EL NIDO DE LA TORTUGA -- A Poolside, Cozy Casita Nestled Into the Hillside

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2 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, WiFi, bed sheets
A heated pool

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EL NIDO DE LA TORTUGA -- A Poolside, Cozy Casita Nestled Into the Hillside

5.0/5 Exceptional

Entire home

2 bedrooms1 bathroomSleeps 4

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space
  • Barbecue grill
San Francisco, NAY

Explore the area

  • AirportPuerto Vallarta, Jalisco (PVR-Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Intl.)40 min drive
  • Popular LocationPunta De Mita Beach45 min drive
  • Popular LocationPlaya Bucerias45 min drive
  • Popular LocationDestiladeras Beach54 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4
1000 sq ft
Bathroom 1

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

EL NIDO DE LA TORTUGA -- A Poolside, Cozy Casita Nestled Into the Hillside

Family-friendly vacation home in San Francisco
EL NIDO DE LA TORTUGA (The Nest of the Turtle) is a little casita nestled into the hillside and cozied up under the Mother House (LA CASA QUE CANTA -- The House the Sings). When you enter the courtyard of the property you need to go down two flights of stairs to get to EL NIDO.

It is located four steps away from the Family Pool, which was designed to be both safe and a constant delight to children of all ages. It has a complete kitchen, a small but comfortable sitting area inside, and a sunny one outside. It has two bedrooms -- the master bedroom has a king-sized bed; the other room is a bunk room with a set of bunk beds. Its bathroom has dual showers.

You might wonder what makes EL NIDO special. The initial inspiration came from the fact that San Pancho is a turtle sanctuary and we wanted to honor the great work of Groupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde. Keeping with the sense of a sanctuary, we wanted our NEST to be small, safe, distinctive, and like any self-respecting turtle's nest, grounded.

In keeping with that initial inspiration, our architect/interior designer (Melissa Roberts) created a tropical forest motif for the bathroom with its two showers and timbers providing the supply of water and lighting. The bathroom sink is onyx. The marble gives evidence of the antediluvian past with all kinds of crustacean fossils. A couple of stone turtles will share this most intimate part of the NEST, the double shower.

Likewise the bunk room feels like a tree house.

The sitting area and the kitchen are filled with Mexican artifacts -- tiles, masks, wall hangings, carefully and expertly carved pine furniture.

EL NIDO DE LA TORTUGA is one of three houses in this complex. LA CASA QUE CANTA is above the NIDO. A second home, the CASITA CELESTIAL is further down the hill. The entire property has purified water which means it's not necessary to drink bottled water. If you look at the photo of the back of the property, you can see the entrance to EL NIDO on the lower left side, on the same deck as the pool. It is very private, a five minute walk to the beach and another 20 to town. You will not hear the sounds of any other guests, but you will hear the beating of the surf and the rustling of the palm fronds. You will also hear the singing of the birds and the cackling of the Chachalacas.

SAN PANCHO is a haven. It is 45 minutes north of the airport in Puerto Vallarta. It has about 2000 to 2500 Mexican Nationals and a moderate presence of Gringoes, but is now growing rapidly. There is a high level of respect for the Mexican culture among those who have chosen to live in San Pancho. The restaurants are excellent. The beach is beautiful and not overloaded with people. There are many activities available-- from attending polo matches (which have temporarily been suspended because of Covid) to going on birding walks (we are a bird sanctuary), to being present when the infant turtles are released into the perils of the ocean. And, of course, the weather is beautiful, especially in the winter months. The road to the property is rough but a group of citizens is working to improve it.

Air-conditioned accommodations at this vacation home offer coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils. Bathrooms include showers. Housekeeping is provided on a limited basis.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Melissa Roberts (and her husband Bill)
Speaks English, Spanish

Property amenities


  • Heated pool
  • Shared/communal pool


  • WiFi available

Parking and transportation

  • Car recommended

Family friendly

  • Highchair
  • Children's toys


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Blender
  • Toaster
  • Paper towels
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Coffee/tea maker


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Shower
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels provided
  • Hair dryer

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Barbecue grill
  • Garden


  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Near laundromat


  • Air conditioning


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Concierge services
  • Limited housekeeping
  • Chef
  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • Near the sea
  • Near a hospital
  • In a village

Things to do

  • Golfing on site
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Basketball nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby

Safety features

  • Deadbolt lock


  • Sleeps 4


  • Basketball
  • Ecotours
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Surfing/boogie boarding
  • Swimming
  • Whale watching
  • Wildlife and game walks
  • Windsurfing

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Note from host: Children need to be supervised.

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host (a party not acting within their trade, business or profession).
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a deadbolt lock
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

We should mention

A car is recommended for transportation to and from this property

Property is also known as

EL Nido Tortuga Poolside Cozy Casita Nestled Hillside House
EL Nido Tortuga Poolside Cozy Casita Nestled Hillside
EL Nido Tortuga Poolside Cozy Casita Nestled Hillside House
EL Nido Tortuga Poolside Cozy Casita Nestled Hillside House

About this area

San Francisco

Located in San Francisco, this vacation home is by the sea. Las Huertas Golf Club and Campo de Ensueno Golf Course are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Sayulita Beach and Playa Bucerias. Be sure to check out the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching.

What's nearby

  • Playa San Francisco - 4 min walk
  • Las Huertas Golf Club - 4 min drive
  • Punta De Mita Beach - 45 min drive
  • Playa Bucerias - 45 min drive
  • Destiladeras Beach - 54 min drive

Getting around

  • Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Intl. Airport (PVR) - 40 min drive


  • Mar Plata - 13 min walk
  • Taqueria los Arbolitos - 4 min drive
  • Dolce Amore - 4 min drive
  • Maria's - 4 min drive
  • Barracuda - 6 min drive

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 21 out of 21 reviews
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5/5 Excellent

Fun, Sun, and Friends
Melissa and Bill were delightful hosts, assisting us with planning and giving us ideas about things to do on our visit. It was like being with family. My daughter, grandchildren, and I had a great time in San Pancho and surrounding communities. It's the perfect location to relax and enjoy the beach, pool, restaurants, and activities such as surfing, boating, and even watching a polo match!
Stayed 8 nights in Mar 2022

5/5 Excellent

Amazing Stay!
Bill and Melissa are fantastic hosts and amazing people. We felt very lucky to find their place during our time in Mexico. Melissa has created such a wonderful oasis with every detail thought through. The quality of the Nido is incredible and feels very luxurious. It was also impeccably clean. We were travelling with our 7 month old and it had everything we needed - high chair, full kitchen, pool toys, and even a pack n play. We were initially hesitant with the distance from town before booking but it did not bother us at all! The beach is less than 5 mins away and it is closer to the quieter and nicer end of the beach. The walk to town was a nice 20 min walk along a quiet road or along the beach. If we had an older child we would probably rent a golf cart (and saw many other families do the same!). I cannot recommend this place enough! We will definitely be back to this perfect little oasis. Thanks again Melissa and Bill!
Stayed 5 nights in Jan 2022

5/5 Excellent

Quiet tropical getaway
We had a lovely time here with William and Melissa as host to there beautiful home. The place was quiet and secluded in between tropical forest and nature sounds. The beach was close walk and the local food was amazing. I would recommend this place to anyone e and we an on coming back.
Stayed 4 nights in Jan 2022

5/5 Excellent

Relaxation and tranquility
Bill and Melissa's property is absolutely stunning. We stayed in El Nido, which was the perfect size, and right by the pool, which was heavenly. You can hear the ocean waves, and all the jungle birds singing. It was like paradise. So relaxing, so tranquil, so beautiful!
Stayed 7 nights in May 2021

5/5 Excellent

Do yourself a favor and stop looking around and book this property! You'll be so glad you did. We really enjoyed our stay here. Bill and Melissa are wonderful people and great hosts!! They were very responsive with our questions prior to booking and throughout our stay. We were on the fence as to whether or not to get a car and we did end up renting one from Gecko in PV. It came in handy to get us to and from the airport, to get groceries for the week on the way to the property, and to Sayulita to get our COVID tests prior to our flight home. We also used it to go to La Launcha beach for some surfing. Otherwise we just walked into town for breakfasts and dinners when we felt like it. The walk was easy either on the beach or on the roads. We really enjoyed just spending time at the property though and relaxing in and around the pool! This vacation was exactly what we needed and Bill and Melissa couldn't have been better hosts. They have put so much work and love into their property and it shows. You can tell it gives them joy to share this beautiful place with others. And San Pancho is totally worth visiting!
Stayed 5 nights in Mar 2021