Punta Mita Brides Love Martoca Beach Garden Wedding Venue’s Location

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It is difficult to find a villa or hotel that can host 100 plus guests, that all guests can afford or like equally. It is even more difficult to find a large venue near key hotel areas and let guests meet you there for your big day! Your welcome.
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Enjoy a private wedding in a secluded location yet close to important hotels and villas near Punta Mita and Vallarta.

Amigos, congratulations, you have decided on a Mexico wedding ! You narrowed down your wedding search to the secluded Punta Mita area. Your family and friends will stay in hotels, villas or condos in the Banderas Bay. Perhaps in Sayulita or San Pancho or Bucerias. All these are amazing beach towns that offer unique styles and features. The first major task is completed. Now we need to find a venue for you to host all your guests.

Somewhere near these points, you will find your ideal venue location. Smaller weddings can house all guests in the same hotel or villa and have the wedding on location. Yet, for those who seek a larger venue for over 70 guests (up to 280 guests) Martoca Beach Garden is the perfect Indie venue for your off-resort or non-villa wedding near Mita.

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As you can see Martoca is very well located and easy access to all hotel and villa areas in the North Shore. 30 minutes from Sayulita and Punta Mita and just as far from Puerto Vallarta Marian area. Right in the middle for easy access.

Large destination weddings require a special venue with practical amenities and  logistics, like ample parking and turn around area for vendor trucks, toilettes for guests and staff, professional cooking equipment and other features. Couples, understandably, usually neglect to think of these factors until it is too late.

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Stay in Sayulita, or Punta Mita, or Nuevo Vallarta hotels and get ready there in the room; Then come to Martoca for your final dressing portion and party!

However in this blog post we are only only going to detail why location logistics are important as seen below:

  • Central Location: Your wedding venue should be about 30 minutes away
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    Use this map and see how well located your venue is to hotel zones and beach towns.

    from the guests accommodations (hotel or villa).

  • Near Budget Friendly Hotels: Hotels and villas in Punta Mita tend to be expensive. Yet only 30 minutes away in Bucerias (even next door to Martoca for example) there are more affordable all-inclusive  hotels for those guests who cannot afford 400 dollars per night yet are your family or friends who would love to attend your wedding.
  • Martoca Transportation: Arrangement of vans or buses are easy and comfortable for all guests and bridal party. Bus friendly parking.
  • Minutes to Hospital: Easy access to emergency room. It is great to be in a secluded area. However 5 minutes can be the difference between saving a life of a heart attack victim. In a large group with all ages and sizes involved, a little extra safety is a plus.
  • Handicap or Elderly accesible: In a large group you will have elderly or handicap guests. Also do not forget someone may have had a knee surgery or hip replacement. So, consider easy access and walking distance to buses.
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Private wedding venues give you large spaces to have your wedding and not be tied to hotel regulations and prices

For this reason Punta Mita Brides love Martoca. We can accommodate up to 250 guests if needed. We pass the logistical tests of any rigorous bride or wedding planner who needs a large wedding venue in the ideal setting.

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Create your own wedding style and ceremony and reception ideas. Many brides only have the reception and after party in Martoca. So that is also an option.

Did we mention Martoca is not only perfectly located but we are also beautiful? 🙂

Email us if you want us to help you plan your Martoca Wedding: james@martocaweddings.com







Martoca’s Beach Wedding Garden: Our Casa es su Casa

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Martoca family fun in the pool area: When the bride is away the Martoca family will play!

La Martoca Beach Garden: Where the Sea Touches
By James (Edit)



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String lighting looks amazing on grass near the beach

In the “Our Story” page on this web site, we describe how our family’s La Martoca Bungalows eventually became Martoca Beach Garden; I also promised to describe how we came up with the name Martoca for our slice of paradise. So without further delay let me tell you how we came up with the name. Well, I say we, but it was my mom that came up with the name. In our family it is well known that my mama is the creative and “artistic” guru and my dad is the analytical/doctor/logical type. Thankfully they blended their personalities smoothly enough to create a B&B, back in the 1970s, which later became the amazing wedding venue we share with you today here in Bucerias which is close to Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita area.

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La Martoca just being Martoca. Circa 2010
La Martoca:

/Lah marr-toe-kah/

Proper Name

Definition: A compounded name combining 3 Spanish words: “La” (Lah) meaning the, with “Mar” (Rhymes with car) and means sea, and “toca” (toe-kah), meaning to touch. La Martoca is pronounced “Lah-marr-toe-kah” and as you may have guessed means “The sea touches” literally. It is not one word though, it is a combination of real words in Spanish that my mother created. She loved the sound of it. So she went with it and here we are 39 or so years later.

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Mom and dad and my wife and my dear friend Kat and my brother on inauguration day of Martoca Beach Garden as a wedding venue. 2010. Bad pic, I know. Sorry. I am getting more.
Origin: Carol, my mom who at the time was about 35 year old, was sitting on one of the balconies of nameless fledgeling bungalows my parents were about to open to the public for the first time in ’79. She was contemplating their future. Their hearts, small kids and savings all hanged in the balance. She was scared and excited at the same time yet, confidently calm as well. She observed the blue ocean that was only a stone throw away. Then, it hit her; She realized just how close the sea was to the garden. The waves occasionally literally touched the beachfront garden when the ocean was “bravo” as we say in the coast. Bravo means angry or aggressive, so when the waves are high we say the ocean is “bravo”. In her own sweet yet excited way, while having sunset margaritas, she looked to my dad and whispered as if she had discovered the greatest secret in the world, in an “Aha!” moment she blurted out-“La Martoca!”. As she explained, even to dad, what La Martoca meant and why it was to be our name, my brother and I also slowly digested and practiced pronouncing and even doubting the strange new name. But mama Carol was right. This name would then go on to represent our family’s business for years to come. and become part of our life story. We would introduce our beachfront Bungalows and garden to all our new guests and friends from then on as La Martoca, where the sea touches.

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My dad recently hanging out with me in our taco place. Love you dad
Funny story: When we were trying to recover as a family business from losing our beloved bungalows to the structural damage by the storm back in the 2000’s, we decided to create a wedding garden for those who wanted a wedding in Puerto Vallarta. Wait, that is not the funny part, the funny part is that when we came up with some alternate new names and I took them to my peers for feedback, they all said they loved the sound of Martoca and said we should keep it! We had tried more traditional names like “Hacienda la Iguana”, since we have so many iguanas; Or, “Beach garden Los mangos” since we have a couple of mango trees on the garden, and so on. But our friends, kept saying they liked La Martoca Beach Garden. The kicker is they did not even know what Martoca meant. Some even thought it was our last name!

So, as you can see, even Mexican natives speakers don’t know what it means. Unless we say in slowly and emphasize the space between the 3 separate words, “La”, “Mar” and “Toca” of course. Then they inevitably say- “Ah, si claro”- (Oh, yes of course). If you think about it, we are not the only ones with a funny name, how about Yahoo, or Yipit, or Apple computers; Can you imagine yourself naming your computer company after a fruit? Me neither. But it worked. Or, how could any one have guessed that Google’s name originally was going to be “Back Rub”? Many stories of the naming of companies are very interesting and you can read about some in this link here if you like.

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A picture I found from a photographer named Ivan Jimenez of Martoca Beach Garden’s pool. I love this pic.

But, I like our name’s story best of course; Born from my mom’s inspiration as she felt the vibe come from he ocean tide on that special day back in 1979. So after 35 plus years of serving many couples as a Bed and Breakfast, we decided to keep our original funny sounding name. I hope it is not too much trouble to pronounce. We figure we may upset some experts in advertising by keeping our hard to pronounce name but hey; We love it and we are proud of its origin.


In the end we believe, as a service oriented family business that has grown organically over the years, that if we provide love and passion and make people happy with our hard work, our guests will prove the advertising gurus wrong, and will forgive our name’s pronunciation challenges. In fact, we hope you love it and will proudly embrace it as your own. Like when you proudly take your date to a hole in the wall Mexican restaurant that may be hard to find or has a funny name. Maybe it doesn’t even have a name. Yet, you feel so at home when eating there, that you need no menu and the owner is now a good friend. Maybe you even get the special family meal once in a while. That special recipe they cook only on a special occasion and they save for family after all the normal clients are gone. That is our goal as a family business and our promise to all our guests: Absolute trust and comfort during your wedding. We want you to feel like family that is simply gathering in our backyard in Mexico and hanging out with friends in a perfect setting.

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Have a piñata or anything you like. Our backyard is for you to enjoy.

Perhaps, the name “La Martoca” or Martoca for short, may be forgotten or “butchered” by a few of your guests, but their memories of our garden on your wedding day will not be unclear at all. The intimate epic time they have with us will be fluently pronounced in their joyous memories. Clearly remembered. Repeated at the Christmas tables year after year; That is what we are all about in La Martoca amigos, we want to be part of your life story, and we would be honored to share ours with you. On behalf of our family: My mom Carol, my dad Javier, my brother Frankie and my nephew Eric as well as my wife Vanessa and I, we say: Bienvenidos to La Martoca Beach Garden.