On the central Pacific Coast of Mexico, an elegant villa accomodating up to 8 people set among lushly growing trees and gardens, two minute walk to the beach and coastal overlooks. Four bedrooms and 41/2 baths, all with patios, generous kitchen.
Casa Don Juan is a comfortable, elegant place to stay on a wild and pristine stretch of Pacific coast, unchanged by tourism. Primeval jungle still covers the mountains and reaches the coast. People still make their living fishing and farming. Whales, dolphins and manta rays still leap from the waves.
Casa Don Juan is in the gated community of Punta El Custodio, a luxurious group of 15 private homes set amidst beautiful gardens, with parks, scenic walkways and a magnificent pool. From the North side of this narrow point, the jungle covered headlands meet the crashing sea. From the South, one looks all the way to Punta Mita, starting with a twelve kilometer beach, a beautiful arc of sand, fringed with coconut palms.
Casa Don Juan is, itself, set in the middle of a group of palms and giant chalata trees, which we have enhanced with vines, orchids,ginger, ferns and cycads, a veritable botanical garden. Because we are outdoor people, we built the first floor without walls, so we can enjoy the play of light on our plants and the sea, the sounds of parrots, ducks and woodpeckers in the trees and the soft tropical breezes. There are also five terraces, to get away, change your aspect or seek the sun. Our own small dipping pool sits in a fern lined glade.
Casa Don Juan was described as barefoot elegant by its architect. It has elements of the traditional Mexican hacienda, but its airiness is completely modern. We have furnished it comfortably and have collected some fine antique Mexican artwork. The first floor is a kitchen, bar, dining room and living room, and a well-stocked library. There are two bedrooms on the second floor and two detached casitas, down the path. Each has its own complete bathroom.
On their first visit, many guests are stunned by the beauty of Punta El Custodio and never leave the point. They walk the paths, take in the vista from the rocky point, swim in the pools, comb the twelve kilometer beach, release baby turtles, SURF the excellent break three minutes walk away, or just read, write, eat, drink, commune with their friends and family, or make new friends. You can take off for DEEP-SEA FISHING or WHALE-WATCHING, fifteen minutes away on foot. If you want to explore, there is plenty to do. The citadel and ruined church of the sixteenth century port of San Blas, the mangrove estuary and clear spring of La Tovara, with its crocodile farm and HUNDREDS OF SPECIES OF ENDEMIC AND MIGRATORY BIRDS, the waterfall at El Cora and the lively local markets are all within an hour's drive of Punta El Custodio. For surfers, there is the famous one kilometer break at Stoners, and internationally known surfing at Chacala and Santa Cruz. Recently, we discovered two HOT SPRINGS; one, about 30 minutes from us is a large pool, pedestrian but cheerful. The other, about an hour away, is elegant, with many very clean family-size stone pools in which you can adjust the temperature to your taste.
Casa Don Juan has a housekeeper 6 days a week. She'll tidy up, do the laundry, make the beds, fix you gallons of delicious fresh orange juice and cook you great breakfasts and dinners. The community is remote, so we do not recommend that you purchase your food, at least on your first trip. Ismael Franco, our manager offers a meal plan, which is an excellent deal. His menus are flexible, so just ask him what you want; spicy, not spicy, vegetarian, vegan; he has heard it all. Yesenia can then prepare your meals in the fully equipped kitchen. Our guests are also invited to cook, if they choose.
We are well equipped for 8 adults. If you have more in your party, we can help you line up another house, very close by. You can add a few children to a party of eight. The bedrooms and library are air-conditioned, for pleasant sleeping in the hot nights of summer. See below for transportation information.
Paths, pools and gardens. Dramatic overlooks. Fishing village of Platanitos fifteen minutes away on foot. Estuary mouth, surfing and Playa Las Tortugas.
Interaction with guests
We answer their questions in advance. We are not at Casa Don Juan when guests are staying there.
Other things to note
There is a friendly cat. Geckos on the ceilings and bats flying through are beneficial and harmless. There are no-see-'ums on many evenings and mornings. Bring repellant.
As you would in your own homes. No smoking in bedrooms. Pets are tough on the wildlife and are discouraged at the Point. Please discuss with the owner; we're not adamant about well-behaved dogs.