Meet Us

El Encanto is located on the Pacific coast of Mexico near the village of Santa Cruz, between Matzatlan and Puerto Vallarta. Most people fly into Puerto Vallarta and take a bus or taxi to the retreat. From Los Angeles or Tijuana you can also fly AeroCalifornia to Tepic.


James Vitale at El Encanto, Santa Cruz de Miramar, Nayarit, Mexico. El Encanto is a straight and gay friendly retreat center.

Come share our vision and help make El Encanto a vibrant center for creativity and education. We invite anyone who will encourage the sane and conscious development of this relatively vulnerable piece of paradise. By collective example, it is El Encanto’s goal to bring about a positive transition to an expanded community living in harmony with the ancient indigenous cultures of Mexico within this magnificent natural setting.



El Encanto is a rustic retreat center fronting on…

Local History


Since 1987, El Encanto has occupied about a third of the

Surrounding Area

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El Encanto is located in the pueblo of Santa Cruz de Miramar…

Wish List / FAQs


El Encanto Wish List and your FAQs