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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:
July 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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2 ...
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Price is for 1 or 2 people.
  • 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
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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 2
  • 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
  • Stereo ...
  • 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.


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average rating of 4.854839 based on 62 reviews

What an amazing visit!

  • 5 of 5

After many visits to Rocky Point this was our first to San Carlos/Guaymas, and it was more than worth the trip.

The Casita was just perfect for our stay, and based on the reviews and the pics posted it was exactly (or better) than we expected.

Even during mid summer the AC worked very well and kept us cool after being out in the heat all day; and if you want to do some cooking like we did the fridge/microwave/stove all work very well and are all in near new condition.

The ideas (provided by Paul & Cate) of where to eat, shop and what to do where very helpful and accurate, but in general San Carlos/Guaymas/Empalme are all pretty easy cities to navigate.

One unexpected highlight was Paul's artwork, which adorns the walls of the casita. Strong colors, defined lines, and perfect in capturing the local scenery. I'm far from an art critic but there were about 10 total and I personally loved them!

However, the single biggest selling point is the views from the balcony. Words really can't describe it so I'm not going to attempt to do so. The best I can say is look at the pictures provided and read some of the reviews on this subject...and that still can't do it justice. Its what you'll enjoy the most while your there, its what you'll remember after you've left, and more importantly if your like us its what will have you planning your return visit on your trip home.

Although Paul & Cate were not in town during our stay I'd like to thank them for the opportunity in momentarily sharing their little slice of heaven.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Peter for the nice review. I was never much of a photographer, so didn't ever get truly excellent photos of the property and the view; we've been told many times that the property exceeds expectations, especially the photos posted on VRBO. I am an artist and my paintings are available, so please ask if you are interested in any of them.
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The views can't be beat! Highly recommend for anyone looming to get away and relax.

  • 5 of 5

Truly a great Casita and value for the money. Views were more than expected and Casita felt like a second home.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation Experience

  • 5 of 5

Casita was as advertised and as enjoyable as the prior reviewers have mentioned. The owners were not at home during our stay. We will be back for another break. The road from Hermosillo is under construction with serious delays at times, in our case with 1 1/2 hr dead stop delay because of a collision blocking both lanes of a 2 lane portion of the road and no way of getting off the road. (Drive carefully!) The restaurants recommended by Paul and Cate were exceptional, especially the Sunset Bar & Grill.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello, Yes please drive carefully. The new 4 lane highway is going to be awsome when it is finished but during construction some stretches are two lanes only. Passing is not allowed but unfortunatly some people do. It is not the norm to have a major accident tying up traffic for so long, but like anywhere, stuff can happen. Drive defensively always everywhere in Mexico. Paul
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Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

we enjoyed the solitude and privacy of the place. It was layed out well, very clean and it was exactly what we hoped for. What's more, when we had a problem with our car, the owners were extraordinary! They provided a contact for support that was amazing! We are so grateful for everyone who helped us! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is why we avoid hotels.

  • 5 of 5

The Casita is the perfect stay for a couple. It provides a great view from either the living room or bedroom. Paul and Cate are the perfect hosts, there when you need them and non existent when you don't. It has a large bedroom with a very comfortable bed and large walk-in closet. The kitchen has all the items you might need when you want to cook a meal at home. We couldn't ask for a better rental; we plan on returning to San Carlos once a year to scuba dive and this will be our first choice when looking for lodging.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 3 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $200

$99 per night for up to two people and one car

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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