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Casa de la Sirena (House of the Mermaid) Summer Newsletter

Premier beachfront vacation rentals in Troncones  (Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa) Mexico

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The surf is up and it is almost time for our rains to begin!  They are magical for us here in Troncones, transforming our mountain jungle into carpets of green  lush velvet.  They visit us mostly at night….about the only thing better than sleeping to the sounds of the surf is adding the music of raindrops on the roofs of the compound’s villas and suites.   Maybe you will be  lucky enough to catch a daytime rain storm….. walk the beach in the warm rain or sit under a palapa sipping that first cup of coffee in the morning.  Pure magic!

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Our beach caters to surfers,  family reunions and weddings this time of the year.  Troncones is a world class surf destination and Casa de la Sirena is a family paradise during the summer months!   June is one of our busiest months for weddings as tradition meets romance in the tropics.    Please visit for beautiful photos, ideas and thoughts on the perfect oceanfront compound for your special celebration.


Beach wedding in Mexico HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

The Sirena compound is the absolute perfect destination for the holidays.  Whether just the  2 of you or the whole family, the compound was designed with great spaces to meet as groups, and just as importantly, lots of privacy has been built in for your private retreat.  Every accommodation has its’  own  oceanfront  private balcony or patio.  In most of the bedrooms suites,  you can actually sip coffee in bed in the mornings and watch whales making their way down the coast. Step out on to the beach, and watch for new hatchling turtles making their run to the ocean.  A special time steeped in love  in a country rich with tradition.  Join us this year for a holiday you will treasure forever.  Whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter,  your happiest vacation memories will be created with us!


Friends, fun and laughter is what a get-away to the Sirena compound is all about!  Whether you meet new friends or bring 18  (or so) buddies with you, there is no better vacation get-away.    You design your vacation and we’ll supply the tools.  Rent a car?  Or we can have a driver meet you at the airport.  Grocery shop on the way to the compound?  Or we’ll arrange to have it all done and put away when you arrive.  Have the cook make you an arrival dinner?  Or enjoy one of our great local beach restaurants?  In the mood to cook in?  You’ll  have an oceanfront  kitchen and gas BBQ.  Kick back under a private beach palapa with a glass of wine…..or dance the night away in our little village?   Your vacation…..your way. In a very private, beachfront barefoot elegant compound.

Mexico….the latest scoop is all in the articles.  Troncones is just north of the resorts of Zihuatanejo (Yes, as in the Shawshank Redemption) and Ixtapa.   The airport code is ZIH.

Check out for Sunset magazine’s comments on our little slice of heaven.  And the San Francisco Chronicle has great things to say about Troncones: Click here to read the full article.


Troncones is a warm and  friendly village with a population of about 500.   Americans,  Canadians and Europeans join the locals in  the population and during our high season (mid November – May 1st)  our village is host to 300 or so vacation visitors, a huge percentage of which return year after year.    On warm, moonlit nights we see endangered sea turtles laying their eggs in Troncones sand, flocks of pelicans fish our waters and the dolphins and whales swim.


Casa de la Sirena is perfectly situated within easy walking distance of the village and all of the beach restaurants, events and happenings.

You do not even need a rental car when you stay with us!    It’s the perfect location with so many choices easily accessible, yet opposite the commercial end of the beach.     Activities right outside your oceanfront balcony or patio include birding, surfing,  swimming ,horseback riding,  fishing, eco tours, beach walks,  kayak tours, cave or tidal pool explorations, running, yoga, meeting new friends…..endless possibilities!  And, en suite spa services are always a treat.



The staff is doing great!  For all of our regulars,  here’s a quick update.    Maria, Veronica and Victorina still  always have warm happy faces and keep the accommodations spotless.  Humberto and Jose keep busy with the gardens and oceanfront maintenance.  Humberto, sadly and unexpectantly, lost his father last month.   Thank all of you that sent him wishes.  If you know him, you know how much it meant to him.


We  continue our passion with the compound, our staff and our village.  We look forward to seeing all of our old friends upon their return this year, and meeting new ones!


Reach out today for your perfect beachfront vacation!   Reservation information is as close as Be sure to sign up for our contest and win a free week in paradise!

25% off April-June (restrictions apply)

Mexico Beach Vacation25% OFF AVAILABLE DATES APRIL – JUNE (new reservations only)

Now is the time to plan that perfect get-a-way.  We are currently offering 25% off dates (for new reservations) subject to availability, for the months of April, May and June 2011!   We have amazing weather during these months, take that get-a-way you have been promising yourself!  Walk the beach, float in the pool, stretch on the yoga platform, ride a horse, BBQ fresh fish, go out for an amazing dinner, learn to surf (or surf better!), have a manicure/pedicure under a palapa, have the cook make you breakfast, catch a sailfish, play golf in the tropics (Ixtapa), find the secret in tidal pools, get sand between your toes, laugh at the antics of the pelicans, dance when you least expect it, watch the baby turtles race to the water, splurge on gelato at “the bridge”, buy a Troncones calendar( , re-connect, meet new people, become a recluse, hike to the waterfalls, kayak through an estuary,  have a massage in your room, close your eyes to the hum of your normal world and let us welcome you into ours!

An Update From Paradise

Welcome to an update from Paradise!  The beachfront vacation rentals and villas of the Casa de la Sirena compound are unprecedented for R & R.  Beachfront Barefoot Luxury is a phrase many return guests used to describe our compound.


Just click the link above and fill out the form.  It is that easy.  We’ll draw the winner on July 4th, 2011 and notify you by email.   And check out our 25% off special!

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The 2010-2011 turtle hatching  season has  been the best one anyone can remember.   The continued conservation and awareness on our beach is something that we are all proud of.  These magnificent creatures have a difficult journey to adulthood and our beach is making a difference!  Our guests have been delighted for months with seeing baby hatchlings racing for ocean.

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The 2nd annual Troncones Fair (yes…think small county fair where everyone knows everyone!)  is scheduled February 18th – 28th.    It is just SO MUCH FUN! It is becoming yet another reason that February is always the most popular month for guests to vacation in our village.  Most of our local restaurants all have food booths….so the food is amazing.  There are families everywhere, rides, dances, rodeos, bands……the fun is non stop!  And, where there is a fair, there must be a Fair Queen!  The competition is heating up with contestants.   Last night we went to 2 kermes (fundraising events) for 2 different contestants.  Again, we had had SO MUCH FUN!    Local ladies cooking , dancing, families out and about supporting their favorite candidate.   One of our guests that was with us commented “if there is another Troncones, I think it’s called heaven”!

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“MAN!  This place has never looked better!” With our wonderful staff, we have re-design gardens, updated decorating touches & painting projects and are just so proud to remain the premier beachfront accommodation in our area.  The private villa (private pool) was designed for beachfront luxury.   The bungalows and beachfront mini villas were designed for guest privacy.  They have been described as renting a private villa….for 2 people! We even offer en-suite (or poolside) cook service…for even 2 people! Our return guests say that once they get away from a hotel environment, it would be impossible for them to go back!   Their options here abound…..cook in?  Invite the cook to cook in?  Go out for dinner? Or be able to have beer in your own refrigerator, make coffee in the mornings without having to see anything or anybody but the open and perhaps whales and pelicans.



Our little family is doing  well!  Humberto and Maria  continue to welcome faces that have visited us since the beginning.  WE ALL JUST LOVE THAT! During high season we of course  have Veronica and Victoria to  help out.  And, last summer Jose joined us and is a huge help to Humberto.  Maria’s youngest daughter is getting married this month and the excitement is mounting!

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“House of the Mermaid”  Fall 2010 Newsletter

Beachfront Barefoot Elegance – Vacation Rental Villas and Bungalows

CASA DE LA SIRENA-  Troncones (Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa) Mexico

Troncones Tweets!

Rain and surf have been our fortune (finally!) the past few months.  The village water well is finally happy, the mountains are so velvety green that when flying into Zihua it takes a 2nd glance to make sure one is not landing in Maui, and the plants have all doubled in size!   Wonderful warm storms that visit us at night marry with the sound of the surf and make for the kind of sleep that great dreams are made of!    The surf has lived up to what has made Troncones a world famous surf destination and we never tire of its’ wonder. And, the Casa de la Sirena compound continues to offer the very finest in Troncones Mexico beachfront vacation rentals.

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Humberto just returned from Guadalajara where he completed a week of English immersion classes.   It was a huge adventure for him!   He had never stayed in a hotel before this opportunity.   Maria is so excited because her youngest daughter is getting married in February.  I can hardly wait to take the 2 of them wedding dress shopping!   Zihuatanejo, here we come!

Rumor has it that we will have a new upscale restaurant this season so we are all anxiously awaiting its’ opening.  We are so blessed on our little beach with such wonderful food!  From the local Burro Burrrocho, Roberto’s Bistro,  Costa Bravo (and, of course, our “house” cook for our guests!)  to the Inn at Manzanillo Bay and Café Sol (U.S. culinary trained chefs)  Troncones beach has  to be the best fed  Mexican beachfront vacation destination anywhere!

Marry Me!

Speaking of weddings.  We have hosted so many fabulous weddings at the Sirena compound that we now have an official wedding site,

It is a wonderful venue for the most special occasion in anyone’s life.  We are so proud to be able to offer the perfect Mexico destination wedding venue at such affordable prices.   We have hosted several weddings that began with guests that found Casa de la Sirena as the premier Troncones beachfront vacation rental compound….and loved it so much that they decided to share the most special time of their lives with us!

Hope to see you soon!

Come see us soon and discover the magic of CASA DE LA SIRENA and visit us online at: OR

On the beach in Troncones, Mexico, near Ixtapa/Zihuatanajo (airport code ZIH)

Christmas/January Discounts!!!

We just had a cancellation from a wonderful family that has spent many holidays with us due to circumstances completely beyond their control.

Therefore, we actually have the incredible mini villas (or a “mega-villa”) and bungalow available this holiday season and we are offering them at a 20% discount.  They are oceanfront and perfect for  couples, or for families because everyone gets the “best” room!

We are also looking to fill a few holes we have in our January schedule and are offering remaining available dates at a 10%  discount.

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The summer happenings in Troncones (Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo) Mexico or
DISCOUNTS…..enjoy the premier beachfront compound in Troncones at great rates!
It is officially our summer season and everything slows way down for us on the beach. It’s warmer now, so everyone walks a little slower, the dogs snooze a bit more and our local tiendas may run out of coffee creamer from time to time. There are a couple of things you can always be sure of in our little part of paradise. Cold beer, great food and the dramatic  beachfront view that the Sirena compound offers. Stay with us before October 31st and receive a 25% discount. Even if you book the whole compound! And decide to get married!

Book your January stay by November 15th and we will offer a 10% discount. It’s our way of making sure everyone still gets to vacation, therefore bringing a little sunshine to this dreary economic mess! These offers are subject to availability, for new reservations only and you must mention this special.
Whether you choose a private villa, a one bedroom mini villa or a 2 story bungalow, the beachfront Casa de la Sirena (House of the Mermaid) compound is simply luxury on the beach. Actually, your own private beach!

Destination Wedding Venue…an old mermaid recipe
What stress? Here goes:
Take 2 people in love, mix together friends and family, fold in a savvy, full service local wedding planner, pour into a spectacular beachfront compound and sprinkle with flowers, laughter and fun. And, ok. A little tequila can’t hurt. Poof….may the rest of your lives together be so happy and carefree!  You may want to make a few more decisions about the most special event of your lives together, but you don’t have to! The Sirena compound is an absolutely perfect venue and don’t let anyone talk you out of having your celebration in Troncones! The small village atmosphere is just amazing……..everyone knows everyone and so everyone will probably know why you are visiting. If you require additional lodging for friends, they can easily be accommodated right up or down the beach at neighboring properties. And, the amazing part is that we have had bride after bride tell us that a week at our compound was actually less expensive than ONE NIGHT for the ceremony and reception venue in the states! Check out the photos and video at

Private Yoga Retreat…an old limber mermaid recipe
About the same as the wedding recipe! The compound has 9 completely separate suites, so plan on 9 – 18 of
your most adventuresome students and make a run for the border! The small garden suite can be used for a teacher or private chef quarters. The outdoor platform is shaded throughout the day by beautiful indigenous trees, and the sound of the ocean is the only music your class will ever need……..a truly amazing escape! Hire a local cook,
explore our fabulous restaurants, bring entertainment in….make it your best retreat ever!

The people…
Humberto has fully recovered from his appendectomy and is busy with Antonio’s help in getting the maintenance projects completed. His warmth and attitude never cease to amaze us and no wonder every single one of our guests becomes his friend. Seriously. Maria just celebrated her 42nd birthday and we gave her the hottest red dress ever to celebrate in. After all these years cleaning at Sirena and being a huge part of our family, she “accidentally” mutters a few words in English now once in a while. Veronica is packing up the gift shop for the season and she and Jesus are doing great. Mike and I are busy bees back in our “real” world…..thankfully!

Troncones Calendar……

They are BEAUTIFUL photos of our beach, village and wildlife and are available now at

Get some ordered today! It is the village’s main fundraiser for a great cause and if you saw them in the store you would buy them anyway!  And, they make great gifts!
Come see us soon in Troncones and stay in paradise…..Casa de la Sirena……beachfront vacation rentals for 2 people – 20!

“Where the soul hits the sand”

Beachfront Vacation Rentals in Troncones, Mexico

Hola from Casa de la Sirena Beachfront Vacation Rentals in Troncones, Mexico! Whether you are looking for accommodations for 2 or for 20, we are the original Barefoot Beachfront Elegance Resort.

We have allot of happenings around our little village that we thought you would like to hear about. Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo have nothing on us! And, remember, Troncones, home of the never crowded beaches, was voted TripAdvisor’s # 1 international destination for 2010!!!! If you haven’t yet visited our wonderful slice of ecological heaven, make this your year!

“EXPO-FERIA TURISTICA TRONCONES” has kicked off with amazing success! All events are held in our new and upcoming Zocalo (town square… this case town rectangle.) It’s huge! There are food booths, a bar , and some of the entertainment has included bull riding, dancing horses, cock fights (yes, I know….it’s a cultural thing), traditional folk dancing, bands, mariachis (if you have never seen the real deal mariachis, they are just incredible), locals dancing to all the bands ( a sport in itself! Just ask Linda about her foot…), beauty pageants, clowns, juggling……..I am telling you we have it all! My favorite event is the “Taste of Troncones” held once a week. It is a sampling of almost all of our restaurants here in the village. All events have been so successful and so well organized. We are just really excited to have this venue to look forward to!

SUMMERTIME…..where the Surfing, Spring Break Vacations, Family Reunions and Mexican Destination Weddings are easy. And, it is right around the corner. The Sirena compound offers the perfect setting to relax and kick back with your friends and loved ones. Whether you are here at the Troncones break waiting for that one perfect wave of the season, hanging out at the break at Manzanillo , La Saladita or The Ranch, Casa de la Sirena is the first class resort here in Troncones ready to welcome you back home from the wilds of your surfing/fishing trip.

Let us schedule an en suite oceanfront massage, dinner, manicure/pedicure….a bartender for the evening if you are with a group….your perfect vacation. Ask the guys from We are the resort of choice for these brave men who brave our area one a year in search perfect world class surfing. And, see their video on our website: Surfing at Casa De La Sirena!

Troncones’ beachfront Casa de la Sirena Villas and Suites is picture perfect for your Family Reunion Destination and Oceanfront Friends Get-a-Ways. We are oceanfront and offer shady beach palapas, pools, swim up bars, outdoor showers, en suite spa services, cook service, a yoga platform (lessons are a few lots away) world class surfing, fishing, horseback riding, eco tours and great restaurants. The compound is great for groups with lots of gathering places, but designed with the utmost in privacy. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day……..and all the days in between are perfect for a gathering at Casa de la Sirena.

The Sirena compound is a natural choice for Beachfront Mexican Weddings….be sure to see a video of an actual wedding here at the compound on our website. We host many weddings and are simply the perfect location for them. Whether you choose a simple barefoot celebration on the beach or a full out formal affair, our planners will work with you to assure perfection for you and your guests during this special time in your lives. We do not charge a facilities fee, but instead have a minimum number of nights that the entire compound must be booked. Not being tied to use in house restaurants and having the freedom to have your own bar set up during the week all allow you have the wedding of your dreams and still stay on budget. We are known as “the wedding place” here on our unspoiled little beach!

CONTEST WINNER!!!!! Congratulations to Rachel Glanman-Megyery!!!!! You have won a one week’s stay for 2 adults in one of our 2 story bungalows ( subject to availability) during the months of April or May 2010. We are excited about your visit!

Have a wonderful spring and come visit us soon!

Debbie, Mike, Humberto, Maria, Antonio, Veronica and Victoria

CASA DE LA SIRENA, Troncones, (Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo) Mexico

Weddings, Family Reunions, Honeymoons, Romantic Retreats, Friends Get-A-Way

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Trip Advisor’s #1 International Travel Destination for 2010

What a season!   There is so much going on in Troncones these days!  This winter update will catch you up on the latest comings and goings in our village and from us at Casa de la Sirena.


Most all of you that have spend even 2 nights here in Troncones will remember Anita LaPointe, the heart and soul of our little village, and owner of Tropic of Cancer Beach Club.   If you spent 3 nights here chances are she helped you with something.  Anita generously touched each of us and passed away in June before one of the most important construction projects here in our little village had even begun.  Our Ejido is building a Zocalo (town square) which we are all very excited about.  Friends of Anita is raising funds to build the Kiosko (gazebo) in her honor.  It will be the focal point of the Zocalo and the central location for village weddings, quincieras, kermes (fundraisers)…..a perfect gathering place.  We need to raise almost $50,000 USD and one of our projects will be a 2011 Troncones wall calendar. Please send any photos you are willing to donate for possible use to  We need to have them no later than Monday, February 1stPLEASE HELP US MAKE THIS HUGE CONTRIBUTION TO THE VILLAGE!


This is HUGE news for us!  The state is building a clinic due to open in a few months here in the village!  It has 6 examining rooms and will be fully staffed.  This is such wonderful news for locals as well as our guests.  We also have a new farmacia in the village.


Casa de la Sirena- Mexico beach house rentalNow is the time to make reservations for the 2010 – 2011 holiday season.  As all of you many time returnee guests know, usually the most popular accommodations are rented for the next year before the middle of January.  We expect this year will follow last and book a little slower due to the economy, but because the economic indicators are more positive now and the attention attracted from the designation, the beach will fill up quickly.  Don’t miss the opportunity to really relax and enjoy the holidays with your friends and family in the perfect setting, the beachfront compound at Casa de la Sirena.   Take the stress out of your holidays and kick back with us on the beach. We still have some availability.  Come on!  You know you want to!  Don’t wait until it’s too late J  And remember, chose Troncones as the #1 2010 international travel destination!!!!  Not vacations in Cancun, Cabo (or Cabo San Lucas) or Puerto Vallarta, or even Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo….but Troncones!


Sunset on the beachThe  beachfront Sirena compound is about as good as it gets for group gatherings.  We have lots of great gathering places, but each bungalow/mini villa is its’ own island offering  spacious retreat and privacy.  Cooks services are always an option at our compound, but because we do not have a restaurant or bar, you will not be disturbed by the masses and you won’t have a tab to settle when you leave!  Perfectly located in the middle of the 3 mile stretch of Troncones Beach, but away from the “commercial” end of the beach, we are within easy walking distance of everything in the village and on the beach.  The restaurants and bars are minutes away…..away being the key word!


We have installed 4 additional beach palapas (straw and wood style umbrellas) on the beach right in front of the Mini Villas.  So, with the existing ones in front of the private villa, if all our guests use them at the same time, each room has their own!  Same with our incredible comfy cushioned pool lounge chairs.  The pool umbrellas have been redone in Sunbrella colors that just make the pool a happier place to be!   Add an umbrella drink and you’re good for the day!

The bungalows and private villa have been updated during the past season.  The cushions are a happy tropical mix of colors.  The neutral bedding along with the new locally handmade decorator pillows  make the suites so comfortable that partners have been known to have to beg their “other half” to come out of the rooms  J   And kids,  forget it.  They want to spend all their time indoors studying now.  (BIG HA!)

We had a huge turtle year this past season.  I never remember so many babies.  Roberto’s Bistro was releasing sometimes 1000 at a time.  Not to mention the ones hatching on the beach and making a run for it.  And the whale shows this year have been phenomenal.  We are so fortunate to be able to experience the wonders of this part of the world and share it with so many of our guests that appreciate these gifts.

Our staff is still performing their magic making the compound more beautiful and lush every day and our guests feel more like this is their 2nd home than ever.  Humberto, Antonio, Maria, Veronica and Victoria join Mike and I in welcoming you into our home for a special retreat from your “real” world.


Something going on here.  We have never had so many 1st time guests get the bug for surfing lessons and go do it and fall in love with it!  2010 must be the year of the surfer.  And, the Sirena compound is a perfect home base for that….ask our friends at  Book now for surfing season…..a great family summer vacation!

Adios from all of us at the Casa de la Sirena compound.  We would love to hear from you and so appreciate any photos you can share with us either for calendar project or our website scrapbook.

Come see us soon!

CASA DE LA SIRENA, Troncones, (Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo) Mexico

“Where the sole hits the sand”

The beachfront compound in Troncones Guerrrero, Mexico

TripAdvisor just named our beach the #1 International destination for 2010!!!! Follow this link to see what people are saying about us on

The magic of our little village is remarkable.  Endangered sea turtles still lay their eggs in our warm sand on a moonlit night, flocks of pelicans still search the waters for fish and dolphins and whales still swim by.

The warmth of the community was at an all time high last night during the artfest at the Burro Burracho!  8 children from the ages of 9 -14 proudly shared their paintings to a packed house of family, business owners, property owners and guests.   This was a culmination of 6 months of painting lessons that the children had received as a “grant” from one of our many time returnee guest.  What a huge success!  Each piece of work was auctioned off and the monies donated back to our local school.  There was a total of $4300 we were able to donate back to the school!  Thank you Barb for facilitating this event!

The Sirena compound scored with 5 original paintings for our guests to enjoy for many years!

We have a free spaying and neutering clinic in Troncones today and tomorrow.  People are lined up with pets for this service and it is so gratifying to see!  Kudos to Dr. Jorge Islas!

We  hosted another fabulous wedding last week.   This couple chose to be married in our little church here in the village and they hired a beautiful white carriage steered by a white horse to take them to the church and back!  It was amazingly romantic!

Barefoot beachfront weddings are our usual request, but this certainly was beautiful.  With full service wedding planners, caterers and a magically romantic venue, the Casa de la Sirena beachfront compound is the exclusive beachfront destination wedding….where all your dreams come true!

Be sure to enter our contest on our website for a free weekend for 2!  Win a week in Paradise.

Remember, whether it is a private romantic get-a-way, a perfect beachfront honeymoon, a family reunion, surfing in Mexican Pacific Coast style paradise, a friends retreat or beachfront destination wedding, Casa de la Sirena is the perfect compound to make all your dreams come true!

CASA DE LA SIRENA, Troncones, Gro. Mexico (Ixtapa – Zihuatanejo)

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