"Right on the beach, Casa Riscal is a beautifully designed and well appointed, open-air environment that is perfect for escaping urban life. It feels rustic yet elegant at the same time. The area is secluded but quite close to restaurants, shops, and activities in Troncones. We rode horses on the beach, attended yoga and meditation classes, got massages, went surfing and swimming, and often cooked in. The kitchen appliances and dining area were perfect for the 5 of us. We really enjoyed buying fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish from the vendors who drove their trucks by regularly. Everything was delicious. Our 3 year old loved the wading pool, hammocks, and swinging benches. So did we. It was relaxing to hang out in the shade reading and sipping cool drinks. The king sized bed and sheets were very comfortable, and my mother an aunt were quite happy with the casita. The sleeping areas are enclosed and protected from mosquitoes and the like, though we hardly noticed them in the open air.
The entire area felt safe, secure, and pleasant. The people in the area were friendly, and we were well taken care of by the owners, property manager (Ivan), and others who tended to the garden and did periodic housekeeping. The gardener, Emilio, even prepared wood for a small bonfire that we lit on one of our last nights there. It was beautiful to sit around the fire ring under the stars eating our fresh home cooked dinner.
Surfing in the area is really good. If you're experienced, the nearby point in Manzanillo bay is fun and uncrowded. The Saladita break (long left) and Ranch surf breaks are a short drive away, and there places for beginners, boogie boarders, and swimmers a short walk from the place. I rented a great surfboard from the talented shaper, Bruce Grimes, near the Present Moment, so did not need to lug mine on the airplane.
Note that you can walk to the main part of town from the beach or road in 20-30 minutes, but if you want to get to places more quickly and do not have a car, there are places in town and at some of the hotels that rent beach bikes, and there are local taxis that you can hire.
We really enjoyed our stay and look forward to going back."
Guest: Stacey D.
Date of Stay: March 2015
Review Submitted: May 1, 2015