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jim smith

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

This is what a beach vacation should be....with miles of secluded beach.

16 Reviews
Sleeps16
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms6
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Overview

Baja California Sur Estate Rental Photos and Description

Private estate right on the beach with 7 Bedrooms, 6 Baths, (Sleeps 16)

Miles of amazing beach at your doorstep...this is why you come to Mexico; for the beaches, and not just a 'view' of it.

Only minutes from Cabo, enjoy the most spectacular beach in Baja. Over four miles of private beach shared with only a dozen private homes. This is what a beach vacation should be... THE BEACH is a vacation home for families. Although we are only minutes from Cabo San Lucas, we are light-years apart. The closest hotel is 12 miles away, there are no beach vendors constantly bothering you, and the nearest bar is 10 miles away. Here, families can safely hike the beautiful desert mountains, arroyo waterfalls and caves are a peaceful stroll away, and the beach is simply spectacular with miles of secluded white sand and natural rock formations. And then there’s the hammocks—There is nothing quite like a siesta in one of your hammocks, the constant sound of the Pacific surf and the steady breezes rock you to sleep as palms sway.

Our weather is perfect! Being on the Pacific, we are 75-80 during the day, and low-sixties at night. And that’s ten months a year. Even when it’s 100 degrees in Cabo in June and July, we’re still in the low 80’s.

The home itself sits on 1.6 acres of the most amazing and beautiful property in Baja. We have 200 feet of beachfront, and the home sits atop a 30’ granite bluff. Steps lead to the beach, where we have a small grotto for nighttime campfires, and then four miles of perfect white-sand beach dotted with granite and limestone rock formations. To our east are the Sierra de la Laguna mountains, rising to almost 6,000 feet. Sunrise over the mountains, sunset over the Pacific.

Whale Season at THE BEACH is simply amazing! From November thru February thousands of Gray Whales migrate from Alaska to the Sea of Cortez, passing closer to us than anywhere else on the Pacific coast. Typically we'll spot 30 or 40 a day, right from our own back yard, and often within 50 yards of the beach. Breeching and spy-hopping is common, and a sight you'll never forget.

To meet your needs, our American property manager / concierge lives in the casita at the entrance to the property, just outside the gates. You’ll always have total privacy, but they are always close by when needed. Daily maid service is included.

Very few large vacation homes here are actually on the beach, so if you're coming to Cabo for the beach, check them out. Beachfront and Oceanfront don't necessarily mean you can walk down a few steps and be on the beach as you can here.

Chef services are available for $385 pp for the entire week including breakfast and dinner meals.

Keywords: private beach, luxury estate,

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
jim smith (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About jim smith

Susan and Jim Smith purchased the land in 1998, then were transfered to Paris for two years. While living in Paris, Jim traveled between Paris and Cabo to supervise construction of their beach home. In 2002 the final phase of the home was completed and we lived here part-time, splitting time between here and Dallas. What started out as a 1,200 sq ft vacation home ended up near 8,000 sq ft with 8 bedrooms, two living rooms and a 120' patio overlooking the Pacific. We now spend about 3/4 of our time here at the beach, and the rest of the time in Dallas with our children and 5 grandchildren.

jim smith purchased this estate in 2000

Why jim smith chose Baja California Sur

Why did we build THE BEACH? Four miles of private beach. Migrating whales literally in our back yard. Incredible fishing. Nearby Todos Santos, which is much more quaint and enjoyable than Cabo. Nearby arroyo waterfalls. Perfect weather: our weather is so different than down in Cabo because we are on the Pacific. August and September are hot, but the rest of the year it's 75 during the day and low 60's at night. And it never rains, with about 360 days of pure sunshine. Spend a day here, and you'll understand why this is paradise.

What makes this estate unique

THE BEACH! The close proximaty to water sports and activities. And the privacy.

Reviews

5
based on 16 traveler reviews

This is what a beach vacation should be....with miles of secluded beach.
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
Denver, CO
5

Look no further!!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned for the most fun company team building retreat EVER!! This home is everything and more. Honestly the photos don't even do it justice. This is the absolute perfect place to go if you are looking for a place to entertain and relax! Our group was 13 people and we couldn't have had more fun!! Jim is beyond helpful with just about anything you could possibly need. Honestly it was just PERFECT! On a side note his two dogs Diego and Sophia became a part of our group too and I don't think there are more amazing, sweet dogs out there.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Best family vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

We had a large family gathering with 16 of us and enjoyed the serenity and beauty of this fantastic beachfront home. We stayed during the last week of June and the weather was fantastic. The waves were beautiful and the walking on the beach was so peaceful. Jim was a wonderful caretaker, going above and beyond to make our stay fantastic! Jim even arranged a golfing outing for us at the finest course for the golfers in the group. Our experience began when Jim met us at the airport and waited while we secured our rental cars. He proceeded to accompany us to the Costco where we picked up some provisions, and then escorted us to his beautiful home. The home was perfect, huge open patio areas and cozier internal spaces with nicely sized bedrooms (essentially private villas with private baths). The kitchen was well equipped including everything we needed to prepare the meals we planned and he even welcomed us to use his spices. It was amazing living ‘off the grid’, and the only time we were concerned about our power usage was during the morning coffee brewing period. We were even able to do a few loads of laundry. We all enjoyed the company of the dogs Sophia and Diego, although Jim took them to his casita in the evenings and repeatedly mentioned that they could stay there (but we declined and wanted them to spend the day with us). The pool was also relaxing, and several of us had more than one nap in the hammocks! We had plenty of space to get together or remain separate as desired. The ocean views were just so gorgeous, from sunrise to sunset we enjoyed the natural surroundings. Thank you Jim for opening your home to us for a perfect family vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colorado
5

Absolutely Amazing!!!

  • 5 of 5

We chose this property for our intimate wedding because it was so private. We had a diverse group of 22 from grandparents to children and in between. It was a great place to bond - enough privacy to have your space but also spend time together. Touring the place when we arrived was one delight after the other. Jim, the owner, was like magic - invisible unless you needed anything. We had the most amazing time. This villa has everything you could possibly need to have an awesome time all day every day. The view is absolutely amazing. The private beach was perfect for our private wedding ceremony. This was the trip of a lifetime and we certainly hope to return. GO! You won't regret it!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Georgia
5

An Amazing Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The previous reviewers have not exaggerated! Cocina Pacifica is simply the best! We are a family of fourteen from Georgia and Colorado who were happy to find out that all six girls ranging from 3-13 had the same Spring Holidays this year. Looking on VRBO, we found this home near Cabo large enough for all of us. We stayed nine nights and opted for the complete package. Jim is a superb chef---we had fabulous dinners every night outside overlooking the Pacific at sunset! We even had some exciting whale sightings after the whale season! This is perfect for all ages. We celebrated a 7th birthday---we ask Jim if he could get a cake---he not only did that, but brought a sombrero and pinata as well for a true Mexican birthday celebration! We had a day trip to Todos Santos and a day trip to Cabo San Lucas, but were extremely happy to spend most of our time at Cocina Pacifica. I cannot say enough about what a perfect vacation spot this is!

Thank you, Jim!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Family Retreat!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed a fabulous Holiday reunion at "Cocina Pacifica" - an amazing ocean front villa! Owners Jim and Susan were great and easy to deal with - for example notwithstanding we had rental cars Susan arranged to meet us at the airport and take most of our luggage which freed us to get supplies before heading to the villa. They were available to help when we needed anything yet were pretty much invisible during our stay and their care taking couple were great! Interestingly, their property showed no signs of the devastating hurricane Oddie which struck in September.

We loved the setting being so close to a vibrant living ocean with the whales, dolphins and flying manta's entertaining us while being surrounded by a totally opposite but equally appealing arid landscape. We rarely saw anyone on the beach and enjoyed the privacy of our gang playing on the beach, boogie boarding and fishing.

The Villa really exceeded our expectations - from a completely equipped kitchen that easily handled the feeding of our family - complimented with fun patio "Firepit" tables to enjoy meal times around, to the clean, comfortable, separate suites which easily accommodated all 15 of us providing lots of space. The younger ones enjoyed playing in the pool while others could relax in the numerous comfortable lounges and hammocks. The large ocean front patio was a great setting for exercise classes, games and just watch the ocean action - no crowds to worry about - just us!

If you're looking for a first class, private setting for a family vacation and retreat you won't do better than "Cocina Pacifica". Collectively, "we didn't want to leave"!!!

Thanks Jim and Susan!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing home and experience - Whales, beach, great food, family time

  • 5 of 5

We just finished spending a week at Cocina Pacifica to celebrate my dad's 80th birthday. We went with our extended family from ages 80 -11. Everyone had a wonderful time. Our top reasons why we loved Cocina Pacifica:

1) The View and Whales - we have been to Kaikoura, New Zealand and the the coasts off of Boston to see whales. At Cocina, you can enjoy a cup of coffee and sit out on your own front porch and view both California Grays and Humpbacks. Whale watching became a favorite pastime for both young and old.

2) The location - we are actually a family that would not have liked to stay in congested Cabo. Finding a place close enough to drive into Cabo if we wanted to but was tucked away on our own beach was ideal. The house has a pool and hot tub, plenty of space in the front to exercise if you want (our kids played street soccer) and the beach right down a flight of stairs was perfect for sunbathing and throwing the football around. The surf at this beach can be a little bit too rough for swimming unless you are really strong. The house is also fairly close to Todos Santos (25 min. drive), a more authentic place to visit than Cabo, if you are looking for some culture.

3) Cerritos Beach - just 10 minutes from the house, is the best surfing and boogie boarding beach we have been on in a long time. Everyone boogie boarded and surfed including my father who is 80 and has never boogie boarded in his life. The water is a great temperature and the waves just keep coming. There are also vendors (not too many to annoy you) who will rent you beach umbrellas and surf boards. The house has boogie boards and beach chairs. There are really cheap, delicious, and safe tacos stands at the entrance to this beach off HWY 19.

4) Family time - the house is solar run and we loved the owner's environmentally conscious way of operating the home. Our children (ages 11- 21) became more thoughtful about how we use energy and how often they feel the "need" to connect on the internet. It allowed everyone, including our social media active teens, to take a break from being connected constantly. (House has fine internet connection but not all 17 people can be active on it at the same time)

5) Under the Stars - the stars at night are crystal clear and you can even make out some planets. The house has wonderful hammocks to enjoy the view at night.

6) The great pantry - we all gained about 5 pounds this past week

7) Owners - Jim and Susan, really helpful and generous!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amenities

Baja California Sur Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 8000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 36 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
  • 6
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 2 double
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 8 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double
  • 2 suites with king beds, 3 suites with two double beds, and two suites with queen beds.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
THE BEACH is 20 minutes north of Cabo on the Pacific. We have full-time American concierge who lives in a private casita at the entrance to the gated property. We share over four miles of private beach with a dozen other gringo estates--no nearby hotels or beach vendors. Just miles of peaceful serenity. We also have all the equipment for surf-fishing right in front of the estate.

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