"We spent a week here in April and it was everything we wanted! The casita is actually the upstairs apartment of a gorgeous estate home. Very private and decorated beautifully. (Don't think "garage apartment" because it is definitely not!)
We ate breakfast on the balcony everyday, overlooking the Bay of Ensenada - and enjoyed incredible sunsets each day with our private happy hour on the terrace, literally overhanging the pacific straight below. Fantastic views from all directions. We were looking for a quiet, relaxing, no-schedule or crowds kind of vacation, and that's exactly what we got. We've done the Mexico resorts and love the Caribbean, but this had a totally different feel to it. The views on the pacific coast are phenomenal, and we enjoyed exploring the area each day. The local restaurants in Punta Banda offered amazing fresh fish and local Mexican fare that rivaled any fancy resort restaurant we have ever been too, and for a fraction of the price. Jannika was a most gracious hostess, answered our many questions, and gave us tons of suggestions for local sites and activities. The neighborhood was super quiet and we felt like we had the place to ourselves. We just happened to hit there the night of the annual community HAT PARTY at Gordito's in La Bufadora, where we made friends with local ex-pats we kept running back into all week. We are not into the tourist scene, so otherwise bypassed La Bufadora. Our favorite spot ended up being the spectacular, private beach just below Jannika's house. To get there required 4-wheel drive, a short hike, and a climb down a rope to the sugar-soft white sand below. Took a little effort and planning to get there, but once there we had the place to our selves. If you do it, pack in your cold beverages, snacks and a good book. You will want to stay a while! The only thing I wished for was warm water for a good swim. It's the Pacific, so don't expect the bath water of the Caribbean! But it truly is a beautiful and unique spot and we would definitely go back. (Note: I probably would not go here with young children because there is no easy, convenient beach access. If you enjoy resort-style conveniences, this may not be your thing. But for adult couples who are looking for relaxation and adventure - this is your spot!)"
Guest: Travelers seeking sun
Date of Stay: April 2014
Review Submitted: May 24, 2014