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Frequently Asked Questions


What do you mean by "Green Hotel"?
What does Villa del Faro do about water?
How do you get electricity?
How do you heat the houses in winter?

STONE BEACH COTTAGE
Are there beach chairs and a beach umbrella at the cottage?
What do you mean by “for the adventurous only”?
Are there any cooking facilities?
Does the cottage come with staples like salt, sugar for coffee?
How safe are belongings in the cottage if no one is there?

TRANSPORTATION
Is the dirt road to Villa del Faro easily visible, so we don't head in the wrong direction?
I believe I understand that once we are on the dirt road it is an hour to Villa del Faro, correct?
If we were to drive into San Jose del Cabo would it be safer to go and be back before nightfall?
How many miles from San Jose del Cabo to Villa del Faro?
Do we need to rent a car from Los Cabos airport and if so, what type of car do we need to drive the terrain?
Would a taxi take us out this far?
Can you drive along the coast to reach you from San Jose Del Cabo, or is it best to go on the road from the airport as indicated on your map?

DINING
We are interested in the gourmet dinner as well. How far in advance do we request the dinner?
Where do you buy your food?
Are there any other places to eat nearby?

OTHER QUESTIONS
What months are you open?
Is there cell phone reception?
Is the ocean safe for swimming and snorkeling?
Do we bring our own snorkel gear?
When is the earliest that we could check into Villa del Faro and when is check out time?
When in San Jose, what phone number can we use to reach you?
Where can I buy groceries?


What do you mean by "Green Hotel"?
Villa del Faro is completely "off the grid." There are no phone lines or electric lines in the area. Power comes solely from the sun, so energy conservation is a top priority. Plastic and glass waste is recycled, organic waste is composted. Water is a precious commodity that is used very carefully.

What does Villa del Faro do about water?
The East Cape is a desert, and there is no water. We use it sparingly and ask guests to do the same. Drinking water is provided – it is trucked in from a local ranch and stored in a tank where it is cleaned and purified. Water for cleaning, laundry, and plants is supplied by an on-site well, while a gray water reclamation system irrigates the gardens. Water is truly the gold of this desert paradise.

How do you get electricity?
All of the buildings at Villa del Faro run on solar power, supplemented by a generator on cloudy days.

How do you heat the houses in winter?
Every room at Villa del Faro, with the exception of the Bali Room, has a working fireplace.  Firewood is provided.


STONE BEACH COTTAGE

Are there beach chairs and a beach umbrella at the cottage?
Yes!

What do you mean by “for the adventurous only”?
The Stone Beach Cottage is like elegant glamping! There is an outdoor shower and an outhouse about 12 feet up a rock path lit by solar lights. The cottage is not recommended for pregnant women.

Are there any cooking facilities?
The Stone Beach cottage has a charcoal grill, a sandpit grill for cooking on the fire. There is also a small propane burner to make morning coffee.

Does the cottage come with staples like salt, sugar for coffee?
There is no food in the Stone beach cottage. We suggest you bring anything you might need. A cooler full of ice (to keep perishables in) will be provided.

How safe are belongings in the cottage if no one is there?
As a normal precaution, we recommend that you leave valuables in your locked car or up at the Villa, and lock the door of the Cottage when you leave.

TRANSPORTATION

Is the dirt road to Villa del Faro easily visible, so we don’t head in the wrong direction?
We provide you with a good map and clear driving directions.

I believe I understand that once we are on the dirt road it is an hour to Villa del Faro, correct?
Yes.

If we were to drive into San Jose del Cabo would it be safer to go and be back before nightfall?
We recommend you do most of your driving during daylight hours.

How many miles from San Jose del Cabo to Villa del Faro?
28 miles or 40 km from the turn-off at the main highway. But mileage means little on a dirt road.

Do we need to rent a car from Los Cabos airport and if so, what type of car do we need to drive the terrain?
Yes, you will need to rent a car at the Los Cabos airport. You will probably be happier in a car that is solid and has decent clearance. If you are planning to explore, or drive onto beach locations, a 4-wheel drive is recommended.

Would a taxi take us out this far?
Yes, but it is very expensive.

Can you drive along the coast to reach you from San Jose Del Cabo, or is it best to go on the road from the airport as indicated on your map?
If you leave in the morning and are ready for an extremely rough ride, the coast road is beautiful. However we recommend coming over the Palo Escopeta road as shown in the map we provide. The coast road is not reliably maintained and can be dangerous.

DINING

We are interested in the gourmet dinner as well. How far in advance do we request the dinner?
A day in advance or in the morning at breakfast.

Where do you buy your food?
We shop locally and when we can, we gather our vegetables from an organic farm in a town north of the airport.

Are there any other places to eat nearby?
There is only one restaurant nearby - it is two miles down the road and run by an American. It is called the "Crossroads Country Club." The food is decent and it is popular with surfers. The best part is that you can walk along the beach to get there if you want to go for lunch.

OTHER QUESTIONS

What months are you open?
Villa del Faro is closed from the 1st of August until the 15th of October (which are the hot months here and is also the season when there is a possibility of hurricanes).

Is there cell phone reception?
Sometimes, depending on the weather and type of cell phone. Wifi is more dependable.

Is the ocean safe for swimming and snorkeling?
Yes, one of the safest swimming beaches in Baja Sur is located below Villa del Faro.

Do we bring our own snorkel gear?
Snorkeling gear is available to be loaned to guests.

When is the earliest that we could check into Villa del Faro and when is check out time?
Check in time is after 1:00 pm and check out is 11:00 am, but it is flexible.

When in San Jose, what phone number can we use to reach you?
Villa del Faro can only be reached by email from San Jose.

Where can I buy groceries?
There are no grocery stores closer than San Jose, so it is best to do your shopping before coming out. To go grocery shopping, we suggest "Soriana." It is a large supermarket about halfway to San Jose from the airport. It is on the main highway, a couple of miles beyond the turn-off to Villa del Faro. It will be on your right and its entrance is very clearly marked. Of course after shopping, you will have to turn around and go four or five miles back towards the Airport to get back to the traffic light and the Santa Catarina road where you turn off to head towards Villa del Faro.

Villa del Faro  |  65 km Camino Cabo Este, San Jose del Cabo, B C S 23400, Mexico  |  rental@villadelfaro.net
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