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Amazing Ocean Views, Near beach, Peaceful, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Biking, Wi-Fi

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps two adults, and we have a futon for one child)

'Rapunzel's Tower' is a 1200 sq. ft., private Casita (guest house) with enchanting views of the turquoise sea and the rolling mountains of Los Barriles. 3 miles from town, it is the perfect get-away from the hustle and bustle of the States.

Each night you will drift off to sleep with the sound of the ocean, and in the morning you will wake up to spectacular sunrises.

A 4 minute walk down a magical, meandering arroyo path brings you to a tranquil beach with great snorkeling reefs, kayaking, wind-surfing, kite boarding and fishing.

The casita features dramatic high ceilings and arched windows. Smooth Saltillo tiles add Mexican charm and beauty.

The cozy bedroom and full bath are located on the third floor, and offer amazing views. Downstairs is the kitchen/living room, and the first floor features a huge garage.

Right out the front door is a family-sized stone hot tub! There is nothing better than relaxing in the stone bath at night with a cool drink while looking at the sea and the stars.

The two outdoor patios offer beautiful views of the sea of Cortez, and provide a great place for meals, basking in the sun, or just reading a book. Since we are located in the banana belt, the winter temperatures are much warmer than other areas of Los Barriles.

Share our recreational 'toys': 2 mountain bikes, and 2 kayaks.. One kayak is set up for fishing, and the other is good for touring or wave riding. These goodies are all free!

Windsurfers, kite boarders, surfers and scuba divers: lessons and rental equipment are available. Standup paddle boards are also available at a local rental shop.

If you love pickle ball, we have beautiful new pickle ball courts about five minutes from our house. If you haven't tried pickle ball, we highly recommend it. It's great fun! Classes and equipment are available at reasonable prices.

Since we have been coming here for the last 20 years, we can direct you to our favorite beaches, mountain bike trails, fishing holes, snorkeling reefs, kayaking trips, private surf breaks, restaurants, and other secret spots. We love helping our guests have a great vacation!

Kite boarders: our Casita overlooks Turtle Cove, one of the least crowded kite boarding launches. This beach provides one of the few wave breaks in the area. North Beach, another popular kite boarding beach is located 5 minutes south.

Turtle Cove also features the best snorkeling reef in Los Barriles. You will see hundreds of tropical fish just a few yards from shore.

Kayakers, our secluded beach gives you a perfect starting point for your ocean adventures. Imagine beginning your day paddling among hundreds of beautiful Manta rays. Whale and dolphin sightings are also common and can provide kayakers with the thrill of a lifetime.

Fishermen! We know who the good skippers are, and can get you a discount on a boat. Excellent guide service is available for fly and surf casting fishermen.

The Casita is close to some of the best beach fishing in the area. Watch for the pelicans, grab your rod, and go catch some Roosterfish, Sierra, Pargo, and Jack Crevalles.

If you would like to rent an ATV, we can recommend the best rental agency. For getting around town, and exploring, an ATV is all you really need. It's also just a lot of fun! One of our favorite adventures is an ATV trip to the waterfalls. Pack a picnic lunch and swim in the secluded pool, surrounded by beautiful rock formations. Most of the time you'll have the whole place to yourself.

If you're a fishermen, an ATV gives you a huge advantage in chasing down those rooster fish. Racing down the beach in pursuit of feeding game fish is an adrenaline producing experience!

You are welcome to help yourself to our bountiful fruit trees. Imagine fresh grapefruits, oranges, limes, papayas, and mangoes right outside your front door.

If you need more space for family and friends, Casa Turtle Cove is right next door, and will sleep up to 9.

If your family includes an infant, we can provide a crib, just let us know in advance.

Please let us know if you would like delicious Mexican meals prepared and delivered to your table. Just give us a couple of days notice.

Rapunzel's Tower features high-speed Wi-Fi.

Come relax and let your hair down in Rapunzel's Tower!

"Promise only what you can deliver. Then, deliver more than you promise."

Keywords: Casita (Guest House)

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John or Camilla Ford
Member since: 2007
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2018

About John or Camilla Ford

We are a family of three (not including our pets!) We moved to Los Barriles from San Francisco when our daughter was 5 months old. We thought we would stay just 6 months, but doors kept opening, and we ended up building our house, working, and sending our daughter to school there. We now have more friends and connections in Los Barriles than in the States. We are currently living in Northern California because our daughter wanted to attend High School in the States. Now, we spend vacations only in Los Barriles. (At least for the next four years).

Why John or Camilla Ford chose Los Barriles

After renting for five years in Los Barriles, we decided to build a home. We loved the locations: the beautiful, winding arroyo leading to the sea, the proximity to the sea, yet protection from the wind, amazing view, and kind, peaceful neighbors. We had been visiting LB for vacations and for wind-surfing. It became a favorite of ours because how far away it seems, yet how easy it is to travel there. Plus, it has all the beauty and peace of other exotic places, but also all the conveniences.

What makes this cabin unique

John built the house so that each room would have a view. He wanted high ceilings so people could enjoy the space. The first trees we planted were fruit trees: mango, orange, lime, banana, and mandarin. The thing that made us fall in love with the place was the arroyo which we use as a path to the sea. We swim at least twice a day, so the path is well worn. We love to share our home with people.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I could not have been more happier than I was at Rupunzel's Tower!!!I I was by myself and did not really engage in many activities outside the casita (although there are numerous ones!!!). I was there to relax and do some writing and it could not have been more perfect for what I did. It is an extremely safe area with other casas around. I went for walks down to the beach (that is only a few minutes away by foot). I was afforded a BEAUTIFUL view of the Sea of Cortez. Amazing what looking at such a gorgeous view can do to one's outlook on life! I didn't even realize how down I was before I went to Los Barriles. After being there a short time my spirits began to rise! Just a GREAT place to get a better perspective on life! The casita is very nice and clean and has everything a person needs to feel comfortable. John, Camilla and their daughter Heidi, where absolutely the BEST!!! They are warm and friendly and helpful! Since they live there year round they are very aquainted with the different activities that are available, including the many that the town offers. They have a wonderful organic garden that I was freely able to pick from at my convenience, which is no small matter when one is staying an extended period and would like some variety in their meals. Also, the casita is exceptionally well priced!!! And to be able to stay in such a nice place and not have to pay too much...well, it is quite a value to say the least! I would highly recommend this vacation rental to everyone!!!Please feel free to contact me if you would like additional information.
Feb 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Los Barriles, Baja

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Amazing Ocean Views, Near beach, Peaceful, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Biking, Wi-Fi
average rating of 4.864865 based on 39 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying in the casita for two weeks in May. There are so many good things to say about it, I'll do my best to summarize. First of all the access to the water is unbelievable. If you are like us and just love the ocean and all it has to offer, this is ideal. It is a 4 minute walk, down a dirt road to the crystal blue waters of the Sea of Cortez. I would start my day with a morning swim along the coast, and as I swam along, I saw all kinds of fish as well as rays, it was unbelievable. There are two small reefs right off the beach that are great for snorkeling. One of the highlights was the leaping Mobula Rays, which you can watch from the balcony on the casita or up close an personal in a kayak. Having access to the kayaks was wonderful, we were able to paddle up and down the beach, finding different places to explore as well as paddling out and watching the leaping Mobula Ray show. The town of Los Barilles is wonderful, very low key and peaceful, with many good restaurants. Our two favorites were Piscis (next to Chapitos back alley parking area) and Cafe Maria (a bit tricky to locate, but there is a review on trip adviser that gives directions). We rented ATV's from Quadman and had great experiences exploring the arroyos and traveling along the road to Punta Pescadero (which has amazing snorkeling). Also took a trip to Cabo Pulmo for a dive adventure. Dove with Cabo Pulmo Diving (Pilu is wondeful), which was fantastic. Other than that, you can enjoy the solitude Los Barilles has to offer, it was a memorable and relaxing two week stay.

  • Review Submitted: 08/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Los Barriles guest house

  • 5 of 5

The tower is adjacent to a beautiful larger home overlooking Turtle cove 3 KM north of Los Barriles. It is perfect for a couple and is in a quiet residential area with easy access to the beach. We enjoyed using the kayaks and snorkeling. There is a wonderful pickle ball facility only 5 minutes away. Our favourite restaurant for dinner was La Casita. Theresa is a wonderful caretaker of the property. The sunrises and sunsets are a wonderful feature as the property is high above the Sea of Cortez.

  • Review Submitted: 30/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pretty place in a great location

  • 3 of 5

Location, location, location are the strongest points of this vacation spot. As advertised it is just a 3 minute walk down a scenic path to a virtually deserted stone beach - where the snorkeling is excellent. We really appreciated the kayaks provided - they were great for touring and/or fishing. The nearby coast road is a great place for a twilight walk or morning jog or bike ride. The nights can be quiet enough that you can hear the owls hooting in the nearby desert - but the quiet was unfortunately often interrupted for long stretches by a chorus of barking dogs. The clear desert air and absence of street lights makes for incredible star gazing. The house and its location are very pretty however the furnishings provided in the "Tower" are basic at best. The caretaker (Teresa) was very pleasant and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 15/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

John's "tower" rental is a nice little spot for a single or couple The second story is the bed/bath with a comfortable king size bed and ac. The lower level is the kitchen/sitting area without ac. If you close the shades around 9am but keep the sliders open it never gets too hot in the kitchen. In the evening a beautiful breeze comes down from the hills to cool things off. Sitting on the veranda in the evening with a cool beverage, the mountain breeze at your back, and watching the Sea of Cortez is a great way to end a day of exploring. There is great snorkeling within walking distance of the house, and even better snorkeling a short ride north of town. The fishing is awesome, and there are plenty of charter captains that charge very reasonable prices. Los Barilles is a wonderful little town with some great restaurants/bars, a nice little market and friendly people. I always feel safe here, even riding home at night.

The only thing missing is a good propane grill or wood oven, I missed being able to cook outdoors. If you plan to use the kayaks for fishing you had better make other plans. Neither kayak is really equipped for fishing and the bigger of the two is missing the backrest, rigging and rod holder. They are fine for a quick paddle but not any serious fishing or touring. I believe you can rent a kayak at the hotel in town or down at Rancho Leonero. I fished one day with Francisco, his wife Teresa takes care of the house, and we caught some nice yellow fin tuna and dorado...YUM! She will even prepare a gourmet meal for you at a very reasonable price if you don't like to cook. I plan to come back to this spot as soon as possible, Baja is awesome!

  • Review Submitted: 19/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property is beautiful, with wonderful views and fantastic aesthetics! Definitely as advertised.

  • 5 of 5

The Casita was wonderful and perfect for the two of us on our mini second honeymoon.

One amazing part of this rental not emphasized enough is the view and beauty of the sunrise as you're waking up. You can watch the ocean and skies transform from your pillow!

Very close to town although we recommend something more durable than our VW Vento...

The beach was within walking distance and had a variety of fish right there waiting for us. We had very pleasant experiences with neighbors and enjoyed the views and the area in general.

The walk in showers and stone outdoor tub allowed for some relaxation and enjoyment.

The only thing we would change was the firmness of the bed. However, our friends and family had the same experience, so it may be a Mexico thing to have a firm mattress.

  • Review Submitted: 14/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Wonderful stay, nice quiet location. Sound does echo from the main house quite a bit, so you can hear the neighbors, but overall we were out of the house adventuring so much it didn't matter. John was extremely helpful, and prompt with communication. He provided a whole list of recommendations prior to our trip, which was excellent for a first time visit. We saw Theresa daily when she stopped by to check on the house, she was very kind, helpful and an excellent cook! The atv was a little older so took some work to get started in the morning, but once it was running it worked great. Overall the casita is wonderful, with a beautiful sunrise view, and we look forward to working w John again.

  • Review Submitted: 21/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Los Barriles, Baja

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning AU$101.59
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$338.63

If you stay longer than 3 months, the monthly rate is $1500 per month. If you stay for longer than one year, the monthly rate is $1000 per month.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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