Casita de los Arcos is spacious and comfortable with a large combined living room, dining area and kitchen. A separate bedroom area can be completely closed off for private space. A single bed in the main room can be added or subtracted as needed. The sofa is large enough to sleep a child comfortably if you are a family of four.
The Casita de los Arcos is topped by a 14 foot boveda (domed brick) ceiling. On one side of the living area is a cozy gas fireplace, and on the other is a full kitchen with a dining area. The kitchen and full bath are finished with traditional Mexican tile. Guests can use the entire 3,000 sq. foot veranda and our front yard. Our home offers a large amount of outdoor space not available in the center of town.
We also rent our main home, which accommodates 8, and a studio casita, for 2-3 people, on the same property.
We are located in the Atascadero neighborhood, one of the most desirable "colonias" in San Miguel. On a hillside overlooking Centro, it has the advantage of being in a quiet, residential neighborhood but still within walking distance from the "Centro". You can walk downhill through charming neighborhoods on cobblestone streets into the heart of San Miguel with its unique mix of Spanish colonial architecture and Mexican charm, its many shops, restaurants and churches. One direction takes you to the main market, and another takes you to the “Jardin” or main square.
After enjoying San Miguel's lively town center, you can return to a quiet and comfortable home. If you don't feel like walking, you can call a taxi. Taxis in San Miguel are plentiful and inexpensive (40-50 pesos per ride, or a bit more when you call one). Taxis serve all of San Miguel, including trips out of town. Public buses are available, but most tourists prefer walking or taking taxis. Taxi drivers are friendly, knowledgeable and many speak English.
Central San Miguel lies to the west of our home, and attractions of a different sort lie just behind us to the east. San Miguel's unique botanical garden, the Charco del Ingenio, protects many indigenous species including 156 species of migratory and resident birds, and 110 species of butterflies; it is a 10 minute walk from our home. Just past the Charco you'll find San Miguel's shopping mall and Cinemex theaters, as well as the famous 'El Tianguis' Tuesday Market--these are a longer walk, or a short taxi ride away. The Tuesday market is an open air market that operates every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. (and a smaller market on Sundays). This is a huge market that has hundreds of vendors selling everything: fresh produce, fish, chicken, CDs, DVDs, clothes, furniture, kitchenware, radios, used car parts, tools, and almost anything else you can imagine.
You can walk walk 12 minutes downhill to reach town, or call a taxi. Taxis in San Miguel are plentiful and inexpensive (40-50 pesos per ride, or US$3.00). You can catch a taxi in town for access to all of San Miguel, or call one from home. Public buses are available, but most tourists prefer walking or taking taxis. Taxi drivers are friendly, knowledgeable and many speak English.
Though not yet furnished, you can take in the views of downtown and the surrounding countryside from our interesting rooftop.