‘Palapas’ is a great vacation dream for large groups, family and friends, up to 10+ mingling and enjoying the tropical grounds, surrounding area and beach which is only a 5 minute walk while enjoying beautiful views. Restaurants and Marina are only a 5 minute walk as well. Palapas is the perfect getaway for those looking for a fun Old World Baja vacation. Welcome to La Playita, one of the last little fishing villages of its kind --- Located in Puerto Los Cabos, 6 minutes from downtown San Jose Del Cabo by car where Old World meets New World --- With one of the finest world class Marinas located only 2 blocks down the street --- Go fishing from one of the Panga boats to one of the hottest fishing spots known as Gordo Banks. Our beaches are Beautiful, expansive and safe for swimming. Palapas is close to all the finest surfing and just a hop & skip to beautiful downtown San Jose Del Cabo. You will have the best of both worlds at your fingertips and the best vacation ever! :)
- Villa3000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay3 nights
Palapas is a private tropical walled-in Guest Inn Compound with 2nd story pool
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- English, Spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 12, 2018
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Why John chose San José del Cabo
Los Cabos has all the conveniences here that you will find in the States. The beaches are some of the finest you will find in the entire world. The water is warm and of a beautiful color, while the diving in various local areas is excellent---Also a great for surfing. The views of the mountains and ocean are incredible. And of course, we must not forget the fantastic fishing. The Mexican government has provided and is maintaining fish sanctuaries to help the propagation of the fish population. Fishing is an important resource here. All in all, there is no better place to be… Oops, I forgot about the golf courses and night life...the best !!
What makes this Villa unique
For all you Angler’s out there, this is a fantastic place for you to stay and fish. We have provided a ‘Food Saver’ (bring your own plastic bags). The Panga boats are just below Palapas (see aerial photo of Marina) for world-class sport fishing! Not to mention also the best surfing, water sports and ideal for various kinds of family and friend gatherings etc... An enclosed tropical compound with the essence of a very unique and creative Mexican Guest Inn, accompanied by our sweet mascot, Baby J, loved by everyone. Please check out our reviews on TripAdvisor…
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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Diamond in the rough
The Palapas Resort is perfect for a group of 6-10 people (adults and children) looking to go to San Jose del without spending a fortune. Perfect location for fishermen or people looking to truly experience San Jose del Cabo how the locals do. Highly recommend staying at Palapas Resort.
John is a really nice guy, friendly and accommodating to the extent that he could be.
The stand alone toilet between two single huts ( shared by both) did not have a toilet seat. The sink in another unit nearly fell off its pedestal when I tossed my towel on it to take a shower. It appeared that the mattress covers have not been washed in a very long time. It's not a place I would revisit.
These boys from New Jersey were drunk most of the time and were fighting amongst each other. Half of the group left because they could not get along. I almost had to call the police because they were so unruly. I have a European toilet between the Cabana’s and it is designed without a toilet seat. In regards to the bathroom sink pedestal, someone was probably drunk and fell into it. The mattress covers are new and very clean. These guys from New Jersey were not the sort of guests you would like to have come again! See the reviews I have from normal and considerate people!
Here is a review below from a couple that stayed in the same unit at ‘Palapas’ right after this ‘Jersey guy’ left…
“We really enjoyed our stay here! Just a cool, eclectic little gem, so close to the ocean! John, our host for the weekend, was such a nice guy & makes a mean mojito! The rooftop pool was a nice way to cool down and enjoy the scenic ocean view. Our room was clean and the kitchen was perfect! There were no locks on the doors to our room, which I would have preferred just for that extra feeling of security. But overall we had a great time here!”
Blissful Offbeat Oasis
The unique and perfect retreat for a quick, budget-friendly de-stresser in Los Cabos. If you are like me and want to experience the place for the place, and not so much for the wealthy tourists looking to buy a slice of uppity San Diego Sur, then you will appreciate the rugged, deserted expanse of East Cabo that beckons from this spot (the neighborhood of La Playa, just up the coast from the marina separating you blissfully from the resort-heavy hotel zone). You will also appreciate the easy access to the quaint and quiet marina, which draws a sportfishing crowd but which also has a sweet, low-key vibe, with some really nice places to eat and drink with a combination of locals and visitors. Also very accessible is "old town" San Jose del Cabo, with its shopping, gallery & food scene. But more than anything, you will fall for the quaint, quiet, slightly offbeat, funky yet friendly splendor that is Palapas, lovingly built by John, the proprietor, in 1990, and which he and his partner Patty, along with their adorable yellow lab Baby J, now share with their guests. I stayed in one of the budget cabanas on the ground level, which had the feeling of openness and seclusion. It was hot, but I never used the a/c, instead keeping the big window open and letting the ocean breeze and overhead fan do the trick. Great falling asleep to the trickling fountain out my window, filtering the pounding surf beyond. I didn't mind the separate bath setup (no one else was sharing it with me while I was there; the deluxe units I believe have their own), and it was nice to feel like moving through the tropical garden setting was part of the domestic routine, especially using the well-appointed open air kitchen. What could be more pleasant than mingling with all the colorful songbirds the garden attracts, on your way to a lovely pile of tropical fruit welcoming you into the shade for breakfast? The jewel of the place is the glorious pool which John has built, right above the kitchen, small but neck deep, lined with beautiful azure tile and resembling some bygone Roman bath, surrounded by crowning palm trees and looking dreamily out over the sea. No: the jewels of Palapas are John and Patty, who have figured out the right balance between making you feel welcome, being there to offer any assistance, yet leaving you to merrily bliss-out on your own. An oasis of old Baja bohemian charm, just off the beaten path, opening your spirit to a wider perspective on Los Cabos.
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We had a decent stay at Palapas but I would definitely not categorize it as a resort. The owner and his girlfriend were very hospitable and the grounds were great- very beautiful. We would definitely stay here again if we were renting the whole place for a family function or spending a lot of time fishing. It would be VERY difficult to stay here without renting a vehicle. There were good places to eat within a short walking distance, but if you want to do anything else besides the beach, you'll need transportation. The beds, bedding, and other linens were only OK and had stains. I do wish there was a throw rug near the bed. One thing we also noticed was the street noise. It's located right at the edge of town and the buses were noisy for us since we weren't used to that as we live far from traffic. The pool is very small, 10'x18', but perfect to just dip in and get cooled off. The pool was also loved by the dog, who is super cute but definitely a puppy and a little frisky. The view from the pool area is spectacular. This is a great place to stay if you are out and about most of the day, but if you're looking for a more resort experience, this wouldn't be it. Also, I would say if you have mobility issues, this is not the place for you.
Palapas is located in the traditional fishing village of La Playita just 4 kilometers from San Jose Del Cabo. We do have bus service and it does stop every 30 minutes in front of Palapas. But that is a valuable service for our guests. They can get to town for only 10 pesos. Also, it is much more difficult to get around from the so called big resorts and we are only a five minute walk to the beach and restaurants.
Our beaches are safe to swim, whereas the resort beaches are very unsafe!
Check out our videos below. Our guests come here because they prefer our family atmosphere that a big resort cannot provide. Our pool size is 18 by 10 feet wide on the Infinity/view side, is 4.5 feet deep and has a panoramic unobstructed view of the ocean. It is a standard size for a small Mexican pool :) By the way, we just replaced all the beds with soft and fresh linens and new bed covers and pillows.
Of course ‘Palapas’ is not a resort in the ‘sense of the word’. We refer to our place as just ‘Palapas’.
Our home like atmosphere is obvious if you review our web site www.palapasresort.com
Thanks again for all your reviews.
http://youtu.be/xUkUVpK0aFM Full video
http://youtu.be/o1wkNWdgn3Q Five-minute walk to beach
More Beautiful and incredible
More Beautiful and incredible
This is the second time I’ve vacationed at ‘Palapas’. John has done an amazing job with Palapas. He is always creating an even more magical place to stay. I have such a great time when I’m there. It’s so easy to go to town because the bus stops in front of Palapas. The beach is only a 5-minute walk away and I love the restaurants that are so close. I also love cooking at Palapas. There are three kitchens in the compound and beautiful coconut trees and palms with flowers growing everywhere. There is even a ping-pong table that is lighted at night. The place is just beautiful and the accommodations are very nice. John has made improvements to the bathrooms and has also made Casa Mango the option of two separate rentals if you just want to rent just the upper or lowers floors with beautiful ocean views! He keeps the grounds very nice and has his helper Mario come in every day to make sure everything is just right. I love ‘Palapas’ and the area where it’s located. It’s just perfect for my friends and me :)
Palapas is the Best!
I stayed at Palapas in early May and had a wonderful time. The host, John was very nice and accommodating. Palapas has beautiful landscaping and Palm trees, flowers and mature plants and trees. I walked to the beach and swimming areas and to restaurants that are only two blocks from Palapas. Palapas has a great infinity pool with an awesome ocean view. I just loved it. John has the place lite up at night and it looks very pretty.
It was also fun taking the bus to downtown San Jose which is only a few minutes away. I really liked the downtown a lot and the beaches are really great.
I will definitely be back to Palapas !
Palapas Resort --– One and Only, an Eclectic Resort Inn Fun & Casual *offering rich character with uncommon details* Palapas Resort is a group vacation dream and a fisherman’s delight. It is ideal for large groups up to 10 to 12. It’s just great for large families and friends. Palapas is the perfect getaway for those looking for a fun Baja vacation the way it was 20 years ago. Welcome to La Playita, one of the last little fishing villages of its kind. Located in Puerto Los Cabos near San Jose Del Cabo, Baja, Sur, where old world meets new world with one of the finest world class Marinas located in one of the traditional fishing villages in Baja. Go fishing from one of the panga boats to the hottest fishing spots known as Gordo Banks. Our beaches are expansive, safe and clean and safe to swim. Palapas is close to all the finest surfing and just a hop & skip to beautiful downtown San Jose Del Cabo. You will have the best of both worlds at your fingertips. Great for the younger or older world travelers, or anyone that just wants to hang and chill and just have fun. We have beautifully lush landscaped grounds with hammocks and grassy areas with beautiful exotic flowers and flora. There are several guesthouses, large and small of various sizes to accommodate large groups, along with a very unique second story Infinity pool with incredible panoramic ocean views! With four main accommodations, two full kitchens, four bathrooms, comfortable beds, and breathtaking ocean views, a short hop to the sand & restaurants and only a seven-minute drive to beautiful San Jose Del Cabo --- Your group will have the choice to do your own thing in a relaxing and very unique home-like retreat. Palapas is really cut out of very special cloth. Everyone that comes loves it, and we know you will too. Give us a call or send us an e-mail.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
I would like to give you more details about the facility - particularly about the sleeping accommodations. Casa Mango has two sleeping areas. There is one separate bedroom on the main floor with a very nice queen bed and large full bathroom. Casa Mango’s main floor also has a kitchen and dining area. Upstairs is a spacious living area with a 270-degree panoramic view of the ocean through very large windows and a French door out to the terrace and second level ocean view pool. That room has three beds in it; one queen, one full and one twin. The beds are spread out in different areas of the room for privacy. It is an open concept and spacious. There is a full bathroom and large walk-in closet on the second floor. That rents for $200. We are now offering the upper and lower accommodations of Casa Mango, which can be rented separately with private access. Besides the availability of the large and spacious Casa Mango as one unit, the lower (abajo) Mango with master suite and full bath, kitchen and dining area can be rented separately for only $100 per night. It has a comfortable sofa in the living area. The upper (arriba) Mango has a large sleeping area with three beds and living area, panoramic ocean view, terrace with pergala and easy access to pool, can also be rented separately for only $120 per night. We want our guests to have the availability and convenience of our most spacious and comfortable accommodations. There are 2 Cabana’s with 1 full bed in each. Fuente Cabana and Palma Cabana are two separate Cabana’s. Each Cabana has a double bed, bedroom furniture, wireless internet access, air conditioning, fans, refrigeration, coffeemaker, two screened windows for cross-drafts, private access and a shared full-bath. There is a barbecue and use of a sink for people renting the Cabanas. We also have a very nice large studio for $100 --- Juan's Pesco Pad