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Amazing Ocean Views, Near beach, Peaceful, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Biking, Wi-Fi

Los Barriles, B.C.S., Mexico
  • Cabin1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 nights

Cabin, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps two adults, and we have a futon for one child)

'Rapunzel's Tower' is a 1200 sq. ft., private Casita (guest house) with enchanting views of the turquoise sea and the rolling mountains of Los Barriles. 3 miles from town, it is the perfect get-away from the hustle and bustle of the States.

Each night you will drift off to sleep with the sound of the ocean, and in the morning you will wake up to spectacular sunrises.

A 4 minute walk down a magical, meandering arroyo path brings you to a tranquil beach with great snorkeling reefs, kayaking, wind-surfing, kite boarding and fishing.

The casita features dramatic high ceilings and arched windows. Smooth Saltillo tiles add Mexican charm and beauty.

The cozy bedroom and full bath are located on the third floor, and offer amazing views. Downstairs is the kitchen/living room, and the first floor features a huge garage.

Right out the front door is a family-sized stone hot tub! There is nothing better than relaxing in the stone bath at night with a cool drink while looking at the sea and the stars.

The two outdoor patios offer beautiful views of the sea of Cortez, and provide a great place for meals, basking in the sun, or just reading a book. Since we are located in the banana belt, the winter temperatures are much warmer than other areas of Los Barriles.

Share our recreational 'toys': 2 mountain bikes, and 2 kayaks.. One kayak is set up for fishing, and the other is good for touring or wave riding. These goodies are all free!

Windsurfers, kite boarders, surfers and scuba divers: lessons and rental equipment are available. Standup paddle boards are also available at a local rental shop.

If you love pickle ball, we have beautiful new pickle ball courts about five minutes from our house. If you haven't tried pickle ball, we highly recommend it. It's great fun! Classes and equipment are available at reasonable prices.

Since we have been coming here for the last 20 years, we can direct you to our favorite beaches, mountain bike trails, fishing holes, snorkeling reefs, kayaking trips, private surf breaks, restaurants, and other secret spots. We love helping our guests have a great vacation!

Kite boarders: our Casita overlooks Turtle Cove, one of the least crowded kite boarding launches. This beach provides one of the few wave breaks in the area. North Beach, another popular kite boarding beach is located 5 minutes south.

Turtle Cove also features the best snorkeling reef in Los Barriles. You will see hundreds of tropical fish just a few yards from shore.

Kayakers, our secluded beach gives you a perfect starting point for your ocean adventures. Imagine beginning your day paddling among hundreds of beautiful Manta rays. Whale and dolphin sightings are also common and can provide kayakers with the thrill of a lifetime.

Fishermen! We know who the good skippers are, and can get you a discount on a boat. Excellent guide service is available for fly and surf casting fishermen.

The Casita is close to some of the best beach fishing in the area. Watch for the pelicans, grab your rod, and go catch some Roosterfish, Sierra, Pargo, and Jack Crevalles.

If you would like to rent an ATV, we can recommend the best rental agency. For getting around town, and exploring, an ATV is all you really need. It's also just a lot of fun! One of our favorite adventures is an ATV trip to the waterfalls. Pack a picnic lunch and swim in the secluded pool, surrounded by beautiful rock formations. Most of the time you'll have the whole place to yourself.

If you're a fishermen, an ATV gives you a huge advantage in chasing down those rooster fish. Racing down the beach in pursuit of feeding game fish is an adrenaline producing experience!

You are welcome to help yourself to our bountiful fruit trees. Imagine fresh grapefruits, oranges, limes, papayas, and mangoes right outside your front door.

If you need more space for family and friends, Casa Turtle Cove is right next door, and will sleep up to 9.

If your family includes an infant, we can provide a crib, just let us know in advance.

Please let us know if you would like delicious Mexican meals prepared and delivered to your table. Just give us a couple of days notice.

Rapunzel's Tower features high-speed Wi-Fi.

Come relax and let your hair down in Rapunzel's Tower!

"Promise only what you can deliver. Then, deliver more than you promise."

Keywords: Casita (Guest House)


John or Camilla Ford

Member Since 2007
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 03, 2018
About John or Camilla Ford

We are a family of three (not including our pets!) We moved to Los Barriles from San Francisco when our daughter was 5 months old. We thought we would stay just 6 months, but doors kept opening, and we ended up building our house, working, and sending our daughter to school there. We now have more friends and connections in Los Barriles than in the States. We are currently living in Northern California because our daughter wanted to attend High School in the States. Now, we spend vacations only in Los Barriles. (At least for the next four years).

Why John or Camilla Ford chose Los Barriles

After renting for five years in Los Barriles, we decided to build a home. We loved the locations: the beautiful, winding arroyo leading to the sea, the proximity to the sea, yet protection from the wind, amazing view, and kind, peaceful neighbors. We had been visiting LB for vacations and for wind-surfing. It became a favorite of ours because how far away it seems, yet how easy it is to travel there. Plus, it has all the beauty and peace of other exotic places, but also all the conveniences.

What makes this Cabin unique

John built the house so that each room would have a view. He wanted high ceilings so people could enjoy the space. The first trees we planted were fruit trees: mango, orange, lime, banana, and mandarin. The thing that made us fall in love with the place was the arroyo which we use as a path to the sea. We swim at least twice a day, so the path is well worn. We love to share our home with people.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Kids Welcome
    • Hot Tub


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
        • King size beds (1)


        • 1 Bathroom
          • 1

          Location Type

            • Beach View
            • Ocean View


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Free Long Distance
                      The upstairs bedroom has a magic Jack phone, which allows you to call the United States for free. You can also receive calls on this phone from the United States.
                    • Internet
                      We provide a high-speed ethernet cable to the upstairs bedroom. If you prefer Wi-Fi, that is available also.
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Telephone
                    • Towels Provided


                        • Catering Available
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                • CD Player


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Bicycles
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub


                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • live theater
                                                • restaurants
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • boating
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • shelling
                                                    • sight seeing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • fitness center

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • golf
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • wind-surfing

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: Flexible

                                                              Check-out: Flexible

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              36 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Pretty place in a great location

                                                              Kim A.

                                                              Location, location, location are the strongest points of this vacation spot. As advertised it is just a 3 minute walk down a scenic path to a virtually deserted stone beach - where the snorkeling is excellent. We really appreciated the kayaks provided - they were great for touring and/or fishing. The nearby coast road is a great place for a twilight walk or morning jog or bike ride. The nights can be quiet enough that you can hear the owls hooting in the nearby desert - but the quiet was unfortunately often interrupted for long stretches by a chorus of barking dogs. The clear desert air and absence of street lights makes for incredible star gazing. The house and its location are very pretty however the furnishings provided in the "Tower" are basic at best. The caretaker (Teresa) was very pleasant and helpful.

                                                              The property is beautiful, with wonderful views and fantastic aesthetics! Definitely as advertised.

                                                              Allison P.

                                                              The Casita was wonderful and perfect for the two of us on our mini second honeymoon.

                                                              One amazing part of this rental not emphasized enough is the view and beauty of the sunrise as you're waking up. You can watch the ocean and skies transform from your pillow!

                                                              Very close to town although we recommend something more durable than our VW Vento...

                                                              The beach was within walking distance and had a variety of fish right there waiting for us. We had very pleasant experiences with neighbors and enjoyed the views and the area in general.

                                                              The walk in showers and stone outdoor tub allowed for some relaxation and enjoyment.

                                                              The only thing we would change was the firmness of the bed. However, our friends and family had the same experience, so it may be a Mexico thing to have a firm mattress.

                                                              Cozy and comfortable

                                                              Mike N.

                                                              John's "tower" rental is a nice little spot for a single or couple The second story is the bed/bath with a comfortable king size bed and ac. The lower level is the kitchen/sitting area without ac. If you close the shades around 9am but keep the sliders open it never gets too hot in the kitchen. In the evening a beautiful breeze comes down from the hills to cool things off. Sitting on the veranda in the evening with a cool beverage, the mountain breeze at your back, and watching the Sea of Cortez is a great way to end a day of exploring. There is great snorkeling within walking distance of the house, and even better snorkeling a short ride north of town. The fishing is awesome, and there are plenty of charter captains that charge very reasonable prices. Los Barilles is a wonderful little town with some great restaurants/bars, a nice little market and friendly people. I always feel safe here, even riding home at night.

                                                              The only thing missing is a good propane grill or wood oven, I missed being able to cook outdoors. If you plan to use the kayaks for fishing you had better make other plans. Neither kayak is really equipped for fishing and the bigger of the two is missing the backrest, rigging and rod holder. They are fine for a quick paddle but not any serious fishing or touring. I believe you can rent a kayak at the hotel in town or down at Rancho Leonero. I fished one day with Francisco, his wife Teresa takes care of the house, and we caught some nice yellow fin tuna and dorado...YUM! She will even prepare a gourmet meal for you at a very reasonable price if you don't like to cook. I plan to come back to this spot as soon as possible, Baja is awesome!


                                                              Lindsay O.

                                                              Wonderful stay, nice quiet location. Sound does echo from the main house quite a bit, so you can hear the neighbors, but overall we were out of the house adventuring so much it didn't matter. John was extremely helpful, and prompt with communication. He provided a whole list of recommendations prior to our trip, which was excellent for a first time visit. We saw Theresa daily when she stopped by to check on the house, she was very kind, helpful and an excellent cook! The atv was a little older so took some work to get started in the morning, but once it was running it worked great. Overall the casita is wonderful, with a beautiful sunrise view, and we look forward to working w John again.

                                                              Awesome property, great location, great owner

                                                              Jeff C.

                                                              Just minutes outside Los Barriles proper, we stayed in the smaller casita of the Ford's, called Rapuzel's Castle. Beautiful, small and away from it all, a wonderful place for 2 looking to get away from it all. Located on a small hill overlooking the Sea of Cortez, this place has it all (which also means no TV- you won't need it with wifi access). Here's another hint, the housekeeper Theresa will cook you dinner too, as long as you arrange it ahead of time. She is a wonderful cook!

                                                              Finally, I dealt with John Ford on numerous occasions via phone and email, and he was always accessible and extremely responsive to whatever questions/requests I had. A really nice guy to deal with! My wife and I loved the place and would most certainly rent off of John again. The experience couldn't have been better! Thanks John!

                                                              Great views

                                                              Laura S.Fort Collins

                                                              Beautiful views, comfy bed, air conditioning in bedroom that was highly appreciated, good facilities in kitchen, only thing that could have helped was having air conditioning in the kitchen because it was in the mid to upper 90's and very humid


                                                              Los Barriles, B.C.S., Mexico

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                                                              Rates & Availability

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                                                              Cleaning Fee

                                                              If you stay longer than 3 months, the monthly rate is $1500 per month. If you stay for longer than one year, the monthly rate is $1000 per month.

                                                              36 Reviews
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