Juan and Estela's cabañas lie in a beautiful grove on a sandy bluff overlooking the beach just south of Tehualmixtle, a small fishing village in the middle of nowhere. It has no electricity--just water, a clay outdoor stove, and 'tranquilidad.' It is well off the dirt road, so no road dust or noise--unless you count the sound of the waves. And Juan and Estela are natural hosts, deeply rooted in and knowledgeable about the land and incredibly caring and friendly.
There are three cabañas at "El Buque." Each has its own bathroom with shower, toilet and sink. There's a solar lamp in Cabaña 1, but otherwise no electricity, no internet or cell reception and cold water only. There is a beautiful outdoor clay oven/stove for cooking.
This is a very Mexican country style: curtain for the bathroom. If you feel you want more privacy than that, the camper's bathroom is a good alternative.
The grove is on a small bluff just up from the beach. Two of the cabañas overlook the ocean, the other one is snuggled behind and has an ocean view. There is a trail down to the gorgeous beach. Often you will be the only person there.
By the time the dry season starts, in Mid-December or so, there are very few mosquitoes and by late January, none.
Accès des voyageurs
You have access to your cabaña with its private bathroom, the shared bathroom in a separate building and the beach as well as access to the grove itself--always being respectful of the peace and quiet of other guests.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
Juan and Estela are very friendly and 'simpatico.' They live in a house about 5 minutes' walk down the road and are readily available to help you. They don't speak much English, but they are great at communicating across language barriers!
The cabañas provide bed linens, bath towels and soap. You supply potable water (readily available in one of the stores in Villa del Mar). There's a solar bulb in cabaña 1--bring flashlights or lamps, too! (Remember, this is the tropics so there are ~ 12 hours of dark every night....)
For an additional fee, Estela and Juan would rent you a box with cutlery, something to boil water in, a casuela, an olla, a fry pan, glasses and cups, a cutting board and knife, washing soap and suchlike so that you don't have to travel with all that gear.
If you are staying for a long time, you might want to ask Juan to get you a Garafon (20 liter jug) of potable water, with delivery it costs $40 MXN (about $2 US).
No music after 10 pm, and quiet music only before.
Juan and Estela are warm, caring and have the gift of creating a peaceful and happy environment. They are deeply rooted in the local community and very knowledgeable about plants and animals of the region.
Juan built the cabañas using traditional methods: daub and wattle using flexible branches and local clay, locally-made adobe bricks, palapa roofs. From hammock hooks to the hand-made adornments in the tilework on the floors to the broth of local seafood, everything Juan and Estela make is informed by history, local materials and a lifetime of wisdom.
Their motive for creating this business for the grove is that they want to protect it from development, a little sliver of peace.