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awesome quiet lake, town is uninteresting

the lake is clean and beautifu; the drive down to is it harrowing. there are lots of restaurants... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
Ajijic, Mexico
Beautiful lagoon!!

This crater lake is beautiful, I think enough just for a day trip! Easy access from Guadalajara... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2017
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Nayarit, Mexico

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

the lake is clean and beautifu; the drive down to is it harrowing. there are lots of restaurants on one side and I'd like to join those who have built lake houses here. great spot for quiet retreat, not much to do from a tourist...More

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Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

This crater lake is beautiful, I think enough just for a day trip! Easy access from Guadalajara, Tepic or Puerto Vallarta! Not many water sports activities! Down side is that you can't walk around the lagoon!!

Thank sportybilly
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Santa Maria del Oro is a completely different destination nearby the city of Tepic, the lagoon is really charming (changes color depending on the season), there are some very nice restaurants around the lake and a few hotels and cabins to stay. If you're looking...More

Thank Cams8912
Reviewed 1 February 2017

A must see when you're visiting Tepic. It's about 30 minutes outside the city. It's really easy to get to if you don't have a car. You can take a combi ( Mini bus ) from downtown Tepic down to Santa Maria, and then ask...More

Thank wallymyster
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

This is a charming place to visit! There are many restaurants to eat while exploring this lake. There is many legends that explain the formation of the lake which makes it a little more interesting of a visit. Don't forget to take photos from the...More

Thank loveleecynthia
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Great Views up High and then Wind Down to Valley and Water Excellent restaurants dot the landscape once you wind down the hills to the water level within the small town. Friendly people and many restaurants to stop and have a bite Very few gringos...More

Thank CavanMonaghan
Reviewed 12 May 2016

Had a volunteer opportunity cancelled in PV so I was fortunate to arrange an alternate in a AirBnB near SMdO. The lake itself is a little gem that caters mostly to local tourism within a few hours. There doesnt appear to be anything like a...More

Thank Wade1958
Reviewed 25 January 2016

What more to say? We were taken here by family members, a couple that lives in the Guadalajara area and consider this their secret spot to unwind, a spectacular volcanic crater lake 3 hours drive from home and virtually unknown by the GDL jet set...More

Thank Griffoen
Reviewed 28 November 2015

The town of Santa Maria del Oro is an interesting place to and well worth a visit, especially the church. Of course most people go there to visit the Laguna which is very deep. There are many restaurants selling the famous chicharones around the laguna....More

Thank Jean-Claude G
Reviewed 20 August 2015 via mobile

If you love clear blue waters and nature: visit! The lake is not too touristy, but has the amenities you will need to be comfortable. It is quiet and good for a weekend away if you are looking to relax. I included this visit on...More

Thank Ka A
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Terry F
29 April 2017|
Response from Cams8912 | Reviewed this property |
Im sorry for the late reply, but yes, it is possible. As for the prices they can go from 350 MEX per hour up to 800 depending on how good are you at bargaining
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