Ever wanted a house 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 Cortes first saw it in 1533. Every sunrise over the Sea of Cortez 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." 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 queen-size bed...plus a separate sleeping area at the other end of the home with airbeds...plus a queen sofabed in the living room. You should bring your own bedding, towels, and toiletries.
There is solar electric, but it's temperamental and may 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. *Bring a good icechest, with adequate ice.*
There's a small grocery store in nearby Puertecitos, but there's no local nightclub, no souvenir shop, no 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. Bring your own firewood, as you will find little/none in Baja.
Wheelchair access is possible, but not easy.
Large markets and gasoline can be found in San Felipe, where you will pick up and drop off the keys. It's best to get everything you need before you head south to La Costilla.
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|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Extra people:||$15 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||3 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$375 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$600 /month|
It was a bit Rough. There were several issues including a leaking pilot light tube that was very unsafe. The host responded quickly and graciously. You really need to bring all your camping gear including pots, pans, cooking stove, etc. The roads in Baja are now amazing. I suggest going south an hour to Gonzaga.
This experience was exactly what I dreamed it would be. It may not be for everyone, but it was perfect for me! Just the off-the-grid vacation I needed. Mike could not have been more kind and helpful. Recommend him and any of his properties HIGHLY!
It's great when people discover the fun of our oceanfront homes in Baja California! There's really no other place like Baja these days: pristine land and seas...right on the edge of raw nature, and civilized just the right amount...and friendly folks...all just a couple hours from Alta California. ;)
Awesome location! The deck overlooking the bay is the best! If you like to relax and do some fishing or get off the grid, this is the place. Been coming here for years and never been disappointed.
La Costilla is a truly amazing place. Directly in front of the house, there is a rocky area which is submerged at high tide and exposed at low tide. Turning over rocks in this area, we found incredible diversity and density of marine life. Pelicans, magnificent frigatebirds, great blue herons, osprey, vultures, double-crested comorants, and reddish egrets are all very common. We have also seen sting rays, sea lions, and heard the call of loons. The non-vegetarians had a blast catching fish every few minutes from the canoe, very close to shore. When the sun is too hot, in the middle of the day, the deck usually has some shade and is great for reading or just contemplating the ocean. At night, the stars are incredible.
This is the usual reaction to a stay at "Better than a Corona Commercial" -- and we love sharing the experience. There are very few places in the world as untouched as Baja -- especially on the ocean -- and the house at La Costilla is the perfect home base for a truly extraordinary escape from today's homogenized world. If you have any appreciation for nature, you have to go.