November 2014/15 Fall Post Hurricane Odile NEWS
We have just returned from our November 2014 Sampaguita Opening/Maintenance and this year Hurricane Odile clean up trip to the Baja. I cannot believe what the people of the Baja have accomplished in less than 2 months! The Marina District of Cabo San Lucas is alive again, although some stores have yet to re open in Puerto Paraiso Mall. The centre of San José del Cabo is beautiful and peaceful as always with the recovery effort erasing the signs of the hurricane day by day. Every week additional hotels re open on the Los Cabos Tourist Corridor.
We were so lucky with our Villa and the Sampaguita property. The Villa is as before the hurricane, and the property and mixed tropical/desert landscape has come a long way back. A comparison of the outlook from our terazzo before and after is particularly telling of how fortunate we were in Sampaguita Villa 6, as it appears there is little difference except for a few missing mature palm trees. The pools have a full compliment of new equipment and are fully operational again. The endless beach is as pristine as ever, but missing the odd palapa. Full recovery on the Baja will not doubt take some time, but the experience for most tourists will be as incredible as ever.
We ate at all our favourite restaurants after the days work and met many owners working on recoveries of their own. The Baja people are so friendly, open and willing to discuss their personal experiences during Hurricane Odile and with the recovery to date. Many experienced so much worse than we did and yet so many are working so hard and still have smiles on their faces!
Everything is ready for the new season in the land of never-ending sun and margaritas! We want to thank our many repeat and new friends/visitors for sharing Villa 6 and treating it as their home on the Baja this past year. It was a terrific new experience for us to have several guests stay for shorter periods to enjoying fishing trips and destination weddings.
We have enhanced the ambiance of the villa with some traditional, updated and new wall pieces including an original oil painting 'Four' by local artist Ivan Guaderrama in the living room. We have new curtains with blackouts in the second bedroom and a new lighted ceiling fan. We truly hope everyone enjoys the ongoing improvements.
More new stores and restaurants continue to be constructed along the hotel boulevard. For a truly once in a lifetime experience, the newest Cabo Dolphins eco-dolphin aquatic centre is only 2 blocks away.
Our two storey 3-bedroom/2-bathroom Mexican Villa is centrally air-conditioned and offers over 1,719 sq. ft., including a private patio living space that is only 75 steps to the beach. Sampaguita is an exclusive security gated community of 14 quiet beachfront homes. Amenities also include a walk in open shower in the spacious upper floor master bathroom, and a private 2nd floor terrace with authentic Mexican leather equipale chairs and an ocean/beach view. The main floor offers ceiling fans in a large open concept living and dining area, Canadian satellite HDTV with a PVR (so you don't miss any sun and sand time), telephone/fax/WiFi internet, and a portable iPod stereo system for relaxing after a day on the beach.
The fully stocked kitchen includes all appliances; a new stainless steel fridge c/w 3 step water filtration system, stove/oven and microwave combination, new dishwasher, small appliances, utensils and most importantly a blender for those cool afternoon cocktails. The villa has large dining areas comfortable for 6, both inside and on the private ocean view terraza with a new Weber gas BBQ.
We have convenient back door/main entrance parking and lots of guest parking close by. The two bedrooms on the main floor share a bathroom with a large walk-in shower. The 3-bedroom home includes 1 king, 1 queen and 1 queen and 1 twin sofa bed in a roomy converted Mexican decor garage bedroom. All bedrooms have floor and/or ceiling fans for your added comfort. The main floor also has an apartment sized washer and dryer.
Well manicured grounds, that were completely re landscaped in 2013 into a mixed eco-friendly desert scape, offer beautiful tropical palms and include; 2 heated swimming pools, jacuzzi, tennis courts, a fire pit at the beach’s edge for the moonlit evenings, access to miles of white sand unspoiled beaches (Playa Hotelera), beautiful sunrises and spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez. It is not uncommon to watch manta rays skimming the waves, schools of dolphins and porpoises playing out front or whales passing by.
A full service shopping centre with food stores and one of the Baja's newest Starbucks, many restaurants and the Cabo Fitness Centre are within walking distance (5 to 15 minutes maximum). Costco, Sam’s Club, and other big box stores are only a short drive on the route to Cabo San Lucas (25-30 minutes).
The mission San José del Cabo was founded in 1730, and the quaint town of San José del Cabo offers varied and exquisite local cuisine, a vibrant and engaging art community and a peaceful and relaxing historic village atmosphere. The centre of San José del Cabo is a 30+ minute walk or US$7 (70 MXN Pesos) cab ride from Sampaguita. In other words, our villa is centrally located in the main hotel area and on the Playa Hotelera (Hotel Beach) like all the major hotels.
In contrast, Cabo San Lucas offers well-known names and tourist attractions such as, the famous Land’s End Arch, crafts shopping on the Marina stroll or at the upscale Puerto Paraiso mall (which includes a luxury shopping wing extraordinaire), sea doo’s, deep sea fishing, punta and water taxi boat tours to Playa del Amor (Lover's Beach), tequila and all the Medano Beach Mexican parties and entertainment you could want. Between Cabo and San Jose, known as Los Cabos or the tourist Corridor, are secluded beaches and snorkeling spots, several world class golf courses and adventure activities such as zip lines and dune buggies in the desert foothills.
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