Kitchen facilites include U.V. + carbon filter treated water, stove, wash up sinks, outdoor grill, pots and pans, dishware and silverware.

Q: Is it Safe?

A: In general, Mayto is extremely laid back and safe, people-wise.  Snakes and “Alacran” scorpions are the main safety concerns. A tent with a good zipper and common sense cautions, particularly when tromping around in overgrown areas, are the only precautions needed. Leather gloves are recommended for handling firewood. Swimming is generally safe anywhere to the left the rocks in front of Hotel Mayto but getting in and out of the break, right at the beach, can be a little challenging when it’s rough. Lover’s Beach is also safe on calm days. Swimming in TehuaMixtle, a 20 minute walk, or 5 minute drive away, is much calmer and quite safe on all but the roughest days.

For more general questions about safety in Mexico we refer you to Mexico Mikes fine website (http://www.mexicomike.com) as he tends to have the most current, big picture advise for travelers to Mexico.

We also urge prospective visitors to read and share this document:


An optimistic piece dated November 2012:


For ourselves, we feel that Mexico is an extremely friendly country and that travel is generally safe outside of drug trafficking areas such as Michoacán or the border towns. Statistically, traveling is Mexico is as safe as driving the highways or being a tourist in average U.S. cities. While the cops and narcos do their thing, life for the average Mexican or visitor to Mexico goes on about its peaceful, “tranquilo” way.

Q: Is Food and Water Readily Available?

A: Yes, however we suggest stocking up on bulk dry foods or specialty  supplies in Vallarta, then you can rely on local sources for all of your fresh food needs. We have a cool little veggie + dairy products truck that stops by the ranch twice a week. Mayto Village is about a mile away and has basic taco stands and small tiendas with basic supplies. The water is generally safe plus we have a UV + carbon filtration system for guest use. The fishing village of Tehua Mixtle is a five minute drive, or 30 minute walk away, and has fresh fish & oysters and frozen shrimp available, as well as several good harbor side seafood restaurants. Nearby there are a couple of restaurant options, one of which is a family owned guest house “El Rinconcito” that serves generally excellent food. There's no menu at El Rinconcito and it's group dining.

Q: What are the transportation options, to and from Mayto?

A: There are several options for getting to the ranch from Vallarta. There are inexpensive buses hourly from Vallarta to El Tuito, which is about halfway. You can either hitch (hitching is very common and accepted in this area) or hire a cab from El Tuito for about 500-600 pesos one way or directly from Vallarta (about $80-$100 one way). Our favorite Cab Driver in El Tuito is Javier (he speaks english, is very accommodating, and knows the ranch well) cell: (322) 156-9082, home:(322) 137-5973  For more details click here: directions. Please note we do not provide transportation.

Q: Are Pets permitted?:

A: Pet Policy:  We here at Rancho Sol y Mar love animals and welcome pets that are mellow and quite. Stray, noisy, or aggressive animals are not permitted.

Pets are provisionally accepted on a case-by-case basis, however (they) will be required to leave the property immediately should their presence create any disturbance to other residents or guests, if they exhibit aggressive behavior, or if they are perceived to be a threat to other ranch animals or wildlife. All pet waste must be picked up. No dogs are permitted to be off leash beyond the garden area going up the hill. No refunds will be given should a pet be required to leave the property. No stray animals may be brought on to the property, fed, or otherwise encouraged to stick around should they show up on their own.

Thank you for helping keep Rancho Sol y Mar a pleasant, tranquil, and safe place for all to enjoy!

General Ranch FAQ’s:

Q: What should I bring?

Packing List.pdf

Q: How do I apply for apprenticeship, work exchange, volunteer, or other opportunities for involvement with

Rancho Sol y Mar?

Volunteer & Apprenticeship Opportunities:

Our need for volunteers is constantly changing. Most of our openings involve help taking care of gardens and our guest facilities (changing linens, cleaning, etc.)  Please email with a completed application, your intended dates and any background info you feel might be relevant (experience volunteering, current travel plans, etc.) and we will get back to you with an answer ASAP.

We do not currently have any Internship or Apprenticeship openings.

Please be sure to review the entire website before writing us with any general questions such as “how do I get there?”, “are you accepting volunteers for the month of...” ,“what should I bring?”, Is there internet?”, etc. 

Please download, read , fill out, and return the following guidelines and completed apprenticeship application:

  1. 1)Intern/VolunteerApplication.pdf

We cannot commit to any applications that don’t include specific dates, so please try to provide as much information regarding your scheduling parameters as possible. All dates are open however we may or may not accept specific applications for specific dates depending on applicant’s background and experience. An application must be submitted first to start the process, and we must receive one application for each individual rather then one per couple or one per group!

We’re sorry but due to the volume of inquiries we get, we are no longer able to respond to random questions outside of this process.

Caretaker Application:

Care Taker / Care Taker Couple

Position Filled

Rancho Sol y Mar is looking for a summer or possible year-round caretaker or caretaker couple. Rancho Sol y Mar is beautifully situated in a small, friendly beach town about two hours south of Puerto Vallarta. Summer is our slow season, and we will be away for aprox. 2 1/2 months (End of July through mid-October). Duties include basic animal care (goats, chickens, cats & dogs), house & garden upkeep, managing our local worker 1-2 days a week, and keeping a general eye on the place. Comfortable accommodations and stipend sufficient to cover living expenses provided for the July - October stretch while we’re away. Compensation for the longer term, year-round position to be discussed. Spanish, ranch animal care, and off-grid living experience all a plus. Skype Interview + Professional References will be required.


In addition to the summer position above, Rancho Sol y Mar is also searching for an individual or couple interested in a longer term situation. This open ended, year round position involves covering the above three month late summer stint with plenty of time off to travel or pursue own interests during the rest of the year. This opportunity will include use of a house or comfortable screen casita, kitchen, garden, dipping pool and most of the other ranch facilities to create one’s own resident base and/or pursue one’s own projects. Compensation is the exchange of having a long term residence and use of ranch infrastructure plus food from the gardens and fruit orchards, all set in a superb, tropical beach local. This compensation is offered in exchange for the above summer coverage plus occasional shorter periods when the owners are away. Applicants for this longer term involvement should have some savings and/or a means for earning outside income. Teaching Permaculture and/or Homesteading skills or other things like Yoga or Spanish to visiting guests is another possible means of supplementing income while here. Knowledge of Permaculture, advanced organic gardening, off-grid systems, Spanish fluency, experience living in the tropics are all a big plus in applying for this position. Skype Interview + Professional References will be required. This opportunity will involve a trial run through the end of 2017.

To complete the following application and include a recent photo.

RSM Caretaker Application form.pages.pdf

email: ranchosolymar@gmail.com



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