There’s nothing quite like a massage in the sunshine while the breeze caresses your skin and the ocean waves crash somewhere off in the distance…but that was life at Casa Pacifica.
Casa Pacifica is a multi-story thatched-roof house up on the hill on the outskirts of Sayulita set just above secluded Playa Carricitos in what feels like the middle of the jungle.
Hosted/owned/managed by Sharon and Mike, a couple from San Diego, it consists of a penthouse, the main suite, a bungalow, and a casita. While Sharon and Mike were living in the main suite that season, Charlie and I managed to stay in all the rest of the suites during our two week stay.
The penthouse was first, and it took my breath away. It was immaculate and spacious, and tropical without being kitschy. It was made up of one main room inside that had a living space, a four post bed, and a bathroom area, while the kitchen and dining area (and the patio of course), were all outside. The patio got lots of sunshine and was fantastic for sunbathing or staring out at the ocean, and, like the whole house, was surrounded by jungle and so was completely private.
Because the penthouse wasn’t available for the full week, we opted to stay in their bungalow as well. Like the penthouse, it felt very lush, but was cozier without compromising space. The terrace that spanned the whole length of the bungalow made up the living and dining areas as well as the bathroom, while the room running alongside it held the bedroom and kitchen. (This is where I realized I never wanted to leave).
And because the rental place we had booked for the second week of our trip looked and felt completely uninviting after the paradise we had just lived in, Sharon and Mike managed to fit us into their casita as well, a separate one room dwelling just down a couple of steps from the main house. This one room just had a bed against one wall and a sink/fridge/desk along the other and connected the 5m2 patio at the entrance of the casita to the outside shower/toilet/sink on the other side. It only really had room to walk through but since we spent most of our time on the patio anyway, we didn’t actually mind. (Oh, and this is where the massages usually take place – 100 pesos ($10US)/hr – and are reservable at the gate to the main suite).
A Word About Our Hosts
Sharon and Mike were absolutely wonderful, helpful and extremely accommodating in their dealings with us from our first email to our last goodbye. On our first day, Sharon gave us a quick tour of what’s best in town (groceries, breakfasts, fish market), made sure we knew how to get back to the house (we got lost anyway) and even took our groceries back so that we could hang out in town for a while. Throughout the next week, they offered to drive us into town a few times, helped us with our move to the other rental, and made room for us in the casita when said rental just didn’t compare.
Keep in Mind
I will honestly never say anything bad about my experience at Café Pacifica, however, just so this isn’t a totally biased review, I will pinpoint a couple of things that might turn others off.
First, the internet was a wee bit wonky but Sharon and Mike were getting it fixed as we were there so this should be solved by now.
Second, “the walk” to and from the town is really a bit of a trek, and while I wouldn’t trade it for anything, it might not be a welcome effort to anyone who prefers to be right in town, or doesn’t feel like trekking up and down hills everyday.
Oh yeah, and then there were the scorpions…but I didn’t say that.
Casa Pacifica honestly (honestly) made our trip. With the beach and the walk and the views (and the scorpion episodes), it really made the whole thing more of an experience than just a place to sleep at night. That’s why this post is tagged “you need to do this” and not “you need to sleep here.” Definitely coming back.
For more information, Sharon and Mike have all the details and more photos of their amazing Casa Pacifica here.
*This isn’t a paid review – I actually just really loved this place.