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Tailwind Jungle Lodge
Brussels, Belgium
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6 reviews
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“Wonderful escape”
Reviewed April 29, 2012

We had an unforgettable and wonderful four days and nights at Tailwinds! It was an oasis away from noisy crowds and tourists, close to nature and to the beach! We had breakfast under the palm trees, hiked the nearby jungle to solitary beaches, napped in hammocks, had candlelight dinners and slept (comfortably) in the large and lovely palapas. The owners were delightful, helpful and a pleasure to chat with.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Frisco, Colorado
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

My husband, 5 yr-old daughter and I just returned from 10 amazing days at Tailwinds. It was the perfect eco-friendly getaway to unplug from our busy lives and reconnect with nature. We stayed in Casa Pumita which we loved -- amazing views from the 3 decks and very spacious. Sitting on the deck with a cup of coffee or a beer and taking in the sounds and sights of the jungle -- from the chachalaca birds that woke us in the mornings to the scampering of the tejon/coati in the evening -- was a highlight. Our daughter especially loved the pools and the many pretty butterflies. Honestly it was the Jacobi family that made our trip so special -- they made us feel so welcome and we really enjoyed getting to know them during our stay. They guided us on several adventures including stand-up paddling, sea kayaking and on a great nature hike. Another highlight was the massage and gourmet dinner by Abigail right on our deck -- she is a gem. We loved exploring San Pancho and nearby beaches and towns -- there is so much to do in just a short drive from town. At the end our busy days it was a treat to return to our secluded jungle home.

Room Tip: Casa Pumita and Casa Tigre were our favorites. Don't miss the sunset from the roof of the office...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Avon, Colorado
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Reviewed March 14, 2012

Let me tell you something, this is the best place I have ever visited in Mexico. If you looking to get away from the busy city of Puerto Vallerta you found it. Tailwind has a secluded beach, jungle hikes, and is only a few minutes from San Pancho. Casita Pumita had everything a gringo would want in addition to the spectacular view. The staff was very accomidating at getting me information about the other local beaches, town, and festivities. I even got a personal sea kayak tour and stand up paddle lesson. Who could ask for more? Nobody. This will go in my books as one of the greatest trips of my life.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Sundre
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2011

Our palapas were a little like luxury camping: always outdoors, but perfectly sheltered. Not hard to find (excellent directions), a ten minute drive on a challenging dirt road and one discovers an oasis away from discos, all-inclusives and seedy resorts. The place was comfortable and had everything we needed. We cooked sometimes, explored local food in San Pancho and other towns. Good surf nearby. Tailwind staff/family were wonderful. Supportive, interesting but not at all intrusive. This place is a gem!

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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St. Catharines, Canada
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Reviewed February 10, 2011

This place is far removed from most commercial establishments, you will find peace, quiet, and opportunities to meditate, swim, hike and find the privacy you are looking for. There is great respect for preserving the environment here, with water conservation, recycling and maintaining the natural environment. I slept well and ate well thanks to a local chef brought in to cook for our group. The weather is warm, and I was glad to get away from the noise and pollution of the city...

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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Phoenix, Maryland
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Reviewed February 4, 2011

Our family of 5 (kids 20, 17, 13) has recently returned from a wonderful week in the Jungle of Mexico! As soon as we arrived we felt like we were living like Swiss Family Robinson in the Jungle (but with all of the modern conveniences!) The palapas where we stayed felt like home immediately. If possible they were even more beautiful than the photos on the website. The Jacobi family was warm, hospital and always available to give us direction when needed. The kids enjoyed a day of paddle surfing and sea kayaking with Tamara. We hiked the jungle on dirt roads exploring native animals and birds. The small beach was a short walk down the jungle path or for a larger one drive into the town San Poncho (San Francisco). I am also a yoga teacher and would love to return and lead a retreat. The yoga pavilion is spectacular and the location would bring an instant "bond" to any group. We also loved the charm of the town, San Poncho. There were restaurants for any price range and a beautiful beach. A neighboring town was larger with a farmers market and more shopping but not the charm of SP! The only thing I would change about the trip is renting a 4 wheel drive to transverse the jungle dirt roads. Also rent it using an American Express card for insurance coverage benefits (my husband is an insurance broker!). I was NOT ready to leave when our week was up. My next visit will be longer (10 days). Theres so much to do on and off property! Tailwinds is a true gem!
P.S. One of my favorite memories was going to sleep listening to the layers of jungle sounds with the ocean in the background. Around 5am I'd awaken to silence except for the ocean...then doze back off!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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St. Catharines, Canada
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Reviewed February 3, 2011

Lucky me, I was able to go on a yoga retreat, and my hosts chose an eco-lodge family run business that is committed to holistic sustainablility in an old growth jungle north of Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. In my opinion and to quote the friendly, dependable, wise, onwers the Jacobi family of Tailwinds Jungle Lodge, this is "Paradise Found" and an experience "To Live For". White noise eliminated. I highly recommend this alternative rare find vacation for singles, couples, families, and or special groups. View the informative Tailwinds Jungle Lodge web site for more details.
Camille M. Korody

  • Stayed November 2010
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Property: Tailwind Jungle Lodge
Address: Calle La Bajada Del Tigre, San Francisco, Mexico (Formerly Tailwind Outdoor Co.)
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Nayarit > Riviera Nayarit > San Francisco
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 13 Specialty Lodging in San Francisco
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tailwind Jungle Lodge is an eco-lodge, yoga retreat center and adventure travel company just north of San Pancho, Mexico. Our motto here is "enjoy life"! The blissful jungle, beach and ocean here make it easy to do just that. Our creative bungalows, casitas and palapas are perched amidst majestically swaying palm trees, giving the lodge a Swiss Family Robinson/treehouse type feel. Tailwind is perfect for the adventurous travelers who are looking for an active vacation (hiking, surfing, SUP, sea kayaking, yoga). Of course, we also understand if you'd prefer to simply lounge in the hammock! The jungle experience awaits! ... more   less 

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