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Maureen Martinez

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, spanish, Some Italian & French
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


San Felipe Apartment Rental Photos and Description

1 King, 1 Twin Trundel & Sofabed. Sleeps 2-4 Adults + queen & full beds on deck


Enjoy incredible sunrises from your bed on the sleeping deck, at the foot of the beautiful Sea of Cortez South of San Felipe, Baja California Norte, Mexico away from crowds, noise and hectic living, in a SOLAR COMMUNITY.

A perfect desert and oceanfront hideaway just 2-1/2 hours South of the U.S. Border. Your 2 bedroom , private bath, apartment is fully furnished and includes your own patio, palapa, and sleeping, viewing & entertaining deck with incredible tides, spectacular ocean views full of seabirds, dolphins, local fisherman and full moon rises. Beachcomb, swim, fish from shore and explore our desert & mountain trails or take the short drive into San Felipe, where you can savor the Mexican culture and enjoy great restaurants and night life.

San Felipe: SAN FELIPE WAS A SMALL SHRIMP FISHING VILLAGE --. We still have lots of fresh shrimp and other great seafood, incredible tides, sunrises and sunsets, but it's growing. Only, a very safe, 2 hr. drive from the U.S. Border, at Calexico, CA. A town full of warmth, retaining and sharing its culture from the pleasant 'Buenos Dias' hospitality to the numerous restaurants, food stands and fiestas. Once visited, it will find a special place in your heart, with dreams of returning as soon as possible.

OUR PLACE. The ocean sparkles up to our sandy beach, right up to your casita front door. Peaceful and beautiful, you can rest, relax, beach comb, read, fish, jump in for a swim or just take a nap under the palapa. After sunset, you will be able to view the most incredible sky, so full, it's indescribable. Shooting stars and intermittent meteor showers will keep you fascinated for hours as will our impressive tides.

Baja 250, 500 & 1000 Races: Baja Racing. For over 18 years SCORE has brought racing to Baja. The terrain is incredible for dune buggies, 4x4s, quads and motorcycles. You can have the opportunity at least 3 times a year to become a spectator. Bring your chairs, lunch and drinks along to a shady spot on the route, and spend the day watching the adventure and sometimes drama, as helicopters fly over their vehicles and chase cars come in to change a tire or make a quick repair.

If you don't race, you can still rent a quad in town and take off for the sand dunes, or have a picnic in the desert.There are also guided dune buggy tours, or take a trip down to Gonzaga Bay, another beautiful fishing and vacation spot about 65 miles south of your vacation hideaway. Miles and miles of clear, clean sandy beaches for your enjoyment!

Side Trips: Take an overnight trip to the Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico's northern wine country. You will enjoy a day of tasting fine wines, and other delicacies. As you go North from Ensenada on the Tecate Rd., you become enveloped in the vineyards. Tasting rooms and wineries in every direction, all coming into their own. Growers like L.A. Cetto were immigrants from Italy, Bibyoff from Russia and many others. You might try and make the wine festival in August and be pleasantly surprised.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Maureen Martinez (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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About Maureen Martinez

We started building our house and the Casita in 1988,on weekends, from Palm Springs, CA. By 2000, we were ready to move to Baja full time, selling our homes in CA and moving South. It's been a wonderful 25 years -- 13 retirement years. Best retirement ever!!!! Although we came out of retirement twice; once to teach English at Colegio de San Felipe de Jesus followed by a 3 yr. stint in Human Resources and Management Training at El Dorado Ranch, North of San Felipe. Now, we are both fully retired and enjoying every moment of it!

Maureen Martinez purchased this apartment in 1988

Why Maureen Martinez chose San Felipe

When I first set foot on this property - no other homes around, I fell in love with it at first sight. The incredible tides of the Sea of Cortez at our feet, the Sonoran Desert to the West and the highest peak, San Martir overlooking the magnificent red rock canyons and wonderful places to explore in between -- I knew this is where we'd retire and spend the rest of our lives, and so we did, and we are.

What makes this apartment unique

We've been truly blessed to live in an incredible place and become a part of the culture -- our Baja friends, Mexican families, co-workers at the Ranch, students at the Colegio all have contributed greatly to our lives and retirement in Baja. Would recommend it to anyone.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just a note to say Thanks for staying with us. We really enjoyed your great attitude, especially with the 7.2 earthquake. We wish you all well in your work and studies and hope to see you again and hear your laughter in the future. Aunt Maureen & Uncle Frank!!
Apr 2010
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average rating of 4.965517 based on 30 reviews

Best Vacation Ever!!!

  • 5 of 5

First, thank you to our hosts Frank and Maureen for an absolutely incredible vacation. Your warmth and genuineness easily made us feel welcome. We greatly appreciated your hospitality.

Wow, where to begin? I don't understand why some people book expensive hotel rooms near the ocean, or with a 'glimpse' of the ocean, when right here one can enjoy a full unobstructed 180 degree view of the sea right from their doorstep. The setting of this property is absolutely remarkable as most days ours were the only footprints on the sand. Quiet, secluded, and absolutely wonderful!!

Each day we had smiles on our faces and great new memories. Whether is was from falling asleep on the rooftop deck to a million stars and the sound of the water and waking to incredible pastel sunrises, or taking our daily early morning kayak excursions while viewing sea turtles, jumping fish, and even pods of dolphins. There is plenty to do to stay active including fishing, long walks and seashell collecting along the beach, exploring newly uncovered areas during low tides, and of course the ever-popular siesta.

Fishing was easy whether from the kayaks we brought or right from the shore. We caught rockfish and corvina, and probably would have done even better had we brought the right sized hooks. A quick trip into the fish markets of San Felipe brought us a kilo of fresh, large shrimp for $15, and a dozen steamer clams for just $1.50. This is not Cancun...this is the unspoiled Mexico where it's still easy to find lunch or dinner for two for under ten bucks. Lot of good restaurants in San Felipe, as well as right in the little village of Delicias which is just a couple miles away.

This location has it all....wonderfully charming hosts, the incredible natural beauty of the beaches of the Sea of Cortez, great food, and the warmth of the Mexican people. You've no doubt read about crime in Mexico, but not here. For our entire 10 night stay we left our kayaks and fishing gear on the beach, and left the doors to our casita wide open whether we were there or not....all without any problems whatsoever. We've been fortunate to have traveled extensively and I can say without reservation that this was our best vacation yet.

Thank you Frank and Maureen for a great experience. We hope to see you again soon! All the best,

Joe and Kathy

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, all I can say is that it's one of the best reviews we've ever read. Thank you so much. It's great to have guests who really appreciate and love this part of Baja like we do. You reminded us of our early days here, in the late 80s when we just couldn't get enough and spent 12 years of weekends driving back and forth, before we could retire permanently. After 11 more years, we are still finding new things to do and each day brings us something special. You were great guests and we enjoyed meeting and talking to you, as well as Marty and Dominic, who got alot in, in the two days they spent with you. Best of all, you managed to enjoy yourselves almost every minute of every day -- just what vacations are for! Your comments about the solitude and safety are especially helpful to those who question coming to Mexico for a vacation, at any time. We are in a unique place, without problems and we too leave our doors unlocked and sleep on our deck, comfortably without a care, something that we can't do in our gated community in Palm Desert. San Felipe is indeed a special, safe place, only 2 hours South of the U.S. crossing at Calexico, on good roads. We are truly pleased that you decided to come and stay with us and look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes, Frank & Maureen
Los Alamos, Ca.

Beautiful Baja

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful, peaceful and restful week in this beautiful home right on the beach of the Sea of Cortez. Enjoyed the sunrise over the water every morning, walks on the beach, shell collecting, and trips around the area. Frank and Maureen are wonderful hosts and did everything to make our stay memorable.

The house is fully equipped with everything we needed. And there is a great patio where you can just sit under the palapa and watch the birds, fishing boats, and beachcombers go by. There is no need to be worried about safety here--unfortunately many people are overly concerned and stay away from Baja.

We look forward to returning and bringing family members with us.

Thank you, Frank and Maureen, for being so welcoming and hospitable!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We enjoyed having you and hope to see you again. It's such a pleasure to have guests who enjoy our little bit of paradise as much as we do. Will let you know when we get to your area in July or Aug. best wishes, Maureen and Frank

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

I find that I am having trouble coming up with the words to describe lovely and charming Casa de Martinez, the beautiful beach and surrounding areas, and the wonderful hosts, Frank and Maureen. I suppose the best way to sum it up is that I was nearly in tears when it was time to leave. My boyfriend and I spent 5 nights in this blissful heaven on earth, and we can't wait to get back. The casita is perfect for 2 to 6 people. Since it was just the two of us, we had more than enough space. The kitchen was nice and roomy, and very friendly to cook in, the living and dining area spacious, and the master bedroom very large and comfortable. The view from the deck of the beach, mountains and unbelievable stars was phenomenal. The entire time we were there, our weather was perfect (80s high, 58 low). The Sea of Cortez was inviting and refreshing. Most amazing of all, of all the days we were there, we were the only ones on the beach. It was as if we had our own private island. Maureen and Frank are really wonderful souls and they were incredibly accommodating, helpful and personable. Never once did I feel uncomfortable or threatened in the entire area of Baja. We went into town twice and had wonderful oysters, ceviche and tacos, did some souvenir shopping, walked the streets around and along the Malecon and we felt welcomed by the friendly locals and tourists alike. I found the place I want to spend all my vacations and free time for the remainder of days! Frank and Maureen - THANK YOU! We will see you again soon --- can't stay away. :)

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Awesome Campo Cielito Lindo

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I are a Canadian couple in our early '60s who are on a three month journey through Baja California. We had the great fortune to begin our trip with 12 days at "Campo Cielito Lindo" in Maureen's and Frank's casita. After the long drive from Canada, it was an absolute pleasure to find ourselves in a homey, comfortable lodge with great company next door. During our stay, we often cooked for ourselves in the well-equipped kitchen. Coffee on the patio overlooking the beach at sunrise was a real treat.

We found Maureen and Frank to be delightful and very helpful. How they put up with our million questions amazed us! Moreover, it was very kind of them to invite us for dinner on Thanksgiving Day, which gave us an opportunity to meet neighbours and their Mexican friends.

Previous reviews have spoken about the amenities in San Felipe. However, we found exploring desert tracks, walking the beach, spending time at "La Valle de Los Gigantes", birdwatching and visiting Puertecitos to be worthwhile activities too. After we left Cielito Lindo, we spent time at Bahia San Luis Gonzaga. In retrospect, given an early start, a visit to this magnificent bay would be an exciting day trip from Maureen's and Frank's casita.

We are sure that our stay at Campo Cielito Lindo will be a highlight of our trip. Thank you so much Maureen and Frank!

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Colin and Sharon. We so enjoyed your stay with us. You were great guests who treated our place, like your own. Our neighbors enjoyed your company as well and we were happy you found a few Canadians to visit with as well. Most importantly, unlike many, you took the time to explore this "end" (South Campos) of San Felipe, which is truly a beautiful place. Time spent with both of you was quite productive -- like, all good minds think somewhat alike. I have ordered two of your books for Frank for Christmas. That means he will read them through without looking up and then start writing again. Our best to each of you and a very Merry Christmas!! Hope we see you again, either in Baja or Victoria!!
Tucson, Arizona

Beautiful place to relax with family

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 3 children, and myself had the best stay at this home.Our suv broke down about an hour from the house, but through the kindness of a local we made it to the casa safe and sound. It was dark once we arrived but the moment we stepped on the property the stress we had felt from our journey melted away. We had the pleasure of being greeted by Frank and he showed us to the casita. It was the perfect size for the 5 of us. The kitchen was stocked with all the cooking essentials we could possibly need. Got our food and clothes put away and headed up to the rooftop deck to unwind. In my 35 years of life, I have NEVER seen such a beautiful star filled sky, until that night. The kids were in awe at how clear and bright the stars were. They had fun looking for the different constellations with the help of a book from the bookshelf in the casita. Our 2 daughters enjoyed the sky that they slept onthe roof that night. The next morning we woke up and were in awe once again by the beauty of the beach. It is so close that our children had the freedom to run and play in the water when ever they wanted and we didn't have the need to follow them around. Our 5 days were spent virtually out side at all times we were awake. Frank was so helpful in allowing my hubby to accompany him to town to check on our car at the mechanic and also taking him to pick it up when it was fixed. My little ones took to Frank very easily because he is the most kind and genuine person. One night we had him join us for pollo asada and our 6 yo son was so happy. We were initially nervous about the house being completely solar but it was not a problem. It helped our kids be more aware and conservative with electic usage...and that is not a bad thing. We had the beach to our selves the entire stay. I feel bad for the people who are fearful of mexico because they are truly missing out on something wonderful. We felt more safe there than we do in Tucson. We are already talking about when we can head back for our next stay. We are frenquent visitors to the beaches in Mexico(San Carlos, Puerto Penasco, Ensenada, Cancun) and we found a new favorite place in Casita de Martinez. I want to thank Frank personally for his generosity and warmth he showed our family and wish we had the opportunity to meet Maureen, but that will happen next time. Thank you both for opening up your home and allowing our family the opportunity to experience your piece of tranquility! P.s. Frank, Logan says Hi Frank!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us and the great review. So happy Frank was able to meet all your needs in my absence and assist in getting your SUV back from the shop. When you first called me from the middle of nowhere I was truly concerned that your vacation would not go well from then on. Frank was ready for you when you arrived and we're the thankful the tow truck was able to tow you into town and finally get to our place. Frank was impressed with how well the children did on the kayaks and monitored by you and Tom. We were able to get the smaller kayak down just in time for your visit. We normally don't include kayaks, but since you specifically asked and were experienced, we decided that would work. They'll be two more when you return the next time and all of you can go out together. Thank you for inviting Frank to dinner. He really enjoyed it and tell Logan Frank says "hi" until next time. Best wishes, Maureen

Best family vacation ever!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was for very much our best family vacation,Maureen and Francisco are the best host that we could have,they make you feel in home,great casita,dont get fooled by the pictures,it seems small but its really big and comfty,great beach,clean and lonely to enjoy it,like Maureen said,'You just need to bring your clothes and your food,everything is there to enjoy a great vacation,the best dawn and weather,you could enjoy on april for the best sleepover on the outside of the house,also a great deck on the top of it,the amenities are great,all the family enjoy quality movies on the tv,the house was really clean,big bed on the main bedrom,we were hoping for some activities and we were amazed how the days went by really fast enjoing ourselves in the sea,we werent fans of San Felipe sea,but with this vacation now we are loving it,on the third day of five our kids were asking when are we going back to this house,like I'd said Maureen and Francisco make you feel like you are a relative not a customer,cant wait to go back,I really recommend this house far from the noisy neighbors on San Felipe's downtown's

  • Submitted: May 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Adrian -- thank you so much for the great review. We really enjoyed having you and your family with us. It's always so good to see people who truly enjoy the Sea of Cortez, especially families with children -- vacations they will always remember. We look forward to seeing you all again. Next April is the only month we have open next year, at this point. Muchas gracias y saludos a todos. Maureen y Francisco


Nearest Airport
220 Miles
San Diego, CA
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
El Dorado
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Chelo's Cafe
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Front door
Car: necessary

Safe, Beautiful, clean, sandy Beaches on the Sea of Cortez with the highest peak in Baja, San Martir as a desert backdrop. Las Amigas Fashion Show, El Dorado Ranch Pavillion; , Galera Unica Open House, KM183; , 'Monday Gospel Brunch'; Parade of Homes; , Taste of San Felipe , restaurant tours; Feb. 12. South Campos Valentine Dance, South Campos Swap Meet; Paella Festival, Tequila Festival; Clam Festival; Chili Cook Off; Las Amigas Poker Run, Score Baja 250 Off Road Races; Baja 500 off- road , Hobie Cat Mid-Winter west Regatta; Annual International Blues and Arts Festival; , Semana Santa- Easter Week. Full moon vacations are incredibly beautiful 2-3 days before and after full moon-

Other Activities: Hot Mineral Springs, ATVs & Dune Buggies

Golf: Play a round of golf at El Dorado Ranch and follow it up with some fine dining at the Pavilion Restaurant, next to the Pro Shop. Known as Las Caras de Mexico, it's an 18 hole designer course. Or, join the Celebrity Golf Tournament each October which benefits local schools, hospital, or other deserving groups.

18 holes Mon - Thurs. - $70; Fri.-Sun & Holidays $85. 9 holes Mon - Thurs. - $50; Fri-Sun & Holidays $55



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San Felipe Apartment Rental Rates

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One time cleaning fee $50
Notes $50 one time cleaning fee.
Monthly rate: $2,000.00
2 months: $3,000.00
3 or more months negotiable
50% deposit required to confirm reservation, made on a first come, first served basis, payable through PayPal account - balance due in cash upon arrival. NOTE: CHILDREN UNDER 12 ARE FREE, OVER 12 - $10.00 PER NIGHT PER PERSON.
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San Felipe Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • Good sized full bathroom with tiled shower. Large marble-like sink counter and cabinet with drawers. Clothes hamper. There are both indoor and outdoor showers for convenience.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sofa bed in living room; deck futon (outside)
  • Comfortable king size bed, bright linens, dresser, lamp, closet, chair and bench. Small child or teen bedroom - trundle bed. The regular size sofa-bed in the living room can also be used. There's a queen sized bed and futon on the deck for great star-gazing and sleeping, in the spring and summer months.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Sand Box
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The fully equipped kitchen has a new large stove and Dometic Propane refrigerator. The Casita is spacious and comfortable, however, most people live & eat outdoors during the day. Full patio table and chairs for outside meals, or set up an umbrella on the beach for lunch, snacks, beer or 5:00 o'clock cocktails. There's a regular charcoal grill and a smoker grill to cook all that great fish you can catch off the shore, or to steam the clams and oysters you can pick up on the beach. Paper products and bottled water supplied for short term rentals only.

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