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Custom Family Villa, Private Pool And Lush Gardens, Short Walk To Beach

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 4.5 Bathroom Loaded With High End Architectural Features

Casa La Cruz, custom private home located in the center of this quaint fishing village. Short walk to the fabulous Marina, beach and Sunday Market. Enjoy the many restaurants walkable in La Cruz including world-famous Tacos on the Street. Sleeps 6 featuring 3 Bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Enjoy complete privacy with large pool, garage and walled-in front garden featuring multiple water fountains.

Casa La Cruz is filled with beautiful Mexican charm and casual elegance. A lush front patio with fountain awaits you just inside the copper gate. The two story open air living room with leather furniture is the perfect place to relax. The kitchen features granite counters and stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher and gas range. A 20-bottle wine refrigerator available. A water filtration system is installed throughout the house. High speed WIFI is available. The separate dining room features hand-crafted rustic-style dining room. Step outside to enjoy the large private pool, outdoor shower and bathroom, and garden filled with palm trees and bougainvillea plants. Entire house is air conditioned (controllers in each room) and interior fans are in each room. Upstairs sitting room with large smart flat-screenTV featuring cable and access to streaming services. Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom with shower.

One bedroom is downstairs, set as king or twin beds and a private bath and outside access to the pool. There is also a downstairs bathroom off the living room. Bedrooms upstairs include the master suite with king-size bed and enclosed bathroom and balcony. The other upstairs bedroom features a queen size bed and private bathroom and balcony. Washer/Dryer.

We are happy to arrange chef service, fishing or sailing day trips, babysitting and/or massages.

More Details

Property Manager
Lydia Dobyns
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Lydia Dobyns

We are based in the San Francisco-area and have been part-time residents of Nayarit since 2000.

Lydia Dobyns purchased this villa in 2006

Why Lydia Dobyns chose La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

This is our second home in the area; we first 'arrived' in 2000. We built this house after living in a gated community nearby--while we loved our fellow homeowners, we longed for time with Mexican Nationals and living in the village of La Cruz has brought this and so much more. Our daughters grew up spending summers in the area and now as adults, they return whenever their schedules permit.


La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master bath has double sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , En suite, upstairs bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Downstairs bedroom en suite
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Off the living room
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom has en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upstairs bedroom has en suite bathroom and private balcony
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twins or made up as one King, with en suite bathroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Custom Family Villa, Private Pool And Lush Gardens, Short Walk To Beach
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews

Excellent property in a location that makes it easy to get to all places in the town.

  • 5 of 5

As always the house and property are kept in excellent condition. From the house it is an easy walk to all areas of La Cruz including the Sunday Market, all restaurants stores and just steps to public transportation. The furniture and beds in the house are extremely comfortable and the house is impeccably decorated. The neighbours are kind and helpful and are very good at teaching us Spanish. The house is located close to all the restaurants but a must visit is Fonda Coqui right across the street from Tacos on the Street. Lydia we had a great vacation and your staff of property manager Vanessa, cleaning lady Anali and pool and yard man Jose are fantastic. They looked after everything from needs to small repairs promptly and always with a smile. Looking forward to returning next year to your charming property and the wonderful town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Thankyou Lydia for all that you do for us.

Lorna, Dale, Rick

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lorna, Dale and Rick Nothing makes me happier than to know guests enjoy our home, the village of La Cruz and develop a deep appreciation for why we love Mexico. I'm so glad you acknowledged the wonderful support and service that Vanessa and her team strive to provide. Thank you for booking again for next year! Lydia
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Beautiful house in a very relaxing town with authentic Mexican feel

  • 4 of 5

The house in la Cruz was an amazing property, very comfortable and well equipment for a relaxing stay. Vanessa was great and helped organize a taxi to meet us at the airport and stop at the grocery store on route to the property. We travelled with our two children,aged 4 and 6 and their grandma and this property was the perfect oasis for our family. We really enjoyed relaxing by the pool. This was our first time to this area of Mexico and it took us a few days to feel comfortable staying in such a nice house when the neighbouring homes were basic. However, once settled in we felt safe and really enjoyed the area. La Cruz is very quiet in the evenings with a few nice restaurants, some offering live music. Most restaurants in La Cruz were closed on tuesdays. The fish market is great and la peska restaurant was a great place to see the sunset over the Marina. (We were expecting ocean sunsets as in the town of Manzanillo but the angle of the bay is such that they are not as good).

It was cheap and easy to travel by bus and collectivo to the surrounding areas. Bucerías was 15 mins by bus. Destiladeras beach is stunning, a MUST, 15 mins by ATM bus. Closer beaches and the marina were a 10 minute walk from the property.

Thank you Lydia for sharing your beautiful home and Vanessa for making sure our stay was comfortable! We look forward to visiting again in the future!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

Excelent location, walking distance from the harbor and restaurants. Huge swimming pool. House has everything that you need to have a wonderful time 😉

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Campbell River, British Columbia

Beautiful spacious home. Some querks to be worked out but property manager handled graciously.

  • 4 of 5

Home was as described. Vary spacious and clean. Some querks but all managed and taken care of by very sweet property manager. Stunning back yard. Great pool but by the end of stay a little merky. Very friendly safe neighborhood. Although no grocery store nearby that we could find. We ate out three times a day. Restaurants nearby all very good and within walking distance. Not a lot of English speaking but all friendly people. Would definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Fay for the feedback; indeed Vanessa (our property manager) takes great pride in addressing any and all issues when she is notified during a rental. The pool is cleaned twice a week; and if we had known there were any questions about the pool, we would have addressed immediately. Glad you enjoyed the village of La Cruz; there are small grocery stores, known as tiendas, on almost every corner--which our family uses frequently. The large western style grocery stores are nearby by car or taxi. We think the local, walkable restaurants are terrific, too! We look forward to hosting you again. Lydia
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Beautiful property and very well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

We loved this property! We were provided everything we needed. All beds were very guarters very comfortable and lots of seating . The pool area was excellent. Kitchen well stocked with dishes, glasses, pots, etc. Just pick up some groceries and you are ready to enjoy your vacation. Thank you to the owner Lydia for sharing her amazing property, thank you to Vanessa ....we have a few small issues that she responded to immediately and had fixed immediately. Thank you to Anna Lee for keeping our vacation home spotless and to Jose for keeping the pool and backyard spotless as well . There were five of us sharing the property....we had plenty of space and lots of private space if needed.

Sincerely Linda & Doug Raynbird

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Linda and Doug Thank you for the lovely review; it was indeed our pleasure to have you as guests! We look forward to hosting you again. Warmly, Lydia Dobyns
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Burnaby BC Canada

Casa La Cruz is a truly hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent 10 days in Casa La Cruz. The house is very clean and well kept. Spacious and open. The pool is to die for. The kitchen is well equipped. Everything is just as described in the Overview and more. Our plane was delayed for two hours and we had arranged for Vanessa to meet us at the house. We were stuck on the plane for two hours and could not communicate with Vanessa. We phoned her as soon as we got off the plane and she was there to meet us at the house when we arrived, ever so pleasant. Lydia was very helpful and responded promptly to my many queries. There was no issue whatsoever in the house, everything worked like a charm. The neighbors were very friendly. We would walk to the marina in the morning and buy a fish and some huge prawns, brought it home and cook it on the barbecue for dinner. We went to Tacos on the Street the first day we arrived as it was only half a block away. The creme brulee after dinner was the best I have ever tasted. Good food and good service. There were quite a few restaurants all located within a short walk from the house. Little grocery stores and convenient stores are on almost every street. We took the bus Mega, Sayulita and Bucerias on separate days. People are so friendly everywhere we went. All in all it was a very relaxing and enjoyable vacation for us. We thank you Lydia for letting us stay in our beautiful home. We hope to return to this quaint little fishing village and your wonderful home soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to welcome you to Casa La Cruz! So happy you enjoyed the many charms of the village and enjoyed our family home!
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
PVR Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Nearest Barpub
0.23 Miles
Longosta Diez La Cruz
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Tacos on the Street; Masala Bar & Grill
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Playa Manzanilla
Car: not necessary

Located in the heart of the La Cruz de Huanacaxtle village, enjoy an authentic Mexico vacation. Walk to the beach, restaurants and bars. Take the bus to Sayulita, Punta Mita or Puerto Vallarta. Or rent a car and drive anywhere in the Bay of Banderas.

Casa La Cruz is less than a block away from 'Tacos on the Street' which boasts the best tacos in the entire area (folks drive 30 minutes just to get here).

Only a few blocks from the November to April Mercado Huanacaxtle Sunday Market which may be the most vibrant and diverse crafts market in the Bahia de Bandera.

You're close enough to downtown Old Vallarta you can go there and spend the day shopping or sightseeing, but far enough away that you can ignore it altogether and not see another tourist all day long. Sometimes you want to mix it up, and sometimes you want to just relax.

Many of the day-trip operators (like Vallarta Adventures) operate out of Nuevo Vallarta, and you're closer at our house to these activities than you would be if you stayed in Old Town.

Bucerias, which is just next to La Cruz, is a larger town which has art galleries, internet cafes, bakeries, local tiendas, several drugstores, car rental agencies, numerous fine dining choices and waterfront activities like para-sailing and jetskis in front of the hotels. Most of the large Mexican banks have branches in Bucerias as well as ATM machines, where you can cash your traveller's checks or withdraw in pesos using your debit card. Check with your bank at home before you leave - sometimes if you withdraw from a particular Mexican bank, there are no fees.

Some of our favorite restaurants in Bucerias include Sandrina's, Karen's, Cuisine Le Fort, Bistrot o Delices, La Lomita, Tapas del Mundo, Mark's, Famar - a week's stay is never enough to visit every one.

We usually rent a car at Gecko in Bucerias when we come. They'll pick us up at the airport and bring us to their office which less than five minutes from the house.

You'll recognize some international supermarket brands (Sam's, Walmart, Coppel) as well as local Mexican brands along the highway from the airport where you can stock up on essentials for your stay. We usually stop at the Mega between Bucerias and Mezcales. You can also find many of the essentials at local tiendas, and there seems to be one every few blocks in every town or village, including La Cruz.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $300

We know plans change; if you cancel a reservation there is a minimum $100 cancellation fee. If we can re-rent the house, you will be refunded the balance of the deposit or payment refunded. If unable to re-rent the house, and the rental dates are 60+ days, you will receive the deposit, less $100 refunded. Within 45 days, 50% back; less than 44 days from rental no refund if not re-rented

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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