food, water and cash as Chimo doesn’t have an ATM and you may not want to make the hike there. It’s a moderate hike that can be a little rough in the heat. Thankfully our good neighbours Yvonne and Chuck took pity on the dumb Canadians and helped us out – thanks guys! We would also not recommend this place for families with young children as the kids might get bored after a day or two. This place is for relaxing and being lazy. We loved it and would definitely go back.
This was the perfect getaway and exacting what we were looking for over the holidays. Chonchos is secluded, quiet and extremely peaceful with lots of opportunities to be outside all day long. Two beaches provide swimming spots nearby - the waves were intense at times, but that made swimming all the more adventurous - and a well maintained trail into nearby Chimo made restocking food and beverages easy. The palapa was very comfortable and provided a great space to cook, read, practice yoga, and watch all the whales go by. The caretakers (Adam and Gabriel) were awesome to hang out with and were super helpful with showing us the ropes.
This is definitely not a place for everybody, but if you want to get off the beaten path, spend time in nature and enjoy some peace and quiet this place won't disappoint.
We had a lovely time. Your home away from home is well and thoughtfully appointed, and very comfortable. The beach is gorgeous and I came home relaxed and ready to get back to work.
About the Host, Debbie
We are Dennis and Debbie from California. We enjoy travel, playing golf, volunteering for local charities and spending time with our family, 3 daughters, one son and 5 grandchildren that are sprinkled around the U.S. Our little slice of heaven is our Palapa in Mexico where we go to vacation for several weeks each year. It's a laid back home away from home where we connect with nature and friends and catch up on some good reading while hanging out on the beach.....palapa "Casa Blanca" is now available for you to enjoy.