"I have stayed at Casa Juanita 3 times over the last 5 years, with children, teenagers and a friend. I have been meaning to write a review of Casa Juanita for some time. When booking recently, I saw a somewhat bad review which I found perplexing, and I wondered if things had changed since my last visit. But I stayed again for 9 days recently and I found the house as charming, clean and safe as ever. Casa Juanitia is a special place. The surrounding grounds are loaded with flowers and trees, and the view of the ocean and the hills is spectacular. We most recently stayed in August, and we had some thunderstorms in the evening, which we enjoyed outdoors, protected by the roofed patio, sitting in hammocks or rocking chairs. It is also a wonderful place to have an afternoon siesta. I love cooking in the outdoor kitchen which is well stocked. Everything was clean and well-protected from the elements. The local shops have everything needed and stay open into the evening. The two living areas have lots of windows which are well screened, so we could open them and hear the ocean and wildlife. Both AC units work very well. Both interiors had recently been painted and there was good storage for our things. The furniture is beautiful and there are plenty of lamps and comfortable sofas and a new flat screen T.V. The beds are both very comfortable with good linens and plenty of pillows. Both bathrooms clean and in great working order. The downstairs shower has amazing view! There are lots of towels. The caretaker Humberto is a very sweet man and is so helpful. He grew up in the area, and helped us plan trips to Tepic and Mexcaltitan, both good day trips. He also kept us well supplied with water. The beach is a short drive away, it has soft sand and very warm water. Within walking distance of the house are several little restaurants, with affordable fresh food. Two that have become favorites are Lucy's, with tamales and pozole, and Alicia's, with delicious grilled chicken and rice. Also a Tortilleria, with good corn tortillas daily. Casa Manana, about a mile away is a good place to have a cocktail, swim and pizza from wood burning oven on Saturdays. Our teenagers could take the bikes out to find a pick-up soccer game or get something from store. I am already planning a return trip during spring break with my family in tow again. I highly recommend this place for any traveler looking for an off the beaten trail, truly Mexican experience."
Guest: Heidi D.
Date of Stay: August 2014
Review Submitted: September 14, 2014