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“Kiteboarding Paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Palapas Ventana

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Palapas Ventana
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in La Ventana
Certificate of Excellence
Leavenworth, Washington
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Kiteboarding Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

I stayed at Palapas Ventana for two weeks over Christmas and had an awesome kiteboarding trip. I stayed there last Christmas too, and I noticed that I was one of many return customers. Palapas is a wonderful place to stay. The staff are friendly and helpful, the food is great, the accommodations are clean and comfortable, and the price is affordable. The beach vibe there is a friendly and relaxed mixture of kiters, windsurfers, kids building sandcastles, pelicans, and fisherman. They will take you up to the Hotsprings for a downwinder if you want, which is loads of fun, and a great way to practice some new skills. They had 2 very competent and friendly kiteboarding instructors, and it was fun to see the people taking lessons getting stoked about kiting. There are many other options here for non wind activities such as kayaks, SUPS, and snorkeling. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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6 Thank judy M
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Edmonds, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

Very clean, comfortable accommodations. Excellent home-cooked meals. Friendly staff! Interesting people to meet. Off the beaten path and away for tourists.......ahhhhh! Gorgeous sunrises and sunsets! I highly recommend Palapas Ventana and hope to return again some day!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Belgrade, Montana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

Down to earth people. Shot great fish food was awesome. Strong drinks, hotter than hell went at the end of July. Free dove with a huge whale shark.
Heading back with my lovely wife in mid February for our 15th yr anniversary.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Tucson, Arizona
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2014

I didn't stay there, there was no vacancy, so maybe that's why I got lousy service. However, Tim, the owner, will rent equipment to folks who aren't staying there, although, I wouldn't depend on it. I stopped in to inquire about renting his hobbie cat. I made a deposit and reserved the boat for the next morning. I showed up when he told me to, but it was too windy that morning. He checked the forecast and told me to come back the following morning, earlier, before the winds picked up. I was there, bright and early the next morning, and the winds were light, but gradually increasing, as they do there in La Ventana. But Tim was surfing, left a message for me, asking me to hang out for an hour until he got back. He called one of his employees 45 minutes later to say that it was going to be too windy again, and he wouldn't rent the boat to me. He was still surfing and the winds were still light to moderate, and I felt totally blown off. Just wanted to vent.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Palapas_Ventana, Owner at Palapas Ventana, responded to this review, 18 January 2014
Hey Jaguar Shark - sorry I didnt rent you the Hobie - I easily could have and you would have had a rescue at sea scenario - the winter winds in La Ventana go from zero to nuclear on some days and dont gradually increase- its dangerous on an older boat and rather than try to make a buck off you I respected the weather and apologized that we couldnt send it out - Im sorry but even though it looked calm to you in less than an hour that wind line came in and would have spanked the boat and cleaned your clock - not fun on vacation

The Ocean is our greatest love but also our worst fear - never turn your back on her!! hope you can come back and sail -try the summer when the hobie goes out daily in lighter winds - my apologies amigo!!
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013

Together with a with a couple of friends we spent ten days at Palapas Ventana while touring BCS in August 2013, then decided to go back to spend a few additional days at the end of our tour. Tim and Karon had been simply great in addressing and resolving an accommodation issue upon our first arrival, then very patient and effective in getting us everything we were asking for in order to have personalized diving/fishing days, always fully supported by the Staff taking us out at the sea. Palapas Ventana is an absolutely relaxing place to break away from the stress of work: quiet, yet offering so many active options to live the surrounding Sea of Cortex below and above the surface in all its flavors. We ended up having a truly enjoyable time, and will be definitely back.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Fabio T
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013

We went there for a family wedding. Great location, away from everything, just what u need to escape for a nice relaxing time. We didn't do any excursions but took advantage of the kayak, snorkeling and SUP. Food was amazing! Very nice service by all the servers and employees. The casitas were super comfy with giant bathrooms. Loved it and will def go back!

Room Tip: We actually stayed at a trailer since the place was all booked for our cousin's wedding. The cas...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank TeteTorres1985
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Auburn, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

We spent a week at Palapas Ventana from Aug. 6-12th. This was our first time in La Ventana. We attended a wedding of a friend who had their wedding down on the beach. The PV staff made an AMAZING wedding reception dinner with an outstanding chicken mole. Every meal was delicious and the staff was attentive and friendly. We especially enjoyed our Spearfishing guide/Dive Instructor "Stan" the Man.' He made the experience enjoyable and relaxing. Tim & Karen are amazing people and you can tell their heart is in Palapas Ventana. They worked hard to make sure everyone was comfortable & relaxed.

Accomodations: air conditioned! clean. loved the décor of the casitas. WiFi. WE stayed in the Red Casita "Roja"
Activities: Rod and Reel fishing (Marlin, Dorodo); Spearfishing (Dorodo, Triggerfish, Pargo)
Trip to La Paz: We loved our driver Roberto :)

All in all, it was an amazing experience--Not to mention all the new friends we made!! We WILL be back. Thanks Tim & Karen!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Palapas Ventana

Property: Palapas Ventana
Address: Privada La Ventana km 9.0, La Ventana 23232, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > La Ventana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in La Ventana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Palapas Ventana 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a family-run, small bed and breakfast for active people who love water sports in a small Mexican town with a laid back atmosphere. If you like to kiteboard in Nov - March or scuba dive, spearfish, and fish April - October, this is your spot! We've got killer home cooked, real Mexican food and will spoil you while you play and check in for some hammock time. ... more   less 
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