Sonrisa at Casa Pacifico in La Penita

1-3 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bathroom
  • 1/2 block to beach
  • Shared Pool
  • Walk everywhere
  • Private terrace for each unit
  • Quality mattresses and linens
  • Beach towels, chairs and coolers for guest use

Casa Pacifico in La Penita is a 30 minute drive north of Sayulita on the beautiful Riviera Nayarit coastline. Tired of the "walk to the beach" descriptions that are really several miles away? (I suppose I could walk to New York if I really wanted to!) This is a true walk to the beach property, located half a block from the beach - 100 steps (a few more if you're short!). Very calm beach at the northern end of Jaltemba Bay. La Penita is a true Mexican village slightly off the beaten track.

Welcome to Casa Pacífico in beautiful La Penita, Nayarit, Mexico. The property itself consists of two units surrounding a shared pool and garden. 

Casa de Sonrisas is a one bedroom one bath unit with a queen bed, and a great private terrace. Sit outside in the morning for coffee, or in the evening to watch the sunset while listening to the waves and catching the ocean breeze. Lots of windows for light and air. Private entrance to your second floor home! Casa de Sonrisas is suitable for two adults. There is a pull out sofa in the living room that could sleep 1-2 children. 

All linens and towels are supplied (including beach towels). Beach chairs and umbrellas also available for guests. I have tried to equip the home with everything you will need - basic spices, cooking oil, bottled water, etc.) but if there is anything else you require, just ask. Restaurants and shops a few blocks away either through town or a short walk down the beach. Close enough for convenience and all supplies, far enough away to be private and "non-touristy".

A short walk down the beach will take you to cafes and restaurants in minutes. Or you can purchase delicious tamales and tortillas from the street vendors and shops in the neighborhood. 

It's a short drive or cab ride to all the activities you may want, such as zip-lining, jet ski rentals, surfing, mountain villages, Compostela and Tepic, or even Puerto Vallarta if you need a high-end shopping fix. Be sure not to miss the local markets! Thursdays in La Penita year round, seasonally - Mondays in Guayabitos, Fridays in Sayulita, Saturdays in Lo de Marcos, Sundays in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Fresh produce, pastries, candied nuts and coffee as well as local artists displaying their creations - weaving, jewelry, Huichol art and more! This the perfect home base while you explore all that Riviera Nayarit has to offer: colonial buildings in nearby towns, surfing in Sayulita, jet-skiing, mountain drives, markets, ruins, hot springs, volcanos, and miles and miles of beach.

You can easily explore the other towns in the area -  Sayulita, San Pancho, Rincon de Guaybitos, Los Ayala, and Lo de Marcos. You will be about an hour from Playa las Tortugas and the turtle camp there. San Blas is another hour beyond. If you are looking for a posh resort with non stop entertainment, this is probably not the place for you. If, however, you are looking for a place to kick back and relax, away from the frenzied resorts, bask in the sun at either the beach or by the pool, and drink in the authentic culture, this is definitely your vacation spot.

In need of more space? Please take a look at our 2 bedroom Casa Alegria also located on the property. Or, rent the two units together for a total of 3 bedrooms, here. 

Please use the contact form to get in touch by email or phone, with any questions and to book your stay. We look forward to welcoming you to Casa Pacifico!

  • A/C
  • BBQ
  • Beach chairs
  • Beach towels
  • Garden
  • Gated
  • Pool
  • Pool-saltwater
  • Pool-shared
  • SayulitaLife.com Verified
  • Washer/Dryer
  • WiFi
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Pricing Details

Weekly rentals preferred. Rates are in US Dollars. 7 night minimum for Holidays, 4 night minumum otherwise. Please note for stays less than one week the nightly rate is $115. Please inquire about off season rates.

Casa de Sonrisas (1BR/1BA):
Weekly High Season rates: $700 USD per week / $115 USD per night (November - May)
Weekly Holiday rates: $800 (Christmas, New Year, Easter / Semana Santa) Weekly rentals only for Holidays

Cleaning Service included.

Payment Formats Accepted
Wire Transfer USA

etransfer (only available US bank to US bank)

9 reviews
Value for money
Total Score:
Everything we needed and more!
The Sonrisa unit is roomy, spotlessly clean, and everything functions perfeclty. The queen size bed is very comfortable. It is stocked with everything you need, nice plushy towels, washcloths, toilet paper, water, a full kitchen, beach chairs, umbrella and beach towels. Comfortable sun beds beside a lovely pool for cooling down. A large terrace. Steps away from a lovely beach in a quaint neighbourhood not far from the Main Street of La Penita. Lissa is an excellent host. Very friendly, always available and very knowledgeable. We loved our stay here
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Stayed: December, 2020
Super Fun Vacation
My Sister-In-Law and I just had the best stay in La Penita at Casa Pacifico. The place was super nice and comfortable. The kitchen had everything we needed, bedrooms were comfy and Air Conditioned and the bathroom was nice and updated! Sitting by the pool in the hammock was a must and the close walk to the beach and stores was so fun to see the locals who were nice and welcoming. The food at the restaurants was Great. Lyssa was Super helpful and full of information about the surrounding area. A definite KEEPER!!
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Stayed: December, 2017
Loved this place
We're stayed here the end of November. It was just before the high travel season and was just perfect timing. The casita we stayed in was very clean and comfortable. Fully furnished kitchen, two bedroom, dining/living area, and nice bathroom. Unit was stocked with bath and beach towels. The patio and garden area were clean and very enjoyable with a nice swimming pool. It was a short walk into town and the beach is just past a few houses down the street. Located in a local neighborhood and not in a resort neighborhood. The neighbors were friendly and welcoming. Loved being right in local culture.
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Stayed: December, 2017
Authentic Experience
I had a very good stay at this casita. Lissa is a terrific host; she went out of her way to make sure I had dinner on my first night along with a trip to the grocery store, and was always ready with advice and contacts to provide anything that I could need. The casita is surrounded with a lovely terrace, pool, lounge chairs and hammocks, and has comfortable beds. It is as advertised, just a block to the beach. Just an easy 10 minute walk along the beach leads to town. You will however find plenty of N. Americans who come to stay for longer periods. This is not a fancy resort town but a more authentic Mexican experience, just what I wanted. The nights were peaceful and I loved swinging in the hammock and watching the stars. I can't stress enough that Lissa is warm and helpful and made it very easy to get set up in the town. I recommend her and her rental!
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Stayed: August, 2017
great location
This is in the perfect location! A nice close walk to the beach and to the town where you will find everything you need! We enjoyed living in a real Mexican neighborhood, you will never get this experience at a resort! The unit is well equipped and comfortable with a great private terrace which we loved to sit out in the mornings... The pool and courtyard is lovely, it was nice to dip in the pool after a long day at the beach. The owner was very helpful with any questions. We only had one complaint the whole time we were there, our ceiling fan squeaked and as soon as we mentioned it , Lissa had them both replaced!

We have booked for next year and already we can't wait! Thank you so much Lissa for a great accommodation!
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Stayed: April, 2017
best so far
We stayed in the upper unit for a month and have already booked for next year. The bed was very comfortable. The unit is spotlessly clean, well equipped, and has wonderful ventilation. There is a notebook like a little guide with maps, restaurant tips, and guidance on tipping. Really nice to have laundry on site. The beautiful beach is just a short walk away or you can also relax by the pool. The owner is around if you have questions but she also respects your privacy. I really enjoyed being in a Mexican neighborhood, seeing the school kids, watching the dogs snooze, stopping by the tortilleria to get fresh tortillas for lunch or picking up a mini-Magnum ice cream bar at the corner store. You can get by just fine without knowing any Spanish except Please, Thank you, excuse me. I have been coming to this area for 20 years and this is my favorite place to stay so far.
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Stayed: February, 2017
perfect vacation!
What a perfect location. Just like the description says, steps from the beach. Nice slope into the water, perfect temperature. The town of La Peñita is a wonderful little Mexican town with lots of shops and restaurants. This isn't the big, fancy tourist destination, just a real little Mexican town. The apartment itself is very spacious and well equipped. Kitchen is a small but had everything we needed. The owner is onsite and was so very helpful with suggestions of places to eat and things to see. I highly recommend this rental and we will definitely be back! Great place, for a reasonable price.
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Stayed: May, 2016
Relaxing and wonderful
I enjoyed my stay in this casita incredibly. It is not the resort experience-thank god! Pros: enclosed courtyard; hammocks in the shade; pool with floats; small, but very well equipped kitchen; ceiling fans throughout; bedrooms air conditioned; walk to the beach is super short; beach towels and beach chairs provided; outdoor shower to rinse off sand and salt; washer and dryer; walk to shopping and restaurants took only ten minutes or so. Cons: street is dusty and cobbled like all the other ones in town, so as expected. Owner added tables next to lounge chairs by the pool the last day I was there. Remodel of kitchen and bath scheduled for April, I am excited to see the changes! I will definitely stay here next time.
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Stayed: March, 2016
The best beach rental!
I will definitely be returning to this rental for my next vacation to Mexico, I hope it isn't already booked! The owner is on site and is so helpful, she even left some snacks and a full thing of water for us! The bed was comfortable and keeping the windows open made for a wonderful cross breeze while I slept. The pool area has been remodeled since the pictures, it's a lovely little area to get some sun while reading a book and drinking your coffee before taking the short walk to the beach! If you're not in the mood to lay by the pool there is a private patio off the rental as well. The town is friendly and has tons of places to grab a bite to eat or do a little shopping. Oh, and the rental comes with basic cooking spices, tin foil, plastic wrap and sandwich bags? Lissa (the owner) really has thought of everything and it made for a great vacation experience, and the all inclusive pricing is amazing.
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Stayed: January, 2016
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Contact (USA)
+1 303-204-2648
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Originally from Colorado, I decided to make a major change and moved to Mexico. I love the Nayarit coast and settled on La Penita, a small town slightly off the beaten track with a lovely, uncrowded beach. Come stay at either of the homes at Casa Pacifico and find out why Nayarit is so special.
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