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Casas Bucerias - Two Wonderful Casas by the Sea

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Houses, 3 Bedrooms + Palapa, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)


Welcome to Dolce Vita, our private, two home vacation rental in charming and quaint Bucerias, Mexico. We think that our Dolce Vita and its superb location on a cobblestone street, a half block from the beach, is just superb and we believe our guests will think so as well!

Dolce Vita is located on Calle Lazaro Cardenas, a half block from the sandy beach and the Bay of Banderas in the “Golden Zone” of Bucerias. Dolce Vita is made up of two homes, one with two bedrooms (Dolce Vita II- occupancy of four) and the casita, with one bedroom (Dolce Vita I- occupancy of two). The casita is located across the pool from the casa. Guests can rent either home separately, or they can be rented together which is a perfect arrangement for a family group or three couples. The entire area is enclosed by a wall for security and privacy.

Calle Lazaro Cardenas is a Mexican cobblestone street and our homes are situated on this street in what many say is the best area of Bucerias. Guests have repeatedly said that Dolce Vita is in a superb location. We are surrounded by a huge variety of restaurants, shops, and art galleries. Guests can take a short walk down the street and over the “Kissing Bridge” to Bucerias Centro, with its traditional Mexican square, lovely church, shops, a local street market and dozens of restaurants of all types. Bucerias has retained the flavor of old Mexico and is a very authentic beach town.

Our homes are located a half block from the white sandy beach, just a short three minute walk. Gather up the provided beach chairs and cooler and walk on down to see the clean and clear ocean and the seven mile long beach. The beach, especially near us, is usually only spotted with people so you can enjoy a calm and relatively quiet beach experience. Many times you can spot whales and dolphins from the beach and there are always pelicans as well as local fisherman out in their boats.

Many ask if a car is a necessity while staying at Dolce Vita. While occasionally nice to have, we do not feel that it is necessary to rent a car. We do have off-street parking for one car if you decide to rent one, and there is also street parking in front. On foot you can reach a mini-super (Mary Paz) just two minutes away where you can buy just about everything you might need. In addition, there are fruit and veggie shops in Bucerias as well as fish and meat markets. Delicious bakeries abound. All of these places are accessible by foot and are fun to go to for food and goodies. For larger shopping needs, it is easy to take the local bus to Mega Supermarket, a large grocery store just five minutes away on the bus. It is easy and entertaining to ride the Mexican buses, and it is a close walk to the bus stop from Dolce Vita to get on a bus which will take you to points north and south, of course including Puerto Vallarta.

Dolce Vita II is our two bedroom, two and a half bath home with a thatched roof top palapa. Our homes have a Mexican flair and were designed by a well-known Mexican architect. There is lovely varnished, dark wood trim throughout both homes. We, as owners, have collected and display artwork from several local artisans. In Dolce Vita II, there is a large mural painted on the wall by Daniel, a beach artist from Puerto Vallarta. Many of our guests, after staying in our homes, say that our online photos do not do our homes justice!

Dolce Vita II’s first floor has a well-equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar. Bottled water is provided in the kitchen as well as on the second floor bedroom level. The large kitchen window overlooks the street, where you can watch local vendors daily selling their goods-watermelon, strawberries, pastries. If you are lucky you might become part of a local holiday celebration and a Mexican parade that goes by right out front.

In addition to the kitchen on the first floor, there is a dining area seating four and a living room area with comfortable seating and flat screen TV with local cable and a small DVD collection. Both the dining and living areas open up through French doors directly onto the pool patio area. A convenient half bath completes the first floor. two robust ceiling fans keep the entire first floor cool.

Going upstairs in Dolce Vita II, using the lovely, handcrafted railing, you find two bedrooms on the second floor. The master bedroom with a queen bed and large closet, has an ensuite Mexican tiled bathroom. There are unique wall “sculptures” built into the interior and exterior walls of the property. The master bedroom wall features one of these, a large conch shell. Screened French doors lead outside to a large covered porch with a view and sounds of the ocean. A “coffee corner” on the porch is the perfect spot for your morning coffee and cinnamon roll (go to the restaurant Sweet Things for their awesome pastries!) .

Dolce Vita II’s second bedroom, also with a large closet and queen bed, also opens up onto the covered porch through screened French doors. This bedroom features a starfish sculpture on the wall. Each bedroom has beautiful locally made onyx bedside table lamps. The second bedroom has a full, Mexican tiled bathroom right outside the bedroom door.

To get to the third floor roof-top palapa, you ascend the stairs under a beautifully bricked cupola with hanging stars that can be illuminated at night. The full roof-top deck has nearly a 360 degree view of Banderas Bay, the town, and the neighboring Sierra Madre Mountains. On the palapa, there is a thatch roofed dining area for four people complete with a refrigerator and grill, as well as a sunbathing area on the other side. The stars are beautiful from the rooftop at night.

Across the pool is Dolce Vita I, the casita, which is perfect for two people. It is one story and handicapped accessible. It features a full kitchen and dining area with ocean views. The bedroom has a large closet and a queen bed. Both the living room area (with cable TV and DVD player) and the bedroom open up through screened French doors directly onto the pool patio. In addition to the seating areas around the pool, the casita has a separate palapa deck behind the house with ocean views and sounds of the surf.

The two homes share a crystal clear, cobalt blue tiled pool with pool lights for evening swims. The pool area is surrounded by lush, green plants creating a tropical feel. There are recliners around the pool for relaxation, as well as umbrella tables and chairs for outside dining. Enjoy a meal of fresh veggies and locally caught fish barbequed on the Weber grill.

Consider coming to Bucerias and staying in our homes during the summer months of May through October. Then the place is slow. The restaurants and shops are less crowded and the beaches are empty. It is also a lot less expensive –money goes further! Enjoy a Mexican summer vacation!

We consider ourselves very lucky to have a wonderful Mexican man, Jorge, as our property caretaker. He will personally greet you, and he will help you settle in. He can guide you in your restaurant selection and give you tour suggestions, or help you find medical care in the unfortunate case you need it. He can arrange for transportation or even find a chef to come to Dolce Vita and cook up a feast for you. He is easily and readily available as he lives and works right next door.

Come and stay with us at Dolce Vita and enjoy the ambiance of Bucerias, with its cobblestone streets and sandy beach, delicious food, friendly folks, gorgeous flowers and marvelous culture. You will be glad to be here!

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Bucerías House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet , Guest bathroom on main floor of Dolce Vita 2
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Mexican tile throughout. En suite.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Mexican tile throughout. Seahorse motif.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Mexican tile. In Dolce Vita 1. rain shower head, Accessible.
  • All are tiled in Mexican style. Colorful accents of sea horses, fish, and pelicans.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Starfish wall sculptue, opens directly to porch, ocean view
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Dolce Vita 1 - separate casa. Walk out to pool.
    Loft - 1 double , Roof top available for open air star viewing. Imflatable.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , En suite bath.Wall Sculpture of shells, ocean view porch.
  • Queen size Beds (3) in each bedroom. Quality inflatable beds also available for roof top under the stars sleeping.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Garden, Pool, Queen-size beds, maid service three days per week. Wonderful, helpful caretaker who lioves next door greets guests and is always available to answer questions and to assist our guests.


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Casas Bucerias - Two Wonderful Casas by the Sea
average rating of 4.5 based on 11 reviews

C N Johnston and crew

  • 5 of 5

This a great property! Unlike most things in Mexico everything worked the property is well appointed. The location is 5 star you walk out of your gate and the only decision you need to make is do we go right or left today.Susana the housekeeper is simply amazing... And Jorge the property manager was more then helpful. We would certainly return to Casa Dolce!!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Dolce Vita 2 - Terrific!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a month at the Dolce Vita II and it was great - it surpassed our expectations. The home was kept spotlessly clean by Suzi the housekeeper and the grounds very well maintained. The kitchen is stocked with everything you could need. The home is nicely furnished and kept in great working order. The accessories throughout the home shows the love the owners have of the home. The roof top patio provides a very private area when you want it. Previous reviews have mentioned the music from the restaurant next door and it really isn't a big issue at present. They have live music 2 times a week and it finishes by 11 pm. During holiday times it is different. The restaurant isn't busy so I'd be surprised if it doesn't close in the near future. The owner is an old grumpy guy who doesn't care what other people think.

Bucerias is a great town. The locals are very friendly and most often will greet you with Hola. There are tons of restaurants in town and good authentic Mexican food from little holes in the wall to fancy restaurants. No lack of choices.

The beach is great and not crowded. There are few vendors in this area of the beach and they don't bother you. If you greet them and say No Gracias they will often smile and keep on walking. The beach is kept clean overall with only a few discarded cans/bottles left occasionally.

Overall a great destination and a wonderful home!!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terrific Location in Bucerias

  • 4 of 5

Directly on Calle Lazaro Cardenas - EZ (1 block) walk to Sea, with restaurants scattered all around in immediate vicinity - Italian with wonderful Music nitely just next door - which we enjoyed tremendously from our little courtyard with communal pool (wonderfully designed,maintained, & refreshing), some serving up Mexican specialties (Luna Luna being our favorite for that), & finally, a fantastic BYOB French Bistro just a block 1/2 away opposite the mini super mart where we'd buy the makings for quesadillas, licuados/smoothies, & margaritas… We also bought fresh Snapper & Camarones across the Carretera up the hill from Roberto's Mariscos. Cabs are located on the corner of our block, & busses to anywhere, including Guadalajara, can be caught on the Carretera. The Casita (we were in the 1 BR) was VERY spacious, with a terrace out back between us & the bay, from which we enjoyed our desayunos, some suppers, & YES, spotted dolphins too. We had no need for TV, or music (since that was provided via next door), but the casita is equipped with that and good WIFI connection too. Thanks, Dency, for having us as guests, & a special shout out too to the wonderful neighbors from Manitoba with whom we shared the property during our 1 week stay: Bob & Sharon, Grant & Val! As repeat visitors, they served as great guides, & the kinds of neighbors one would wish for back home :)

~ andrea & joe

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Casa

  • 4 of 5

We spent 12 days at DV2. The house is an architectural gem. We loved all the Mexican decor and artwork in this as well as the lush gardens surrounding the blue pool. The 3rd floor palapa with a peak a boo ocean view was perfect for a sunset happy hour and storm watching! The house is very well equipped, clean and comfortable. The water pressure from the showers could have been better though.

Our only complaint is the music from next door during a couple of very late night parties (one til 2am and another til 6 am!). And one morning from 8 am onwards. We could handle the music until 11pm however those couple of late night parties with loud bass music traveling through our bodies was unacceptable. After we complained to the restaurant owner who apologized, it was much better: we enjoyed the rest of our stay and slept much better.

The property manager Jorge is a class act! He was very kind and helpful throughout our stay. Thank you Jorge! Be sure to check out the amazing treasures and art in his art gallery.

Susanna, the house cleaner, was lovely too!

Would we return to the DV2? Not if the restaurant next door is continues to play music. But we'll return to Bucerias!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2013
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The holiday season is one of music and good cheer. All the restaurants play louder and longer than a few would prefer but the music is generally enjoyed by most. It's a party! A pressure pump now makes the showers flow really well. To enhance the outdoor experience, a thatched roof with decorative lighting as well as a refrigerator and propane grill have been added to the third floor palapa deck area.
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British Columbia, Canada

Returned to Dolce Vita

  • 5 of 5

Had another wonderful stay at Dolce Vita. We were fortunate enough to have both the Casita and the house to accommodate our family members and friends that joined us on different dates. What a beautiful community to visit. Lots of things to do and lots of wonderful food to cook. Also,lots of great restaurants. As this was our second time here it was great that lots of people recognized us and with a longer stay we felt very much a part of Bucerias.

The music at the bar beside the house was much quieter this time. They are now having a solo guitar player play great dinner music softly and I'm sure the speakers have been re-directed so as not to be sending all the sound to the house. Again, we enjoyed the music every evening that we were home except for one when some local musicians wandered through the restaurant, but then you get them everywhere in Mexico!

The manager was very accommodating and as usual the houses are kept very clean. All our needs and more were met. We will return!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kamloops, B.C. Canada

Beyond our expectations

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Dolce Vita 2 with another couple for 2 weeks in March 2013. We had seen all the photos and descriptions but didn't want to get our hopes too high and were prepared to be disappointed. OMG,were we surprised! The place is amazing! It actually is as pictured and described. The beach really is only 1/2 block away! The convenience store really is only 2 minutes away. And the restaurants, well, there are so many so close, it's hard to choose. But who needs to eat out when you have access to fresh food and the facilities to prepare and cook it. There is something awesome about having fresh brewed coffee and breakfast outside by the pool in your pjs if you want. It also beats all-inclusive vacations in so many ways. This vacation was by far the least expensive and most enjoyable than any others we have been on. Yes, there is a night club next door, but mostly we were able to enjoy the music while sitting outside at our patio or roof top palapa. We were fortunate enough to meet Jim and Dency (the owners) during our stay. They were gracious, generous and lots of fun. The caretaker, Jorge, was readily available for any questions or concerns we had. We made margaritas and pina colades from fresh fruit we bought from vendors selling from the back or their trucks right outside our casa, wow! As far as other amenities, we were able to find doctors, pharmacies, a chiropractor, a dentist, massage therapy, spa services, buses, taxies, the Mega department store and bank machines. In other words almost anything you might need is available nearby.We felt very safe in this neighbourhood and there were plenty of people around who spoke spanish and english in case you needed help translating. We plan on staying at Dolce Vita again, perhaps a family holiday. Hope to see Jim and Dency again, our fantastic hosts!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2013
  • Stayed: March 2013
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Property Manager

Jim and Dency Dokoozian
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
October 13, 2015

About Jim and Dency Dokoozian

We feel so very lucky to have bought Dolce Vita. It is indeed a gem and in a wonderful location. The special Mexican touches in the house and the beautiful woodwork are lovely. We are surrounded by good folks and delightful shops and restaurants. Outside our door we can buy fresh strawberries, muffins, watermelons, We are a quick walk into town and a three minute walk to a fabulous uncrowded sandy beach. We can walk right down the beach to several yummy Mexican beachside restaurants and watch the sunset as we have our drinks! It could not be better!

We are stiill working here in Alaska (Jim is a civil engineer and construction manager) and Dency is a teacher of the deaf and owns her own tutoring business. We hope soon to retire to Mexico six months of the year and spend the summer months here in spectacular Alaska . We then can have the best of both worlds!

Jim and Dency Dokoozian purchased this house in 2005

Why Jim and Dency Dokoozian chose Bucerías

Bucerias is a great little Mexican town with friendly folks and great ambience. Experience true Mexico in a quaint little town! We hope you have the opportunity to stay at our gem, Dolce Vita.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear Dency and Jim,

Dolce Vitas is well named! Place is great. Having a wonderful time. Many thanks!
Jan 2012
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La Dolce Vita
Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Puerto Vallarta Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Mark's, Sandrinas, Red Apple right on our street
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Several great ones on the street
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
1/2 block. One house away. Visible from casas.
Car: not necessary

Beach Walks, Sea Shelling, local entertainment, local markets and celebrations on the town square, real Mexican village with lots of charm.



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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pets are not allowed. $0
Cleaning Already Include $0

The rates quoted are for our two houses together. One house is two queen bedrooms on 2 levels and one house is a single story one queen bedroom. Both houses together sleep 6 in 3 bedrooms. The houses make up a beautiful private complex with a garden and pool between them. Each house can also be rented separately. Ask for a quote. Please contact us for further information.

50% of fee is due to confirm reservation. The remaining 50% plus the refundable security deposit is due no later than 30 days prior to guest arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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