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Casa Coco & Coco Cabana
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2 reviews
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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2010

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

TV

The ladder

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.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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NYC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2010

it is my third trip and each time gets better than the previous, the beauty of the surrounding, flowers every where, the panoramic views, the early morning dolphins and whales jumping in and out of the water, the tranquility and peacefulness, the birds singing, the resplendence of the multitude of colors, the taste of the various local food and let us not forget the delicious margaritas…. Yes I will go back
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Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2010

The owners of this establishment are completely inflexible. I made a reservation from New York only a week before I was to travel. I was staying elsewhere on the island, and the day before I was supposed to check in, I went to see the facility.

No where on the website does it say that you must climb straight up a mile of steps to get there! I was unable to do the climb, and so called the day before check in time to cancel. I was told that unless they could fill my space, their policy was no refund. They were intransient on this point and would not budge. CitiBank Mastercard would not assist me, although I am a platinum member, since the vendor's policy is no refund. I lost $465 for three days. DON'T BOOK WITH THESE PEOPLE!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled solo
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Houston, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2010

This was our second visit to Yelapa, and our first to Casa Cabana. What a treat! My husband and I highly recommend this casa. We were expecting a palapa, but it was so much more. While the pictures on this website are beautiful, they do not do the place justice. The casa was just beautiful, both inside and out. We were pleasantly surprised at the well-equipped kitchen. Even the bed was comfortable. The mornings on the patio were delightful. We did get to see a whale and her calf, as well as a flock of parrots. We only saw one iguana on the roof of Casa Coco, but did see several of the bushy tailed raccoons and many different birds. The landscaping was fabulous and we enjoyed the special lighting touches through the inside and outside of the house. Though I must say, we were never up late. The caretakers were a big help getting us settled. The casa is remotely located, though not isolated, and it does take some strong walking legs. I would definitely recommend some good trek-type sandals. Also, this is definitely not a location for children. The locals wear flip flops, but we were not that sure-footed.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2010

It was everything we could have wished for: the mornings sitting on the upstairs balcony having coffee were just amazing, so peaceful and lush and generally fabulous. I wanted to tell you what a nice surprise it was to find that every chair in the place was really comfortable. Might seem like an odd comment but I have a sore back from too much time at the computer so I really appreciated that.

Felipe and Yanet were just wonderful. Friendly, helpful (more on that later) and just plain lovely people. The dinners (we had two) cooked by Yanet were a real treat, and she is such a lovely young woman. Between a lot of sign language, our pathetic Spanish and her very limited English we had quite a good conversation. Felipe was so helpful, his English is better than Yanet's, so we were able to communicate a bit more freely. He was very attentive and respectful of our privacy.

For our return home we were concerned about the timing as our plane left at 12:50 on Sunday. Felipe took us in his boat to Boca then drove us to the airport and we arrived in very good time. So we did not have to worry. The weather had been a bit unpredictable, stormy, windy and quite cool for a couple of days and parts of the others so we were concerned about how the sea was for leaving. It turned out to be a calm beautiful day. We saw a whale on the way to Boca and had seen one from the balcony a couple of days before we left. Bonus!

All in all it was a lovely relaxing time. Our first day we wondered what we should do then figured it out: nothing. We swam, walked to the pueblo, ate out, visited Kuya's sister who stays there in the winter, walked up to the waterfall, wandered around up river and got to see the rural part of the place which is much nicer than the tourist areas. The food was exceptional!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York City
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2010

Casa Coco is a delightful open-air house perched on a hill overlooking the Bahia de Banderas in Yelapa, Mexico. It is a charming, simple house but has all you need -- and the view is unbelieveable. It's rustic and far from civilization, cars, cities, consumerism -- but that's why you go to Yelapa. The caretaker, Felipe, and his wife, Yanet, made us feel at home and everyone in Yelapa is friendly. A lovely resort called Verana, that can take only 16 guests, is a short walk from the house. We had lunch there and it was great. We had a great time and miss it already.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2010

We stayed at Coco Cabana in early January of 2010 for a couple of nights. It's a very beautiful romantic quiet place with close proximity to the village but just far enough away to have total privacy.

We really enjoyed just hanging out on the Coco's terrace, sipping coffee or tea, while observing flocks of exotic birds flying over the canopy of the jungle or taking in the vast views of the Banderas Bay. Several times we spotted the whales right from the terrace - a really magical experience.

Although, the village has plenty of restaurants where we ventured out for dinner - we really enjoyed making our own breakfast at Coco Cabana. The kitchen is very well stocked with all the pots, pans, utensils, etc. Having breakfast on the terrace was another highlight of our stay.

Our whole experience at Coco was truly fantastic. We only wished we could've stayed longer, (which we intend to do next time.)

Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Casa Coco & Coco Cabana

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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