Evening joys


Recently Ann and I needed to make a quick trip to Yelapa to make some decisions about the re-roofing of Casa Estrella.  We were staying in Casa Bamboo and I had just put up a new string of little lights along the front deck.  Ann commented that one of the globes had an extra design […]


Thank you Monica for your help with Yelapa animals


Recently one of our guests returned to EL Jardin with a huge suitcase filled with supplies and medications for the animals of Yelapa.  Monica writes this: I recently returned from a trip to Yelapa to try and help out the dogs and cats I met on my first visit in October. When I was last […]


The path to El Jardin

Video showing the path from Playa Isabel to El Jardin

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Women’s Art week-2014

This year’s Art Week, lead by Sierra Briano, was a wonderful success as usual.  With 5 women in attendance, they worked on projects ranging from Tin Embossing to Tee Shirt painting.  Mayra, from Brisas Cafe, was their live model one day in a traditional Mexican dress. Peg, our artist/birder,  kept us informed as to what birds […]

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Growing Pineapples at El Jardin

Growing pineapples here at El Jardin is so much dang fun.  First, you are taking something that most people throw away,  planting it in the ground and later that same year it will bear the cutest little baby pineapple you have ever seen. Pineapples are the most economically significant plant in the Bromeliaceae family.  And we are so […]

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Nicole is here for the winter!

We are excited to have Nicole Oakland here at El Jardin and Casas Santa Cruz for the winter season (December through February)!   Check out her bio below… Nicole Oakland moved to Portland, Oregon in 1997 after getting a liberal arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology in Texas. After working in the museum world for […]

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Photo by Antonia Arnés

How does your garden grow?

As neighbors, friends and guests of El Jardin “pop-in” for a quick afternoon visit as customary in Yelapa, they tend to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ as they observe the lush tropical garden at the four-casa, 14 person retreat. That’s because the heavy summer rains have facilitated the fast growth of more than 75 plant and flower […]

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What WAS that noise????

Every once in a while, I am shocked from whatever task I’m working on by a screechy, clucky, very LOUD clatter.  My first thought is “the train has arrived”, but alas, there are no trains in Yelapa… but there are Chachalaca birds in Yelapa.  Chachalacas are large chicken like birds that remind me of a […]

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Full MoonTribute to Isabel

 Those of you who know Yelapa and were fortunate enough to know Isabel Jordan, know that usually a party of some kind naturally formed around her.  Tonight is a full moon and as I walked past Playa Isabel with the brilliant reflection bouncing off the water I couldn’t help but remember many a full moon […]

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Autumn in Yelapa

Autumn in Yelapa… I LOVE this time of year in Yelapa, however, if you know me, I say that about ALL the seasons in Yelapa. I come down every October to get the casas ready for the high season which begins in November. No matter how hard our summer caretakers work at keeping the place […]

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