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John or Camilla Ford

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, spanish

Amazing Ocean Views, Near beach, Peaceful, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Biking, Wi-Fi

29 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Overview

Los Barriles Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps two adults, and we have a futon for one child)

'Rapunzel's Tower' is a 1200 sq. ft., private Casita (guest house) with enchanting views of the turquoise sea and the rolling mountains of Los Barriles. 3 miles from town, it is the perfect get-away from the hustle and bustle of the States.

A 4 minute walk down a magical, meandering arroyo path brings you to a tranquil beach with great snorkeling reefs, kayaking, wind-surfing, kite boarding and fishing.

The casita features dramatic high ceilings and arched windows.  Smooth Saltillo tiles add Mexican charm and beauty. 

The cozy bedroom and full bath are located on the third floor, and offer amazing views.  Downstairs is the kitchen/living room, and the first floor features a huge garage.

Right out the front door is a family-sized stone hot tub!  There is nothing better than relaxing in the stone bath at night with a cool drink while looking at the sea and the stars.

The two outdoor patios offer beautiful views of the sea of Cortez, and provide a great place for meals, basking in the sun, or just reading a book. Since we are located in the banana belt, the winter temperatures are much warmer than other areas of Los Barriles.

Share our recreational 'toys': 2 mountain bikes, and 2 kayaks.. One kayak is set up for fishing, and the other is good for touring or wave riding. These goodies are all free!

Windsurfers, kite boarders, surfers and scuba divers: lessons and rental equipment are available. Standup paddle boards are also available at a local rental shop.

Since we have been coming here for the last 20 years, we can direct you to our favorite beaches, mountain bike trails, fishing holes, snorkeling reefs, kayaking trips, private surf breaks, restaurants, and other secret spots.  We love helping our guests have a great vacation!

Kite boarders: our Casita overlooks Turtle Cove, one of the least crowded kite boarding launches. This beach provides one of the few wave breaks in the area. North Beach, another popular kite boarding beach is located 5 minutes south.

Turtle Cove also features the best snorkeling reef in Los Barriles. You will see hundreds of tropical fish just a few yards from shore.

Kayakers, our secluded beach gives you a perfect starting point for your ocean adventures. Imagine beginning your day paddling among hundreds of beautiful Manta rays. Whale and dolphin sightings are also common and can provide kayakers with the thrill of a lifetime.

Fishermen! We know who the good skippers are, and can get you a discount on a boat. Excellent guide service is available for fly and surf casting fishermen.

The Casita is close to some of the best beach fishing in the area.  Watch for the pelicans, grab your rod, and go catch some Roosterfish, Sierra, Pargo, and Jack Crevalles. 

If you would like to rent an ATV, we can recommend the best rental agency. For getting around town, and exploring, an ATV is all you really need.  It's also just a lot of fun!  One of our favorite adventures is an ATV trip to the waterfalls. Pack a picnic lunch and swim in the secluded pool, surrounded by beautiful rock formations. Most of the time you'll have the whole place to yourself.

If you're a fishermen, an ATV gives you a huge advantage in chasing down those rooster fish.  Racing down the beach in pursuit of feeding game fish is an adrenaline producing experience!

You are welcome to help yourself to our bountiful fruit trees.  Imagine fresh grapefruits, oranges, limes, papayas, and mangoes right outside your front door.

If you need more space for family and friends, Casa Turtle Cove is right next door, and will sleep up to 7.

If your family includes an infant, we can provide a crib, just let us know in advance.

Please let us know if you would like delicious Mexican meals prepared and delivered to your table. Just give us a couple of days notice.

Rapunzel's Tower features high-speed Wi-Fi, and a telephone that you can use to call and receive calls from the United States, for free.

Come relax and let your hair down in Rapunzel's Tower!

Keywords: Casita (Guest House)

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
John or Camilla Ford (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

About John or Camilla Ford

We are a family of three (not including our pets!) We moved to Los Barriles from San Francisco when our daughter was 5 months old. We thought we would stay just 6 months, but doors kept opening, and we ended up building our house, working, and sending our daughter to school there. We now have more friends and connections in Los Barriles than in the States. We are currently living in Northern California because our daughter wanted to attend High School in the States. Now, we spend vacations only in Los Barriles. (At least for the next four years).

Why John or Camilla Ford chose East Cape

After renting for five years in Los Barriles, we decided to build a home. We loved the locations: the beautiful, winding arroyo leading to the sea, the proximity to the sea, yet protection from the wind, amazing view, and kind, peaceful neighbors. We had been visiting LB for vacations and for wind-surfing. It became a favorite of ours because how far away it seems, yet how easy it is to travel there. Plus, it has all the beauty and peace of other exotic places, but also all the conveniences.

What makes this cabin unique

John built the house so that each room would have a view. He wanted high ceilings so people could enjoy the space. The first trees we planted were fruit trees: mango, orange, lime, banana, and mandarin. The thing that made us fall in love with the place was the arroyo which we use as a path to the sea. We swim at least twice a day, so the path is well worn. We love to share our home with people.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I could not have been more happier than I was at Rupunzel's Tower!!!I I was by myself and did not really engage in many activities outside the casita (although there are numerous ones!!!). I was there to relax and do some writing and it could not have been more perfect for what I did. It is an extremely safe area with other casas around. I went for walks down to the beach (that is only a few minutes away by foot). I was afforded a BEAUTIFUL view of the Sea of Cortez. Amazing what looking at such a gorgeous view can do to one's outlook on life! I didn't even realize how down I was before I went to Los Barriles. After being there a short time my spirits began to rise! Just a GREAT place to get a better perspective on life! The casita is very nice and clean and has everything a person needs to feel comfortable. John, Camilla and their daughter Heidi, where absolutely the BEST!!! They are warm and friendly and helpful! Since they live there year round they are very aquainted with the different activities that are available, including the many that the town offers. They have a wonderful organic garden that I was freely able to pick from at my convenience, which is no small matter when one is staying an extended period and would like some variety in their meals. Also, the casita is exceptionally well priced!!! And to be able to stay in such a nice place and not have to pay too much...well, it is quite a value to say the least! I would highly recommend this vacation rental to everyone!!!Please feel free to contact me if you would like additional information.
Feb 2010
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Amazing Ocean Views, Near beach, Peaceful, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Biking, Wi-Fi
average rating of 4.965517 based on 31 reviews
5

Lovely, peaceful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Rapunzel's Tower was a delight. Just far enough from town to be quiet, but close enough to easily bicycle in. (Bicycles thoughtfully provided! :-)) The views are incredible and the property itself is gorgeous. We snorkeled off the beach right below the house and it was fabulous. Then we took some of John and Camilla's advice and drove to another beach just a bit further up the coast. It was even more perfect and completely deserted on the day we were there. Barilles is a great little town, particularly if you like seafood with your margaritas.

We loved everything about our stay and will be back as soon as we can!

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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5

Amazing

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying in the casita for two weeks in May. There are so many good things to say about it, I'll do my best to summarize. First of all the access to the water is unbelievable. If you are like us and just love the ocean and all it has to offer, this is ideal. It is a 4 minute walk, down a dirt road to the crystal blue waters of the Sea of Cortez. I would start my day with a morning swim along the coast, and as I swam along, I saw all kinds of fish as well as rays, it was unbelievable. There are two small reefs right off the beach that are great for snorkeling. One of the highlights was the leaping Mobula Rays, which you can watch from the balcony on the casita or up close an personal in a kayak. Having access to the kayaks was wonderful, we were able to paddle up and down the beach, finding different places to explore as well as paddling out and watching the leaping Mobula Ray show. The town of Los Barilles is wonderful, very low key and peaceful, with many good restaurants. Our two favorites were Piscis (next to Chapitos back alley parking area) and Cafe Maria (a bit tricky to locate, but there is a review on trip adviser that gives directions). We rented ATV's from Quadman and had great experiences exploring the arroyos and traveling along the road to Punta Pescadero (which has amazing snorkeling). Also took a trip to Cabo Pulmo for a dive adventure. Dove with Cabo Pulmo Diving (Pilu is wondeful), which was fantastic. Other than that, you can enjoy the solitude Los Barilles has to offer, it was a memorable and relaxing two week stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Melbourne, FL, USA
5

Amazing Views

  • 5 of 5

The tower is a cozy one bedroom unit with amazing views of The Sea of Cortez and the mountains, the morning sunrise and night stars are a great way to wake up and retire at night. The property caretakers Theresa and Fredrico are wonderful people, make sure to book a days fishing with Fredrico and have Theresa cook you a authentic Mexican meal, which was enough for two dinners for us (her homemade flan is to die for). We rented a side by side quad from Quadman for our stay instead of a car, had a blast driving the beach and exploring the area.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

We rented the tower, but we were offered the main house, so first of all, it was quite a deal. The house was easy to find and only a 7 minute drive out of town. It was a very short walk to the beach and I made a lot of use of the Kayak, which was included with the rental. The woman who watches the place stopped by most days and was very helpful. All descriptions in the add were very accurate.

One point I would add to their description. The nearby beach is somewhat rocky. We like to sit on the beach and swim, so we prefer a more sandy beach. If you go to the gas station just south of town and look across the street, there is a short road next to an rv park that goes to a wonderful sandy beach that is perfect for swimming, and has palapas for shade. Also, there is a wonderful little roadside shack restaurant just north of the gas station that had wonderful food, and much cheaper than the restaurants in town.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Tranquil

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent two weeks here for our honeymoon. The weather was quite warm. We usually went for a swim in the morning and the evening and spent the hottest part of the day either napping in the air conditioned bedroom, or driving into town for lunch. We had a great time and wish we could have doubled the length of our trip!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Minnesota
5

Absolutely perfect

  • 5 of 5

Peaceful, relaxing, comfortable and so lovely. We snorkeled, hung out at the beach, read books on the balcony, and slept soundly in the starry silent nights. The casita is clean and well equipped, with nice design details. Los Barriles is sleepy and charming. Highly recommend El Pirata for seafood dinner. John was a responsive host. We hope to return regularly.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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Rates & Availability

Los Barriles Cabin Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay
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$700
$2,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $50

If you stay longer than 3 months, the monthly rate is $1500 per month. If you stay for longer than one year, the monthly rate is $1000 per month.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Los Barriles Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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