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Safe Haven Overlooking the Sea of Cortez

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Ocean view House, 2 Bedroom + 2 Bath, (Sleeps 2-6)

Casa Baja is located in a secure community(Castillo de Arena) on a hillside overlooking the Sea of Cortez, which is a 10 minute walk or three minute ride away. The Castillo de Arena development is home to Americans and Canadians- many full-time residents. For your security it is fenced and the entrance is monitored by video camera. We are located 5 miles south of Los Frailes, 6 miles south of Los Arbolitos (a beautiful snorkel bay where you can rent kayaks and snorkel gear, or just relax under a palapa), 10 miles south of Cabo Pulmo (where you can take fishing or diving tours, or rent water sport equipment. There are also several restaurants here), and 6 miles north of Vinorama (one restaurant). The main floor of the house, built in 2004, is an octagon, 32 feet across, which contains spaces for kitchen, dining, living, sleeping areas. The only interior walls in the octagon are for the bathroom, which includes a spectacular outdoor, but very private shower.

Where you will spend most of your time though is on the front porch (terraza), with its palm roof and beautiful view that goes from the Sea of Cortez to the mountains of southern Baja. It’s the perfect spot for morning coffee sitting on the couch or loungers and listening to the birds talk about what’s in bloom or if the time is right you can watch the whales splash about. You’ll probably be back in the evening for a drink or dinner. Nothing beats sitting around the terraza’s dining table and watching the sun set over the mountains while you feast on something you’ve just taken off the BBQ.

Below the main level and dug into the hillside keeping it partially insulated from the heat is a bedroom, with 2 twin beds (can be converted to a king bed) and attached bathroom. Also on this level is a utility space which includes a washing machine and serves as storage space for a couple kayaks which you are free to use.

There is a small library of DVD's to watch, CD's to listen to, and books to read. You can plug in your MP3 player and listen to YOUR favorite music.

Keywords: Vacation rental

More Details

Brian Bottemiller
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

About Brian Bottemiller

My wife and I own a pharmacy in a rural, northern California town. I am active in the local theater and have written several plays. We have both appeared in several plays. My wife is an avid photographer and took many of the pictures you see on the VRBO listing. We both enjoy travelling.

Brian Bottemiller purchased this house in 2001

Why Brian Bottemiller chose Baja California Sur

I bought this property in 2001 on a camping trip and decided to build in 2003. I designed the casa myself with the help of local architect and contractor, Alfredo Gomez. I have a very stressful job and when I get down here that all fades away. I enjoy the isolation and being able to enjoy the birds, fish, whales. Being able to walk for miles on the beaches and arroyos and rarely seeing a soul. The people here are so friendly and helpful, both the natives and the transplanted Canadians and Americans. I have wonderful neighbors.


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
San Jose del Cabo
Car: necessary

Whale Watching(seasonal), Bird Watching


Los Cabos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both bathrooms have walk in showers.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Main floor - 1 king , Part of main floor living area.
    Downstairs - 1 king , Can be converted to two twin beds.
  • The Main Floor bedroom is NOT in a separate room. It is like a very large studio. A Queen bed inflatable is also available.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Snorkel Equipment, Kayaks


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

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Safe Haven Overlooking the Sea of Cortez
average rating of 4.4444447 based on 9 reviews

WOW - Amazing and Breathtaking Indeed!!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in VRBOs and Airbnbs all over the world and this property was one of the best and exceeded all expectations. While nothing is 'perfect', Safe Haven was as near perfect as could be with the amazing view, outdoor setting, clean accommodations, private bedroom and bath, etc. Our hosts were beyond gracious and helpful. Everything stated in the listing is accurate and then some - this is truly a special place and we cannot recommend it enough!! Thank you for making our stay at your wonderful place the highlight of our Mexican getaway!!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rainier, WA USA

Muy tranquilo

  • 5 of 5

The palapa house is lovely. Freshly painted and immaculate. We both enjoyed the veranda for sunrise and sunset viewing. I particularly enjoyed watching the bats swooping in the twilight; very peaceful.

The kitchen is set up well; be sure to bring everything you think you need for cooking since it is a long way to the store. Good sized fridge allows plenty of food storage and ice for drinks on the veranda. Excellent stove makes cooking easy if it happens to be windy or rainy.

Highly recommend this house for a quiet visit in a beautiful area.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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British Columbia, Canada

Beautiful spot

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here. The house is roomy and open plan. For just the two of us we didn't need to use the downstairs bedroom. the location is beautiful. We rented the ATVs for quick access to the beach and exploring the arroyos. You need a car to get here and to bring your own food.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winnipeg Manitoba

Beautiful spot

  • 4 of 5

While there were a few tiny issues, we had a terrific time and the house worked very well for us. The beach here is incredible.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South of Los Frailes

  • 4 of 5

A perfectly simple and relaxing place to stay. Nice kitchen. Everything worked as advertised. Beach was a ten minute walk away with some really big sand dunes to watch the humpback whales breaching at dusk. The kayaks were great but hard to fit on the roof of a small narrow rental car. Brian was very responsive by email.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great getaway with adult kids

  • 5 of 5

My kids and I just returned to Washington from a week at Casa Baja. The property is as wonderful as described in the listing. We were looking for a relaxing experience away from the packaged craziness of Cabo and felt we really hit the jackpot. Previous reviews posted do a very accurate job of posting the wonders of this part of Baja--friendly people, wonderful food, stunning views and breathtaking wildlife and scenery. What I did not expect was the green aspect of the house--the power is solar and the hot water is on demand. We liked the notion we were leaving a little bit of a lighter carbon footprint. The kitchen is very well equipped, as is the music library. The owner was extremely helpful in helping us prepare for our first trip to this remote area and very quick to reply to all email queries. Neighbors are welcoming and friendly. The Castillo de Arena community was very laid back and yet felt extremely safe at the same time. Loved it -- what a jewel.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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