House - Entire home/apt · Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Ensenada, Baja California 22785, Mexico

Casual 2-Bedroom, 1-Bath Home on the Sand at La Costilla Cove. Launch Boats from the Beach, Fish, Windsurf, Enjoy Pure Nature.

The Space

Ever 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 queen-size a separate sleeping area at the other end of the home with 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 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. 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, but there's no local nightclub, no souvenir shop, no reliable 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, 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.

Then...welcome to Nature!


Additional Notes:

> 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 may want to 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 generally there is 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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Airbed
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $15 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $375 /week
Monthly Price: $600 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $75
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Just got back from another great weekend at La Costilla. The weather was perfect, the fishing was great, and the view from the deck at the house was beautiful as always. Being off the grid for a few days is very refreshing. We were there for a new moon, so the stars were fantastic, and the tide swings (16') were very interesting. We hiked chocolate mountain to the south. From the deck we saw a whale breaching in the distance. While fishing we saw several seals, and we saw an octopus while snorkeling. The house makes a great base for all these activities. The description of the house as civilized camping is pretty accurate, but it has all the amenities needed to make the trip easy (beds, toilet & shower, kitchen sink, countertops and cupboards). I hope to make this trip many times in the future.

    March 2014
    Mike & Kiyoe
    Response from Mike & Kiyoe:

    You're a true Baja soul, Arnie. We love having guests who enjoy all the amazing experiences that land (and sea) offers.

  • 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.

    January 2014
    Mike & Kiyoe
    Response from Mike & Kiyoe:

    Well...all we have to say is: See the other guest reviews.

  • 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!

    August 2013
    Mike & Kiyoe
    Response from Mike & Kiyoe:

    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.

    April 2013
    Mike & Kiyoe
    Response from Mike & Kiyoe:

    A great description of the La Costilla experience! Arnold and family are repeat guests at our beach house ("Better than a Corona Commercial"), and we're always glad to have them.

  • 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.

    March 2013
    Mike & Kiyoe
    Response from Mike & Kiyoe:

    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.

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Mike is an American who has lived in Europe and Japan. A graduate of UCLA, he currently owns an advertising agency in Los Angeles. For fun, he likes basketball, tennis, volleyball, hiking, skiing, cycling, and motorcycling. Kiyoe (Kay) is a Japanese national, an accountant, and proud mother of three. For fun, she likes running, hiking, tennis, snowshoeing, clogging, quilting and cooking. 日本語でどうぞお気軽にお問い合わせください。お待ちしています。
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