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Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Wireless Internet
  • children welcome


Minimum Stay
3 nights

Popular Features
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Wireless Internet
  • children welcome

About the property

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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Maureen Martinez
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish, Some Italian & French
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
February 28, 2017

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 Northern Baja

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

Loved the quiet, clean beach. Formerly lived in North End of San Felipe. This was so much better. Five of our former neighbors North of town came to visit us and agreed. House was completely furnished and the three of us were quite comfortable. South Campos great place to be.
Mar 2016
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.8333335 based on 39 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
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So great and enjoyable we are returning and recommending to friends

  • 5 of 5

Maureen and Frank are incredible hosts and now, our forever friends! We were given all information in a timely manner and our expectations were exceeded by the location (beach, surf, stars and extreme quiet as this is very small and well taken cared for campo. No hustle and bustle, loud neighbors or dune buggy. Great restaurant and fresh local farm produce weekly market just a few miles away. Kitchen was very well stocked and markets in San Felipe provided great meals too! Only complaint is we did not stay longer but we will be coming back for years to come! Thanks, Maureen and Frank, for a fantastic time and your sincere friendship!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was nice but farther out of town than we thought

  • 3 of 5

Our hosts Frank and Maureen were very pleasant. The beach was very rocky which made it hard for my 76 year old mother to get to the water.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cheryl, I'm so sorry you weren't entirely happy with your stay. When you left, you didn't mention any issues, in fact you all were very positive. My listing states how far we are from town. The little more than half hour drive to town is part of our tranquility in the South Campos, which most people enjoy. With regard to Nanci's inability to get to beach. We discussed how she could get there easily. I'm almost 10 years older and must be extremely careful. As soon as the tide goes out, there are clear paths to sandy areas and swimming. We have unusually high tides, twice a day-- not a good time to swim, just good for fishing. But, after the tide goes out, it's easy to get to the sand bars and walk and swim in the ocean which all of our guests have done, regardless of age. We've never had a bad rating like yours as it impacts our rentals overall, and our income, as well as our placement on the listing.
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Lil getaway

  • 5 of 5

Hubby and I had a great weekend at the casita. We had the beach all to ourselves. The sunrises were out of this world !

The first evening while sitting on the deck I looked up and saw the Milky Way like I had not seen since I was a child it was remarkable . For the next two nights I sat with anticipation waiting to see it again I was not disappointed. We were very pleased with the casita it was just as stated & in the photos, actually bigger and better than we imagined, we will be going back soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming and Views for days!

  • 5 of 5

Booked this place for thanksgiving week of 2015. It was awesome! It is a bit off the track from the main part of town, but that makes it so much better. The sandy beach was at our doorstep and we practically had it all to ourselves. My daughter (6yrs) loved searching for shells when the tide went out. We even found snails, octopus, and starfish. She had such an amazing time. The last night we were there, there was a full moon rising over the ocean, what a sight! The owners were super accommodating and very informative. I will be returning with my family soon!!!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casita Martinez, Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay with Maureen and Frank. Two of the loveliest people you could ever meet. We love Baja and this is the best place to stay for a relaxing vacation. The Casita is so charming and comfy with a full kitchen, bath and two bedrooms. You can stay in and watch movies, there's internet access for those who must have it although with miles of beach, and lots to do in town why do you want to play on your computer? They have kayaks for exploring, you can fish, walk on the beach for treasures or go into town for shopping. We take our dune buggy which makes the experience of Baja even better, you can drive for miles down the beach.

The Casita has a fantastic patio with palapas to shade you from the sun, there is a gas BBQ so no need to haul in anything extra for outdoor cooking. The kitchen is fully stocked with utensils. Bedding and towels are provided so all you need is your swimsuit, shorts, and flip flops!

For an amazing and relaxing Baja experience away from the hustle of town and people this is the place to stay. I highly recommend Casita Martinez! We'll be back again and again. I'd move in if they'd let me.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed having both of you and look forward to your next visit. You and I should put together a great Italian glad you and Dan took advantage of beach rides at sundown in your bright green buggy every afternoon along with Pancho and enjoyed the great food at our local Poblado restaurants. Take care and best wishes.
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Nearest Airport
220 Miles
San Diego, CA, Yuma, AZ, Phoenix,AZ
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



Rates & Availability

San Felipe Apartment Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

One time cleaning fee $50

$50 one time cleaning fee.
Monthly rate: $2,000.00
2 months: $3,000.00
3 or more months negotiable

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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 ...
  • 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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