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Estate Guesthouse

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)+optional 2Br/1bath (sleep 12)

Luxury estate on the sandy beach of Punta Pescadero (point of the fisherman) where the sun shines 350 days per year. Enjoy world-class fishing on the Sea of Cortez where the only waves are generated by the wind. No wind and this is like a lake! No swells, no sea sickness, and no long trips in the boat. One to three hours of fishing with pick up on the beach in front of the house at 8 AM is usually enough to catch your dinner! Want fresh fish or lobster caught that morning without you going fishing, just ask and it will be delivered, and even cooked for you if you wish. Add a two-person guitar background to your dinner by the pool and you will truly feel you are in heaven, the hustle of life has been left behind.

Walk the beach for 'miles' without seeing anyone! No one selling anything, just walk and enjoy undisturbed nature at its best.

The house is finished with travertine floors, marble and granite countertops, marble bathrooms, and slate around the pool with palapa bar. The palapa sitting area on the beach is the place to be with a nice book to read. This is the life!

Griselda will be your maid for your entire stay, washing your dishes and clothes while keeping the property immaculate. Jose Maria is the manager of the property who will also be there every day to look after your needs. Jose Maria speaks fluent English, so no need to worry about language. Just relax and let him worry about your activities.

There are two master bedrooms with queen-sized beds. One has its own private bath and the second shares the full bath with the bunk room where four can sleep. Additional sleeping is possible on the couches or pool lounge chairs.

OPTIONAL rental of the lower floor of the main house with the extra 2 bedrooms and kitchen results in beds for 12 people. Inquire about extra costs and your needs.

**NO ONE will be in the 'main house' when you are in the guesthouse and vice versa. I adjust my trips around when there is a guest.

Bring with you: passport, notorized authorization for any minor children not accompanied by both parents, sunscreen, hats, swimsuits, sunglasses, sandals, light windbreaker (December to March only), get international access for your cell phone before leaving, buy your own liquor and food on your drive from the airport. Order fresh tortillas from the village of Cardonal to be delivered daily (Jose Maria, the house manager and your conscierge, arranges). Do not try to import beef or chicken into mexico. If you wish, you can ask to go to Costco on your way to the property and stock up for a long stay.

Enjoy the property and the beauty of Mexico. You will return 'walking slow, thinking slow, and talking slow' guaranteed!

Keywords: house, guesthouse

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About The Owner

I am a dentist, orthodontic educator, and I live to fish, my number 1 hobby. I found this location by being a private pilot, Punta Pescadero has the #1 paved airstrip in Baja outside of controlled airports.

The Owner purchased this house in 1994

Why The Owner chose El Cardonal

The best fishing in the world, no one selling you anything, the fantastic attitudes of the locals, and of course the airstrip. I do not have a plane anymore, having crashed it in 2001 (no one hurt).

What makes this house unique

Remote elegance and luxury. Whatever you want, just ask and my house manager will make it happen.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Sept 7-14, 2007: Don, We had a great time. It went so fast though! Jose Maria and Griselda were wonderful, as you said. Jose is a gem.The food in at the little town,Cardonal? On the road, was the best we have ever had.

Snorkeling to the left of the house was the best, so many fish! The fishing was good too, they brought home sea bass, we grilled and it was great. Had lobster too, wow.

We found 2 giant conchs!! They were as big as my head!! I think that was my highlight, so so cool!

Once again,Thank you for letting us stay.
Sep 2007
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El Cardonal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • One bathroom is shared, the other is adjacent to the '1st master' bedroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2) 2 bedrooms have a queen bed. if you need to accomodate more people, then inquire about the additional 2 bedrooms in the 'main' house, each with queen size beds and shared bathroom. Additional charge applies. , Bunk Beds (2) 3rd bedroom has two bunk beds (total sleep 4)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Paved Private Airstrip adjacent to the property for fly-in of private planes, Palapa Bar at the Private Swimming Pool, Additional Freezer, Daily Maid Service, Two Kayaks, telescope for starviewing, Los Cabos Airport (SJD) Pick-up and Drop-off, 22-foot Fishing Panga $200 1/2day, 24-foot Cruiser with Toilet $350 1/2day,$400 full day including All Fishing Equipment but Bait extra $30-40, Day Trips to Los Barriles, Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Jose, La Paz available. We take care of you from arrival to departure. Just ask Jose Maria, the Full-time House Manager and it will be done


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Estate Guesthouse
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 32 reviews

Casa McGann is a relaxing and incredible piece of paradise on the Sea of Cortez

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed a wonderful relaxing and peaceful 9 day stay in this amazing Casita! Really more of a house with ocean views and a beautiful pool. The beds were all very comfortable and plenty of room to relax. The weather was cooler than expected and quite breezy but the pool was a perfect 86 degrees day and night. We spent many hours in the pool looking out at the ocean and at the stars at night. The palapa by the ocean was a great place to watch the sunrise over the sea! The Casita is a short walk to Punta Pescadero which has a restaurant, bar, and amazing views! Breakfast and Lunch is pretty reasonable and we highly recommend the nachos! They were quite a meal.

One of the best perks of this rental was getting picked up at the airport and the drive back. No stress! We did fine without a car as Jose Maria was available to take us anywhere we wanted to go. Jose Maria and his wife Griselda are wonderful people. We are quite familiar with the area so needed very little help exploring but Jose Maria made sure we always had everything we needed. He keeps the property immaculate and would bring us eggs, ice, and wonderful homemade tortillas whenever we need them. Griselda is a awesome cook and we had her prepare us a meal the day we arrived. Terrific food! We even went to her restaurant in the quaint town of El Cardonal for more of her great food. She kept the Casita very neat and clean. She made sure we had fresh shower and pool towels throughout the stay.

Casa McGann is a beautiful well cared for yet unpretentious place to stay on the Sea of Cortez away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. Pack light and just relax! Plenty of room for a larger group yet just right for my family of four. Really a paradise and we so enjoyed the time with our family! Thanks Don for sharing your Casita and wonderful friends Jose Maria and Griselda with us. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Julie, Thank you for the kind words. I see you found what Punta Pescadero and especially what Casa McGann is all about. Your family is welcome back anytime. Don
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Bend, Or.


  • 5 of 5

This place is a great place to stay. Very, very clean, maintained daily.

Their is a multitude of things to do in a place away from the crowds.

Don, the owner set us up and told us everything we needed, and what to expect. Jose Maria the manager was awesome, and speaks great English. He also picked us up and returned us to the airport! I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for more of a secluded

non touristy, peaceful vacation.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2007
  • Stayed: May 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is my first year sharing this property with others and it has been a pleasure. We do "take care of you", not just expecting a guest to jump off the plane and find the true beauty of Baja, Mexico. I love this part of Mexico and others are now finding the same. Thank you for the nice words.
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  • 5 of 5

Second time at Don's house. Awesome stay! Jose Maria adds a big plus to the entire trip! We would certainly come back!!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice house on quiet beach. 20-30 min drive on dirt road to los Barriles.

  • 4 of 5

Quiet commmunity. Hotel nearby is great way to connect with others and get food and drinks

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I think this is the first review less than 5star in the 7 years i have been renting the house on vrbo. You did not mention anything you did not like in the review. Maybe it was the distance from the kite surfing spot in Batilles? The house manager says you received good service and seemed happy. Oh well, we enjoyed having you and your family is welcome back anytime. Maybe next time you will miss the wind and enjoy the house instead of kite surfing. Don
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Watertown, SD

A Great House in a Beautiful Beach Location!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and another couple spent five nights at Casa McGann and loved the relative remoteness of the beach location. Our exceptionally clean house had everything we needed. Here's what we really liked:

The pool (You can ask Jose Maria to adjust the heat)

The well-maintained grounds with many places to sit.

The daily laundry and cleaning service (something we don't expect at a vacation rental).

The palapa in front of the main house, where we watched beautiful sunrises every morning.

The uncrowded feel of the neighborhood. (If there were people staying in the other houses nearby, we didn't see them.)

Watching the occasional small airplane land or take off on the nearby runway.

Renting the ATVs from Jose Maria's brother and being guided by Jose's nephew to nearby petroglyphs. (This well worth the money.)

Eating at Jose Maria and his wife's restaurant in Cordanal. Great food at a reasonable price.

Having a great lunch at Hotel Punta Pescadero.

Though we weren't expecting it, the sea was mostly calm during the days we stayed at the guesthouse. We did several day trips during our stay including visits to the waterfall near Santiago and to the historic town of El Triunfo. Both of these are highly recommended.

The wifi was dysfunctional at best when we arrived but Jose Maria called a technician and after that, it worked brilliantly. The last 8 km stretch of road to the neighborhood is rough and and in places narrow and steep. But I'm not complaining. :-)

We would absolutely stay here again and we would certainly recommend this rental to anyone who might ask.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy that you got the "feel" of my house, which as you so well described is much more than a house rental. I started this rental 7 years ago for the purpose of showing off how nice mexico can be, dispelling the rumors of unsafe. You found what I found when I invested there. You are welcome back anytime! BTW, as irritating as the dirt road can be (having to go slow), it contributes to the overall "feeling" of not caring about small details for a true mexican vacation. It also keeps out the bandidos since they cannot make a fast getaway...Los Barilles, although nice, is not the same and what you get when you have better roads. That considered, I have learned to "like" the road.
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Nice property. Well kept.Quiet.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. 4- 50 year ago high school buds. The house was well equipped and very comfortable.The staff was really good. Clothes laundered and the place clean and tidy when we returned from a day of is a beautiful very quiet setting. Internet spotty and phone non existent ..and in our cases welcome.

The fishing was very good. We caught Dorado,tuna ,wahoo,marlin, yellowtail, snapper among others.Fresh fish every night on the BBQ /smoker provided.We all filled our 48 qt coolers after 4 days fishing. The other 2 days was catch and release or give to the crew if not viable to release.

If quiet and soltitude along with soaking in the beauty of this part of Mexico this is better than a doctors prescription.

The 4 of us travel over the world for both business and pleasure. We are a bit rough but discerning. We would highly recommend this place. We are all discussing the next trip and wondering how we can include our significant others kids and grandkids.

The owner Don Mc is very helpful and a fountain of information. He provided tidbits and advice from research to booking to the day before we left.Quick email responses.

Again an A1 experience

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
San Jose Del Cabo (SJD)
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Highway 1
Car: not necessary

Flying Private Airplanes from the Adjacent Paved Private Airstrip, ATV Tours to Waterfalls or on the Beach


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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