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OUR HOME FROM THE BEACH
YAKING WITH THE DOLFINS
GUARD STATION AT ENTRY
NEW LAT SCREEN TV AND BLURAY PLAYER
CASITA ABOVE GARAGE
MONSOON SEASON-SWEET RAIN
OWL ON GRAND CARDON NEAR OUR HOME
SAILING RIGHT BEHIND THE HOME [taken from deck of home]
HOME FROM THE BEACH
YAKING WITH BUDDIES [taken from deck of home]
HOW REMOTE? TAKE A LOOK.....
APPROACHING THE HOME.
ADOLFO, HEAD OF SECURITY AND KEY MASTER
FESTIVE TILE BATH
HOUSE SITTER, BLUE HERON ON THE PALAPA
BEAUTIFUL NEW BEDDING IN THE LARGE [SLEEPS 6] BEDROOM
BEAUTIFUL HOMES ON THE BEACH
HOW TO GET HERE
COOL RAISED SINK IN BATH 2
BILLIONS OF SHELLS 16  MILES DOWN THE BEACH
STAIRWAY TO HACIENDA
THANKSGIVING 2012 BASH
HACIENDA OUTSIDE SAND SHOWER
LUSH MATURE LANDSCAPE
YUP, THAT'S HOW IT FEELS
FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN
TYPICAL SEA, PELICAN AND PONGA [Nov 2012]
DOUBLE SETS OF SILVERWARE
ROOF TERRACE
CUP OF COFFEE?
BUGAMVILIA
GLASSES ANYONE?
WHALE ON THE BEACH [5 miles up the beach]
MORE GLASSES ANYONE?
UPPER TERRACE
MISC [EVERYTHING YOU NEED] UTINSELS
LITTLE SKIM BOARDER
BOWLS, ELEC STUFF, ETC
SEA LIFE AND MILLIONS OF SHELLS
BIRD ISLAND-HOME TO OVER 3,000 SEA LIONS [about 25 miles north]
KIDS OF ALL AGES LOVE THE BEACH
BEACH STARFISH [right behind the home]
NEW KING BED IN MASTER PLUS TRUNDLE BED
SKIM BOARDING IN THE TIDE POOLS [taken from deck of home]
TRUNDLE BED AND DRESSER IN MASTER
VOLLEYBALL ON THE BEACH
PORTABLE CRIB, GAMES AND PUZZLES CLOSET
COOL TRANSPORTATION IN Y GRIEGA 25 MILES TO THE EAST
PELICAN ON THE BEACH [1 mile north of home]
BEAUTIFUL WOMEN AND BUGAMVILLIA
TYPICAL SUNSET FROM THE DECK
MASSIVE GRAND CARDON JUST A FEW MILES AWAY [8 miles east of the home]
FAMILY FUN ALL DAY LONG
VIEW FROM KITCHEN TO THE SEA
900 TO 5,000 YEAR OLD POTTERY WITHIN 1/4 MILE
TWO SETS OF BUNKS WITH OCEAN VIEW
MASSIVE SAGUARO CACTUS WITHIN 1 MILE
SWEET COLORFUL MEXICAN DECOR
A LITTLE BAG OF CHEETOS FOR THE WAY HOME
SHRIMP BOAT IN THE SEA [taken from deck of home]
HUGE SAND DOLLAR [found on the beach by our home]
TYPICAL DESERT SUNSET [7 miles from the home]
RAINBOW OVER THE SEA [taken from deck of home]
RARE WHITE PELICANS [taken from deck of home]
NOV 2012 SUNSET FROM DECK
MASSIVE MUTANT CACTI [10 miles north]
AINCIENT PETROGYPHS [40 miles east]
ANOTHER TYPICAL SUNSET [taken from deck of home]
BIKE RIDES IN THE DESERT EAST OF THE HOME
GREAT BLUE HERONS [1 mile north]
VIEW OF THE SEA FROM THE ROOF TERRACE
LIVE SEA HORSE
BIRDS ON THE BEACH
SWEET BLUE JELLYFISH [the size of a softball and non-stinging]
MOUNTAIN OF PINK/WHITE SHELLS
WHALE SKELETON AT CEDO
PADRE KINO MISSION [in Pitiquito 55 miles east]
THE 2ND LARGEST ASPARAGUS PRODUCING AREA IN THE WORLD
GIANT SEA TURTLE [3 miles up the beach]
FATHER & SONS IN THE DESERT
I AM TALKING HUGE
HAPPY FAMILY VACATION NOV 2012
FAMILIES STROLLING THE BEACH
FRONT YARD AND STAIRCASE TO CASITA
YAKERS IN OCTOBER 2012
YAKING THE WAVES-NOV 2012
BLUE HERON IN TIDEPOOL NOV 2012
MORNING MOON OVER THE SEA NOV 2012
HIKING HOME
YAKING THE WAVES
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14
Puerto Penasco, Northern Mexico

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Melissa U
Madison, Alabama
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Heaven on earth.”
Reviewed May 27, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

This home is so tranquil, with the beautiful sea out your front doorstep! The accommodations are very inviting. We stayed at the house for the entire stay and never even wanted to go to town! If you want a very unique, and private vacation this home is for you! Thank you Milo and Bonnie!

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Liked best: The rooftop balcony
Liked least: Wi fi was sporadic,
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Russell M
1 review
“A fantastic beach vacation away from the crowds”
Reviewed April 10, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Our time at Santo Tomas was wonderful. Our only problem was that we didn't stay long enough! The beach house was comfortable, clean and well-appointed with everything we needed. We were a group of 8 people. Plenty of room. Beds and bathrooms were clean. Wifi was a little spotty but we didn't really care. We spent our time relaxing and having fun on the beach. The hosts were very generous and helpful. We look forward to visiting here again and spending more time. Highly recommend this location.

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Traveling group: Large Group
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Large groups
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JamiM33
1 review
“everything you could ask for”
Reviewed April 9, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

everything you could want for a well paid for vacation. There's something that can satisfy everyone. The place is perfect. They have everything you could need for an amazing trip to do as you please and the owners are extremely hospitable. The best hosts I've seen in a long time. you want to play games? they have them. want to bbq? there's a bbq. want to kayak in the ocean? all part of the deal. tubes? got em. life jackets? Of course. Boogie boards? You know it! Not to mention full kitchen set up with what you need plus washer dryer towels sheets tv wifi if you want everything! The location offers beach privacy unlike most tourists locations in Mexico(which are more expensive, more people, and less accomadating). Price is great for all this. I have zero complaints except that I wish I lived there!

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Management Response
Apr 9, 2015
The only way you could have improved your stay was to...STAY LONGER. See you next trip.
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Stephen H
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Private, secluded, serene, breathtaking Mexican Shangri-la!”
Reviewed March 16, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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What a wonderful experience. I have alot of fond memories of Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point). As a boy our family would travel there every fall. It has been years since the last time I visited.
I wanted to share the same experiences I had in Mexico with my children. When I heard about this vacation rental it appeared to have everything we wanted and more.
We drove from Southern Utah The directions that the home owners gave us were very detailed, easy to follow and guided us directly to the home (through some of the most beautiful parts of the Sonoran desert I might add).
When we arrived at the home we were instantly awed by the magnificent views of the ocean and desert. The craftsmanship of the home (the outside) was superb and captured all the Spanish flavor and architecture you might hope to find in Old Mexico.
Upon entering the Hacienda we again floored with the beauty and craftsmanship. (The pictures on Trip Advisor don't do it justice) the Hacienda was alot roomier than expected and had all the comforts of home and then some. The views of the ocean were breathtaking and the sunsets every evening were spectacular. Everyday we had the entire beach to ourselves with no crowds or distractions. Peaceful serenity.
The home owners Milo and Bonnie happened to be there during our visit and we're very gracious in showing us the hidden treasures of Santo Tomas and the surrounding area. From the ancient Saguaro cacti forest(sensational)to the Grand Cardona forest(awe inspiring) and all the local (authentic)markets and shops. What a wonderful experience. We can't wait to visit again. Special thanks to our host's Milo and Bonnie McCowan for making an awesome vacation into an exceptional adventure.
Muchos Gracious!

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Management Response
Mar 17, 2015
Thanks for your comments. Can't wait till we play again...
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Martin S
Washington, Utah
2 reviews
“Epic relaxing beach paradise and naturalist's desert dream.”
Reviewed March 15, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

This is the ultimate beach vacation! Our group consisted of 6 adults, and 8 children ranging in age from 6 to 18 years old. The hacienda accommodated us very comfortably with everything you have in your own home (and more), and slept all 14 of us in beds! After the beautiful drive through the real mexico we were awe struck by the first views of the beautiful blue waters of the Sea of Cortez as we pulled into Santo Tomas. The architecture of the homes was breathtaking. The adventures while we were there included: the most sea shells I have ever seen anywhere, kayaking with the dolphins that visited the beach daily while we were there, two unbelievable cactus ecosystems minutes from the house, a charming mexican village with most any supplies you need. The hospitatlity of Bonnie and Milo was second to none during our stay. EPIC!!!! This will be your best vacation ever.

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Traveling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
Mar 16, 2015
Steve, thanks for the wonderful review.... I know we are sweet but didn't know we are that sweet.....
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Kn3Js
Denver, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Twice as nice the second time around!”
Reviewed January 10, 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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We returned to Santo Tomas for the Christmas and New Years holiday again. We love it here!! The house is well equipped, spacious and comfortable. The upper deck has a wonderful view and is great for hanging out on. Milo and Boni are very accommodating hosts. We had a couple of suggestions after our last visit and we they were on it. We had friends with this year and they absolutely loved it too. They said it was "one of their top vacations ever".

With miles of unspoiled beach there is no need to do anything besides relax, walk the beach and collect shells. We did kayak out to visit with the dolphins, which never gets old. We attempted to fish this year and fought the birds for the fresh squid that came to shore one day. We had fires on the beach, hikes along the sand dunes and through the cactus forest and just relaxed. One night the surf came in florescent green, which was very cool! Never seen anything like it before.

Puerto Penesco has good food shopping if you like a lot of variety. When we ran low on supplies we found almost all we needed in the village. My husband is gluten free, so we did bring a few items with us, as gf stuff is not available. Tequila is not available in the village either, but can be found in Desemboque. The peace and solitude here make it a truly restful vacation destination. If R&R is what you desire, this is your spot! Enjoy, we sure do!

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Liked best: impossible to pick just one thing
Liked least: low flow shower
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jan 11, 2015
Kris, Joe and family are some of our very best guests. They have a true appreciation for the natural beauty of our area and live life to its fullest. They also are open about improvements and additions to the Hacienda and we really appreciate their input.
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Linjarina
Kanab, Utah
1 review
“It doesn't get any better than this”
Reviewed December 3, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

We have been coming here for years and it's been our own little sweet spot. We love that all we have to do is pack a few clothes, a good book and buy food because Milo and Boni's vacation home fills all of our other needs-- and then some! There is nothing better than seeing our teens leave their digital devices to kayak and come back ecstatic that they were surrounded by dolphins, or for us to enjoy a bonfire at night on a quiet beach that stretches for miles in awe at the luminous lights in the waves from plankton. It's the first year we've seen the lights, but each year there's some new gift. It has become a sanctuary for our family, a place for everyone to find something they love to do by themselves ( play guitar... read a book while baking in the sun on the sand... tough right?) and together. For us it doesn't get any better than this!

Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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