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Luxurious, Secure Villa & Pool Featured in Award-Winning Book

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

For readers of my book, 'Gringos in Paradise', or my article in AARP magazine , you may recall that my wife and I decided to settle and build a Dream House in the lively, lovely village of Sayulita.

Sayulita, for those of you new to the area, is a surfing and fishing village tucked into the edge of the jungle, about 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. It was the paradise we picked after traveling throughout Mexico.

We built our beautiful 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house, pictured on the cover of my book. It’s a handsome colonial home in the quiet north side of Sayulita, just a 10-minute walk from the life and color of the plaza.

There are restaurants and stores where you can get cold cervezas just down the street from us, too. We’re on the main beach road, 1 block away from the ocean, on the tranquil side. (Sayulita’s main beach can be crowded in high season.)

Our house has two stories inside a secure, corner compound enclosed by a big, hacienda-type wall. Except during High Season, each floor can be rented independently. There's secure private parking within the compound, though one of the charms of the village is that you don't need a car--you can walk everywhere.

The first thing you see upon entering our imposing wrought-iron gates are 2 tall flower-bedecked arches, one of which cascades water into our 30-by-15 pool. There is an enticing thatch-roofed poolhouse with its own bathroom, sink, and mini-fridge.Through the arch is a 'mini-secret garden' behind lush foliage, with a seating area and a corner fountain. There's an outdoor shower near our front gate.

On the ground floor, we have 2 beautifully-appointed bedrooms with queen-sized beds with custom-carved head boards and furniture, each with a private bathroom decorated in hand-made talavera tiles. There's a full tiled kitchen with breakfast bar.

The living/dining great room is open to the garden and pool area, which glows at night from the lanterns along the hacienda wall. There is also an inside den that can be closed off when it's cool for DVD-watching and sofa-loafing .

Our dishes and glassware are colonial Mexican, the doors and windows are of handsome parota wood, and we’ve decorated the house with handicrafts from our trips to the villages surrounding Patzcuaro.

Upstairs is a self-contained apartment with 1 Queen-sized bedroom and 1 very small bedroom with a sink. (It has a double bed.) The 2 bedrooms share a full bath. Plus a living room, kitchen and terrace with two long chaises where you can watch the life of the village and the garden below you. Both sleeping areas have AC.

All bedrooms are air conditioned, though it's not necessary during the winter months.

We also have a spiral staircase to a large roof pavilion, and a seating area where you can take in the sea breezes. You’ll have a view of the village and surrounding mountain and jungle, and a peak through the palms at the nearby ocean. It's surrounded by wrought-iron railings and lanterns.

Other amenities: laundry room with washer-dryer, bed linens, bath and pool/beach towels provided. Cleaning and change of linens & towels scheduled according to your preferences for days and times.

As you probably know if you’ve been scanning these listings, you can stay for 2 weeks and not visit all of Sayulita’s restaurants. There’s a wealth of beach activities, including Sayulita’s own world-class surfing, plus horseback riding, nearby snorkeling, whale-watching, canopy tours, and of course the glitter of Puerto Vallarta 40 minutes away.

See you on the beach!

Barry & Thia Golson

Keywords: Secure, Private Home, 1 Blk from Beach, Gorgeous Pool & Garden

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Thia Golson
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017


Sayulita House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Includes handicap hand rails.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Includes handicap hand rails.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , This is shared with the small 4th bedroom w separate sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , Pool house rest room
  • The shared bathroom on the upper floor has a toilet and shower closed off from the sink. There's another sink in the 4th bedroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (1) All 4 bedrooms are decorated with Mexican craftwork and paintings we collected ourselves. The bed headboards are all hand-carved, and there are wrought-iron breakfast tables and chairs just outside each bedroom. The first 2 BR's are on the ground floor, one on each side of the open-air great room (living, dining, kitchen) with separate bathrooms, steps from the garden and pool. The 3rd is on the upper floor and shares a bathroom with the 4th bedroom, which is very small but has its own sink. All 4 bedrooms have air conditioning and netting (never had to use).
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Thatched roof pool house w/ powder room, wet bar, seating area at pool house. Chaises around pool. Spiral staircase to 3rd floor viewing pavilion.


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Luxurious, Secure Villa & Pool Featured in Award-Winning Book
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
Austin, Texas (USA)

Casa Gala is a fantastic place for families to stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Gala for a week last April and it was amazing. We rented it out with another family (we stayed upstairs and they stayed downstairs) and it worked out great. Full disclosure: both couples only have two kids (for a total of 8 people); so, if you have larger families it might be a little tight.

As you can see from the photos, the house is immaculate. So beautiful. The kitchen is open air – which was perfect for us because it wasn't too hot or too cold. But I imagine it could be hot in the summer. The pool and backyard area were a great haven for the family after a day at the beach. We could retreat to the pool area and continue to relax while the kids had fun in the pool.

The bedrooms downstairs were really nice and spacious. The bedrooms upstairs are also nice, but definitely smaller. Overall, the upstairs is smaller and feels more like an apartment or flat, while the downstairs is more spacious and more like a home. But both have kitchens and living room areas – which is quite convenient and meant that we didn't have to go downstairs every time we needed something.

There is also a cool rooftop terrace. We didn't use it too much because we felt it wasn't safe for kids 3-5 years old, but I did go up there every morning to do yoga and it was amazing for that. Older families could certainly go up there for happy hour at sunset and really enjoy it.

The house is at the end of one of the main streets that runs through the center of Sayulita. It is just a little bit off the beaten path, but we kind of liked that. It never got too noisy or congested. We enjoyed the short 10 minute walks to and from the downtown area. It's just a few minutes to walk to the beach. And there are also some nice restaurants located just a few minutes walk away.

April seems to be a good month to go. Although I think earlier in the year would work as well. Later in the year (summer/fall) would probably be pretty hot and humid.

The property owner was quite forthcoming will all kinds of details about the property and what to do in and around Sayulita (very helpful). And the property manager was responsive to our questions/requests.

I certainly recommend Casa Gala to anyone and would love to go back there again. It felt like staying at a resort without all the resort ickiness. And Sayulita in general is a real gem and very tourist friendly. It's just a beautiful place to relax and unwind.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Ontario

Terrific property close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Los Delfines. The pool was very inviting every afternoon and evening when we were trying to beat the heat. Beds were comfortable, lots of storage, nice washrooms, kitchen with full amenities and a big spot to park your car inside the gates. Very safe and beautiful property. We had a great stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Car: not necessary

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Major Holiday Rates: $4000 (weekly only)

50% at booking 50% 1 week before arrival. Deposit is refundable until 30 days before date of arrival.