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Book this 2 bedroom house in Manzanillo today! A total of 6 people can sleep here comfortably.
Guests can enjoy a deck, air conditioning, and parking space among other amenities offered by this rental.
Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 4.5/5 thanks to an average of 41 reviews.
Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $630 to as high as $850, depending on travel dates.
The owner responds to 75% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Jul 22, 2017.
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About the owner
About the owner
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- Calendar last updated:
- 22 Jul 2017
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Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Manzanillo Attractions
- Air conditioning
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
Phone / Internet
- Internet access
- Wireless Internet
- Sea view
- Secure parking
- CD player
- Balcony or terrace
- Smoking allowed
– based on 41 reviews
- Very Good
La Casita de la Playa- "the little beach house" was a wonderful choice, we had with us our two teenage boys and they too loved it, it is all as described on all the other good reviews I read specially the fact that the bathroom is a separate building right outside with shower and all (hot water too). The gardens with ocean views are really beautiful and sitting out there to either read a book, check emails (good Wifi), chat or just to listen to the waves is very relaxing. We got in the water a couple of times and it was great but you would enjoy it better if you are a good swimmer because the waves are strong, non the less there is a safer shallow low waves beach not far which are all family member enjoyable. The Casita has more of a camping house feeling (as it was mentioned to us in day one by Jonathan) because of the bathroom being outside and there is no TV but the Martinez Family would provide one if needed and the casita does have AC system and all the regular household appliances needed, the beds are so very comfortable and the rustic furniture is beautiful. the Martinez Family (care takers) are always just a phone call away and very polite and helpful, if something might not work properly they will do whatever they can to get it back up and in good operating conditions fast as well as if a service is needed they will come help. Food: there is a market within a couple of blocks away and real good (Fresh) food restaurants all over Manzanillo. there is a Walmart store, A Sam's Club, and many fast food restaurants as these are well known in the states, as Burger King, Carl's Junior, a Starbucks and more. you can buy fresh food and cook it at the casita as this has a clean working kitchen and a refrigerator, plus a microwave. over all we were and felt safe and relaxed, we are really pleased with our time spend at the beach house. Thank you Jay & family for letting us stay at your little piece of heaven in Manzanillo. Thank you Martinez Family too.
We spent two full weeks here in February 2015. Although the one “Poor” review below might be a little harsh, I can’t disagree with many of the points made… We too had several unfortunate incidents, but I will try to offer an honest and objective review! This is not a Resort-Caliber property, but neither is it advertised as such. I do feel sorry for anyone that rents this not knowing that there is no plumbing in the main casita, as the description is somewhat vague in pointing this out. After carefully reviewing things, I inquired about the layout and so was aware of this shortcoming… At first it seemed kinda novel, walking across the yard to the bathroom & kitchen sink (yes it’s a SINK, not an outdoor kitchen, and with no hot water), but after a few dozen trips, it gets a little monotonous, especially in the middle of the night… Kinda like camping? Seems we were constantly shuttling things from the indoor kitchen to the outdoor sink! There is also a gas grille and burner outside, but no grilling utensils? Be advised, the thousands of tiny grains of “black sand” that accumulate around the sink each night are NOT sand at all, they are small mite-size bugs… I had to prove this to my wife by showing her that the “sand” crawled! We also experienced an abundance of gnats throughout our stay, outside AND IN, probably a necessary byproduct of the nice grass yard? It’s probably a little misleading to promote this property as newly-constructed, with new furnishings and utensils… Things age quickly in the salt air and when continually rented! During our stay the water heater and the coffee maker failed, although they were promptly repaired/replaced… Just don’t expect “new”! You should ignore all the raves about the caretaker… There has apparently been a change recently, although the new ones, as well as the owner, are very responsive and attentive! Dave & Katie next door offered a few tips when we first arrived, but they rarely came outside? Might also be a bit of a stretch to claim “direct beach access”, as you actually have to exit the property through the parking area and walk through the public access area… It’s only a few extra steps, but it’s not stairs right from the front yard, as direct access would typically imply? And the access area is quite run-down! Speaking of the public use access (just outside the property wall), I’m not typically a very paranoid person, but by the end of our stay we were cautiously on guard all the time; not for fear of bodily harm, but for our processions! The setting does not inspire a very secure feeling… Access is available to anyone willing to hop over the seawall. There were frequently questionable looking characters hanging around the area. It wasn’t uncommon to find hombres sleeping on the ground, on the benches or in the sand in the immediate vicinity. The rinsing shower appeared to be a place for regular bathing and doing the laundry for many. One evening I was perhaps a little too trusting and had some computer accessories stolen that I had left tucked away on the palapa – charger, speakers & mouse. A few days later a brand new nice pair of sandals disappeared from out by the lawn chairs. Along with the open-air setting come a lot of roving eyes… Lock up EVERYTHING! There is indeed a dilapidated graffiti-strewn old 6-story “pigeon hotel” across the road from the property… A victim of the 96 earthquake, according to the neighbor. However, it’s pretty much out of sight except when coming & going through the main gate… Not a huge distraction. We did have one of the pigeon’s fly into the bathroom one day (and right into my face)… Not sure who was more startled, the pigeon or myself. He hung-out in the shower for a few hours, then departed. Good thing it wasn’t my wife it flew into… I would have had to resuscitate her! On the positive side, the views and beach are very nice. The beach slopes gently and the surf is tolerable for swimming, with a nice sandy floor. Unfortunately this is probably the most cluttered section of beach in the entire bay… lots of construction debris, broken glass and such. It stays littered due to the adjacent public access and lack of regular upkeep by this and the adjacent properties. It’s especially bad after the beach is “taken over” by Mexican families on Sunday’s. I got in the habit of doing a daily beach clean-up each morning, to improve our view! Fortunately you can walk on cleaner sand to the north, where neighboring condo complexes keep the beaches cleaned up! The sunsets are glorious over the mountains across the bay and the constant sound of the surf is soothing. We spent hours each day setting on the thatch-roofed patio, laying in the hammock, or in the lawn chairs in the yard enjoying the sea birds, fishermen, and ever-changing scenery. This doesn’t appear to be a big tourists destination… There are several long-term Canadians around, but very few tourists. Accordingly, folks aren’t in the unrealistic servitude mode you find in areas dominated by tourists. You will be primarily mingling with locals, and doing so in a real everyday-life setting, especially while shopping in town! We felt completely safe and comfortable walking through town. However, you will be reminded that, although slowly making progress, Mexico is still a third-world country… As visitors, if we’ll accept their lower standards for cleanliness, extreme tolerance for noise & trash, and simple laid-back tempo and general way of life, it’s a much more enjoyable experience… An authentic experience! If you are seeking a pampered resort-style stay, this may not be the place for you? But, if you want a place that feels like your own, in an open-air setting, and you don’t mind doing ongoing daily chores and housekeeping (including locking up TIGHT at bedtime and every time you leave), you will be rewarded with a delicious view, a relatively pleasant setting, and a rich and enlightening experience! Given the “outhouse” issue, the impaired privacy due to the rather seedy area just outside the gate, and the excessive price being charged for this property, an “average” rating is all this property honestly deserves!
“The Real Mexico”
Stayed at the Casita in late January. The best experience we could ask for! If you are looking for a taste of what the real culture of the region is, this is it. Not the glamorized resort set, but the local real everyday lifestyle. The Casita itself was a taste of how people have been living for centuries with some very nice modernization, like aC, Showers etc. Great Time!
“Beautiful view - relaxing location”
My teen daughter, adult son stayed at the Casita in early april and it was a fabulous experience. I had seen the pictures and did some research on the area before arriving but I was still taken aback by the beauty when we arrived at the Casita. I "planned" on doing a lot of exploring of the area, but after getting there, I didn't want to leave the Casita much. We still did some exploring around Centro and certainly throughout Santiago, but it was always nice being home at the Casita watching and listening to the waves crash on the beach. The caretaker (Lupita and her sons) were very helpful all week, and the neighbor was a wealth of information about the area. He had suggestions on where to go, when to go, etc. His hospitality was greatly appreciated. My kids and I preferred staying in the Santiago area. We enjoyed the authentic feel of the town and the local hospitality. We decided not to rent a car for this trip and I was worried that would be a problem, but the taxis are plentiful and very affordable. It was a short walk to the main park in Santiago where the taxis lined up and even a trip to Centro Manzanillo (20 minutes away) only cost about 80-100 pesos. The Casita was nicely furnished and very comfortable. My kids spent an inordinate amount of time inside the Casita because that's where the wifi signal was strongest. With a minor upgrade on the wifi, the kids would have been able to sit under the palapa and still be "connected." The abundance of board games was a nice surprise. Although my kids are older (16 and 22), we fell into a habit of playing board games every night for a couple hours, beginning at sunset. Sitting outside at the table listening to the surf while spending time with both of my kids was the best experience I could have hoped for. The highest review you can give a place is if you would go back. Before I even left Santiago, I started looking at my calendar to see when I can return.
Pasamos unos dias increibles, la casita tine absolutamente todo, es una casita muy acojedora nosotros disfrutabamos sentarnos en la terraza a tomar cafe escuchando las olas, con una hermosa vista, en la noche pasaba a saludarnos armando la seguridad pues toda la noche el se la pasa dando rondas para a la casita asi que hay mucha seguridad, cerca de la casita hay mercado tiendas en fin todo queda cerca, un hermoso lugar para ir a relajarse con la familia estamos muy contentos gracias jay por permitirnos conocer su casita realmente es todo lo que usted describe y mas¡¡¡
“Family Fun in the Sun”
The Casita on the beach is wonderful. So close to the water and the sand! The kids really enjoyed it and so did I. The neighbors are fantastic and the people in Santiago Bay area are very friendly and helpful. The flea market close by is convenient and a fun Saturday morning. If you don't mind cooking for yourself and cleaning up after yourself the money you save through a rental like this can give you the extra days to really have the time to relax and spend some family fun time together. A big thank you to the Rasmussen's for making their holiday home available for rentals.
I can't say enough good things about the Casita! If you are looking for a quiet little spot to enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility of the ocean whiles being immersed in the rich culture of Central Mexico then the Casita is the place for you. Here are a few words that come to my mind as I reflect on my stay; safe, peaceful, fun, clean, and perfect! My first thought when I went through the door was, "I would need nothing more in life to be content then a place such as this". There are plenty of restaurants near by including the fantastic "Janitos" that serve some of the best Mexican Cuisine I have tasted. There is a small mall close by as well that can provide shopping and some great gelato! A trip to "Centro Manzanillo" is most certainly in order to see the old port and the quaint town perched on small hills at the edge of the ocean. I have had the opportunity to travel extensively in Mexico and all through Latin america and have never felt safer than in Manzanillo. The people truly are friendly and full of life, I was amazed at how many people would smile or wave in the market or town center. One of my friends asked me what I did while in Mexico knowing that I like to be active and to participate in extreme sports and adventure. I told her "mostly just sat on the beach, ate good food, and hung out at the Casita". I could go on about my time spent in Manzanillo but I will leave the adventure for you to discover and the memories for you to make, waiting at the Casita de la Playa!
“Perfect Mexican Experience”
My husband and I just returned from a fantastic week at La Casita de la Playa! We miss the waves at night the most... You won't believe the incredible sound of the sea. I relaxed the first night completely after being lulled to sleep. Each morning we enjoyed watching the pelicans dive for fish, as the sun would rise. The 4-mile walk down the beach was ideal; we would stop on the way back at one of the many restaurants. This was our first trip to Manzanillo so we loved feeling like we were experiencing authentic Mexico, not some all-inclusive resort with the same ceviche day after day. We explored quite a lot! Enjoyed tamales from the local street vendors, ate the most incredible Sopa's at LuLu's tacos in Santiago. (turn right off the main road when you see the Hollywood and Vine sign...really!) When in Manzanillo, Don Julio's taco stand is worth the taxi, it's a great taco dive! Next time we will stay at the casita more and have Lupita cook for us! I wish we had done that. Armando took fantastic care of us, checking in daily to make sure all was well. When I first arrived I wondered if the outdoor bathroom would be bothersome, but I actually loved getting up and seeing the stars and hearing the waves. The bed was comfortable; we slept great and didn't even use the air conditioning. While lying in bed, you can't help being amazed by the palapa ceiling. It's a work of art. I'm sure we will stay at the casita again! My final recco is zip lining at Natura Camp, Jonathon and Vincent were fantastic and it was a great day trip that included pizza at Francisco Villa!
“Perfect Vacation Getaway!”
The Casita far exceeded our expectations. I loved it from the pictures shown on the site, but it was much more gorgeous in person. It was perfect for the two of us, but I could picture inviting my sister and brother-in-law there to share it with us. If you want the true Mexican experience, this is the place to go. You can cook your own food and stay in the privacy of your own secluded yard, or you can venture into town and use your Spanish to order some great food at a local restaurant. I am so pleased with our decision to stay at the Casita versus other "all-inclusive" places we were looking at. And I definitely will recommend to family and friends. Thanks!
“Extreme Relaxation Getaway... At a good price!”
This nice little beach home was a great place to hide from the cool MN winter. We enjoyed the awesome view and the perfect little market area about 4 blocks away. We didn't move the car from the time we got there until we left. The beach is top notch, great for laying out and boggy boarding. The walks we took were awesome too! You can walk for several miles on the beach and take in the waves and rays. It is a very private part of manz... No major resorts close do it is really private.