VRBO is part of the HomeAway family, the world leader in vacation rentals with over 950,000 listings. We offer the largest selection of properties for any travel occasion and every budget. We’re committed to helping families and friends find a perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together. Learn More

Paradise Facing the Pacific Ocean & Fronting Enchanted Lagoon

You sent a message to this owner.


Last updated: 07/10/2014
Check availability
23 Available
21 Unavailable
22 Today
23 Selected dates
  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Puerto Escondido house description

We visited the Gulf coast and the Pacific coast resorts of Mexico looking to buy the perfect ocean-front house, and we found it at the end of our year-long search in the state of Oaxaca, 15 minutes south east of Puerto Escondido and in the southwest corner of Mexico.

As we drove into the access road from the Carretera Costera (PanAmerican highway) we saw the entrance framed with huge red and white bougainvillea bushes, the road itself was planted with cacti, tall trees and palms, and 30 meters before reaching the Costa Cumaná gate we drove through a lovely tropical lagoon, la Laguna Encantada (the Enchanted Lagoon), that was densely vegetated, populated with hidden cackling chachalacas, and which provided a welcome shady corridor. As we drove to look at our future house we immediately knew we had encountered our vacation paradise and our dream house facing the open ocean 50 meters away! Every moment that we spend at our house, La Libélula (Lee-béh-loo-lah//Dragonfly), we count our blessings!

We wanted to live part-time in year-round sun and warmth in intimate proximity to the ocean. The temperature at La Libélula ranges from 75 to 85 degrees most of the year and in the summer there are daily short-lived tropical rains.
We had heard about the natural wonders of the Puerto Escondido from two reliable sources. Ed’s brother was an international surfer, always looking for the best waves. He had frequented Puerto to surf at Zicatela beach whose surf is called the Mexican Pipeline and is in the top 10 surfing spots in the world for expert surfers. Patricia's daughter is an ecologist working and living in Queretaro’s Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, and she informed us that the entire Puerto Escondido zone was deemed an ecological preserve for turtles, birds, alligators, and the black iguana.

The house was built by a Mexico City couple who dedicated an entire year travelling back and forth to La Libélula as it was being built and lavishly paid attention to the smallest details in design, e.g., narrow reflecting pools on the floor frame 2 sides of the dining room, tall ornamental walls with hand-made and decorated multi-colored tiles grace the entrance and one side of the lap pool that feeds into the main pool, the floor in front of the master bed has an inlay of tropical leaves made with colored stones, the master bed faces the ocean directly, 4 bedrooms to accommodate many guests and family members, and much more.

Keywords: One storey, 1 master BR, 3BR with 1 queen and 1 single beds, ceiling fans, lap swimming pool, palapa roof over beachfront living and dining rooms, study with A/C, wi-fi, TV, tropical garden, full time housekeeping and groundkeeping services.

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Booking Possible
      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Included


          • Wheelchair Accessible
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Children Welcome
          • Pets Considered

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1


          • Bathroom 2


          • Bathroom 3


          • Bathroom 4: toilet


          • Bathroom 5: outdoor shower


          • Solar water heater for the entire house. Guests are encouraged to economize on their use of hot water and on the number of people who shower at the same time period. if water tank is depleated, there is a wait for refilling the tank and for the water to become hot....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Includes a hot/cold/regular drinking water dispenser. All vegetables and fruits are desinfected....moreless

          • Oven:

            Oven without a grill. Additional large outdoor grill....moreless

          • Catering Available:

            Cook can be hired for $350 mexican pesos per day....moreless

          • Dining:

            Open air dining room under a palapa roof...moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            Ice cubes made from filtered water...moreless

          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Ice Maker
          • Seating for 8 people


          • Parking Off Street
          • Washing Machine
          • Covered Parking
          • Towels Provided
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board
          • Linens Provided

          Other Amenities

              • The house, swimming pool, and gardens are maintained by a housekeeper and a groundskeeper; it is managed by a local administrator who attends to the everyday needs of our guests; solar water heater that when emptied refills and needs time to re-heat the tank; lots of coconuts; ceiling fans in all rooms and common living spaces, cooking and chauffeur services available fee-for-service...moreless


              • Books:

                English and Spanish language fiction and non-fiction books, children books...moreless

              • DVD Player
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Video Library
              • Television
              • Games


              • Telephone:

                Cellular phone for local service only, not international...moreless

              • Internet
              • Mobile Phone
              • Wireless Internet

              Pool & Spa

                  • Private Pool:

                    Infinity pool facing the ocean with a lap pool...moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Lanai / Gazebo
                  • Outdoor Grill


                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Romantic

                  Location & View

                  • Beachfront
                  • Mountain View
                  • Ocean View
                  • Oceanfront
                  • Beach View


                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Fishing
                  • Swimming
                  • Surfing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Cycling
                  • Hiking
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Medical Services
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Hospital
                  • Groceries
                  • Snorkeling
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Shopping
                  • Boating
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Whale Watching
                  • Walking
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Water Parks
                  • Playground
                  • Marina
                  • Restaurants
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Surf Fishing


                  Write a review 5
                  from 8 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Nov 20 - Nov 28, 2014
                  4 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 6 guests; add $80 per night, per additional guest

                  Dec 20 - Jan 7, 2015
                  4 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 6 guests; add $80 per night, per additional guest

                  My Standard Rate
                  4 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 6 guests; add $80 per night, per additional guest

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                  • Taxes Not included


                  The daily fee includes daily housekeeping & groundskeeping but not cooking. The maximum capacity is 8 persons. There is no charge for children 2 & younger. Children 3 to 10, half-fare.

                  La tarifa diaria incluye solo servicio de aseo de casa y mantenimiento de alberca y jardin, excluye cocinera. El cupo máximo de la casa es 8 personas. Niños hasta 2 años son gratis, de 3 a 10, mitad de precio.

                  Daily rate applies ONLY to up to 6 adults. Additional adult, $80-$100. Room deposit is returnable up to 30 days before the first day of the reservation, after that it is not.

                  Tarifa cubre SOLO 6 adultos (leer arriba) máximo. El depósito de la primera noche sólo es retornable si la cancelación se hace más de 30 dias antes del día de llegada, si se hace menos de 30 dias se pierde.

                  Always make sure to call the number on the listing to confirm payment details.
                  Only pay using credit card, PayPal, check or direct bank transfer. NEVER pay by cash or instant money transfer services such as Western Union or MoneyGram. Learn more

                  Don't forget your vacation protection! Get protected now

                  Adding our Vacation Protection services can make sure your getaway goes smoothly, no matter what. We offer Cancellation Protection, Carefree Rental Guarantee, and Damage Protection so you can truly relax.

                  Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
                  Guarantee the rental meets your expectations.
                  Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


                  Last updated: 07/10/2014
                  Check availability
                  23 Available
                  21 Unavailable
                  22 Today
                  23 Selected dates


                  Car: Not Necessary

                  Nearest navigable lagoon is 5 minutes away, extensive bird sanctuary 45 min., Zicatela beach 10 min., Mazunte 40 min., Huatulco 1 hr 30 min, and in the region there are frequent baby turtle liberations, turtle/iguana/alligator preserves, indigenous/cultural festivals, and mexican arts and crafts


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2008

                  About the owner: Ed and I live in northern California most of the time. Patricia was born in Mexico City, and Ed was born in Los Angeles and is of Mexican and Irish heritage. In our careers, he as a developmental psychologist researcher and test developer and Patricia as a clinical neuropsychologist, we have focused on issues regarding cognition and language development with a particular focus on the Spanish speaking populations in the United States. Patricia has a private forensic practice and provides services at a community organization serving Latinos. Ed loves to play golf and was his golf club’s champion for 5 years in a row. He also loves to make fine furniture with hard woods, and he has been a mask collector for over 40 years. Patricia, through her daughter’s work as an ecologist, has a great interest on environmental and economic sustainability in areas with communities living in extreme poverty. Daughter and mother run a non-profit organization called “Viva Sierra Goda,” under the sponsorship of Earth Island Institute. While in Puerto, besides socializing and watching from our living room leaping manta rays, schools of dolphins and whales cavorting in the distance, we watch surfers at Zicatela beach, rent boats to snorkel, fish, and watch close-up whales, dolphins, turtles, etc. in the high seas. We also visit the many festivals in towns along the coast: beautiful masked dances, rodeos, Mixtec ball tournaments, religious ceremonies with boat processions, carnivals, etc. Along the many lagoons in the Puerto Escondido coast one can go boating, kayaking, swimming, bird watching, etc. There are a 130 different species of birds in this coastal zone. And throughout the year the many turtle nest protected areas hold poignant “baby turtle liberation” events at dusk, and visitors, children and adults are welcomed to hold these precious babies and then gently release them on the sand close enough to the surf that they will be carried away to the engulfing ocean!

                  Why the Owner Chose Puerto Escondido:
                  We chose to buy our house in the development called Costa Cumaná for various reasons. The first is that it is gorgeous and well kept. It is legally constituted as a condominium and thus owners pay annual fees for the upkeep and protection of the common grounds, i.e., the infrastructure, flora and fauna, the maintenance of the roads, and security. We also are in charge of maintaining and protecting the federal zones that border Costa Cumaná, the beach and the lagoon. It is also a bit remote from the hustle and bustle of the tourists at Zicatela’s surfing beach and Puerto Escondido. We have 8 km of beach fronting our house, Most days we see maybe 5 people walking by, 10 at the most. So we have privacy, solitude, and unrivaled beauty in front of us all day. And while we love Oaxaca City with its amazing art and cultural life, rich nearby towns unique for their arts and crafts, and framed by famous pre-Colombian Zapotec ruins, we wanted to live occasionally in year-round sun and warmth with intimate proximity to the ocean. We’re delighted that Oaxaca City is just 6 hours away, a short half hour flight, and that in a couple of more years the new highway being built will shorten the trip to 2 hours!

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  Costa Cumaná development is 25 minutes from the Puerto Escondido airport and 1 hour 20 min. from the Huatulco airport. The Huatulco resorts and golf course are 1.5 hours away. While you can rent or hire taxis to take you around, the highway is 1 km from our house. There are numerous types of public transportation that go back and forth all day in front of the entrance to the access road. Every 10 minutes or less you can hail down a collective taxi, a minibus, a microbus, or an autobus that go directly to Puerto Escondido’s downtown or in the opposite direction to Huatulco. A convenience store is located on the carretera about a 5 minute walk from the access road entrance. We have a house manager who oversees the running of our house. Our manager ensures the kitchen is well supplied, that our favorite foods are always in stock, and she will arrange excellent and reliable services for those who want a cook and/or private transportation. The cooks we hire excel in the preparation of typical Oaxacan cuisine along with traditional Mexican dishes and standard international fare.

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english


                  • Walkway to the house

                    Walkway to the house

                  • As you enter...

                    As you enter...

                  • Infinity pool and mirador, principal bedroom on the left side

                    Infinity pool and mirador, principal bedroom on the left side

                  • Living room

                    Living room

                  • View from guest bedroom

                    View from guest bedroom

                  • View of house from beach

                    View of house from beach

                  • Queen size bed and a single bed in 3 bedrooms

                    Queen size bed and a single bed in 3 bedrooms

                  • The studio and TV room

                    The studio and TV room

                  • Mirror for yoga practice

                    Mirror for yoga practice

                  • Entrance cactus gardens

                    Entrance cactus gardens

                  • Property entrance

                    Property entrance

                  • Entrance to the front door

                    Entrance to the front door

                  • Palapa roof over living room and dining room

                    Palapa roof over living room and dining room

                  • Master bedroom overlooking the ocean with small outdoor tub for kids

                    Master bedroom overlooking the ocean with small outdoor tub for kids

                  • Dining area and kitchen on the right side

                    Dining area and kitchen on the right side

                  • Entrance garden with view of the Sierra Madre del Sur

                    Entrance garden with view of the Sierra Madre del Sur

                  • Night lights

                    Night lights

                  • The master bedroom

                    The master bedroom

                  • A typical bathroom

                    A typical bathroom

                  • View from the beach at sunset

                    View from the beach at sunset

                  • Leaving from the front door

                    Leaving from the front door

                  • Sunset from the living room

                    Sunset from the living room

                  VRBO #349034

                  There have been  visitors to this page since the counter was last reset in .

                  This listing was first published here in 2011.

                  Date last modified - Monday, June 23, 2014

                  $625 per night (USD)

                  4 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 10

                  View calendar: Updated 07/10/14
                  Minimum stay: 4 nights
                  Dates are unavailable
                  Please stay a bit longer. A stay of nights or more is required for these dates.
                  This listing requires that rentals start on a .
                  Get an instant quote
                  Email owner
                  Speaks: english
                  Always make sure to call the number on the listing to confirm payment details. Only pay using credit card, PayPal, check, or direct bank transfer. Learn More
                  Add vacation protection services to your booking

                  Three services to protect your trip:

                  Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.

                  Guarantee the rental meets your expectations.

                  Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

                  Get it now