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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Chacala bungalow description
We have vacancies in #1 from Dec. 31st through to a departure date of January 9th. Also from Jan. 14th to a departure date of Jan. 21st. We also have vacancies in apartments in Dec, March & April. Other then those opening we are booked from Dec. 23 through the first week of March. We still have openings in Nov., Dec., March and April. We do not use the calendar on the VRBO site. Please contact the owner or scroll down just below the “Rate Details” for the link to The Fresh Breeze Inn website to view our calendar. (we keep it up to date) We offer a 30% discount from our listed prices from November 1st through to the 20th of December. All of the water running through the Inn is now safe to drink due to a new ultraviolet and filtration system. All Apartments have digitally programmable wall safes for your valuables.
The Fresh Breeze Inn is a cool and comfortable oasis fringed by jungle. It is an easy seven-minute walk through the colorful and safe village to the beach and restaurant area. Your new Chacala home sits on the quiet hilltop catching the afternoon breeze and affording you a stunning panoramic view of the sky, jungle, mountains, bay and the ocean stretching to the horizon. From your patio watch the fishing boats come in and the occasional pods of whales playing in the bay. Your kitchen comes stocked with fresh-ground regional coffee, bottled purified drinking water, cooking supplies such as salt, pepper, oil, sugar, and a full array of utensils. Sip your favorite drink, sit back and enjoy the perfect small-town Mexican beach experience.
Many bird watchers flock to the Inn because it has some of the best habitat for birds in front of and beside the Inn to be found in this vicinity. Over 60 species were identified here in less than a week from the front patio. I have a list of Chacala birds which is available.
The third floor bungalow (#3) fills the top or third floor of the Inn with a view in every direction and has a large private balcony facing the ocean. One must book early for this unit. It is already reserved from Nov. 1st through March to April first. (It was usually entirely booked before September first) It rents on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. The two main floor bungalows (#1 & 2) have nice ocean and village-jungle views with a patio in front facing the ocean and a shady garden behind the Inn. All apartments have full kitchens with high quality coffee provided. The Fresh Breeze Inn was completed three years ago, so it is contemporary and clean. It is invitingly decorated with colorful Mexican tiles, a hand-painted ceramic sink and has fully-screened windows and large patio doors with ocean views in every apartment. Although rarely needed during high season, there is a ventilation fan system. The beds have high-quality mattresses, so you will sleep soundly after a day of adventuring or relaxing, secluded from the bustle and dust of the town center. The bird watching from the Inn is exceptional. Sit on your patio and identify up to 70 species. The garden area adjoining the jungle is a great place to sit and enjoy the cool breeze and shade in the afternoons. It features local fruits, flowers and tropical plants. There is a terracotta barbecue and night lighting in the garden available for guests to use.
Your American host, Lance Thorne, lives on site and loves to share his extensive knowledge of the region's hiking trails, bird watching sites, local restaurants, fishing opportunities, tours, markets and shopping, banking services, and regional transportation. Maps of local trails are also available. At the Fresh Breeze Inn, you enjoy the quiet privacy and comfort of a fully-contained suite with its own entrance, as well as the assistance of a helpful English-speaking host, happy to answer your questions about the region or translate a Spanish phrase. Check below “Rate Details” for a link to the Fresh Breeze Inn website which has our calendar availability as well as information on the Inn, the village of Chacala, and the region.
Just ninety minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, you turn down a winding road leading into a magical paradise of blossoming mango groves, colorful wildflowers and a misty green lake filled with exotic birds. The village of Chacala is a friendly and authentic little fishing town, a well-kept secret hidden from the outside world until the recent road. Chacala will charm you with its minstrel mariachi bands, cobblestone streets, family-run beach restaurants serving the day's catch, homemade salsa, ice-cold beer and the perfect margarita. Local people are outgoing and helpful, and it is safe to walk around at night. The half-moon bay of soft sand is fringed by a picturesque palm plantation. The water is warm, inviting and safe.
Minutes from the activity and amenities of town, the Fresh Breeze Inn is a cool, comfortable paradise in Chacala, your new favorite vacation town. We do not use the calendar on this site.
Please click the Fresh Breeze Inn link below “Rate Details” for our availability calendar and much more information and pictures of The Inn, the Village, the surrounding area and some of the adventures and activities to be found here, or contact us for more information.
Keywords: bungalow, casita, suite, condominiums, apartment, inn
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Considered
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
microwave, all water in the Inn safe to drink, blender, drip coffee machine, oven, toaster oven, four burner range, large refrigerator with freezer, pots, pans, utensils, bottled purified water...moreless
- Cooking Utensils:
- Coffee Maker
- Parking Off Street
- Wall safes for valuables. All types of local and regional information is available including local maps, trail maps, regional guide books, kayaking, whale watching info, available activities and tours, etc from in resident owner-manager. We get lots of Birders here due to the great habitat in front of and beside the Inn. Over 100 species were identified from the front patio of the Inn in less then a week. Lance has a list of over 130 species that have recently been identified in the vicinity of Chacala. Lance has 2 quality boogie boards that rent for 50 pesos a day. He also has wine available. The Fresh Breeze Inn is perched on a hill on the edge of the jungle with spectacular views of the village, bay and surrounding wild hillsides. A refreshing cooling breeze usually comes up around noon and the tropical garden provides a shady quiet place to rest and enjoy this earthly paradise! The nearest ATM is in Las Varas, 8 miles away. Transportation by colectivo (communal van) ...moreless
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Ocean View:
- Mountain View:
- Car Not Necessary
- Water View
- Basketball Court
- Mountain Biking
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Whale watching, excellent bird watching right from the Inn; with over 100 species identified., craft and farmers market, trail beside local lake with rentable kayaks, rentable kayaks for exploring the ocean, a local Mexican birding guide, trails through the jungle to remote beaches and a picturesque volcanic crater. Van tours are available by Mexican locals to petroglyphs, a jungle boat ride, neighboring towns, etc. Boat tours are available for surfing at Caleta a well known left hand break, whale watching, remote beaches, fishing, etc. The perfect half-moon beach usually has few people on it. The calm, protected bay is ideal for swimming, with invitingly warm water and no dangerous currents....moreless
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First Time in Chacala...
First Time in Chacala...
...and hopefully not our last! We had a great time in Apartment 2 for one week with everything we needed. We couldn't have asked for a better host: friendly, helpful and informative...a really nice guy. He provided little touches like local coffee every morning, help with shopping in Las Varas for groceries, information on hikes and activities in the area, and tips for getting back to the airport. Chacala itself is a quiet little fishing village and was just the place we wanted with a small, beautiful beach, calm waters, friendly locals, rustic cobblestone roads, and a great whale watching tour. Lots of birds to watch while we sat on the beautiful patio, in the back garden, or on the roof top which is right next to "Gringo" trees (nicknamed for their red, peeling bark according to our host). Can't wait to go back to Fresh Breezes Inn but we'd like to stay longer next time!
- Guest Shelley and Murray (BC, Canada)
- Date of stay 01/21/12
- Review Submitted 02/05/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Owner response: This couple did their first serious bird watching due to help and advice from a birding couple in another apartment. I'm just getting good binoculars delivered so that I can learn as well...
My husband & I were lucky enough to have stayed in the top unit this past May, and celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary. What a wonderful relaxing hideaway! Lance was the perfect host, the room was exceptionally clean and well-cared for. We bought fish at the local fish market and BBQ'd in the little garden area. What an oasis, especially sitting out on the deck enjoying the view. Plenty of hiking and birding places, kayaking and exploring. It's for travelers, not tourists.
- Guest Suz (United States)
- Date of stay 04/30/11
- Review Submitted 12/18/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway.
Owner response: I have had a few newlyweds stay in Apartment #3. It is much like a honeymoon suite. Private and quite with an incredible view! Chacala is one of the worlds best kept secrets!! Come check it out...
Our stay at the Fresh Breeze Inn
Our stay at the Fresh Breeze Inn
4 December 2011 Last month my wife and I vacationed in the charming, relatively unknown city of Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico, Wikipedia has an inromative, delightful, and accurate webpage about Chacala. Chacala is on the Pacific, about a forty minute van ride from the Puerto Vallarta airport. We stayed at the Fresh Breeze Inn. The website for the Fresh Breeze Inn is accurate and informative. We found this treasure of a destination the old-fashioned way, by word of mouth, a recommendation from friends who’d stayed there the year before and said they would return. The Inn, a three-story fourplex with a sun deck on the roof, has three available units. The innkeeper lives fulltime in the fourth unit. We’d heard from our friends that the innkeeper, a designer and manufacturer of custom furniture and custom homes in the U.S., had personally designed and built the inn three or four years ago. The interior of the unit, from the beautifully tiled countertops, to the custom-made bed with built-in drawers below it, to the well-appointed kitchen reflected the work of a master craftsman. We stayed in unit two on the ground floor. From the kitchen and adjoining spacious patio, where we had breakfast some mornings and cocktails at sunset when we weren’t at one of the terrific local restaurants on the beach (a seven-minute walk away) at sundown, we had stunning vistas of the ocean and forests of majestic palms. In the mornings we took interesting hikes in the hills above the beach, we always felt safe on the charming cobblestone streets, and welcomed as visitors by the friendly residents. The inkeeper was a gracious and superb; at the outset we felt at ease with him and were well-cared for guests.
- Guest James (Santa Monica, California)
- Date of stay 11/22/11
- Review Submitted 12/07/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, tourists without a car, adventure seekers.
An Absolutely Wonderful Place to Stay in Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico
An Absolutely Wonderful Place to Stay in Chacala, Nayarit, Mexico
Lance Thorne is just the kind of inn keeper you would hope for. He’s attentive, caring and sincere. For five month prior to arriving in Chacala he was always there for me on the internet answering question after question, often many were already on his website. His inn is almost new, very clean and everything works including good hot water in the shower. I arrived with the start of a bad cold and he heard me coughing for many days and nights. One day he brought me a container of his own home made chicken soup. And soup really helped me get over the cold. Two other times he brought me freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, nice! Another time he had room in his truck for one more person and he invited me to go on a hike to the Alta Vista petroglyphs. Lance is very knowledgeable about the area, the history and what’s currently going on in Chacala. He’s an example of several “gringos” in town who work at promoting Chacala and making it a better place for everyone who lives here. His house keeper is meticulous and more importantly honest. I’d recommend the Fresh Breeze Inn to anyone. I stayed on the top floor which is 34 steps, so if the stairs are an issue the other units are very nice one bedrooms on the street level. I can sit and stare at the view of the bay, the surrounding hills, the sky, and the sunsets (wow). With two big sliding doors and windows on all four sides this unit is open, airy and the sun is always shining in a window somewhere (6 am to 6 pm). The farming and ranching town of Las Varas is six miles away and it has most services and stores necessary. It’s a classic small, cobblestone street town with a main plaza and church. You wouldn’t notice this just driving through town on highway 200. I was lucky enough to be here for the ten day Las Varas fiesta in early February. What fun to take in the music, food, fireworks and great people watching. One of my favorite things about Mexico and especially people here is if you give a smile you will get one in return.
- Guest Chewelah Tim (Washington State)
- Date of stay 01/06/11
- Review Submitted 02/18/11
Recommended for: Pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway, tourists without a car, adventure seekers.
John and Nancy, Colorado
John and Nancy, Colorado
Ditto for all of the above review - we only stayed for three weeks but will return for longer next year.
- Guest The O's (Fort Collns, CO, USA)
- Date of stay 02/07/11
- Review Submitted 02/07/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, tourists without a car, adventure seekers.
Owner response: John and Nancy stayed at the Inn for over three weeks. I was helpful in giving them local trail maps I have made; and travel information for the region as well as recommendations for tiendas and restaurants lance
Beyond My Expectations!
Beyond My Expectations!
Looking at the pictures of the Fresh Breeze Inn doesn't really do justice to the real thing -- the expansive views of the bay, the mountains and the town, the joys of sitting on the deck at all hours, the comfort of the apartment itself. Lance has paid attention to small details from the quality and comfort of the furnishings to the outfitting of the kitchen with new appliances, a toaster oven, plenty of ice cube trays and handblown glasses for happy hour. We were even provided with large beach towels to use during our stay. Beyond all that, Lance helped us with many details of our stay -- where to shop and hike, what to see. He even took us to an incredible petroglyph site next to a gorgeous waterfull in the jungle -- definitely above and beyond the duties of an innkeeper. I highly recommend the Fresh Breeze Inn to anyone who wants to experience a very nice, reasonably priced accomodation in a small Mexican beach town.
- Guest Leslie (Ashland, OR)
- Date of stay 11/12/10
- Review Submitted 12/02/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car, adventure seekers.
#1 & #2 are $60 a night for 1 or 2 people, $360 a week (1 night free)/70 for 4 #3 is reserved until March 1st./ 1/2 month $55 a night for 2/ month 60 a night #1 & 2 = $1,300 a month. 30% discount Nov 1st to Dec 20/ after April 15 Check the link below for more info and an availability calender that is up to date A 50% deposit is required within 5 days of placing a reservation. Payment through PayPal on my website or a deposit into my US or MX bank account. Click blue link below for more information on the rentals. Deposit returned less $35 up to 30 days before time of reservation; or if it is rented.
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Year Purchased: 2009
About the owner: Welcome to the Fresh Breeze Inn. Let me introduce myself: my name is Lance , and for most of my adult life I have made high-end, one-of-a-kind furniture in rural Southern Oregon. I Have been living about half of the time here in Chacala for the past 4 years, and love its laid-back rustic charm. I look forward to sharing this very special spot with you. I hike the local trails frequently and sometimes lead hikes from Chacala to various destinations. I am really enjoying my new found vocation as Inn Keeper. Being a jack of all trades allows me to deal with just about any problem that comes up. I really enjoy meeting new people and I get a kick out of helping visitors 'find what they are looking for'.
Why the Owner Chose Chacala:
Previously I had traveled extensively in Mexico, but until I arrived in Chacala, had no intention of buying land in the country. But when I first visited Chacala, the inexplicable happened: I fell in love with the people and the town. It immediately felt like home. Within weeks I purchased my plot and began planning to build. It's been an adventure which has resulted in the Fresh Breeze Inn! I first opened for business on January first, 2010, and enjoyed a successful first season - as well as my new role as resident inn-keeper.
The Unique Benefits at this Bungalow:
The Fresh Breeze Inn is unique in enjoying a breath-taking panoramic 360-degree view. The cool afternoon breeze afforded by its hilltop location is a rare luxury, and the tropical garden which lies behind the Inn, and adjoins the jungle, offers you a shady quiet spot to read or relax. The birding from the Inn is considered to be the best in the village. Newly constructed, the Inn is located on a hill over looking the village in a pleasant neighborhood of beautiful houses with elegant stonework and flowering gardens.
- Primary: (541) 767-8305 (Oregon, USA)
- Secondary: +52 011 521 327 103 0662 (Mexico)
Links to more information:
The Inn from East side looking West
Fresh Breeze Inn, Third Floor Bungalow
Balcony of Bungalow #3
Patio in front of bungalow #1 & 2 with ocean view off to the right
Bungalow # 2, there is another kitchen counter with oven and range
Fresh Breeze Inn garden in back of the Inn is shady in the afternoon.
The petroglyphs a short drive and half hour walk; Lance can show you the way.
Front of in faces the ocean
Queen Bed in Bungalow #3
Ocean view from Bungalow # 3; a 7 minute colorful and safe walk to the beach
View from front patio of bungalows #1 &2
Bungalow # 1 bedroom to bathroom
Bungalow #2 bedroom; bathroom is behind camera
Chacala and it's picturesque bay, reached by jungle trail; ask Lance
The roof patio available to guests and friends
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