Rooftop deck
Casa Serena - King Beachfront Suite w/Kitchen

Entire home/apt

2 guests


1 bed
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One of six vacation rentals at the sprawling Jardin del Mar estate, Casa Serena is located on the ground floor with pool and ocean views. Serena comes complete with a king bed, spacious bathroom with double sinks, a fully-equipped kitchen, comfortable seating areas, outdoor dining and sweeping views of the bay.

The space

Jardin del Mar was lovingly built over a 20-year period by a retired couple now living in the states. Jardin is authentically and beautifully Mexican... full of mosaics, tiles and stunning historical artifacts from all across the country. It truly is an "experience" and not just a beach house... You have to see it to believe it!

Located away from Vallarta's bustle and Nuevo's crowds, this hidden oasis is on the North Shore of the bay on the outskirts of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle...a small village known for friendly locals, delicious restaurants, live music and its fresh fish and farmer markets.

Guest access

Pool and toys
Private beach access
Outdoor shower
3rd story rooftop deck
Palapa Grill/outdoor kitchen

Interaction with guests

My wife and I live onsite (in a separate house at the rear of the property)... We mostly stay indoors and keep to ourselves, but we're always available to call you a taxi, give tips and directions, help with the language, recommend restaurants, outings, etc.

Other things to note

We have two dogs who live with us (a senior black lab and an 8-year old labradoodle.) They love people and they love to sleep all day. We promise to keep them out of your hair...

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: Studio
Beds: 1
Check In: 3PM - 9PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises

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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 king bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 9PM


On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 3 nights.

2 Reviews

Erica User Profile
February 2017
Breathtaking. The first words that came to mind when we walked into the property. The place is exactly as described, yet more vibrant in person. The property is like a lush garden and the buildings are all different and full of character. We loved the place, and the managers, Ty and Alissa! They were amazing from the start. I had some pretty specific things that I wanted in the place I was going to book and Alissa was so helpful in finding a unit that was perfect for us! It wasn't even listed at the time but after chatting with her about wanting a/c, a fridge and a ground floor unit, she told me about one that wasn't even listed yet and she listed it for me so I could book it. Alissa really went above and beyond! From the first email to the minute we left the property to go home, they were always there to immediately answer any questions and help when needed. We got in late and only grabbed a couple groceries on the way, so they even invited us out to tacos our first night! We arrived to fresh squeezed oj, freshly made guac, a couple beers and clean drinking water in our fridge and chips on our counter. There were iodine drops in the kitchen in case you wanted to wash any fruits or vegetables. Although we didn't use them and didn't have any problems, I think it's very nice to have if you want to. The unit itself was very clean and so cute! It was perfect with a good sized bathroom, a good sized living/bed area, a king bed and a kitchen! There was even a little patio area outside of our unit that we had all to ourselves. The kitchen had basics like paper towels/coffee/oil/salt & pepper/etc and the bathroom had soap and the softest towels! Everywhere we looked we would see amazing little details from when the owner built the place and if we ever asked Alissa about the place she would tell us where things were from or how the owner built it and she would say everything with such a sense of pride, which I just loved. It just shows that they are not there to simply "manage" and they actually take a pride in ownership, which you don't come across in rentals in Mexico too often. The property was a great location for us. Far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Puerto Vallarta, so it was very quiet and peaceful, yet close enough to visit for the day and close enough to go to other destinations such as Sayulita for the day. It's right in the middle really, about 20-30 mins either way to PV or Sayulita if I remember right. We would lay in bed at night and fall asleep to the sound of the waves, no loud music or party noise just occasional fireworks, which was exactly what we were looking for. There were...

Arthur User Profile
February 2017
Ty and his wife were very responsive and communicative before and during our stay. They had great advice on local activities (go to Punta de Mita for snorkeling and whale watching). We arrived to find four beers, home made guacamole and salsa, and some of the best tostada chips I've ever had. Not only was the location perfect for the quiet getaway, but it had all these lovely nooks and crannies to check out. There's a huge grill and kitchen on the 2nd and 3rd floors outside so you can cook while enjoying the views and weather. Highly suggest this location for couples looking to escape to paradise. Can't recommend the hosts and location enough! 5/5 stars.

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La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MexicoJoined in December 2016
Ty User Profile

About us: My wife and I (a couple 30-somethings) decided that life is too short to waste it in rainy traffic, and working 60 hours per week, so we sold off our house, cars, and 95% of our possessions...bought a mini van, packed up our pup and drove 2,800 miles from Seattle to La Cruz, Nayarit in May of 2016 (after vacationing here several years in a row and falling in love with the area.) Best decisions of our lives! We now manage the Jardin del Mar Estate and live onsite full-time with our labradoodle, Bloo.

(For other hosts: As property managers who run a 6-unit hotel, we know what being a respectful guest means and we'll always treat your home like we would our own. We're laid back, friendly, tidy and low-maintenance.)

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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