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Unique Remote Eco Beach Palapa Home with Expansive Ocean Views

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View of La Palapa Tranquila with beach in back ground


Last updated: 12/08/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Bungalow
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Bungalow, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath

La Palapa Tranquila is a unique and very special place. If you are looking for something different, an adventurous vacation away from it all, with tranquil days in the sun, deserted beaches and evenings of watching beautiful sunsets, or whales and sea life splashing in the ocean, you have found your paradise. Your adventure will be an unforgettable escape in a natural eco preserve setting.

The palapa house, La Palapa Tranquila, is in an eco resort called Chonchos. It is very remote, which means on some occasions you will need to spend your first, or last night in the beautiful city of Puerto Vallarta. There you can enjoy an evening dining in one of the finest restaurants, visiting many of the art galleries, or strolling along the malecon. We can recommend a hotel in PV if you like. If time allows after the arrival of your flight into PV, you can go directly to the palapa and catch the 3:00 PM water taxi Nayeli, from Boca de Tomatlan, an hour from the PVR airport. The water taxi going back to Boca de Tomatlan leaves Chonchos at 11:00 AM, so keep that in mind for your flight departure time heading back home. We can arrange for a private boat. The cost is $150.00, which needs to be paid in advance.

The water taxi ride will take you by the scenic coastline where the green lush mountains meet the deep blue Pacific Ocean with small Mexican fishing villages, the well known town of Yelapa and other small vacation resorts along the way. After the hour water taxi ride you will arrive at the beach of Chonchos and be greeted by the staff who will help take your luggage to La Palapa Tranquila. The ocean is unpredictable and especially during the winter months, December, January and February, the ocean can be rough, which means that the water taxi might not be able to drop you off at the beach. On a particular, but rare day like that, you will be dropped off at the nearest village, Chimo. Somebody should be there to hike you into Chonchos, with a mule if necessary for you bags. For people a bit less sea worthy, there is always the option to take a regular taxi from Puerto Vallarta to the town of Chimo as well. The cost to take a taxi to Chimo is about $125.00 - $150.00 and takes about 2 1/2 hours. The taxi can also be arranged from Chimo, if for some reason you missed the water taxi going back, or on a rare day when the ocean is too rough to pick you up from Chonchos.

The palapa house is off the grid with solar panels to give you the modern convenience of refrigeration and lights. That does not mean you can use a blow dryer, but once you are there, you realize that this is not the place you worry about that anyways. When there are cloudy days, especially two or three in a row, the system might not work as well, but we do have flash lights and candles. December, because of its shortest days, and the rainy season (July through September), are particular months when the solar system might not get adequate sunshine to charge the panels. We do have a back up generator in case of lack of sun.

We have a solar hot water heater for nice warm showers and drinkable clean spring water. The hot solar water might not have hot water in the mornings during the winter months, or on cloudy days, but there is always hot water in the afternoons after the sun has warmed up the tank.

Most personal cell phones will have service at the palapa if one wishes to use one. It has been a bit hit and miss lately to get cell phone service, so if you depend on cell service, you might want to reconsider staying here. There is a place to charge your phones and cameras at a charging station at the palapa.

Instead of watching TV you will be entertained by nature with a variety of animals, birds and insects and an wide ocean view right in front of the palapa where sightings of whales, dolphins, manta rays and other fish are an entertaining every day phenomena depending what time of the year you are visiting.

There are beautiful hikes, one of which takes you to the next quaint little village, Chimo, where one can get cold beer, basic groceries and dine at one of the two local restaurants. The hike is somewhat vigorous going over one hill, and takes about 45 minutes, or longer, if you take photos and take your time enjoying the amazing scenery and views.

Some other activities include kayaking, snorkeling, birding and fishing. You can also take day trips to other small villages, such as Yelapa and Pizota by water taxi. The water taxi goes to the fishing village of Chimo twice a day as well. If you are looking for a different type of vacation, away from it all, then look no more!


Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, dutch
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/08/2016

Property Type

  • Bungalow

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


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

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Solar power, solar hot water We have a small restaurant overlooking the beach. Let me know if you are interested in getting a meal plan. The cost is $75.00 per couple for 2-3 meals per day. Restaurante de Chonchos -Freshly made meals using all locally caught seafood* and market produce (all subject to availability) Tips are not included in the cost....moreless


  • Books


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels are provided. Please bring your own beach towels....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    French Press and Percolator ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen


  • Deck / Patio


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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 12/08/2016
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Puerto Vallarta
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Chimos and Los Socios in Chimo
1 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Not Necessary

Bird watching


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: We were very excited when we came upon the opportunity to buy this special place, La Palapa Tranquila, which is located in the tropics as well as in the middle of the jungle and on the ocean. This had been our dream, to own a little peace of paradise just like this. Now we are happy to share our special place with you. We are very adventurous, athletic and outdoorsy. We love to travel and have been to many places. I am from the Netherlands, so we travel back to Europe quite often. It is one of our favorite destinations. There are so many other places we want to see one day, especially South America and explore more of Mexico. We enjoy the Mexican people and their culture very much. We can't complain about the food either. We are not much into 5 star traveling, even though we have done it from time to time. We find that when you go off the beaten path and stay at different homes, B&B's or small non-chain hotels instead of big luxurious hotels, you meet the most interesting people and learn the most of one's culture.

Why the Owner Chose Colonia 5 de Diciembre, Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico:
We chose to buy this vacation rental, because of it's uniqueness. A place like this, totally off the grid away from it all with no roads nearby is so hard to find. It is in such a peaceful beautiful setting that we fell in love with it right away. You are totally connected with nature at all times.

The Unique Benefits at this Bungalow:
The benefits of staying at our property is to get away from it all. As soon as you set foot on the beach all the weight falls of your shoulders. The place is a little heaven on earth. It is a place where you can sleep and read all day, or you can stay busy with hiking, fishing, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and exploring nature.

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Speaks: english, dutch
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/08/2016

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • View of La Palapa Tranquila with beach in back ground

    View of La Palapa Tranquila with beach in back ground

  • Entrance


  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Many great sunset views from deck

    Many great sunset views from deck

  • Great ambiance at night.

    Great ambiance at night.

  • Kitchen


  • Bedroom


  • View from little beach towards the palapa.

    View from little beach towards the palapa.

  • Palms in the remote beach for shade.

    Palms in the remote beach for shade.

  • The water taxi Nayeli stops twice a day for drop off and pick up.

    The water taxi Nayeli stops twice a day for drop off and pick up.

  • Turtle laying her eggs on our beach.

    Turtle laying her eggs on our beach.

  • View from Deck

    View from Deck

  • Front Door

    Front Door

  • View from Living Room

    View from Living Room

  • The Palapa at night

    The Palapa at night

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Kitchen/Dining Room

    Kitchen/Dining Room

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Bathroom


  • Remote beach just minutes walk away

    Remote beach just minutes walk away

  • A kayak is available with the palapa rental.

    A kayak is available with the palapa rental.

  • Great whale watching from the deck or beach.

    Great whale watching from the deck or beach.

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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