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

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Bedrooms 1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Caracol Turístico Villa Rental Photos and Description

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.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Paul Bishop
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
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October 22, 2016
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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. Flights from either Phoenix or Tucson to Guaymas, a 15 minute car ride to our place from the airport, are due to start sometime in 2016. 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 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.


based on 44 traveler reviews

Mediterranean-like Neighborhood, Stunning Sea Of Cortez, Mountain & Boating View
average rating of 4.818182 based on 44 reviews

The property was as advertised with a view of the boats moving throughout the day from the porch.

  • 4 of 5

The owners were at the property and were gracious and made sure all was well with the casita we rented. We were impressed with the full kitchen that was stocked with the necessary implements needed when we wanted to prepare our own meals. The casita is well situated above the waters with fishing boats gliding in the waters as the sun reflected off them. We enjoyed our stay at this property and being San Carlos.

Bob & Velma Rutman

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Superb Mexico on-the-water experience!

  • 5 of 5

The casita was absolutely superb. Lots of room and extremely comfortable. Perfect privacy - you wouldn't know you weren't in the main house. The entryway and garden area is lush and very tropical. The view from the veranda was amazing - like the view from a high villa on a Greek island, looking down on the passing boats and across the bay to the sunset beyond the island mountains. Paul Bishop was the perfect host, ensuring that all went perfectly. This place has become my destination getaway.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Well appointed, great views, great location. We were there for a SCUBA diving trip. so we really weren't in the place much; but it was clean and comfortable. Fabulous sunset views. Great views from the bedroom as well as the living room and balcony. We did not use the kitchen, but it appeared to have all you would need. Limited American channels on the TV, so if you're looking for sports, they'll be hard to find (with the exception of tennis and soccer). Owner provided lots of information on the local area prior to our arrival. The neighborhood is very quiet. It is a bit off the beaten path, so you won't be walking anywhere; but we always stay in this area when we are there because it is close enough to everything, but more relaxing than the busier parts of town. I really enjoyed this place.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint Place To Stay In San Carlos

  • 4 of 5

I would not hesitate to book this Casita. It is clean and the views are amazing. There are a few things that could be upgraded though. If you are planning on cooking then I would suggest bringing some of your favorite pots and pans. The frying pans in the Casita are two very small ones without lids and 2 small pots. I tried to cook one morning and they just did not work for what I was doing therefore nixed this idea. Also, the bed has a memory foam topper on it and it tends to sag in the middle. The bed really needs to be replaced however, the view from it is amazing. The Casita is private however, if you are sitting out on the balcony and there is someone sitting on the upstairs balcony you really need to whisper, this tends to loose the privacy aspect. When sitting on the balcony at night it is eerily quiet and nice and all you can hear are the raccoons. One last thing, it would be great to have some kind of towel rack or hooks in the bathroom as you have to hang your shower towels on the shower block wall. The owners are great to communicate with and are very detailed in the "Casita Directions". If you want a small Casita comfortable for 2 with one of the best views in San Carlos then this is your place!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pots and pans- No need to bring your own pots and pans. We are bringing a new set of pots and pans down with us in October, 2016. The bed- We purchased a very expensive pillow top mattress and then added a layer of good quality memory foam to that. We like soft, comfy, snuggle into beds, but are now realizing that not everyone does. We would have no problems whatsoever if our guests feel the bed is too soft, to remove the memory foam and store it in the large closet. Need to whisper- The house was architecturally designed with the casita (lower level) in mind. The floors are more insulated and the private entrance flows well, there is a privacy gate part way towards the casita. Everyone tells us how private the casita is (please read the reviews). The stunning view is out towards the water and it was felt that both places needed to capture the unbelievable view. So yes, there are two decks stacked up overlooking the view. However, you would need to be leaning over the edge to hear anything from the casita. As a footnote, there were only two people staying in the casita and no one else at all staying on the property. Go figure. It is pure conjecture on these people’s parts and not appreciated in any way by us. Eerily quiet- We call it blissfully quiet. There is never any freeway noise and often very little man made noise at our property. We love lying in bed listening to the waves gently splashing onshore. The peace and quiet as well as the views are why we bought and built right here. We do not advertise the peace and quiet because it is a gated community with a couple of hundred houses and there can be car noise, dog noise and party noise. Thankfully not often, but not in our control either. Additional towel rack/hooks- That is a very good idea and we will install some more when we go down in October. We do try very hard to communicate with our guests and we are always available to help on your vacation if needed or wished. We pride ourselves on your having a great experience at our place. Casita for two- We agree with this. The casita is perfect for couples. Because not everyone fits into the two person mode, we have a door between the bedroom and living area and a second queen mattress stored in the large closet that is put out and made up if pre-requested. The price is the same for up to five people and children are always welcome. So the casita can be used as a very inexpensive unit with world class views.
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This property has the most spectacular views!!!! I loved every minute of our time there,!

  • 5 of 5

This is an area I could easily live, I love the view, the climate and the beautiful and diverse homes in the area.

Would love to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A memorable get away

  • 5 of 5

Stunning views overlooking San Carlos Bay while relaxing on the large deck, sipping margaritas, watching the sun set behind the mountains. What a perfect way to recharge! You enter the property thru a beautiful courtyard then follow the stair pathway to the very private casita that is open, bright, clean and very well maintained with all the amenities you'd ever need. The hidden treasure is the rooftop view at dusk. Two small beaches on the bay are a fairly short walk from the casita and well worth the work it takes to get back up the hill. The people in town are very friendly, helpful and proficient at gringo sign language. It was a lovely get away!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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 and other outdoor sports.


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Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $50

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Caracol Turístico Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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.

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