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Why a Mexico Vacation Villa Makes the Best Private Getaway

There are all kinds of vacationers who come to Mexico looking for the perfect few weeks. Some people come in search of a vibrant and active nightlife, where the music is loud, the margaritas are flowing, and it’s possible to spend the whole time meeting new people in search of some fun. Others come hoping to sample the local culture, from the historic sites and museums to authentic villages where residents welcome you with open arms. Still others might seek a chance to hit the waves on a surfboard or sail through a forest on a zip line. Mexico is large enough and diverse enough to accommodate all types.

In Troncones, we are happy to accommodate a different kind of traveler: the one who wants a beachside resort where privacy and serenity prevail. If you want to take things a little slower and enjoy the scenery at your own pace, then this is the place for you — especially since all the activities and amenities mentioned above are still within your reach.

Here a few reasons why Casa de la Sirena is your best Mexico vacation villa choice if privacy is what you’re after.

Location: Situated about 40 minutes from the metropolitan centers of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, Troncones allows you to take a step away from the hustle and bustle of the larger tourist towns. However, if you want to take a day away from relaxation to enjoy some shopping or dancing, you’re close enough to enjoy yourself without having to relocate.

Local Amenities: The town of Troncones is a traditional fishing village, which means everything here is a little bit more low-key and natural. You can find almost everything you need in town, but without the pressure of a large number of tourists. You’ll also find enjoyable activities and adventure opportunities (fishing, horseback riding, birdwatching) that are in keeping with the natural setting.

No Need to Leave Your Villa: At Casa de la Sirena, we make it easy for you to make the choice of how to spend your day. You can take in the local sights, or you can spend all day in your private villa. Our villas range from three-bedroom facilities to cozier lodgings, most of which come equipped with their own private patios, pools, barbeques, and kitchen facilities. Since the beach is right outside your door, you never have to go further than your own “backyard” to enjoy the best of Mexico.

Your Vacation, Your Way: We respect that your vacation is your chance to enjoy life the way you want it. We’ll be as involved as you want us to be. If that means helping you hunt down the best things to do in the area or leaving you to explore and enjoy your Mexico vacation villa at your own pace, we’re prepared to help.

Whether you’re after some privacy for a honeymoon getaway, or if you want a way to unwind from the pressures of day-to-day life, the beach is an ideal destination for it all. And Casa de la Sirena, the jewel of Troncones, makes it even easier to enjoy a private slice of Mexico that is all your own!

Enjoy Ultimate Privacy by Booking the Entire Beachfront Resort in Troncones

Casa de la Sirena is one of the most unique Mexico vacation resorts you’ll find along the western coast of the country. Because of our size and location, we are able to offer more privacy than you’ll find in many other resort settings. At the same time, we still provide the right touch of luxury so that your vacation never feels like anything other than complete and utter tropical bliss. Our relatively small size also means that you can enjoy the ultimate getaway for 5, 50, or even 75 guests — and all without having to share the resort with anyone.

Mexico Beach Vacation: Size Matters

Many Mexican beach resorts are large, elaborate hotels with enough accommodations to house hundreds of guests. Others are small and select, more like traditional bed & breakfast locations than a resort in the true sense of the word. Both of these types of destinations have their uses. After all, if you want a more active nightlife, it’s good to be near people and the clubs and restaurants that almost always accompany a larger resort setting. And if you want some quiet time for two, a quaint B&B is a great way to enjoy some private time on your own terms.

Casa de la Sirena is a combination of both a larger resort and a more intimate inn. We work hard to build a very inviting and private setting. And because of our low prices, you can actually book the whole resort for a smaller party — and do it without breaking the bank.

The Ultimate Mexican Resort Setting: Location, Location, Location

When compared to the setting in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, the Troncones backdrop is low-key and has a much stronger focus on the beach, nature, and the local fishing village. Casa de la Sirena has the added advantage of being set a little way off the beaten track, which means our private beach becomes yours the moment you book your Mexico vacation getaway.

An ideal venue for Mexico beach weddings, wedding vow renewals, honeymoons, family reunions, and corporate retreats, we make it easy for you to enjoy as much or as little of the beach as you want. You can reserve a private villa, our beachfront yoga complex, or you can even reserve the entire Mexico beachfront resort for your next function.

And even if you don’t want to reserve the whole resort, you can still rest assured that you’ll have the privacy you need for your vacation getaway. Many of our villas come with their own little patch of beachfront real estate, and the private pools, gardens, and roof patios make it easy to enjoy being with those you love in one of the most vibrant and exotic locations in the world.

Planning Ahead: The Best Time of Year to Book Your Mexican Christmas Vacation

When it comes to planning international travel, it’s always best to do it a little in advance. Between making sure you have your passport and converting your money to reserving a spot at your favorite location, there’s quite a bit of work to do.

This is especially true when you plan a seasonal getaway (travel during Thanksgiving, Christmas, or other winter holidays). Because these are the most popular times to travel, it’s always better to ensure that you have your place reserved, paid for, and ready to go.

When Should I Book My Vacation?

Here at Casa de la Sirena, we always suggest booking a Christmas beach vacation about eight months to a full year in advance. These are our busiest times, and we see quite a bit of repeat visitors who come back year after year to spend their holidays with us. While we do have plenty of space for new visitors, it’s better to book early. That way, you can reserve the perfect vacation accommodations for your group — and spend the rest of the time planning all the great activities you can do together!

Large parties (especially weddings, family reunions, and corporate retreats) should also plan on booking in advance, regardless of the time of year. Even a trip during the slower summer months is best reserved ahead of time, since we do have limited facilities for large parties.

Planning Your Trip

Once the reservations are in place, you can use your time to prepare for your trip and ensure that there are no last-minute rushes to get everything done. When traveling to Mexico, here are a few key tips:

  • Get a passport. You will need a passport to travel to and from Mexico and the United States. These take several months to process, so don’t put this off until the last minute. Additional considerations, like tourist cards and/or visas, may apply for your unique situation and should be looked in to ahead of time.
  • Exchange your currency. Although big expenditures (like your accommodations and big tourist expeditions) can be purchased on a credit or debit card, you’ll want cash for the smaller things. It’s usually easier to get this done at home, rather than waiting until you arrive.
  • Consider travel insurance. It’s not for everyone, but some people choose to travel as safely as possible. This might mean carrying special travel insurance for health, evacuation, or even potential cancellation issues.
  • Get immunized and follow health procedures. International travel precautions should always be taken. Get any immunizations recommended by the U.S. travel authorities, and be sure to study up on practical food safety practices, like not drinking the water or eating unwashed produce.
  • Learn a little Spanish. Here in Troncones, you’ll find that we are able to accommodate English speakers very well. However, we firmly believe you can enhance your international experience by learning a little of the language and preparing to engage the locals in conversation.
  • Set up an itinerary. Some travelers like to make plans as they go; others prefer to have their entire schedule planned out and ready to go. Either way, it’s a good idea to get your hands on a guidebook and read up on the area. You might find a few places you can’t miss while you’re here.
  • Book flights and other transportation methods. Like resort rates, you can often find the best prices for airline travel when you book in advance. Purchase your airline tickets and figure out how you intend to get around in Zihuatanejo and Troncones ahead of time, and you can save yourself a lot of money and effort.

The time is right to book your Mexican Christmas vacation — for this year or next year. We provide reservations well in advance, so its never too early to start planning your dream vacation and getting everything in order to enjoy Mexico the way it was meant to be enjoyed: stress-free!

Culture and Tourism in and Around Zihuatanejo

If you’re thinking about traveling to the Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa region, you may want to take a few days to explore the rich culture in Zihuatanejo. Although this is a largely tourist area, with plenty of shops and beaches to fill your days, there is also a varied and complex past to the region. The city takes care to preserve and exhibit many parts of this past for those interested in the local history, and you can visit everything from museums to archaeological sites.

The History of Zihuatanejo

According to local legend, Zihuatanejo has been a resort town since the 1400s, having been first established as a royal bathing resort for the local king and his many wives. The area was inhabited before that, of course, and evidence of these early civilizations can be found in various dig sites and architecture. Various invasions by the Aztecs and the Spanish followed throughout the years, which is why the atmosphere here retains a unique and interesting mixture of all these different cultures.

Places to Visit in Zihuatanejo

Many of the ancient ruins are not open to visitors at this time, since preservation and discovery efforts are still going strong. If you do want to take a journey through historic Zihuatanejo, here are a few options to consider:

  • Museo de Arqueologia de la Costa Grande, a local museum that contains exhibits of ancient pottery and art from the area.
  • La Soledad De Maciel, located in the town of La Chole, is an archaeological site about 25 minutes from the center of Zihuatanejo. The site was originally uncovered in 1930, but it wasn’t until very recently that the government began excavations in earnest. The artifacts include those from the Tarascan, Aztec, Toltec, and Olmec civilizations.
  • Local artists are very active in the Zihuatanejo region, and there are a number of galleries and museums you can visit to view this modern work. From Fisherman’s Walk, where many open-air shops sell their wares, to galleries like Casa Bulmaro or Templo Maya, you can find everything from paintings and sculptures to handcrafted jewelry.
  • If you’re willing to explore a little outside the Zihuatanejo area, you can visit the towns of La Perica, Petatlan, and Murga, all of which have stone ruins, rock paintings, and petroglyphs that are open to the public.

Of course, much of the best culture to explore in Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa, and neighboring Troncones are found all on your own. Getting to know the locals, visiting off-the-beaten-path sites, and buying artisan wares are all part of the Mexico vacation experience. As long as you take measures to ensure your safety as you explore, you can learn so much about life here in coastal Mexico — both today and throughout the centuries!

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