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Colorful, Tropical Sunsets at Casa Luna in Playa Las Tortugas

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,750 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

“Each day, I would ride a boogie board in the perfect surf, kayak the pristine estuary that borders the property, do a little birding or horseback riding, and tour by car and foot the scenic Sierra mountains. Then, about 9 p.m. each of the three nights I was there, I’d walk a few hundred yards from my villa to the research station. There, I worked alongside trained staff, spotting nesting turtles, then digging up the eggs for incubation ... ” The Washington Post

The lovely, vine-draped, 'Casa Luna' (House of the Moon) offers a wonderful tropical experience. Casa Luna is one of 10 beautiful Villas for rent at Playa las Tortugas. We are situated on an old coconut plantation. Fresh coconuts cut for you at your request!

Playa Las Tortugas lies on the west coast of Mexico just 70 miles north of Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas, in a setting with miles of sandy beach on our south and hundreds of acres of mangrove estuary on our north, nesting habitat for sea turtles and more than 125 species of birds.

Your scenic drive north through areas of old-growth jungle which border the coast is simply spectacular. Before arriving you might select a variety of fresh fruits and coconut products in stands along the road. Optionally we can arrange for transportation for you to and from the airport, and meals prepared by our wonderful cooks can be arranged.

Our Casa Luna is the perfect spot for a relaxing vacation. It is nestled amidst palm trees and beautiful gardens. Listen to the surf as you have your morning coffee, or fall asleep to gentle waves at night.

Each of the two king bedroom suites is decorated with rustic furnishings from the artisan community of 'Tonalá. Sliding doors open to three different patios with views of the coconut palm grove and gardens to the beach. The suites are complemented with colorfully tiled bathrooms. King-sized beds, desks, and ample closet space and drawers help to insure your comfort.

The main floor is comprised of living room with additional sleeping for two, dining area, a well-equipped kitchen , breakfast bar, and a half-bath. All designed for your convenience in your vacation home. Take the opportunity to enjoy a traditional meal prepared by one of our cooking staff, or make yourself at home in our complete kitchen. Individual shaded terraces, with that 'big blue' Pacific ocean view, connect to the living and dining areas providing a nice space for a relaxed breakfast or afternoon nap.

Up above you'll find a peaceful terrace that spans the entire rooftop, with its own woven-palm shade 'palapa', with overhead fan. Take your favorite book and beverage. Listen to the surf, and the sounds of the many birds. It is also the perfect spot for sunbathing, grilling lunch or dinner and watching a spectacular sunset. Add a margarita or piña colada and every element is in place for the perfect tropical vacation.

We also have a brand new clubhouse with a lap pool for your enjoyment.

Surrounding Area

Our entire state of Nayarit area enjoys one of the most favorable climates in the world. Average daily year- round temperatures range from highs of 80-85 degrees (perfect beach weather) to lows of 60-70 degrees (perfect sleeping weather). Swim year round, but consider packing a light sweater for the evenings in the winter months. Rain, when it falls, generally occurs between June and September as night-time or pre-dawn thundershowers.

You can visit small typical Mexican villages, enjoy fresh fish and other local seafood at small rustic beachfront restaurants, tour a tropical river and waterfalls, see historic San Blas, and drive up through the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains to colonial Tepic where crafts of the Huichol Indians are found. We have many add on excursions for you to enjoy...not the least being a relaxing massage under the rooftop palapa!

Playa Las Tortugas has kilometers of uncrowded, clean sand beach, and a number of activities both on property and nearby such as Surfing, Wave Kayaking, Boogie Boarding, Fishing, and Shelling, Canoeing, Whale Watching, Bird Watching, Walking or Running on Miles of warm Sand Beach, and Sea Turtle Conservation activities (during season) at the Sea Turtle Conservation Camp. Frequently there is one festival or another in small towns within an hour of our location. There are a number of excursions you might take, with or without a guide.

Playa Las Tortugas is located on a section of coastline which is nesting habitat of several species of sea turtle in the beautiful state of Nayarit, Mexico 70 miles north of the Puerto Vallarta (PVR) International Airport and about 50 miles west of Tepic, the colonial capital of Nayarit.

We are happy to arrange transportation for you in our private shuttle, you may rent a car and drive your self which a large number of our guests do, or if you'd like to be more adventurous you may decide to come by bus and local taxi. We can send you details on the numerous car rental companies, or instructions on which buses and local taxis to take. It's quite easy to find your way from the Puerto Vallarta (PVR) International Airport to Playa Las Tortugas, and the roads are normally well-maintained. Your valid driver's license is accepted in Mexico, and the driving rules are virtually the same as most countries. Write us for a copy of detailed driving instructions and a map. Your scenic drive north from the airport takes less than 2 hours and goes through areas of old-growth jungle and coastal hills.

“ ... a gorgeous, coconut-producing plantation, an 1,100-acre estuary teeming with exotic birds and a turtle camp protecting the endangered olive ridleys ... stylishly designed villas for rent to vacationers... Entree Magazine

Visit us to enjoy miles of warm tropical sand beach at Playa Las Tortugas, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico! Andale!!

Keywords: Single-Family Beach Villa

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, With internet translating, any language is fine.
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About Marianne

We met in Mexico 34 years ago. It took until 2001 to find the perfect place! We have 4 grown kids, recently moved from Truckee, CA. to Reno, NV. and spend at least 2.5 months down at our lovely Casa Luna. Plan to retire at least half time at PLT in the near future. Casa Luna is the only place where we can spend time

at and Not need a vacation when we get back to our home in the US.

Marianne purchased this villa in 2001

Why Marianne chose Compostela

We looked for a long time to find a place in various areas. The developer of PLT had a real vision when this place was built. It is pristine and vendors to hassle us and every villa has a wonderful view of the ocean. It is an eco friendly resort, and the efforts to rescue endangered sea turtles are just outstanding.

What makes this villa unique

Peace and quiet. Read those books you've been putting off. Enjoy your family and friends. Everything slows down so you really enjoy your surroundings!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We came here with great expectations and were not disappointed. Playa las Tortugas is an amazing peaceful and beautiful! Casa Luna fit our needs perfectly. The extra beds in the living room kept our children separate...which added to the peace:)

Two decks, plus the upstairs palapa offered such a good variety and different awesome views of the ocean. The sounds of the birds, the ocean, the breeze...just the perfect vacation. Can't wait to return!
May 2016
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Compostela Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , With sink, located on middle level, off kitchen.
  • Two full bathrooms attached to each bedroom. Half bath on main living area.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Convertible bed(s) - 2 twin/ single , 2 baby crib , Trundle bed, with two twins, in living area.
    Bedroom 2 - Safe located in closet for guest use.
  • King size beds (2) Comfortable king beds, full baths, terraces, Twin or Single Beds (2) Living room has twin bed w/additional twin trundle bed underneath., Baby Cribs (1) Pack n Play type cribs available.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Activities Guide, Local Activities, Local Maps, Bottled Water, Canoes and kayaks available for nominal charge, Ceiling Fans, Cook available, Daily maid service, Dining Room Seating for 6, Gardens: Private and large common area gardens with hundreds of tropical plants, Housekeeper Included, Internet high speed wireless available for nominal charge, Iron and Ironing Board, Lounge Seating for 6, Massage available (extra charge), Outdoor shower, Patio, Private Palm-Roofed Palapa, Large Tiled and Partially Covered Sunning Terrace, Pool: Large pool with palapa for the homes at Playa Las Tortugas, Private cook available, Restaurant dining guide, Soap and toilet paper provided, beach towels provided,hair dryer. Walkway to Water, Pets considered. Smoking Not Allowed: No smoking inside please!


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Colorful, Tropical Sunsets at Casa Luna in Playa Las Tortugas
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous views, lush grounds, pool 100 feet away, beach 200 ft away, releasing turtles, with nice comfortable housing with all the needed amenities...the trip and stay couldn't of been better. The property was so relaxing that i never wanted to leave. It was a great escape from the roller coaster of every day life. I highly recommend Casa Luna as me and my family had a great time at this beautiful property!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect get away

  • 5 of 5

Casa Luna came highly recommended by a friend who stayed there last year. We owe her a very nice bottle of wine! I am reluctant to post this review as I want it to be vacant for next year's vacation! The house and grounds are immaculate, and the staff are accessible, helpful and friendly. It was exactly as advertised. The beach is incredible; stretching for miles without another soul in sight! Be prepared for total isolation though... no restaurants, stores or beach vendors for miles. Very quiet and relaxing, which is exactly what we were looking for. We arranged for airport pick up and drop off, which I would recommend for your first time as finding this gem on your own in the dark could prove difficult. Next time we will rent a car so we can explore the area or replenish supplies ourselves when we run out. We also had fabulous dinners cooked for us, but again with a car we could have had a few simpler meals and also picked up a few steaks, mix and more wine as we ran out.

All in all, one of the best vacations ever! Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review, Dan. We try to make your vacation a good experience and sounds like it was! There are some restaurants (beach front palapa style) across the estuary.So be sure to try them on your next visit! Our staff will also pick up any provisions that you run out of. I agree that renting a car can expand your experience once you've got the lay of the land! There are many nice places to explore. Thank you also for being such wonderful guests. We welcome you back at any time!
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Wonderful spot

  • 5 of 5

Casa Luna was just as described. It’s a lovely and well maintained house, the perfect quiet family getaway. Marriane was very thorough with info and quick to get back to me for any questions I had. All of the people working at Playa Las Tortugas where also really friendly and helpful while we were there. We hope to visit again!


  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Cheri! So happy you and your family enjoyed your stay at Casa Luna. Love to have you return, you are an excellent guest! Marianne
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Beautiful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Casa Luna is a perfect place to unwind and slow down. Situated among a beautiful landscape of palm trees and flowerbeds, the house is comfortable and has so many individual spaces that everyone can find their favorite spot to relax. My husband and I were there for a week with our 15 year old boys, and it was wonderful. We swam over to Platanitos one day for lunch, helped with the baby turtle release two nights, caught the sunset every night, took photos of the flowers and trees on the grounds, boogie boarded almost every day (several times a day!), and swam in the wonderfully clean and beautiful pools. The pools and the ocean seemed to be the perfect temperature. The waves in the ocean were excellent for boogie boarding. We had meals cooked for us one day, and that was a treat. It was wonderful to wake up in the morning, have breakfast on one of the decks, and answer the question "what are we going to do today?" One word of advice: make sure you use bug spray while you are there. You can't always tell that you are getting bit. Once we got home, our bites became apparent and new ones kept appearing for several days. If you are itchy, Google how to apply hot water to the bites with a Q-tip. This was a miracle for us! I would highly recommend Casa Luna for a relaxing vacation. After a couple days there, it felt like time had recalibrated itself and we had been there a week already. After a week, it felt like we had been gone a month. The best thing about PLT is the isolation -- you feel yourself slowing down and connecting to nature. The beach is wonderfully uncrowded and the ocean is wonderful. Also make sure you take time to look at all the stars at night. We had an amazing time!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casa Luna

  • 4 of 5

Had a great time at playas las tortugas. This place is very relaxing and a great getaway. Marianne and Pascual were very helpful as well as the driver who drove us from PV to Playas las Tortugas. Ask them anything and they will try to assist or inform you as best as they can. They do warn you about the bugs and it is true, you will get bit by mosquitos make sure to take a good repellant.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to kick back and relax.

  • 5 of 5

Casa Luna was a fantastic place for the four of us to stay and was very well equipped. We all needed a place to relax, play in the waves or just read a book. The weather was fantastic as we have always found it to be on the Pacific coast of Mexico. WIFI service was far better than we expected allowing us to stay in touch with family and what was going on in the world. The maid and cooking services were awesome. We cooked ourselves for 5 days and took advantage of the cooking service for the other 4 days. We should have booked the cooking service for the whole time. The authentic food tasted fabulous and no shortage of it either. We met several of the owner/neighbours while we were there. They were all very friendly and welcoming. One of the best features of Playa Las Tortugas was the daily release of recently hatched turtles from the Turtle Sanctuary right next door. We would definitely go back again.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

'Casa Luna' and Playa Las Tortugas feature an uncrowded, clean beach, swimming pool, and a number of activities both on property and nearby such as Boogie Boarding, Canoeing, Whale Watching, Bird Watching, Walking and Running on over 5 miles of sand beach, Deep Sea Fishing, Sea Turtle Conservation activities, Children's Pool, Excursions to waterfall and other sights, Wave-surfing in the kayaks or on boogie boards, Canoeing in the calm waters of the estuary, Surfing or Surf-fishing in front of the property, Enjoying a boat ride for Coastal Sightseeing, Ocean Fishing trips, Horseback Riding down several miles of the beach, Bird watching in our 1100 acres of tidal mangrove estuary; The El Cora Waterfall is found just outside the small mountain village of El Cora where you'll discover several beautiful waterfalls...the highest is over 100 feet and has a wonderful pool at the bottom of it, The closest golf courses are at Tepic (about 1 hour 15 minutes)




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350

Second payment for Holiday reservations is due 90 days prior to arrival. If reserved less than 90 days in advance, full payment is due at time of booking.
Full refund, minus $100, if reservation cancelled more than 45 days prior to arrival. Full refund, minus $100, if HOLIDAY reservation is cancelled more than 90 days prior to arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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