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Affordable Paradise Vacation 3 Minute Walk To Pristine Beach Maid

Bedrooms 2
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Mike Duran
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 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.


South Zone Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Large high ceiling, full bath with hand made Mexican tiles
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Bathroom has hand made Mexican tiles, towels are USA brand.
  • Both master en-suites are full size with tubs size suitable for two persons. Hand crafted Mexican tiles, terra cotta floors, bath, pool and beach towels are USA brands. Complete with hair dryer, curling iron, and flat iron.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , High ceilings, Juliet balcony
    Two master bedrooms - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , USA Linens, pillows, down comforter, and blankets
  • Both bedroom suites offer beautiful views.. Ample closet space. Air conditioned, with French doors, lots of natural light and ocean breezes. Linens, 500+ cotton, blankets, and duvets USA brand. Full Size washer and dryer - laundry area.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
First Time listed in VRBO, Villa Canta Mar is located in the highly sought after exclusive enclave of Villas Altas Garza Blanca. Take advantage and be among the first to book this privately owned historic full service Villa that offers the very best in privacy, security, and service at an affordable price. Catering, grocery shopping available (extra) with minutes to Historic sites, walk to a sandy pristine beach, close to cabs, and bus stops, activities in Puerto Vallarta are endless from pool lounging to mountain Zip lining, come and experience the essence of Banderas Bay that lured Hollywood royalty. Villa Canta Mar awaits you. Call the owners direct for an immediate confirmation. Thank you!


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Chicago Illinois

The Whole Enchilada

  • 5 of 5

We have been visiting Puerto Vallarta for the past 10 years. Having rented homes in diffent locations, Garza Blanca is our favorite area. (We rented three different homes in Garza Blanca and Villa Canta Mar is our favorite) the home is meticulously maintained both inside and out. Great water pressure lotta hot water and a really nice bed in the master bedroom. Everything at the home is new and operating properly. We used the charcoal B.B.Q. grill a few times and found it a nice alternative to going out.

The home is a short slightly up- hill walk from the street where cabs and public transportation can be found. (Taxis and buses are very inexpensive.)

It is often said the pictures don't do the property justice and that phrase certainly applies here.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jim, We are very happy that you selected Villa Canta Mar for your Puerto Vallarta vacation, and that the Villa set the mood for a positive paradise vacation, what a great way for you to kick start this New Year! Villa Canta Mar as you stated, is indeed "The Whole Enchilada." We feel lucky to have Elba as our House Manager, she meets all guests upon their arrival, and is always happy to answer questions, arrange for a private chef, and or stock fridge and kitchen using guest (s) shopping list either prior to their arrival or during their stay. Marta, the Villa's house keeper has been caring for Villa Canta Mar for over a decade. We trust her completely! We agree with you that Villa Canta Mar can be enjoyed by the seasoned Puerto Vallarta traveler such as yourself, as well as the first time traveler planning an inspired get away escape to a tropical paradise. The Villa offers Old World architecture with new amenities. The Villa is in a safe and welcoming environment, and walking distance from a pristine beach. As you know, in Puerto Vallarta you can savor numerous culinary experiences or enjoy a home cooked meal, as you did, take a day to explore the Marietta Islands, or sun bathe pool side at the Villa, stroll and admire Old Town Puerto Vallarta's cobble stone streets and its vast galleries, or have a romantic champagne brunch at the Villa's patio with the jungle as a backdrop and the spectacular ocean views. Your certainly right about the super easy and affordable transportation readily available from the Villa. We are happy Villa Canta Mar created positive vacation memories.....please visit again! " Mi Casa, Es us Casa," or as you accurately expressed it ,"The Whole Enchilada." Thank You, Mike & Carmen Duran
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Spectacular house!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Deann, 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. Thank you, Carmen & Mike Duran
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Carlsbad, ca

Perfect stay again!!

  • 5 of 5

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!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kari, 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
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Redding, California

Easily The Best Christmas!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. Kindly, Mike & Carmen Duran
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Wonderful location and beautiful villa!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. Kindly, Mike & Carmen Duran
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Car: not necessary

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Maid service 2 days a week / additional maid service available $20 day

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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