Safe Haven Overlooking the Sea of Cortez
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- Minimum stay:5 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Los Frailes house description
Casa Baja is located in a secure community(Castillo de Arena) on a hillside overlooking the Sea of Cortez, which is a 10 minute walk or three minute ride away. The Castillo de Arena development is home to Americans and Canadians- many full-time residents. For your security it is fenced and the entrance is monitored by video camera. We are located 5 miles south of Los Frailes, 6 miles south of Los Arbolitos (a beautiful snorkel bay where you can rent kayaks and snorkel gear, or just relax under a palapa), 10 miles south of Cabo Pulmo (where you can take fishing or diving tours, or rent water sport equipment. There are also several restaurants here), and 6 miles north of Vinorama (one restaurant). The main floor of the house, built in 2004, is an octagon, 32 feet across, which contains spaces for kitchen, dining, living, sleeping areas. The only interior walls in the octagon are for the bathroom, which includes a spectacular outdoor, but very private shower.
Where you will spend most of your time though is on the front porch (terraza), with its palm roof and beautiful view that goes from the Sea of Cortez to the mountains of southern Baja. It’s the perfect spot for morning coffee sitting on the couch or loungers and listening to the birds talk about what’s in bloom or if the time is right you can watch the whales splash about. You’ll probably be back in the evening for a drink or dinner. Nothing beats sitting around the terraza’s dining table and watching the sun set over the mountains while you feast on something you’ve just taken off the BBQ.
Below the main level and dug into the hillside keeping it partially insulated from the heat is a bedroom, with 2 twin beds (can be converted to a king bed) and attached bathroom. Also on this level is a utility space which includes a washing machine and serves as storage space for a couple kayaks which you are free to use.
There is a small library of DVD's to watch, CD's to listen to, and books to read. You can plug in your MP3 player and listen to YOUR favorite music.
Keywords: Vacation rental
- 1700 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Pets Considered
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Both bathrooms have walk in showers.
Kitchen & Dining
- Parking Off Street
- Covered Parking
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Snorkel Equipment, Kayaks
- Video Library
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Music Library
- Computer Available
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Surf Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Bird Watching
- Whale Watching
- Deepsea Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Wildlife Viewing
- Whale Watching(seasonal), Bird Watching
ReviewsWrite a review
Great getaway with adult kids
Great getaway with adult kids
My kids and I just returned to Washington from a week at Casa Baja. The property is as wonderful as described in the listing. We were looking for a relaxing experience away from the packaged craziness of Cabo and felt we really hit the jackpot. Previous reviews posted do a very accurate job of posting the wonders of this part of Baja--friendly people, wonderful food, stunning views and breathtaking wildlife and scenery. What I did not expect was the green aspect of the house--the power is solar and the hot water is on demand. We liked the notion we were leaving a little bit of a lighter carbon footprint. The kitchen is very well equipped, as is the music library. The owner was extremely helpful in helping us prepare for our first trip to this remote area and very quick to reply to all email queries. Neighbors are welcoming and friendly. The Castillo de Arena community was very laid back and yet felt extremely safe at the same time. Loved it -- what a jewel.
- Guest Maureen R.
- Date of stay 12/27/13
- Review Submitted 01/03/14
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with teenagers.
My husband and I stayed at this house with our two kids. It is the perfect house for a family of four. The view from the covered porch is breath taking. We woke up early every morning we were there to watch the sun come up over the bay. I still have a photo of the view on my phone so I can go back to our vacation in my mind from time to time. The location is perfect! There are miles of beaches for exploring and there is a wild life reserve close by for snorkeling. The fishing was incredible while we were there as well. We fished from shore and also went out in a boat to fish more. We were able to catch most of our dinners. While playing out on the water, we were among the whales that were starting to head north for the summer, we boated right along side a pod of dolphins, we saw our first flying fish, saw many rays jumping way out of the water and even saw a sea turtle. Wow! While staying at the house we also had an opportunity to walk up the nearby arroyo. It is a couple hours to hike up so bring water if you make this journey. Once we got way back on the arroyo we ran into where the water was still flowing and saw these beautiful water falls. Well worth the trip. We chose to rent the quads while we were down at this house as well. Great addition to the vacation. Instead of driving anywhere in a car, we took the quads everywhere. We used them to get to the different beaches and even one night to go about a mile and a half down the road to eat out at the cross roads. There are sand dunes in front of the house and the quads were a ton of fun on those as well. While there you will notice that the neighbors use there quads to go everywhere close by as well. My family and I love this area and we love this house. We will go back again!!
- Guest Anna (Greenville CA)
- Date of stay 03/19/13
- Review Submitted 04/11/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, romantic getaway, age 55+, sightseeing, families with teenagers.
We stayed a week and loved this place! It's off the grid, cozy, inviting and is in a spectacular location. It felt more like staying with a friend, than it felt like an anonymous rental. Cabo Pulmo National Park is a treasure. Surfing, diving, and snorkeling are close by as are trails for mountain biking. If you just want to lounge on the beach, there are many so you don't have to go to the same spot every day. The sand dunes a short walk away are stunning, as are the views from the house. We watched the whales cavorting from the porch, and on one day, from the kayak's Brian has availble to use. This area is a little known secret away from the chaos of Cabo San Lucas. We definitely loved it!
- Guest Christi M.
- Date of stay 03/10/13
- Review Submitted 03/21/13
Before Renovations Completed
Before Renovations Completed
Situation - booked a week stay here in the third quarter of 2011 for February 2012. Owner advised in January 2012 they were renovating the basement into their 2nd bedroom and lower level bath, though there'd be no construction while we were there. Positives - on arrival we found the location great, excellent view and close proximity to friends. We also took advantage (which was a necessity) of renting one of their ATV's. Getting up in the morning to see whales surfacing and breaching while having a coffee was great. Secluded is a good word as you are @1 hour drive over dirt and gravel roads to hit the highway to San Jose Del Cabo (then another 1/2 hour into town) and there are no markets within that hour drive. Get your groceries before you leave town - there's no corner shop. Negatives - we found the unit dirty (from dust - OK and renovation - not OK), kitchen sink leaking, washer initially not working, having to run hot water downstairs and turn on the immersion heater before having hot water upstairs. The caretaker repaired the washer and hot water problem within the first couple of days though we were disappointed in not having the 2nd bedroom as advertised then not being told of the renovations until just prior to our arrival. If another couple had been travelling with us there would have been a problem. The owner had advised of a rebate though we never received anything. Now - after seeing the completed renovation it would be nicer than our experience.
- Guest Bob (Oliver, BC, Canada)
- Date of stay 02/10/12
- Review Submitted 01/10/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers.
Owner response: Thanks to this renter we discovered a leak under the sink before it could do serious damage. We never have had a problem with the washing machine, before or since, I'm not sure what happened there. We did ask the renter before we started renovation if it would interfere with their stay and they said, no. If it would have limited their stay we would not have started until they departed. As for the house being dirty...it is on a dirt road and dust is a part of the environment. The house is thoroughly cleaned before every renter. We did send them a $50 rebate for the issues they had with the rental.
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5 night min stay
- cleaning: $50
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Year Purchased: 2001
About the owner: My wife and I own a pharmacy in a rural, northern California town. I am active in the local theater and have written several plays. We have both appeared in several plays. My wife is an avid photographer and took many of the pictures you see on the VRBO listing. We both enjoy travelling.
Why the Owner Chose Los Frailes:
I bought this property in 2001 on a camping trip and decided to build in 2003. I designed the casa myself with the help of local architect and contractor, Alfredo Gomez. I have a very stressful job and when I get down here that all fades away. I enjoy the isolation and being able to enjoy the birds, fish, whales. Being able to walk for miles on the beaches and arroyos and rarely seeing a soul. The people here are so friendly and helpful, both the natives and the transplanted Canadians and Americans. I have wonderful neighbors.
The Casa Overlooks the Sea of Cortez
"Living room " area. Enjoy reading, videos, music.
Kitchen bar is great for casual dining.
Main floor bathroom with handcrafted copper sink.
The terrace is ideal for outdoor dining, whale and bird watching.
Downstairs bedroom with king bed and attached bathroom.
Your vacation home.
Your kitchen with gas stove, elec. refrigerator, and filtered drinking water.
King bed on main floor.
Outdoor Shower- enclosed in hand cut local stones just outside bathroom
Stairs leading up to main floor.
Downstairs bathroom with walk-in shower.
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Date last modified - Monday, October 14, 2013
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