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Casa Coco & Coco Cabana
Sonora, California
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“The absolute best option in Yelapa!”
Reviewed 11 April 2014

A group of six of us left the children home to embark on somewhat of a 10 year anniversary/ couples retreat. Our goal was just to relax and eat good food. We did a ton of research and landed in Yelapa. We poured over reviews on every single housing option in Yelapa. We found that Casa Coco & Coco Cabana were the best fit for us.

After just 24 hours in Yelapa, we discovered that we did, in fact, make the best decision! The houses were so incredibly private and safe. We learned that the location was far more desired than being in the village or on the beach. It was a haven. The view was panoramic... paradise! Some days, we didn't even leave because we had no desire to. The weather was perfect (we traveled the first week of April). No bugs. No scorpions. We really enjoyed both Felipes and Yanet. They became quick friends and we knew we were safe with their tending.

We were well prepared thanks to reviews. The temperature was so moderate, it was never hot nor cold. We never used our bug spray. We tried as many restaurants as possible. Cafe Bahia and Los Abuelos were our absolute favorite (probably because of the American spin on the cuisine), but we really enjoyed Brisas, Rays, and Pollo Bollo.

Richard was a delight to work with and his preparatory package and information were so on spot (and a bit overly cautious!!) that we were very confident and well prepared the entire trip.

My only suggestion (which I believe Richard even suggested) is to not rush in getting to Yelapa. Upon arriving in Puerta Vallarta, I would really encourage you to grab a cab to the Supermercado (which is Walmart, just minutes from the marina) and stock up on groceries/tequila/wine/good coffee (!). Yelapa has limited options for markets... if we would have been better stocked, we probably would have stayed in Casa Coco most of the time. :-) We also had Richard arrange a private taxi in Felipe's (very nice) boat from the marina to Playa Isabel, where Felipe Senior met us and helped carry bags. This was a huge relief because we didn't have to worry about boat taxi times.

Yelapa was incredibly safe. We left our personal items out at the casa all the time and never even thought about it. The location is extremely private, at the end of the mile-long trail (which is an easy walk) to the village. We visited a lot of the options that we had heavily researched and NONE compared in real life to Casa Coco and Coco Cabana. By far the nicest accommodations, most maintained/attractive, most private (the combo of the two houses gave us all our own bathrooms/bedrooms and plenty of space), safest, and accommodating.

Thank you Richard, Felipe Senior, Felipe, and Yanet! We had an excellent time!

Room Tip: Casa Coco has two Master bathrooms, it was unclear to us how this would work on a privacy level, but...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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omaha
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

This review is LATE...however, I was just reminiscing and was reminded of the most beautiful place in Mexico...Coco Cabana is a perfect slice of heaven...and off the beaten path. Words cant describe the beauty once you finally make your way from the water taxi to the top of the mountain overlooking the sea. It's quite a challenging walk..but...the views are definitely worth it. The house is amazzzing...everything you need is available. We cooked everyday and night and had fabulous meals on the patio. The palapa is as colorful and bright as the sun and ocean themselves. If you love unique getaways...this is truly a must!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

What more could you want when your on vacation then to look out over the Amazing ocean when laying back in a chair just steps from the house. Falling asleep to the sounds of nature and the ocean waves was so great, Then waking up to those same sounds. I miss that now at home. While there are stairs to walk up to get to Casa Coco the stunning view is the reward and well worth the stairs. Plus why else come to Yelapa and stay here if you aren't looking for adventure and the serene laid back atmosphere Casa Coco provides you. It isn't in town but not a far walk to get to town. I loved this place and plan on hopefully going back soon.
Paradise=Casa Coco

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Ajijic, Mexico
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

What kind of Yelapa-Experience are you looking for? Do you want to hang out on the beach under an umbrella, trying to ignore vendors? Then stay at one of the hotels that focus on Yelapa's main beach. If, however, you are interested in experiencing for yourself life virtually au natural, in a home that is open-air living, aside the jungle, looking out over gorgeous waters and lushly covered mountains,then you should come to Casa Coco, as we did. WHERE you choose to stay makes a huge difference as to what your "Yelapa Experience" is like.

Like a time machine, our stay at Casa Coco gave me an opportunity to show my 24 year old son a reflection of the Yelapa I knew when I was his age. I had considered staying closer to the beach or restaurants. I'm glad I chose Casa Coco because what it offers is what we came for: Serenity, and the combination of experiences that made this tiny, out-of-the-way village beloved by the people who traveled here.

You shouldn't stay at Casa Coco if you need to be centrally located, because it clearly is not. While my son ran up and down the stairs more easily, I generally planned my day to include no more than one round trip. What you come to realize however, is that many of those places that aren't close to you (the main beach, for instance) are places you don't want to go to anyway.

We were able to order the groceries we wanted and even have some meals (from local restaurants) delivered by Felipe Jr. (I would place an order at the restaurant in person. Felipe would pick it up for me and bring it up to the house when he came late in the day to water the garden.) Felipe can also arrange activities for you. For our departure, he arranged for us to be picked up at Playa Isabel -- which is close to Casa Coco -- saving us from the longer walk to the town pier.

Lastly, our visit in mid-April was perfectly timed. Being the late-end of the dry season, it was not a busy time in Yelapa. (The summer rainy-season is even less busy, however it is hotter and more humid -- and surprise -- it rains in the rainy season!) We found that the weather and temperature in April were perfect.

Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Camarillo, California
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

My daughter had decided to get married on the beach in Yelapa, but when she and her fiance scouted lodgings, they fell in love with Coco Cabana and Casa Coco. I had already booked both properties for friends and family, and it was decided the wedding ceremony would be on the lovely terrace at Coco Cabana, overlooking the ocean. Situated high up the hill (130 steps to the top), this stunning property was everything we had hoped for and more. Richard, the owner, could not have been more accommodating , and Felipe and Yanet took care of any requests we had, including shopping for groceries, cooking, transportation from PV, excursions and luggage. In addition to the wedding itself, the rehearsal cocktail party was held Friday night at Casa Coco. While the properties are some distance from town, and a challenging walk from Playa Isabel, I can not imagine staying anywhere else.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Yukon
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

We stayed in both Coco Cabana and Coco Casita with our 4 teens. It was a stunning spot; away from town (difficult walk with luggage... be warned and pack light; backpack highly recommended). The views are out of this world, the house and casita are well appointed and lovely. The only thing between the current near perfection and ultimate paradise would be a highly impractical and structurally challenging swimming pool. Ah, the challenges of hillside jungle dwelling ;)
When we arrived in Yelapa, I was a bit confused to be met at Playa isabel by an older gentleman who spoke virtually no English. Richard's communication recommending we ask Felipe suggested someone who was more fluent. It was some time later, after much broken conversation with my poor Spanish that I realized it was indeed Felipe I was speaking to, but Felipe SENIOR... our Felipe's father. Once we got that sorted, we were fine. We met Felipe later that evening once he returned from a boat tour with other guests (they caught 9 fish!!).
It was cool when the guys saw a tejon (raccoon) on the path early one morning, but they were a bit disappointed when they learned it wasn't a monkey after all.
I saw a coral snake at the waterfall in town, which was exciting (I didn't realize at the time that it's quite a venomous critter...thankfully). We were very wary of scorpions, but the only sighting was way down on the path and nowhere near our pillows, shoes or swimsuits.
There was so much to recommend the houses, and very few negatives. I will say a couple of things; the lovely Weber bbq in the newly built outdoor kitchen (not quite completed) is out of bounds for guests, and that was a disappointment. The coco cabana kitchen does not have an oven, only a range top, a toaster oven and a microwave that smelled like it was burning. The gas didn't work our first night, so cooking was a bit of a gong show, but we ended up with a uniquely prepared chorizo sausage and roast potato dinner that was pretty darn delicious after all.
Felipe came and fixed the gas later that evening, so we were up and cooking eggs for breakfast the next day.
Several of our group went out for a boat ride with Felipe to the Mariettas and some fishing, which was gorgeous, though no fish were caught (two of them were seasick, so fishing was short lived). Many whales were spotted from Felipe's boat, and it was memorable and exciting.
I loved the walk to and from town; watch out for the waves at high tide though, as they can nearly wash you right off the path at a couple of spots (this was late evening and early morning when we were there).
If you like to do things a bit differently, if you are not content to stay in PV at an all inclusive resort and want to see something "other", then Yelapa and the coco cabana/casita are definitely recommended. You will not encounter this kind of place anywhere else... I can't compare this property or this town to anything else I have experienced.
Enjoy it, and be aware that if you come for a few days, you won't feel like you've had enough time to settle in.
Oh... and you can thank my husband for the Led Zeppelin boxed set of cd's he forgot in the coco cabana... listen and enjoy ;)
Thanks Richard, Felipe and Yanet.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Bandon
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Reviewed 18 February 2011

You are truly one with nature in this open air casa. Expect a bit of a climb to get to the house, but the view is certainly worth it. We were there with our adult children and their spouses. Caretaker Felipe and his wife Yanet were especially helpful, arranging snorkeling and preparing meals for us at a very reasonable cost. Few people were visiting this time of year, which we enjoyed along with the hot weather.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Casa Coco & Coco Cabana
Address: Huachinango, Yelapa, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Jalisco > Costalegre > Yelapa
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Yelapa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
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 
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