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Casa Gala Vacation Rental in Sayulita Mexico

Casa Gala

11 Guests
5 Bedrooms
6 Beds
4 Bathrooms
Easy Access/Mobility
One block to beach. 5-minute-walk to town center
5 BR / 4 BA All BR with AC
Newly Remodeled November 2018
Private pool with wet bar and rest room
Walled compound, private garden mini-estate. Secure parking inside.
TV, Wi-Fi, Phone, Washer/Dryer

CASA GALA in Sayulita... for all you "Gringos in Paradise"

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 December 2018, 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 December 2018.

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 is also a new set of stairs to a large 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, surf board. 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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immaculate estate home in a perfect location to town and beach
Everything about this estate home was just right for our party of 9! I really appreciated the impressive gated entry and yard as we enjoyed our private pool. All of the rooms were large and had ample closet and dresser space so it was very relaxing to be able to spread out. Love the split floor plan, with 2 masters on the bottom floor. We did not cook a lot but it was great to make breakfast and happy hour drinks and apps in the well appointed kitchen. The rooftop sitting area was a great place for us all to meet up. Perfect location, a few minutes walk to the beaches, and a few blocks to all the action, bars and restaurants in town. Our host was very responsive, super nice and I can't wait to go back. I highly recommend this property for your next Sayulida vacation!
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Stayed: April, 2019
Get this house!
This house was perfect for our group of 9 adults. The location cannot be beat at the north end of town. The house is across the street from the beach and steps from restaurants while enjoying the quiet end of town. We had golf carts but these were not completely necessary (though fun!) since town was an easy walk. The top floor was perfect for breakfast or evening cocktails and bird watching.
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Stayed: April, 2019
Perfect Sayulita Location!
The house was clean, the bedrooms were plenty big, the kitchen had everything we needed, and the pool was great for just chilling out and rinsing off after a long day at the beach! It was stocked with great chairs, an umbrella and a surf board which we used a lot. Best part was the location in the quiet northern part of town, only a couple minutes walk from all the action but still the perfect peaceful spot to sip coffee or eat meals and have a relaxing happy hour on the rooftop. Highly recommend this house for friends, couples, and families!!
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Stayed: April, 2019
Great Villa and perfect location! Amazing vacation spot!
Had a wonderful time with 9 of us very comfortable here! Pool was great and the common areas so perfect. The location was across the street from the beach and a few clocks from the main downtown area. We will be back!!!
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Stayed: April, 2019
Beautiful, convenient, and close to everything
We had an amazing 5 nights at Casa Gala. Even with 9 adults, we never felt short on space or cramped. The bedrooms were large and comfortable, the kitchen was the perfect size for cooking breakfast and making appetizers, the pool was an amazing addition after spending all day at the beach, and the upper veranda was good for relaxing and bird watching. We definitely wished that we had more time to spend in this beautiful home close to a gorgeous beach.
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Stayed: April, 2019
Heavenly Vacation
This is an absolute dream home! We had a group of 9 adults and between the 9 of us we had room to spare. We loved having the gorgeous pool and the bedrooms were perfect! Gary is the owner and he is fantastic to work with. This home is in the perfect location and if you rent golf carts you can get anywhere in town easily. We will be back!
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Stayed: April, 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The house fit our families needs perfectly. The location was just right and any slight issues ( internet down ) were quickly resolved. Would certainly return!
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Stayed: March, 2019
Amazing stay!
Spent a week at Casa Gala March 9th - 16th with a few other couples and college age kids. Our stay was fantastic. Gary was very easy to work with and everything went very smooth from booking, to check-in and to check-out. I have stayed at several vacation rentals in Mexico including others in Sayulita, so I thought I would list some pros/cons and additional info on the property to help potential future renters.

Lots of space. The 4 main bedrooms are plenty spacious, the bunkbed room works for kids/teenagers. The living room could also be used by a family as extra sleeping space as it is closed off with another bedroom and bathroom. All of the beds and bedding were very comfortable.

Close to town. Less than a 10 minute walk to town and less than 5 to the beach, all on flat ground. Several good restaurants nearby.

Extras. The house includes use of the washer/dryer which is awesome, most rentals don't. There are also beach chairs, shade umbrella, towels, Bluetooth speaker, surfboard, books, etc.

Rooftop deck and pool. Just like the pictures show, both are great.

Noise. The house is at the intersection of a fairly well used roads and right across the street from a school. Seems like a lot of construction up the road as well. Didn't really bother our group as it is mostly during the day.

Maid service. The maid only comes on Wednesday. Not sure this is a con, as our group actually preferred not having to avoid the maid everyday like at some other properties. I believe you could request more frequent visits as well.

Note on Sayulita:
We had no issues with sickness beyond the normal brief upset stomachs that happen all the time when traveling abroad. This is my 3rd time to Sayulita and have never had an issue. Also, March is a very busy month compared to middle of April and November. Weather was great all three times.

All in all great trip. Hopefully will be back and wouldn't hesitate to rent Casa Gala again.
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Stayed: March, 2019
Excellent stay at Casa Gala
Stayed here with two friends, so we each had our own room and bath. Loved the house. Beds were very comfortable.
Good location, one block from the beach and no hills to climb, although there was less of a view than some hillside homes. It is north of the river and so the beach and neighborhood were quiet compared to the center of town, but not too far north, only a 10 min. walk to the plaza.
Close to shops, restaurants and three yoga studios.
As you can see from the photos, the downstairs living area (kitchen, dining, sofas) is outside, which is surprising coming from the U.S., but we enjoyed it being open to the pool. Air conditioning in the bedrooms was a plus as some days were hot and humid. We did not cook much, but the kitchen seemed well outfitted.
Good instructions and information from the owners.
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Stayed: May, 2018
Christmas in paradise. Great house!
Two families with college--aged kids shared the house for 10 days. Loved it. Kitchen was better equipped than most, house is well maintained. Comfy beds, lots of towels and pillows. The pool was perfect. Owner was great to deal with. It was the 4th house we've rented in Sayulita and it was our favorite! Thanks Casa Gala!
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Stayed: December, 2014
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Pricing Details

HIGH SEASON     November - May  :  $3,500/week  -  $550/night. One week minimum.  Stays of less than one week at discretion of owner: $550/night

MAJOR HOLIDAYS     Thanksgiving,  Christmas,  New Year's,  President's Week,  Easter, 4th July : $4200/week.  One week minimum during holiday weeks.  $650/night for additional nights.

LOW SEASON     June - October  :  $2500/week  -  $400/night

Minimum four-night stay;  7 nights for major holidays.

Saturday-to-Saturday preferred, Children  welcome. Smoking outside only, please. $50 per stay cleaning fee.

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Gary in Sayulita Mexico
Owner/Manager Name
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 enjo...[Read more]

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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