Earlier this year I traveled to Puerto Vallarta to take part in a friend’s wedding. Looking to extend the trip, I stumbled across the beautiful Casas Santa Cruz, promising a “Swiss Family Robinson” style retreat about forty minutes down the coast via water taxi. After spending a week in a resort for the wedding, these little palapas in a small fishing village looked perfect.

I ended up talking to one of the owners beforehand and agreed to shoot and produce some promo videos for them. The first batch are ready…

This first video is the overall promo for the property, which features three different open-air casas. Some b-reel of local wildlife is interspersed, including an underwater shot of a spotted eagle ray (swimming with that was incredible), and lots of lizards, who visited us for coffee every morning.

This second video is the first of a series which show the interior of the properties (this one is Casa Luna, where we stayed), as well as a quick walkup to each property, featuring Christa in fast-forward mode.

The majority of the video was shot with a Canon 7D and a variety of lenses, the underwater shots are with a GoPro Hero3+ Silver.

If you’re looking for an incredible trip to get the small-town feel of Mexico, totally secluded and unique, check these places out. I think we’ll be back—Yelapa, the Casas, the tacos, and the people were too awesome to visit just once. Check it out at YelapaFun.com

And, more videos coming soon…