Lonely Planet Loves the Riviera Nayarit

Lonely Planet Loves the Riviera Nayarit and So Will You!

The respected travel guide, Lonely Planet has recognized the Riviera Nayarit as a fantastic place to travel. It’s no wonder that they’ve placed the spotlight on this delightful location. The Lonely Planet Take on the Riviera Nayarit In a recent Lonely Planet post on the Riviera Nayarit, the location was described as a “microcosm of…

All Level Surfing in Sayulita

Surfing in Sayulita

Surfing in Sayulita for Every Experience Level Are you looking forward to surfing in Sayulita on your next vacation? You should be! It’s among the many fantastic reasons people love to live in – and visit – this part of Mexico. The region may be a gorgeous place to relax in a luxury Mexican villa…

Noel painted a huge Red Hibiscus Mural on the entrance Wall

When approaching Villa Estrella on the cobbled paths, you can barely see it. Only the palm thatch palapa cone reaches out above the richness of the plants. The entry to the villa is conceealed by rough natural rock walls, and vine covered shade structures, that make the transit into the villa quite an experience, with a beautiful curved shaded cool entry sequence that gives no hint of the incredible explosion of visual sensations once you get through the front door.

Finally, a list of Frequently Asked Questions

It only took 18 years. After laboriously answering the same questions hundreds of times, we figured that there had to be a better way. As they say “you get too soon old, and too late smart”. Let us know if you have a question not answered here, and we will add the answer to the list.

The list is a good read if you want to learn about Estrella quickly. Its not just dry fact, but also reflects some of our passions and biases as well, so enjoy.


We launched the panga from the beach of Platanitos Bay at dawn. The sun barely colouring the sky above the Sierra Madre Mountains to the east. Slipping seaward on glassy waters we immediately disappeared into the thick fogbank which had settled over the Pacific Coast for the past few days. We were beginning our adventure journey to Isla Isabel National Park, a bird and underwater sanctuary located 40 miles Northeast of Punta el Custodio, in the open Pacific.

A Day in Bucerias

No day trip to Bucerias is complete without…you guessed it….shopping….naturally, and in no time at all, in a back street of Bucerias where I could hardly squeeze in with my lumbering Suburban, we found a store with stuff we just HAD to have; these fine hand woven tapestries from Oaxaca, hand woven by the family that ran the store.