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

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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Half Baths
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 new Marina and beach. 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 garden 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, jasmine and bougainvillea plants. Entire house is air conditioned (controllers in each room) and interior fans are in each room. Upstairs sitting room with TV featuring satellite service. DVR and second TV in downstairs bedroom. Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom with shower.

One bedroom is downstairs, with 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.

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Property Manager
Lydia Dobyns
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 30, 2016

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 Nayarit

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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Custom Family Villa, Private Pool And Lush Gardens, Short Walk To Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
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: Mar 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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Fantastic all around!

  • 5 of 5

We can't say enough about our fantastic experience staying here! The pictures do not do the house justice... everything was incredibly clean, comfortable, and modern - truly a luxury experience in La Cruz! This was our second trip to La Cruz, but our first time in this particular house, so we were familiar with the town and general area. Vanessa was there to greet us upon arrival, and she could not have been any more spectacular throughout our stay. We were traveling with our toddler, and Lydia and Vanessa arranged for a pack and play for him, and ensured we were comfortable at every turn. Vanessa was quick to answer any questions (going above and beyond to give us a few insider/local tips on days trips and the such) and also helped to arrange a wonderful babysitter so we could have a grown up night out!

The house itself is spacious - way more room than we needed, we probably could have invited two other couples, but it was amazing to have so much stretch room. The location is fantastic, a quick walk to the beach, stores that carry all the necessary conveniences, restaurants, etc. It is also set away from the action - our neighbors were all locals, and we found them to be incredibly friendly and welcoming (the kids would sweep away our toddler and play with him every time they saw him!).

Best of all, we departed to our next destination (Sayulita), and when we experienced some terrible issues with our rental house in combination with our sick toddler, Vanessa arranged everything so we could alter our travel plans and come back to La Cruz to extend our stay. Such a first class experience, thank you to Vanessa and Lydia for an incredible family vacation!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nicole for your generous comments! So glad we were able to meet your needs and extend your stay. Look forward to having you return.
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Makes you want to buy a home in La Cruz just like

  • 5 of 5

this, what a great place to feel like you are a part of Mexico! Wonderful house, great location with or without a vehicle. Public transportation nearby and a lot of great places to eat in La Cruz and Bucerias is only 10 minutes away and Mega is only 15 minutes by public transportation. Vanessa the property manager is always available, and any issues are dealt with immediately. This property looks just like the pictures and the space is awesome and home is clean. I would recommend this to everyone especially if you are tired of resorts and all inclusive and it is time to really get in touch with being in Mexico.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A real mexican experience!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for 8 days prior to a 7 day vacation at Rancho Banderas Suites. It was a wonderful home with great amenities, location is awesome. Loved having a pool! We shopped a Mega Store and as usual overstocked! Vanessa the local management is excellent and available for all and any questions and or requirements. Taco's on the Street is just so convenient and sometimes we would stop there for an appetizer before heading out to dinner. You have a lot of choices for dining out all excellent! I would recommend this property to anyone that likes extra space. For those that have never not stayed in an Resort but are a little adventurous I would say it time to get localized a little! There are a lot of tourists in La Cruz especially Canadians.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Longmont, Colorado

The Perfect house for Us

  • 5 of 5

We had an exceptional time at the property with my family. The house was clean and inviting with more than enough room for everyone. The pool is nice and refreshing. Internet is good velocity in the house, We felt very comfortable there and were well attended to by Vanessa the local management. It was good for us being in the quite area just a few steps from Tacos on the Street. We loved the drive to Sayulita. Excellent music in La Cruz and it's so close to the house. We shopped at the Mega grocery store but really I think you can pick up most everything you need in La Cruz. A lot easier and more fun to be close to the “Local People Life.” The weather was perfect, no bugs at night. We enjoyed the friendly neighbors surrounding the house and felt comfortable asking questions about the area. Very nice people. We look forward to another week of Rivera Nayarit in the future! Thank You Lydia for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What an excellent property! It had everything the 5 of us needed. The house is within a 10 minute walk to the beach and a great beach bar Las Palapas. The pool and garden area was gorgeous. The location is in a small quaint fishing village so you can see the real Mexico. The neighbours on the street were courteous and very helpful at all times. The property manager (Vanessa) went out of her way to be helpful and was very efficient and quick and solving our minor issues. All of us can't say enough about the house, location and town. It has everything you need. The restaurants are great and we would recommend trying some of the smaller local eateries rather than some of the fancier ones. We are looking forward to returning next year Casa La Cruz for another 6 weeks. The house and property are exactly as represented by the pictures and Lydia has done an incredible job decorating it. A list of some of our favorite restaurants/bars are Las Palapas, Falconi's, Columba, Ana Banana's and if in Bucerias of course Chin Gon. Once again a wonderful property with a wonderful staff looking after it. Thank you once again Lydia and Vanessa for looking after all our needs.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
PVR Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Nearest Barpub
0.23 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Playa Manzanilla
Car: recommended

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

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Holiday
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 23 2017
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holiday
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 6 2018
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $200

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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La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 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
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
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
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • 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
  • surfing
  • swimming

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