The rail-less stairs to Coco's second floor takes some skill to master.
This was our third trip to Yelapa in the last five years. The town has not aged gracefully, from shabbily sheik to filthy and shady. There are four cops here now, when once there were none; they're needed. Big piles of rubbish on the shorelines, groups of kids and old men drinking in in the streets all day long, endless touting and harassment to buy crap. Walking down the stairway from town to the beach is like walking through the city dump.
Our trip to Casa Coco did not live up to our expectations. I doubt it meets the expectations of its owners. If I ever return to the Mexican Pacific, it'll be back down the Costa Alegre, to La Manzanilla or Barra de Navidad. The ride there on a direct bus from PV is only $14, and very comfortable. The area, overall, is cleaner, cheaper and friendlier.
The Good: Great views, beautiful grounds; airy, two-story palapa-style house with nice decor. A very tranquil neighborhood.
The Bad: Shared bathroom has typical Latin American shower -- no nozzle, no stall, seldom any hot water; floor gets dangerously slick when wet (break a hip up here, you're screwed).
Only four towels provided for five guests (finally found an extra in a back-area laundry room). No shampoo, body lotion or soap as promised on website. (Actually, after three days of asking, we got a couple bars of soap). Potable water bottle half empty upon arrival, charged $5 for a full bottle.
Caretaker, Yanette, agreed to cook us a seafood dinner for 250 pesos. Her husband, the ever-smiling Felipe, then demanded 300, which we paid. Ended up with chicken tacos and beans. (No fish in the fishing village, Yanette told us.) The pre-cooked food she hauled up to the house was good, but looked suspiciously like take-out from one of the village restaurants (why would the beans come in a styrafoam container?).
House-keeping was poor. Got a change of threadbare towels on the fourth day (mine almost tore in half when I used it). Bed sheets were never changed (the one in the master bedroom did get turned over -- tell-tale blood stains gave it away). By the fifth day, the linen was rancid, and we slept in our clothes.
Felipe was annoying. He pestered us to take fishing trips and trips to the Marietta Islands, and quoted us three times the going rate in the village ($36 per person, per hour, vs. $36 per BOAT, per hour). When he realized we had no interest, he seemed to lose interest in us. He never brought us the barbecue we asked for ("too heavy," he said.) He brought an unrequested bottle of water on the last day, which we refused to pay for.
The owner called us the first night to ask how things were going, we had no major complaints at that time. By the third day we decided to speak to him about some of the little issues, but phone service, per a recording, had been suspended for "falta de pago" (got to pay the bills, folks). Felipe claimed there was a problem with the line.
We'd paid for seven nights, but we left after the sixth -- the money lost paying for an extra night in PV for five people was substantial, but we were glad to leave this place.
Other things of note: This is not a place I recommend to people who don't like exercise -- the stairs are steep, and you can expect to work up a good sweat.
Lush places have insects. One night, a large scorpion scurried across the kitchen floor. The next night, a small scorpion crawled towards us on the kitchen counter (we killed that one). Bats flew through the rooms at dusk (hitting the walls), jejenes (little biting bugs) bit us now and then, and one member of our party claimed a8
This was our third trip to Yelapa in the last five years. The town has not aged gracefully. Once there were no cops here, now there are four, and they're needed. Big piles of rubbish on the shorelines, people of all ages drinking in beer in the streets all day long, portions of the village trashy (like the stairs down to the beach), everybody hitting you up to buy something.
Our trip to Casa Coco did not live up to our expectations. I doubt it meets the expectations of its owners.
- Also Known As:
- Casa Coco & Coco Cabana Mexico/Yelapa
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- CASA COCO is a large renovated house fronted by a sun filled terrace stretching the whole length of the house and beyond. Based on a traditional Mexican style, the spacious living/kitchen area is open without shutters. The two large bedroom suites with Queen Size beds on the main floor, one of which with its own terrace overlooking the ocean, are separated by a small courtyard with a fountain. Upstairs, you find a cozy sitting/reading area with balconies and a large bedroom area with two single beds and balconies. We just added a private sunbathing sand terrace close to the house and yet hidden for the comfort and pleasure of sun fans. Nestled on the side of the mountain amidst luxuriant tropical vegetation teaming with wild exotic birds both houses offer panoramic vistas of the Pacific, the mountain, Puerto Vallarta in the distance and the beach. In season you may even be lucky to see the whales and dolphins play right below. Truly one of the best locations in Yelapa. CASA COCO as well as our other house on the property COCO CABANA are equipped with radio/CD/I-pod players, games and some reading material. Towels, bed sheets, soap, shampoo/conditioner and body lotions will be provided. Both houses can be shared by the same group of people but offer complete privacy to separate parties each with its own entrance walkway and terraces. Casa Coco and Coco Cabana are designed to balance luxury and openness to nature. The furniture is Mexican in style with much hand carved wood. There are no windows but mahogany louvers for comfort and privacy. ... more less