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Luxury private beachfront home with heated pool, hot tubs and 360 degree views.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Casa Duna is a large, private beachfront estate and gardens on beautiful South Beach in the friendly and laid-back Baja fishing village of La Ventana. 4000 square feet of interior air conditioned space and over 6000 square feet of patios and shaded outdoor areas.

***Main house max capacity is 8 adults or 10 including young kids.

***Additional Casita available with prior approval for additional guests.

***Fast internet system. We have the best internet available in town.

***We have the construction of a new house next to us. It has not been a major issue but we would like our guests to be aware.

***Solar heating system for the mountain pool that is always protected from the wind.

Designed by leading Santa Barbara, California architects Shubin & Donaldson.

THE AREA

It has breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortez, miles of unspoiled soft sand beaches, the rugged and uninhabited Cerralvo Island (recently renamed Jacques Cousteau Island by the Mexican government for its pristine and protected beauty and its association with the late underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, who called the nearby sea 'the world's aquarium'); mountains circling more than 270 degrees around you; and a huge cardon (giant cactus) forest just behind you, with many huge specimens within your private walled property. And it is just a 10 minute walk along the beach to the center of the safe and picturesque La Ventana village, with fishermen's pangas (boats) lining the beach, casual and inexpensive restaurants with the freshest of seafood, simple and friendly bars (many offering excellent musical entertainment in the winter months) and coffee shops, small groceries, world-class kite and windsurf instruction, and even some spas.

ACTIVITIES

Launch your kite, windsurf, stand-up-paddle, kayak, or fish just feet from your front door -- or mountain bike, hike or off-road from your back door on miles of well-kept single track trails or jeep trails through a forest of thousands of huge seguaro-like cardon cacti, or through arroyos to remote beaches for snorkeling, or to an old lighthouse you can climb for views across the Sea of Cortez. World-class sport fishing right in front of you, for marlin, sailfish, dorado, roosterfish, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, pargo, sierra, yellowtail, and seabass. You can make arrangements with local fisherman to take you out (for a fraction of the cost of Cabo charters); surfcast, spearfish, or even fish from your surfboard or kayak; or take a whale-watching excursion; look for giant manta rays jumping from the sea, swimming turtles, or schools of dolphins; or even swim with whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea, almost always in the vicinity. Or just relax and enjoy the amazing views, bird watch, or walk for miles along the beach -- one renowned for sea turtle hatches. This region of Baja, land and sea, is famous for its many endemic species of plants and animals. You will see why Baja is recognized as a biological treasure in ways not easily apparent in highly developed and commercialized Cabo.

THE EXPERIENCE IS SPECIAL

Enjoy mountain and desert sunsets from the pools or several upper decks, soak in two hot tubs, one on an upper deck with gorgeous views, and swim in two pools -- a large pool in the large inner courtyard shielded from winter winds, and a smaller one for non-windy days off your front patio between you and the beach. In the ocean, there is soft sand under your feet and gentle waves for safe ocean swimming. And beautiful cactus and palm and flower gardens around the courtyard.

Enjoy drinks at the bar on the 3rd floor observatory level, and enjoy ocean, desert and mountain views as the sun sets, from seats in or near either of the pools, in the beachside or courtyard palapas, or by a firepit on the master balcony.

THE ROOMS

Three master bedrooms with queen beds, balconies and private baths. Beautifully furnished throughout, with local artwork. Outdoor sleeping patios to sleep under the stars. (It hardly ever rains). Gourmet kitchen; large living areas with indoor-outdoor feel; fully air conditioned; your choice of outdoor and indoor dining areas; beachside and inner courtyard shade palapas; built-in outdoor gas grill, or make your own pizza (or breads/meals) in an outdoor wood-burning pizza oven; third floor observatory with a bar and jaw-dropping views; gymnasium with elliptical machine, recumbent bike and free weights; audio system; wireless internet; state-of-art security system; resident caretaker for your peace of mind and convenience.

Sleeps 8 in beds in the main house. 3 master bedrooms, gym has two twin beds. Additional casita sleeps 2 with kitchen and private patio is also available at times for an additional cost.

GETTING THERE

Rent a car at the airport, or we can have Cabo and La Paz airport pick-ups arranged. La Paz international airport is just 45 minutes away ).

SPECIAL SERVICES

Pre-stocking with food and drinks of your choice can be arranged, as can shopping be while you are there. We can arrange for an excellent cook for all your meals, or for just some of them. Professional massages can be arranged at the house. We can also arrange local guided excursions available to many fascinating locations (e.g, a desert waterfall and natural deep river pool for swimming; natural hot springs; art galleries in Todos Santos; ancient pictographs; the beautiful malecon in La Paz; whale or whale-shark expeditions; surfing on the Pacific beaches).

RATES

Weekly rates, far less than in Cabo, vary by season. There is no comparable property in the area -- and the area is unique.

BUILT TO BE GREEN

And if you're like most windsports enthusiasts and care a great deal about sustainability and responsible green design, Casa Duna was built to be sustainable and with minimal environmental impact.

-Solar pool heating system. The mountain pool is warm all year round by the sun.

-Extensive roof-mounted solar panel array generates electricity for use on-site; excess power is metered back to the grid for others to use.

-Solar hot water domestic heating.

-Lots of natural light reduces the need for artificial lighting. Windows are shaded and deep wall recesses reduce hot summer sun overheating the interior. South windows allow the low winter sun in to heat the tile floors.

-Extremely high insulation in walls reduces air conditioning cooling loss and exterior heat gain. Operable windows/doors on both sides of all rooms increase natural ventilation and reduce need for air conditioning.

-The basic construction material is an advanced Mexican-made material called Performwall, a recycled product with 85% recycled content. The insulation forms a full thermal break from interior to exterior, one of the best ways to minimize heat transfer.

-Waste-water irrigation system for the landscaping. All grey and black water is recycled and used for irrigating the plants.

More Details

Property Manager
Chris Dyer
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2017

Amenities

La Ventana Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Guest bathroom #2 - toilet , shower
    Pool bathroom - toilet , shower
    Guest bathroom #1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Barn - toilet , outdoor shower
  • Beautiful tile work throughout all of the bathrooms
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 queen
    Bedroom #2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom #3 - 1 queen
  • There is also a gym that has 2 twin beds.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
No parties No ATV's on the beach in front of the house No Fireworks

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews
5

Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Our family travels quite a bit. Teen daughters, older parents, my husband and I. We like to adventure...but also spend time getting to know each other better through eating well, playing games, talking, sharing our latest book. Casa Duna was absolutely divine in all the right ways. We made fish tacos in the beautiful kitchen, ate on the patio, swam in the sheltered pool in the windy afternoon, fell asleep in the gorgeous bedrooms staring at the moonrise and hearing the gentle surf. We decided upon arrival we would sit in every single possible spot to absorb each view and talk. We were successful. We snorkeled, paddleboarded, walked on the endless beach, sifted different sizes of sand, played scrabble, listened to Jazz on the sound system, mountain biked through the cactus. Endless. This house is sophisticated. The interior design is gorgeous, the architecture perfect. Nothing overdone. Only done perfectly well. We will definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Simply Brilliant

  • 5 of 5

No need to overthink this - Casa Duna lives up to all the reviews. First class in every respect. This area is beautiful and if you like to avoid the tourist traps, then this is the place for you. Both Chris and Ramon make things so smooth and easy. Glad I took the advise of other reviewers and treated ourselves to chef Ramon's amazing culinary skills for multiple nights.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Connecticut, USA
5

Ultra Lux Vacation Home in Paradise. Best. Vacation. Ever. Period. Already reserved for next year!

  • 5 of 5

Third year in a row at Casa Duna, already reserving for next year with my family. Words don't really do the experience justice. Everything is sublime. Pools, views, SUPing, seakayaking, biking through cactus, kiteboarding (clearly) -- and this year added the most amazing 6-course meal prepared by world-class chef Ramon (amazing pineapple guacamole, mouth-watering shrimp ceviche, scrumptious tortilla soup, delicious fresh tomato and cotija cheese salad, locally caught fish with homemade red mole, and fresh baked bread pudding muffin with caramel sauce....to die for! Worth reserving meals if available! Everything about La Ventana is relaxing - and Casa Duna is clearly the nicest and most luxurious place in town. Highly recommend if you can afford it.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Cruz, California
5

Best ever!

  • 5 of 5

We loved Casa Duna. It was the best place any of my friends and I have ever stayed. The house and property are 5 star with attention to every detail. Chris, the property manager was great, making us feel welcome and helping out with any questions or needs. Ramon cooked for us and was masterful in the kitchen!.To top it off the El Nortes were blowing so the kiting was amazing. We enjoyed live music ar Baja Joes along with their great selection of microbrew beers, and of course shrimp filled chile rellanoes at Pablos. It was a great experience and I highly recommend it. John

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Haven CT
5

Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I celebrated our honeymoon at Casa Duna. I cannot imagine a more perfect spot. It was a perfect mix of romance, luxury, relaxation and adventure. Each morning involved a bike ride through the dessert and stand up paddle boarding on the peaceful and calm water. Chris and Ramon are the perfect hosts and will help in whatever you need to have the perfect getaway! We highly recommend a meal (or several) cooked by professionally trained and talented Ramon. The house is perfectly decorated and has everything you need! We cannot wait for our next trip!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

PERFECTION!

  • 5 of 5

My extended family and I stayed here for a week in June 2015. Our time there was nothing short of amazing! Everything, and I mean everything, was perfect. The staff, the landscaping, the house, the decor, the pools, the plentiful sitting areas, the paddle boards and kayak, the views, the beach (which we had to ourselves all week), the ocean...all perfect. Staying here truly felt like luxury! It was relaxation and leisure at its finest. A major highlight of the trip (that I recommend 100%), was having our dinners prepared by three wonderful local women (this can be arranged through the property manager). These women knew their way around the kitchen and cooked every meal from scratch using extra fresh, local ingredients. We had guacamole, pico de gallo, a salad every night. Some other meals included fried fish, rice, re-fried beans, fajitas, shrimp quesadillas, chili rellenos, shrimp diablo, chocolate flan, and two different types of tres leches cake. It was definitely a treat and worth every penny.

As for La Ventana itself, as cute a little town as it is, there's not much to it. It's still worth checking out to get a feel for the local scene. La Paz, BCS's captial, is a short, scenic 45 minutes away and is a must do. We did a snorkeling excursion through a company called Espiritu y Baja that was absolutely fantastic. We got a wonderful and very informational tour of the Sea of Cortez, snorkeled with sea lions, saw dolphins, and ate homemade ceviche on a private beach. This is a must do!!

I really don't have one negative thing to say about Casa Duna and its surroundings. If you're on the fence about vacationing here, just do yourself a favor and go for it. You won't regret it for a second!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
La Paz
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Baja Joe's
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
North of La Paz
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Marlin Azul
Car: recommended

La Ventana is a small Mexican fishing village located on the Sea of Cortez just 35 minutes southeast of La Paz, Baja California, Mexico.

Recently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Sea of Cortez (also known as the Gulf of California) offers intense ocean-blue scenery and the stark contrast of arid desert landscapes. So abundant is the region' s natural beauty that the explorer Jacques Cousteau referred to it as the 'world's aquarium.'

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Rates & Availability

La Ventana Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
$700
 
 
2017/2018 season
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 23 2017
5 night minimum stay
$720
$4,700
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas/New Years
Dec 24 2017 - Jan 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
$820
 
 
2017/2018 late season
Jan 3 2018 - Mar 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
$720
$4,700
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$720
$4,700
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night
Damage Deposit $1,000

No events or parties.
No smoking on the property.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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