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Luxury home in quiet, private setting and fabulous views of the ocean and jungle

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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About the property

Great home for whale watching with 2 bedrooms+convertible bed, 2 baths, sleeps 5

On hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by virgin palms, Casa Colina is a unique luxury home in a private setting with breathtaking views of both the ocean and the jungle.

If you are a nature lover, you will consider this unique home to be your piece of paradise. Providing gracious outdoor palapa living, you will relax or sunbathe on the large wrap around terrace while watching the migrating Humpback whales, schools of leaping Mantas, diving Pelicans, colorful flocks of Parakeets, Redheaded Woodpeckers, soaring Hawks and numerous other tropical birds. In addition to wildlife watching without leaving the terrace, you will view the colorful fishing and luxury sail boats that ride the swells of the bay.

This home is a perfect setting for a couple looking for a very private location, and it also is a great place for 2 couples choosing to vacation together, as the house features two separate bedroom suites with queen size beds and private baths, both featuring unique ' tropical open style' showers that will enhance your experience in this beautiful setting by allowing you to bathe in utmost privacy while feeling you are part of the surrounding tropical environment.

In addition, the house has two separate outdoor patios. On the side patio, you can position your lounge chair next to the fragrant topical lilly pond while enjoying a view of the jungle or ocean. On the front patio, you will enjoy rhythmic sounds of the ocean while watching the surf break on the shore and rocks below.

If you have a more active vacation in mind, the white sand beach located just below the house, offers swimming, fishing, sea kyaking and surfing. Our neighbor, the Costa Azul Adventure Resort, offers numerous sporting activities and equipment, eco-tourist excursions and weekly Mexican Fiestas.

A ten minute walk down the beach will take you to the friendly Mexican fishing village of San Francisco where you can try out your Spanish and visit any of the numerous restaurants serving delicious local dishes and fresh seafood.

A great Saturday night activity is walking to the polo field in the village of San Pancho to watch a polo match. There is also a restaurant next to the polo field where you can have dinner and drinks while watching the match from your table.

Above the quiet ocean side Costa Azul community, offering seclusion without isolation, Casa Colina provides a unique combination of luxury living in a private tranquil setting.


There is also a private clay tennis court available by reservation only and a short walk or ride from Casa Colina.

Be sure to click on our link at the bottom of this page for additional pictures. Once you are on the web page linked to this page, click on 'pictures' and you will see numerous additional photos of our house.

Please feel free to call with your questions or for additional information or pictures. Our 503 980 3349 number is toll free from the USA, Canada and Mexico

Keywords: very quiet and private setting, in the jungle, overlooking the ocean, 15 minute walk to village of San Pancho, Beach access directly in front of our property, definitely THE PLACE for tropical bird and whale watching,

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Paula McCord
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Paula McCord

My favorite spot is in the hammock on the front patio of Casa Colina. Great place to watch the changing of the light as the sun moves across the sky, the flight and chase of the beautiful tropical birds, as well as the spouting of the Humpback whales as they do their yearly migration from the northern waters of Alaska to the Bay of Banderas.

Also my favorite spot for reading a good book or just taking a mid day nap.

Why Paula McCord chose Nayarit

We never intended to buy property in Mexico. We were just on an extended trip through Mexico in our new RV. Once we discovered the beauty of the tropical paradise called 'San Pancho, we were hooked! The RV trip we had planned through Mexico and up the eastern coast of the USA, came to an abrupt end in San Pancho! That was about 18 years ago now and we did eventually take an extended trip through Mexico, in addition to exploring the East Coast of the U.S. but the tropical beauty along with welcoming people of San Pancho continues to draw us back to our favorite place...San Pancho year after year!

The beauty of San Pancho inspired my husband to design our beautiful home, Casa Colina. After spending numerous hours on our hill, recording the direction and times of the changing breezes, he designed the large

openness of the front of the house along with the large 6 foot glass doors to take the best advantage of the changing air flow. He also designed the palapa roof over the front half of the house and the high cupola at the peak to additionally facilitate the movement of the air. Then he added three fans to the front half of the house along with one in each bedroom. All his careful planning and design gives us a home that is very comfortable without the need for any air conditioning until well into the summer months. At that time, we head for the much cooler summers of the NW.

I am also a music lover and my husband's additional thoughtfulness resulted in built in speakers in the front of the house, giving us the amazing effect of beautiful surround sound!

What makes this house unique

Since we discovered San Pancho and built Casa Colina, many others have continued to be drawn to this pristine paradise but we have been lucky enough to have lots of land and space between our home and our closest neighbors. We not only continue to have the kind of privacy we had when we initially built Casa Colina but both our ocean and jungle views have and will remain unobstructed.

The increased population of San Pancho has brought the addition of even more varied and excellent restaurants, a golf course that is now open to the public a polo field with magnificent polo ponies and their riders for our friday night entertainment. And, as though that isn't enough, San Pancho now has numerous festivals throughout the year with one of the annual highlights being the February music festival!

As more visitors from all over the world have continued to discover san Pancho, our local hospital has also enlarged and upgraded it's facilities. No matter where you are in San Pancho, the hospital is only about 10 minutes away!!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an absolutely wonderful and relaxing vacation here at Casa Colina and charming San Pancho. The weather was perfect and the view spectacular. We saw whales jumping on 3 different days. It was great to be away from the snow for a week living outdoors in February but still keeping in touch with home on the internet.

We will highly recommend this place to our family and friends.
Feb 2011
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Luxury home in quiet, private setting and fabulous views of the ocean and jungle
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Beautiful, quiet, and all the comforts of home - we couldn't have asked for more than Casa Colina!

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I rented this beautiful home as a 'girls getaway' for a week of relaxing and old friends reconnecting. We couldn't have DREAMED of a better place! The view was outstanding and the home was just lovely. The beach is just a nice walk down the hill; a short walk down the beach and you're in town and being served margaritas on the beach!!!

The two master suites were perfect and provided us privacy when we wanted it, and the open-air showers were wonderful! The nicely-equipped kitchen provided us with everything we needed to cook at home, or re-heat anything we brought back as leftovers.

I would definitely recommend Casa Colina to friends and relatives - we are already planning on going back next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Amazing property!

  • 5 of 5

This place is fascinating. The views, the openness, the quiet, (except for the birds), the amenities, the fantastic outdoor showers, (hot water and great water pressure), the Shaw TV (got to watch my hometown team lose the Orange Bowl), spot on internet, stereo system, and I could go on and on. Casa Colina had everything I could have imagined. If I wondered if something was there, I found it, in abundance. They even provided a book of Mexican birds, which came in handy for identifying the rufus bellied chacalaca and the beautiful white throated magpie jay, which was on the cover of the bird book. The owners have thought of everything! It was hard NOT to relax. Fabi, the housekeeper and Juan, the gardener were exceptional. We loved it and will definitely be returning.

Susie and Gary

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Best Vacation Ever

  • 5 of 5

My husband and i plus another couple (our best friends) stayed at Casa Colina for one week over New Years Eve. We were in San Pancho for my step-son's wedding. This house was perfect for us in so many ways. The view is amazing...incredible panoramic sunsets...panoramic ocean view...too cool for words. Two separate master suites provided privacy and the outdoor shower was my personal favorite...i watched for hump-back whales while showering! The main living/kitchen/dining area was spacious - we cooked many meals and played Uno into the night...honestly, this house is private yet within walking distance to the town. We are already planning our next visit!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico

Great Place to rest and Enjoy the nature & atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

We loved the place it was very quiet , we also enjoy our daily walk on the large shore

the beach is only 3 blocks away from the house the Palapa is huge

my wife loved to see the flowers on the back side of the house every day

we really recommend this place and we will come back for sure , we rented for 3 months and we think to rent it again for 6 months or one year , we love it !

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Charlotte, NC

Mexico bound

  • 5 of 5

This home is the most relaxing and wonderful place to be to get away from the hustle of every day life. My favorite part is how open and tranquil the view is.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Kansas City

Little Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This home is an absolute delight for anyone who truly loves the beauty of the outdoors. We spent 8 nights at Casa Colina and could easily have stayed longer. The home offers dramatic views of the ocean and the jungle, soothing sounds of waves crashing and birds singing, comfortable spaces to lounge with more than adequate seating, fully equipped kitchen and the ultimate in privacy but yet very accessible to walking to the darling town of San Pancho or along the beach or jogging up the road. Check out the great website for San Pancho, it offers lots of great information for birding, hiking, restaurants etc.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Mar Plata
Nearest Ferry
300 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
In San Pancho
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mar Plata
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Public access lines up directly in front of Casa C
Car: not necessary

Sea kyaking, surfing, surf lessons, horse back riding, yoga, massage, manicure, pedicure, or just relaxing in a very quiet private setting.

NOW NEW in San Pancho.....a BEAUTIFUL GOLF COURSE open to the public and only a 10 minute walk from our


The San Pancho activity center now offers Spanish lessons, guided trips to an orchid farm and hot house, in addition to other community activities. Just be sure to frequently check their schedule by stopping by the center.

There are also tour companies in town that offer numerous excursions: snorkeling, scuba and fishing trips, excursions to San Blas and nearby mangrove swamps, sea kayaking, sailing and many more new and exciting experiences await you when you vacation in San Pancho. Oops, I almost forgot about the polo matches which are regularly held in San Pancho as well as the weekly turtle presentation which is usually followed by a baby turtle release on the beach. For anyone who has an interest in tropical birds, San Pancho now has it's own resident expert who often leads groups of locals and tourists around our local area as he points out the numerous varieties of tropical birds who make their homes in the area. You can often find the inf. on where and when these walks are scheduled by logging onto


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Tax Rate 15.0%

refundable damage deposits depend on length of stay.

Our cancellation policy is as follows: Your refund amount will be based on the # of days in your reservation that we are able to re-rent. So if you have to cancel, it is to your advantage to do it as early as possible, giving us a longer amount of time to re-rent the dates we had reserved for you. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS

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San Francisco House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both bathrooms have tropical open air showers. You feel as though you are showering outdoors but have the privacy of an inside shower. This results in a very special bathing experience, especially at night when there is a clear star filled sky.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Kitchen is equipped with microwave, range, full size refrigerator, cookware and utensils, Everything you will need for your dining pleasure. You can reduce your packing of clothing as the maid will do your laundry for you, All linens, including beach towels are provided, and there is complete maid service twice weekly, No Pets or Smokers please. The house is handicap accessible with some exceptions.

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