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Luxury Living For Those Who Appreciate The Best!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 6 - 29 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

This three bedroom, three bath condo overlooking a babbling river, adjacent to a mountain preserve and with a full view of Old Town and Banderas Bay, is perfect for those demanding privacy, luxury, and tranquility.

The elevator adjacent to your dedicated indoor parking space will whisk you directly to your private entry vestibule with it's vaulted ceiling and personal art pieces.

Enjoy gourmet dining? This fully outfitted large kitchen with granite countertops, European rotisserie oven, and wine refrigerator, has all the equipment you need to entertain, or be catered to by local chefs available for hire for those special occasions and get togethers.

Want to stay fit after those gourmet meals? Enjoy the In-suite fitness studio, with it's adjacent shower and powder room.

Prefer to kick back and enjoy music or videos? The built in sound system covers the interior and wrap around terraces of this gorgeous unit, or drop a DVD into the audio system and large screen TV. Then kick back and get comfortable in the oversize leather recliner, with your closest friends alongside you on the leather sofa and club chairs.

When it's time to recharge for the next day, your master suite with it's private jacuzzi, dressing chamber, and rain shower will prepare you for sleep in the Queen size 10" thick memory foam bed, while your guests enjoy similar indulgent comfort in their pillow top beds in the two private bedrooms at the far end of the house. Each with their own bathrooms and wall to wall closets.

But by far the most used area of the home will be the huge wrap around terrace with table seating for 6 and a hammock to further enhance the enjoyment of the view of the bay and mountainside, while being lulled to sleep by the rushing river below.

Of course there will be a housekeeper in each week to clean and tidy things up for you, and a full in-suite laundry which you can use to keep your personals washed, dried, and ironed to perfection. Those duties can be contracted for directly with the housekeeper, should you wish to avoid any tedious chores yourself.

Did I mention the salt water pool? Or the poolside cushioned and canopied beds, chaises, and umbrella shaded tables? Like to feed the fishes? We have a water feature winding through the complex whose waterfalls are stocked with fish who would love to have you throw them some tostada chips or tortilla crumbs! When you are done doing that you can walk down to the riverside level terrace and recline there on chaises or dip your feet in the river and watch the local kids that occasionally play along the river.

The condo and entire condo complex has wifi, and full time security coverage.

The neighborhood has several phenomenal restaurants when you want to dine out, and local markets for buying the freshest of vegetables, meats, cheeses, fish, shrimps and seafood.

Come! Relax and enjoy!

More Details

Ron Almstead
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2017

About Ron Almstead

I am a retired architect from Long Island New York, who came to and fell in love with Puerto Vallarta 8 years ago. Each year i go back to the US less and less to visit, and this year marked the last visit I expect to make.

I am a legal Residente Permanante, and spend my time helping out in a rural Mexican church and also a city 'gringo' church. To the roughly 150 local children I serve at weekly church outreach programs I am either 'Tio' Ron (uncle Ron) or 'Tiburon' (spanish for The Shark) so, if you want to see Puerto Vallarta from an insider's perspective, I'd be happy to introduce you to wonderful locals you will be blessed to meet and get to know, and you'll have fun and be a blessing to them also.

Ron Almstead purchased this condo in 2009

Why Ron Almstead chose Emiliano Zapata

You are not going to find as restful and peaceful surroundings as these, anywhere, with all the beaches, restaurants, activities, and amenities you could ask for, in one beautiful location.


Emiliano Zapata Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 6
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Dual hand hewn stone sinks
    Guest room Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Three bathrooms. Two private baths internal in master and one guest room, and one adjacent to third guest bedroom, accessible to visitors.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom suite with it's own entry vestibule, dual vanity, walk in closet with full wall mirror, rainfall shower, and Jacuzzi. Two guest bedrooms, each with their own baths. Queen size luxury mattresses throughout.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Luxury Living For Those Who Appreciate The Best!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews

We loved staying in Ron's place. He is an excellent host and very responsive to us.

  • 5 of 5

Ron's place is very beautiful, comfortable and functional. We are three couples, each had our own bedroom and private bathrooms. The views are stunning, the rooms nicely furnished and the kitchen is a dream to work in. We loved the pool and the friendly building staff. Thank you, Ron for a great stay, we hope to be back. Hasta luego!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sylvia and Arturo; it was a pleasure hosting your stay at my home, and our lengthy conversation touching on so many common interests. I do hope I have the opportunity to host you once again in the future, as you are at the top of my list of favorite new friends!
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Great location with a lot of charm

  • 4 of 5

The location, two blocks from the Zapata marketplace, was the best feature of the condo. We loved going to pick out fresh fruit, vegetables, ripe avocados, cheese, coffee, bread and just-caught shrimp for an evening meal. The vendors are helpful and friendly, we particularly enjoyed buying cheese from the vendor inside the market and also the fishmonger in that location. Plenty of good restaurants in the neighborhood as well - El Brujo served up the best mixed ceviche I've ever had. The nearby Kiosko also has items like cereal, milk - even almond milk!, yogurt, beer and liquor. The condo pool is very inviting, my teenagers liked swimming there after a long hot hike. This location is quieter than the Malecon, which we appreciated, but characteristic Mexico noise abounds: roosters, hawkers selling wares with megaphones, music blasting from houses below the condo. These noises all die down at night, but the roosters wake up early! We spent each morning spotting parakeets, Caciques, orioles, woodpeckers and even the occasional iguana from the deck. In the condo itself the three bedrooms are all very nice, each with a bathroom which made for a comfortable stay with two teens. Very open and airy with great light, views of town, fantastic sliding doors and windows that can open wide - we never needed air conditioning during the day. The hammock was a favorite. Some of the kitchen apparatus are well used, and the furniture - while attractive - a bit worn, but we didn't spend a lot of time sitting around. The beach and Malecon were a very walkable distance for us but less mobile visitors would need to taxi. The condo was clean enough and well suited for our purposes but some out of sight spots in need of attention, though most visitors likely wouldn't even notice. There is a jacuzzi tub but the water pressure being nominal, hard to really use or enjoy. All in all, a lovely place and a very nice time. Friendly neighbors, relaxed vibe. Entrance guards - especially Carlos - always ready to chat or help with directions. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: For the readers of the above review I wanted to let everyone know how important it is to me that my home always be in perfect condition and maintain it that way and upgrade it's amenities regularly. The "worn" furniture referred to by this guest was only the arms of the living room leather Laz-e-boy recliner which has since be reupholstered with new beige leather. The "old" kitchen appliances referred to in the review are now all new.
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What's not to love about this place!

  • 5 of 5

When I found Ron's place, I really didn't know what to expect. From friends of mine, they told me I had found a gem; it was a condominium complex they were looking at to purchase as they live in PV five months of the year. Ron's place is spacious, comfortable, a place to call home. I spent a lot of time laying in the hammock looking out towards the ocean with the sounds of the river as my background noise. Pool and grounds are beautiful. Its a place I will come back to time and time again.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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GREAT location for a mix of local culture and comfort.

  • 5 of 5

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the local Mexican culture and cuisine and still be close to the beach and touristy things, Ron’s condo is a great spot. The beach is a short and enjoyable stroll away, yet far enough to filter out the vast majority of the tourists (and pushy vendors).

Here, you will mingle with the very friendly locals while staying in secure and very comfortable quarters. You can shop for fresh meats, seafood, fruits and vegetables at local markets -be sure to go to the market in the morning and pick up some fresh squeezed OJ, warm tortillas, eggs and chorizo and enjoy a scenic breakfast on the terrace- or go to one of the many restaurants.

For day excursions, you can walk to Los Muertos pier and pick up a water taxi to a secluded beach or go whale watching. Taxis are plentiful and inexpensive if you want to venture further away or you get tired of lugging things around.

Be aware that the neighborhood comes “alive” in the mornings with a vibrant variety of street sounds. While some may not want this, these noises added to the charm of the location for our group. A backdrop of roosters and dogs talking to each other mixed with a waking city produce a stereophonic aura of sound that is lively and entertaining. Shutting the windows reduces the sounds effectively if you want to sleep in.

Ron is very responsive and accessible in the unlikely event that you have some sort issue pertaining to the condo. and he was a pleasure to work with. To sum up, Ron’s condo provides a fantastic home base in Puerto Vallarta for those who want a mix of culture, food, comfort and fun in the sun.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nick for your GREAT review! You should be a travel writer, as you did a great job of conveying the imagery of this wonderful neighborhood, and the variety of amenities within a short walk. Yes, that local market is fantastic, and many of those unfortunate enough to live on the other side of town do get there early enough because it so good, to compete for those fresh early products and produce. But on the other hand the neighborhood carts serve dinner quite late, so you can always get a hearty, healthy meal whether you're an early riser or a night owl. Hope to see you again, and best wishes to you and yours until then. Regards, Ron
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always a charm

  • 4 of 5

We rented this apartment for the second time and enjoyed every moment of it. Such much that we bought a unit in the complex. Do I need to say more?

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ventura, CA

Fantastic Place Can't Wait to Return!!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Ron's condo with our 2 adult children and their significant others for 10 days. Everyone had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the condo. Everyone had their own bathroom and privacy when they wanted it. Every night we went to sleep listening to the river flowing and had the most peaceful sleep ever. The kitchen was fully stocked although we only used it to make breakfast, snacks, salsa, margaritas and pina coladas. The condo complex was fantastic. The condo is very convenient to town and safe. Our two boys really enjoyed eating their way through town one night at the street food stands. Yummyyyyy!!! After our daily adventure it was great to come back to relax at the pool and riverfront path and chaises. The staff at the complex was very good from Carlos the head of security to Paola who kept the place sparkling clean....what a smile she has. One of the guards pointed out a 3' Iguana to us by the river path one day. Ron's suggestion of the restaurant Chenan2 was fantastic. We went there twice and the food was excellent. We met the owner / chef and he was very gracious and welcoming. Became one of our favorite restaurants. The local fruit, vegetable, seafood, meat etc. market was very handy and inexpensive to stock up on breakfast fruit etc. We discovered the river walk on the other side of the river after about 5 days and wished we would have found it sooner. It was great to walk into town on this walk through the cultural center, flea market and wonderful plant life. You could even explore other parts of the downtown off this walk like Liz Taylor's house etc. We will definitely be back!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm SOOOOO glad Craig that you and your family enjoyed my home and my Puerto Vallarta, and especially my "Old Town" part of Vallarta. I'll be looking forward to your return! Can't believe I forgot to mention the walk/route through what is called the Romantic Zone where Liz and Richard lived and loved. I usually recommend that to first timers. I'll be sure to add something special to your itinerary on your next stay. Be well until then!
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99

The 6 person maximum occupancy rule is strictly enforced. No more than 6 occupants may stay overnight. Violation of this rule may result in eviction.
As this is a small building with owner occupants whose lives should not be disturbed by excessive noise and distraction, building regulations require one day advance notification to the office for permission if you wish to invite 10 or more people to use the pool.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Cancellations may be eligible for refunds subject to the following conditions:
1) Cancellations must be requested more than 60 days prior to reservation start date.
2) Cancellations eligible for refunds are subject to reduction by credit card processing fees, international exchange rate fees, VRBO and other fees that were charged by others and deducted from proceeds paid to me.
3) Maximum refund shall not exceed the amount actually received by me.
4) Refunds will be issued only if a replacement reservation by others is booked for the period being cancelled.
5) Refunds will be issued no earlier than 30 days after receipt of replacement booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.