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Casita Limon

1-3 Guests
1 Bedroom
1-2 Beds
1 Bathroom
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Private Home in lush garden setting with fountain
Around the Corner from town and beach
Classic Mexican Architecture
Rooftop Patio Palapa 360-degree view
Newer Construction

Casita Limon is a striking, artist-designed and -constructed home that sits on a beautifully landscaped hill only three blocks, five minutes walking, from the beach and plaza (town square.)  A free-standing, fully-furnished home with terraced gardens, you will enjoy the peace and serenity of a private home. 

This elegant modern colonial features a ceramic tiled kitchen and bathroom with a beautiful walk-in tiled shower and a comfortable wide loggia (porch) with traditional Mexican ambiance that overlooks gardens and valley.  The dramatic rooftop area with palapa (thatched) roof and traditional equipale furniture provides a wonderful spot in which to relax and take in the 360-degree view above the tree tops with long vistas and a glimpse of ocean waves.

With twelve-foot ceilings and Mexican decor throughout, the spacious bedroom has a queen-sized bed and ceiling fan and the living room area can accommodate 1-2 smaller children on the built-in couch.  (The house is great for 1-2 adults, perfect for a couple, good for a family with one small child and doable for a family with 2 small children.)  Casita Limon is completely equipped with linens and towels as well as a convenient large kitchenette with four-burner stovetop, refrigerator/freezer, blender, coffee pot, toaster, dishes/pots and pans, bottled water...  all the things to make "mi casita, su casita."  (We also now have a small safe for your valuables, but only bring what you need!)

The landscaped garden features a private outdoor shower (in addition to the one in the bathroom) to wash off the ocean salt as well as a large Mexican Cantera stone fountain.  The casita features a shared and shaded walk up from the street which puts the home among the trees and birds.  There is no need for a car; everything is literally steps away.  Casita Limon offers everything you'll need for a memorable Sayulita experience:  comfort, convenience, lush surroundings and the experience of living in a true neighborhood.

Come to surf, sun, hike, swim, shop in wonderful local stores, ride horseback and experience the wonderful cuisine and ambiance of a small Mexican town.

Sayulita is a special place; we think Casita Limon is too.

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Pricing Details

Winter (Nov-April):  $72 / night......$445 / week

Summer (May-Oct):  $58 / night......$345 / week

Holiday:  $92 / night......$575 / week

The month of February:  $78 / night.....$495 / week

50% non-refundable** deposit due at time of booking, Balance due two weeks prior to arrival.

No Smoking Please (includes entire property; sorry, no exceptions) and Pet Friendly with Permission.
Four-night Minimum Stay.  Check-in:  4pm; Check-out: 11am.

**Deposit will be refunded if dates are re-rented.

Long-Term rental available, Summer only.

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from 9 reviews
Beautiful authentic property
Love Casita Limon! Cute private setting with authentic Mexican decor. Relaxing patio with fountain and roof top deck area. Close to town and beach. Wonderful experience and highly recommend this property as we have stayed here several times. Great value too!!!
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Stayed: September, 2017
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Well, where to start? How about with...

The Good

The residents of Sayulita remain warm and hospitable despite the rapid development and influx of tourists which have strained (overwhelmed) the village's infrastructure (water treatment/supply/sanitation disposal) in the five years since we last spent time there.

The beaches ~ North Beach, Playa de los Muertos, Playa Carricitos are still lovely places to visit and spend a leisurely day at.

The jungle countryside and waves are as beautiful and alluring as ever.

Along with its delightful lime paletas, the Wakika Halederia offers a sublime cappuccino paleta.

The Bad

The main Sayulita Beach is an overcrowded 'scene' of too much merchandising and too many people.

The images below which appear on the Sayulita Life site featuring Casita Limón are dated. Neither of these appealing views currently exist from the vantage point where there were once taken.


A rather lavish casa now crowds up against the casita to the immediate south.

"The dramatic rooftop area with palapa (thatched) roof... provides a wonderful spot in which to relax and take in the 360-degree view above the tree tops with long vistas and a glimpse of ocean waves."


The view south to the ocean is blocked by the neighbouring casa. You do however have a nice view of that casa's nicely appointed rooftop patio and anything its occupants happen to be doing, or not doing.

A plumbing problem (toilet line leak) developed while we were there. Reported it to the property manager (on the weekend), nothing was done to address it for the last few days we were there.

The Ugly

" will enjoy the peace and serenity of a private home."

Unfortunately, that 'peace and serenity' was limited to the hours between 3:00 am and 8:30 am, as the disturbingly loud techno-electronica music issuing forth from a few bars skirting el zócalo (village square) provide a continuous audio assault from later in the evening until the wee hours.

And during the day, from sunrise to sunset, construction on a major condo project just to the north of Casita Limon provided a steady racket of industrial cement mixers and assorted power tools.

Neither the next door construction project, or the late night party central noise was mentioned by the owners. Not so much misleading advertising, but certainly a sin of omission. They could have done the right thing and mentioned the daytime construction and late night noise pollution. And, offered a discount in their rates to compensate for the far from advertised 'peaceful and serene' conditions.

So it goes...

Sheena & Grant Boyd Val-des-Monts, QC
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Stayed: April, 2017
Response from Owner/Manageron 09-14-2017
I'm very sorry to hear that your stay did not meet your expectations and that we did not have more opportunity to address your concerns. Our guests' happiness and satisfaction is very important to us.
The time period of the visit was Semana Santa / Holy Week and Spring Break. The beaches at that time are indeed extremely crowded and the nightclubs noisy as besides numerous foreign visitors, large numbers of Mexican nationals visit Mexico's beaches.
Very Sincerely, Maria of Casita Limon
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Picturesque, comfortable, great for birders!
My husband and I stayed at the picturesque Casita Limon and had a wonderful stay. As amateur bird watchers, we were thrilled to see so many interesting birds just walking around town, down sleepy dirt roads and along the beaches and rivers. We enjoyed the two local beaches. The busy and lively main beach is better suited for body surfing or surfing a paddle board (many rentals available) while the smaller, quiet beach just south of town proved to be a great swimming cove.

Sayulita is filled with wonderful, inexpensive, delicious and casual dining experiences, but we also made many excellent meals in the well-appointed kitchenette. With multiple, fresh food markets and even a small organic market just blocks away, we couldn’t resist creating our own Mexican tapas and other delicacies. Heading up to the roof-top palapa with our tasty meals and beers in hand we enjoyed relaxing, taking in the expansive view of the town and surrounding hills, and watching the warm hues of the setting sun.

If you enjoy reasonable rates, lovely accommodations (full of nice decorative touches and equipped with both indoor and outdoor showers), sunny blue skies, sandy beaches, delicious food, ocean swimming, and bird watching, this place is for you!
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Stayed: March, 2017
Gorgeous view from among the treetops, close to the sites and ocean
I've stayed there twice. in the past two years. It's authentic, safe, clean, adorable and accessible. While the steps look daunting at first, the view is worth the climb. We found the managers to be responsive.
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Stayed: January, 2017
A fun place to stay
It is a 5 minute walk to town and one beach. La playable de muertos is a bit further but no where near the crowds at the main beach. Los of restaurants, won't go hungry. One of the owners spent time with me, giving me history and a few walking tours!
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Stayed: February, 2016
Perfect little apartment for 2
We stayed here for 10 days just before Christmas 2015. The location is great just a few minutes from the city center. The place has everything you need if you want to cook in the kitchen and the rooftop terrace is great for morning coffee. We would definitely stay here again.
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Stayed: December, 2015
Wonderful little Casita close to everything!
My husband & I just returned from an 8 day stay at Casita Limon. The owners, Jim & Maria, were absolutely wonderful and very responsive to anything we needed. The Casita is very close to the plaza and main beach, yet it was relatively quiet for the location and had a ton of privacy. There is a long set of stairs you must climb to reach the Casita (64 steps) but it lead to the beautiful gardens and private location, so we didn't mind at all. The Casita comes equipped with everything you need for your stay. We cooked a few breakfasts & had afternoon snacks on the patio overlooking the gardens, which was very peaceful. The third floor shared patio space with views of the surrounding hillside and town was a nice addition as well. We would gladly return to Casita Limon.
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Stayed: March, 2015
What an amazing place!
This is our third time in Sayulita and by far the best coziest place around, we loved it...we cooked daily breakfasts in the kitchen and enjoyed the roof top Palapa just hanging out. Although, neighbours are fairly close it with all the wonderful nature around and lovely gardening we had our privacy..I loved Casita Limon and I would stay here again next time!
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Stayed: April, 2013
Very nice place
My partner and I just came back from a 5 day vacation in Sayulita. We highly recommend Casita Limón. It is a simple nice and clean place to stay. Great value. We enjoyed the closeness to town and the safety of the place. The outside terrace is nice to enjoy a fresh drink after being in the ocean. Antonia's is a restaurant a block away with great pozole and other food. If we come back to Sayulita, we will definitely try to stay in this place.
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Stayed: October, 2012
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Encore Story Published about owner Jim Starkey:AFTER A CELEBRATED CAREER AS A PHOTOJOURNALIST, THIS ENCORE RETURNED TO HIS FIRST LOVE -- PAINTINGAs a youngster, Jim Starkey’s father was as apt to ask him not only “What happened in scho...[Read more]

Encore Story Published about owner Jim Starkey:AFTER A CELEBRATED CAREER AS A PHOTOJOURNALIST, THIS ENCORE RETURNED TO HIS FIRST LOVE -- PAINTINGAs a youngster, Jim Starkey’s father was as apt to ask him not only “What happened in school today?,” but also “So, do you think you’ll ever amount to much?”He chuckles good-naturedly. “I don’t know if I have,” he answers, “but that idea of being worthwhile has always stuck and I don’t mean financially.”Meet a guy who earned his first dollar working as a pre-teen in a carnival and lost his mother at 17 and his father just five years later.By then, Jim was already an old hand at the newspaper business, as he started shooting photos as a “stringer” for his hometown newspaper in Downer’s Grove, Illinois while still in high school.But even as he completed a journalism degree at the University of Missouri and went to work at a career that spanned 37 years at The Grand Rapids Press (The Press), Jim kept one hand on the artist’s palette, leaning on classes he had taken not only through community education programs, but at the esteemed Art Institute of Chicago.He and his photo staff won awards during the 1970s and 1980s that garnered The Press national attention on numerous occasions. And these days, he still loves shooting black and white images that capture people and their personalities.What he’s accelerated since retiring from The Press in 2007, though, is his art – vibrant paintings that capture the work and whimsy of everyday people both here in Michigan and in the Mexican village of Sayulita, where he and wife Maria own a year-round casita.“When I was little, I made a lot of art on my own. I remember getting copies of “Arizona Highways” and I would sketch those photos with pastels -- the cacti and the sunsets and the highways.”As he matured, Jim realized that “I wasn’t enough of a go-getter to make a living at art…so I became a photographer.”During news meetings, he remembers “making little scales where I would grade places on their scenery, the food, how easy it was to get there and are the girls pretty. And after my first time to Sayulita, its score always ended up higher than anywhere else.”A bit of a maverick even at an early age, Jim appreciated a paint-by-number set given to him by his grandparents, but he ignored the number scheme in favor of laying in his own colors wherever he wanted.That technique persisted some, as his paintings reflect intense color, contrast and texture.While he and Maria winter in their Mexican haven, they also keep a place above the old Peck’s drugstore building in Grand Rapids at the northeast corner of Monroe Center and N. Division Avenue. They live above Jim’s studio, which doubles as a gallery he shares with other artists – a lively scene where passersby can watch artists in action while pondering a purchase or discussing a commissioned work.“Have you ever been to an art gallery where people are working?” Jim asks. “There aren’t a lot of places like that. And we really enjoy talking to people; we’re even a little giddy about it.”Of course, given the fact they’re located in the hub of downtown Grand Rapids, not everyone stops in for the sake of art.Every now and then, says Jim, someone comes in and asks, “Say, do you have some quarters for the meter?”ABOUT ENCOREEncore is a burgeoning national movement created to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world. Encore sets out to define this new stage of life. An Encore can combine work, service and social impact.Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Encore is leading the way in Kent County by seeking to inspire individuals in their 50s and beyond to engage in meaningful work and service that makes a difference. In addition, we seek to challenge organizations in our community to pave the way and increase their capacity for experienced talent by identifying innovative pathways and opportunities for service.

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