Beautiful Villa: Private Pool, Steps to Ocean


Entire villa hosted by Michele

  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 2 beds
  4. 2.5 baths
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Villa Mariposas: 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Ocean View, Private Pool, 5 Minute walk to Beach. Inquire About Weekly and Monthly Discounts

Spanish Colonial villa in historic Garza Blanca, just south of the Romantic Zone on the Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta. This little enclave, Villas Altas Garza Blanca, sits perched on a hill in the Sierra Madres, on a bougainvillea covered cobblestone street, nestled between lush forest, mountains and ocean.

The space
2500 square feet of luxury living with modern amenities and classic Mexican architectural details. New top of the line appliances, water and electrical systems. Ocean views from every room, including the two king bedrooms, each with updated, ensuite bathroom, vaulted ceiling, romantic lighting and stunning ocean view. Each bedroom has its own mini-split air conditioner and ceiling fan, smart TV, premium sound system, luxury cotton linens and down pillows. The master bath has a double marble shower with raindrop shower heads and a bench Each bathroom has a lighted make up mirror and ceiling fan.

Fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Dining room next to the dining patio with full-sized Weber grill with direct gas line and seating for four. Large, breezy living room with comfortable couches. The living room and dining room also have mini-split air conditioners and ceiling fans.

Step outside to the private, walled pool area with shaded pergola area, sunny lounging area and covered outdoor living room with dimmable patio lighting. The pool is heated for year-round use.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed

What this place offers

Bay view
Mountain view
Public or shared beach access
Free parking on premises
Private pool
50" HDTV
Free washer – In unit
Free dryer – In unit

7 nights in Puerto Vallarta

Jun 25, 2023 - Jul 2, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars from 43 reviews


Where you’ll be

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

We love being on Puerto Vallarta's South Shore. Driving along the shore toward Garza Blanca from the busy and crowded Romantic Zone, we are immediately relaxed and remember the reasons we chose to live on the South Shore. Close to the Romantic Zone with its restaurants, bars and the Malecon, but far enough away to be a serene oasis, one comes to appreciate the sweeping views of the bay and the beauty of the beaches and hills on the South Shore.

Garza Blanca is about halfway to Mismaloya, the town made famous during the filming of Night of the Iguana with Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Tennessee Williams in 1963. Elizabeth Taylor, madly in love with Burton, followed him to Puerto Vallarta, and their love affair brought international attention to Puerto Vallarta, a small fishing village at the time. Parts of the movie Predator were also filmed in Mismaloya. Taylor and Burton not only fell in love with each other, they fell in love with Puerto Vallarta and bought a home perched on a hill in the Gringo Gulch neighborhood of the city. Villas Altas Garza Blanca was part of the old Garza Blanca Hotel, frequented by A-List Hollywood stars. We love the history of the area and the new Garza Blanca Resort is beautiful and is also frequented by Hollywood types.

Here is a bit about the history of Villas Altas Garza Blanca:

"Become part of Garza Blanca's glamorous history joining the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Wagner, Jane Fonda, Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, and many other celebrities who are famed to have swum in the azure waters of Playa Garza Blanca, staying in the cliffside chalets or bungalows not to mention the chic Garza Blanca Club de Playa whose flame-lit fiestas were legendary in the 60's and 70's.

With its wide beach and tropical forest as background for the only set (the old hotel) expressly built for the movie, the site was perfect, and a few months later it was ready for the first call for "action"… For the first time, Puerto Vallarta received simultaneously big Hollywood stars, national celebrities, and USA intellectuals. Deborah Kerr, Ava Gardner, Sue Lyon and Richard Burton led the cast, that also included Emilio "El Indio" Fernández. Tennessee Williams, the author of The Night of the Iguana, visited the set frequently and always in the company of Gigi, his beloved poodle, who, according to John Huston, often suffered from sunstroke.

Nestled in the lush landscape of Villas Altas Garza Blanca, this cobblestone enclave evokes the History of Vallarta's Golden age. Once part of The Old Garza Blanca Hotel, the Villas hold the same glamour and mystique as the bungalows at the Beverly Hills Hotel and had the same Clientele."

Also in Mismaloya is the Puerto Vallarta Zoo where visitors can buy bags of food for hand-feeing the animals, including a hippo, giraffe, zebras, ponies, antelope, pigs, flamingos, ostrich, peacocks, and more. The zoo is also a world-renown large-cat breeding facility, and for an additional fee, visitors can hold and interact with baby lions, baby tigers, and baby panthers (depending on which babies have recently been born).

Farther down the highway from Mismaloya is the serene little town of Boca de Tomatlan. From Boca you can take a water taxi to several remote beaches accessible only by water. Among these beaches are Las Animas, Quimixto, and Yelapa. Yelapa, reminiscent of a Gilligan's Island set, makes for a perfect day at the beach. If you tire of the beach, you can make a short hike up winding cobblestone streets to the closest of two waterfalls. For groups of four or more, it's very affordable to hire a private panga boat and captain for the day at Boca and have the luxury of being shuttled to each of the various small beaches on your own time schedule.

Continuing down Highway 200 from Boca de Tomatlan (just 30-minutes south of Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone), you will reach the lovely Vallarta Botanical Gardens. For a small entrance fee you can stroll through lush gardens, hike miles of trails in a mountain setting, and view a majestic granite half dome encrusted with orchids, plumeria and wild vanilla. Enjoy lunch at their on-site restaurant.

The South Shore offers spectacular views of Los Arcos Maritime Nature Reserve, a small group of granite islands in the bay, just off the South Shore. The islands have enjoyed protected status since 1984 and host various species of seabirds including pelicans and various species of parrots and other sea and land birds. With the deep, clear waters around Los Arcos, it is great for snorkeling and scuba diving and visitors can find caves, deep tunnels, arches and a reef and many different kinds of fish, mantas, rays, sea turtles, pufferfish and other marine life.

Just across the street and about a block south of Villas Altas Garza Blanca is Garza Blanca Beach, considered by most to be one of the most beautiful beaches on Banderas Bay. With its soft white sand and turquoise water, it offers great views of the bay and Los Arcos. There is a jetty to protect the beach from erosion and the beach at Garza Blanca is like a natural swimming pool. It's great for paddle boarding and kayaking also.

Playa Palmares, less than a half mile north, has great swimming, a lifeguard, restrooms and food concessions.

El Nogalito is a little village just north of Villas Altas Garza Blanca. It has an eco-adventure park with zip line canopy tours, hiking tours, botanical garden, hiking trails and tequila distillery.

Hosted by Michele

  1. Joined in March 2018
  • 43 Reviews
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  • Superhost

During your stay

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