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Unique home in quiet, private setting and fabulous views of the ocean and jungle

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Great home for whale watching with 2 bedrooms+convertible bed, 2 baths, sleeps 5

On a hillside, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by virgin palms, Casa Colina is a unique home in a private setting with breathtaking views of both the ocean and the jungle.

If you are a nature lover, you will consider this unique home to be your piece of paradise. It provides outdoor palapa living, where you can relax and sunbathe on the large wrap around terrace while watching the migrating Humpback whales, schools of leaping Mantas, diving Pelicans, colorful flocks of Parakeets, Redheaded Woodpeckers, soaring Hawks and numerous other tropical birds. In addition to wildlife watching, without even leaving the terrace, you can view the colorful fishing and luxury sailboats that ride the swells of the bay.

This home is a perfect setting for a couple looking for a very private location, as well as the place for 2 couples choosing to vacation together, as the house features two separate bedroom suites with queen size beds and private baths, both featuring unique open tropic showers, enhancing your experience in this beautiful setting, by allowing you to bathe in utmost privacy while feeling you are part of the surrounding tropical environment.

In addition, the house has 2 separate outdoor patios. On the side patio, you can position your lounge chair to take advantage of the jungle and ocean views. On the front patio, you will enjoy the rhythmic sounds of the ocean, while watching the surf break on the shore and rocks below.

If you have a more active vacation in mind, the white sand beach, located just below the house, offers swimming, snorkeling, fishing, sea kyaking, and surfing. If you are a golfer, you can access the Los Muertas Golf Club by taking a 10-minute walk towards the village. Numerous excursions are also offered by tour companies located in the San Pancho pueblo, which can be accessed by walking 10-15 minutes into the village. If tennis is your sport, you can play on a private clay court, available, by reservation only, by taking a short walk into the jungle.

In the friendly and often lively Mexican fishing village of San Pancho, you can try out your Spanish and visit the numerous restaurants serving delicious local dishes and fresh seafood.

A great Saturday night activity is walking to the polo field in the village of San Pancho to watch a polo match. There is also a restaurant next to the polo field where you can have dinner and drinks while watching the match from your table.

Keywords: Spectacular panoramic views A 15 minute walk into the village of San Pancho. Beach access directly in front of the property. Definitely THE PLACE for tropical bird and whale watching.

Please let us know any questions you may have.

PAULA, owner Casa Colina

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Paula M
Member since: 2000
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 March, 2018

About Paula M

My favorite spot is in the hammock on the front patio of Casa Colina. Great place to watch the changing of the light as the sun moves across the sky, the flight and chase of the beautiful tropical birds, as well as the spouting of the Humpback whales as they do their yearly migration from the northern waters of Alaska to the Bay of Banderas.

Also my favorite spot for reading a good book or just taking a mid day nap.

Why Paula M chose San Francisco

We never intended to buy property in Mexico. We were just on an extended trip through Mexico in our new RV. Once we discovered the beauty of the tropical paradise called 'San Pancho, we were hooked! The RV trip we had planned through Mexico and up the eastern coast of the USA, came to an abrupt end in San Pancho! That was about 18 years ago. We did eventually take an extended trip through Mexico, in addition to exploring the East Coast of the U.S. but the tropical beauty along with welcoming people of San Pancho continues to draw us back to our favorite place, San Pancho, year after year!

The beauty of San Pancho inspired my husband to design our beautiful and unique home, Casa Colina. After spending numerous hours on our hill, recording the direction and times of the changing breezes, he designed 6 foot glass doors, strategically placed to take full advantage of the tropical breezes. As another way of augmenting the flow of the air, he designed the palapa roof, made of Royal Palm fronds and natural wood, that shelters the front half of the house, in addition to the coupala that sits at the peak of the roof. He then added three ceiling fans to the palapa roof in addition to hanging one in each bedroom. All his careful planning and design gives us a home that is very comfortable without the need for any air conditioning until well into the summer months. At that time, we head for the much cooler summers of the NW.

I am also a music lover and my husband's additional thoughtfulness resulted in built in speakers in the front of the house, giving us the amazing effect of beautiful surround sound!

What makes this house unique

Since we discovered San Pancho and built Casa Colina, many others have continued to be drawn to this pristine paradise but we have been lucky enough to have lots of land and space between our home and our closest neighbors. We not only continue to have the kind of privacy we had when we initially built Casa Colina but both our ocean and jungle views have and will remain unobstructed.

The increased population of San Pancho has brought more varied and excellent restaurants, a golf course that is open to the public, a polo field hosting Friday evening polo matches, festivals throughout the year with one of the annual highlights being the February music festival!

As more visitors from all over the world have continued to discover San Pancho, our local hospital has also enlarged and upgraded it's facilities. No matter where you are in San Pancho, the hospital is approximately 10 minutes away!!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an absolutely wonderful and relaxing vacation here at Casa Colina and charming San Pancho. The weather was perfect and the view spectacular. We saw whales jumping on 3 different days. It was great to be away from the snow for a week living outdoors in February but still keeping in touch with home on the internet.

We will highly recommend this place to our family and friends.
Feb 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in San Francisco in Bahía de Banderas

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No additional overnight guests without owner approval.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both bathrooms have tropical open air showers. You feel as though you are showering outdoors but have the privacy of an inside shower. This results in a very special bathing experience, especially at night when there is a clear star filled sky.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Kitchen is equipped with microwave, range, full size refrigerator, cookware and utensils, Everything you will need for your dining pleasure. You can reduce your packing of clothing as the maid will do your laundry for you, All linens, including beach towels are provided, and there is complete maid service twice weekly, No Pets or Smokers please. The house is handicap accessible with some exceptions.


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Unique home in quiet, private setting and fabulous views of the ocean and jungle
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San Francisco

We loved this house!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved Casa Colina! My wife and three children had a great time. Paula was great - v. responsive and 'on it'.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bob, thanks for your review and for taking such good care of Casa Colina. We hope we will think of us and San Pancho when planning any future trips to Mexico.
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Unbelievable sunsets, stars, birds, gorgeous architecture

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully designed house with lots of outdoor space (and shade to escape the sun when it gets too much.) The two bedrooms/ bathrooms are very separate so would work really well for two couples. I would recommend getting a golf cart because it is up pretty high on the hill and about a 30 - 35 minute walk from town -- doable walking but better with golf cart. Very quiet and private, a real escape. There is no pool but there is easy access to an outdoor shower. The owner tries very hard to make you comfortable and happy. Really loved this trip.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our best Mexican vacation yet! We will soon return.

  • 5 of 5

When we walked into Casa Colina, our first impression was, WOW, what an amazing view! Due to the openness of the front half of the house, we were able to enjoy an unobstructed 180-degree view! We found it difficult to tear ourselves away from the lounges on the front patio and walk the short distance into the village of San Pancho, but when we did, we discovered an adventure awaiting us as we explored the numerous and varied shops, interacted with both the locals and visitors, and savored the food in the numerous and diverse restaurants.

Casa Colina and San Pancho are definitely high on our list of favorite vacation places. We hope to return soon

Cudos to the owners who created this unique home, in a pristine environment, that also has one of the best views on the Riviera Nayarit Coast.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Disappointing house experience

  • 2 of 5

The actual physial description of the property was accurate.It's a pretty place with great views. However, our experience that week was different from what was contracted.The house had clearly not been prepared for renters. No one had used the house for several months and it showed. Examples: Sinks in the bathrooms were dirty, a partily filled old botttle of wine was in the living room, musty smell in the bedroom, owners' property stuffed behind the bed, no clear surfaces in the guest bedroom for renter use, some light bulbs out with no replacements around, towel rack broken.The description included internet service, phone service, filtered water, and a housekeeper for 2 days. None of that happened (except internet on the last evening of our stay}. Having no phone service was especially stressful as the house is up a steep hill and somewhat isolated (the closest house was empty and up for sale). Cell reception was, at best, spotty. It was difficult, frustrating, and expensive to communicate with the owners who live in the US. They were slow to respond and, in general, did not treat us well. The tone was set when we first got there.The key to the house was not where it was shown in the photo they sent us. We called. Their first reaction was to argue that they had sent a photo of where the key was rather than to believe it was not where it was supposed to be. In fairness, they did attempt to remedy some of these complaints from afar, did eventually listen to our upset , and did refund us a small portion of the rental charge.

We hope the owners will take this review to heart and be more prepared for the next renters.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guest is correct, the key was in the wrong place and after she told me, I called our manager, who apologized, and told me where to find it. When I called her back with the info., she said the phone wasn’t working. I called the phone company, they said they were working on it, and I let her know. She told me it was costly for her to use her cell so I told her I would call her in order to keep in touch and make sure things were going OK. However, I soon found that I could only leave messages on her cell, to which she didn’t reply, so I began e-mailing, also to no avail. I still don’t understand why she didn’t communicate with me, regarding the problems she describes in her review, as there were numerous occupied homes nearby and anyone of them would have let her use their phone and/or internet. In addition, it is only a short walk into the village, where she could have used one of the internet cafes. Casa Colina is in a private setting but definitely not isolated. Since she had only informed me of the 2 problems, described above, there was no way I could have rectified the others she mentions in her review. She says I argued with her about the location of the key. I don’t understand why she perceived our conversation that way. It would be foolish for me to take that tact with someone who was going to be staying in my house for a week. As a result of the problems this guest encountered, we have now hired a new manager. His office is on the main street in San Pancho and he is open 24/7 so he can assist our guests with any problems they may encounter, and we now have a lock box at Casa Colina in order to prevent any future problems with the location of the key. After our guest returned to the U.S., I called to ask how her vacation had gone. She expressed disappointment, due to the lack of phone service and the condition of the house. I was quite dismayed when I heard her statements, regarding the condition of the house, since we have never had anything but glowing comments from past guests. I asked what she felt would be fair compensation. She said $500. so I sent her a check for that amount, yet In her review, she expressed dissatisfaction with the amount of the refund, even though it was the amount she had requested.
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Beautiful, quiet, and all the comforts of home - we couldn't have asked for more than Casa Colina!

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I rented this beautiful home as a 'girls getaway' for a week of relaxing and old friends reconnecting. We couldn't have DREAMED of a better place! The view was outstanding and the home was just lovely. The beach is just a nice walk down the hill; a short walk down the beach and you're in town and being served margaritas on the beach!!!

The two master suites were perfect and provided us privacy when we wanted it, and the open-air showers were wonderful! The nicely-equipped kitchen provided us with everything we needed to cook at home, or re-heat anything we brought back as leftovers.

I would definitely recommend Casa Colina to friends and relatives - we are already planning on going back next year!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing property!

  • 5 of 5

This place is fascinating. The views, the openness, the quiet, (except for the birds), the amenities, the fantastic outdoor showers, (hot water and great water pressure), the Shaw TV (got to watch my hometown team lose the Orange Bowl), spot on internet, stereo system, and I could go on and on. Casa Colina had everything I could have imagined. If I wondered if something was there, I found it, in abundance. They even provided a book of Mexican birds, which came in handy for identifying the rufus bellied chacalaca and the beautiful white throated magpie jay, which was on the cover of the bird book. The owners have thought of everything! It was hard NOT to relax. Fabi, the housekeeper and Juan, the gardener were exceptional. We loved it and will definitely be returning.

Susie and Gary

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Mar Plata
Nearest Ferry
300 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
In San Pancho
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mar Plata
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Public access lines up directly in front of Casa C
Car: not necessary

Sea kyaking, surfing, surf lessons, horse back riding, yoga, massage, manicure, pedicure, or just relaxing in a very quiet private setting.

NOW NEW in San Pancho.....a BEAUTIFUL GOLF COURSE open to the public and only a 10 minute walk from our


The San Pancho activity center now offers Spanish lessons, guided trips to an orchid farm and hot house, in addition to other community activities. Just be sure to frequently check their schedule by stopping by the center.

There are also tour companies in town that offer numerous excursions: snorkeling, scuba and fishing trips, excursions to San Blas and nearby mangrove swamps, sea kayaking, sailing and many more new and exciting experiences await you when you vacation in San Pancho. Oops, I almost forgot about the polo matches which are regularly held in San Pancho as well as the weekly turtle presentation which is usually followed by a baby turtle release on the beach. For anyone who has an interest in tropical birds, San Pancho now has it's own resident expert who often leads groups of locals and tourists around our local area as he points out the numerous varieties of tropical birds who make their homes in the area. You can often find the inf. on where and when these walks are scheduled by logging onto


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £376.45

refundable damage deposits depend on length of stay.

Our cancellation policy is as follows: Your refund amount will be based on the # of days in your reservation that we are able to re-rent. So if you have to cancel, it is to your advantage to do it as early as possible, giving us a longer amount of time to re-rent the dates we had reserved for you. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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