Casa Gala

10 guests 10 guests
5 bedrooms 5 BRs
6 beds 6 beds
4 bathrooms 4 BAs
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36 reviews
  • One block to beach. 5-minute-walk to town center
  • 5 BR / 4 BA All BR with AC
  • Newly Remodeled
  • Private pool with wet bar and rest room
  • Walled compound, private garden mini-estate. Secure parking inside.
  • TV, Fast Mesh Wi-Fi, Washer/Dryer

CASA GALA in Sayulita. The house made famous by the book "Gringos in Paradise" written by Barry Golson.

A true-life story of Barry and his wife Thia's adventures in Sayulita, Mexico, the friends they made and the Dream House they decided to build in the lively, lovely village of Sayulita.

Newly remodeled, Casa Gala is a beautiful 5 bedroom, 4 bath house, complete with a private pool and tropical garden within a very private and secure walled compound. Steps to the beach and ten minute walk downtown.

Sayulita, for those of you new to the area, is a vibrant surfing and fishing village tucked into the edge of the jungle, about 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. It was the paradise Barry and Thia picked after traveling throughout Mexico. In August of 2018 they decided to move home to the USA and I took over where they left off, buying the house and remodeling, completed in 2019.

With accommodation for up to 11 guests, Casa Gala is a handsome Spanish Colonial home on the quiet north side of Sayulita, just a 10-minute walk South to the life and color of the plaza and a 10-minute walk North to the Jungle and trails.

There are several excellent restaurants and stores one block away too, where you can get food, cervezas, rent golf carts and book tours. The house is in a perfect location on the main beach road, 1 block and a 2-minute walk away from the ocean, on the tranquil side. (Sayulita’s main beach can be crowded in high season.)

The first thing you see upon entering the imposing wrought-iron gates are 2 tall "aqueduct" arches, one of which cascades water into the 30-by-15 pool. There is an enticing thatch-roofed "palapa" poolhouse with its own 1/2 bath room. Through the arch is a "secret mini-garden" behind lush foliage, with a swing chair and a fountain. There's an outdoor shower where you can rinse off your sandy feet.

On the ground floor, there are 2 gorgeously-appointed Queen-sized bedrooms with custom-carved head boards and furniture, each with a private bathroom decorated in hand-made talavera tiles as well as patio door access to the garden and pool area. There's a luxurious newly remodeled kitchen with high end appliances and a breakfast bar. A new kitchen water filter provides safe drinking water and ice.

The living/dining great room has huge sliding glass doors which can open to the garden and pool area, which glows at night from the lanterns along the hacienda wall. There is also a TV family room with a large sofa, huge DVD collection, Netflix & DirectV that can be closed off when it's cool for TV-watching and sofa-loafing, or air-conditioned when it’s warm.

Upstairs is a self-contained level, with three more bedrooms. There's a newly remodeled suite with Cali-King bed, lounge, patio doors to access the terrace and a new en-suite bathroom. There's another Queen-sized bedroom with terrace patio doors and a smaller bedroom, with a bunk bed with a Full-sized lower bed and Twin-sized upper and its own sink. These 2 bedrooms share a full bath, with the shower and toilet separate from the sink area. The long terrace overlooks the pool and garden with chaises where you can lounge, read, and watch the life of the village.

All bedrooms have new AC units and ceiling fans to keep you cool.

There are stairs to a large third floor rooftop pavilion with lounge and dining areas where you can take in the sea breezes. You’ll have a view of the village and surrounding mountain and jungle, and a peek through the palms at the ocean. The pavilion is enclosed by wrought-iron railings and lanterns, perfect for entertaining.

Other amenities: laundry room with a washer and dryer, bed linens, bath and beach/pool towels, beach chairs and umbrella, ironing board and iron, hairdryers, vitamix. Twice-weekly maid service which includes cleaning, doing the dishes, change of linens & towels. If you need more maid service please enquire.

As you probably know, you can stay for 2 weeks and not visit all of Sayulita’s restaurants. There’s a wealth of beach activities, including Sayulita’s own world-class surfing, plus horseback riding, nearby snorkeling, whale-watching, ATV tours, bird watching tours, hiking, mountain biking and canopy/zipline tours.

Please use the contact form to get in touch with any questions or to request a reservation.

See you on the beach!


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Pricing Details

All prices are in USD

HIGH SEASON:  November - June  :  $800/night (5 night minimum) 

LOW SEASON:  July - October  :  $480/night (4 night minimum)

MAJOR HOLIDAYS:  Thanksgiving,  Christmas,  New Years,  Presidents Wknd, Easter, 4th July : $960/night (7 night minimum)

Saturday-to-Saturday preferred, Children welcome. Smoking outside only, please.

Cancel for a full refund 30 days prior to arrival. If within 30 days I will try to re-rent to someone else and refund whatever possible.

Payment Formats Accepted
Personal Check
Wire Transfer USA

For your security, we accept credit cards via Paypal. Venmo, Zelle, US Check or Wire Transfer also accepted. 25% required at time of booking, 75% 30 days before your stay plus $500 refundable security deposit.

36 reviews
Value for money
Total Score:
Four nights in November
Central location to walk around town, very close to beach. All was very well appointed, we had everything we needed and the decore beautiful. Lots of DVD and books and towels etc. Comfy lounge chairs, access to beach chairs and umbrella was nice
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Stayed: November, 2023
Fantastic location and great place for gatherings
Big house with multiple bedrooms with AC. This location is a short walk to town and the beach. We had a group class up at the terrace and then the dip in the pool is wonderful
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Stayed: November, 2023
Highly Recommend
Absolutely amazing rental property. Walkable to town but far enough away from the noise. Super clean with all the amenities. The pool was incredible for cooling off in the afternoon. Amazing restaurant right next door that was great for breakfasts and dinners. Highly recommend this listing and booking with Gary!
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Stayed: January, 2023
Location was perfect
Charming home in a great location. Spaces are just as pictured. There is a secure area to roam around and close to lots of fun buying souvenirs and shopping around, food and drink options. Easily walkable to beach and town. The rooms were comfortable and the private pool worked well. We would definitely think of staying at this rental again :)
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Stayed: April, 2022
What a place!
Gary's place is amazing! Close to everything but far from the wildness in the center of town. Spotlessly clean, comfortable beds, and a lovely pool!
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Stayed: March, 2022
Amazing location!
Enjoyed the area and the house was great. Stunning views from the balcony and rooftop deck. Pool was fun to be able to relax in. Thanks Gary!
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Stayed: March, 2022
beautiful home & excellent location
We loved staying at Casa Gala. We were traveling with our family of 8 and two little ones. The space was perfect. Close to town but an oasis away. The beach access is five minute walk. Gary had cots for the kids and the balcony upstairs was our dance floor and dinner spot. Really cannot say enough about this space. Check out the salsa dancing at the local hostel! Thanks Gary we hope to come back soon!
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Stayed: January, 2022
Beautiful place, wonderful service!
We stayed at Casa Gala for a friend’s wedding and can’t say enough good things about it! We took advantage of the beautiful rooftop by hiring a private chef. The pool was perfect, and our most commonly used amenity. Concha (the house manager) was so kind and helpful! I loved the location. Everything we did was in walking distance. I recommend this place to anyone traveling to Sayulita!
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Stayed: November, 2021
We loved our stay. Beautiful home❤️
The pool was very refreshing. Only a few steps to a beautiful beach. Loved the NorthsideCafe, the Pizza restaurant and especially Eric’s beach bar for evening sunsets.The air conditioning in the bedrooms were terrific.
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Stayed: July, 2021
Great stay, wonderful location
Gorgeous home great location peaceful pool. Gary and Concha are great and easy people to work with. Loved it
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Stayed: February, 2021
Gary in Sayulita Mexico
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I'm originally from England but having lived in Laguna Beach, California for 25 years I decided in 2018 to create a new adventure in Sayulita. Needless to say "El Pueblo Magico" is a very special place! I love to travel and when I do I really enjoy letting others experience my home as opposed to it sitting empty and have met such great people, from all over the world, along the way.
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