Paradise at the end of a dirt road.
Submitted: February 29, 2012
Stayed: February 2012
I'm tempted not to write this review because I'd like to be sure the house is always available for our return.
But that would be selfish.
Casa Moderna is EXACTLY what it looks like in the photographs. The shots aren't gussied up for the magazines, enticing you with false promises. What you see is what you get: a minimal, clean aesthetic with the focus clearly on the stunning ocean view and peaceful quiet of the area.
Waking up here every morning, clear blue skies and ocean rolling in the near distance, will make you wonder what your doing with your life; why don't you wake up here every morning?
As for the town of Todos Santos, it's quaint, quirky and sleepy, sleepy, sleepy. It has one stop light. Only three of its roads are paved. It may not be for you, honestly. It's a small town of locals, lots of retired/ex-pat gringos, dogs in various health conditions, sand covered roads in various conditions of grading and probably more places to eat per capita than wherever it is you live.
But get a decent car and head down any one of those dirt roads that bounce the hell out of you and you'll end up at a perfect beach, a perfect little hotel for sunset cocktails on the veranda, a farm, another perfect beach -- they all go somewhere pretty great.
As for the food, Cafe Santa Fe is outstanding -- forget what people say about their prices, everything is pristine and every dish feeds two or more. Tacos George, a roadside stand so small you may miss it the first time, has outstanding fish tacos. Miguel's does a decent chile relleño. Barajas Tacos is your spot for carnitas pork goodness. But not to worry: you have your own kitchen in Casa Moderna. Most meals you'll want to take there because it's so damn peaceful.
My wife, myself and two friends honestly had an incredibly hard time leaving after ten days of doing pretty much nothing. No cell phone, no internet, no TV. We played checkers. We made cocktails at 3pm. We cooked dinner.
We never got around to the great surfing and horseback riding and hiking and ATV rentals and scuba diving and all the other things we said we were going to do down there. It was that hard to leave the house.
Ya know, now that I think about it some more? Don't go there. You'll hate it.
At least don't go in January or February 2013. That's our time!
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