by Diana Lambdin Meyer
Located in a quiet residential neighborhood in RincÃ³n de Guayabitos, the Villa Corona Del Mar is about as homey as a hotel in these parts can get. That’s because the property was originally developed as a private residence. With two pools, a tennis court and nearly four acres of property, it is, indeed, quite a lovely private residence at that.
In the year 2000, the owners turned their home into a friendly bed and breakfast inn. With sleeping space for 27 people, it is ideal for an extended family gathering and quite often during the holidays or summer months, families book the entire villa.
The public spaces are fun and colorful with lots of big couches, chairs and tables for playing games, and a communal kitchen space for preparing snacks. Lots of colorful paper mÃ¢chÃ© parrots, macaws and other critters that will look great on your Facebook page create a vivid, festive atmosphere.
As close as your next-door neighbor at home is the beautiful Bay of Jaltemba, and beyond that, the massive Pacific Ocean. Just a few steps from the villa’s front door are a sandy beach and calm surf, a quiet place for your family to play or take long walks. The water is clear and perfect for snorkeling.
Just beyond the main house is a short bridge across a fresh water channel lined with fig trees. Stop and look closely here, because you are surrounded by dozens of iguanas of all sizes. They love munching on the figs and disguise themselves beautifully in these trees. This is a place for your children to watch iguanas and not be afraid. Although they are rather scary looking creatures, iguanas have no teeth and keep their distance from humans.
Another opportunity to teach your children about the creatures with which we share the earth is about 15 minutes away at Boca del Naranja. This is one of several sea turtle nesting sites along the Riviera Nayarit that is monitored by ecologists. You can assist in releasing the newborn turtles to the sea and learn about the nesting and mating habits of these gentle creatures.
If your family is one that needs a lot of organized stimulation, the Villa Corona Del Mar may not be for you. But if the kids can make their own entertainment and be content playing in the pool all day, you’ll love the atmosphere and opportunity to unwind here.
Our Editor Loves
- Trees filled with iguanas
- Access to beautiful beach
- Two swimming pools
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
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The dÃ©cor of each room is fresh and inviting, each one uniquely designed by a local artisan. None of the accommodations at Villa Corona Del Mar offer bathtubs, nor are there cribs available.
Ocean View Rooms
The four Ocean View Rooms are located in the main house and the view is indeed spectacular, which is why the private deck is such a great place to relax. These rooms are designed for just two people with a king size bed and a couch. If you have a toddler that can share the bed with you or will sleep on the couch, you'll need to make special arrangements. The couch does not fold out. These rooms do not have televisions.
Garden View Room (ground floor)
Located on the ground floor with a lovely private terrace, this room sleeps four in a king and double bed. It, too, is located in the main house.
This two-level suite has two bedrooms and two baths, as well as a sleeper sofa, alllowing up to six people to enjoy the 360-degree view of the bay and the village. A well-stocked kitchenette allows families to cook for themselves and enjoy a meal from one of two private decks.
This is ideal for a family of four when mom and dad want a bit of privacy. The room with the king size bed has its own bathroom and a door for privacy; the adjacent room has two twin beds and another bathroom.
Three bungalows by the pool are great for long-term stays in Nayarit. All have full kitchens, a living room and televisions. Two of the bungalows sleep six, and the other sleeps four. Outdoor grills and sitting areas are included.
by Rob L
Went to Rincon in February 2019 and stayed at Corona Del Mar. We had the Big Bungalo at the rear of the property, 2 Bedrooms with KING beds, full kitchen, and washroom. A short walk to the Pool; very nice. The resort itself is quiet and relaxing. Met Many nice people also staying there also. The Breakfasts were very good prepared every morning.
The location is so good, across the street from the beach. There was umbrellas and chairs you could use and walk across the street, Thats it, so convenient.
Manager Victor and his Staff were wonderful.
There was many restaurants that were a short walk down the beach, food was so Good, and the hockey game was even on the TV a few times as we ate. Beautiful sunsets, and a very nice Place to visit.
40 peso taxi ride to the resort from anywhere in Guayabitos.
Grocery stores in Rincon also had pretty much anything we needed, like snacks, sandwich meat, fresh bread, and Cervesa too.
Had a Great Holiday and we will be back.
For our family, the location at the less busy end of the beach was perfect. Ten metres from the entrance and we were sharing that section of the beach with 0-6 other people.
The time we went was very busy and due to a cancellation we got the better of the 2 smaller bungalows. No ocean view but you could hear it, and our room was only a few steps from the pool - with a full sized fridge within a small kitchen. Handy for refreshments after your 6 yr old goes to sleep.
The pool was one of the best looking we saw in the area, and was seldom occupied in this small, 12 unit hotel as Mexican tourists come to the beach to hang out on the beach. Most importantly for me there was lots of shade in the pool area from the nearby trees.
The common areas of the hotel were very nicely decorated, breezy and inviting. Also enjoyable were the local wildlife in the garden. Iguanas, geckos, a family of possums cut through one night and a startling but amusing Lineated Woodpecker knocked on the window one day.
The fairly basic free breakfast was of good quality. Even though there were surprisingly no flies in the outdoor breakfast area, I appreciated the covered containers for all the fruits, ceral, yogurt, baked goods in case one showed up. You can always get just eggs if the Mexican offering of the day doesn't appeal.
All the staff were lovely but Victor the manager was fantastic, very friendly and helpful. And our daughter fell in love with his young french bulldog.
The walk to the center of Guayabitos is a pleasant 20-30 minute stroll along the beach (less time if you don't have a dawdling six year old with you). Highly recommend this property as a mid-range option for families.
Those who designed the main pool in the back of the property really outdid themselves. It is a meandering space of brilliant blue with a heart-shaped concrete island in the middle. A fun little bridge connects two sections of the pool with the adjacent kiddie pool. Bistro tables and lounge chairs under palm trees complete the design.
Another pool greets visitors as you enter the front gate of the villa. It's an unusual, short L-shaped pool, just slightly bigger than a plunge pool. But the steep-slope to the floor and the intimacy of its location make it ideal for teenagers who want their own space.
This is a well-maintained concrete court surrounded by generous gardens and backed by the pool. Bring your own racket and balls; otherwise, there is a charge.
Through the front office, arrange for a day trip to Coral Island, visible in the Bay of Jaltemba, or a longer trip to the famous Marietas Islands. An extra charge is incurred for this trip based on the number and age of passengers.
In the open-air pavilion near the pools, a continental breakfast is served each morning. One hot dish is served, as well, and varies from egg casseroles to pancakes to regional specialties.
An honor bar in the living area of the villa is stocked with beer, wine, soft drinks and juices, available 24 hours. Just write your name on the notebook and say what you took from the fridge.
For those staying in rooms without a kitchen or kitchenette, a generous cooking space in the front lobby is equipped for making quick snacks. It's the perfect spot to whip up some fresh guacamole or ceviche.
Restaurant delivery is not common in this part of Nayarit, but the Villa Corona Del Mar has arrangements with a few restaurants that will deliver pizza, chicken and burgers to guests at the villa. Menus are available in your room and the front desk will help with any special needs.
Planning & Tips
The accessibility to the beach is one of the many appeals to a stay at the Villa Corona del Mar. However, the resort does not provide beach towels or chairs, so pack your own.
A coin-operated laundromat is three blocks from the hotel.
Babysitting can be arranged with local services in the area.
Sorry, no pets allowed. They probably wouldn't play well with the iguanas anyway.
Check-in and check-out are very flexible at the villa. Officially, check-in is at 3 p.m., but if no one was in your room the night before, you can have it as early as 10 a.m. Otherwise, show up at the villa, store your luggage in the office and start enjoying the pool and facilities right away. Check-out is at noon, but guests may certainly stay a few hours later and have access to the pool and public areas of the villa.
The Art of Smart Timing
If you are interested in participating in a baby sea turtle release in the area, plan your visit anytime between July and September. If you want to see humpback whales in the bay, plan your visit for December through April. Otherwise, you can get good rates on your room and possibly have the villa almost entirely to yourself in October and November. Be aware, however, that this is hurricane season.
RincÃ³n de Guayabitos is about 90 minutes north of the airport in Puerto Vallarta (PVR) along Highway 200. A good public bus system will bring you to town, but in reality, you might want your own private vehicle to explore the region.
Few hotels offer shuttle services in Nayarit, and the hotel doesn't have bikes, so you'll probably enjoy the convenience of your own rental car in order to easily access the numerous activities in the area.
For Mom and Dad
Several lovely restaurants are within walking distance of the Vila Corona Del Mar, and one disco provides some fun nightlife. Arrange for a babysitter and enjoy a night in RincÃ³n de Guayabitos.