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!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Casa Coco & Coco Cabana Mexico/Yelapa