FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q – How do I get from the airport to Casa Isabel?
A – The long answer is in the tab Arriving Gracefully.
Take a white airport taxi (tourism tax included) for about US$25 to get to the pier at Playa de Los Muertos, from where the PV-Yelapa water taxis leave. Or, to save some money, leave the airport, take the overpass over the highway and take a city taxi for $200 pesos. Or, take a city bus to old town for $8 pesos. For larger groups arriving together, Sergio can arrange to meet and pick you up at the airport in his van and deliver you to the pier. OR, you could take two buses or a taxi to Boca, a small port south of Puerto Vallarta for other water taxis to Yelapa. OR, you could charter our boat driver Sefarino to meet you at a marina 5 minutes south of the airport by taxi, and he will deliver you directly to Casa Isabel.
All of the captains will drop you at our beach, except rarely when the sea is rough. Our workers will help with bags if you leave them inside the gate and then come rustle us up.
Q – My plane gets in at such a such a time. Will I make the last water taxi?
A – Full water taxi information is under the Arriving Gracefully tab.
The taxi ride from the airport to the pier at Playa de Los Muertos is about half an hour. Deplaning and customs can be a lucky 20 minutes or longer, especially if you get the random red light, but often only half an hour and you´re out of there. So any plane arriving after 3:45 PM makes you a long shot for the 5pm water taxi from the pier.
There´s always the alternative of a 300 peso taxi ride or two 8 peso bus rides to Boca, a small port south of Puerto Vallarta where the last water taxi leaves at 6:30 PM.
A new alternative this year, is that for US$120, our boat driver Sefarino, can pick up travellers anytime at Los Peines, a small marina where local fishermen dock, about 5 minutes south of the airport by taxi. There is a comfortable restaurant and Sef can meet you there. We can arrange details for you.
Q – How far is Casa Isabel from Yelapa? From the beach?
A – A 5 minute power walk or a 10 – 15 minute lollygag will put you in the heart of town by the church and grocery stores and dock. The main beach is 20 or 30 minutes away.
Q – Do you have Wi-Fi?
A – All units have WiFi. It is slow and occasionally winks out due to overload of the whole Yelapa system, but it almost always works.
Q – Is there a safe place for my valuables in my rental?
A – For your peace of mind, all the houses have secure lock boxes built in. The trick is being conscious enough to put away that smart phone…
Q – How far is Casa Isabel from good swimming?
A – We are immediately above Playa Isabel, an excellent swimming beach for all ages.
Q – Do you have mask, snorkel and fins?
A – Our currently generous collection is available to guests and returned when not in use. Many people prefer a guaranteed fit of their own mask. Snorkeling is good from Playa Isabel, especially good at Pizota, and fabulous when chartering with Sefarino.
Q – Do you have kayaks or paddleboards?
A – We have 2 single green kayaks plus paddles. Paddleboards and more kayaks can be rented at the main beach. WE have NO lifejackets for you, or your kids. (Sorry.)
Q – How many steps is it to the houses?
A – My dearly beloved mamacita, on the last of her near-annual visits over the past much-blessed decade, walked around to every house with pad and pencil and did the deed. Norine started counting from the main gate and distinguished a step, along a flat or an incline, from the basic rise-and-run configuration known as a stair. The count ended at the ¨door¨of the house.
Beachhouse 19 steps 19 stairs
Canopy Camp 20 steps 38 stairs
Yolocalli 37 steps 50 stairs
Central 65 steps 60 stairs
Pavilion 83 steps 76 stairs
Annie´s 72 steps 88 stairs
Jade 87 steps 122 stairs
Q – Do you take credit cards?
A – We do not. Our main payment method is Paypal. It is also possible to transfer funds into our Banorte account
Q – Do you provide breakfast?
A – Heavens no. However, a local cook called Maira is willing to cater meals for you in your casita.
Q – What do groceries and dining cost?
A – Yelapa is far more economical than more northerly latitudes, and taco stands provide delicious and most economical local food. A large selection of great local restaurants means a family of 4 can easily dine without booze for 500 pesos, or fill grocery bags for a couple of days for that amount. Many budget travelers eat simply and inexpensively like the locals. Breakfast, lunch or dinner can all be had from 50-250 pesos. However, as everyone knows, we can often spend more. Beer is 20 pesos in stores and mixed drinks are 55-90 pesos at restaurants.
Q – What food is available in Yelapa?
A – Jalisco and Nayarit have rich fisheries and agriculture, and their delicious fresh products are abundant in restaurants and grocery stores here in the main season. The produce displays in Letitia´s store are fresh and beautiful.
Fresh fish and shrimp are almost always on restaurant menus. Stores usually have shrimp and often have fish. Regional chicken is fantastic, with yellow fat from corn – yum!
Since Costco came to PV, many more northern products are available locally. PV also has great little seed and nut stores and an Artisan Bakery, whose excellent bread Hortensia’s store often carries. The only real shortfall in the local grocery scene (besides minimal organic food), is in poor selection of whole grains and breads, chocolate, and black tea – minor. The potatoes and yams and brown rice are divine.
Q – How do you secure a reservation at Casa Isabel?
A – We send a Paypal invoice for the hospitality tax plus half the rental deposit. Your reservation is only secure when the deposit is paid – we like it within 3 days, por favor. The balance is due on arrival.