Our “Little Big Sur” is an off-the-grid, in the jungle, palapa with many modern conveniences for those travelers who want an ecological, private and natural vacation. This palapa is in the eco-preserve, Chonchos, located one hour south of Puerto Vallarta by water taxi.

The palapa and immediate area are exceptionally beautiful and private, but not for everyone. This is for active people who want to literally be “in nature.”

ACCOMMODATIONS: “Little Big Sur” (LBS) is on a jungle cliff directly overlooking the Bay of Banderas. It is about 1200 square feet, which is open to the bay/jungle, except for the master bedroom and bathroom. LBS has a full kitchen including solar powered refrigerator, stove, oven and all the plates/utensils/pots needed. It has a full bathroom. The main living room/dining room is covered with an outdoor deck overlooking the Bay. VIEWS ARE STUNNING FROM ANYWHERE IN THE PALAPA.

Sleeping arrangements include the master bedroom (queen), an upstairs loft bedroom (queen) and an outdoors bed (king) on the deck overlooking the Bay. One additional person could sleep on the large couch in the living room. All bedding is included.

HOW TO GET THERE: A typical visit to Little Big Sur includes flying into Puerto Vallarta, staying the night while shopping for provisions like food and drink, and catching the 9:00 AM morning water taxi from Boca de Tomatlan to Chonchos. About an hour later you’ll arrive at the Chonchos beach and will be greeted by the staff, who will help carry your luggage.

WHAT TO DO: There is plenty to do – including doing nothing. During the migration season, its not uncommon to see 50 whales glide right beneath the deck. Walk down to either of two beaches for snorkeling, fishing or just plain sunbathing. Kayaks and snorkeling equipment are available. There are plenty of trails through the jungle. The nearest village, Chimo, is a two-mile hike along the beach and mountains. Sometimes the best thing is to just chill by reading a book and taking in the spectacular mountains, jungle and ocean surrounding the palapa.

LBS is a also a great place for a family and friend vacation. There is enough room to sleep 6 pretty comfortably and there are other palapas nearby that can be rented for overflow.

For those who must,  LBS has AC electricity, some cell phones can get reception.


Three night minimum. This includes the full palapa that can sleep 6 comfortably. It does not include: travel to/from the airport and Boca de Tomatlan, your food/beverages, the cost of the water taxi ride, and the cost of a hotel for an overnight stay in Puerto Vallarta.

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