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"Wow! What a view!" is the first thing guests say when they arrive at our condo on La Madera Beach in Zihuatanejo.
Our condo has no windows on the south side that faces the Bay—it’s totally open—so you can enjoy a lovely breeze and excellent visibility. It’s sort of like being on a ship. In case you've never been to Zihuatanejo, you'll want to know that the temperature rarely goes below 75º at night. In "winter" daytime temperature in our apartment goes up to about 85º max. So the open air and nice breeze is welcome and comfortable.
The condo building is directly above the beach and access to the soft sands and is just a few steps out the door of our building and down about 72 stairs. It's a short and easy oceanfront walk to downtown markets, shopping, restaurants and events.
Our property is unique because we actually have two light, airy and spacious condos that are connected by a private hallway. We rent them as a "combo" or the Bayside condo only or the Town-side condo only. Both apartments have air-conditioning, cable TV, paperback libraries and wireless high-speed Internet access. The rates on this website are for the combination of both Bay and Town-side apartments only. Ask us about other options.
On the Bayside you can settle into a comfortable wicker chair, rocking chair or lay back in the hammock to and watch boats of all kinds, lots of birds, swimmers, boogie-boarders, parasailors and local fishermen casting nets. Look for fish jumping or swimming in schools that create cool looking ripples and shadows in the water. There are colorful birds flying bye at eye level. It's different all day every day.
From the bedroom you can sit up in bed and see the bay. There is an east-facing window that opens to bring in fresh air and gives a glimpse of the beach. There are wooden shutters surrounding the bedroom that can remain open or you can close the shutters and turn on the air conditioner. There's a small work desk perfect for a laptop. The apartment has both a full bath and a half-bath. There is a spacious kitchen area and a beautiful oval glass-top dining room table that seats up to 6 people. The gorgeous wood counter has seven elegant bar stools with comfortable cushions so guests can sit and sip margaritas and munch chips and guacamole. Almost every light in the living room is on a rheostat so you can create a soft, romantic mood while you listen to the waves.
Our Town-side condo is very spacious, light and airy and overlooks the city of Zihuatanejo and the mountains to the north. There are small balconies in both the living room and the bedroom.The very large bedroom has a king-size bed. The living room couch has a "trundle bed" that rolls out to provide an extra sleeping space. It has an efficiency kitchen and a glass dining table that seats up to 4 people. There are two full baths in this apartment.
Both the Bayside apartment and the Town-side condo have a two-burner electric stove, a toaster oven and a microwave oven. The Bayside has a full-size refrigerator; the Town-side has an apartment-size refrigerator. Other appliances include a blender and coffeemaker as well as nice tableware, glassware and cookware. There are 5-gallon bottled water dispensers in each kitchen.
One of the best features of our condos is good water pressure. Those who have been to Mexico beach areas know that this is very good news. We have a water storage tank with an automatic pump in each apartment to ensure as good pressure as possible. The downside is that when the pumps work to draw water there is a rather loud noise for about 10 seconds. After a while, you don't notice it and it's a little price to pay for a big pay-off.
Our apartments are equipped with in-line water heaters because electricity is extremely expensive, water is in short supply and after a day on the beach, a warm-to-cool shower is all most people want. The hot water lasts "long enough" but don't expect it to be constantly hot as it typically would be in the U.S. or Canada.
Every year we make a trip to Zihua in the fall to make sure everything in the condos works, and that the apartments are clean and classy looking so that our guests will be as comfortable as possible. We did a major refurbish, renovation and repair project. in 2012 and every year since then we have done things such as replace air conditioners, ceiling fans, televisions and light fixtures. We've had furniture reupholstered and walls re-painted. Of course there is always more to do and we welcome any suggestions.
The building’s swimming pool overlooks a "jungle" and the bay. Imagine sitting in a lounge chair reading your book, or floating on an air mattress under a clear blue sky with a cold drink and being able to lift your eyes and see Zihuatanejo Bay.
Zihuatanejo is our a tropical paradise and we hope you will love it as much as we do.
On the Bayside you would have to keep a very close eye on toddlers or young children because of the openness of the living/dining area. There is a low wall with only rope railing and we're two flights up from street level....moreless
Non Smoking Only
Pets Not Allowed
There is no elevator in our building. The condo is two flights up a curving stairway. It could be a challenge for anyone with mobility issues....moreless
Lots of books in both Bayside and Town-side....moreless
Satellite / Cable
Local Services & Businesses
Our Bayside condo is right above Playa la Madera on Bahia Zihuatanejo (Zihuatanejo Bay). ...moreless
The town side of our condo has excellent views of the mountains to the north of Zihuatanejo as well as the town. It's nice to sit on the balcony, enjoying a nice breeze and looking at the twinkling city lights....moreless
Bahia (Bay) Zihuatanejo is directly in front of our Bayside condo and you can see the mouth of the bay where it meets the Pacific Ocean. You have a front row seat to watch boats of all kinds, birds, local fishermen, fish (jumping or in schools that ripple the water), even the occasional cruise ship (in high season) that anchors in the Bay and tenders passengers into town and beaches....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
Room air conditioners in Bayside bedroom and Town-side living/dining area and bedroom....moreless
Town-side only: A "vintage" apartment-size stacked washer/dryer that's very old-school basic (see washing machine description). ...moreless
Low Season: May 1 - September 14 Daily $160 Weekly $875 Monthly $3000
Shoulder Season: April and Oct 1-Dec 14 Daily $180 Weekly $1050 Monthly $3600
High Season: December 15-March 31 Daily $225 Weekly $1400 Monthly $4500
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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About: We live in Santa Fe, New Mexico at 7,000 feet. It's an amazing place that is a wonderful destination for visitors, especially in summer and fall. However, it gets darn cold in the winter so we've been taking trips to the tropics for all of the 30+ years we've lived in the mountains.
We fell in love with Zihuatanejo in 2002 on a weeklong vacation. We had been to many other beaches in Mexico, along the Pacific and around the Yucatan, but Zihua has everything we love about Mexico. It's a small town, easy going and beautiful.
Why Zihuatanejo: Bahia Suites is right above La Madera beach. Walk out the front door, turn right then take the stairway down to the beach. It's that simple.
There are only about 22 condos in the building so it feels like a home more than a big high-rise would. It has a very nice swimming pool and amazing views.
The architecture is very esthetic -- sort of art deco -- with arched doorways, rounded corners, lots of gorgeous dark wood from native trees and excellent use of tiles, light and shade.