Part Permaculture based Sustainability Education Center. Part off-grid, working ranch. Part amazing beach hangout spot, Rancho Sol y Mar offers many option for both curious travelers, and those dedicated to pursuing a life of sustainability. From simple eco-trouism ranch stays, to courses and internships such as this winter's PDC (Permaculture Design Certification Course - www.PDC2016.com) to natural building and goat/dairy production internships,  Rancho Sol y Mar has a program to fit whatever level of work or indulgence you're into!

Bienvenidos! Rancho Sol y Mar is a working ranch and Education Center for Sustainable Living located two hours south of Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. At Rancho Sol y Mar, we use the power of the sun to create electricity, heat, pump and recycle water, run electric fencing, as well as cooking and dehydrating the organic foods we grow! We have chickens, horses, two mischievous burros, an equally mischievous dog, several cats and a rollicking herd of happy goats from which we produce artisanal cheeses. We build with adobe, compressed earth block, cob, stone, and other natural, locally sourced building materials.

Rancho Sol y Mar is also a place of extreme nature, far removed from most of the stresses and trappings of conventional life. Coming to the ranch you will have an opportunity to disconnect from many of the vices and devices that define so much of our modern existence. Defined by its grand, pristine beach, one can walk for miles accompanied only by crashing surf and diving pelicans. A hike in the opposite direction, passes over rocky headlands and dramatic cliffs to the nearby, fishing village of TehuaMixtle. Here you can enjoy watching activity in the small, traditional harbor while enjoying a cold margarita or the freshest of seafood.l

The many trails of Rancho Sol y Mar take you through a varied, rolling terrain of wild pineapple & plum, acacia, mahogany, agave, and a variety of cactuses, including the giant Candelabro. Sunsets at nearby Lover’s Beach are often epic, and the lively guest house and beach bar of “El Rinconcito” is like dropping into the set of Gilligan’s Island, or Robinson Caruso. A short walk away the Mexican village of Mayto offers a few small tiendas or stores and a couple of taco stands. 

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

40 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English & Spanish

People on site

5 - 15

Dry season

January to May

Wet season

June to October

Living Conditions.


  • tent camping
  • hammocks
  • shared rooms
  • private room

Vegetarian Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals
  • over 80% locally sourced


  • None: Off the grid

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