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“Very relaxing and unusual place”
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Palapas Resort
Oakland, CA
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7 reviews
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“Very relaxing and unusual place”
Reviewed August 28, 2011

Our family of four stayed here in "Casa Mango" for a week. John (the owner) and Amanda (resident manager) were very helpful and accommodating. The resort is a compound in the residential neighborhood of Playita, on the far side of the marina from San Jose. That means that if the neighbors are playing mariachi music at night, you get to hear it. But the place is beautifully set and Casa Mango has an upstairs deck that connects to the small infinite pool. We spent a lot of time up there at night, looking at the stars, and during the day, dunking in the pool. The beach is a short walk away, and a couple of restaurants are also within walking distance. There's also a tortilleria just around the corner for excellent fresh tortillas.

This is definitely a place for you if you're not into the "resort" lifestyle. It's residential and laid back.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Palapas1, Owner at Palapas Resort, responded to this review, September 14, 2011
Thank you so much for your review!
Palapas Resort is a surfers dream and a fisherman’s delight, not to mention ideal for yoga retreats. Palapas is the perfect getaway for those looking for a Baja vacation the way it was 20 years ago. Welcome to La Playa, one of the last little fishing villages of its kind. Located in Puerto Los Cabos near San Jose Del Cabo, Baja, Sur, where old world meets new world with one of the finest world class Marinas located in the only traditional fishing village in all of Baja. Go fishing from one of the Panga boats to the hottest fishing spots known as Gordo Banks. Our beaches are one of the few unvisited swimming beaches in all of Los Cabos. Palapas is close to all the finest surfing and just a hop & skip to beautiful downtown San Jose Del Cabo. You will have the best of both worlds at your fingertips. Palapas is really cut out of very special cloth. All of our staff loves it, and we know you will too…
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california
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Reviewed May 23, 2011

Great place to stay.. Good location near the harbor. The kitchens were very useful for making margaritas! Would definitely stay again. Nice hidden gem.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
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Reviewed May 2, 2011

My husband and I stayed at Palapas Resort on Easter weekend--and I wish we had planned a longer stay there! The rooms are cute and affordable, and there is a great courtyard to hang out in. So great, in fact, that although we originally planned to go into town for dinner, we were enjoying the ambiance so much that we stayed in and cooked dinner and had drinks there since we had an awesome kitchen in our room (there is a BBQ outside in the courtyard, too!).
We awoke to the crashing of waves, and decided to take the short (5 min) walk down to the beach. Palapas Resort is super close to a swimming beach with beautiful, warm water. The manager of the hotel then suggested a great farmer's market nearby that runs every Saturday and a yummy fish taco resturant for lunch. Ask her for tips--she knows the city well.
Overall, great location (5-10 minute drive into the adorable town and 5 min walking distance to the marina and beach), incredibly nice and helpful staff, and cute rooms. I've already told my family about the entire hotel rental option (which is a great deal for big families and groups), and we plan to go back!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Santa Cruz, CA
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Reviewed October 31, 2010

My wife and I stayed at Palapas on our first trip to Baja and the San Jose del Cabo area. My favorite parts were strolling through and enjoying delicious food in the nearby fishing village of La Playita, as well as the proximity to both the beach. Both are just a few minutes walk from Palapas. We stayed in one of the main houses which was clean, well kept, and well equipped for cooking and trying to come up with the perfect home made margarita recipe.

Beyond the basics, the thing that will draw me back to Palapas is the location. When I first visited, I knew next to nothing about the region. I was grateful that we chose Palapas because it is situated in a relaxing and mellow neighborhood, yet is close enough to the amenities that San Jose del Cabo offers. The ever-popular Cabo San Lucas down the road is fun for a night out, but was too much of a tourist trap for us to have wanted to be based out of for our stay.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Redwood City, California
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Reviewed October 27, 2010

This is a nice relaxing retreat and great for a group of people. The house offers several private sleeping quarters, full kitchens/baths, and even a fish station and pool. We were able to live, cook and entertain ourselves in our own private compound. The place offered views of the beach which is within walking distance and close to the harbor. If you wanted to go to San Jose or Cabo, not a far distance to town. Sweet!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed October 23, 2010

Loved this place. Tropical Paradise...warm breezes. Quiet area...near quaint artistic town. So cute with authentic palapa roofs, mature tropical foilage and bright mexican colors. Has full kitchens!

Went with my Mother and 2 year old daughter. We had so much fun. The hotel is perfect for families. Eat breakfast...Play in the pool and on the beach in the late morning. Come back for lunch and a relaxing siesta under the palapa roof. Then go for swim again and go out for dinner or BBQ carne asada on the outdoor grill. Baby goes to bed and you can relax on the patio with a damiana margarita or two...

Can't wait to come back with a group of fun loving friends and rent the whole hotel.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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soul329, Manager at Palapas Resort, responded to this review, July 6, 2011
I am so glad you came to visit us here at Palapas Resort. Our little guest house in is very unique and definitely is a fit for the easy going self directed traveler. I am glad you liked our laid back atmosphere and were able to make yourselves at home here. Thank you so much for your review and pictures.
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed October 22, 2010

This fun and unique retreat has much to offer to a group of family or friends. From the pool on the terrace, the exotic foliage in the gardens to the ping pong table; everything you need is in the compound or very nearby. The beautiful beach is a short walk and the La Playita village has great restaurants and fun shops including some nice jewelry stores. If you're looking for a fun and relaxing getaway this is your place!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Palapas Resort
Address: Puerto Los Cabos | Delfines Y Pezgallo, San Jose del Cabo 23401, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > San Jose del Cabo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in San Jose del Cabo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Palapas Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Palapas Resort - an 'Eclectic' Guest Inn. Palapas Resort is a surfer's dream and a fisherman's delight, not to mention ideal for yoga retreats. Great for families from one person to small groups. Palapas is the perfect getaway for those looking for a fun Baja vacation the way it was 20 years ago. Welcome to La Playita, one of the last little fishing villages of its kind. Located in Puerto Los Cabos near San Jose Del Cabo, Baja, Sur, where old world meets new world with one of the finest world class Marinas located in the only traditional fishing village in all of Baja. Go fishing from one of the Panga boats to the hottest fishing spots known as Gordo Banks. Our beaches are one of the few unvisited swimming beaches in all of Los Cabos. Palapas is close to all the finest surfing and just a hop & skip to beautiful downtown San Jose Del Cabo. You will have the best of both worlds at your fingertips. Great for the younger or older world traveler, or anyone that just wants to hang and chill and just have fun. We have beautifully lush landscaped grounds with hammocks and large flat grassy areas that would be perfect for yoga retreats such as Bikram, Hatha, or other. There are several guesthouses, large and small of various sizes to accommodate large or small groups, along with a very unique shared second story Infinity pool with incredible panoramic ocean views! With four main structures, three full kitchens, four bathrooms and comfortable beds, breathtaking ocean views, a short hop to the sand & conveniences and only a five-minute drive to beautiful San Jose Del Cabo---You have the choice to do your own thing in a relaxing and very stylish home-like retreat. Palapas is really cut out of very special cloth. All of our staff loves it, and we know you will too. Give us a call or send us an e-mail. ... more   less 
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