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La Terraza Suite on the Waterfront!! Sandy, Swimming Beach & Spectacular View

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Our villa is located on the beautiful, sandy, swimming beach of Los Ayala which is approximately 1 km. long, just perfect for a jog or relaxing sunset walk.

The Terraza suite encompasses the entire top floor of the home and is appointed with beautifully furnished with hand carved furniture, original works of art, hand painted dishes and bathroom fixtures (even the toilets!).

It has a fabulous terrace over-looking the ocean, two hammock chairs, a large hand-woven hammock, lounge chairs, BBQ and two dining areas.

A massage therapist is available at our guests' request for a private in-suite massage at a very reasonable rate.

Our special little town of Los Ayala which is located in Riviera Nayarit (or also known as the Mexican Riviera) caters mainly to Mexican tourists but is rapidly being discovered by folks further afield.

There are many palapa style restaurants on the beach, nearby groceries stories and a collective taxi service which will take you to the nearby towns of Rincon de Guayabitos or La Penita. From there, it is easy to catch a bus to Guadalajara, Tepic, Puerto Vallerta or other small towns nearby such as San Francisco or Sayulita which are surfing towns.

On the beach, enjoy purchasing fresh fish, prawns, muffins or other delights including pineapples filled with fresh fruit. One can never go hungry on Los Ayala beach!

There are many things to do here such as fishing, hiking, boating, tennis, kayaking, biking, visiting interesting sights such as the petrogylphs, visits to the various hot springs, the weekly outdoor market or the boat tour through mangrove swamps to view a multitude of wildlife including crocodiles and many varieties of birds in historic San Blas.

We have many return visitors including those who wish to celebrate a special event: a wedding, an anniversary or birthday! If your have such an event, we will make it special for you!

We do have three friendly dogs on our premises and are proud sponsors of Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). Pet lovers most welcome!

Smoking is allowed on our outside patios.

The home also a two bedroom/2 bathroom suite, and two studio suities available, all with full kitchens, bathrooms, private entrances and terraces. More information is available upon request.

Summer rates apply from June 1st until October 31st and offer a 30% discount.

Keywords: Private Suites 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, studios

More Details

Owner/Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2018

About Owner/Property Manager

Jim, a retired safety officer and Lin, a retired college professor ready to welcome you to Casa Contenta!

Owner/Property Manager purchased this apartment in 1999

Why Owner/Property Manager chose Compostela

Searching all over Mexico for the 'perfect' location to own a home on a beautiful sandy, swimming beach, with a lush tropical garden, we discovered our dream. Los Ayala is a small fishing/vacation paradise nestled admist lush hills with one kilometer of sandy beach that caters mainly to Mexican tourists. We fell in love! With Puerto Vallarta only an hour away, it is easy for family, friends and guests to reach us, yet well out of the hussle and hype of the larger tourist centres. A perfect place to immerse oneself into Mexican culture and language.

What makes this apartment unique

Jim is an active birder, loving to hike and collect new sightings of the many variety of birds in the area.

Both of us love the ocean and the waters here are described by my Mexican friends as 'delicious'! Kayaking, snorkelling, fishing, swimming, whale watching are some of the activities we enjoy. A variety of excellent restaurants are nearby and in the tourist season offer a variety of musical venues. We love to dance to live music!

There are many opportunities to be involved in a meaningful way through volunteer work with the community. For example, we started Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue and have so far sterilized over 3500 animals in less than 6 years in a number of free spay and neuter clinics. Free food, medicine, medical support, adoptions and education is offered through donations from the community and friends afar. Volunteering in the schools, community or with my clinics while on vacation can be a very insightful way learn about a new culture!

Also, I am an artist. The rich colours, and interesting sights offer many inspirations!

Jim and I also love to travel. Los Ayala is within easy distance of a number of small villages such as Sayulita, San Francisco, and El Monteon as well as some of the larger centres such as San Blas, Tepic, Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. There are petroglyphs, natural hot springs, trips to view flora and fauna, and historic sites all within a days' travel.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you cannot nearly express our appreciation for the cultural experience you have shared with us. We truly feel we have gotten to know and understand a little of Mexico---something we would not have done on a typical holiday."

"...a little piece of paradise."

"Thank you so much for a wonderful introduction to Mexico. I know that we have just seen the tip of the margarita, but what a lovely first sip it has been."

"The experience of the 'real Mexico' in a luxurious and beautiful surroundings..."

"Everyday of our stay was perfect. Beach, sun and siestas, punctuated by food, shopping and sightseeing. Thanks for sharing your love (Mexico) with us."

"Every experience changes us in some way. The sun, the swimming, the exploring and of course, the Mexican friendships, will stay with me for a lifetime."

"We love you, Lin and Jim! You opened up your home, showed us so many lovely places, and introduced us to some very special people. Your spirit shines through, in all that you do, and we thank you for the bottom of our hearts."

"What can I say!....from the moment I arrived, a day has not passed where I've not been blown away by a little piece of your heaven. The two of you have given me an incredible taste of Mexico that I know I will never forget... Your warmth, kindness and hospitality will never be forgotten. "

"Thank you so much for your helping us to see a most intimate view of life in Mexico. We will go home singing your praises. Gracias por todo!"

" Jim is truly one of the most gentlemanly guys we've every met and Lin, the ultimate hostess... In our six trips to Mexico, this has been the finest (and we were only here 5 days!!!). We will be back again and again...."
May 2009
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Compostela Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Kayaks, bicycles, tennis racquets, bocce and beach furniture available for guest use. We also have an extensive library of up-to-date books for guest use along with a laptop computer and cell phone.


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La Terraza Suite on the Waterfront!! Sandy, Swimming Beach & Spectacular View
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 27 reviews

It was very relaxing and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

The bungalow "Casa Contenta" has the signature of the owner's good taste for the Mexican Talavera ornaments. It has a big bedroom for two people with beautiful wood furniture and windows. There is a huge terrace where you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the beach. Plus, being at the end of the beach makes it more secluded. The kitchen has all the appliances needed to cook a feast. A nice garden to enjoy a sunny day under tall coconut palm trees. It rained in the afternoons which just made it cozy and different from the sunny mornings. Maricela and Samuel went far and beyond to accomodate my 82 year old mother as the third guest in our bedroom. The opportunity to have my small dog, Ashley, with us was the final wonderful touch. I honestly believe Los Ayala is the best beach in Bahia de Banderas. This property is the perfect match to have it all!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for writing such a lovely review, Maria. It was pleasure having you, your mother and little dog stay with us. I will let Samuel and Maricela know about your kind comments as well. We hope you return!
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Loved our Vacation

  • 5 of 5

“Loved our vacation”

My husband and I loved Casa Contenta. It was a beautiful place right on the beach. As we slept we could hear the waves of the ocean. It was so relaxing and being right on the beach was wonderful. Jim and Lin were excellent hosts.They showed us what restaurants were good to eat in and often we would go as a group to eat. I think the word we used the most was "fun". We had so much fun at Casa Contenta meeting other guests, going out for lunch just down the beach at Juan's restaurant, having all the vendors coming to us on the beach selling their stuff, buying custard donuts from the man carrying the tray on his head, walking the beach and enjoying people with big smiles on their faces, sitting back and enjoying the 60's band on the beach while the rain poured down from hurricane Sandra,the mariachi band at the local restaurant. We have so many memories of the sun and surf. The decor of Casa Contenta was amazing and we loved looking at all the decor and tiles and how the suites were put together. The best part of our trip was going to the dog shelter. We brought back one dog for a person who rescued a dog off the beach, paid for all her vet bills and brought her back to health. The dog wasn't ready to come to Victoria when the owner left so we brought her back with us. It was a joyful reunion in the airport. We also fostered a little terrier rescue when we were at Casa Contenta and of course we turned out to be failed foster parents and we kept her and she is the best little puppy and we love her. We are so glad we went to Casa Contenta and have already planned our next visit.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truro, Nova Scotia

Welcoming, luxurious hospitality, and the sound of the surf.

  • 5 of 5

Casa Contenta is a funky place to stay ( lots of color and art!) that couldn't give you a better or closer Mexican beach and village experience. Lin and Jim are exceptional hosts and their place is beautiful, comfortable and spotless. I would go back in a flash.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sherwood Park Alberta

Just another day in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from on 4th visit to Casa Contenta. Once again, Jim and Lin we the most fabulous hosts. The bed in our suite was absolutely wonderful. Very traditional and exceptionally clean. I have nothing negative to say about this wonderful getaway and hosts.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego

Garbage everywhere !! No garage cans on beach!

  • 1 of 5

Great place to visit. It is a shame to find so much garbage on the streets and beach. Especially monday morning. I do not fault the visitors so much as the local government and greedy hotels and bungalows. Where are the garbage cans for people to put there garbage? Why are the locals ok with garbage and graffiti? Culture?

I will not go again and I recommend you go to Puert Vallarta, cleaner much cleaner

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Olympia, WA

Getaway from it all!

  • 5 of 5

We first heard about Casa Contenta through a friend of the family and went there in 2008 to celebrate my 30th birthday. We kept in touch with Lin & Jim over the next several years, and in 2014, met family and friends to spend a week there. In a nutshell, these are the some of the great things that make Lin & Jim’s getaway in paradise worth coming back to:


• Authentic Mexican vacation experience – a refreshing departure from cookie-cutter resorts that are catered to mainstream American tastes.

• Breath-taking tropical surrounds on a protected cove with one of the best swimming beaches we’ve ever been to.

• A quiet, down-to-earth villa, where “party” is defined as evening drinks on the beach and night swimming with family and friends. Those who want a more social scene can easily get a cheap taxi to the adjoining towns for a little nightlife.


• If you’re into architecture, home remodeling, and the like, you’ll drool over all the artful details of Lin & Jim’s lovely Casa (including its beautiful recent addition with a slightly more modern take and a HUGE patio for BBQing and parties). They are happy to give you a tour.

• Rooms are in traditional Mexican style, comfortable, and have the kitchen basics so you can stock up at the market and cook at home. The beds are traditional as well, which for me means very firm – don’t expect pillow top.

• Beautiful tropical plants surround the yard, which faces directly to the beach, so you can feel like you’re hanging on the beach in the privacy of your own yard.

Lin’s work doing animal rescue is another aspect of Casa Contenta that makes it feel like it’s a Home Away from Home. As dog lovers, it’s so nice to have some 4-legged friends on site to mingle with. During our recent trip, I loved getting to know sweet little Uki. We look forward to our next trip, where we hope to meet friends and family again to stay in the new suite.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! It is always such a please to have you both stay with us. Jim and I thoroughly enjoyed hosting your delightful family and of course, our mascots delighted in all the attention they received from you both. We appreciate all the detailed information you included n your review to give potential guests a glimpse into life at Casa Contenta. Regarding the beds, the bed in the suite you stayed in did have a pillow top mattress; the Vista Suite has a memory foam and I have added 4’ foam to other other beds as well. Beds are such an individual taste. Some people like a firm mattress while others want a softer sleep experience. I think by having a removable foam, maybe I can meet everyone’s sleep requirements. I appreciate your feedback and may add another 4” foam topper to the bed in your suite as pleasing our guests is our number one priority! Jim and I look forward to having you back with us again does Uki!
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Puerto Vallarta
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Some excellent restaurants on Playa Los Ayala!
Nearest Point of Interest
Los Ayala, Nayarit
Car: not necessary


In-suite massage

Whale Watching,


Hot Springs

Hikes to nearby areas such as El Monteon and Lo de Marcos

Excursions to a variety of interesting sites including the large outdoor market in La Penita, historic San Blas for bird watching and a boat trip through the mangrove swamps to view the crocodiles.

Visits to the surfing towns of Sayulita and San Poncho with their boutiques and art galleries.

Trips to Puerta Vallarta only an hour away to visit the Botanical Garden, the Zoo, shops, art galleries, zip lines, night life and to Tepic, the capital of the state of Nayarit where one can visit a Huichol village and view their beautiful beaded works of art along with their yarn creations.

Volunteering options include working with many of the charities located in the Jaltemba

Bay Area including Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue's free spay and neuter clinic which occurs in November and March/April


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Summer rates apply from June 1st to October 31st: 30% discount

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.