Casa Fortuna - casafortuna

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Welcome

Welcome to Casa Fortuna, our rental home in La Penita de Jaltemba, Mexico. Here you'll find information about the house, and pictures of our home. Be sure to check out the links to our rental site, maps, activities and availability calendar and check back soon for additional photos

Casa Fortuna is a newly remodeled, hacienda style villa on 1/2 acre of beach front solitude. Located one hour north of Puerto Vallarta airport, transportation to La Penita de Jaltemba is easy by car, taxi or bus. Once you arrive, enjoy watching the gentle ocean, spectacular sunsets, and migrating whales from the wide verandas, float or play volleyball in your own private pool or lounge on the beach and swim in the warm, calm waters of Jaltemba Bay. This is total relaxation!

With the addition of a second floor in 2006, Casa Fortuna boasts 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, making it a perfect retreat for friends and families. The first floor has a fully equipped kitchen, a living area with comfortable sofa and chairs for lounging and table for dining, and one Suite with King bed and adjoining bath. A breezy veranda, perfect for morning coffee or afternoon cocktails, runs the entire length of the house on both levels, offering spectacular views of the beach, swaying palms, and the ocean.

The newly built second floor is tiled throughout, with three bedrooms, two Master Suites with king-sized beds, and the third with twin beds, that can be joined to make a king. You will not believe the ocean views that greet you each morning, when you sit up in bed! Linens and pillows are provided. Additional sleeping is available with use of inflatable beds. Two upstairs baths are beautifully finished with hand made Mexican tile, and modern fixtures.

Casa Fortuna is an easy walk from the center of La Penita de Jaltemba, a colorful Mexican town where you will find restaurants, taco stands, grocery stores, meat and fish markets, shopping, disco, Internet shops, kayak and bicycle rentals. The tiangus or community market, is held every Thursday morning in the town square where you can buy handicrafts from Mexico, jewelry, clothing, household goods, produce, seafood, and fresh bread and pastries. Walk or taxi a few miles down the beach to Rincon de Guayabitos, a busy resort town with party boats, whale watching tours, fishing, banana boats, jet skis, para sailing, horseback riding, beach front dining, and karaoke!

After a great evening out, or a wonderful meal prepared at the house by Sandra and Rick, wind down on the veranda, with tea lights flickering around you, the moon shining through the palm trees above, and the music of the waves inviting you to sleep. This is paradise!

Sandra and Rick, our English fluent caretakers live on site in a casita at the back of the property. They are wonderful cooks and can prepare traditional Mexican or American/Canadian style meals at the house for a very reasonable fee. Sandra can also arrange for poolside facials, manicures, pedicures, a relaxing massage or babysit for a relaxing night out without the kids. They can arrange a boat ride to Chacala for lunch, whale watching, a fishing trip on a local panga boat or a driver for an out of town adventure to see the crocodiles in San Blas, the petroglyph's in Alta Vista or maybe down the road to Puerto Vallarta,Sayulita, San Pancho or even Guadalajara.

Transportation from the airport to Casa Fortuna can be arranged with advanced notice.  New large Volkswagen van 1200 pesos
Return to airport for 1000 pesos. Please allow enough time to insure availability.

Habla Español--In Mexico call 327 274-0415
IN USA Call 707 874-1650 or 707 795-4184
Email to casafortuna@gmail.com

Rates
Nov 01-April 30  $2500/week up to ten 
May 01-Aug 30 $300per night 1800/week.(up to 10 people) $100.00 per extra person
Sept 01- Oct 31 $250 per night 1600/week (up to 10 people) $100.00 per extra person
2012 Christmas Week $3200(includes Christmas but must depart by Dec.29th)
2012-13 New Years Week $3200 (arrival no earlier than the 29th)
Discount for returning guests
50% deposit + $250 Refundable Security Deposit required
Gratutity for Property Managers not included



Click on the little blue arrow for a Webcam of our front yard Via Jalatemba Jalapeno

Pictures

2014-Helen and Friends

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Wedding at Casa Fortuna

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Dan and Kathy say I Do!
Dan and Kathy say I Do!
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Congratulations Dan and Kathy
Congratulations Dan and Kathy
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Here we go
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Sandy delivers the Cake
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The Wedding Party!
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Only in Mexico!!
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Helen and Friends 2012

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New Things at the Casa

New Equipale Table and Chairs
New Equipale Table and Chairs
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Casita facelift for Sandy and Rick
Casita facelift for Sandy and Rick
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Same old Beach
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2011-12-17 A Visit from Gary and a Professional Photographer

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Casa Fortuna:La Penita de Jaltemba, Nayarit, Mexico

2010 668.JPG
2010 668.JPG
Downstairs King bedroom with bath
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There is no longer a sign hanging over the highway and the Six signs are gone. You must now look for a Pollo's Karina Chicken BBQ place and a Tire Sales/Repair shop on the corners...
There is no longer a sign hanging over the highway and the Six signs are gone. You must now look for a Pollo's Karina Chicken BBQ place and a Tire Sales/Repair shop on the corners...
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Here you are
Here you are

Welcome
Welcome
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Taxi Stand
Taxi Stand
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Hola from the Thompsons and Luthers
Hola from the Thompsons and Luthers
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Sandra and Rick our Caretakers Greet you
Sandra and Rick our Caretakers Greet you
Sandra and Rick
155 feet of New Sea Wall!
155 feet of New Sea Wall!
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front door.JPG
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Soooo Relaxing
Soooo Relaxing
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patio.JPG
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To the beach
To the beach



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Shady spot
Shady spot
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Pool from the door
Pool from the door
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Aaaahh
Aaaahh
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Bathroom Veranda
Bathroom Veranda

From the bathroom balcony
From the bathroom balcony
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Huichol artwork
Huichol artwork

Hot new Colors!
Hot new Colors!
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Treasures from Mexico travels
Treasures from Mexico travels

Huichol artwork
Huichol artwork
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Downstairs King Suite
Downstairs King Suite
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One of the master suites
One of the master suites
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Out to the veranda
Out to the veranda
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Master Suite
Master Suite
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veranda upstairs.JPG
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Master suite bath
Master suite bath
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Master bedroom South
Master bedroom South
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2nd Master suite's bathroom
2nd Master suite's bathroom
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Twin room
Twin room
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Cleaning the Cocos
Cleaning the Cocos
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Bonita the Guard Dog
Bonita the Guard Dog
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Baby Cali in the yard
Baby Cali in the yard

Iguana in the yard
Iguana in the yard
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Iguana on the Tamarindo
Iguana on the Tamarindo
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Baby Pineapple in the yard
Baby Pineapple in the yard
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Dining by the pool
Dining by the pool
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Sandy gives a poolside facial
Sandy gives a poolside facial
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Lounging
Lounging
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Shrimp at the door
Shrimp at the door
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Shrimp on the table
Shrimp on the table
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Ready for dinner
Ready for dinner

Ribs tonight
Ribs tonight

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Fruit stand
Fruit stand
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Yummies
Yummies
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Mangos and Oranges
Mangos and Oranges

Beach Side
Beach Side
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yard table from upstairs veranda.JPG
yard table from upstairs veranda.JPG 2003-01-01
Beach Side
Beach Side
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Checking out the new sea wall
Checking out the new sea wall
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Sea Wall
Sea Wall
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New lights on the new wall
New lights on the new wall
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Veranda
Veranda
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veranda view.JPG
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Looking South
Looking South
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Pina Colada?
Pina Colada?

Anyone for a Kayak adventure?
Anyone for a Kayak adventure?

Off he goes
Off he goes

Semana Santa/Easter crowds 2009
Semana Santa/Easter crowds 2009

View from the veranda
View from the veranda

Boat picks up the fisherman in front of the house
Boat picks up the fisherman in front of the house

Lucky fishermen
Lucky fishermen

The boys get the Dorado
The boys get the Dorado

Home from Fishing
Home from Fishing
Mexico June 2010 040 - Copy - Copy.JPG 2010-06-18
Kitchen duty
Kitchen duty

Who cleans the fish?
Who cleans the fish?

Another Feast by Sandra
Another Feast by Sandra
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Delightful
Delightful
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Waiting for leftovers on the beach
Waiting for leftovers on the beach
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Fishing starts young
Fishing starts young
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Fishing from the beach
Fishing from the beach
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The net is cast
The net is cast
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The net starts in the box
The net starts in the box

Pulling in the net
Pulling in the net

What have we here?
What have we here?
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Dinner tonight
Dinner tonight
2008 12 18_0017.JPG 2008-12-15
Lobster anyone?
Lobster anyone?
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Time to relax...again
Time to relax...again

What a sunset
What a sunset

Another Beauty
Another Beauty

Every night
Every night

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The birds
The birds
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pelicans.JPG
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Dog days
Dog days
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Estuary to the North
Estuary to the North
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the boys from the hood
the boys from the hood
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Flower Lady
Flower Lady
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Colorful chicks for sale
Colorful chicks for sale
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Easter Surprise
Easter Surprise
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Fruit at the tianguis
Fruit at the tianguis
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guayabitos semana santa
guayabitos semana santa

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Going to church
Going to church
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Seranade
Seranade
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surf at sunset
surf at sunset
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Whale Tail spotted in front of the house!
Whale Tail spotted in front of the house!
whale tail.JPG 2003-01-01
Sky
Sky
Mexico June 2010 108 - Copy.JPG 2010-06-19
Sunset
Sunset
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Dave and Friends January 2011

2011-01-15

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2009-05-29 Helen and Friends

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Casa Fortuna Info

Meal Options at Casa Fortuna



Private Cook available for Casa Fortuna


Sandra and Rick are incredible hosts and are accomplished cooks. They once had a restaurant and catering business. We are fortunate to have them available to cook for our guests.

You can arrange for cooking by the week or by the day.



Food Preparation Fee By the week (one week =6-days)

Prices in US dollars


1-4 people $100.00 per week for one meal per day/ $200.00 for two meals per day

5-8 people $150.00 per week for one meal per day/ $300.00 for two meals per day.


Additional fees for more than 8


This price is for 6 days (no Sundays unless it is a very special occasion like a birthday dinner) They are not available for Christmas dinner as they spend time with their family. (Amended to say that they disagree and would be happy to cook on the holidays.  Aren't they the best!)

You can choose between breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner….and change according to your schedule each day. It includes one main course only, appetizer and desert, or main course and two appetizers. It is not intended to be a Mexican Fiesta with multiple entrees.


Food Preparation By The Day


The price of cooking per day is calculated by the cost of the main dish per person. She will do up to two main dishes, but prefers to do the same thing for all guests. Maybe a generous tip (propina) for the extra work will make it worth her while if your group has different needs. For example if you have 6 people in your group and want Chicken Enchiladas, the price for preparation would be 30 pesos eachx6=180

The price for Appetizers and Deserts are per item. As an example a pie would be 30 and guacamole would be 30

So the price of that meal preparation for 6 people would be would be 240 pesos or 20 US dollars...at exchange rate of 12.4




The cost of the food is extra.

For example, a meal for 8 using shrimp would probably take about 3 kilos of shrimp at a cost of $ 9.00 per kilo. The ingredients for chicken enchiladas for 8 will run around $35.00. Ingredients for appetizers and deserts, salsa and chips would increase the cost. One thing for sure, you will not eat better for less at a restaurant


They will do all shopping necessary…with a charge of 2 or 3 dollars for the taxi from the store to the house.

Sandra will prepare the food, wash the dishes used in dinner prep, clean the kitchen and leave the house. Serving dinner and washing dinner dishes is not included.

Tipping is customary.


The following prices are if you choose to have a single meal rather than pay by the week.


Price is per person for main dishes, keep in mind that we are assuming there are 6-8 people.  If your group is smaller you might want to pay her a little more for the service. 

Price per item for Appetizers and Deserts


Her main dishes usually come accompanied with rice, frijoles or salad, depending on the dish…....a few don't …...like the enchiladas. Be sure to ask if you would like something on the side….as always, very inexpensive.


Priced below in dollars.....if you pay in pesos it is about 30 pesos to $2.50

Appetizers (priced per item not per person)


$2.50 or 30 pesos each


Nachos

Guacamole

Mexican salsa(traditional with tomato, chilies, onions)

Salsa pico de gallo

Fried turkey sausages w / spicy BBQ sauce

Fresh fruit plates (Pineapple slice topped with chopped water melon, melon, apples, pears, strawberries, oranges, peaches (in season only) and covered with Rum & Grenadine coulée sprinkled with cinnamon)


Mexican dishes   (priced per person)

Holiday Special stuffed Pork Roast

Empanadas

Chicken noodle (home made noodles)soup with Mashed Potatoes...unbelievably good.

Chilaquiles

Carne Asada with grilled onions and jalapeno peppers stuffed with cream cheese!!

Chile Rellenos $3.00

Chicken mole with rice $2.50

Carne su Jugo/Beef in a cilantro based juice $2.50

Chicken enchiladas $3.00 with white cream sauce

Orange chicken $2.50

Pork with zucchini $2.50

Chicken/Beef Birria $2.50

Chicken tostadas Mexicana $2.50

Mexican meat balls $2.50

Breaded potato cakes $2.50

Beef with chili $2.50

Chicken in peanut sauce $2.50

Mexican soup/Tortilla soup $2.50

Chicken spaghetti $2.50 

Rice

Beans

Lots of other choices...just ask

 

Chinese (priced per person)


Spicy chicken, beef or pork stir fry $2.50


 German   (priced per person)

Beef Stroganoff $3.00

Sauerkraut with pork chops $2.50 


American   (priced per person)


ALL $25 except for pizza and lasagna (3.00) 


Hamburgers (with BBQ sauce, fried onions and cheddar cheese)

Meatloaf w / mushroom cream

Bean soup

American style fried chicken (with mashed potatoes and gravy)

Smoked BBQ ribs with potato salad

Smoked turkey

Hot-dogs / Corn dogs

Spaghetti w / meat sauce or meat balls

Lasagna & Vegetarian lasagna $3.00

Fettuccini Alfredo or cheese fettuccini

Pizza - Homemade thin crust with list of possible ingredients (shrimp, ham, chicken, beef, chorizo, pepperoni, pineapple, sausage & vegetarian style) $3.00

BBQ Chicken

BBQ Turkey, when available

BBQ Ribs...a favorite

Chicken noodle soup


Seafood  (priced per person)


All 2.50 each (I think)


Ceviche: Shrimp, Dorado, sierra (and when available octopus...hard to get and expensive here) or combos

Sea food cocktail in juice

Sea food soup

Dorado filet: Many styles some served with Ricks now Famous Tartar sauce: a la Vera Cruz (with white wine in sauce) 

Garlic, 

breaded,  

fried 

BBQ

Shrimp: brochette, garlic, butter, breaded or diabla

Sarandeado fish or shrimp (Mexican BBQ style like they serve on beaches) -


Desserts (priced per item)


All $2.00

Rice pudding

Cakes (chocolate, strawberry, orange)

Pies (Apple, Cheese, lime, strawberry, pumpkin)

Brownies

Fresh fruit Jell-O’s (orange, strawberry, lime, raspberry, pineapple, peach, grape)

Milk jello with pecans

Fried bananas with Rum, cream and strawberries

Bionico (Chopped fruits topped with pecans, granola and home made sweet yogurt) 

Ice cream


Breakfast

she can pretty much do anything American or Mexican...Huevos Rancheros, chiliquillies, wonderful Mexican Bacon!


Sandra is quite accomplished and may be able to prepare dishes other than listed with advance notice. Rick does a mean BBQ (perfect answer for that fish you caught) and they can whip up a great pizza and his BBQ ribs are to die for. If you wish to have a dinner waiting for you on your arrival day let us know your menu and she will have a wonderful meal waiting for you! Highly Recommended

They can also pick up groceries, beer, wine or tequila to be waiting at the house. This is something they do for the cost of the taxi and a tip. Please be generous!


Rental Information

Our rental site with rates and calendar link in Link Section or go to

http://www.vrbo.com/90980

Or email to casafortuna@gmail.com

Getting There

Casa Fortuna
Cabo San Lucas #52
La Penita de Jaltemba, Nayarit, Mexico
From Puerto Vallarta

Please contact us for airport pick up by local taxi.
 
If driving yourself:
La Penita is about one hour north of the Puerto Vallarta Airport.  You will cross over the state line from Jalisco into Nayarit a few miles north of the airport. The time zone in La Penita is one hour earlier than the time zone of the airport.  It is important to take that into consideration when planning your return to the airport for departure.

The trip to La Penita is about 1 hour by car, depending on traffic.  Print out the map of La Penita from the link provided. You will travel North along Hwy 200, the main highway that ultimately goes to Tepic and Guadalajara.  When you reach Jaltemba Bay you will find three towns very close together.  Los Ayala, Rincon de Guayabitos and La Penita.  About 4 blocks past the main street of La Penita (Centro La Penita) you will find our street Cabo San Lucas. There used to be a highway sign hanging over the street but for some mysterious reason it is no longer there, ah Mexico.  If you keep a lookout you will find a tire sales shop on the left hand side and Pollo Karina (a BBQ chicken stand) on the right side of Cabo San Lucas St. Turn there.  Casa Fortuna is at the very end of the road on the right hand side,  on the  beach.  You will see our terracotta painted wall with a yellow/terracotta tile covered entry.  Pull the rope and ring the bell and Sandy or Rick will let you in. Contact us if you would like to have a grocery order waiting or perhaps a wonderful meal prepared for your arrival. We highly recommend it.

From the North
Coming from Guadalajara you would make a right hand turn off of Hwy 200 where the sign hangs over the road. (note: the sign is no longer there) Please look for the BBQ chicken stand Pollo's Karina that is just before our street, Calle Cabo San Lucas. The photograph you see above in the photo section was taken from the opposite direction, from the south looking north. 
It is not necessary to rent a car unless you plan on a lot of trips out of the area.  Sandy and Rick can call a taxi for you for local trips or hire a van for sightseeing trips.  We use a local man who has a beautiful new Volkswagon van that holds 8 people comfortably.
If you wish to rent a car you might try Gecko Rentals in Bucerias.  They will pick you up at the airport and bring you to the car.  On return you drop the car off with them and they will transport you to the airport.  A link to their rental site is provided on the Links section

Transportation from the airport is available by taxi arranged at the booth at the airport or prearranged with Alejandro, a driver we use from La Penita. He has a new Volkswagon van that holds 9 people and a reasonable amount of luggage.  He will meet you at the airport, make a stop at a large grocery store (200 pesos extra) if you wish and knows the way to the house.  It takes the worry out of getting there.  He charges 1200 pesos for the trip from the airport (the airport charges him to do pick ups, therefore the price is higher than the return trip)  and 1000 pesos for the return to the airport. Currently, January of 2012, the exchange rate is 13.4 to the US dollar so that is under 90.00 US from the airport and under 75.00US to the airport.  Or, If you wish to take a bus you can get a taxi at the airport to take you to the Central Bus Station and once there get a Pacifico bus to La Penita. See the link for more details.  The bus will drop you on main street and you will need to get a local taxi to take you to the house.  This is most economical if you are a small group.  For larger groups we suggest a taxi the whole way. Taxi to bus station would run around 100 pesos,  the bus ticket around 80 pesos and another 30 pesos to get to the house. 

While you are there

We are fortunate to have a wonderful couple who live in the rear of our property in a small casita.  They will be there to greet you, give you keys and familiarize you with the house.  Rick is American and Sandra is Mexican, but speaks English fluently. 
Please let them know if you are getting low on drinking water, soap, toilet paper of if you need a taxi, a doctor or just some information like where to put the garbage or where is the best place to buy fish. If you would like them to do the shopping they will do so for a "propina" or tip. 

While they are not the maid and butler, they are amazing and they are very happy to help out when needed and make sure you have all the services provided by Casa Fortuna.  They are not there to do your dishes or clean up daily.

We offer a light housekeeping mid week during your stay.  You can arrange with Sandra for daily services  for an additional fee, traditionally around $15.00 US per day. 

Rick and Sandra can arrange a boat to pick you up in front of the house for a fishing trip on local Panga boat, (wave and weather coooperation required) a boat tour to neighboring towns or a wave runner watercraft delivered to the beach in front of the house. They can also make reservations for you on a whale watching tour boat or on one of the party boats, set up taxi trips to neighboring towns or attractions or a water taxi to Guayabitos.

Sandra can also arrange for a poolside manicure, pedicure or facial as well as an in house massage.

Please note that it is customary to tip them for these services at the end of your stay. 

Sandra and Rick are both very skilled cooks and can prepare meals at the house for a very reasonable fee. (See Private Cook section below)

 If you have children and wish to have an adult evening out Sandra will watch your kids while you enjoy an evening alone.  She charges between 50-100 pesos per hour, depending on the number of children.  Your children will love her.....most guests report that the kids want to go play with Sandra every day!

The House

Casa Fortuna has air conditioning in all four bedrooms.  You will find it might be necessary during the summer months for comfortable sleeping.  Please remember that it is VERY expensive to run and we ask that you try to remember to turn it off when you are not in the room.  The units are very efficient and will cool the rooms quickly,  so there is no need to leave it running all day.  With your help we can keep the rates as reasonable as possible.

Please be careful of the bed linens with sun lotions and oils.  If by accident you get some on any of the house linens or furniture please let Sandra know so she can treat them quickly.  We ask that you do not use Clorox while at the house.  Seems silly but for some reason we have lost many towels and sheets by the careless use of bleach.  Same goes for nail polish.  Please use it outside only.  IF the urge strikes you to get a fake tattoo on the beach be sure to cover it up while sleeping as the hair dye they use can ruin sheets.  Many people are also allergic to the dye used and there are many incidents of permanent scarring from the reaction to the dye on your skin.  Our advice is to avoid it.

Plumbing in Mexico is much more temperamental than north of the border.  You will find that most restaurants/hotels in the area will have wastebaskets near the toilet for you to dispose of toilet paper.  There is a good reason for it as the sewer systems in most towns are antiquated and not designed to flush any paper products.  We have recently installed a new sewer system and while we feel confident in flushing toilet paper we ask that you do not flush ANY other products, feminine or baby wipes or ???  Please.

If you accidentally break something we would like to be advised.  While we do expect some incidental damage to the house we do not expect complete disregard for our home.  Your security deposit will be used if you get crazy!  Please let Rick or Sandra know if you notice something that needs their attention.

Beach towels for use at the house are provided but bring your own if you need them away from the house as we do not allow them to leave the premises.

Our home is limited to the number of people stated on your contract. Please do not invite strangers into our home or yard.  While Mexico is full of wonderful people there are those who will take advantage if the opportunity is given.  Petty theft is the most common crime in Mexico.  Be aware of your valuables and ours.  If you wish to have a large gathering of friends we suggest that you talk to Rick or Sandra about venues that might suit a large party.  Our water and sewage is not adequate for weddings or large groups.

Reaching Us in the US

Sherry and Jerry Luther
707 874-1650

Doreen and Tom Thompson
707 795-4184

email to:casafortuna@gmail.com

Calling There

We have a local phone at the house for calls you might want to make locally.  Please no long distance calls on this number. 
The number is 327 274-0415
When calling that number from the USA or Canada you must dial
011 52 327 274 0415  Habla Espanol  English and Spanish Spoken

We also have a SKYPE phone with a California number. The cost is .02 cents per minute for calls to land lines and .05 cents per minute for calls to cell phones.  We offer this free of charge, within reason.  You can give this to family and friends so they can reach you, however the phone does not ring loud so you may tell them to call the Mexico number if they need to reach you quickly.

The SKYPE number is:
707 206 6152

Restaurants

Restaurants tried and loved by us in La Penita:  Check the Map for locations and status of operations.  Some of these close for the summer

 

Solis    Italian Restaurant on the town square in La Penita, great dinners, Beer, wine, pizza and a few favorite pasta dishes….Walk from the house  Number 25 on the La Penita map  274-3438

 

Xaltemba Restaurant and Gallery is a new upscale restaurant opening in November of 2007 on the town square in La Penita.  We tried it and all I can say is WOW.  You definitely will not be disappointed.  Walking distance  Closed in Summer  http://www.xaltemba.com/page33/menu.html  Closed for the summer months

 

Hindi and Jaime’s in La Penita.  Great food, nice bar and wonderful people. Friday night Chili Relleno’s Walk from the house  Try the tortas for lunch….or the fish tacos or shrimp or dorado "Pacifico"….yummy and VERY inexpensive and yummy.  This little bar/restaurant is one of our favorites for a great inexpensive meal

Closes on June 1st for the summer

Beach side of number 26 on the La Penita map

 

IRMAS  Ask Sandy for directions to this little street side gem.  Great breakfast and lunch.  Tiny with a few sidewalk tables, but great Mexican flavored spot.


 Gutti’s
  Right on the beach front road in La Penita, West of number 26 on the La Penita map. Just a few blocks from the house.  We always go here at least one time for their Camarones con mucho ajo and Camarones Diablo.  Garlic shrimp and spicy shrimp.  Simple, no English, and no Gringos but great Shrimp dishes, fish, and seafood soup.  Short on atmosphere but Gutti is a nice guy and the food is wonderful and inexpensive and the kitchen is clean and spotless.  Between two Cantinas, so get the right door.   Beer and Ron…Rum!

 Tonitas III  Walking distance In La Penita.  Ask Rick and Sandy for directions....Wide variety of dishes, dancing and music on some nights.  Very good and inexpensive. 

Recently opened in La Penita.  Large place, lots of variety on the menu, full bar and fun waiters.  Great place

Toucan   On the highway in La Penita….south end of town.  West side of Hwy.  Great people and good, inexpensive food.  Margaritas and simple bar.  Take a cab

 

La Avenida   in La Penita.  Number 26 on the La Penita map Great for breakfast and lunch Walk.  At the end of the Avenida in downtown……west end.

 

Lots of other pizza parlors (home delivery), bakeries, roasted chicken stands, ice cream parlors and breakfast and lunch spots in La Penita’s downtown.  Irmas is a great lunch or dinner spot.  Taco stands by the town square get a lot of business and people rave about them…

 

You can walk down the beach to Rincon de Guayabitos…..I have never had to cross water from December to May….In the rainy season you might have to wade a bit.  It is a nice, but long walk.  Call a cab for the less adventurous. Check out restaurants reviews on Jaltemba Sol the local on line newspaper...Link provided..and the maps that they have there. 

 


Latitute 21 

New restaurant on the beach in Rincon de Guayabitos.  Music and good food.  Reasonable prices

http://www.surfnayaritmexico.com/latitude.html


El Campanario in Rincon de Guayabitos   Love it….Great Fajitas and nice bar.  Near Pina Loca on the Rincon de Guayabitos map

 

Pina Loca in Rincon de Guayabitos   Great breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Fantastic fancy drinks, fruit smoothies and bar.  On the Rincon map


Pina Colada in Rincon de Guayabitos…Festive Restaurant and Bar, huge fajitas and great other dishes….Nice bar…..drinks, margaritas in a bowl!  Located on the frontage road that runs parallel to the main highway. On the map  May be closed for the summer 2009 for remodeling

 

Vista Guayabitos  high on the hill above Rincon and Los Ayala.  Great view and food is good…..a must for sunset drinks! We always make at least one trip.  A little higher priced than others, but worth it for the view and high end atmosphere.  Good Ceviche and Empanadas.  Great steaks, coconut and garlic shrimp and chili rellenos. Mango Margaritas and cheese cake!  Thursday night karaoke with great local talent!  

http://www.vistaguayabitos.com/eng/

http://www.vistaguayabitos.com/

 


 

 

Reviews and info borrowed from the Guayabitos Newsletter

 Most of these are open for the summer months

Piña Loca: This cute little restaurant is one of my all-time favorites. It is almost always busy (which should be your first clue that they have great food); and to top it off, you'll also get good service from both Fabian and Susana. Mercedes, the owner, offers a huge menu filled with traditional Mexican items like pozole, tostadas, enchiladas, sopes, burritos and tacos, in addition to several fish, shrimp, beef and pork dishes. A few of our favorites are the shrimp fajita served in a molcajete (lava bowl), Veracruz-style fish fillet, octopus in garlic, coconut shrimp with mango salsa and tortilla soup. Most specials come with one national drink and dessert. Hours: 11am-8pm daily. Happy Hour: 4-6pm. Live Music: Nightly except Saturday. Address: Ret. Tabachines, Guayabitos.

 

Hinde y Jaime's
Av. Emiliano Zapata, La Peñita
Open 8am-9pm or 10pm, closed Sunday and for the summer starting 6/1/09

Great fish tacos, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Friday night Chili Rellenos.  Full bar.  Golfers, poker and lots of tourists  Try their Tortas (a hot sandwich) for lunch! Hinde makes a great meal for a little money…..we love the fish, Dorado, cooked many ways with rice and veggies all for under 80 pesos.  An easy walk from the house.

Mateja's Bar & Grill

Good Food and Lots of English Speaking Patrons

On the Beach, Guayabitos
(322) 131-0043 *new number
Open
-9pmish, closed Monday

Caters to Canadian and American Guests
Daily Specials:2007-2008 Happy Hour:
daily; Tues: Beef or Chicken Quesadilla for $35 pesos all day. Wed: Rib Night 4-7pm for $60 pesos; Music by Eric Nice. Thurs: Grande Margaritas for $25 pesos all day. Fri: Peel and Eat Shrimp $2 1/2 pesos each. Sat: Steak for $120 pesos; Music by Eric Nice. Sun: Chicken Teriyaki or Chicken Parmesan for $65 pesos all day / Group Reservations: If you are heading to Mateja's for dinner after 7pm, please call ahead to make sure the kitchen is still open to avoid disappointment. Mateja encourages all parties of 8 or more to make a reservation. If you do so, she will offer her famous rib dinner to the entire party at Wednesday's price (so why not eat ribs on Tuesday?). Don't forget, ribs need to be pre-ordered

 

Piña Loca
Ret. Tabachines, Guayabitos
Open 8am-10pm daily
Live Music: "Miguel Angel:" Mon, Fri & Sun 6-9pm; "Orlando:" Tues 7-9pm; "Roberto Curiel:" Wed-Thurs 7-9pm

 

Crazy Nellies Hwy. 200 (near entrance to Los Ayala), Guayabitos

Food, TV’s for sports, Pool tables and fun
(327) 274-1101
 

El Tiburon
On the Beach, Guayabitos
(327) 274-0642 or (322) 136-8465
Open
Mon-Thurs, Open until 1am Fri-Sun


Toñita I
On the Beach, Guayabitos
Open
daily

Just recently found this nice restaurant.  Great seafood.  Closes early in summer so get there before 6


Villanueva
On the Beach, Guayabitos
Open
, closed Tuesday
Happy Hour:
daily \

 

 

 



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8/18/2013 2:43:46 PM - 005080483922
We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Casa Fortuna. I will advise anyone traveling in August- it is HOT! The air conditioners in the bedroom are amazing, but the owners prefer that they only be turned on at night- understandably- it is very expensive!
The breeze from the ocean is fantastic. The view is stunning and very pituresque. This is truly a tiny Mexican fishing village. There are little children running around the stone and dirt streets. Families sit outside and gab until the late hours. There are dogs everywhere. There are cars that blare messages from loud speakers. Very few locals speak English. Everyone is extremely friendly. It was such a fantastic cultural experience.
Important Tip:Bring pesos or be prepared to go to the ATM to withdraw pesos- we brought American dollars, but didn't have time to exchange them. The ATM had the best exchange rate, but there is a limit on how much you can take out each day, and with a group our size, (7), we had to get pesos almost every day. Walking to town a couple of times a day was a great way to get our lazy teenagers to get some exercise :)
We had our laundry done from a laundry about a quarter of a mile walk- they were fresh and clean, smelled amazing and were delivered to our front door for a peso a kilo. Amazing!
We had pedicures, manicures and massages at the house for an extremely reasonable price.
We rented jet skis and played in the ocean.
We walked four miles on the beach to a neighboring town that was decidedly more "touristy" and ate lunch at a restaurant on the beach.
We felt very safe.
Rick and Sandra were superb. They can both cook quite well. They are eager to make your stay pleasant. My children fell in love with both of them and followed them and their sweet dogs around all day.
A typical day:
Wake up, eat breakfast. Walk on the beach (over lava rocks, inspect the fishing boats, collect starfish and shells, look at portions of an old cemetery that is being slowly washed into the ocean). Come home, swim in the pool. Clean up. Eat lunch in town or at the house. Play in the ocean, read on the beautiful veranda, play a game, nap. Eat dinner that Sandra and Rick cooked. Walk into town and get ice cream or fruit popsicles. Come home, watch a movie or more reading. Go to sleep.
We had Alejandro pick us up at the airport, and take us back. He also picked up two of our university aged children mid-week and brought them to us. He does not speak english, but he is very easy to find and get along with. We went back and forth about getting a car or not- it would have worked out well either way- if you want to sight-see in other towns, a car would be a good option, but you truly do not need one if you are reasonably fit. Everything is within walking distance. We had a truly lovely vacation! Thank you!!!!
1/5/2011 8:29:34 PM - 003084450056
Our family of 8 ( 6 adults, a child aged 4 and a baby of 18 months) stayed at Casa Fortuna over the Christmas and New Year holidays, 2010. We had an excellent vacation. The house and surounding beach are exactly as depicted on the photos on the web site and inside it is better that the photos show. The location is fantastic - right next to a beach where the sand is washed twice daily by the Pacific Ocean and with a well positioned and private pool behind the house. We ate outside every day in a spacious dining area by the pool and on the terrace by the sea.
While the location is delightful, Rick and Sandra enriched our stay significantly. They provided dinner every evening and breakfast on Christmas day morning. The food was very good and they were helpful and extremely friendly. They turned an ideal location into an outstanding family holiday.
Finally we must mention Alejandro. The lovely house is an hour from the airport, which might be a drawback for some, but Alejandro's safe and reliable transportation eliminated any issues with arrival and departure. He greeted three separate arrivals and arrived on time for three separate departures ( one at 4.30 am!).
Stuart Wilson

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Webcam of our yard and Beach in front of house
Casa Fortuna on the beach front on right side of Cabo San Lucas
Google photo of turn to Casa Fortuna on Cabo San Lucas
Availability Calendar
Casa Fortuna VRBO Rental Site
Flip Key Rental Site
Google Map we are #49 on Cabo San Lucas
Gecko Rental Cars
Map of La Penita. Casa Fortuna is #23
Casa Valentin VRBO Rental Site for our home in Puerto Vallarta
Wikimapia of La Penita and Casa Fortuna
Directions by Bus from PV Airport to La Penita
San Blas Crocodile Tour "La Tovara"
Little Golf Course nearby
Link to photos/article about Tianguis in La Penita
Local Online Newspaper Jaltemba Sol
Link to "Semi"-AccuWeather.com
Alta Vista Petroglyphs
Guayabitos Tours
Xaltemba TV Station and Restaurant
Freddys Tour's Party Boat Video
Nayarit Directory
Alaska Airlines
Fresh Roasted Coffee in La Penita
Senor Jordan Want to learn Spanish??
Interactive Map
Map of Rincon de Guayabitos
Map of Los Ayala
Map of the state of Nayarit Mexico

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