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Family Friendly Activities for Your Mexico Beach Vacation

Mexico beachfront rentals aren’t just for couples and those looking for a quiet vacation full of romance and time napping in the sand. It’s becoming more and more common for families to seek out a tropical haven where they can not only enjoy the idyllic tropical backdrop, but where they can create memories with their kids that will last a lifetime.

A Typical Day in Paradise

Many people assume that a small, beachfront community won’t have enough action to keep kids happy. After all, there aren’t any water slides, roller coasters, or dolphin shows in this part of Mexico, and you won’t find a toy store or mall to entertain them if rain starts to fall.

Fortunately, the low-key atmosphere here is perfect for kids of all ages, and it’s possible to not only have a good family vacation, but a great one. By allowing you and your family to take a step back from the fast-paced, plugged-in lifestyle, Troncones is an ideal vacation destination.

Things to Do in Troncones

Depending on your kids’ ages and tastes, there are a number of activities here that everyone can enjoy.

  • Beach activities (swimming, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, playing in the sand)
  • Tide pool exploration
  • Private swimming pools
  • Eco-tours, which include kayaking into lagoons or bird watching along the shores
  • El Refugio de Potosí (a popular center for wildlife conservation and environmental education)
  • Whale watching
  • Sea turtle hatcheries
  • Zip line adventures
  • Cave exploring
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Sports fishing
  • Golf
  • Tennis

Of course, the more active city lifestyle is never more than 30 kilometers away, so if you do need a change of pace, you can be in Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo resort areas in mere minutes.

10% Off Selected January 2011 dates!!!

Casa de la Sirena (House of the Mermaid) , the premier beachfront vacation rental compound in Troncones, Mexico, is offering a 10% discount for bookings in January.  All subject to availability. of course!

“Villa Travel” is a fabulous way to vacation.  We offer very private accomodations for 2 people up to a party of 20.  It is distinctively an upscale yet very affordable vacation.  Instead of a inn, B&B or hotel, you actually rent your own private villa or bungalow with all the amenities of villa travel.  All this on a beachfront vacation rental compound in beautiful quaint Troncones, only minutes from the twin vacation destinations Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa.

We also host  beachfront destination weddings, family reunions,  Mexican yoga retreats and corporate get-a-ways.

Check us out on or visit our website at   We would love to meet you “live”!

Casa de la Sirena, Troncones Newsletter and Calendar offer


Beachfront vacation rentals for 2 – 20

Vacation in Beachfront Barefoot Elegance!

*see below for 2011 Troncones calendar offer!

Summertime in Troncones is quickly approaching.   It is the time of year when we welcome our surfer crowd and  anxiously await photos from our many guests that choose us to spend family re-unions, yoga retreats, honeymoons and have their weddings at the compound.

Beachfront Weddings – The Sirena compound is a fabulous venue for destination weddings.  Whether you choose a simple barefoot on the beach ceremony or a full  out formal affair, Casa de la Sirena is the  perfect setting for your  family and bridal party.   Since we do not charge a facility’s fee, it is an affordable alternative to other wedding sites.  Lots of our brides have confided that for what they would have paid for the ceremony and reception facilities, they could host family and friends at the Sirena compound for a week!  Talk about off to a happy start!

Family Re-Unions are one of our favorite specialty groups.   The compound was designed for privacy even in a large group.  It has plenty of meeting and gathering places, yet everyone has their own “private island” suite/villa.    2 pools, private beach palapas, lots of lounge chairs and a swim up bar in the main pool offer fun in the sun for everyone.

Yoga Retreats ……the word is out.   What a perfect  setting for a group.  The accommodations are gorgeous and the platform is perfectly shaded by large palm trees.  And, when you consider the privacy designed into the compound, how could there be a better location??  And, though restaurants and bars are within easy walking distance, there are none onsite (although we can arrange for a cook) so there is no late night “hooting and hollering”  J

Surfing is world re-known in our area.   Options include Troncones Point, Manzanillo Point, La Salidita and The Ranch.

Holidays at Casa de la Sirena are the best!  Whether you bring all your family , opt for a romantic get-a-way  or run away with friends, Christmas in Mexico is so special , easy and stress free.  One of our favorite recipes…..  Start with some sunshine, stir in the melody of the ocean and long walks on the beach.  Add homemade guacamole and chips followed by chili rellanos or garlic shrimp.  Head up the beach for a nightcap and plan for more sunshine tomorrow.  Repeat. Maria's-Family While on Vacation

The Scoop at the Sirena Compound –   Maria, Humberto, Veronica and Antonio are all doing well.  Humberto just started working again after an emergency appendectomy on March 25th.    His smile says volumes about how he is feeling.  The guys are working on cleaning and re-grouting both pools.   They are finished with the villa’s private pool and are about a day away from finishing the big pool.  Veronica has accepted our nagging and is commuting to Zihuatanejo once a week for computer classes.  Antonio’s baby grows about 2 inches a day….hard to believe she is almost one year old.  And, Maria took her family on vacation to Acapulco!  We are so proud of her.  It is the 1st actual vacation she has ever had.  The photo is of her and her youngest 2 there….on vacation!  She thought the city was too big and noisy (imagine that if you are from Troncones)  and that the food was “funny”.  Other than that, I think she had a good time!

Calendar – YEA!  There is a beautiful full color wall calendar of beach and village life being produced right now.  We have some amazingly talented residents and guests that have shared some beautiful photographs.   All profits go to a great cause, building a gazebo in the new town zocolo (town square).    Click here to download the order form as a PDF (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Have a wonderful summer!  We hope to see you at the Sirena compound soon!

Casa de la Sirena, Beachfront Vacation Compound, Troncones, Mexico (Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo)
Troncones (Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mexico)

Troncones (Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mexico)

VOTED  # 1 International Destination by!!!!!  We are so excited here in our little village.  Please check it out at

There have been many news worthy events this year in our little slice of heaven!  On December 5th, we opened UH-Oh!! an upscale boutique on the beachfront Casa de la Sirena compound.   Brimming with Mexican arts and crafts and Troncones momentos, we are thrilled to travel this beautiful country and hand pick each and every item for our guests and clients.

We are always so happy to be a part of weddings, whether our beachfront weddings, destination weddings or have our bride and groom have the local village church officiate. The ambience of a private beachfront compound wears so well on the entire wedding party.  With one call,  our wedding planner takes away all of your stresses and allows you to become one with the waves, the sky and your loved ones.  See our section on Mexican beachfront destination weddings at     There is even a video capturing a real wedding here at Casa de la Sirena in Troncones. And we are thrilled when our brides and grooms stay and then return year after year for romantic beachfront honeymoons and anniversaries.   We have even had two babies that began here!
Mexican Beachfront Weddings Ixtapa Beachfront Weddings
Wanna get away….with family and friends???  We have the perfect venue for the perfect family re-union or celebration.  Lots of places to gather yet every room is it’s own island……the compound is known for being upscale, private romantic and FUN!  Girlfriend retreat….this is it!  En suite spa services, cook and tour services available….a perfect lost week.




So you think you want to surf??  Welcome to one of the top surfing paradises in the world!  Choose from Troncones Point, Manzaillo Bay, La Saladita, The Ranch………the list continues to grow.  See our reviews from our friends at (who, btw, are here with us every year!)  and watch their video surf trip of another great annual mexican Sirena surf trip at   Casa de la Sirena is their home away from home as they chase world class surf waves here in Troncones on our Mexican beach.

A few words about a Mexico beachfront vacation…….or, make that a picture is worth a thousand words!  Although we have an almost 40% guest return rate, one the comments we always hear from new guests that are used to large hotels, Mexican resorts or Mexican all inclusive resorts is “We cannot believe we do not have to get up at 6:00 am to put our towels on chairs to get a beachfront or poolside lounge chair”.  Not a chance here at the Casa de la Sirena compound….because that just doesn’t sound like a vacatioon to us!  The photos below is how we like to vacation!

Story Bungalows

Mini Villas

Yoga?  A perfect naturally shaded platform awaits you or your yoga group….what a perfect oceanfront yoga workshop get-a-way!!!    With spa services and cooks available… there really another choice?  Fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables abound here in our little beachfront paradise.

Group/Yoga Studio

Ixtapa Beachfront Vacation Rentals Group/Studio Yoga

Sorry if we got a little long winded on this one but we are so exited about seeing old friends and making new ones in the 2010 year!   And, all the happenings in the village!     To our old friends  and to all of our new ones that we haven’t met yet, COME SEE US AT THE #1 INTERNATIONAL VACATION DESTINATION for 2010  (per

“where the sole hits the sand” in Troncones (Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Mexico)

Casa de la Sirena Vacation Rental Compound…. Accomodations for 2 -20
Private Beachfront Villas, open air kitchens/living areas, air conditioned bedrooms, private oceanfront balconies, in room spa servcies, private cook options, concierge services available
About 1/2 way down the 3 mile stretch of Troncones Beach, just voted the #1 international destination for 2010 by,  away from the “commercial” end of the beach, but within easy walking distance of the village and all the beach restaurants…….A PERFECT LOCATION IN A PERFECT ENVIRONMENT!
Casa de la Sirena, Beachfront Villas and Bungalow Vacation Rentals, Troncones, Mexico (Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo)

We are getting this blogging thing pretty well down!  Fun to be able to share our world south of the border.

Things are hopping at the Troncones Sirena compound as we get ready for our high season.    The beachfront private villa has new paint, bedspreads and pillows, colors, cushions…it looks brand new!  It has always been my favorite accomodation as we originally built it for our retirement home…..never guessing we would ever wind up in the vacation rental business and it would become one of the most loved and popular beachfront vacation rentals on Troncones beach!

Many of you have cajoled me throughout the years (is that spelled correctly?) to get serious about a gift shop.  Well, thank you for continuing to “motivate” me….this is the year it will happen!  We are excited and have not chosen a name yet, so if you think of a good one that we can use, please send it our way.   My friend Silly suggested Sirena Gifts and Gab but that so doesn’t do it for me! 

To all of you surfers, especially those of you that love Mexico surfing, be sure to check out the video on our website.  Mike and the guys at did a great job and I want to thank them for sharing it with us…..good guys and great surfers.  They surf it all….in front of the beachfront Casa de la Sirena Vacation Rental compound, the Troncones Point, La Saladita and The Ranch.  Not bad fishermen either!

It’s fall so it is time to talk weddings (spring and summer beachfront destination weddings).  Hopefully, by the next post I will have photos of our latest wedding at our destination wedding perfect  Casa de la Sirena Mexico beachfront compound.    With a local wedding planner, you can enjoy a stress free Mexico destination wedding at Casa de la Sirena.  Choose from a simple barefoot wedding on the beach or a full out formal event complete with 5 star dining, mariachis and live music.  Casa de la Sirena is the perfect Mexico destination wedding locale and can accomodate up to 80 people for formal dining.

And, if you are reading this before November 8th, we will offer you a 20% discount if you book by November 8th, 2009,  for a week or longer in  August, September or October 2010.  Just mention MEXICO TRAVEL DISCOUNT  (BLOG)

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Happy, a gift from Anibal We would love to hear about what you'd love to hear about in our next blog so be in touch!Early Morning Wave

Casa de la La Sirena, Troncones, Mexico Vacation Rentals (Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo)


Dinner with Humberto
Dinner with Humberto

This photo, “Becky’s Mermaid” is so special to me.  Doug and Becky Stow stayed with us last year.  Doug has been a fabulous painter for lots of years and this was Becky’s FIRST PAINTING!!!

And, she gave it to me!!!  She has inspired me and I am hoping to return to my painting lessons when we get back to the beach.
We  have been busily preparing for high season.  We are doing allot of upgrades, painting, re-upholstering and generally just making the private villa and 2 story bungalows “new” again.     It is beautiful now and will be even more so by the 1st of November when it is complete.
GARDEN TIME!  Yes, we are hoping for a great garden this year to accompany our chives, basil, chilis, mangoes, papayas and limons.   We have planted tomatos, squash, warm weather spinach, rosemary and red bell peppers hoping that our love of gardening and attention to the plants surpasses the challenge of the salt air that comes with being right on the ocean.  If anyone has any tips, we would love it if you would share!
We are grateful that the hurricane by passed us and Jessica and Jarrod’s sunset beachfront wedding and celebration was perfect!   Destination weddings in Mexico need not be expensive or difficult.  Just let us help!
Our “cast of regular” Mexican surfer dudes were back for their annual trip (actually, back twice) and made a great Mexico Troncones surfing video available for view on our website.  Thank you to Mike and the guys at
We still  have a cancellation for the private villa  over Thanksgiving week.  Make us an offer!  If you have never visited us before, this is a perfect opportunity for a romantic get-a-way or a last minute family escape.  We’ll leave the lights on!
Casa de la Sirena, Barefoot Beachfront Mexican Elegance!
Troncones, Mexico (Troncones Beach)
“where the sole hits the sand”
Casa De La Sirena, Troncones (Ixtapa-Zihuantanejo) Mexico Barefoot Beachfront Elegant Vacation Rentals!
Beachfront Private Villa with Private Pool

Beachfront Private Villa with Private Pool

Mika and I are at our boat for the weekend in the California Delta  hoping that Hurricane Rick turns west.  We have a compound full of guests and there is to be a beachfront wedding this evening with a celebration reception following.  I will post the pictures as soon as they share them!

Humberto ans the staff are working to make our guests’ Mexican Beachfront Vacation (Destination Wedding)the best they could ever imagine.  Ana cooked a welcome dinner of chili rellanos for about 20…light duty for her!  Luis’ margaritas were their normal huge hit and the party began!

Following is a link of an actual wedding at Casa de la Sirena (Troncones): Beach Wedding in Mexico.

With the storm  (Hurricane Rick) near our shores, I am sure that the surfing is unbelievable.  We are fortunate to have breaks that offer year round waves, (good ol’ Mexican surfing) but what can compete with this kind of action!  Check out the surfing video on our website, or

We have special pricing available on the private villa for Thanksgiving week and a couple of weeks in January… for the border to a Barefoot Beachfront Mexican Vacation!  Email us for details.

“Where the sole hits the sand”

Casa de la Sirena, Beachfront accomodations for 2 – 20!

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