What People Are Saying

We LOVE Casa Terra!

Dave and Marilyn:

Many thanks for once again opening your beautiful Casa Terra to us. We have had a great stay and do not look forward to going home to the cold and snow.

The weather this year was warmer than usual but cooled down nicely just before we left for home. We spent many hours floating around in the pool and then stretched out in the new lounge chairs with our books! LOVE the new living room sofa and chairs – very comfortable!

Canello (the La Puntilla dog) came by for a short visit and one evening when we were walking down the driveway, he greeted us and escorted us back to Casa Terra. When he saw we had safely opened the door, he turned and walked back to the security gate. Pretty smart dog and a great little mascot!

The security staff were so friendly, as were the gardeners and the pool man. With Maria over for massages, Gloria to keep the house neat and tidy and such great restaurants in La Cruz as well as the fresh fish markets and the Sunday Market at the Marina – what more could anyone ask for!

We LOVE Casa Terra and look forward to a return visit.

Debbie & Jim
Regina Saskatchewan Canada


We are just back from a two week stay at Casa Terra. What a vacation! The house exceeded our expectations as did the amazing service and suggestions from Marilyn, the wonderful rental manager.

The house has everything you would ever need; loads of beach towels, floating devices for the pool, beautiful linens for a fancy or casual dinner, comfortable beds (and we are picky!), laundry detergent, spices, every pot, pan and serving dish you would ever want. It exceeded all of our expectations. The maid Gloria, is a breath of fresh air and a local couple came in and made a fantastic dinner for my sister’s birthday.

When you walk in the front door your breath is taken away. The most beautiful view, quiet and safe; we slept like babies. The Mega supermarket market is perfect with very reasonable prices. Have breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Marina in La Cruz and then pick up some fresh seafood caught that day – fabulous! We spent a lot of time in Bucerias, and recommend you eat at El Brujo, right on the beach, amazing views, fabulous food and authentic Mexican fare.

Marilyn is a wealth of information on where to go (or not go!) what to do, where to rent cars, etc. We loved the service and people at Gecko car rental – they went above and gave us a little course on driving in Mexico as the rules of the road are not always the same as at home.

This was a trip of a lifetime and we hope we will be able to come back again — maybe for 3 weeks next time!

Don’t hesitate to rent this amazing property!

Bonny & Charles, Catherine & Al
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada


This vacation ranks right up there–probably the most relaxing vacation we’ve ever had. What a lovely, safe, friendly and peaceful spot to share with friends. We had a great experience at Casa Terra and found that the property and the entire week exceeded our expectations.

Highlights included riding the bus, the Sunday market in La Cruz, Destiladeras Beach, papaya, and the best (on-site) massage we’ve ever had. Snoozing, reading and relaxing in the pool provided much needed restoratio. We had imagined staying busy with day trips, etc, but in the end, Casa Terra was enough–so peaceful and no real need to go anywhere else.

Scuba diving was great fun, as was seeing fish and birds from the boat. We especially enjoyed watching the pelicans diving for fish right in front of the house.

Thanks to all who are involved in providing quality vacation experiences for work-weary travelers.

Judy & Sean, Barb & Bill
Chicago, Illinois


It is hard to believe we left Casa Terra nearly a week ago but we wanted you to know what a wonderful vacation we had at Casa Terra!! Everything was just perfect. We were able to go on a Vallarta Adventures trip to Las Caletas, explored beaches in Punta De Mita, Sayulita, San Pancho and Bucerias. We ate in some wonderful restaurants including Frascati (twice!). Strange to think that our favorite Italian restaurant is located in La Cruz, Mexico!

We went horseback riding on the beach in Bucerias and spent many happy and relaxing days by the pool! Our daughter, Emma learned to swim during our time in La Cruz! She just loved spending hours on end in that pool! We want to thank you SO much for allowing us the opportunity to spend our vacation at the perfect place!

We went into Puerto Vallarta just twice and were so happy that we had decided to stay in a smaller, less populated area and especially in the privacy of a personal home. We loved Gloria and we had Maria come over twice to give us massages and pedicures! All, it was a dream vacation and we will certainly be going back to Mexico and La Cruz again one day.

Again, it has been wonderful working with you and we hope we have the opportunity to do so again in the future.

Karen, Don and Emma
Fairbanks, Alaska


“We had a wonderful vacation at Casa Terra. We had walked by the house several times during previous vacations in La Cruz, and had high expectations of what it would be like to stay there – not only did the house meet my expectations, but it exceeded them! It is a lovely house, and is very well equipped for a vacation rental. We appreciated all the outside furniture, as we always had a choice of upright chairs or loungers for the many hours we spent in the beautiful little yard, and around the pool, reading, sunning, or just enjoying the glorious view.

We loved the housekeeper, Gloria, and it was always a pleasure to see her arrive. She kept the house immaculate, and was able to help with finding restaurants and the best places to buy things in La Cruz and Bucerias as well. The book of local information was also very helpful.

We loved the fish markets at the Marina and it was fun to try the various types of fish and shellfish as the prices were so reasonable. We walked into La Cruz most days for shopping, lattes or smoothies, or meals at one of the many restaurants.

We didn’t rent a car, but found that getting around by bus was easy, if an adventure at times. And we also used taxis, finding them cheap and clean.

Casa Terra is very well situated to take advantage of all that La Cruz, Bucerias, Punta Mita and Puerto Vallarta have to offer, but it was wonderful to get back to a little oasis of calm and quiet.

Sue & Jim, Liz & Gary
Vancouver Island BC Canada

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Good morning, Marilyn:

I can’t believe its been 3 days since we left Paradise and Casa Terra. What a fantastic vacation. Relaxation, recuperation and regeneration.

We did a whole lot of nothing which is what both of us needed. You were right. The massages from Maria were the best Margaret has ever had. We had a most glorious time and are now trying to figure out when we can get back.

Thanks again for all the assistance, Marilyn. You made the experience so easy. Gecko was fantastic. We ate most of our meals at Frascati in La Cruz Everyone was so friendly and helpful and we were quickly on a first name basis with the staff.

I could ramble on forever. The bottom line is that this was the best vacation both of us could have had and we are looking forward to returning.

Why change when you find something that good?

Dale and Margaret
Terrace and Vancouver BC


Once again, it was so difficult to leave beautiful Casa Terra and as always, we had a wonderful relaxing time at the house. All in all, everything was perfect at Casa Terra. We always enjoy seeing and talking with Gloria and of course Maria’s visits to the house for massages are always a special occasion.

Matt actually got up on the stage and sang and played guitar at Anna Banana’s where the owner was blown away by Matt’s talent. He also did a couple of songs at a pub in Bucerias one evening because several people in the audience had seen him perform at Anna Banana’s earlier in the week.

Hopefully, some day we will actually have the opportunity to meet you in person, but in the meantime, we certainly will keep your e-mail address on file as you are the only person we are interested in dealing with.

We will look forward to our 5th stay at Casa Terra and will contact you later in the summer regarding dates for next year.

Greg & Gayle, Rick & Connie, Matt & Julie
Plymouth MN


We are four long time friends who get together every year to catch up with our lives, enjoy a vacation and generally relax — and relax we did at Casa Terra.

Everything was just great. The pool and casa were very clean, everything was lovely–even better than the photos. Gloria was wonderful and Maria was THE BEST for massages!

Several times we walked along the beach into La Cruz for meals and visited the fresh fish markets. For just a few pesos we took a taxi back to the house, hit the pool and generally relaxed, only to do it all again the next day.

Marilyn was great to work with and the information we received before our arrival was most valuable.

Sandy, Laura, Cindy and Marty
California, Nevada, Ohio and Wisconsin


Our stay at Casa Terra was pure heaven. You have such an amazing Villa. Our vacation was one of the best I have had. We enjoyed relaxing and reading around the pool, walking to both Bucerias and La Cruz, and most of all the food and drinks!! Everything about our stay was just fabulous and I can’t say enough about how truly wonderful everything is.

Thank you, Marilyn for all your communication and assistance. It has been extremely valuable as sometimes planning a vacation can be a little stressful. You have made the process nothing but pleasant.

I have nothing but wonderful things to say and would have no hesitation in recommending Casa Terra to family and friends! Thanks again,

Lisa & Ron, Cheryl & Gord
San Francisco Bay Area, California


Fabulous!! We had a marvelous vacation. The weather was wonderful and of course, the kids loved the pool! The beaches are beautiful and the local people are so friendly!

As our three wonderful weeks Casa Terra come to a close we want to extend a special thanks to Marilyn who was extremely helpful and provided so much valuable information before we arrived.

We had a great time catching three albacore tuna and being on top of four whales! Our grandsons loved parasailing, swimming with the dolphins and even the three year old learned to swim in the pool. Be sure to eat at the Mango Grill in La Cruz and ZA’s Pizza in Bucerias.

We can hardly wait to return next year. Love this Casa and Mexico!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful villa with us.

The Porter and James Families
Seattle, Washington


We spent two glorious weeks at Casa Terra and we loved every minute!

Casa Terra is perfect and sleeping at the ocean’s doorstep has been amazing. We love the outdoor shower by the pool.

There are so many great spots in the area–San Pacho, Destiladeras Beach, Punta de Mita and Bucerias and so many very good restaurants in La Cruz. One of our favourites was La Glorieta de Enrique aka “Enrique’s” where the prices are very reasonable and the portions large. The delicious shrimp salads and the very nice seafood platters are large enough to be shared. The restaurant staff are so friendly and helpful and because we walked over to the Marina, the staff were happy to get a taxi for us as it was getting a bit too warm for us to walk back to the casa.

The kids have combed the beaches, eaten popsicles galore and run with abandon. They are now die hard body surfers and boogie boarders and we can’t believe we will be back snowboarding in 48 hours!

We think Casa Terra has the best view in the oceanfront row of homes (at La Puntilla) and we are plotting to be back again–sooner, rather than later. Thanks to the assistance of the excellent support staff (security, water, garbage, pool cleaning, etc), we will truly miss so many friendly faces. The house was wonderful and we had a great time.

Adios Amegos!

Rick, Terri, Max, Anthony & Carmen
Winnipeg, Manitoba


Hello Marilyn:

“Just another day in paradise”…words we have said many times this past two weeks! The house, the pool, the view, the staff and the weather all were perfect! Casa Terra is beautiful, comfortable and everything the website advertised.

We have nothing but HIGH praise for the entire experience, starting with you. From the first time we talked on the phone and from the first e-mails, you made me feel very comfortable renting your property. All the information you provided to us prior to our arrival was wonderful. Then when we saw the house–well, what can I say but “WOW”!

We loved having our own private swimming pool – what luxury! We spent hours floating around the pool and read many books on the very comfortable outdoor seating. It was great because my husband loved being in the sun, but the three of us preferred sitting in the shade, and that was easily accomplished with all the outdoor seating.

We loved the quiet of the morning sitting at the umbrella table at the end of the pool watching the sun come up over the mountains, drinking our coffee and making plans for the day.

We rented a car during our stay and Denis and Adam at Gecko car rental were very helpful. We highly recommend Gecko to anyone interested in renting a car while visiting the area.

We explored the area and took trips to Punta de Mita, Sayulita, La Penita and Rincon de Guayabitus where friends were staying.

We cannot believe how many very good restaurants there are in La Cruz and also in Bucerias.

The fresh fish and shrimp from the fish markets at the Marina were so reasonable and the shrimp come in all sizes – from small and medium to large and extra, extra large. All were delicious and we ate so much shrimp we all agreed that we were “shrimped out” by the time we left for home.

However, now that we are home, we are longing for some of that very fresh seafood!

Everything about the vacation was “5 Stars” and we will recommend you and Casa Terra to all our friends, co-workers and neighbours.

Marilyn, thank you for your efficiency and help setting everything up for us and the tips you gave us to make this our perfect vacation. We plan to come back, so you will be hearing from us again.

Tricia & Mark
Cindy & Garry
Edmonton Alberta Canada


Once again we love Casa Terra. We will miss our massages with Maria and the always cheerful housekeeper, Gloria.

Hope to return next year for our 10th visit!!

Thank you, Marilyn

Carolyn, Joan & Holly
Milford, Delaware


Casa Terra is a great house for 4 to 6 people — the pictures are exactly what you’ll see when you arrive. The house has everything you need and it’s an easy 10 minute walk along the beach to the town of La Cruz and the fish market. It was so nice to have a gas grill and grill up the freshest fish and seafood from the fish market. The pool warmed up nicely in the afternoon and it was a great house to relax and re-charge the batteries.

Marilyn was superb to work with and ensures you have everything you need to enjoy your vacation. I definitely recommend this house and the area. We stayed in late April, early May (which is slow season) and it was so quiet and relaxing – if that’s what you’re looking for, definitely stay in the slow season. We enjoyed downtown La Cruz and really enjoyed the marina restaurants

Cathy & Tom
Lynne & Steve
Marcie & Ron
Denver, Colorado


When we walked in, my son said “this is the first time that a place is even better than the pictures”

He was right! We could have stayed right there without ever exploring other cities. While the boys were off on a canopy tour, my daughter and I had wonderful massages by Maria. That evening we had a fantastic meal prepared by a wonderful local couple.

Casa Terra is in a safe gated community complete with a guard on the beach. We never felt unsafe in this area and the town of La Cruz is charming with some great restaurants. I hope we get to go back next year. Thanks, Marilyn, for all the thoughtful suggestions and recommendations.

Barb, Jon, Michael, Kathy and Markus
Chicago, Illinois