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Fresh Breeze Inn: Ocean Views, Wi-Fi, Resident Owner, Local Information

Bedrooms 1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Bungalow, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

We offer a 30% discount from Nov. 1st to December 20. There are well maintained mosquito screens on all doors and windows. All of the water running through the Inn is now safe to drink due to an ultraviolet light and filtration system. The apartment has a digitally programmable wall safe for your valuables. The fully functional kitchen and comfortable bed mattress makes you feel right at home. There is a spare bed. Beach towels, chairs, umbrellas and boogie boards are provided. Lance, your in-house host, is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We close for the season on the first of May, and reopen on the first of November.

The Fresh Breeze Inn is a cool and comfortable oasis fringed by jungle. It is an easy seven-minute walk through the colorful and safe village to the beach and restaurant area. Your new Chacala home sits on the quiet hilltop catching the afternoon breeze and affording you a stunning panoramic view of the sky, jungle, mountains, bay and the ocean stretching to the horizon. Your kitchen comes stocked with fresh-ground regional coffee, bottled purified drinking water, cooking supplies such as salt, pepper, oil, sugar, and a full array of utensils and a gas barbeque. Sip your favorite drink, sit back and enjoy the perfect small-village Mexican beach experience.

Chacala has over 200 bird species. I have a list of Chacala birds which is available.We also supply a picture brochure of the 60 most common birds here.

The main floor bungalow has a front patio facing the ocean, and a shady garden behind the Inn. Minimum stay is for one week or more. The rooftop patio now has a shade roof over it and is available to all guests. There are great views in all directions. The apartment has a full kitchen, including a gas barbeque, and high quality Mexican bean coffee is provided. It is invitingly decorated with colorful Mexican tiles, a hand-painted ceramic sink, and has fully-screened windows and large screened glass patio doors. Although rarely needed during high season, there is a ventilation fan system. The bed has a high-quality mattress, so you will sleep soundly after a day of adventuring or relaxing, secluded from the bustle and dust of the town center. There is also a spare bed. The bird watching from the Inn is exceptional. Sit on your patio and identify up to 70 species. The garden area adjoining the jungle is a great place to sit and enjoy the cool breeze and shade in the afternoons. It features local fruits, flowers and tropical plants.

Your American host, Lance Thorne, lives on site and loves to share his extensive knowledge of the region's hiking trails, bird watching sites, local restaurants, fishing opportunities, tours, markets and shopping, banking services, and regional transportation. Maps of local trails and shopping guides to Chacala and neighboring Las Varas were researched and created by Lance , with copies in your apartment. Kayaks and paddle boards are available to rent either at Chacala Xplore (327-105-3504) and at at Surfer's pizza. At the Fresh Breeze Inn, you enjoy the quiet privacy and comfort of a fully-contained suite with its own entrance, as well as the assistance of a helpful English-speaking host, happy to answer your questions about the region or translate Spanish.

Just ninety minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, you turn down a winding road leading into a magical paradise of blossoming mango groves, colorful wildflowers and a misty green lake filled with exotic birds. The village of Chacala is a friendly and authentic little fishing town, a well-kept secret hidden from the outside world until the recent road. Chacala will charm you with its minstrel mariachi bands, cobblestone streets, family-run beach restaurants serving the day's catch, homemade salsa, ice-cold beer and the perfect margarita. Local people are outgoing and helpful, and it is safe to walk around at night. The half-moon bay of soft sand is fringed by a picturesque palm plantation. The water is warm, inviting and safe.

Minutes from the activity and amenities of town, the Fresh Breeze Inn is a quiet comfortable paradise in Chacala, quite possibly your new favorite vacation village.

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Lance Thorne
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2018

About Lance Thorne

Welcome to the Fresh Breeze Inn. Let me introduce myself: my name is Lance , and for most of my adult life I have made high-end, one-of-a-kind furniture in rural Southern Oregon. I Have been living about half of the time here in Chacala for the past 10 years, and love its laid-back, rustic charm. I live at the Fresh Breeze Inn so I am available night and day. I look forward to sharing this very special spot with you. I hike the local trails frequently and sometimes lead hikes from Chacala to various destinations. I am really enjoying my newfound vocation as Inn Keeper. Being a jack of all trades allows me to deal with just about any problem that comes up. I really enjoy meeting new people and I get a kick out of helping visitors 'find what they are looking for'.

Lance Thorne purchased this bungalow in 2009

Why Lance Thorne chose Chacala

Previously I had traveled extensively in Mexico, but until I arrived in Chacala, had no intention of buying land in the country. But when I first visited Chacala, the inexplicable happened: I fell in love with the people and the town. It immediately felt like home. Within weeks I purchased my plot and began planning to build. It's been an adventure which has resulted in the Fresh Breeze Inn! I first opened for business on January first, 2010, and enjoyed a successful first season - as well as my new role as resident inn-keeper.

What makes this bungalow unique

The Fresh Breeze Inn is unique in enjoying a breath-taking panoramic 360-degree view. The cool afternoon breeze afforded by its hilltop location is a rare luxury, and the tropical garden which lies behind the Inn, and adjoins the jungle, offers you a shady quiet spot to read or relax. Lance made the local hiking trail maps and village maps so he's the one to speak with for local information. The birding from the Inn is considered to be the some of the best in the village. The Inn is located on a hill overlooking the village in a pleasant neighborhood of beautiful houses with elegant stonework and flowering gardens.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bungalow rental in Chacala, Mexican Riviera

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • The apartment has a queen size bed, with a better mattress than is usually available in Chacala. The apartment also has a spare bed.
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Wall safe for valuables. Filtered water throughout. All types of local and regional information is available including local maps, trail maps, regional guide books, kayaking, whale watching info, available activities and tours, etc from in resident owner-manager. We get lots of Birders here due to the great habitat in front of and beside the Inn. Over 100 species were identified from the front patio of the Inn in less then a week. Lance has a list of over 130 species that have recently been identified in the vicinity of Chacala. Lance has 2 quality boogie boards available He also has wine available. The Fresh Breeze Inn is perched on a hill on the edge of the jungle with spectacular views of the village, bay and surrounding wild hillsides. A refreshing cooling breeze usually comes up around noon and the tropical garden provides a shady quiet place to rest and enjoy this earthly paradise! The nearest ATM is in Las Varas, 8 miles away. Transportation by colectivo, a communal van


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The Fresh Breeze Inn was fabulous. Chacala was a wonderful little beach town. We'll be back!

  • 5 of 5

Our room was perfect and the Inn was situated in a great part of town, only about 6 min walk to the beach. The Inn provided beach chairs and an umbrella which made beach days easy. Everything we needed in the room was provided. It was beautiful and clean. The patio and roof top space was a favorite place to hang out, with lots of sun and shade and birds to watch. The manageress, Maggie, was helpful and as nice as can be. She helped with some Telcel problems we had, which we greatly appreciated! We loved Chacala. We'll definitely be back!!

  • Review Submitted: 23/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The apt was comfortable, well equipped and accessible.

  • 4 of 5

Our hostess, Maggie, was sweet, thoughtful and attentive. She waited up for us even though we didn’t arrive until quite late in the evening. The kitchen was well supplied and we enjoyed cooking the majority of our meals in. The only challenges were the noise from the traffic on the road and the barking neighborhood dogs. We LOVED Chacala and will definitely go back for another visit.

  • Review Submitted: 09/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marilyn and David were perfect guests, and they even cooked delicious dinners for Maggy! Yes, the sounds of a Mexican village are difficult to mask--traffic on the unpaved roads, and dogs. You forgot to mention the chickens! We look forward to seeing you again.
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  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks here over the Christmas Holiday Season. Mexican families were everywhere enjoying themselves. The accommodation was very clean and comfortable and quiet. The roof top veranda was perfect for yoga as well as watching the sunset. We'll be back.

  • Review Submitted: 04/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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First Family Trip to Mexico

  • 5 of 5

First Mexican experience with family and teen girls and felt so lucky that we had chosen to stay at the Fresh Breeze Inn in Chacala. Thank you to our host, Lance for all his thoughtful consideration and attention to detail.

  • Review Submitted: 02/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

Fresh Breezes Inn certainly lived up to its name: A fresh breeze came up from the ocean every day, cooling us down, while we lounged on the spacious covered rooftop deck. The rooms were clean and dry with tasteful decoration. The water pressure in the shower was amazing! Lance was a great host. He is organized, on the ball, helpful and accommodating. He would check on us regularly without ever being intrusive. Lance was a great help for our non-Spanish speaking group. We didn't realize how lucky we had it until we checked in on some of the other accommodations in town. Chacala itself is full of honest and friendly locals, humble homes and new tourist accommodations under construction everywhere. We enjoyed the typical Mexican village scene with chickens, dogs, and children. The beach was clean and the food was outstanding.

  • Review Submitted: 01/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Lance is a great host - does whatever he can to accommodate you and is the town hike expert, so that was a big plus. The patio off of our unit was fabulous. Can hear the roar of the ocean and the amazing birds singing. Great for bird watching. Accommodation was everything you needed including a BBQ and coffee. Very tastefully decorated in Mexican style. Highly recommend this place.

  • Review Submitted: 07/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
PVR- Puerto Vallarta
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Lots of resaraunts Lining the ocean beach
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
A seven minute walk to Chacala's Beach
Car: not necessary

Whale watching, excellent bird watching right from the Inn with over 100 species identified, craft and farmers market, trail beside local lake , rentable kayaks and paddle boards for exploring the ocean, a local Mexican birding guide, trails through the jungle to remote beaches and a picturesque volcanic crater. Morning yoga is available. Van and car tours are available by Mexican locals to petroglyphs, a jungle boat ride, neighboring towns, etc. Boat tours are available for surfing at Caleta a well known left hand break, whale watching, remote beaches, fishing, etc.

The perfect half-moon beach usually has few people on it. The calm, protected bay is ideal for swimming, with invitingly warm water and no dangerous currents.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday bungalow in Chacala, Mexican Riviera

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
10 Mar 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$10 per night, per additional guest
Fall season
1 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$7 per night, per additional guest
High Season
21 Dec 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Payment can be made through my Paypal merchant account, or wired to my US or Mexican bank account. If you need to cancel your reservation the original payment is returnable less $50 or 10% of the total, whichever is less as a handling fee up to 6 weeks before your reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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