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Beautiful Tropical Setting, Stunning View, Pool, Walk to Beach

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The pool is just outside the studio. Stairs lead to UPPER DECK & stunning views.


Last updated: 10/18/2014

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La Penita studio description

'LA CASITA' is private & secure, a part of VILLA CHUPAROSA which is located high on a steep hill in La Penita, with stunning views of beautiful Jaltemba Bay and a broad expanse of the Pacific. This large studio is in a beautiful inner courtyard - surrounded by nature; the 'Jungle Garden Refuge' has attracted over 100 species of native & migrant birds, and even more butterfly species, especially to the dense, colorful 'Butterfly Garden', and next to a large sparkling swimming pool. There are three residences within the high walls surrounding the villa, one of which is the owners' hacienda, surrounded by a high wall covered with masses of bougainvilleas. It is located high on a hill in a quiet residential area and overlooks the Bay of Jaltemba, yet the villa is only a 10 minute fascinating walk (many insights into life in an authentic Mexican town) to miles of Pacific beaches.

“Gerry & Libby, Thank you for sharing a little piece of your warm, tropical, Mexican paradise ... Your home, garden, birds & ocean view gave one such a sense of tranquility and much enjoyment.” Such letters in our ‘Guest Book’ give us great pleasure and it is our sincere desire that the help we give our guests brings about the joyous vacation they have been dreaming about.
Do read the GUEST COMMENTS at the end of this site to give you insight into why vacations at our villa are so special. Below are a few excerpts from guests of the past 2 winters in La Penita where we are in residence also, sharing our very beautiful villa high on a hillside on the Pacific ‘Mexican Riviera’.

LA PENITA de JALTEMBA is an authentic Mexican town on beautiful Jaltemba Bay; its islands, beaches, reefs, jungled foothills right down to the ocean’s edge, & mountainous headlands. It is just 64km (40mi) N of the Puerto Vallarta airport, separated from Rincon de Guayabitos by a narrow stream. Public transportation is outstanding as well as inexpensive. It boasts the only bank for miles, ATM, bus station, medical clinic, dental clinic, and many small shops from candy stores to a shoemaker in the church square. An excellent family doctor is less than 3 blocks away.

A NO STRESS Mexican Adventure. We take care of your needs from arrival at the Puerto Vallarta Airport or at our gate to great information about the delightful things you can do and see with in walking distance, using public transportation, or planned tours and excursions. After your deposit, you receive a 2 page 'PRE-ARRIVAL INFO' and then in December a 3 page 'BEST Diversions & Excursions'. In addition we help you with individual interests not listed.

Casa Cacique is in the private inner courtyard of Villa Chuparosa (hummingbird). The bedroom area has a double bed, closet with a tall mirror and a tall shelf unit. The immaculate, pretty bathroom has a huge shower, lots of towel hanging space, & storage cabinets for small items. The kitchenette has a 4 burner gas range top and top quality small appliances as listed under “amenities'. We put new cleaning supplies in the kitchen & steam clean the bathroom before each new reservation.

OUTDOOR LIVING. The inside dining area is enhanced by an outdoor table with umbrella with great views of the birds in the 'Jungle Garden Refuge', and also the tables on the 'Upper Deck'. Two large windows let in the velvety ocean breezes and two ceiling fans are there if needed. The pool is steps away, and an extra ‘bano’ is next to the pool. We are on a steep hillside in a quiet residential area AND we get to go to sleep to the sound of the incoming tide. We also offer unlimited wireless access for keeping in touch with home ($10 weekly).. Maid service is twice weekly.

PERFECT DAYS & PERFECT NIGHTS - it can be chilly (down to 60F (16C) in January.. Combined with an absence of pesky flying insects, you can enjoy living outside with nature, the rustling of the palms and a constant breeze that feels like velvet. You won't need A/C with afternoons that stay in the 70's or to 27C. Late in the night it seldom drops below 62F or 17C. Have breakfast at sunrise on the Upper Deck watching the sun advance from hilltop to hilltop, or enjoy cocktails to a blazing sunset across the horizon. Nap or sun on the cushioned lounges. There is no smoking on the premises to prevent total enjoyment of the beautiful surroundings.


“Thank you for a wonderful 7 days here at Villa Chuparosa. The studio accommodation suited us perfectly. The entire villa compound, so beautifully maintained, made our stay extra special. Thank you Libby & Jerry for your kind hospitality. Using your suggestions, we took advantage of all that La Penita has to offer and then some. ... we definitely recommend Jerry’s one-if-a-kind nature tours – our own private guide to local birds, butterflies and jungle habitat. Thank you both so much.” (L & S, UT,‘09)

“Thank you both so very much for the BEST Christmas week we have ever had!! The accommodations were perfect. The Palapa (Upper Deck) is a wonderful & comfortable space to share meals & socialize ... The food was wonderful both at the restaurants in town and the takeouts to eat on the Palapa ... went fishing for ½ day and caught dorado that turned into the BEST fish tacos of all time. We also spent ½ a day whale watching, with time at the beach on the island for snorkeling ...” (J & D Boles,‘09)

“Thank you so much for sharing your little piece of paradise with us. It is so beautiful and well maintained. Your pre-arrival information was helpful and got us excited about what was to come. A highlight was our daily view of the lovely garden with the birds, iguana, etc. We learned so much on our walk with Jerry ... (S & J Lange, '

Keywords: 'LA CASITA' is a large delightful studio, private & secure, in a beautiful courtyard that is part of Villa Chuparosa with its high walls, with just 2 rentals and the owner's hacienda. The villa is located high on a hill in a quiet residential area and overlooks beautiful Jaltemba Bay with its islands, reefs, and headlands of jungle ending at the edge of the Pacific.
La Casita is next to a large beautiful pool and is surrounded by nature in the large 'Jungle Garden Refuge' and a colorful 'Butterfly Garden'. In close proximity is an outdoor dining table with umbrella, allowing guests to see the various exotic birds and butterflies attracted to the feeding stations while exotic tiny song birds eat seed under the protection of native shrubs & flowers.
The most favorate gathering place is the 2nd storey upper deck or 'palapa' with breathtaking vistas of the Pacific and Bay of Jaltemba and constant ocean breezes. It's just a short fascinating walk to the beaches, bank, bu


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Property Type

  • Studio

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome:

    Children age 6 and above. Safety factors with steps, pool, raised deck, etc. Please list age(s) of children when inquiring....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Sanctuary for small wildlife, 'Upper Deck" is one storey above the courtyard with spectacular views of the Pacific & entire Jaltemba Bay with its islands, reefs, & mountainous headlands. The deck has quality furnishings for reading on a cushioned lounge chair, dining (2 tables w/4 chairs each, cards or other games, & just relaxing....moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library


  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Ocean View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub


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1 wk:  $392, 1 wk minimum is $56 per night 
2 wks: 10% discount) is $50 per night
3 wks: (15% discount or #47 per night)
4 wks: (20% discount) or $45 per night
8 wks: (25% discount) or $42 per night
12 wks, 28@ discount or $40 per night 
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Whale watching from our deck, Whale watching boat tour also available, party boat, banana boat pull behind boat, trip to private beach on island w/superb snorkeling, surfing in nearby beaches, boogie boarding (surfing laying down on special board) can be done on any gentle to strongs waves


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: Jerry & Libby Einem are the owners and live in residence all winter while the guests are here. Jerry's grad work in zoology & botany has led to eco-tours in Costa Rica, Peru, & Mexico. His current passion is butterfly behavior research which is published regularly. Libby loves creating inviting interiors & exteriors which bring delight to the eyes and 'contentment to one's soul'. Beauty and color can do that. Each adjoining wall is a different hue with a blast of wonderful color on the smallest space. We punctuate the walls with an assortment of Mexican crafts. She loves finding 'divine dining', exciting open market days, great snorkeling & nifty beaches where you can play cards & dine in the shade. During her last profession as a reading specialist in Maryland, she & Jerry spent summers on an island off Nova Scotia with their own bed & breakfast. During Christmas & Easter holidays, they led natural history tours to Costa Rica, Peru & Mexico.

Why the Owner Chose La Penita:
We took a cruise called 'Mexican Riviera' in 2000 to see which part of the Mexican coast had the most beautiful scenery and best weather. Our stop at Puerto Vallarta was the best for us, so we researched the weather and found that it was not known for strong hurricanes as they wwre deflected by the mountainous headlands of the bay. Our next discovery was that the neighboring state of Nayarit had the three top 'hot spots' on the continent for birds & butterflies!! Our next visit was to the towns in Nayarit - We found that La Penita had lovely hillside residential areas, the only bank & ATM for miles, a great variety of very inexpensive, resh produce, many different shops, a rodeo ring, high school marching band, a series of beautiful beaches. We found a large walled property high on a hillside with gorgeous views, three residences, pool, secure parking, & a place for a 2nd storey deck for guests to dine & relax with not only the spectacular Pacific vistas but a constant ocean breeze. Our home is perfect with the old architecture of a 'hacienda' & we did a massive renovation. Casa Cacique is beautifully constructed (note the brick ceiling series of arches, and is in a private setting in the inner courtyard next to the pool. The high wall offers privacy as well as a place to plant massive bougainvilleas & other beautiful vines, palm trees etc. So it is not only a vacation rental, it is home base each winter for us and allows us to offer nature walks & excursions but we can share with our guests the many beach types, open market days, best dining & specialties, we even have one of the best circus presentations yearly that we have ever seen.

The Unique Benefits at this Studio:
(1) The large shimmering pool just outside the front door, (2) the table for 4 with umbrella just outside in the courtyard with a view of the 'Jungle Garden' & its birds. (3) Note the beautiful butterfly garden (4) Walk up one storey to the 'Upper Deck' where you can dine, read, nap, play board games, all with the beautiful view of the bay and the breezes off the Pacific that feel like velvet on your skin. (5) Use your wireless computer for unlimited hours for a weekly fee of $14 (6) Join Jerry for a 2 hour nature walk at 7:30am (7) New dish cleaners and a bathroom that has been steam cleaned since the last guest. (8) In the bedrooms you find pretty decorator sheets, each bed different, and a 'pillow protector' beneath each pillow case to help keep the pillows fresh & clean. (9) We are currently building a special hot tub (33C, 93F) for physical therapy purposes - P.T. persons helped design this to use daily or 3 X weekly minimum to strengthen all muscles & relieve pain. By appointment only, hourly fee.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The pool is just outside the studio. Stairs lead to UPPER DECK & stunning views.

    The pool is just outside the studio. Stairs lead to UPPER DECK & stunning views.

  • La Casita - surrounded bya tropical paradise.

    La Casita - surrounded bya tropical paradise.

  • LA CASITA: Kitchen is totally equipped for gourmet cooking,

    LA CASITA: Kitchen is totally equipped for gourmet cooking,

  • This beach is less than a fascinating  l km away.  Lunch served on the dune.

    This beach is less than a fascinating l km away. Lunch served on the dune.

  • A large sparkling pool for relaxing or fun w/pool accessories.

    A large sparkling pool for relaxing or fun w/pool accessories.

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