Living in a tropical jungle away from modern civilization means you have to deal with the unrelenting entropy of Mother Nature.  All new construction at Casa Isabel is moving to sustainable building materials (stone, concrete brick, etc) and away from high maintenance palm frond palapas.  We maintain our own water system, drawing from year-round sources.  All of our accommodations have either government-approved water filtration systems, or five gallon water bottles thereof.  Hot showers come primarily from our large, third generation solar hot water system (hot enough to burn!), with backup electric or on-demand propane heaters.  Like the jungle, we’re growing green, green, green... 

Our biggest step towards reducing our footprint is a bold abandonment of several  septic tanks to install composting toilets, and we have been delighted with guest approval.  Most of the houses with human waste compost systems have separate flushing pee toilets and composting poopers.  Urine is sterile and odorless when well diluted, so the gardens love the flush pee.  Composting poopers have regular toilet seats, and you simply cover poop with sawdust.  When covered, there is no smell, and our workers take it away for composting.  Septic tanks on rocky hills do not percolate well, and jungle roots make mockery of drainage pipes.  If you wonder why this is important for more people to do this, skeptics are invited to take a walk through town after the Xmas rush.  When you flush, there really is no “away”.

Creature Comforts

All accommodations have comfy beds, plump new pillows, soft sheets and organza mosquito nets.  Because we’re tropical and creekside there may be a few mosquitoes or no-see-ums primarily during the rainy season of July thru October.  We recommend Herbal Armor insect repellent (an essential oil blend that, unlike many, actually works).  It is available in health foods stores or on the internet.  There are hammocks and comfy chairs and lay-about loungers for those essential loafing-off moments.  Most casas are private enough to allow the option of sunbathing au natural. 

Kitchens are well equipped with all the usuals, except microwave ovens.  Beachside studios do not have blenders. Yelapa grocery stores have a fresh variety of most  everything, but some guests may prefer to bring their favorite coffees, teas, cheeses and chocolate.  Telmex has finally taken the leap and we now have high speed Wi-Fi internet for our guests.   On the other hand, how often do you have a chance and a perfect excuse to just skip reporting in, or having your chain rattled? 

Maid service is provided once a week for long-term guests (or available more frequently for a charge), for those wishing to skip housework entirely.  Clean linens can be obtained as needed by trading in your soiled ones at Casa Central.  There’s a good laundry in town for personal wear.

Many of our beds securely hang from overhead supports.  Some people love them, others don’t.  We think they facilitate an even more restful sleep, but be sure to check the sidebar details for your house selection to eliminate surprises.

At Casa Isabel, we spontaneously enjoy pot-luck suppers and dancing parties with talented local musicians.  Bring your instruments and celebrate!

The Houses

Casa Isabel offers a variety of accommodations, all with ocean views, their privacy ensured by lush plantings with flowers and shrubs. Surrounded by jungle, two rental houses skirt the ridge beside the creek and include canyon and waterfall views.  Two more houses enjoy high, open views of the bay.  One remote house enjoys a unique private location on the hill above town.  Three beachside studios perch right above Playa Isabel, the cleanest beach in town.

Now, it’s time to find your spot.....

Yolo    Annie’s    Jade    CanopyCamp    Beach Studios    Casa Central    Las Palmas

Yolo    Annie’s    Jade    CanopyCamp    Beach Studios    Casa Central    Las Palmas

Casa Central

At the heart of the property is Casa Central with four separately-rentable bedrooms. The Nook, Cool Corner,  Penthouse and Passion Palace share access to a collective kitchen, living room, patios, lawn and fire circle.  These rooms are ideal for singles, groups, couples, and for those wanting to meet fellow travelers. 

Casa Central was completely transformed last summer, including a 2nd floor pavilion perfect for retreats, weddings and special events.

Individual Casas

Elemental and the BeachHouse are situated immediately above the beach.  As you proceed up the hill, CanopyCamp  is off the path on the right.  Then, off to the left, is Casa Yolocalli on the canyon ridge. A few more steps takes you to Casa Central (Penthouse, Cool Corner, PassionPalace and the Nook), with Annie’s just above. Continue up the hill and off to the left overlooking the canyon is Casa Jade. For the ultimate in privacy, Las Palmas is a separate property, a ten minute walk high above the town of Yelapa.