Paradise Facing the Pacific Ocean & Fronting Enchanted Lagoon

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Last updated: 09/22/2016
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

We visited the Gulf coast and the Pacific coast resorts of Mexico looking to buy the perfect ocean-front house, and we found it at the end of our year-long search in the state of Oaxaca, 15 minutes south east of Puerto Escondido and in the southwest corner of Mexico.

As we drove into the access road from the Carretera Costera (PanAmerican highway) we saw the entrance framed with huge red and white bougainvillea bushes, the road itself was planted with cacti, tall trees and palms, and 30 meters before reaching the Costa Cumaná gate we drove through a lovely tropical lagoon, la Laguna Encantada (the Enchanted Lagoon), that was densely vegetated, populated with hidden cackling chachalacas, and which provided a welcome shady corridor. As we drove to look at our future house we immediately knew we had encountered our vacation paradise and our dream house facing the open ocean 50 meters away! Every moment that we spend at our house, La Libélula (Lee-béh-loo-lah//Dragonfly), we count our blessings!

We wanted to live part-time in year-round sun and warmth in intimate proximity to the ocean. The temperature at La Libélula ranges from 75 to 85 degrees most of the year and in the summer there are daily short-lived tropical rains.
We had heard about the natural wonders of the Puerto Escondido from two reliable sources. Ed’s brother was an international surfer, always looking for the best waves. He had frequented Puerto to surf at Zicatela beach whose surf is called the Mexican Pipeline and is in the top 10 surfing spots in the world for expert surfers. Patricia's daughter is an ecologist working and living in Queretaro’s Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, and she informed us that the entire Puerto Escondido zone was deemed an ecological preserve for turtles, birds, alligators, and the black iguana.

The house was built by a Mexico City couple who dedicated an entire year travelling back and forth to La Libélula as it was being built and lavishly paid attention to the smallest details in design, e.g., tall ornamental walls with hand-made and decorated multi-colored tiles grace the entrance and one side of the lap pool that feeds into the main pool, the floor in front of the master bed has an inlay of tropical leaves made with colored stones, the master bed faces the ocean directly, 4 bedrooms to accommodate many guests and family members, and much more.

Keywords: One storey, 1 master BR, 3BR with 1 queen and 1 single beds, ceiling fans, lap swimming pool, palapa roof over beachfront living and dining rooms, study with A/C, wi-fi, TV, tropical and desert gardens, full time housekeeping and ground keeping services.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • The house, swimming pool, and gardens are maintained by a housekeeper and a groundskeeper; it is managed by a local administrator who attends to the everyday needs of our guests; lots of coconuts; ceiling fans in all rooms and common living spaces, cooking and chauffeur services available....moreless


  • Books:

    English and Spanish language fiction and non-fiction books, children books...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    Table games: Rummikube, Mah Jong, large and small puzzles, backgammon, lotería, bingo, cards, etc....moreless

  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Downtown:

    The Benito Juarez mercado is in the center of Puerto Escondido, 15 minutes away from the house....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    From the entrance side of the house and the study you have a view of the Sierra Madre del Sur far in the distance....moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    You can watch the open ocean waves 100 meters from the infinity swimming pool....moreless

  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural:

    The Costa Cumaná development (Fraccionamiento) is surrounded by peanut fields....moreless

  • Village:

    The town of Tomatal is 5 minutes south on the carretera. They have a children's library in Spanish only, an organic peanut butter and sesame butter artisanal shop, and herbal corn tostadas....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Open air dining room under a palapa roof...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Only in the studio...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Open air under a palapa roof...moreless

  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking:


  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    Cellular phone for local service only, not international...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available:

    If not included in the rental fee, cook can be hired for $360 mexican pesos per day....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Excellent Oaxacan dark coffee on the house....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Includes a hot/cold/regular drinking water dispenser. All vegetables and fruits are desinfected....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Oven without a grill. Additional large outdoor grill (brickets or propane gas)....moreless


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Infinity pool facing the ocean with a lap pool...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 20 - Dec 28, 2016
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$2,400 $3,000

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Pet Fee $20
  • Taxes Not included


The daily fee includes daily housekeeping, groundskeeping, chauffer and cooking services. The ideal capacity is 8 adults. Food & beverages additionally charged. Full payment due 30 days before date of arrival arranged directly with owner. For longer than 1 month rentals an additional reduction in price.

La tarifa diaria incluye servicio de aseo de casa, mantenimiento de alberca y jardin, chofer y cocinera. El cupo máximo de la casa es 8 adultos. Comida y bebidas es un costo adicional. Pago completo se debe realizar 30 días antes del día de llegada concertado con el propietario. Para rentas de más de un mes hay otra reducción adicional en el precio por noche.

Daily rate applies ONLY to up to 4 adults. Additional adult, $50. Room deposit is returnable up to 30 days before first day of reservation, at 29 days or less it is not. Children 3-15 y.o., $20.

Tarifa cubre SÓLO 4 adultos. El depósito de la primera noche sólo es retornable si la cancelación se hace más de 29 dias antes del día de llegada, si a 29 dias o menos se pierde. Niños de 3-15 años, $20.

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Last updated: 09/22/2016
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Car: Not Necessary

Nearest navigable lagoon is 5 minutes away, extensive bird sanctuary 45 min., Zicatela beach 10 min., Mazunte 40 min., Huatulco 1 hr 30 min, and in the region there are frequent baby turtle liberations, turtle/iguana/alligator preserves, indigenous/cultural festivals, and mexican arts and crafts


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: Ed and Patrici live in northern California most of the time. Patricia was born in Mexico City, and Ed was born in Los Angeles and is of Mexican and Irish heritage. Ed was a developmental psychologist researcher/test developer and she is a clinical neuropsychologist. Our careers have focused on issues regarding cognition and language development and the Spanish speaking populations in the United States. Patricia has a private practice, and Ed loves to play golf winner of many local championships. He also loves to make fine furniture with hard woods, and has been a mask collector for over 40 years. Patricia, through her daughter’s work as an ecologist, has a great interest on environmental and economic sustainability in areas with communities living in extreme poverty. Daughter and mother run a non-profit organization called “Viva Sierra Goda,” under the sponsorship of Earth Island Institute. While in Puerto, besides socializing, and experiencing an amazing and peaceful closeness to nature particularly when watching the waves right in front of the swimmi we watch surfers at Zicatela beach, rent boats to snorkel, fish, and wwatch close-up whales, dolphins, turtles, etc. in the high seas. We also visit the many festivals in towns along the coast: beautiful masked dances, rodeos, Mixtec ball tournaments, religious ceremonies with boat processions, carnivals, etc. Along the many lagoons (Manialtepec, Naranjos) in the Puerto Escondido coast one can go boating, kayaking, swimming, bird watching, etc. There are a 130 different species of birds in this coastal zone. At the beach in front of our house this year, 2015, we +/or guests have witnessed turtles leave the ocean to lay eggs on the beach in front of our house. Turtles are endangered and their eggs poached for profit or nourishment. So, residents and visitors watch out to protect the eggs and place them in a safe camouflaged place once the mother leaves them. We feel blessed!

Why the Owner Chose Hidalgo, Puerto Escondido, Oax., Mexico:
We chose to buy our house in the development called Costa Cumaná for various reasons. The first is that it is gorgeous and well kept. It is legally constituted as a condominium and thus owners pay annual fees for the upkeep and protection of the common grounds, i.e., the infrastructure, flora and fauna, the maintenance of the roads, and entrance security. We also are in charge of maintaining and protecting the federal zones that border Costa Cumaná, the beach and the lagoon. It is also a bit remote from the hustle and bustle of the tourists at Zicatela’s surfing beach and Puerto Escondido. We have 8 km of beach fronting our house, Most days we see maybe 5 people walking by, 10 at the most. So we have privacy, solitude, and unrivaled beauty in front of us all day. And while we love Oaxaca City with its amazing art and cultural life, rich nearby towns unique for their arts and crafts, and framed by famous pre-Colombian Zapotec ruins, we wanted to live occasionally in year-round sun and warmth with intimate proximity to the ocean. We’re delighted that Oaxaca City is just 6 hours away, a short half hour flight, and that in a couple of more years the new highway being built will shorten the trip to 2.5 hours! Or so they say...

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Costa Cumaná development is 25 minutes from the Puerto Escondido airport and 1 hour 20 min. from the Huatulco airport. The Huatulco resorts and golf course are 1.5 hours away. While you can rent or hire taxis to take you around, the highway is 1 km from our house. There are numerous types of public transportation that go back and forth all day in front of the entrance to the access road. Every 10 minutes or less you can hail down a collective taxi, a minibus, a microbus, or an autobus that go directly to Puerto Escondido’s downtown or in the opposite direction to Huatulco. In the town of Tomatal, 5 min. by car, thre are 3 small grocery shops good for the basics, one opens on Sunday. In this town there is a small artisanal factory of peanut butter (crema de cacahuate) and sesame butter, Tahini. This region is the capital of peanuts in Mexico. The fields one drives by on the road to Costa Cumana's entrance are peanut fields. We have a house manager who oversees the running of our house. Our manager ensures that the kitchen is well supplied, that our/your favorite foods and beverages are always in stock, and she will arrange excellent and reliable services for those who want to rent cars or ride taxis. The cooks we hire excel in the preparation of typical Oaxacan cuisine along with traditional Mexican dishes and standard international fare. Fish and seafood dishes are key specialties, grilled or not.They are adept in cooking for vegetarians. Great margaritas!

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Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian


  • Walkway to the house

    Walkway to the house

  • Entrance to the front door

    Entrance to the front door

  • Mirror for yoga practice

    Mirror for yoga practice

  • Sitting room

    Sitting room

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • A typical bathroom

    A typical bathroom

  • Dining room, round table for 10

    Dining room, round table for 10

  • The studio and TV room

    The studio and TV room

  • Guest room

    Guest room

  • Entrance to home, evening view

    Entrance to home, evening view

  • An endless sense of privacy on the beach...

    An endless sense of privacy on the beach...

  • Property entrance

    Property entrance

  • As you enter...

    As you enter...

  • Infinity pool and mirador, principal bedroom on the left side

    Infinity pool and mirador, principal bedroom on the left side

  • Master bedroom overlooking the ocean

    Master bedroom overlooking the ocean

  • Master bedroom-wake up, watch the waves, enjoy coffee and breakfast in the porch

    Master bedroom-wake up, watch the waves, enjoy coffee and breakfast in the porch

  • A place for reading, chatting, and watching the waves...

    A place for reading, chatting, and watching the waves...

  • View from the studio

    View from the studio

  • View from the beach

    View from the beach

  • Evening swims

    Evening swims

  • Another amazing sunset!!

    Another amazing sunset!!

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Saturday, September 24, 2016

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