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.
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.