About the property
- Villa3000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay5 nights
Full Service Villa, 3 Minute Walk To Beach, Affordable, Private, Maid, Security
Puerto Vallarta, South Shore, Villa, Bi-lingual Staff, Private, Security
Experience the allure of a magnificent sunset, in the perfect surroundings, an affordable vacation, a 3 minute walk to a pristine white sandy beach with a romantic past.
With intimate elegance once favored by the legendary Hollywood star power couple, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Villa Canta Mar is your affordable dream vacation and your paradise hide a way. This is our first time with VRBO listings, be the first to take advantage of this great offering.
The Villa is located in the prime South Shore area of Puerto Vallarta where the ocean meets the lush jungle vegetation of the Sierra Madre mountains, and cascades into the blue ocean. The Villa is nestled into the Garza Blanca hillside with panoramic 270* sweeping views of the entire Banderas Bay, and Los Arcos natural preserve. Villa Canta Mar was designed with exceptional old Mexico colonial world charm of high ceilings, and thick white walls. This private full service vacation rental is 5 miles from Puerto Vallarta's Historic Old Town, 4 miles from The Romantic Zone, and Los Muertos Beach.
Cabs are safe, readily available, and reasonably priced from $8.00 US Dollars to Town, or take public transportation, a 10 minute ride to Town, the bus fair is .50 US cents, buses are on a daily 20 minute schedule. There is a bus stop conveniently located from the Villa. Friendly bi-lingual administrative staff, and house manager are available to help make your stay memorable. Take advantage of our private chef/ caterer, we'll be happy to arrange for a special meal upon your arrival complete with Margaritas, or
have the refrigerator and kitchen stocked with your personal grocery list (extra).
The Villa is located off a cobblestone street, Enter the private gated 3,000 sq. ft. (indoor/outdoor) private
residence through a custom wrought iron gate, pass the wood carved double door entry and step into the cupola foyer. The living and dining rooms are open with cathedral and wood beamed ceilings. There are two master suites, each with a king size bed, both of the master suites have full private baths with handcrafted ceramic tiles. One master suite has beautiful ocean and city view, the 2nd master suite faces the jungle vegetation, and the Palo Maria River, complete with a Juliet balcony. The entire Villa is paved with handmade
Terra Cotta floor tiles. A full service kitchen offers stainless steel appliances and serving counter.
The original wood doors and windows throughout the Villa offer breathtaking views from every direction. The privates heated pool has mosaic blue tiles, and amazing ocean views! The pool area contains 5 pool lounges and side tables, a wrought iron table and chair set, a covered awning area, complete with a unique terra cotta BBQ for outdoor grilling. The Villa is air conditioned, and has 7 ceiling fans, Wi-Fi, 42' Plasma HD TV with satellite/cable connections + 1 TV in 2nd suite, land line telephone (5), CD. Stereo, I pod dock, Beach Umbrella, beach chairs, assorted cooler sizes, and beach tote bags for your beach use. Mexican antiques, and original art pieces throughout. Linens and towels are USA brand names. The villa is complete with a full size washer and dryer on premise.
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- english, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 14, 2018
About Mike Duran
Our family fell in love with Puerto Vallarta many, many years ago on our first vacation to Banderas Bay. Something was quite special about Puerto Vallarta. The friendly and helpful people, it's history, and Hollywood connection, the culture, the beaches, the cobblestone streets, the variety of local dishes, and fresh seafood, the lush vegetation, and thriving art scene, and of course the weather! Puerto Vallarta was always the perfect tranquil setting for a fun filled and relaxing vacation. There was something for everyone. Our daughter loved (and still does) visiting the special petting Z00 section to pet tiger, lion, or jaguar cubs, and capuchin monkeys, it is really quite a wonderful and unique experience. The whole family enjoys feeding the Zoo animals, I prefer to tan, and window shop the antique shops and jewelry stores, shop at the Farmer's Markets while my husband prefers to walk and then relax pool side with a good book, and his favorite music, our son enjoys the water, be it body surfing at 'our' beautiful Garza Blanca beach, just a 3 minute walk from Villa Canta Mar, and he takes advantage of The 5 Star Resort - Garza Blanca Preserve day pass ($) to enjoy their facilities and lunch pool side with his friends. We all look forward to stepping out to dine at our favorite restaurants and eagerly await to find that next favorite dining experience or fish Taco truck that stays open the longest. This is the first time listing our home with VRBO. Please call or send an inquiry via e-mail regarding any questions you may have. We will be happy to address your questions, or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you, Mike & Carmen Duran, Pasadena, California USA.
Mike Duran purchased this Villa in 2002
Why Mike Duran chose South Zone
We knew we wanted to be close to the beach, to view the surf waves meeting the beach, in a restful setting and yet close to Puerto Vallarta's Historic Old Town, The Romantic Zone, and Los Muertos Beach, Villa Canta Mar is set in what we believe to be the prime Puerto Vallarta location, the South Shore. Villa Canta Mar is set on a point overlooking the ocean with Sierra Madre jungle foothills as a backdrop, Villa Canta Mar has spectacular ocean views, is minutes away from Garza Blanca's famed white (ecologically certified) sandy beach, restaurants, tourist destinations, all day excursions, from zip line experience, horseback riding under a waterfall, and mountain off road day trips. Tranquillity, privacy and security were also a high priority for us, and a private heated pool was a must. We searched for a traditional Mexican style architecture reminiscing of the Puerto Vallarta's old colonial charm. A home with a tiled roof, and thick hand built walls, with handcrafted finishes in the doors, arches, wood finishes, a home with all the modern amenities. Villa Canta Mar on the South Shore of Garza Blanca offered this and more. The cobblestone enclave has cascading Bougainvilles, and only a 3 minute walk to the perfect beach, the perfect Villa, Villa Canta Mar.
What makes this Villa unique
Villa Canta Mar is the place to get that much needed down time, for yourself, or to relax in the warm sun with your family or friends. It is the place to get that perfect tan, the perfect meal, experience the perfect sunset, in a perfect tranquil setting that nature and man can provide. Villa Canta Mar is a full service vacation rental, in a safe and beautiful setting. The Villa has bi-lingual friendly office staff, maid service, gardener and pool service, our house manager will meet you upon your arrival. and the private enclave provides an after hours/all night security on site. Awaken to serenade of tropical birds, butterflies, and a occasional iguana that slumbers on the roof tiles. Spend your day poolside taking in the sun, and exceptional views. Our private chef is available to prepare breakfast, lunch or dinner, or all meals, for yourself and your guests. Villas Altas Garza Blanca is a privately owned historic enclave, several of our neighbor's Villas are and have been listed with VBBO, we are proud to present Villa Canta Mar to this list of exceptional vacation rentals for the very first time. Villa Canta Mar is attractively affordable.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
The house and the view were amazing! The pictures cannot really do it justice. The house was convenient to Puerto Vallarta (15 minutes on the bus or in a cab) but away from crowds. The beach across the street was a very short walk, beautiful, and very relaxing. The staff was very helpful, and Elba made us a delicious bowl of fresh salsa when we arrived. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely house with us, and we hope to return one day!
A slice of heaven
My husband and I had a wonderful, relaxing visit to Puerto Vallarta last week. The villa met all of our needs. It was beautifully decorated and we spent hours enjoying the private pool and the amazing sea view. All of the staff we met during our stay made us feel very welcome. We are already hoping we can return very soon.
We are thrilled to know that Villa Canta Mar met all of your vacation needs, and especially that our staff made you and your husband feel welcomed! Please do come back to relax,
enjoy the "amazing" views, private pool, close proximity to Old Town Vallarta's Malecon, restaurants, art galleries, etc. Villa Canta Mar-
"A slice of Heaven," will be waiting for you.
Carmen & Mike Duran
Perfect stay again!!
This is our 2nd stay and Villa Canta Mar was as wonderful as last year! As promised Miguel had a bottle of champagne waiting for us! Iffie made us a beautiful dinner on NYE. Elba was her usual wonderful self. It is so wonderful having the frig stocked and groceries ready. We love it here. Thank you Miguel and Carmen for making our 4th anniversary perfect! You’re amazing and so easy to work with. See you soon!!!
We are honored that you chose Villa Canta Mar....for the 2nd time to celebrate your Wedding Anniversary, and that it continues to live up to your expectations, the Garza Blanca location, private pool, and the too numerous Puerto Vallarta experiences to mention. A positive experience begins with perfect setting, and good service. We will continue to strive to provide this for our guests, and hope your Anniversaries at Villa Canta Mar becomes a standing tradition. We know you have many choices, thank you for selecting Villa Canta Mar. We will be pleased to provide the bubbly in 2018 ...etc. ," Cheers-Salud!"
Mike & Carmen Duran
Easily The Best Christmas!
We stayed at Villa Canta Mar for a week over Christmas, just returned. Easily the best trip to PV in all my eight trips there. I'm a member at Hard Rock/Palace resorts, but I have a feeling I'll never be back to the big resorts after having spent this lovely week in one of the best vacation rentals in all of the PV area. In a nutshell, Villa Canta Mar met every expectation, and exceeded most. Many of the reviews here cover everything, like the amazing manager Elba, the great home amenities, the perfect location and views, so I'll add a few things I would have liked to know ahead of time, instead of being repetitive. First, you will have to lug your bags up 3 short flights of stairs. Make sure you're physically able to do that. Upon arrival, Elba will have your home open to the beach breezes, and she'll be there waiting for you, so no worries about where to find keys, etc. We booked the chefs to cook our first meal, and they were there as well when we arrived, highly recommend enchiladas and chile rellanos. Having fresh pico de gallo and guacamole with chips on the counter, and three smiling faces as we arrived was incredibly lovely, and then of course they made themselves scarce after we took a quick tour. I called Elba a couple of times during our stay and she answered herself every time, even on Christmas. The cabs arrive in five minutes after you call the number on the local home phone. It truly is only about an eight minute cab ride to town. The kitchen is well-stocked with everything you'd need--you could serve twenty with the dishes they have. It was perfectly quiet for our entire stay, although it looked like there were people staying in most of the adjacent villas. I never felt like I was surrounded by people, because of the way the villas are staggered up the hillside. The only recommendations I'd make are: firstly, the spare bed is incredibly firm, maybe the option of a bed topper? My back gets sore, so that's just my personal preference, and I know plenty of people who would relish the firm bed. Secondly, and this one I'd SUPER love to see happen, is if each owner of the villas at the entire compound (26 total, called Villas Altas Garza Blanca) could somehow tag their rentals on Homeaway, so that when I return, as I most surely will, I could rent a few at the same time. I found it impossible to figure out if more than one was available to rent at the same time. I want to return with friends and book more than one. Thank You so much!
Dear Robin & Guests,
First and foremost we are very pleased that your Christmas vacation stay at Villa Canta Mar was truly, "one of the best P.V. trips," of your 8 trips to Puerto Vallarta. Wow!
And we certainly agree with you that Villa Canta Mar's phenomenal views, are enhanced
with good service from our staff, beginning with Elba, our House Manager. Puerto Vallarta continues to offers unlimited vacation experiences in the casual barefoot lifestyle,
We are happy you selected our private enclave, Villa Canta Mar at Villas Altas-Garza Blanca. And, thank you very much for your friendly recommendations, they are truly appreciated. We hope you return soon to mark your 9th trip to Puerto Vallarta.
Mike & Carmen Duran
Wonderful location and beautiful villa!
My husband and I just completed a weeks stay at Villa Canta Mar and couldn't have loved it more. The location is fantastic, out of the fray of town but close enough. The views were spectacular and we loved watching the fireworks from the main beach from bed.
The Villa was comfortable and we enjoyed the colonial style and décor. The kitchen was well furnished.
The Garza Blanca beach was a close walk and very serine. The breakwater created a nice lagoon for floating and paddle boarding.
The staff was great and the added housekeeping a nice touch.
Thanks Mike and Carmen - we'll definitely come again.
Erin and Hal
Dear Erin & Hall,
Thank you! We will share your positive staff comments with Elba, Effie, Marta & Fabian.
They will be very pleased, as are we.
Glad you loved Garza Blanca Beach with its sugar-like sand and close proximity... a 4 minute walk from the Villa, and the Mexican colonial style architecture, and décor.
We hope you return to Villa Canta Mar and continue to have positive vacation experiences
in lovely Puerto Vallarta.
Mike & Carmen Duran
DON'T LET THE POOL/OCEAN VIEW FOOL YOU! YOU GOTTA LOVE NOISE AND TRAFFIC!
My wife and I booked this property for 3 weeks in July/August 2017, looking for a relaxing Summer get away, with our own amenities- this was definitely NOT the location.
Well, night 1 the party in the unit above us went on to about 3AM!!, The upper villa pool is literally right above the master bed, so we had the full enjoyment of the pool party all night!
We actually moved into the 2nd bedroom to escape the party!
After the first night, the traffic noise takes over-ALL day and ALL night as the villa overlooks the highway (and I mean overlooks the highway!).
Every day and night the heavy truck traffic is VERY apparent, so after the fun of night 1, we moved into the 2nd bedroom, to try and lessen the traffic noise.
The "guests" from night 1 must have been very short term, as the "party" noise was then non- existent until the following weekend, when another party group moved in.
The first night the stomping and partying went on until 2:30AM, boy the concrete floors sure let you know who's stomping around above you, then the next day it was quiet? not sure if they left, or? well at 9PM, they were back and the party started again, this night it went on until almost 4AM!!!
WE HAD ENOUGH!, we had a week to go and we sent the owner and his property manager complaining, and the owner was suggesting that "they will be kicked out", however the property manager response was as typical "we will talk to them and ask them to be quiet" REALLY!?
The agreement we were governed by stated: no more than 5 people, no noise or loud music
(I guess that doesn't apply to others- as the unit above and below us easily each had 8-10 people staying.)
We actually decided to walk away from the last week of rental, as no one should have to deal with this type of ongoings.
The owner was quick to say NO refunds, as we didn't give him enough time to rectify the problems- what was he going to do, living in California! And again, regardless, we were at our limit of sleepless nights.
PLEASE save your money and find a better spot, as this is not the one.
As we learn with renting properties through VRBO, read ALL the reviews and make your decision learning from others.
The following words are yours, from an e-mail to us 16 days into your stay, sixteen days!
"We have had GREAT weeks and have enjoyed your place, the pool and the views!" When we learned from you that there was a noise problem from the Villa above we were very concerned and immediately took responsible and proactive steps. We received your e-mail at 5:30 AM on August 5th informing us of the problem. Within a few hours (and being in California) the noise problem was ** rectified. We take issue with your words implying that 'what was he (owner) to do living in California?"
Until your August 5th e-mail, (you arrived July 21st) we were never made aware that you were having a noise problem from the Villa above. Our Villa house manager Elba, who had met you at the Villa and with whom you had communicated with several times was never ever contacted by you regarding the noise until the early morning of August 5th, we contacted her. The on-site office confirmed never being contacted by you concerning the noise, and the night security person did not log any calls or complaints from you or your wife at any time during your stay. The telephone numbers to Elba, the Office, and the Night Security are listed by the main phone at the Villa.
As stated earlier, we immediately took the necessary steps by reaching out to the owner of the Villa where noise was coming from and that owner assured us that the guests responsible for the noise problem would be immediately ** "thrown out." This was not a "suggestion" as you claim in your review but a hard fact! Elba assured us she would personally evict the guests that had caused the noises with full authorization from the (noise problem) Villa's owner.
We strongly believe it was unreasonable of you not to accept the prompt solution presented to you especially since you had never voiced a complaint or tried notifying anyone who could have put an immediate stop to noise. Yes we live in California, but we know that between our House Manager, the Office and the other responsible Villa owners we respond ASAP to our guest(s) inquiries and if there is a complaint. As you recall, you e-mailed us the first week you were there about an a/c problem. It was taken care of immediately,
remember? We were prepared to offer you
two complimentary nights, but you never gave us that opportunity. You chose to move out,
we know Puerto Vallarta has a lot to offer,
and perhaps you had an agenda in mind.
Mike & Carmen
The Villa offers intimate elegance once favored by the legendary Hollywood star power couple, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Villa Canta Mar is your affordable vacation and paradise hideaway. This exceptional Villa is located in the prime South Shore, nestled into the Garza Blanca hillside with 270* sweeping views of the entire Banderas Bay. The Villa, an architectural gem is minutes from Garza Blanca's white sandy beach. The Villa was designed with exceptional old Mexico colonial world charm of high ceilings and thick white walls, this private full service Vacation rental is located 5 miles from Puerto Vallarta's Historic Old Town, and 4 miles from The Romantic Zone, minutes from Vallarta Zoo where you can experience holding weeks old cub (s) tiger, jaguar or lion! Cabs are readily available. secure and reasonably priced from $8.00 US dollars to Town, public buses are on a daily 20 minute schedule, the bus stop is conveniently located, steps from the villa. We have a friendly and serviceable bi-lingual house manager, attentive staff, night security, parking, pool, and maid service . Take advantage of our private chef/caterer, we can arrange to have a delicious meal upon your arrival complete with Margaritas, and we can also arrange for the refrigerator to be stocked with your grocery list. Both of these services are extra. The Villa is located off a cobblestone street, enter the private gated 3,000 sq. ft Villa (indoor/outdoor) through a custom wrought iron gate, pass the wood carved double doors, and step into the cupola foyer. The living and dining rooms are open with cathedral and wood beamed ceilings. A full service kitchen offers stainless steel appliances and a serving counter. There are two master suites. Each with a king size bed. One suites offers beautiful ocean views, and city views, the 2nd master suite faces the jungle vegetation and the Palo Maria River, it is complete with a Juliet balcony. Both master suites have en-suite full private baths with handcrafted ceramic tiles. There is ample closet space in both master suites. The Villa floors are paved with handmade Mexican Terra Cotta tiles. The original doors and windows throughout the Villa offer breathtaking views from every direction, and wonderful natural light. The pool patio area offers stunning views, and has 4 pool lounge chairs, and tables, a white wrought iron table set for 4 persons, a covered awning area, and is complete with a terra cotta BBQ for outside grilling. The Villa is air conditioned, and has 7 ceiling fans throughout as well as a a full size washer and dryer. Wifi, Plasma 42' HD TV, satellite/cable connections+ 1 TV in master suite, phone land line (5), beach umbrella & chairs, assorted cooler sizes, Mexican antiques and decor throughout Villa. The famous surfing area is 30 minutes away located in the town of Sayulita (Sy-U-Lee-Ta). Puerto Vallarta has been voted one of the friendliest cities in the world. In Puerto Vallarta there are a variety of activities from Zip lining to sound fishing, or opt to relax and enjoy the panoramic Villa views, and just take time to relax from your busy life, lounge by the pool, read a good book, and enjoy a cool drink. keywords, Private Heated Pool, Spectacular VIews, Affordable, Romantic
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Maid service 2 days a week / additional maid service available $20 day