Casa dos Chicos
Casa dos Chicos is a beautiful vacation villa rental on the Mexican Riviera with its long, sandy beaches and just a short walk to the town of Sayulita.
The villa is built on seven acres with 400 feet of private ocean front. I’ve had friends stay here who didn’t put clothes on for a week.
Cangrejo y Toro
This property offers easy COVID-19 cancellation terms:
In case of official travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, guests can cancel free of charge up to 7 days before arrival.
Make sure to go out with a local fisherman or on a sunset horseback ride along the beach.
You are only a few steps from your own private oceanfront surrounded by tropical gardens.
The property’s chef prepares wonderful dinners but there are also some great cafes and restaurants nearby.
How would you describe Cangrejo y Toro in a nutshell?
To describe it in one word: privacy! The villa is built on seven acres with 400 feet of private ocean front surrounded by tropical gardens and is located in Troncones on the Mexican Riviera. We are dedicated to making your vacation with us completely relaxing and memorable.
What was your inspiration to rent out a vacation villa in Mexico?
My wife, Nancy and I used to travel a lot and her family was in the luxury hotel business in the U.S. We always enjoyed finding special places to visit and received great inspiration from staying at places where the design as well as the service was front and center. We grew tired of traveling though, so we designed a small cottage on the beach and had so much fun building it that we ended up with this large villa. We always liked the idea of bedrooms located in buildings that where spread out through out the property. Recently we completed a coral for our horses and guest have enjoyed riding on the beach at sunset as well as guided tours of surrounding villages.
Did you buy the property and then renovate it?
Yes. We bought the property, and chased the cows off... It took us about four years to get it all finished.
In the beginning, we bought an Air Stream trailer and had it placed on the property so we could stay on the land to oversee the construction.
Cangrejo y Toro has been built with all natural materials. All the hardwood is from the surrounding jungle forests. The crews who built the structures were all from local towns and used traditional methods. It was quite exciting seeing the buildings rise from our dreams.
What do guests typically do on their vacations here?
In the morning, we put on some music and serve breakfast. Then our guests can enjoy our big lap pool or spend time on the beach unless they are interested in yoga, fishing, riding and exploring. Nearby, mountains contain bike trails of different skill levels and we have bikes available for anyone who wants to try it.
During midday guests have nice big long lunches either in house or at nearby beach cafes and then relax. There are a lot of private porches, hammocks and sitting areas to hide plus in house spa services are available upon request
Morning fishing on local boats and sunset beach horseback riding are very popular as well as surfing with a local guide.
Why did you choose this particular region of Mexico?
We had traveled all over the world, but because Mexico was sort of right next door, we never really thought to go there. But when we went down there on vacation, we had an amazing time, found the people to be interesting, the food to be fantastic and loved their passion for Cuban music.
We used to rent a villa every year and invite our family to come down around the holidays. We wanted to do this in Mexico and someone suggested this town called Troncones. We spent two weeks with our family and on the last day saw this property that we fell in love with.
What has been the biggest reward about renting out a vacation villa?
It’s great when people return to Cangrejo y Toro or when they send me a note stating a lot of positive thoughts about their stay. We always ask them for negative input too though, and if something has to be changed, we change it. We’re looking to make this the perfect vacation experience.
We have three bedroom suites which are all in separate buildings and have their own porches. Everything is separated out for privacy.
The main house has the communal areas, a kitchen, pantry, studio/library, full bathroom and an ocean-view dining and living room area. The lap pool extends from this structure out to the ocean.
The three bedrooms all have private shaded porches. Some have ocean views from the beds as you wake up and one has an amazing view of the Sierra Madre Mountain range. All rooms have indoor/outdoor bathrooms and high quality queen-size beds with organic linens.
The couple who staff the beach house are from the nearby fishing village of Majahua. Paloma is an amazing chef and housekeeper, and Marco takes care of the pool and does all the gardening. We grow our own mangos and papayas and also have an organic vegetable garden. Our house manager, Lisa, meets our guests upon their arrival and will stop by during their stay. She is just an email away, and so are we.
We offer in-house spa services and can arrange kayak tours, surfing lessons, horseback tours and things like that. Besides normal tropical breakfasts with Mexican coffee, fruit and little bread things, we also offer a gourmet Mexican food service plan with a chef and three meals a day, so you don’t ever have to leave the villa.
You can take a 10-minute walk down the beach and except for major holidays like Easter and New Year’s Day, the beach is very quiet. You’ll just find a few people throwing nets into the water fishing and others diving for lobsters. You can walk to a few cafés from the house, but basically it’s just very quiet within a mile or two from the house.
Within 10 mins walk, there are three little cafes you can go to and eat with your feet in the sand or go in the opposite direction and come to an amazing Lagoon filled with wild horses, cattle and hundreds of birds. Within a 10-minute drive, there are wonderful restaurants and cafés, so it’s important to have a car. There are hot springs up in the mountains, farmers’ market you might want to go to in the morning, plus a lot of little towns to visit.
Being that our caretaker’s father is a local fisherman, we can make arrangements for our guests to go out with a local fisherman on his open boat for about three or four hours. It’s a real Mexican experience. There’s also a local guy who can bring over a bunch of horses and take you on a sunset horseback ride along the beach. And another local can pick you up at the house and take you surfing. The town actually got famous as a surfing place in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
The villa is located 10 mins from the small town of Troncones. You fly into the town of Zihuatanejo, which is a fairly large city. There’s a lot of hustle and bustle there. Pick up your provisions drive about 20 mins, then go onto a dirt road and wind up in this paradise.
This area on the Mexican Riviera is changing, but right now is the time to take advantage of it because it’s still extremely authentic. You’ll even see people riding donkeys and horses down the road. If you habla Español, it’s really helpful, yet there are a lot of gringos living here too. It’s a quietly happening place currently being discovered.
During the rainy season, which runs from late September to early October, we are closed but if you insist, we will accommodate you, it’s quite dramatic — when it rains, it rains, a tropical event
The rest of the year. The sun is up, the sky is clear, humidity is low and the winds are constantly blowing from the ocean. In the evening, the breezes coming down from the mountains will have you looking for our thick comforters on your beds
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