4 Bedroom, 5 Bathroom, 2 queen beds, 1 full bed and 2 sleeper sofas. Lap pool
Gail L. Weaver
- english, spanish, Gail Weaver speaks conversational spanish.
About Gail L. Weaver
Casa de Milagros is owned by Gail Weaver and Bill Galt of San Diego, Ca.. Gail is the founder of Lifetime Health Centers of San Diego and Bill is the founder of The Good Earth restaurant chain. Both Gail and Bill have spent their lives promoting good health and environmental awareness. They chose to built their home in Playa Colorada because of the clear air, clean water, access to organic food, and laid back lifestyle. There is no air pollution, noise pollution, light pollution, or people pollution!
Gail L. Weaver purchased this House in 2003
Why Gail L. Weaver chose La Ribera
Casa de Milagros is a real Mexican beach house, not a luxury villa. That means it was meant to be lived in and simply put, you can enter with wet bathing suits and sandy feet. It is also very private in that it is at the end of the development with a large swath of undeveloped land next door that contains a rare coastal lagoon that is great for bird watching. The other home near it has a full time caretaker who knows the area well and speaks English.
What makes this House unique
Casa de Milagros is unique in that it has a 60 foot lap pool for those days that the sea is a little rough or for those folks who just do not like swimming in an ocean. The views from the front terrace are a unique combination of sea and mountain.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Gorgeous home with unforgettable pool
Gail's home in La Ribera was a lovely stay! The beach was so close and calm and we basically had it to ourselves! The pool and middle patio was by far my favorite however, as the days were hot and it was so nice to be able to cool down right there. The main upstairs area had a wonderful layout and well equipped kitchen where we made all of our meals that we enjoyed both at the dining table and the outdoor table as well. The garage was also fantastically equipped with very new washer and dryer, as well as a kayak and several pool/beach floaties and a pump. The bedrooms were very basic, however each had its own bathroom which was a huge plus, and honestly we only every slept in them so it was not a big deal. Gail was great at communicating with me and answered all my questions as well as offering extra advice on grocery shopping, car rental, etc. A lovely stay!
Hi Emiko. thank you for responding to my questions about your review. I wrote because I really did not understand your comments about the bedrooms. After talking with you, it became clear that your 4 star rating did not really have to do with the bedrooms but was in fact due to the fact that my property manager was at the house to greet you when you arrived.
I truly feel that was unfortunate but in this case unavoidable as his vehicle broke down in a location where there is no cell coverage.
When visiting rural Mexico, it is important to remember that many of the services and conveniences that we Americans are used to, are not always avialable. I am sorry that this happened and assure you and future guests that it is rare.
I am glad that you enjoyed our home and the area as it brings me joy to know that my home is being used to give others a super vacation!
We are coming back!
We recently were looking for a getaway in Sunny Mexico. It was my first time and we were looking for a quiet, comfortable, safe place to stay on the Sea of Cortez. A place we could walk for miles on deserted white sandy beaches but easily accessible to whatever we might need or want to do. What we found is a diamond and we will be back. The 60 ft lap pool with jacuzzi is gorgeous and it is a 30 second walk to the beach that is perfect for swimming. Gentle waves, no rip tides with a slow drop and a sandy bottom, great for kids. We walked the beach everyday and had it all to ourselves. The area as well as the house is quiet and private with the biggest Veranda that sits facing out to the Sea. It was a perfect way to start the day with morning coffee, watching huge black velvet butterflies trimmed in blue, jack rabbits, roadrunners, quail and a plethora of birds of every color. The house was clean and well furnished with everything we needed for cooking, a brand new washer and dryer, comfortable furniture, plenty of linen, cupboards and beautiful plants indoors and out.
For the more adventurous you need just drive up Route 1 north for 25 minutes to Los Barriles to find water sports, ATV's and most important of all the Market. There is a great little cafe named The Roadrunner Cafe with a bakery and a well priced and extensive menu just as you turn off of the highway and into the town. Great for breakfast and lunch. Saturday there is a Farmers Market with everything one might want even organic veggies. Another great restaurant in Los Barriles is La Playa right on the Sea.
We took a trip into the mountains on Route 1 to La Triunfo (about an hour north) and had the best lunch at Cafe El Triunfo. The owner was trained in Paris to make the most incredible bread. He sells it on Wednesday in Los Barriles at the deli on Main Street. La Triunfo is the quintessential old colonial town amidst the greenery you find in the mountains. It was a surprise after the desert of the coast.
I have to mention Efren's a great restaurant in La Ribera only 10 minutes down the road from the house, up on the hill overlooking the Sea. We ate there 3 times and felt greeted back every time. Even the chef waved to me from the kitchen. He made me the best coconut prawns I've ever had. It was just what we needed. Thank you Gail for making it so special.
Potentially Nice Property in Need of TLC
Note: Because of some of the property’s shortcomings, the owner provided a partial refund post rental. In the end, I believe I paid an amount commensurate with the quality and characteristics of the property.
Casa de Milagros is a generally nice property located a few minutes’ walk from the Sea of Cortez. While visually appealing in online photos, upon arrival and closer inspection the house is clearly in need of basic maintenance. While no one issue materially affected our stay, the amount of smaller issues compounded into an experience that I believe warranted the partial refund I received.
I’m not going to discuss maintenance issues as I provided a detailed list to the owner and I assume she will remedy each issue. I will, however, highlight aspects of the property that I believe substantially affect its convenience that may not be easily noticeable on the property’s HomeAway page.
First, the two master bedrooms are in the separate building on the right as you look at the pool while standing in the front gate. They are not connected to the main building of the property. While not an issue for us, it may be an issue for others. These master bedrooms are identical. While the two bedrooms are separated by a full wall (albeit very thin) and door, the sleeping areas and bathrooms of each room are separated only by a partial wall. There are NO bathroom doors. As such, the bathrooms cannot be closed off from the sleeping areas, creating serious privacy issues. Because of this lack of bathroom privacy, we had to notify others to vacate the bedroom before using the restroom. Eventually, folks grew weary of this inconvenience and just decided to use the bathroom in the main building as it had a door. Everyone found this incredibly annoying.
Second, there are two additional bedrooms in the house’s lower level. One is directly off the garage. The other is tucked in the corner. Neither is desirable or a space I would want to sleep for a week. So, while the house is technically a four bedroom place, two of the bedrooms are in the basement/garage level and are unappealing.
Casa de Milagros is average in quality and convenience. I would give it 3 ½ stars if I could. I rounded up because of the refund. I selected it based on the glowing reviews and photos. But after arriving I couldn’t match my experience with the 5-star experience of others – no matter how hard I tried.
Hello Brian. I have reread your review several times and most of the issues that you bring up are familiar to me as we communicated many times during your stay. What comes through to me is that there were a few maintenance issues that were easily and quickly corrected. However, if I look at the big picture, it appears to me that you just did not like my house. I have had 70 guests since I started renting my house and you are the second person who has felt that way. When you do not like a place you see it though a different lens than someone who likes it. Also, the weather was unseasonably cold during your stay. All in all, your trip just did not meet your expectations.
As you know, due to the recent death of my husband, I had not visited the house for 6 months and given it a "hands on" inspection. I did, however, speak personally to the guests who rented the house immediately before you and after. I directly asked them about the house and their experience as guests. I received nothing but glowing accounts of both the house, it's location, and their good times in the area. This can be confirmed by reading their reviews. Fifty percent of my rentals are guests who have rented from me in the past. Some are coming this year for the third and fourth time. It is clear to me that whatever troubled you about the upkeep, design, and layout of the house has not been a negative concern to them and that your concerns are unique to you and your wife. I certainly tried to honor your concerns by the significant discount that I gave you.
I am sorry that my home did not meet your expectations but most of the things you mentioned are things I cannot change. The house is a hacienda style with a separate public and private wings. The pool and large central terrace is the focal point of the design promoting access from all rooms and excellent air flow. If I know the number of guests who will be visiting, I emphasize that that office can be converted to a bedroom if needed and that the two bedrooms on the lower level can be accessed only by stairs and are removed from the main house by design.
In addition to my rental home, I have owned a successful business for 35 years and value the input of both my clients and tenants. I value all of the input I receive.
Gracias a todo. Gail
A property such as this is a rare find. Certainly, with the extensive amenities, issues may arise. yet we felt well cared for. Gail was warm and wonderful and I feel like I have a friend for life. We wish her all the best.
Wonderfully located in beautiful surroundings!
Casa Milagros is a beautiful property, extremely well located a 30 second walk from a pristine, empty, gorgeous sandy beach. The garden is full of great plants and birds, and the layout of the space allows for lots of good shared time as well as space for peace and quiet. The house is very well located near to La Ribera (many good restaurants, especially Effren's), a great botanical garden, and also only 45 minutes or so from Cabo Pulmo. Gail was an extremely responsive host. Follow her written recommendations for things to do - you won't be sorry. Really enjoyed!
Gail was attentive and very kind. The home is uniquely beautiful in a very quiet setting close to a long and uncrowded beach.
We hope to return soon.
Dear Julianna. Thank you for your thoughtful and "to the point" review of our home in Playa Colroada. The house is indeed unique as it was built to maximize the outdoor living space and yet provide for a maximum amount of privacy,
My husband and I took the time to research locations around the world to find a beach that was still pristine, uncrowded, warm and safe as he was an ocean swimmer and I liked to walk miles without encountering rouge waves and rocky outcroppings. We found it at Playa Colorada.
I look forward to your return as many of our guests do come back time and time again.
Happy New Year. Gail
Casa de Milagros is located in Playa Colorada on the East Cape of Baja California Sur, 45 minutes North of San Jose Del Cabo. The area is known world wide for it's world class sports fishing and the Sea of Cortez and it's beaches are it's main attraction.
The beach at Playa Colorada is perfect for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, beach combing, power walking and jogging, and surf casting. Great snorkeling and diving are available at Cabo Pulmo Marine park, a 30 minute drive south of La Ribera.
The East Cape area is known for it's pristine beaches, warm and clear waters, and lovely desert environment, and peaceful and tranquil ambiance.