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Mediterranean-like Neighborhood, Stunning Sea Of Cortez, Mountain & Boating View

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Lots of Boating Traffic Passes the House to Enhance the Spectacular View

This architect designed custom home was completed in 2008 with all modern conveniences. The tastefully appointed guest apartment offers privacy, is self-contained with one bedroom and incredible sunset views over the yachts at anchor and Tetakawi mountain. Total area of living space is 1,000 sq. ft., with private access , colorful gardens and a barbecue on the patio. This fully air conditioned residence offers tall ceilings, tiled floors and counters, cedar cabinets in a gorgeous modern Spanish style home. Watch the boating action as you sip coffee from bed or lounge on the decks overlooking a Mediterranean style view. Swim in nearby coconut fringed beaches, hike under the bluffs at low tide, or walk down to the marina, restaurants and shops. Rent a kayak or swim at the nearby Marina Terra Beach Club. Listen to live music at one of the beachfront bars, horse ride to secret oasis's or ATV to many incredible locations. Sail, kiteboard, snorkel, dive or fish from wonderful lagoons or off shore islands. This is truly an outdoor wonderland that includes many good restaurants and sporting activities including a golf course, pickleball and tennis courts to name a few.

Paul Bishop
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2017

About Paul Bishop

We are sailors who bumped into this boating mecca en route to our boat in Mazatlan and fell in love with San Carlos. We have been stunned at the number of friends we have made here, and our ever expanding social life. We love to sail to remote anchorages, hangout and snorkel. Also to ride horses through the arroyos and on the beaches. Paul is a retired harbormaster and accomplished sailor and artist. Cate helped establish a Global Health Center at Oregon Health & Science University and now is writing stories of her global adventures. It always feels great to arrive back in San Carlos, where the cares of the world drop away.

Paul Bishop purchased this villa in 2008

Why Paul Bishop chose Mexico

This is our home, we bought the land in 2003 and built several years later over a 2 year period finishing in 2008. We like the fact that San Carlos is only 250 miles South of the Arizona border and accessible by a 4 lane highway or flight from Phoenix, Arizona to Hermosillo, Mexico and then rent a car and drive down to San Carlos or take a bus or taxi. This is a boating mecca with two local marinas, moorings, dry storage, workyards and knowledgeable boat repair and maintenance people. We cruised extensively as far as Indonesia and with all the miles under our keel, we never found anywhere as appealing to set down roots. Watching the boating traffic pass by the house is magical. Mount Tetakawi located directly across San Carlos bay from our home is a historically sacred place of the Yaqui Indians and when the sun sets over Tetakawi it is very easy to see why they considered it sacred as the mountain, water and colored sky all come together in awe inspiring splendor. We love to walk on the beach and fossick in tide pools. Or sip Margaritas with friends while listening to music in a beach side palapa. One evening at the Soggy Peso, as my favorite band Bohemia was packing up, Omar the pianist launched into Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, as the sun set across the water it was so beautiful, I thought life couldn't get better than this! San Carlos rocks. Oh perhaps only the Sunset Bar and Grill rivals Bonifacio's Cotton Club Restaurant when the moon is full - stunning! Both are wonderful restaurants and the Soggy Peso, perfect for sipping on a Margarita while watching the sunset and the kiteboarders on the beachfront.

What makes this villa unique

The views are world class in a Mediterranean like neighborhood. We enjoy peace and quiet on the Caracol, and often get lulled to sleep with the lapping of the waves on the shore. It is so beautiful here, that any extra sight seeing activity around San Carlos is a bonus. The house offers excellent views of the yachts going by and beyond to the Sea of Cortez. Across the bay from the house is the majestic Tetakawi Mountain where both sunrise and sunsets can be astounding. We are walking distance to two charming, small sandy beaches and boating activity. There is a nearby Beach Club, with pool and kayaks. We enjoy security in our gated community as well as incredible privacy provided by the high walls and solid gate on the street and the amount of thought and design that went into the creation of the house.


Caracol Turístico Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Price is for 1 or 2 people. Extra charge of $25 per person per night up to 4 people max. Contact us about more people before you book please.
  • No pets please. The security deposit will be forfeited if pets are brought in.
  • Smoking inside the apartment will result in loss of deposit.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Bed is a queen size pillow top
  • The master bedroom features fantastic views, hard to get out of bed, unless for coffee. 2nd queen bed available currently stored in closet, can be setup in living room area.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Designed and constructed specifically as a private home with a guest apartment downstairs, the property affords amazing privacy and incredible views. Everything is to the highest standard and the property receives a lot of love that shows through everywhere.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(57 traveler reviews)

Mediterranean-like Neighborhood, Stunning Sea Of Cortez, Mountain & Boating View
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 57 reviews

Beautiful view! Well appointed casita. Wonderful visit!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a great place to stay in San Carlos! The casita is on the lower floor of a 2 story house. The owners live on the top floor, but we only saw them when we got in. They provided their phone number in case we needed anything, which we didn't as everything was well set up. The kitchen is well appointed with full set of plates, cookware and cooking utensils. There is a minimal supply of spices and oil. There is a microwave, blender, coffee maker and grinder, toaster and dishwasher. There is a gas bbq on the patio and also a set of two chairs and a table there. They have purified water jugs that you can refill if you are staying long enough. The bed was quite comfortable. There is a play area on the bottom floor with a sand floor, chairs (which you can also take to the beach), a little bar, a hammock and a beautiful garden. The views are amazing! Such a lovely spot. It's a short drive into a gated neighborhood up from the marina area at the west end of town. There are two small beaches you can walk to. The closest one is quite small and not as nice as the further one, which is a long walk or a short drive away. I would definitely recommend this property! They also suggested a flea market in nearby Empalme on Sunday which was a fun outing. There are nice suggestions for nearby activities in their notebook. We really enjoyed the hike at Nacapule Canyon!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay here was AMAZING! The home is so peaceful and had everything anyone would need for a perfect home away from home in Paradise! The views are incredible, not just standing on the terrace but breath taking morning views from bed and the kitchen! Inside the home the walls display Paul's beautiful art work that resembles the views from the house and beaches in San Carlos! The neighborhood really does give a Mediterranean feel as you look out and see all the brightly colored homes overlooking the ocean, especially this house in specific with all the gorgeous landscape surrounding the Casita! Location in general is great, it is calm and serene yet we were less than 15 min away from anything we wanted to do! The beach Club just down the hill from the Casita was also a fun experience, service was awesome and they have all sorts of activities to do for very affordable prices! Last but not least the owners Paul and Cate were the kindest people! They introduced them selves when we arrived and the few times we bumped into each other they always asked if there was anything we needed and gave us a few tips on restaurants and activities! With out a doubt I would highly recommend choosing this home & I will hopefully be returning to their Casita anytime I go back to San Carlos!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful spacious one-bedroom with stunning views!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 3 nights here and felt so safe behind the private gated entry of this beautiful home. The casita below the home has its own separate entrance and provides excellent privacy. The views from the balcony, bedroom, & living room are unbeatable morning, noon, and night. The rooms are very spacious and decorated with striking tropical artwork, and the outside balcony is quite large. We were equally impressed with the beautiful surrounding gardens. Paul & Cate are such nice owners. They had the NCAA basketball game on tv ( we had mentioned to them we were trying to arrive in town in time to watch our Zags), along with fresh flowers waiting for us. They called us right away to welcome us and let us know they were available and were very helpful with tips when we texted questions. We spent so much time admiring the view, the only thing more we would have liked would've been a couple lounge chairs on the balcony to relax in. Other than that, we give it a perfect score, and would love to go back again. We feel as if we have some new S.C. friends.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casita do los Cocos is a Genuine Gem

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently spent 5 enjoyable nights at the Bishop's Casita. We were hoping for a quiet and restful stopover spot and we were not disappointed. The private unit is absolutely charming and well designed. Everything we needed was available and worked perfectly (the Bosch dishwasher was whisper quiet). The wifi was reliable and fast. The bed was very comfortable. We enjoyed the Paul Bishop original art through out the condo. And, as advertised, the view was spectacular. We never tired of sitting on the balcony or the couch and watching the ever changing view. We hope to return and would without hesitation recommend a visit to all.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quite apartment in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

I booked the apartment for my nephew and his family (wife and one child) because the location is very close to where I spend my winters, I visited the place a couple of times, but my review is based on what my relatives told me. First, the owners seemed to want to ensure my relatives were comfortable--the put up a queen bed for my nephew's kid and even allowed my wife and I to enter the rental early to sneak in a welcome basket. The place seems perfect for a couple who enjoy watching the boats leave the marina, and the location is very safe and quiet. The view from the apartment is great, and though I kept my relatives busy, what time they did have in the early morning and late evening was spent sitting on the small but adequate outside deck. I was also told the beds were comfortable, the place was clean, and everything worked.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place and the view was incredible! Would definitely stay there again and recommend to friends.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Captain's Club
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
San Carlos Country Club
Nearest Train
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 15, four lanes
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Ski
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Caracol Peninsula
Car: recommended

San Carlos is famous for it's deep sea fishing, both summer and winter as well as being a premier boating destination in the Sea of Cortez. There are also many good diving areas, kiteboarding, mountain biking, hiking, softball league, great atving and side by side (Razr) roads and trails, pickleball, golf, resrtaurants and live music, a bird watching group and other outdoor sports.


Rates & Availability

Caracol Turístico Villa Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $200

$99 per night for up to two people. $25 per person per night for each extra person.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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