About the property
- House1100 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights
Spectacular Views and Beach, Central Location by Excellent Launch Area
Casa del Sol is an ideal balance of privacy and access! This location is central for wind sports and other outdoor activities. The beach is down a dozen stairs from the patio gate; the property is just high enough off the beach for privacy from people walking by, yet you can see out over the action as much as you want.
The front bedroom is roomy with handmade furniture including a king size bed, and has a private bathroom; the front room has open living and dining areas and a full kitchen. The second bedroom, next to a courtyard, has two double beds, private entrance, and full bath. Air beds and cots available for nominal fee.
Relax on the tiled patio under the shade of a traditional palapa roof, with outdoor dining furniture and sweeping vistas. Side yard with spacious patio, coconut and fan palms, quintessential hammock between palms overlooking the bay, and outdoor furniture.
Shady and sheltered outdoor areas offer a break from sun and wind, and a comfortable living room offers space for reading or games, all with stunning views of sea and mountains. Walking distance (via beach or small town roads) to fresh fish, restaurants and night life, small grocery. Paddleboards and kayaks included with rental, as well as a gas grill and snorkeling equipment. Many optional amenities such as at-home (indoor or outdoor) massage, fresh local catering or in-home cooking, private lessons, and help with planning other activities.
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- english, spanish, French if written, or spoken slowly!
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 05, 2018
I first came to La Ventana for a windsurfing clinic, but broke my foot three days beforehand so I didn't windsurf much (I did try a little, though!) and I had lots of time to limp around with my boot and my walking poles and explore the area. Needless to say, the beauty and tranquility as well as the soft sand and delightful water called to me.
Why Sandy chose La Ventana
This is a sweet place bordered by unassuming stucco walls with just the right amount of privacy. At first I wanted to open it all up, but after spending some time there I realized that it had been designed brilliantly for privacy and quiet, while maintaining the outstanding vistas and the ability to gaze at the beach and activity. Built by a Mexican engineer and his architect/artist daughter when they lived in La Paz, it looks simple yet a lot of thought has gone into making the space flow. Handsome and functional, it is not full of slick modern design, but rather fitting to its roots in a small fishing village. We've updated it over the years, adding features and space while gradually refurbishing some of the original materials that are worn, such as the handmade floor tile. The lot extends from the town's dirt road all the way to the beach. There is a neighbor's house on the North, not lived in much of the time, and on the South there is an accesso, basically a rudimentary dirt road to the beach for public access. The accesso creates space between Casa del Sol and the next building to the South. (Neither of those neighbors was there when I first arrived!) The accesso is traveled by kiters and villagers, as well as local fishers who head out before dawn and sometimes after dark, only when the weather is right. The fishers no longer keep their pangas (small blue and white boats) on the beach, nor work at rickety little tables preparing lures or fish for their families, but it's a sight to see them jumping into the boats as they head out, and driving the boats up onto the sand to unload their catch. A few of the picturesque boats remain on the beach nearby.
What makes this House unique
By special arrangement, you can now rent the entire Casa! People have been asking about the upstairs. Fantastic open space with views all around. See the sunrise or the full moon from bed! With three private entrances and large common area, your group can have any combination of shared and private space. Sleeps 8 or more, plus youngsters and even babies. (My grandkid came here at 2 months old!)
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Very secluded, lots of space, great kiting outside house, close to everything. Kevin and Angie wonderful! A gem!!
Great location, charming house - with Baja funk
Casa del Sol is in a beautiful location in the heart of La Ventana with picturesque views of the beach, sunsets were spectacular, perfect launch site for kiters, and a great place to SUP on those calm, glassy mornings. The best part of the house is the huge outdoor veranda with plenty of shade, a delightful hammock, and lots of places to read a good book and listen to the waves. The house had a collection of books and games that we enjoyed as well. The pictures make the house look bigger that it is - the living room, kitchen, dining area is probably 10 by 20 feet. The beds are really firm - bordering on hard and the electrical wiring is down right scary. What I don't understand are the reviews that talk about the hosts - when we arrived at 8:30 pm, the lady across the street came running over and said (in Spanish) that she hadn't been told that we were coming and the house wasn't clean yet. She quickly changed the sheets on the bed, emptied the garbage, and brought us clean towels. But there was no host. I did text someone when the internet wasn't working who came over and gave us completely different instructions for logging on- but I wouldn't exactly say he was a host. We had a great time, but seems like a high price for a charming but funky house. And "host" was non-existent.
Love the location, hosts genuinely eager to please
We have stayed at this property twice in the last year (2016). For us it has the perfect location for walking to many restaurants, visiting our friends/neighbors, and launching both kites and windsurfers right out front. The house also has a good set up for our family (two mature teen sons in their own separate room with bathroom). The outdoor space overlooking the beach is fantastic, and the included SUPs and kayaks a bonus. Em and Sandy have been very helpful, accommodating, and generous in making sure our requests are fulfilled. They seem to genuinely desire that we are pleased. The local caretakers are knowledgeable and easily reachable to sort out any issues that may (do) arise. The property is clean and the view and outdoor space are priceless. We would be very happy to stay here again - and plan to. After two visits we feel like it is 'our' vacation home and we take no exception to its quirks - we roll with them...
That being said, this is not for those looking for luxury. It suits our needs well enough as we are quite easy going about the little imperfections and issues that arise. We are also attuned to and respectful of water conservation and septic system idiosyncrasies. Even so, the water ran out near the end of our stay. This was remedied within a few hours after a phone call to the local manager. The regulator for the propane stove stopped working as well, but again was quickly repaired. We just went out for lunch instead!
The home itself is getting quite dated and is starting to show wear. The grout is beginning to crumble, the concrete walls show water seepage in a few spots and the paint is flaking off, the under- sink cupboards are musty, the finish on the faucets and bathroom sinks are worn, and the appliances/ kitchen cabinets are old but functional. All cosmetic stuff so it doesn't deter us - being ocean front is harsh on a building.
The beds are quite firm and bordering on uncomfortable for my family's liking but the sheets and towels are all soft and of good quality. Nights were generally quiet, ignoring the occasional locals out cruising with their music blaring or roaming dogs barking. Earplugs help. Waking up to the spectacular sunsrise each morning is priceless.
I offer this review with a spirit of kindness: know what you are choosing and you will love it. There are many rental options available in this increasingly popular destination. Enjoy La Ventana, it is a special place.
Couldn't have been better!
Just got back to snowy and 17 degrees in Colorado, and missing Casa Del Sol. Sandy sent us a thorough PDF a week before we arrived, covering everything we'd need to know for our stay. The property was perfect for being close to everything, but far enough away that we had absolute privacy. Location is perfect, right on the beach, with plenty of space to pump up kites and launch from our own "private" area. We'll definitely be back. Thank you for a wonderful stay!!
We're delighted that you had a great time! We agree that it's a special place, and are glad to share it. We will be glad to welcome you back!
pretty nice place overall
this place has a lot going for it, a beautiful location on the beach, huge windows that we opened to let in the ocean breeze and listen to the sound of the waves when we slept at night. The ktichens pretty well stocked, the king size bed is great , and the patio is the best feature of all. We kited while there and could basically rig right below our place. The owners were very accommodating, letting us put our luggage there before the 4pm check in time as we were stuck between places.
That said, It does have a bit of funkiness to it, its older and being a beach house, I guess thats to be expected but you can't tell from the pictures. We never used the 2nd bedroom, its separated from the rest of the house which is nice for privacy if you did have another couple there.
Everything you need and more!
Great place in a magical location! We enjoyed every minute of our stay. Casa del Sol has everything you need and more and we loved the central location. Kevin and Angie were super responsive and easy to get a hold of when we had a concern - which was an easy fix. We were there a bit "after the season" and found many of the nearby restaurants and kite schools closed! Luckily we found Norm at Baja Surf (look for him at the campground based out of his RV)who was able to give us some lessons on the days when the wind came up - he was AMAZING and we felt like we really got a handle on the sport! Though we weren't able to take advantage of the restaurants that were in walking distance, those that were open in Los Cerritos (a quick drive) were great and the locals were warm and friendly. La Ventana is amazing and Casa del Sol is the perfect spot to take it all in!
You enjoyed every minute of your stay, wow! That's great! Thank you for your comments.
There is a studio apartment above Casa del Sol where the owner stays when in town. This year we are renting the upstairs for the first time, by special arrangement--contact us directly if interested. Skilled local artisans have rebuilt the palapa roof that shades the front patio, with new palm leaves over the original red palm framework. Natural materials, no two-by-fours! The same artisans have improved the small beach storage structure with gorgeous walls and doors of woven palo de arco, a traditional style built by skilled local artisans. In the past five years we have added 600 square feet of patio for lounging and gear, HOT outdoor shower, new patio furniture, a grill, and stereo music players. You cannot get any more central to the action. Kite launching right out front! Restaurante el Rincón on the beach about 150 meters away, with local cuisine, views of the action and the moonrise! Dalaney's, Coya's restaurant, Baja Joe's to the south a short walk! Playa Central to the north a short walk! A small grocery store practically across the street, and they have very cold beer. Forget the car, you don't need one when you stay here! Or bring a car if you like to venture farther away!