"Wow! What a view!" is the first thing guests say when they arrive at our condo on La Madera Beach in Zihuatanejo.
Our Bayside condo has no windows on the south side that faces the Bay—it’s totally open—so we enjoy a lovely breeze and excellent visibility. It’s sort of like being on a ship. In case you've never been to Zihuatanejo, you'll want to know that the temperature rarely goes below 75º at night. In "winter" daytime temperature in our apartment goes up to about 85º max.
From a comfortable wicker chair (or rocking chair) you can sit and watch boats of all kinds, lots of birds, fish (as they jump or are in schools that create cool looking ripples and shadows in the water), parasailors, local fishermen casting nets and much more. It's different all day every day.
The Bayside bedroom also faces the bay. It is surrounded by wooden shutters that can remain open so you can sit up in bed and see the water. Or you can close the shutters and turn on the air conditioner. There is an east-facing window that opens to bring in fresh air, and there's a small work desk perfect for a laptop.
Our Town-side condo faces the mountains to the north and overlooks the city of Zihuatanejo. In the evenings, winds usually shift from coming in from the ocean to coming from land, so there is a lovely breeze.
The condo building is directly above the beach and access is just a few steps out the door of our building and down about 72 stairs to the soft sand. It's a short and easy oceanfront walk to downtown markets, shopping, restaurants and events.
The light, airy and spacious condos are separated by a private hallway and, especially when the doors to each apartment are open, there is a wonderful ocean breeze for both sides to enjoy. You can rent the Bayside condo only, the Town-side condo only or rent the combination of the two. Both apartments have air-conditioning, cable TV, paperback libraries and wireless high-speed Internet access.
The Bayside apartment has a fairly large kitchen area and a beautiful oval glass-top dining room table that seats up to 6 people. Guests can also enjoy visiting around the gorgeous wooden counter that surrounds the kitchen. There are seven elegant bar stools with comfortable cushions and the lights above the bar are the "bird's nest" basket style seen all over Zihua. Almost every light in the living room is on a rheostat so you can create a soft, romantic mood while you listen to the waves.
The Town-side condo has an efficiency kitchen and a glass dining table that seats up to 4. Both kitchens have 2-burner stoves and come with small appliances including a microwave, blender, coffeemaker and toaster oven as well as nice tableware, glassware and cookware. There are 5-gallon bottled water dispensers in each kitchen.
The Town-side condo is very light and airy and the very large bedroom has a great king-size bed. The living room has a sofa bed with a "trundle bed" that rolls out to provide an extra sleeping space. Our grandsons (ages 9 and 13) love to sleep on them.
One of the best features of our condos is decent water pressure. As those who have been to Mexico beach areas know, this is very good news. We have a water storage tank with an automatic pump in each apartment to ensure as good pressure as possible. The downside is that when the pumps work to draw water there is a rather loud noise for about 10 seconds. After a while, you don't notice it and it's a little price to pay for a big pay-off.
Our apartments are equipped with in-line water heaters because electricity is extremely expensive, water is in short supply and after a day on the beach, a warm-to-cool shower is all most people want. The hot water lasts "long enough" but don't expect it to be constantly hot as it typically would be in the U.S. or Canada.
In February 2012 we refurbished, renovated, repaired and replaced furniture and fixtures to make sure our guests will be as comfortable as possible. There are new ceiling fans and light fixtures and the wooden kitchen counter has been completely refinished. Of course there is always more to do and we'll be back soon to continue to make sure the apartments are clean and classy looking.
The swimming pool overlooks a "jungle" and the bay. Imagine sitting in a lounge chair reading your book, or floating on an air mattress under a clear blue sky with a cold drink and being able to lift your eyes and see Zihuatanejo Bay. Wow. It truly makes us feel like we're in a tropical paradise and we hope you'll feel that way, too....Read more
Zihuatanejo Bahia Vista Beachfront Condo Zihuatanejo, Mexican Riviera-Pacific Coast, Mexico (Property location is approximate) ?
Additional Location Information
The condo is in the Bahia Suites Building which overlooks Zihuatanejo Bay. It's a short walk down the hill to Playa La Madera and an easy ocean-front stroll to downtown. It's a quiet neighborhood with lots of great restaurants, including four on the beach.
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Beach or lakeside relaxation, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa Car is not necessary
Last updated on March 27, 2015
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Left on 08/16/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | CherieReviewed Aug 16, 2013Stayed Jul 2013
We had a wonderful time staying in this Bahia Vista condo! It was just what we had hoped for. The view was just stunning! Carmen the manager took care of us and was very accommodating. Down the block there is a mini mart, restaurants just below on the beach, el centro is a five minute walk inland for shopping, banks, and restaurants. In July it was very humid but the condo was up high enough for a nice breeze, and there is aC in the bedroom if needed. We loved that the bedroom opened to the beautiful view too! I would definitely recommend staying here. We hope to return on day!
Left on 12/13/2012 for a stay in November 2012 | Bob & BobbiReviewed Dec 13, 2012Stayed Nov 2012
My husband and I have stayed in Zihuatanejo 3 times now, each time in a different place but always in the Madera area. This time we stayed in Ruth & Doug's bayside condo at Bahia Suites and we absolutely loved it! We walked through the door and were awe struck both with the beautiful view and the condo itself. Their property manager was very accomodating and we experienced no problems whatsoever during our stay. The suite is very comfortable, well stocked with kitchen amenities, the hammock is hung in a prime location for enjoying the view, the pool is well maintained with lounges available both in the shade and the sun. We loved everything about this condo and the Madera location is perfect for being able to walk to La Ropa Beach, the downtown area and shopping. We would highly recommend Bahia Suites to anyone and definitely hope to stay here again ourselves.
Left on 02/15/2012 for a stay in January 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Feb 15, 2012Stayed Jan 2012
My wife and I stayed in the bayside for 1 week and the townside for 1 week, We found both of these units to be very dirty and generally rundown in comparison to any of the other 6 units we had the opportunity to visit in our 3 week stay in the building, also much higher priced for the same view The deficiencies and broken things are too numerous to list. Pot was being smoked on a daily basis by the young Mexicans who hangout( live) there as well as a lot of drug dealing which kept us awake some nights . It was a very uncomfortable situation for us and this building would be #1 on our never to return list! On the plus side we met alot of really nice people to hang with. There is a security guard there at nights now but of little effect, Adios Bahia Vista... P.S. that being said there are some really clean and well priced condo's in this building Read more
We arrived at our condo just after this party left. We had not been to Zihua for about 10 months and therefore did not realize how things had deteriorated. Most of the renter’s complaint was legitimate: a lot of work needed to be done.
Zihua had an unusually wet rainy season last year and many furnishings, fixtures and appliances were affected by the high humidity. Also, because of the economy, the condo was often vacant during off-season and some cleaning and upkeep was deferred.
The three weeks we were there were dedicated to bringing the condo back up to top condition. We replaced windows and ceiling fans. We bought a new air conditioner, light fixtures and lamps. We purchased a new refrigerator and toaster oven. We had furniture refinished, repaired and/or repainted. The kitchen counter was stripped and refinished. There are new cushions, end tables and kitchen shelves.
Our new homeowners’ association is making sure the building, pool and grounds remain clean and safe, and the property manager assures us the security company is working well. It certainly worked well while we were there and we have had no complaints from subsequent renters.
We are very proud of our condo and try to make sure it is clean, comfortable and enjoyable. We encourage guests to contact us immediately—while they are still there—so we can address any problem as soon as possible. We want our visitors to fully enjoy their vacation.
Linda & Wayne
"Breathtaking - A Secret almost too Good to Share!"
Left on 10/26/2010 for a stay in March 2010 | Linda & WayneReviewed Oct 26, 2010Stayed Mar 2010
We have stayed at the bayside 234092 on a couple of occasions and both times we have enjoyed our stay immensely. For starters, its location, right above Madeira beach, is the best in Zihuatenejo! It is within walking distance of downtown, is close to a host of restaurants and is a couple of minutes walk to Madeira beach.
The suite is everything you would be looking for in a Mexican vacation. The view is absolutely stunning and while sometimes reality doesn't live up to the photos that appear on the internet, in this case the photos barely do justice to the view from the suite. It is beautiful and even after staying there for two weeks, you simply never get tired of the incredible view. You are up high enough to catch the sea breeze and the suite has at least three big fans to keep you comfortable. There is air conditioning, but we've never had to use it.
The suite is furnished with all of your needs and wants. It has a big, comfortable hammock that gets constant use from those who just want to lay back and read or catch an afternoon snooze or sip on a beer or glass of wine.
Linda and Wayne
Left on 10/25/2010 for a stay in March 2010 | BonnieReviewed Oct 25, 2010Stayed Mar 2010
Our 3/10 stay at Bahia Vista (bayside) was our third in as many years. It's our home away from home while we're in Mexico! The view from this unit is spectacular and the location only a 5-10 minute walk into Centro for groceries or exploring. We have always been well-taken care of by the property manager and the condo has a wonderfully-equipped kitchen for those who love to cook.
Left on 10/24/2010 for a stay in December 2009 | GabyReviewed Oct 24, 2010Stayed Dec 2009
Perfect location! Close to market, bus stop and beaches. Ideally two couples should rent both sides, beach and city. The view is phenomenal and the kitchen well-equipped so that making dinner at home, enjoying the breeze from the ocean, and taking in the glorious sunset are easy! It's hard to leave! Carmen, the property manager is friendly and helpful. The owners are kind, generous and thoughtful.
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