Casa Natalia: Ship, Shore, on the way to Reality Stop

Stopping at a more than charming inn for a short San Jose del Cabo vacation following our Sea of Cortez Un-Cruise

In some ways, travel is a lot like love.

From Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem In Memoriam:27, 1850:

I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

Casa Natalia: Ship, Shore, on the way to Reality Stop Sea of Cortez Mexico hotels

In other words, when Dave and I were visiting Casa Natalia several weeks ago, I knew there would be days like this.

Today in South Carolina the weather is less than stellar. A bit of an aberration for the end of March indeed, but I made the mistake of checking the weather in San Jose del Cabo.

Casa Natalia: Ship, Shore, on the way to Reality Stop Sea of Cortez Mexico hotels

 

Even so I’d be lying if I said that at first we were excited to be at Casa Natalia. You see being there meant our Un-Cruise Adventure on the Sea of Cortez was over.

The inn is located just off the main square in San Jose del Cabo,a tourist town located at the very bottom of Baja California. Like the town of San José del Cabo itself, Casa Natalia is colorful, and although geared to vacationers, has a refined edge compared to the more party minded Cabo San Lucas located a few miles further up the road.

Casa Natalia: Ship, Shore, on the way to Reality Stop Sea of Cortez Mexico hotels

Some new friends, whom we met on our Un-Cruise, had stayed at Casa Natalia on their first night before the cruise and had been singing its high praises. Not wanting to end up disappointed though, we kept our expectations in check – the best we could, anyway.

Fortunately from the minute we walked in the door we knew we were in for something special. A half an hour in, I was pretty sure I may never want to leave.

Casa Natalia: Ship, Shore, on the way to Reality Stop Sea of Cortez Mexico hotels

In spite of being located in town, Casa Natalia has a wonderful secluded feel. Armed with the  knowledge from our friends’ visit the week before, without so much as wondering about other options around town, we ate three outstanding meals in a row on site.

Casa Natalia: Ship, Shore, on the way to Reality Stop Sea of Cortez Mexico hotels

Throw in high marks for friendly service and this place practically oozes happiness. Visually appealing in a colorful style that could be overwhelming to the senses in less talented hands, the effect was balanced with mixes of tradition, modern art and creature comforts.

Midday happy hours, outdoor dining and plenty of places to soak up a final dose of vitamin D were everywhere. We attempted nothing more trying that sipping colorful cocktails and finishing the last pages of our respective vacation reads.

Casa Natalia: Ship, Shore, on the way to Reality Stop Sea of Cortez Mexico hotels

We both almost cried the next morning when it was time to leave. But not before our third and final meal in Baja: breakfast served on our private patio. Both patio and food set new meaning and standard for the whole concept of  “in room dining.”

Getting There: Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, Los Cabos is easy to get to as the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) at San José del Cabo is served by nearly all major airlines, many offering direct flights from major cities. The airport is just eight miles north of San José.

AmenitiesCasa Natalia features traditional Mexican charm paired with European amenities. Hammocks, secluded balconies, complimentary breakfasts, gourmet restaurant, and bar.

Casa Natalia: Ship, Shore, on the way to Reality Stop Sea of Cortez Mexico hotels

Be Sure to Eat and Drink (aka – the drool factor) : A colorful cocktail taken poolside is a must, along with dining as often as possible at Casa Natalia’s outstanding restaurant, Mi Cocina. For dinner we can highly recommend either the Roasted Chicken with Chocolate and MiCocina Risotto which features shrimp, scallops, clams, squid and herbs served with risotto and topped with provencal butter. Also be sure to fill out the card in your room the night before, so you don’t miss taking breakfast on your patio.

I received a media rate for my stay at Casa Natalia, but as always,  my opinions are my own.

Casa Natalia: Ship, Shore, on the way to Reality Stop Sea of Cortez Mexico hotels
Margo Millure currently lives on the South Carolina coast. She is a writer/photographer, builder of Genesis websites and the founder of Travel Belles. Her writing and website building business site is Belle Writer. Learn more about her at www.MargoMillure.com.
Casa Natalia: Ship, Shore, on the way to Reality Stop Sea of Cortez Mexico hotels

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Casa Natalia: Ship, Shore, on the way to Reality Stop Sea of Cortez Mexico hotels

Comments

  1. says

    Flower petals scattered across the bed. Tropical drinks by the pool. Spectacular chicken with chocolate. This is the perfect sort of hotel, with all the creature comforts plus plenty of local character and charm. An outstanding find, Margo!

  2. says

    The hammocks, room and brekkie on the patio all looked amazing! No wonder you didn’t want to leave :)

    I have to get to Mexico one day. This is much welcomed inspiration! Was it busy with tourists? Seems to be a great time of year to go if it wasn’t too busy!

  3. says

    Sounds very dreamy – and I want to be on that hammock with a book! Glad your new friends were right – and you’re welcome to take my summer any day you have a wintry weather :)

  4. Mary Hughson Brown says

    Thank you, Margo for writing what I wish I could about Casa Natalia. I "second" your every word! On my next trip to Cabo, I wouldn't consider staying any place else. The only problem that I see is I may never try another restaurant in the area as there is no reason to eat any place other than Mi Cochina. "your new friend from Un-Cruise" Mary