Frequently Asked Questions
Villa del Faro is within 3 miles of some of the best surfing on the East Cape.
|There are miles of empty beach, trails into the mountains, good surfing, ocean swimming, bird watching, snorkeling, scuba-diving near-by, whale watching from your private balcony.|
|We can arrange a fishing trip on the "Awesome." They
will pick you up in front
of the house and leave you back here at the end of the day!
$500.USD per trip
|Or we can arrange a few hours of riding on the beach at
Boca del Palmas.
$45.USD an hour
We can also arrange a fishing trip at Cabo Pulmo by Panga
Or a diving excursion at Cabo Pulmo
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|What do you mean by "Green Hotel"?|
|Villa del Faro is completely "off the grid." There are no phone lines and no electricity. We have developed this area in a "low impact" way. For example we will build around a venerable cactus instead of moving it.|
|What about water?|
|The East Cape is a desert, and there is no water. We use it sparingly and ask you to do the same. We provide bottled water to drink. We buy the water that comes out of the tap from a local ranch, then it gets purified. . .it is the gold of our paradise.|
|How do you get electricity?|
|All our houses run on solar power, supplemented by a generator on cloudy days.|
|How do you heat the houses in winter?|
|Every bedroom including the Stone Beach Cottage, has a working fireplace. We provide wood.|
|What else is "Green" about Villa del Faro?|
|The surrounding desert is a very delicate ecology. We try to be sensitive and respectful of the creatures we share it with, and the balance of natural plant and animal life around us.|
|STONE BEACH COTTAGE|
|Are there beach chairs and a beach umbrella at the cottage?|
|What do you mean for the adventurous only?|
|The Stone Beach Cottage is like very elegant camping! There is an outdoor shower and an out house which is about 12 feet up a rock path lit by solar lights. Also pictured, the summer house which has solar lighting and is built into the rocks. This is a place enjoyed by all our guests.|
|Are there any cooking facilities?|
|The Stone Beach cottage has a charcoal grill, a sandpit grill for cooking on the fire, there is also a small propane burner to make morning coffee.|
|Does the cottage come with staples like salt, sugar for coffee?|
|There is no food in the Stone beach cottage. We suggest you bring anything you might need. We can provide you with a cooler and ice to keep perishables in.|
|How safe are belongings in the cottage
if no one is there?
Have you had any theft?
|We have never had any theft, and there is a lock on the door of the cottage. However if you are worried you can leave valuables in your locked car or up at the Villa.|
|Is the traveled road visible so that we don't veer off the wrong path?|
|The road is quite clearly marked.|
|I believe I understand that once we are on the dirt road it is an hour to the Casa Alberca, correct?|
|If we were to drive into San Jose del Cabo would it be safer to go and be back before nightfall?|
|We recommend you do most of your driving during daylight hours.|
|How many miles from San Jose del Cabo to the Casa Alberca?|
|28 miles or 40 km from the turn off at the main highway. But mileage means little on a dirt road.|
|Do we need to rent a car from Los Cabos airport and if so,
what type of car do we need to drive the terrain?
|Yes, you will need to rent a car at the Los Cabos airport. Any car will do, although if you are planning to explore the area, we recommend a 4 wheel drive.|
|Would a taxi take us this far out ?|
|It is too far for a taxi.|
|Can you drive along the coast to reach you from San Jose Del Cabo, or is it best to go on the road from the airport as indicated on your map?|
|As long as you leave in the morning and are ready for an extremely rough ride, the coast road is beautiful. However we recommend coming over the Palo Escopeta road as shown in the map. The coast road is only graded occasionally.|
|We are interested in the gourmet dinner as well. How far in advance do we request the dinner?|
|A day in advance or in the morning.|
|Where do you buy your food?|
|We shop locally and when we can, we gather our vegetables from an organic farm in a town north of the airport.|
|Are there any other places to eat nearby?|
|There is only one restaurant nearby - it is two miles down the road and run by an American. It is called the "Crossroads Country Club." The food is decent and it is popular with the surfers. The best part is that you can walk along the beach to get there if you want to go for lunch.|
|What months are you open?|
|We close from the 1st of August until the 15th of October (which are the hot months here and is also when there is a possibility of hurricanes).|
photo: Blair Jones
|Is there a phone in the casa for emergencies?|
|There is an internet phone in case of emergencies only.|
|Is the ocean safe for swimming and snorkeling?|
|Yes, we live next to one of the safest swimming beaches in Baja Sur.|
|Do we bring our own snorkel gear?|
|We have snorkeling gear that we can loan to our guests.|
|When is the earliest that we could check into the Casa
and when is the check out time?
|Check in time is after 1:00 pm and check out is 11:00 am, but it is flexible.|
|When in San Jose, what phone number can we phone to reach you?|
|E-mail is our only means of communication. We really are off the grid!|
|Where can I buy groceries in San Jose?|
|To go grocery shopping we would suggest "Soriana." It is a large supermarket about halfway to San Jose from the airport. It is a couple of miles beyond the turn off to us. It will be on your left at a traffic light and its entrance is very clearly marked. Of course after shopping, you will have to turn around and go four or five miles back towards the Airport to get back to the Palo Esopeta road and the "No Tire Basura" signs.|
|"Exquisitely off the grid" is our motto.|
|Originally a private home for a large extended family,
the villa was built, as much as possible, around the cactus, leaving
many trees and natural plants untouched. Always aware of the ecological
impact they were making, the family chose to build little houses here
and there, rather than one huge imposing structure. The result is a
closeness to the desert, a sort of interaction between civilization and
the wildness of nature.
This haven was built as a conscious embrace of all living things. There was nothing here, so we learned to live on solar power and shower on a few gallons of water a day. As water is the gold of our desert, we ask our guests to learn to use as little of it as possible, as well. We also teach our guests to live "off the grid" on solar power without waste of energy, to recycle ( we provide the containers) and to think carefully before using unnecessary resources. ( Like the water to change linen unnecessarily). Everything at the Villa is run on solar power, supplemented by a generator when needed.
Of course the emphasis is on guest relaxation, but as you begin to understand the area and its limited resources you will no doubt feel proud to be supporting local conservation through accommodation that has been doing things the "green" way long before anyone thought it was important . . .
When we first began to build here we were hauling in trees, mixing cement in a hole in the ground, using nothing but hand tools. Everyone learned from the bottom up. All our roofs were poured by hand. Of course we support local artists and buy fresh fish from the local fisherman's cooperative, and fresh vegetables from the local farmers.
We have always lived this way here, however as Southern Baja has become a more popular destination, many hotels are springing up further down the Coast with shocking disregard to the scarce resources that make this land so beautiful. One of our goals is to be an example of the real practicality of living "green" without sacrificing either beauty or elegance. We helped to set up a protected Marine park in the area, where fishing is not allowed and responsible ecological rules are followed. We encourage our guests to visit the park and enjoy its extraordinary diving and snorkeling. We have been working most recently with a local group called "Los Angeles del Estero" who are fighting to preserve and protect the threatened estuary in San Jose del Cabo. The estuary is not only the home of many endangered species, but a stop over on the migration route of many more.
We encourage our guests to visit it.