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.
Jardin del Mar was created by a retired American couple who lived here for 20 years before moving back to the states to be closer to family. They purchased the beachfront property in the 90s and it was nothing but a patch of dirt at the time. They built their dream retirement home and then, with their large extended family in mind, they kept adding more and more "Casas" to house visitors, until they realized they had accidentally built a charming boutique hotel.
The six Casas each sleep between 2-4 people and they all have a kitchen so we rent them out individually as well as rent out the entire Estate to large groups. So, whether there are 2 or 20 people in your group, we can accommodate you! (You can view the individual listings under our profile.)
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!
All guests have access to: Private beach access, outdoor shower, lounge chairs and umbrellas, pool and toys, large barbecue area/entertaining space, sea kayaks, rooftop terrace, hammock porch, secure parking, all courtyards and gardens, etc.
Also included throughout your stay: Complimentary purified water, coffee, non-dairy creamer, sugar, cooking oil, salt and pepper, paper products, etc.
We also provide housekeeping on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
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. We're really laid back and just want you to enjoy yourselves.
Other things to note
None of the Casas at Jardin del Mar have TVs, but the WiFi works well throughout the property.
Although we are directly on the beach, it's not a great beach for swimming because it starts to get rocky about 20 feet from our sea wall, but you can walk 10 minutes towards either La Cruz or Bucerias to find sandier beaches. (Our favorite swimming beach is called Destiladeras and it's about a 10-15 minute drive from Jardin and we have beach equipment you can borrow.)
The Banderas Bay is not known for snorkeling or diving either. You'll have to do a boating excursion out to the Marietas Islands or hire a water taxi out of Punta de Mita if you want to snorkel. Also, the nearest surfing beaches are in Punta de Mita or Sayulita - each about a 20 minute car ride from here.
Please lock the front gate when you're coming or going after dark and don't let the dogs out onto the beach, as they will wander off
- If you're traveling with small children, you'll be required to sign a waiver upon arrival. There are a lot of steps and balconies around the property and no barrier around the pool.
- We have no cribs, baths, cots or other equipment you may need for kids or infants, but we can refer you to a baby equipment rental company in the area.
- Please be respectful to other guests staying at Jardin
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.)