1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)
- english, spanish
About Owner/Property Manager
Jim, a retired safety officer and Lin, a retired college professor ready to welcome you to Casa Contenta!
Owner/Property Manager purchased this Apartment in 1999
Why Owner/Property Manager chose Compostela
Searching all over Mexico for the 'perfect' location to own a home on a beautiful sandy, swimming beach, with a lush tropical garden, we discovered our dream. Los Ayala is a small fishing/vacation paradise nestled admist lush hills with one kilometer of sandy beach that caters mainly to Mexican tourists. We fell in love! With Puerto Vallarta only an hour away, it is easy for family, friends and guests to reach us, yet well out of the hussle and hype of the larger tourist centres. A perfect place to immerse oneself into Mexican culture and language.
What makes this Apartment unique
Jim is an active birder, loving to hike and collect new sightings of the many variety of birds in the area. Both of us love the ocean and the waters here are described by my Mexican friends as 'delicious'! Kayaking, snorkelling, fishing, swimming, whale watching are some of the activities we enjoy. A variety of excellent restaurants are nearby and in the tourist season offer a variety of musical venues. We love to dance to live music! There are many opportunities to be involved in a meaningful way through volunteer work with the community. For example, we started Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue and have so far sterilized over 3500 animals in less than 6 years in a number of free spay and neuter clinics. Free food, medicine, medical support, adoptions and education is offered through donations from the community and friends afar. Volunteering in the schools, community or with my clinics while on vacation can be a very insightful way learn about a new culture! Also, I am an artist. The rich colours, and interesting sights offer many inspirations! Jim and I also love to travel. Los Ayala is within easy distance of a number of small villages such as Sayulita, San Francisco, and El Monteon as well as some of the larger centres such as San Blas, Tepic, Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. There are petroglyphs, natural hot springs, trips to view flora and fauna, and historic sites all within a days' travel.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Smoking allowed - On our outdoor patios On our outdoor patios
Max guests: 3
Fantastic place, beautiful view of ocean, well appointed and clean. Lin is a fabulous hostess and questions were easily answered. We will for sure go back!
It was very relaxing and comfortable!
The bungalow "Casa Contenta" has the signature of the owner's good taste for the Mexican Talavera ornaments. It has a big bedroom for two people with beautiful wood furniture and windows. There is a huge terrace where you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the beach. Plus, being at the end of the beach makes it more secluded. The kitchen has all the appliances needed to cook a feast. A nice garden to enjoy a sunny day under tall coconut palm trees. It rained in the afternoons which just made it cozy and different from the sunny mornings. Maricela and Samuel went far and beyond to accomodate my 82 year old mother as the third guest in our bedroom. The opportunity to have my small dog, Ashley, with us was the final wonderful touch. I honestly believe Los Ayala is the best beach in Bahia de Banderas. This property is the perfect match to have it all!
Thank you so much for writing such a lovely review, Maria. It was pleasure having you, your mother and little dog stay with us.
I will let Samuel and Maricela know about your kind comments as well.
We hope you return!
Loved our Vacation
“Loved our vacation”
My husband and I loved Casa Contenta. It was a beautiful place right on the beach. As we slept we could hear the waves of the ocean. It was so relaxing and being right on the beach was wonderful. Jim and Lin were excellent hosts.They showed us what restaurants were good to eat in and often we would go as a group to eat. I think the word we used the most was "fun". We had so much fun at Casa Contenta meeting other guests, going out for lunch just down the beach at Juan's restaurant, having all the vendors coming to us on the beach selling their stuff, buying custard donuts from the man carrying the tray on his head, walking the beach and enjoying people with big smiles on their faces, sitting back and enjoying the 60's band on the beach while the rain poured down from hurricane Sandra,the mariachi band at the local restaurant. We have so many memories of the sun and surf. The decor of Casa Contenta was amazing and we loved looking at all the decor and tiles and how the suites were put together. The best part of our trip was going to the dog shelter. We brought back one dog for a person who rescued a dog off the beach, paid for all her vet bills and brought her back to health. The dog wasn't ready to come to Victoria when the owner left so we brought her back with us. It was a joyful reunion in the airport. We also fostered a little terrier rescue when we were at Casa Contenta and of course we turned out to be failed foster parents and we kept her and she is the best little puppy and we love her. We are so glad we went to Casa Contenta and have already planned our next visit.
Just another day in Paradise
We have just returned from on 4th visit to Casa Contenta. Once again, Jim and Lin we the most fabulous hosts. The bed in our suite was absolutely wonderful. Very traditional and exceptionally clean. I have nothing negative to say about this wonderful getaway and hosts.
Welcoming, luxurious hospitality, and the sound of the surf.
Casa Contenta is a funky place to stay ( lots of color and art!) that couldn't give you a better or closer Mexican beach and village experience. Lin and Jim are exceptional hosts and their place is beautiful, comfortable and spotless. I would go back in a flash.
Hikes to nearby areas such as El Monteon and Lo de Marcos
Excursions to a variety of interesting sites including the large outdoor market in La Penita, historic San Blas for bird watching and a boat trip through the mangrove swamps to view the crocodiles.
Visits to the surfing towns of Sayulita and San Poncho with their boutiques and art galleries.
Trips to Puerta Vallarta only an hour away to visit the Botanical Garden, the Zoo, shops, art galleries, zip lines, night life and to Tepic, the capital of the state of Nayarit where one can visit a Huichol village and view their beautiful beaded works of art along with their yarn creations.
Volunteering options include working with many of the charities located in the Jaltemba
Bay Area including Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue's free spay and neuter clinic which occurs in November and March/April