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Casa La Ventana
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Reviewed January 7, 2010

Casa La Ventana’s luxuries are many, and it’s ambiance immeasurable. In Boca de Tomatlan you will find a beautiful home, gracious hosts, and a thriving community. If you want to learn more about our neighbor to the south, its people, culture, and food, look no further. If you prefer a pool bar, copious vacationers, and bland fare, you should seek a resort in Puerto Vallarta.

We found our happy spot at Casa La Ventana. We arrived late in the afternoon and were greeted by one of the locals, Freddie, who called Christina and Don to let them know we had arrived. Christina and Don are fixtures in the community, supporting many local charities, businesses and Bocans. While Don and Chapa worked the bags, we walked to the Casa with Christina, and found the La Montana room and its fully stocked kitchen to be polished and stocked with our requested order: cervesa Corona, fresh fish, tortillas, homemade salsa, and local cheeses. After a short decompression (a beer and tequila), we cooked our fresh taco dinner before heading out into the pueblo for Christmas Eve. We met a number of folks that night, bought some homemade fire-crackers, and in all had a great time mingling with the locals before retiring to a comfortable bed overlooking town.

We spent the rest of our six days enjoying all that the Casa La Ventana, Boca and Christina had to offer. Each day started with Christina’s personally-delivered delicious, fresh breakfasts. We spent many days hiking on a well marked trail along the Coast dropping into secluded, turquoise water beaches, spotting butterflies, iguanas and macaws along the way. One unforgettable day, Christina arranged a visit to the Marietas Islands, but the seas did not cooperate, we could not land the boat. Captain Sergio, threw out a few lines and moments later we had our tuna dinner, the best fish tacos you I’ve , ever had, including homemade tortillas and fresh salsa. Heading back and away from the rough water, we were treated to a once in a life time whale show. We watched for an hour, while three humpback whales breached, slapped and banged their heads on the water, too incredible to describe. (See pictures.)

We loved this trip as it was interesting, beautiful and plenty for us to do for a week. Boca de Tomatlan has a lot to offer to those that want to get a little off the beaten path. We always felt safe and ate on the street and in a local home restaurant with no issues. That said, it is not for everyone. Though the casa is has no streets on its side of the river, it can be somewhat loud, especially during the holiday, as this is an active town. Boca is a small working town in Mexico, it has its poor, and run down areas.

A stay at Casa La Ventana is trip to Mexico, not a visit to a USA manufactured Mexican ideal.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2009

In April, my wife and 5 year old son, and my best friend, his wife and 3 year old son, stayed at Villa Ventana at Casa La Ventana in Boca de Tomatlan. During our week's stay we were able to play on the beach with our kids, watch them try to catch tad poles in the river, take the for their first kayak rides in the lagoon and have a local a very dependable teenage girl take over and play with the kids when we wanted to relax and have a little adult time. In short, it doesn't get any better than this. We spent a day a the Vallarta Zoo, just a 10 minute drive from our villa, which was an amazing zoo experience kids (or adults) just don't get in the U. S. anymore. We spent another day at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, where after a tour and lunch, the kids got to play and swim in the river below.

Our accommodations were like "home away from home" and Christina was a helpful and gracious hostess. She even catered dinner for us one evening on the top level of the Casa. The views were great and she pulled out a box of toys that entertained the boys while we enjoyed an after dinner cocktail.

We hope our boys can return many times as they grow up to play with other children in the village and learn that there is more than one way to grow up and experience the world.

Thanks Casa La Ventana!

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 21, 2009

My partner and I took a long needed get-a-way to a small fishing village south of Puerto Vallarta and stayed at Casa La Ventana Hacienda Guest Quarters. We found it on the Internet and went with no recommendation. What a find!

Our room was beautiful, romantic and private. We had lovely views from our quarters and balcony. Our breakfasts were served each day on our varanda and were amazing. Christina and her staff made us feel welcome and comfortable. We borrowed books from her reading library and were able to check our email each day on her wireless Internet.

She loaned us a kayak one day to take on a "voyage" south of the village where we found a wonderful and private sand beach to pull our kayak onto and enjoy the sun, the water and the dolphin show that came to entertain us. Other days we hiked, snorkeled, visited the nearby Botanical Gardens and enjoyed beers on the beach just down the stairs from Casa La Ventana.

We had incredible massages in a private but open air setting on what is called the Tree House level of the casa for very reasonable prices.

We will return soon and highly recommend it for anyone who wants a wonderful alternative to a large hotel or resort setting. You won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 20, 2009

Wonderful spot, just a short bus ride away from Puerto Vallarta but Boca feels like a million miles away in terms of a place to relax, chill out and really experience Mexico. Casa La Ventana is very welcoming spot with a very special and helpful owner Christina. Spent a week there and it was worry and hassle free.
The rooms are big, bright and very clean.Casa La Ventana is built into the side of the mountain overlooking the Boca fishing village. Make sure you are able to walk up stairs as you will get a good workout going up and down them from Casa La Ventana and the beach. I would go back without hesitation.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 13, 2009

I spent ten days as Casa La Ventana and just loved it! I was taking a course offered there once a year, the Joy Class - also highly recommended by the way (Google for more). I was really happy with the food (wonderful fruit and great variety), my room (clean, great view, lots of windows and air moving) and the gracious hospitality offered by owner Christina.

Particularly enjoyed the local fare -- the once weekly 'fish on a stick' caught and BBQ'd by locals, and Concha's enchilada's - cheap and the best I've ever had. Also try the seviche on tostadas on the beach. Christina has great tips for activities in the area, as well, including kayaking, private beaches, private massage and more. Highly, highly recommended!

If you're looking for traditional hotel complex, or find it difficult to climb stairs (the Casa is built into a mountain, so there are lots of stairs and rough paths) this isn't for you. Also, be comfortable with the wild (though friendly) doggies running around, and the chickens that announce the dawn. I kinda liked them...added to the experience in my book.

If you want a comfortable, unique and authentic Mexican experience, you'll love it!

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with friends
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