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“Strange and very expensive” 2 of 5 stars
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The Point, Yelapa 51, Mexico   |  
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“Strange and very expensive”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2010

Casas de Isabelle is in a great location. Our palapa overlooked a small canyon with a small waterfall and also had a view through the trees to the ocean. But the structure was open on all four sides, so cold wind blew through all night long. This, coupled with a hanging, swinging bed resulted in no sleep. When I opened up my suitcase on the table next to the bed, several items fell into the canyon. The manager did not respect our privacy and came into the palapa many times, without asking. The shower was lovely but the "bathroom" consisted of two plastic buckets with toilet seats on them. One of the buckets was open on both ends and went straight into the canyon. The price is very high and we found a lovely, larger place that was less expensive.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Isabelcasa, Manager at Casa Isabel, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Casa Yolocalli, the casa this reviewer stayed in, has been completely rebuilt into an artistic and romantic showpiece since JungleGal stayed here. Also, her visit was in that transition period between when Isabel passed away and before Bev had assumed responsibility for Casa Isabel.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2010

This place is fantastic however not for the all inclusive resort people. It is very rustic with limited plumbing, electricity, cell/internet use etc. This is why we chose it! It is very charming and magical.
Take the water taxi from Los Muertos pier in P. Villarta (12$/person, 45 min ride)
You enter Yelapa and see all the beautiful palapas and restaurants as well as the gorgeous coastline. The beach is small and does not have soft sand. This is also the place where most of the day tourists will be.
The locals (some Canadians/Americans are "locals" as well) are very friendly. Walking through the dusty streets of the village, you will find Tiendas with fresh fruit and bread as well as bakeries with homemade cinnamon rolls. You will encounter several small children, dogs, chickens and even donkeys/mules, which was great! (note: some people staying in the village were upset with early morning animal noises, so may be best to stay out a bit along coastline) We stayed at Playa Isabelle at the point. Any one of the houses there would be great, especially Yolocali. Great open air house with front view of ocean and back view of jungle. This was about a 10 min walk along the coastline trail to get to the village, very quiet and relaxing here at Casas Isabelle (plus own private beach).
Several things to do: walk to local waterfall/restaurant, hike 1 1/2 hours through "old Mexico" along river to reach waterfall and swimming holes, boat trip to marietta islands (worth the 50$, ask for Ezekiel). The restaurants open at about 6 or 7. Food is fantastic, fresh and safe (oh and unbelievably affordable) Pollo Bollo, Tacos Y Mas (ask for Pajueles), La galleria and Cafe Bahia. The Yacht Club has a disco every wed and sat (good food too but expensive). If you drink liquor, try Raicilla, the local, homemade equivalent of moonshine (but with a lighter, smoky flavor). All water and ice is filtered and if produce is not boiled or peeled it is washed in Microdyne.
Things to know:
1. No police, but still very safe. We left our things day and night in the open air house and no problem. There were some incidences several years ago of things being stolen, but the town forces them to leave. The locals really want this to be a fun safe place for tourists. Basic rule: don't flash expensive items!
2. You will do lots of walking on a fairly uneven road. Take good shoes but know they will get dirty either from dust or donkey poop.
3. Carry a trekking pack instead of a suitcase.
4. You can change your dollars for pesos in Yelapa, most locals prefer pesos.
5. Take a headlamp, flashlight as it gets dark on trails at night
6. Bugspray for if you hike through jungle, we didn't have much problem here
7. Visit www.yelapinfo.com for some good info

I can't say enough! this was a great place, but we are also both very outdoorsy. It is very magical and was a fantastic experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2009

My partner and I just returned from a seven night stay at Casa Yolocalli, one of several authentic thatched roof palapas on the gorgeous property of Casa de Isabel. We were sad not to be able to meet Isabel who has developed the property for 37 years. She passed away recently and is missed by all in Yelapa. However we were adopted for our stay by her dog Nanu who loved to hang out on our deck high up in the trees overlooking swaying bamboo, palms and flowers below. The water taxi from Los Muertos will drop you on Isabel's little beach. Prepare to get wet feet. And a quick steep climb through lush foliage takes you to the main house where Anna and Judy show you to your palapa and explain the quirks of living in a jungle. Casa Yolocalli is built on a cement slab next to a ravine, only one wall with a second story complete with a slightly scary ladder to a cozy bedroom with hanging double bed, and hammock chair on the edge of a rickety balcony attached to the trunk of a huge tree. The kitchen below is utilitarian but functional with a small fridge, 2 burner stove and a leaky blender. Flush toilet and good hot water shower are located open hair just out back. It was very private, but be aware that voices carry and are heard. My biggest surprise was turning around after washing dishes and seeing a large iguana perched on a rock about 6 feet away from me! We were warned about scorpions but didn't encounter any. Drawbacks to the place were the feeling of instability on the second floor, and poor lighting for reading at night. It was very clean for our arrival, everything worked. Indeed the whole property is an amazing mixture of paths, water and electrical conduit, recycling bins, flowers, huge trees and views. The beach is good entry for snorkeling around the rocks. Many restaurants in town, we liked Pollo Bollo for dinner and The Vortex for lunch . The best margaritas were out of our own blender on the deck overlooking the jungle listening to the waves with Nanu stretched out on the rug.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: The Point, Yelapa 51, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Jalisco > Costalegre > Yelapa
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #4 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Yelapa
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"A peaceful retreat for the enjoyment of nature and the rejuvenation of the human spirit." Casa Isabel is Yelapa's longest operating, most divinely located guesthouse. Located on "The Point" away from town, bordered by the ocean, a creek with two waterfalls, and unpopulated jungle. Casa Isabel offers a variety of accommodations, all with stunning ocean views, and privacy ensured by lush plantings with flowers and shrubs. ... more   less 

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