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Beachfront Living - Simple Pleasures, Casual Elegance, Romance

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, (each house sleeps 2)

Simple pleasures, casual elegance, barefoot luxury, private spaces. Old world charm, thoughtful amenities, affordable luxury. Tranquility, serenity and peacefulness to refresh and recharge your spirit. A perfect spot to indulge in the ultimate of luxuries where time simply becomes unimportant. Now that’s vacation at Simply Baku!

Now offering brand new, private guesthouse located directly on the beach on the Riviera Nayarit coastline --- away from the hustle bustle of heavily populated tourist areas. In total, Simply Baku offers six spectacular private, guesthouses ideal for 2 persons each, or travel with friends or family for ideal accommodations up to 8 persons. The beach house features king size bed, double vanities and private dressing area, fully equipped kitchen, spacious bathrooms, lovely living rooms, palapa covered terrazas and incredible views – all on a quiet beach in the quaint fishing village of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, just north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. La Cruz is also the home of the new world-class Riviera Nayarit Marina.

Early morning sunrises paint the skies over the majestic Sierra Madre mountains while incredible sunsets wash the foothills behind us at dusk. Across the bay, Puerto Vallarta’s lights twinkle like glistening gems in the clear night skies, whales play in the warm ocean waters, sailboats snuggle into La Cruz’s calm harbor, fishermen arrive safely back at port with their fresh catch of the day. Walk out your door barefoot with your morning coffee and put your feet in the water’s edge. Catch a day of sun by the pool amidst tropical gardens or enjoy a restful siesta in a shaded hammock. What could be more heavenly!

The guesthouse at Baku, which means a place of tranquility and serenity, is meticulously designed and luxuriously appointed with the simple elegance of days gone by. You’ll find many of the interior appointments hand-crafted from natural materials like pebble designs, hand painted Talavera tiles, hand hammered copper sinks, rustic stone marble from the Yucatan, bamboo crafted doors and thatched roofs from palm fronds (palapas). The mosquito netting adds a whimsical, romantic flair of days gone by. The natural beauty of the outside environment touches your inside living space with endless views of the bay, mountains, beach and gardens. You’ll find candles to create a romantic ambiance at night while you can count on all the conveniences of North American living as well – luxurious linens, hot water, electricity, flushing toilets, purified water etc.

The beach at Baku offers you a delightfully tranquil environment to get away from it all. There are no jet skis whizzing by; there are no vendors selling you their wares; there is little to no traffic except for Sundays when families often head to the beach for the day. Simply said, it is a natural, undeveloped beach with a touch of wild thrown in … a perfect spot to capture a feeling of being totally by youself and away from it all. If you value being away from it all, being a bit off the beaten path while still enjoying amenities of North American living, Simply Baku is perfect for you.

Baku is located on the north coast of Bahia de Banderas (the western hemisphere’s 2nd largest bay) in the pueblo of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle away from the hustle-bustle of the more popular international resort destination of Puerto Vallarta. The sleepy village of La Cruz is approximately 15 miles north from Puerto Vallarta’s international airport. Baku offers plenty of private spaces situated on beachfront private property away from gated condo communities and traditional resort lodgings. Proximity to the village affords you the convenience of stores, restaurants and live music entertainment. Buses and taxis, of course, are readily available when you want to explore beyond our cozy village. Baku is American owned and operated by Marianne Jacobs and Mike Loesch.

Join us at Simply Baku and you’ll be touched by the romance of living in the tropics and the enchantment of the sea while enjoying a simpler, slower-paced life in a small Mexican village. While many guests often forget what time it is and/or simply stop caring about the time, we promise … we’ll get you to the airport on time for your return flight home!

Keywords: Beach, Private, Romantic, Ocean Bungalows, Houses, Riviera Nayarit, boutique hotel, botique resort, lifestyle hotel, beach vacation rentals, a bit off the beaten path

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Marianne Jacobs
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
February 3, 2017

About Marianne Jacobs

We've always wanted to live on the beach; came to Puerto Vallarta for vacation, fell in love with the people, culture & customs and began searching for property to buy. We settled on property in La Cruz in 1998 and moved here full time in February 2001.

We started the guesthouse business in 2004; it just evolved and took on a life of it's own. We now expanded it 6 guesthouses.

Marianne Jacobs purchased this house in 1998

Why Marianne Jacobs chose La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

We didn't buy a vacation rental - this is our home! We bought property and live here full time - what's not to love about living in paradise?

What makes this house unique

Awesome sunrises, majestic mountains, the sea, the beach, incredible nighttime skies, whale watching from you house, the warmth and charm of Mexico.


La Cruz de Huanacaxtle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , king beds on beach; queen beds in beach view
  • King size beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • 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
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Fully equipped kitchens with refrigerater/range/oven/ microwave/blender/toaster/coffee maker/coffee grinder/dinnerware/cookware/paper products, Full bath with private toilet area, Private entrances, Palapa-covered terrazas, Pool with outdoor shower/bath, Handcrafted furnishings, Original artwork, Queen-size beds with luxurious linens, Stereo/CD player, Purified water, Beach towels/chairs/umbrellas, Irons, Security Boxes, Ceiling Fans, Book/CD library, Yoga Mats, Private Path to Beach, Tikki Torches/Luminaries/Wood for Beachfires or Romantic Dinners Poolside, By appt, In house chef services, Massages, Manicures, Pedicures, Owners on site for assistance & phone access


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Beachfront Living - Simple Pleasures, Casual Elegance, Romance
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews
North of Seattle, Washington

Better Than Any 5 Star Hotel!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I traveled with another couple and spent one fantastic week at Casa Baku. The internet listing is quite a matter of fact, we were pleasantly surprised that this vacation home surpassed every expectation we had! From the beautiful landscaping, to the wonderful and comfortable furnishings, to the location and view and all the extra touches (i.e. kitchen appliances, bottled water, soft and luxurious bathroom towels, well-maintained pool, daily maid service, etc.), carefully and lovingly provided by the warm and welcoming owners!! The property was gated and locked, which provided alot of privacy and, from the minute we arrived to the minute we left we felt safe and completely relaxed under the warm sun and gentle Mexican breezes coming off Banderas Bay. We enjoyed wonderful, quality restaurants, five of which are within easy walking distance of Casa Baku. Paying a small fee for a "meet and greet" service providing transportation to and from the airport, made our vacation begin the moment we stepped off the plane! My husband and I have been traveling for the last 10 years and thoroughly enjoyed our time at Casa Baku. We are planning a return to this hidden treasure as soon as we can arrange it, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who values quality, privacy and casual elegance!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2007
  • Stayed: December 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Spot in La Cruz!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Simply Baku for a week in March with my husband and daughter. We stayed in a beachfront casita, and my sister stayed in a beachview casita. Both were beautiful. Marianne has done such a fabulous job with these places. Gorgeous colors. All the amenities you could want. Lots of little touches to make things comfortable and beautiful. Great housekeeping and groundskeeping service. You can request that Ernesto cut you a fresh coconut to sip from. And the maids did things like hang my jewelry up, or find the perfect place for my shoes. Marianne is a fabulous hostess! She picked us up from the airport and stopped by our casita at some point each day to see how things were going. She set up a massage for me and a mani/pedi for my daughter for her birthday. Great view from the canopied bed straight to the beach and bay. Beach was quiet and felt almost private. Don't miss the fish market (daily) and the Sunday artisan's market. If you're a vegetarian, check out Octopus's Garden (caters a little to gringos, but food really was delicious). La Cruz is a great little town. Feels very authentically Mexican and not too touristy. Cobblestone streets. Dogs running along tin roofs. People out sweeping their sidewalks every morning. Friendly. We will definitely return to La Cruz and to Simply Baku!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Lisa for sharing your experiences at Simply Baku. Snowing now at home for you ??? Geeez! Baku is here and available if you need the "Baku fix." A warm welcome awaits you whenever you choose to return.
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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA & Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mex

A Simpler Way of Life

  • 5 of 5

Elsa and I spent a week at Simply Baku the first week of January 2016. First, let me say, the pictures on their website could not be more accurate! It is exactly as you see! No gimmicks!

Second, Marianne was so kind, thoughtful & considerate. Greeting her was like seeing an old friend! She was attentive, but yet we did not feel that our privacy was invaded at all! The staff that kept Simply Baku clean and maintained were wonderful! In short, staying here felt like your own private place and not just another corporate resort!

The first morning that I walked out of the bungalow onto the patio and saw the view of the ocean, I could not believe I was actually there! Anyone I tell about the experience is so impressed! If you are looking for a private getaway, look no further! It is “Simply Baku - A simpler way of life”. Ask Marianne about the name when you see her!

Elsa & I will definitely be back!

Enjoy your time here!


  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Beachfront Casitas

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful stay. We enjoyed sleeping to the sound of the surf and morning coffee on the patio.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Bonnie for sharing your experiences at Simply Baku! I look forward to welcoming both you and Bobbie back to Baku whenever you choose to do so. Pancho sends a big, sloppy kiss to Bobbie :)
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Beauty & The Beach

  • 5 of 5

My husband I booked a 7 night holiday the first week in January at Simply Baku in La Cruz . We are very familiar with this part of Mexico as we have been coming to La Cruz and Bucerias for over 25 years. La Cruz is an ideal location for a relaxing vacation in a safe, small town environment. Our first 3 nights were spent in one of the 4 beach villas located right on the beach with glorious ocean views. What a spectacular location! Simply gorgeous! Marianne, the owner, is a very gracious hostess and was wonderfully welcoming and accommodating. The beach villa is beautifully appointed and masterfully decorated in bright Mexican colours, beautiful tiles, natural wood and detailed finishes. Outstanding! The views from the beach lounge chairs or from your own little private patio are equally amazing. We loved our walks into town for breakfast, lunch and dinner, great bands and music! Lots of wonderful local restaurants and cafes. Small grocery stores are well stocked for simple items. We enjoyed our stay in the beach villa for 3 nights. We then relocated to Simply Baku`s beach view house and moved into the main floor apartment. The staff were wonderful and helped us carry all our clothes and belongings across the road! We would have loved to stay in the the beach villas but we booked so late that they were not available for the entire week. However, the main floor of the beachview house, situated across the street was just fantastic. The living space was a little larger and equally beautiful. The patio, pool and gardens were tranquil, private and lovely. We enjoyed our 4 days here so much that on day 7 of our holiday we weren`t ready to go home. We extended our stay for 5 extra days and did a 2-day road trip up the coast with the plan to return to the beachview house for our remaining 3 days. Marianne was so helpful and very accommodating! She kept our large suitcases in storage until we returned. We highly recommend Simply Baku and we will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Deb, it was my pleasure to share Baku with both of you! I loved hearing your experiences and stories from years ago ...what a hoot on many of them :) Looking forward to your return ..... a warm welcome awaits you and Dave.
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Dallas, Texas, USA

Relaxing and rejuvenating - the perfect place to unwind!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful, refreshing place! We spent a week in January in one of the beachfront casitas, and it felt like our own private bungalow on our own private beach. Marianne is a wonderful host, and it was extremely convenient using her pick-up/drop-off service from the airport in Puerto Vallarta. The casitas are spotlessly clean and the freshly roasted coffee beans are a nice way to start the day while watching the sunrise over the bay. Truly the most relaxing vacation we have had in a long time. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Dave for sharing your opinions about your experience at Simply Baku! It was my pleasure to host your vacation .... hopefully, your stay this year will be one of many at Baku! A warm welcome awaits when ever you choose to return :)
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Simply Baku - Vacation Guesthouses
Car: not necessary

The whole Bay area is steeped with opportunities for snorkeling, whale watching, swimming with dolphins, scuba diving, eco-tours, jungle adventures, boogie boarding, zip lines & canopy tours, golf at six different courses, hot springs, hiking to waterfalls and more. Nearby Puerto Vallarta offers world class shopping, first class dining, art galleries and more. The list seems to be endless!


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