Magical Baja Dream Retreat
Hosted by Jane
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4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
3 baths
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
3 baths
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If a true get-away is what you're after, you've come to the right place. It's remote (did I say remote?), peaceful and quiet yet there's still plenty to do in the area.

The space

This gorgeous architectural dream home was completed in December 2012 when I rang in the New Year in my new home away from home.

Casa Jane is located in the small community of Zacatitos in Baja California Sur, Mexico. It is approximately 12 kilometers or 40 minutes by car along a partial dirt road. The drive itself is magnificent but it is also long and bumpy. Zacatitos hugs the Sea of Cortez's white sandy beaches and aqua blue waters to the south, and the mysterious dreamy desert to the north.

Inhabited primarily by Americans and Canadians, Zacatitos remains virtually untouched by the tourism that exists only miles away in Cabo San Lucas. The house runs 100% on solar power. There is no electricity in Zacatitos. That said, it has all the modern conveniences - washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator with ice maker, barbecue, wireless internet, and stereo system. There is no TV, but there are books, magazines, games, and a swimming pool. You do not need to bring shampoo, soap, towels or beach towels. Everything is provided. Even sunscreen! There is also a gas fire pit which is great in the evening when the sky is full of stars.

Since the home was architecturally crafted, the lighting on the property is stunning. However, care must be taken with use of power. (Instructions are at the house with details on how to live with solar).

There are two bedrooms, each with a queen size bed. Blow-up air mattresses are available if you should require extra sleeping arrangements. There are two bathrooms upstairs and one full bathroom on the main floor that has an amazing outdoor shower. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking and entertaining.

It is a fifteen minute walk to the beach and a five or ten minute walk to Zac's Bar & Grill, where you can get great food and beverages. Halfway to San Jose along the coast road is Buzzards, another local eating establishment, Drunkin Sailor (great ceviche and fish tacos), and a little more pricy is Flora Farms and Tamarindos, both lovely restaurants that serve fresh food from their own farm and gardens. Zacatitos has a small Farmer's Market on Wednesday morning. Just ask someone and they will direct you to where it is. There’s another larger market in San Jose on Saturday as well as the Art Walk every Thursday evening. A fish truck periodically drives through Zacatitos to sell fresh fish to local residents on Thursday mornings (I believe - but ask around).

San Jose is the nearest town. It's small and quaint, and has many fine restaurants and shops. The area boasts fabulous fishing, snorkelling and surfing. Information on who to contact and where to go is listed in the house manual. Definitely check out Guacamaya and Hangman restaurants in San Jose for great local food, and Cynthia's for fresh, organic home cooking. There are also the best tacos in the Baja. Look for a yellow restaurant along the back road to Mega.

John and Stephanie Pepper are my property managers and will come by to clean the pool, check on the generator and solar, and water plants. They are basically available to you if you need anything during your stay. For a fee, you can arrange for Stephanie to buy your groceries and stock the house. It might make things easier on arrival You can contact (EMAIL HIDDEN)
Stephanie's Mexican Cell Number:
(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) which you can dial just like that from your US phone when you arrive. They live right up the road. If you dial from the US you have to put 011-521 first. Her US cell is (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). When dialling from Mexico you have to put in +1 before the number.

You can rent a car (jeep or truck recommended). I have detailed directions complete with photos that I will send you before you leave. This will help you find the place as it's a bit tricky, especially your first trip out.

The best times to stay are from November to June, however, any time's a good time in the Baja.

Enjoy your stay at Casa Jane!

* The house was featured on the cover of the April 2013 issue of Canadian Architect Magazine and was also in Wallpaper Magazine and New York Magazine in 2014. It was designed by Campos Leckie Architects of Vancouver, BC, and built by APA Arquitectura in San Jose del Cabo.

Guest access

Guests have access to a clean, quiet, modern home, a swimming pool, stereo for music, books and magazines, DVD's if you have a laptop for them, a full kitchen, breathtaking views, sunrises and sunsets, nearby uncrowded beach, peaceful walks.

Interaction with guests

I interact with guests by email regularly. People can contact me at anytime that way. I'm very quick to respond and want to make sure everybody's needs are met and their stay is perfect.

Other things to note

Please read the manual in the blue binder at the house. There is a lot of valuable information for off the grid living that is important to know during your stay.


Amenities
Kitchen
Internet
Essentials
Shampoo

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 12PM (noon)
Check out by 2PM

Be sensitive to the 'off the grid' community and be careful not careless with the use of noise, water and power and waste. I thank you and the neighbours will thank you.


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Bee User Profile
June 2013
Casa Blanca has been designed in a way that has a lovely ambience. It made us feel like rock stars, and we found it very difficult NOT to want to relax. It is very comfortable with the pool and outdoor lounge area; great view of the sunset and stars at night; and the kitchen well set up which included a decent sized fridge and freezer and gas hob. On arrival our host Carla had stocked food and beverages for us, (highly recommended), which was perfect in kick-starting our vacation, and Carla also met us at the airport, (also highly recommended). [I'm so glad we didn't try to find it alone as Casa Blanca is on a dirt road in a desert community with little or no sign-age, nor numbers]. The solar power was no drama at all, and had a back up system in case we required it. The beach an easy walk and the sound of the distant waves had a lovely energy - especially at night. Zacs Bar and Grill was a friendly spot with a good selection of food and drink, and great that even though you were away from it all, you could choose to join in with the locals. We appreciated not having a television but being still linked to the world via WIFI, [which was fast]. And we especially loved watching the chipmunks chipmunk around - which was a novelty for us. Thanks Jane for providing a cool pad to relax. James and I had a superb week!

Gerben User Profile
August 2017
`Although it is hot in August, the ability to open the sliding doors through the whole main floor to let the sea breeze in, takes the term 'open floor plan' to the next level. While grilling, you can still talk with the people who are hanging out at the pool. It is a true integration of inside and outside. The sunrises and sunsets were spectacular, and the beach, although a bit rough for swimming, was great for beach combing. Small detail that was great was the fact there were beach towels so we could travel with carry-on only. Which is helpful since you need a Jeep (or SUV/truck) to get to the house and they do not have a lot of storage. Rented a car at Fiesta in San Jose.

David User Profile
July 2017
Thanks Jane for this awesome trip. The house is just perfect, the swimming pool a bless. All you need to Zacatitos is to relax. Just plan to have a stop at a supermarket to tale some food : the house is lost in the serenity and calm of Zacatitos. But it worth it.

Gregory User Profile
June 2017
What an incredible place! Jane was so helpful and accommodating. Fiesta car rental is a very nice place to rent a car. I recommend reserving beforehand to take advantage of their shuttle service. Zacatitos is an awesome community. Zac's makes amazing margaritas and great food. Try the enchiladas. The house is amazing! It's so serene and relaxing. Perfect place to escape and relax. Plenty of beaches and friendly locals abound. If you're looking to escape, this is the place. Thank you Jane!
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Response from Jane:
You are so welcome, Greg. Please come again!
June 2017

Angie User Profile
June 2017
Our week in Los Zacatitos was incredible. The house is perfect: exposed to the elements, yet practical and spacious. We loved how we could open up the doors around the kitchen during the day to feel like we were outside 100% of the time. The house was a bit farther from the beach than I was hoping, but the neighborhood was super quiet and walking down to the water was relaxing and completely manageable. I would recommend getting a 4wd, but getting a Jeep definitely isn't a requirement. We had a 2wd Kia Sportage and managed fine, but were a bit stressed due to the roughness of the road. All in all, an amazing trip and an amazing house. Can't wait to go back.

Joseph User Profile
May 2017
Absolutely amazing.

Thomas User Profile
May 2017
Everything was as described, manager is very helpful, the Los Zacatitos area was spectacular. So quiet and picturesque. Thoroughly enjoyed meeting some of the vendors at the Zacatitos market. Staying cool was never a problem, especially after opening up the kitchen/dining room doors. There was always a light breeze. House is AMAZING both in style and in architecture. Directions are a must have to the house and beach, but easy when coupled with (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Earth images. Road into Zacatitos is rough. Highly suggest AW-drive vehicle. Whether enjoying the moonrise or breakfast from the balcony, grilled food pool-side, or sitting by the fire-pit on a cool night under the stars, Casa Jane is a can't miss!!
Jane User ProfileJane is a superhost.
Response from Jane:
So glad you enjoyed your stay so much and connected to the area. It is a special place for sure. It sounds like you found and took advantage of all the hidden treasures of the area. They are boundless. Please feel free to return at any time. It's there to be enjoyed and appreciated. Saludos!
May 2017

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