Do I have to speak Spanish?

No, but it’s fun to try 🙂  All staff at La Estancia speak English.  Our kids, who all study Spanish in school, do enjoy trying out their Spanish to test themselves!

Is this a timeshare?

No. Instead Villa La Estancia offers fractional ownership.  Each villa is individually owned.  We live in Iowa, but have our villa for part of the year. We rent out some of those weeks, since we have jobs and kids in school and can’t be gone for extended periods of time.  When you book through us you have the same extensive resort privileges as an owner.  The resort does rent out villas, but rental by owner is more economical.  You know exactly which villa you will be in, as opposed to when you rent online and end up with any villa they give you (ie. garden view instead of the ocean).  We think we have the best villa at lower rates, so it’s a “win-win.”

Can I drink the water?

Yes. The resort has its own filtration system and the refrigerators have an additional filter.  All water and ice at the resort are safe for consumption.  Almost all well established restaurants in Puerto Vallarta or Bucerias have clean water and ice because they want to keep their customers.  It works against their tourism business if people get sick.  To be on the safe side, drink only bottled drinks when away from the resort.

Where do we buy food or find restaurants?

The full kitchen makes it easy to do simple meals in your villa.  You can easily buy groceries at a megamarket 5 minutes away or at the smaller Palmita deli and market on site.  We like to prepare breakfast and lunch in our villa and go out for dinner. A poolside café offers light and tasty fare and drinks throughout the day.

Villa La Estancia and the neighboring resort known as Flamingoes offers several excellent restaurants for evening dining.

Puerto Vallarta, with its hundreds of restaurants, is only a 20 minute taxi ride away.  We have a favorite restaurant there with a rooftop bar, perfect for viewing the sun going down over Banderas Bay.  A closer option is the nearby village of Bucerias, which is just a five minute taxi ride or a 20 minute walk on the beach.  Bucerias offers plenty of fine dining options and much less “hustle and bustle” than going into PV.  Several excellent restaurants are on the beach, allowing you to watch the gorgeous sunsets.  Sunsets over the Pacific are one of our favorite parts of being in Nuevo Vallarta!

What’s there to do in Nuevo Vallarta?

Besides spending quiet time in villa 1603, taking advantage of the numerous amenities offered by Villa la Estancia or walking on the beach, you can also spend time enjoying the many adventures that the tropical area has to offer.  A few of our favorite activities are kiteboarding, whale and dolphin watching, and surfing,

What’s the weather like?

The weather is tropical and typical temperatures are highs in the 80’s and lows in the 70’s, depending on the time of the year.  We go to Mexico to “warm up” and have found the weather to be remarkably consistent and predictable.  From November-May there’s an average of only one day of rain per month.  We much prefer Nuevo Vallarta’s weather to shivering on the beach in Playa del Carmen!  Summer months are warmer and more humid, but still enjoyable.  (We’re used to humidity in Iowa!).  July through September is the rainy season with an afternoon thunderstorm which helps to reduce the humidity.

How do I rent villa 1603?

Just email us (villa1603@gmail.com) or call us (515.231.1807).  We’ll send you our agreement and request a 50% deposit to reserve the villa.  Please see our Reservation’s page for information about rates and availability.

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