This architect designed custom home was completed in 2008 with all modern conveniences. The tastefully appointed guest apartment offers privacy, is self-contained with one bedroom and incredible sunset views over the yachts at anchor and Tetakawi mountain. Total area of living space is 1,000 sq. ft., with private access , colorful gardens and a barbecue on the patio. This fully air conditioned residence offers tall ceilings, tiled floors and counters, cedar cabinets in a gorgeous modern Spanish style home. Watch the boating action as you sip coffee from bed or lounge on the decks overlooking a Mediterranean style view. You also have access to the beautiful garden below the apartment that includes the Bowsprit Bar. A perfect place to have a drink or read a book as the yachts pass by the house. Swim in nearby coconut fringed beaches, hike under the bluffs at low tide, or walk down to the marina, restaurants and shops. Rent a kayak or swim at the nearby Marina Terra Beach Club. Listen to live music at one of the beachfront bars, horse ride to secret oasis's or ATV to many incredible locations. Sail, kiteboard, snorkel, dive or fish from wonderful lagoons or off shore islands. This is truly an outdoor wonderland that includes many good restaurants and sporting activities including a golf course, pickleball and tennis courts to name a few.
- Villa1000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay3 nights
Lots of Boating Traffic Passes the House to Enhance the Spectacular View
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- english, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 17, 2018
About Paul Bishop
We are sailors who bumped into this boating mecca en route to our boat in Mazatlan and fell in love with San Carlos. We have been stunned at the number of friends we have made here, and our ever expanding social life. We love to sail to remote anchorages, hangout and snorkel. Also to ride horses through the arroyos and on the beaches. Paul is a retired harbormaster and accomplished sailor and artist. Cate helped establish a Global Health Center at Oregon Health & Science University and now is writing stories of her global adventures. It always feels great to arrive back in San Carlos, where the cares of the world drop away.
Paul Bishop purchased this Villa in 2008
Why Paul Bishop chose Caracol Turístico
This is our home, we bought the land in 2003 and built several years later over a 2 year period finishing in 2008. We like the fact that San Carlos is only 250 miles South of the Arizona border and accessible by a 4 lane highway or flight from Phoenix, Arizona to Hermosillo, Mexico and then rent a car and drive down to San Carlos or take a bus or taxi. This is a boating mecca with two local marinas, moorings, dry storage, workyards and knowledgeable boat repair and maintenance people. We cruised extensively as far as Indonesia and with all the miles under our keel, we never found anywhere as appealing to set down roots. Watching the boating traffic pass by the house is magical. Mount Tetakawi located directly across San Carlos bay from our home is a historically sacred place of the Yaqui Indians and when the sun sets over Tetakawi it is very easy to see why they considered it sacred as the mountain, water and colored sky all come together in awe inspiring splendor. We love to walk on the beach and fossick in tide pools. Or sip Margaritas with friends while listening to music in a beach side palapa. One evening at the Soggy Peso, as my favorite band Bohemia was packing up, Omar the pianist launched into Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, as the sun set across the water it was so beautiful, I thought life couldn't get better than this! San Carlos rocks. Oh perhaps only the Sunset Bar and Grill rivals Bonifacio's Cotton Club Restaurant when the moon is full - stunning! Both are wonderful restaurants and the Soggy Peso, perfect for sipping on a Margarita while watching the sunset and the kiteboarders on the beachfront or just stay home and use the Bowsprit Bar and garden directly below the apartment with it's amazing views.
What makes this Villa unique
The views are world class in a Mediterranean like neighborhood. We enjoy peace and quiet on the Caracol, and often get lulled to sleep with the lapping of the waves on the shore. It is so beautiful here, that any extra sight seeing activity around San Carlos is a bonus. The house offers excellent views of the yachts going by and beyond to the Sea of Cortez. Across the bay from the house is the majestic Tetakawi Mountain where both sunrise and sunsets can be astounding. The garden located under the apartment includes the Bowsprit Bar and is also a perfect place to go read a book, have a drink and watch the sunsets and boats. We are walking distance to two charming, small sandy beaches and boating activity. There is a nearby Beach Club, with pool and kayaks. We enjoy security in our gated community as well as incredible privacy provided by the high walls and solid gate on the street and the amount of thought and design that went into the creation of the house.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
What an amazing visit!
After many visits to Rocky Point this was our first to San Carlos/Guaymas, and it was more than worth the trip.
The Casita was just perfect for our stay, and based on the reviews and the pics posted it was exactly (or better) than we expected.
Even during mid summer the AC worked very well and kept us cool after being out in the heat all day; and if you want to do some cooking like we did the fridge/microwave/stove all work very well and are all in near new condition.
The ideas (provided by Paul & Cate) of where to eat, shop and what to do where very helpful and accurate, but in general San Carlos/Guaymas/Empalme are all pretty easy cities to navigate.
One unexpected highlight was Paul's artwork, which adorns the walls of the casita. Strong colors, defined lines, and perfect in capturing the local scenery. I'm far from an art critic but there were about 10 total and I personally loved them!
However, the single biggest selling point is the views from the balcony. Words really can't describe it so I'm not going to attempt to do so. The best I can say is look at the pictures provided and read some of the reviews on this subject...and that still can't do it justice. Its what you'll enjoy the most while your there, its what you'll remember after you've left, and more importantly if your like us its what will have you planning your return visit on your trip home.
Although Paul & Cate were not in town during our stay I'd like to thank them for the opportunity in momentarily sharing their little slice of heaven.
Thanks Peter for the nice review. I was never much of a photographer, so didn't ever get truly excellent photos of the property and the view; we've been told many times that the property exceeds expectations, especially the photos posted on VRBO. I am an artist and my paintings are available, so please ask if you are interested in any of them.
Beautiful place with awesome views
The casita was beautiful. The views were awesome. Owner communication was precise and clear. Casita was well equipped. A wonderful stay!
Excellent once again!
Once again a fantastic time! Perfect accommodations for my wife and I. Owners are very responsive, and care very much about their guests. We highly recommend this Casita to anyone looking for paradise.
The casita was just perfect! The views are absolutely breathtaking. Paul and Cate do everything to make the stay enjoyable. Prior to our arrival, they sent directions, restaurant recommendations, beach access directions and much much more. The kitchen had all the amenities to prepare a nice dinner. The bed was super comfortable and did I mention the views??? The air conditioning worked very well and the living room and bedroom have ceiling fans as well. We will definitely stay here again!
BEST VIEW IN TOWN!!!
We have never been to San Carlos and never really new what to expect. The area, people and town are amazing and can't wait to come back. As far as our Casita, we could not imagine staying anywhere else next time we come. We loved it and I can't think of one thing bad to say. It made our trip for sure and everything was as described. Beautiful!!!
Great experience!!! Loved the location...very calm!!
House is perfect for two, three people. Owner was very fiendly and kept in tiuch before our stay. So nice to wake up with a great view!!!
San Carlos is famous for it's deep sea fishing, both summer and winter as well as being a premier boating destination in the Sea of Cortez. There are also many good diving areas, kiteboarding, mountain biking, hiking, softball league, great atving and side by side (Razr) roads and trails, pickleball, golf, resrtaurants and live music, a bird watching group and other outdoor sports.
Additional information about rental rates
$99 per night for up to two people and one car