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San Agustinillo

If you are searching for a new vacation spot- you have found it!  Small and quaint with an abundance of natural beauty and charm, San Agustinillo is waiting.  Explore this site and start planning your next vacation.  If you have already discovered this seductive coast, feel free to share your experiences! Our Casa Mihale is available for vacation rentals by the week and is just steps from the warm waters of the Pacific.  Click this video to go inside CASA MIHALE to see more photos of our home and book your next vacation.

 

Samantha Hall shot this amazing video of the whales just off the shores of San Agustinillo while staying at Casa Mihale this Christmas.  Thanks for sharing this Sam!  Great video.

Best Beaches In Mexico according to The Guardian Newspaper reader’s…..

San Agustinillo: pristine beach

San Agustinillo in Oaxaca State, Mexico
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Photograph: Alamy

Between Puerto Escondido and Pochutla on Oaxaca’s Pacific coast sits the tiny town of San Agustinillo and perhaps the finest pristine beach in Mexico. The sand is soft, the palm trees sway, the waves are huge and endless. Sunset sees serious surfers share the evening with traditional dancers and music. Hemmed in by cliffs, it has resisted major development and yet found space for cosmopolitan restaurants and luxury and budget accommodation by the beach . This is Mexico as it should be – catch it while you can.
(Full article http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/dec/10/mexico-best-beaches-hotels-hostels-readers-tips)

 This is a new tourism video of our state Oaxaca

KEEP READING!  Just below this, find what our Guests say!

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19 thoughts on “San Agustinillo

  1. Hi Kids, have you seen this? Our little paradise makes the big time (well, other than this blog, that is). Hope all is well on your coast, sending love, didi

  2. Hi Leigh,

    Our stay at Casa Mihale — indeed the whole trip to Oaxaca — was amazing – beyond our dreams and full of magical connections. We came back with more than great memories; we have very meaningful experiences and deep connections that will resonate for the rest of our lives – more about that in a minute.

    The Casa was absolutely perfect; supremely comfortable, spacious, clean, well-stocked, great location, etc. etc. I didn’t realize we were your first guests. It’s a piece of luxurious heaven in the middle of the village. And so beautifully designed and built! We will definitely recommend it to others and hope to return ourselves soon (definitely sooner than the 38 years it took me to get back to San Agustinillo this time!), but next time for longer, as I feel like a week was not nearly enough time.
    Thank you sooo much for making the trip down ahead of us to make everything cozy for our arrival. We really appreciate the extra touches like the new linens, fresh coffee and flowers, etc.!

    Doug and Wendy

  3. Now this makes me very happy, we will be arriving Dec 18th at Casa Mihale and love reading about your wonderful experience Doug and Wendy.

  4. We would like to add a few more comments to our previous post from our visit in October–

    We loved the tranquil, artistic design and quality construction of Casa Mihale, and its utilization of local hardwoods and other materials — very much in keeping with the local eco-guidelines and themes of the village. The spacious, open kitchen/dining/lounge area with ocean views was a delight. On the warmer nights, the air-conditioned bedroom was a welcome option.

    Beto and Chema, our hosts and downstairs neighbors, were very friendly and helpful in every way. Beto’s family has a long history in the village, so their knowledge of all things San Agustinillo is deep. Be sure to take a fishing and/or marine life/snorkeling trip with Beto and his brother Antonio and swim with the turtles!

    We also enjoyed La Mora Cafe right across the street for frequent coffees and great breakfasts. The owners, Rosie and Ignacio, are wonderful people as well.

    Casa Mihale, San Agustinillo, and the whole surrounding area are a piece of heaven not to be missed. Can’t wait to go back!!

    Doug and Wendy

    • You are so welcome Doug and Wendy! I hope we can book another adventure for you soon. You must come and see the turtles (by the thousands) in October when they lay their eggs at Escobilla, just a short drive from Casa Mihale..and when the eggs hatch, mid November, the beach has thousands of tiny baby turtles running for the sea. Come and see us again, any time.
      Leigh

  5. So now we are back in freezing NYC after a glorious 3 amazing weeks in San Agustinillo at the very beautiful Casa Mihale. We have been visiting San Agustinillo for the past 10 years but for some reason (I take the blame) we had been exploring other parts of Mexico and hadn’t been back to SA for 5 years. What a mistake that was but what a lovely surprise to see Casa Mihale sitting there overlooking the ocean in all it’s glory. It is an amazing apartment, spacious, airy and with the best views you will EVER see. We would wake up with our bedroom doors cantilevered open so you could watch the sunrise, pelicans flying by and of course the beautiful ocean.
    The apartment itself is absolutely beautiful, with fantastic little details and an amazing kitchen. Then of course we realised that our friend had designed it, small world eh.
    The town itself you could walk through in about 7 minutes with amazing restaurants on the beach, and small little bodegas dotted around. The people are also what makes this place amazing, friendly beyond words, always smiling, we are particularly fond of the empanada lady who walks up and down the beach daily selling her delicious pastries.
    Then there’s Fausto the patriarch of The Mexico Lindo, he would often swing and chat to our 7 year old daughter on the hammocks while we peacefully ate.
    You must though go and visit Rosie at La Morada across the street, she serves the best breakfasts and her coffee is fantastic.

    I could go on forever about Casa Mihale and the town of San Agustinillo, but you really should go and see it for yourself. You will not be disappointed, even when the roosters wake you up around 6am, you get used to them and now being back in NYC I actually miss them.

    Thanks Leigh you have a wonderful home there, we’ll be back very soon.
    Samantha Hall

  6. What a incredible vacation home you have, great photos and video !

  7. After returning from a three week holiday in San Agustinillo it did not take long to miss the warm Pacific Ocean and the golden coastline that lies right outside the doors to Casa Mihale.
    The ocean is deliciously warm for our trip and as a senior I loved bobbing in the Bay or sitting in the calm tidal pools and letting the waves lap at my feet. Casa Mihale provided the ideal vacation experience. It is a quick 45 min drive (or less) from the International Airport of Huatulco. I caught a direct flight from my hometown in Canada. Casa Mihale is well appointed, using indigenous materials and a wonderful open plan that affords perfect sea vistas and allows refreshing breezes throughout the home. It is such a treat to enjoy morning coffee in one of the sitting areas listening to the calls of the tropical birds perched in the neighboring treetops. The kitchen has everything necessary for preparing gourmet meals, the solar heated shower is a delight after an afternoon in the salty sea, comfy reading chairs for afternoon relaxation, and my favorite was the hammock for a quiet snooze. At night, the option of air conditioning was welcomed, and the deluxe Queen bed provide a deep sound sleep. I took a snorkeling eco- boat trip with Captain Beto and was thrilled with the experience as the surf pounded against the boat bottom as we sped towards San Agustin Bay a favorite snorkeling spot where manta rays and schools of brightly colored fish feed on the abundant coral. The village of San Agustinillo is perfectly suited for seniors, safe and friendly, walking distance to Mazunte, and providing all the scenic beauty one can absorb!
    I highly recommend a visit to this relatively secret spot on the pristine Oaxacan Coast before it gets discovered. It truly is Paradise Found!

  8. If you’re looking for the true Mexican experience, Casa Mihale is for you. This gem, nestled within family homes, is perfectly designed to provide all of the comforts of an eco-friendly home, with the true experience of village life. The pictures here are great, but the experience is so much better.

    My “home” for a week in September 2013, the Casa is so clean, well-appointed and comfortable, I found it hard to leave it for the daily adventures offered. The Casa’s open vistas onto the ocean and the village, allowed me at all times to feel the ocean breezes and hear the sound of the waves, while village life went on quietly below. In the morning, I bought the freshest flowers, oranges, and cheese from the passing vendors, while exchanging big smiles and a few words about their wares and what the day offered.

    The later morning and afternoon were good times to take that short walk to the beach. It’s very clean and the water is warm and inviting, great for body surfing and beach daydreaming. It was easy to walk back to the Casa for a homemade lunch, or to visit a local restaurant. Later afternoon is great for visiting the local shops for fresh produce or crafts. The neighbouring villages, a short walk or bus ride away, are definitely worth exploring.

    The evenings in the Casa were magical. We ate in most nights, by candle and starlight. A rest and a read in the indoor hammock readied me for the comfy bed, and being lulled to sleep by the sound of ocean.

    One of the best things about the Casa is the downstairs neighbour Beto, and his lovely family. Beto knows the life of the ocean, and how to enjoy it. He took us on a day trip to nearby San Agustin Bay for the best snorkeling ever! It’s a small, rustic village with a few homes and palapa-covered restaurants. There’s a shallow coral reef right off the beach, where we saw ocean life in abundance, including huge schools of colourful fish and acrobatic manta rays.

    Thank you Beto for perhaps the most amazing natural experience of my life– thousands of Olive Ridley turtles returning to their hatching ground on the beach at Escobilla to lay their eggs. Watching these gentle ocean giants struggle through the waves, climb the beach, dig deep holes, and labour to lay more than 100 eggs each, was a once in a lifetime experience. The beach was a true wonder, with the sun going down, the waves crashing, the mamas labouring and the watchers sometimes squealing with excitement . A late September visit at the Casa may offer up this wonder, or a trip 50 to 60 days later may offer the wonder of the hatching of tens of thousands of baby turtles who will them make a mad dash to the sea. I am coming back to see that!

  9. If you’re looking for the true Mexican experience, Casa Mihale is for you. This gem, nestled within family homes, is perfectly designed to provide all of the comforts of an eco-friendly home, with the true experience of village life. The pictures here are great, but the experience is so much better.

    My “home” for a week in September 2013, the Casa is so clean, well-appointed and comfortable, I found it hard to leave it for the daily adventures offered. The Casa’s open vistas onto the ocean and the village, allowed me at all times to feel the ocean breezes and hear the sound of the waves, while village life went on quietly below. In the morning, I bought the freshest flowers, oranges, and cheese from the passing vendors, while exchanging big smiles and a few words about their wares and what the day offered.

    The later morning and afternoon were good times to take that short walk to the beach. It’s very clean and the water is warm and inviting, great for body surfing and beach daydreaming. It was easy to walk back to the Casa for a homemade lunch, or to visit a local restaurant. Later afternoon is great for visiting the local shops for fresh produce or crafts. The neighbouring villages, a short walk or bus ride away, are definitely worth exploring.

    The evenings in the Casa were magical. We ate in most nights, by candle and starlight. A rest and a read in the indoor hammock readied me for the comfy bed, and being lulled to sleep by the sound of ocean.

    One of the best things about the Casa is the downstairs neighbour Beto, and his lovely family. Beto knows the life of the ocean, and how to enjoy it. He took us on a day trip to nearby San Agustin Bay for the best snorkeling ever! It’s a small, rustic village with a few homes and palapa-covered restaurants. There’s a shallow coral reef right off the beach, where we saw ocean life in abundance, including huge schools of colourful fish and acrobatic manta rays.

    Thank you Beto for perhaps the most amazing natural experience of my life– thousands of Olive Ridley turtles returning to their hatching ground on the beach at Escobilla to lay their eggs. Watching these gentle ocean giants struggle through the waves, climb the beach, dig deep holes, and labour to lay more than 100 eggs each, was a once in a lifetime experience. The beach was a true wonder, with the sun going down, the waves crashing, the mamas labouring and the watchers sometimes squealing with excitement . A late September visit at the Casa may offer up this wonder, or a trip 50 to 60 days later may offer the wonder of the hatching of tens of thousands of baby turtles who will them make a mad dash to the sea. I am coming back to see that!

  10. Casa Mihale Testimonial
    March 16, 2015

    Casa Mihale was just what we hoped it would be…a complete break from the cold and dark of a New England winter. The sunshine and warmth, and the softness of the sea air quickly enveloped us. The unexpected delight for us, however, was to have the Casa set amongst village houses. This gave us endless contentment to be able to see the kids, cats, dogs, chickens, (and a rabbit), parents, uncles, aunts and abuelita herself…playing, cooking gardening and washing in the yards around us. And the family below us, Beto, Chema, Ari and Arad welcomed us with open arms, going out of their way to make sure our every need was met. (We found their relaxed and gentle charm a true trait of the Oaxacan people wherever we went.)
    The ocean (and some great fishing with Beto) took me back to my childhood growing up on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu/Natal in South Africa. But unlike what has happened in South Africa, this coastal area is largely unspoilt, and being kept that way through the eco-diligence of the locals.
    The open-air design of the Casa is perfect for the setting. We spent a lot of time just gazing out to sea – often spotting whales and schools of dolphins. And, if you like to cook like I do, the kitchen setup is well thought out and supplied by Leigh. (Though, if I had my druthers, I’d want a native, wood-fired, clay comal!) And the fresh fish and fruit! Aaah, the fruit…oranges, bananas, paw paws, mangoes, guavas, and pineapples all with perfumed flavors that you just don’t find in the temperate climes.
    So, hats off to Leigh Morrow for all the work she did beforehand to help us understand the place we were going to. Her joy for the San Agustinillo is contagious. And, we got to see why.
    Thank you.

    Barry and Sarah Clarke, East Thetford, Vermont, USA

  11. Jon B. said…
    Jan 16, 2017
    A local experience with a great deal moreSan Agustinillo, San Agustinillo, OAX, 70985, Mexico
    Date of Stay
    Dec 10, 2016
    Helpful votes: 0/0
    Casa Mihale is embedded in the vibrant and fascinating village of San Augustinillo. The rhythms of a day from the cock’s crow through the village coming to life, morning activity, siesta, late afternoon reawakening and the pulse of evening activity become an easy repetition. We descended from our perch three or four times a day to walk the nearly deserted beach for miles, chose which of the beaches from hard surf to nearly bathtub fit our mood, mused over would it be Frida’s or La Mora, devoured the empanadas behind Frida’s (even better than at home says one of us who is Argentinian), and loved the collectivo experiences (benches on pick up trucks) going here and there for a few pesos. The excursions provided by the inimitable Beto are not to be missed. We were lucky to swim with dolphins off of Punta Cometa, watch turtles mating and snorkel in a remote and placid cove. Launching and beaching the high powered boats is an experience in itself! A more bustling touristy Mezunte only an easy walk over the hill provides a fairly complete array of groceries and a more diverse selection of restaurants. We were entirely content with, if not cooking for ourselves, the closeby local places. But don’t miss the collectivo ride on Monday market day to Potchutla! The Casa is beautifully situated and provided everything that we could have desired. The air conditioning in one of the bedrooms provided a boon when the night time temperature rose and the breeze died. Otherwise the fan in the other bedroom was perfect. The family who cares for the house is terrific but a few words of Spanish will help things along. The kitchen is ready to cook in earnest and the owners, who I suspect love to be resident as much as possible, leave a number of basics to enhance fresh purchases. We are a youngish post 60 couple who have travelled extensively at all cost levels and very much found San Augustinillo and Casa Mihale to out liking.Recommended for: Tourists without a Car, Age 55+.

  12. Hi Leigh,
    We arrived home safe on Sunday! We really enjoy the relaxing vacation at your place.
    Thanks! Saludos!!

    Pablo y familia

  13. “Gorgeous Apartment – well equipped.”
    4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 March 2016 for a stay in March 2016
    Casa Mihale is a beautifully designed apartment with comfortable beds (2 queens), very well equipped kitchen and nice ‘extras’ to make your stay more comfortable. Lots of towels, books, magazines, cooking necessities (good knives, coffee maker, kettle, blender, oil, vinegars, teas, a bit of coffee, sugar, S&P) and we so appreciated the Aloe Vera in the fridge the day my son got a bit of a burn. Larger in person than it looks in the photos the apartment has fantastic views and is a 2 min walk to the beach. Booking and payment was easy and the owner had lots of tips for our vacation. Definitely arrange a boat excursion with Beto downstairs. My husband and son caught 3 tuna, saw sea turtles, sharks, whales and thousands of dolphins. I snorkelled with dolphins and saw tropical fish on a separate excursion. San Augustinillo is a great destination, small, friendly, beautiful, good mix of Mexican and foreign tourists. Good variety of restaurants too. Do know that the apartment is mostly open air (the bedrooms close off but are not quiet) and the ‘neighbourhood’ is very noisy with the sounds of Mexican life (rooster, music, tv, dogs, construction) if you’re a light sleeper or like an afternoon siesta bring earplugs. There was no hot water while we were there but the owner had ordered an new solar tank. Not much of an issue for us as it was hot and the cool showers were appreciated.

  14. “tropical elegance in a sleepy fishing village”
    5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015
    Thank you, Leigh, for creating such a beautiful place to share with discerning travelers! We just came back from 10 days in her very special home in beach paradise that brings the best of Western comforts to the simplicity of Mexican village life. The house is set back enough from the beach and road to feel private but close enough to hear the thunderous crashing of the waves and breathe in the ocean air. Just about every amenity has been accounted for, even sun block and natural mosquito repellants in case you forgot them. The attention to detail in the woodwork throughout the home has even inspired us for our own home renovations.

    If you’re not familiar with San Agustinillo all you need to know is that it’s a sleepy fishing village turned mellow vacation town that offers excellent beachfront restaurants (that include top notch pizza and vegetarian venues), great swimming, boogie boarding and surfing, and boat rides pretty much guaranteed to bring you to dolphins, sea turtles and manta rays, not to mention a cache of seafood to take home and cook in Casa Mihale’s well-equipped kitchen. If you’re not a fan of heavily touristed destinations, this is the perfect blend of having choices but still feeling off the beaten path.

    Chris and Andrea
    Brooklyn, NY

  15. “A beautiful place to relax and detox”
    5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015
    1 person found this review helpful
    Two weeks in Casa Mihale went so fast ! The house is beautiful! if pictures on websites sometimes can be far from reality, this was not the case, Casa Mihale is exactly as nice as the pictures Plus the sounds of nature, the incredible nice weather and the sincere friendliness of Chema and Beto . The management of this property goes beyond what is expected! -my tenage daughter arrived sick from the plane trip and they and the owner become a team to provide me with the right help, she got better on the next day or two,but the support that I got from them was invaluable-
    This was our first time in San Agustinillo and we loved it! A place to really relax and detox! Everything is organic…the food, the town, the people. Life is so authentic, uncomplicated, friendly everywhere we went, and safe ! so safe that we could walk anywhere without a worry. We walked to Punta Cometa few times and adore it, so ethereal that we would sit at the top and just be. And my favorite: if you are looking into a place to practice your Spanish…look no further! even the other tourist will make every effort to speak it.
    This was a great choice for our family vacation as well as my husband´s 50th.Bday present!

    Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
    Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend? Yes.

  16. “The most memorable vacation ever, truly the best way to stop time for a little while and capture the moment”
    5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014
    1 person found this review helpful
    Myself and my husband, and two children (7, 9) stayed at Casa Mihale and had a totally different life for a little while–13 days that felt like a lifetime. Escaping our rainy daily grind in pleasant Portland, OR, I sought a travel experience for my family that would be comfortable and yet a bit challenging. After 11 years, I returned to San Augustinillo with my family and we truly got to know it well. Went to sleep and woke up with sounds of the ocean, village, roosters and other wildlife. Went to beach daily and played in the waves, especially glorious in the evening, when the threat of sunburn was gone and Pina Coladas beckoned from the cafes that lined the beach. Our downstairs neighbors (Beto and Chema) were very helpful and we went on a fun boat trip seeing dolphins, whales and turtles with Beto’s company.

    My only tips are to bring lots of pesos (ATMs are unreliable and VISA is not accepted many places). Bring mosquito repellent (my kids looked like they had chicken pox when we left). And seriously learn some Spanish–there is not a lot of English speakers here, and it would have been very hard if I did not speak some Spanish.

    In all we had a very remarkable, unique and relaxing vacation. Casa Mihale is beautiful and Leigh is quick to respond and very helpful! I really hope to come back.

    Sukey

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