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Casa de la Sirena Simplifies Mexico Beach Weddings

Of course, once you’ve decided where you intend to have your Mexican beach wedding, the real work begins. In addition to your guest list and travel arrangements, you will need to consider:

  • Ceremony location and time
  • Attire
  • Cuisine (traditional fare vs. catered elegance)
  • Floral arrangements
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Honeymoon plans

(Note: All civil legal marriages performed in Mexico can be validated in the United States, making the legal issues easy to navigate.)

Mexico Beach Weddings Made Easy

Because Casa de la Sirena specializes in group events and weddings, we can easily help you arrange all these details—and more. Whether you want to enjoy a private ceremony for two or throw a more elaborate affair that brings the whole family together, we can accommodate up to 75 guests and arrange for most of the wedding details.

And because we’re located on the west coast in the beachside community of Troncones (less than an hour from Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo), you get all of these luxuries with the appeal of a more relaxed setting. We make it easy for you to ride off into the sunset via horseback with your new spouse, only to awaken the next day to nature adventures, a quiet hammock for two, or a sojourn into the nearby metropolitan center for museums and shopping.

Wedding Planning along Mexico’s Western Coast

When most people think of having a destination wedding in Mexico, they picture the bright turquoise waters of the Caribbean and the high-rise resorts that populate the eastern portion of the country. While there are attractive mexico beach weddings along these lines, we invite you to consider something a little more intimate, a little lower-key, and a little more in keeping with the family traditions that make Mexico such a unique and warm place to say your “I dos”.

East vs. West Coast of Mexico

Mexico is a large country (in fact, it’s the 15th largest in the world), and the topography is so varied that it’s impossible to break each region down into just one kind of landscape. However, there are some universal things you can count on when looking at the coasts—namely that the eastern beach areas are more in keeping with the bright, lively Caribbean outlook and the western beaches tend to offer a more personalized experience.

On the west coast of Mexico, you won’t find the same crisp waters familiar with Caribbean vacations, and there’s much more in the way of natural coastline that hasn’t been quite as developed by tourism. The local people are warm and friendly, and the costs of accommodations and services are much lower. And because many of the resorts that are available for weddings (including our own Casa de la Sirena) are small enough that you can book the entire place, you can enjoy a level of privacy and comfort unavailable in the larger city settings.

Private Yoga Retreats: Take Your Yoga Business to the Next Level

When you own a yoga studio or facility, it can be difficult to find that perfect balance between the service you offer and the need to run a profitable business. Because yoga is so often equated with the shared experience of health and wellness, as well as the value of community, some people consider it mercenary for a yoga studio to actively promote or market their facility.

While we can’t tell you what’s right for your business and your customer base, we can offer you a chance to expand your list of services to appeal to your existing (and potential new) students. Yoga retreats, which take you and a select group of students across the world to experience yoga in a new, idyllic setting, are growing in popularity and rapidly becoming the business vacation of the future.

What is a Private Yoga Retreat?

A private yoga retreat is a group travel opportunity for anywhere from 10 to 16 students (plus their instructor). You choose a location that is in keeping with the yoga mindset (usually somewhere secluded and tropical), and coordinate a group of students to come along to enjoy a trip that you design around your own goals, budget, and outlook on the yoga lifestyle.

Because every yoga retreat facility is different, you can expect a variety of options from your vacation. Some of the more universal options include:

  • Private yoga platform (ours overlooks the beach)
  • King- and queen-sized suites set apart from the primary facilities
  • On-staff cook
  • Freedom to set your own hours
  • Area activities in keeping with the yoga mindset (eco-tours, sea turtle hatcheries, horseback riding along the beach, swimming and water sports)

And you can stay for as long (or as short) as you wish. While most yoga retreats last for at least 4 to 5 days, you can hop down for a quick weekend getaway or extend your stay for a few weeks, allowing multiple groups of students to come and go.

Mexican Yoga Retreats

While there are private yoga retreats all over the world, we happen to think coastal Mexico is one of the best places to travel for this kind of retreat. The foreign, tropical setting is perfect for those who want to draw a clear line between the busyness of everyday life and the tranquility of a yoga retreat, but Mexico isn’t so far away that travel becomes difficult or expensive. Also, because Casa de la Sirena is located in Troncones (about 40 minutes north of Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo), you don’t have to go far to find your way off the beaten path.

In fact, this fishing village is the perfect place to get away but still enjoy luxury amenities that appeal to travelers from all backgrounds. You can enjoy a rustic experience that keeps you in touch with the sand and surf, or you can opt to turn your yoga retreat into something a little more upscale with personalized dining, our five-star quality accommodations, and the kind of privacy that can only come from a Mexican beach resort like ours.

Mexico Vacation Rentals Offer a Wide Variety of Activities

Our last post talked about possible vacation activities, focused on what to look for in a Mexico vacation rental. Our beach life in Troncones also offers a mix of traditional sports, eco tour adventures, and a wide variety of Mexican and seafood restaurants for your dining pleasure.

Vacation Sports

Golf and tennis seem to be the most popular sports for tourists in Mexico, and you can find facilities just about everywhere. Check in with your potential resorts to see if they have facilities on hand, or if there are clubs in the area where you can play.

Access to Mexico Eco Tours

Some people want to explore the natural reserves that are becoming an important part of Mexican conservation efforts, while others want a different kind of experience altogether. If eco-tours are something you’re interested in, look for an area like Troncones, where you can zipline through the forest, visit a sea turtle hatchery, kayak into lagoons, and whale watch all in the same day.

Dining Options for Your Mexico Resort

No matter why you come to Mexico, chances are you’ll want to enjoy some of the local cuisine while you’re here. You’ll find plenty of high-end restaurants in the larger cities, and can enjoy international cuisine that rivals that of any metropolitan center.

In smaller towns, like Troncones, you’ll find more of a focus on family-owned restaurants and hidden gems. And if fresh seafood is your thing, you can’t beat a fishing village on the coast. Depending on your travel needs and budget, you’ll also want to look for accommodations that have a kitchen en suite so you can do some cooking on your own.

Perhaps nothing can make or break a vacation as quickly as the facilities that act as your home base. Casa de la Sirena is a west coast resort that offers a luxury beach community feeling at a fraction of the cost of regular resorts. We always welcome your questions, and encourage you to explore the different types of villas we offer to make you feel at ease and happy with your destination choice.

What to Look for in a Mexico Beach Destination

When it comes to booking Mexican beach rentals for your vacation, there are an almost limitless number of possibilities about where you can go and what you can do. Resorts along the Caribbean coast offer excited crowds and lots of youthful, vibrant fun. The country’s interior is filled with cultural wonders and the kind of rich history that exists nowhere else on earth. And the west coast offers a more low-key approach to beach life, with eco-tourism and surfing taking the primary honors.

If you’re planning a Mexican beach vacation, it’s a good idea to know what you want out of your trip. That way, you can find the right resort and get started planning your vacation getaway. Two primary considerations for a beach resort are price and water sports.

Beach Vacation Pricing

In the past, a Mexican beach resort would be one of the pricier vacation options, especially if you’re looking for five-star accommodations and a luxurious Mexico vacation villa all to yourself. While there still are many options in the higher-end facilities, you can also find hidden gems for a fraction of the price — especially if you step away from larger cities like Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo resort areas.

Water Sports

If you’re into surfing, the west coast offers some incredible waves and enough privacy for you to enjoy them. Our small town of Troncones is a hidden gem for Mexico surfing destinations.

You can also enjoy more traditional activities like snorkeling, swimming, fishing, kayaking, and even windsurfing. Expect lower-key activities along the west coast and more tourist-focused excursions on the Caribbean side.

Of course, no discussion of a Mexican resort is complete without including the resort itself. Here at Casa de la Sirena, we believe that it’s our job to ensure your stay is perfect.

Safety and Services in Troncones Mexico

Troncones vacation rentals — or anywhere for that matter — aren’t just about having fun. They’re also about feeling secure that your whole family is safe and well-taken care of.

  • A local medical clinic caters to smaller issues. Fully staffed hospitals with competent doctors exist less than an hour away near larger Zihuatanejo or Ixtapa beach resort areas.
  • Wi-fi access is available in your villa so that you can stay connected with home.
  • Personal kitchens allow you to prepare your meals to your own standards, or we can direct you toward some great local restaurants that cater to the tourist crowd.
  • Air conditioning and updated, clean décor allows you to make the most out of your private facilities.
  • Bottled water is readily available for consumption and daily activities, and safety and sanitation efforts have drastically improved local water conditions.

The Troncones Region

There are only 600 permanent residents here, most of whom are fishermen, farmers, and ranchers (in addition to those of us who run the tourist facilities). Most of the buildings here are small guest inns and beachfront resorts like ours, with some incredible seafood restaurants and modest homes adding a touch of charm.

In less than an hour you could be near Zihuatanejo or Ixtapa Mexico. Petatlán is another popular tourist destination, offering a rich cultural and archaeological backdrop to learn more about the history of development here.

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.

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