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Mexican Style Spacious Apartment +Studio

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Accommodations:Fully furnished apartment and available an adjoining studio. Please let us know if you wish to add the studio, we will be happy to give you a quote. The apartment is perfect for 1 couple and if you add the studio 2 couples wishing there own privacy works perfect. Our rental is slightly different than the normal condo/apartment rental as we furnish well stocked breakfast foods with our rental. We have for your convenience coffee,tea, chocolate, juice and milk along with fresh fruit, cereal and sweet breads, jams and condiments.

We are located in the heart of La Cruz, making our location ideal if you are interested in experiencing the full spirit of staying in a local pueblo while visiting Mexico. We are not a condo complex with shared outside living but a residential home with one individual rental unit. Once you walk through the front gate you are in your own totally private and secure home away from home. We are two blocks from a new world class Marina with a wonderful malecon(boardwalk) just perfect for your brisk morning walks or a leisurely evening stroll as the sun sets behind the hills of La Cruz. We are a block from the plaza, 3 blocks from a walking and swimming beach. Our location allows you easy walking distances to local and international restaurants, music bars and entertainment establishments, gift shops and public transportation. We have excellent fish markets, small grocery stores, liquor and beer depositos all just around a corner. Our famous 'Jorge's Street Tacos' is located just up our street.

Both Quinta Dana Maria (apartment) and Clara's Studio are tastefully decorated in Mexican colors and folk art. All rooms have ceiling fans and extra fans if you need. We have many board games as well as Wii. We do have a selection of books for your reading pleasure. We furnish dish soap, bath soap, paper towels, paper napkins and toilet paper. We also have hair dryers in each bath.

The Apartment Dana Maria comes fully furnished with a nice sitting area that over looks the street side garden. It is approx. 900 sq.ft with a living/dinning combination. The fully equipped kitchen overlooks the dinning/living area. The dining area has a table for 4 with a variety of table cloths and napkins for your use. The bath can be entered by way of the kitchen as well as the bedroom. The extra large shower and toilet are separate from the vanity by a door and stain glass. The bedroom has a queen size bed, lamps for reading and dresser.

Clara's Studio is entered through a double door from the apartments dining area. Here you will find a well appointed sitting area and a small bar/kitchen service center. There is a small fridge, coffee pot, and is equipped with the essentials for comfort. There is a large bedroom with queen bed and an in suite bath with a large shower. This studio over looks the pool and garden through arched windows. There is a spiral stairway to an upper deck called a mirador. A great place for star gazing or sunning in private. There is a hammock that can be used on the mirador or the hooks in the sitting area of the studio, perfect for your afternoon siestas and a good book. There is another set of stairs that lead to the pool and garden when renting Clara's Studio.

We have maid service once a week, sheets and towels are changed out then. We also change out towels and beach towels mid week. We can arrange for extra maid service for a small fee if you let us know prior to your arrival.

It is important to note that we rent Clara's Studio only in conjunction with the rental of Quinta Dana Maria (the apartment).

If interested in viewing more pictures of the properties please contact us.

Keywords: Apartment with option of adding studio

More Details

Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2017

About The Owner

We are your host, Judy and Joe Dell'Aira. We have made our home in La Cruz for the past 22yrs. We live on the bottom floor of Casa Laura (the second floor being Quinta Dana Maria and Clara's Studio. We share our home with Miss Bay Girl, our 10 yr. yellow lab and two rescue cats, Guido and Suki. Our place here in Mexico is very special to us and we are happy to share our upstairs with you. We golf, sail and fish so we are not home much of the time but we are happy to direct you in any way we can and to help you with information on car rentals, tours and entertainment. Just let us know.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 1993

Why The Owner chose Nayarit

We arrived in this fishing village when there was no phone service and water was an on and off again issue. We now have great water pressure, Wifi and a US phone. The progress has been faster than we anticipated but we continue to love our home, our wonderful Spanish speaking neighbors and our 'Fishing Pueblo'.

What makes this apartment unique

Staying in our property, you will have the experience of being a part of a true Mexican way of life, the everyday routines of our little pueblo and the people who live here. We love buying fresh fruit from our local tiendas (grocery stores) and walking to the fish market for the catch of the day. Our Sunday Farmers Market is a must for produce and homemade items.


La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • in suite bath
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , apartment has 1BR 1 B, studio has 1BR 1B
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed is located in the Apartment Quinta Dana Maria and 1 queen bed is located in Clara's Studio
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We try to provide the extras to make your stay enjoyable. Besides the kitchen and bath supplies, and the kitchen spices and herbs, we are happy to help you book fishing, golfing and sailing trips. Just let us know before your arrival as many things do get booked early in the high season. We are happy to arrange for laundry pick up and delivery.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Mexican Style Spacious Apartment +Studio
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Great Place To Stay

  • 5 of 5

We just spent a week with Judy & Joe early March and couldn't have chosen a better accommodation. They are delightful hosts who make you feel extremely welcome. The apartment is very spacious and has everything one might need, Judy & Joe go over the top with little extras that you won`t find in other places. Having use of their beautiful pool in the lush backyard is a definite plus. The location is right in town, walking distance to shops, restaurants and of course the beach. No need to go to the Mega store everything found locally. There are many different spots at night to hear live music, again all walking distance from Quinta Dana Maria. The Sunday market at the Marina is a must and.....go hungry, delicious local foods! Day trips on the local buses are very easy and safe to do, we went to Bucerias, Punta Mita & Sayulita all rides for just a few pesos. Note going to Sayulita you must first go to Bucerias and switch buses. Awesome place to stay....

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winnipeg, Manitoba


  • 5 of 5

Excellent accommodations; clean, aesthetically pleasing, and well-equipped. Judy, Joe and Chona go above and beyond with gracious hospitality, neighbourliness, and a depth of knowledge about the locale. Quinta Dana Maria is also part of a friendly neighbourhood where people greet one another with "Hola, buenos dias (or tardes or noches!)". A delight to be within walking distance of beaches, restaurants and shops. The fresh seafood so widely available in this fishing village is heaven.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Albany, Oregon

Our New Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

Review #13950442 “Mexican Style Spacious Apartment +Studio”

My husband and I enjoy nothing more than pulling into a "new" little Mexican town with 2 1/2 wks to explore it. Joe and Judy met us on arrival and helped us settle in to Quinta Dana Maria, which we fell in love with in no time. The apartment is bigger than photos suggest, and our favorite spot was our covered veranda overlooking the street. We are Oregon farmers who live with open fields as far as the eye can see, so being part of a very special and welcoming pueblo such as La Cruz is exactly what we want in our vacations. High rise all-inclusive resorts just aren't our style! The sounds of life in a small Mexican village are what beckons us back: roosters crowing, dogs barking, the blare of the gas truck speaker, children playing; this is what we have come to adore.

Quinta Dana Maria has a beautifully equipped kitchen, dining area and living room, but after each day's adventure, we spent several hours reading and lounging poolside. The grounds are meticulously landscaped and maintained. Once one enters the secure walls of the property, R & R is the name of the game. Joe and Judy are amazing hosts, and they were great to offer advice whenever needed. We loved our nightly walk through the marina, watching the local teens play volleyball, the Sunday market, incredible massages, amazing music and dancing in the town square, and our very special treat, the Revolution Day Parade! On different days, we took the local bus to Buccerias, Sayulita, Punta Mita, San Pancho, and Destiladeras Beach--each a wonderful adventure. Other days, we'd take off walking, and it wasn't uncommon to rack up 25,000 steps on my fitbit before the sun set at night! One of our favorite days of the trip was a Sunday spent on the beach surrounded by several hundred Mexican families who were so gracious and welcoming to us, the only gringos in sight. We will definitely be back to La Cruz!

Reviewer location

Albany, Oregon

Date of arrival

November 3, 2015

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic stay and get-away

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Joe and Judy's beautiful upstairs apartment for eight nights with our 22 year old daughter. The place felt like home and like Mexico all at the same time. Very well appointed kitchen and comfortable in all ways. We rented both Quinta Dana Maria and Clara's Studio. Clara's Studio was the favorite with afternoon light and much openness to the back. Sounds of Mexican music and roosters in the distance were beautiful. We enjoyed beach combing at a local beach where we'd get a palapa and then some good food and drink right there at the beach. All in a short bus ride or cab. We rented a boat and a captain along with his lovely wife for a day and visited Yalapa, only accessible by water. Another day was spent on a catamaran! We enjoyed the local music scene where we heard traditional Mexican music, country, blues, and more. There was a great concert with Luna Rumba at Philos. The Sunday market was great for people watching, good food, shopping, and local musical talent. Daily fresh fish is available just a few blocks away at the harbor. We shopped once at a supermarket a few miles outside of town and were able to fill in with local foods from town for the rest of our stay. Loved Marsalas, Tacos on the Street, and a restaurant at the wharf that was delicious with a great view. La Cruz is still a small town with many delights. We enjoyed morning and evening walks taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of this interesting village. Thanks to Judy and Joe for their hospitality. They were helpful and available. We loved meeting Bay the dog as well. Finally, the backyard with the pool was the perfect way to end the day. We hope to come again.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Quinta Dana Maria and Clara's Studio. It was a perfect setting for two couples. We enjoyed all of the four different common spaces and each was perfect for a particular purpose especially the rooftop deck in the early morning and evening. Judy and Joe are terrific hosts and the place is thoughtfully decorated and stocked with everything you might want or need. The addition of canine and feline hosts was also a bonus to us. Every room has at least one fan and with both the studio and apartment, the cross ventilation was very good although those who require air conditioning might struggle a little with the heat late season. The pool and garden are beautiful. We enjoyed the more authentic experience of La Cruz. Everyone was super friendly and the fish was as fresh as it can get. We enjoyed Marsala as well as Tacos on the Street and the restaurants near the marina. We also enjoyed cooking fresh fish from the market in our very well stocked kitchen. All in all, it was a perfect place to unwind, soak up some heat and feel a part of a hardworking community. This is not the place for those seeking an all-inclusive, resort environment but is a great base for exploring the region and gaining an appreciation for life in a small community.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winnipeg Canada

Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

We spend 12 nights with Joe and Judy at the Casa Quinta Dana Maria, they are the most wonderful hosts, they made us right at home and had lots of good suggestions for restaurants, sight seeing etc. This is the first time we have been to La Cruz, it was a far different travel experience that what we normally do, a real small town Mexican experience. We loved the backyard pool the gardens are beautiful, and so relaxing, BBQ for cooking, and the apartment was perfect, lots of room, very clean, and beautifully decorated in the Mexican style. Judy had breakfast food to get us started, and then we made a trip to the Mega on the bus and then took a cab back. Several wonderful restaurants within blocks, Masala was our favourite, Tacos on the Street, fun and good food. Las Palapa on the Beach is our favourite beach bar with excellent food and whale sightings also, you could walk everywhere. The Sunday market is fabulous, and of coarse the fish market everyday, we had our fill of the most wonderful tuna, mahi, and shrimp. Lovely vacation, hope to return again sometime.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
puerto vallarta international airport
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Flamingos golf club
Car: not necessary

and canopy tours, Ya gotta love one of these. We have a wonderful Sunday Farmers market just blocks form our house.


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