The SpaceEver wanted a home in the center of a pristine ocean cove? Here it is.
This casual beach house at historic Campo La Costilla sits right on the sand, with panoramic ocean views. The setting is right out of a dream, with pure nature in abundance. At your doorstep await great wilderness adventures, kayaking, windsurfing, boating, fishing, off-roading...and the best night skies you'll see anywhere on the planet.
There's really no other place like Baja California, The pristine land has changed little since Fernando Cortés first saw it in 1533. Every sunrise over the sea begins the day in spectacular fashion. And the only sounds you're likely to hear are the gentle surf and ocean breezes.
(If anyone in your group has concerns about Baja, search the following for an illuminating Lonely Planet article: "Are Americans Safer in Mexico than at Home?")
At La Costilla, the cove is literally at your doorstep, while the spectacular oceanfront hot springs of Puertecitos are just six miles away. The home's spacious living/dining room and two large decks overlook the cove, which is frequented by dolphins. Stairs lead directly to the sand. A large kitchen area offers over 20 feet of counter space, plus a large round dining table. Perfect for casual entertaining.
Please carefully note all of the following:
This house is located in pristine/remote location about 60 miles south of San Felipe, on the cove at La Costilla, a tiny settlement of Americans, Mexicans and one former Yugoslavian.
This is indeed "casual beach living." Baja can be dusty. If you need a manicured resort experience, this is not your beach. Our house should be viewed as a comfortable alternative to camping.
There's one true bedroom with a full-size bed...plus a separate sleeping area at the other end of the home with another full bed...plus a queen sofabed in the living room. You should bring your own bedding, towels, toiletries (including paper), paper towels, garbage bags, and dish soap.
There is solar electric, but it's not the grid, and could run out. It's best to be prepared with candles and/or battery-powered lights. There is a modern bathroom with running water, but it's relatively low pressure. All water for the shower, toilet and sinks is supplied by a rooftop tank. One tank is included with your rental; refills, if required, must be purchased from the camp caretaker. *Drinking water should be carried in.*
There is a kitchen sink and propane-fired stove, but no operating refrigerator. One tank of propane is provided; refills are on you. *Bring a good ice chest, with adequate ice.*
There's a small grocery store in nearby Puertecitos, and a couple restaurants, but hours can be highly unpredictable. There's no local nightclub, no souvenir shop, no sure gas station, and because our home is "off the grid," there's no AC, no TV, and no phone.
For us, that's heaven, but it's not for the Ritz-Carlton crowd.
There's a canoe in the garage, and easy boat launching right from the beach. For large boats on trailers, a 4WD tow vehicle is recommended. Large fish are taken frequently here -- often just 100 yards from shore.
Pets are welcome, but please smoke on the deck.
There is a wood-burning fireplace, in the unlikely event that you need heat. ;)
Wheelchair access is possible, but not easy.
Large markets and 24/7 gasoline can be found in San Felipe, which is on the way from the border. It's best to get everything you need before you head south to La Costilla.
Then...welcome to Nature!
> Mapping for Mexico is a bit difficult. Our home is on the beach six miles south of Puertecitos. Our cove is easily identifiable in satellite images, just above the big "bump" to the south. In G Maps Satellite, Playa La Costilla is labeled.
> Biologically speaking, the Sea of Cortez (aka Mar de Cortés or Vermilion Sea) is the richest body of water on the planet. This diverse sea supports more than 900 varieties of fish, and more than 2,000 species of marine invertebrates.
> Very basic kitchenware is provided. You should bring your favorite pots and pans.
> There's plenty of easy parking, on the beach in front of the house.
> If you have kids, please note that the beach side of the main deck is pretty high. Advise them accordingly.
> Motorcycles and ATVs are welcome on the beach. For four-wheeled cars and trucks, 4WD is recommended.
> Kayaks, small watercraft, and even large boats can be launched easily from the beach at higher tides...but be aware of the tides! The Gulf of California has one of the largest tidal ranges in the world. It's not a huge effect this far south, but you cannot launch and recover easily all day long.
> If you might want to use the wood-burning fireplace, bring your own wood, as you will find little/none in Baja.
> The best supermarket in San Felipe is the ultra-modern Calimax, right on the main drag. You can get fresh food and nearly anything else you might need at reasonable prices.
> It costs about $100 to get an off-grid home ready for each guest, so there's a three-night minimum. Of course you are free to pay for the three nights and enjoy the home for 2 3/4 days. ;)
> Snowbird? Looking for a long-term retreat? Low rates are available to quality candidates. Other Things to Note1. Don’t worry about the troubles you may have read about, as gang conflicts (equivalent to Mafia battles in the U.S.) have largely stopped -- and there never was any of that in San Felipe or smaller Baja towns.
2. You should note that even at the height of the troubles, any foreigner has been safer in Mexico than in any U.S. city. A lot safer.
But don't take our word for it. Search the following Lonely Planet article on the web:
Are Americans safer in Mexico than at home?