F requently A sk Q uestions
Your prices are  way below of comparable
places in La Paz area. WHY ?
At first, there is nothing comparable with our "Hacienda" here in La Paz. We know, it sounds snobby, but it is true. We are a retired couple and a few years ago, Renate had the splendid idea that we build a place where we can meet nice and interesting people from all over the world and we did. So, the "Hacienda" is our hobby and we keep the rental to a bare minimum to cover the cost. This way great people with "small pockets" can afford a first class vacation too.
Our Hacienda is a fund raiser for the local Orphanage, Old Folks Home and OUR CHARITIES .
We are also using the Hacienda as a fund raiser for the different charities we are supporting Whatever is left after the business year will be donated to these really needy organisations.

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Do we have to bring bed spread and towels like we have to do at other vacation rentals?
Yes and no. Since there is a different law for hotels and vacation rentals, we are not allowed to supply anything beside the furnishing. Please bring just the towels you like to take with you to the beach. We lost already way to much!! We will have all the other towels for you. Also, don't bring the bed spread. Officially, we will lend it to you and when your vacation time is over, you will give it back to us.
Can we bring our dog along?
If your "Fido" is well behaved and if you pick up after him, why not!
Are stray Mexican dogs a problem with our dog?
Without exeption, all Mexican dogs are very friendly and going along fine with any other dogs. They are usually faster on their back and spreading than Monika Lewinsky
Q Do the accommodations have Air Coditioning? A Beside the Palapas, all places have A/C. All houses are very well insulated and since
the temperature, especially at night, is very comfortable, the A/C is usually not needed. To be fair to other guests who don't want to use the A/C, we did not include the use of it in the rent.
Our commercial electricity is outrageously high. So, if you want to use the A/C, we will ask you for a share of $ 50 Dollar per week, just to cover part of the cost.
How about transportation? Do we need a car?
A We have a shuttle to downtown and a special deal with the airport taxi company. Juan Carlos will bring you from the airport in La Paz for a much lower fare than normal to the Hacienda. We also offer different tours to beaches, missions, Los Cabos, Todos Santos and more. If you like to be independent, you can rent a car. Here are all the major car rental agencies with a wide array of cars. Remember, rental cars are very expensive in Mexico. Renate always says I'm a "mother hen". Here is the "mother hen" talking: If you take a rental car, PLEEEEASE make a full coverage insurance with a small deductible and a legal insurance too. Sure, it is not cheap, but it keeps you out of jail in case of an accident with bodily injury. Your credit card coverage is NOT valid in Mexico!! If you can drive a stick shift, we have a "Kraut Machine", a VW Beetle and VW Fox for our guests for free. It is our private car and you only have to pay for the full coverage insurance with a deductible and it is about $ 200 Dollar for the whole week if you don't have a Mexican drivers license. Just see the agency and make the insurance for it. Keep in mind, that we won't let you drive without insurance. We had already a few times the "pleasure" to get our guests out of the slammer and we don't want to do it again. Oh, and please treat the car accordingly. It has to hold a little bit longer.
Where can we do our laundry?
A There are plenty of laundromats in town with full service. Just drop the laundy off and tell them which item you like to have folded and ironed. If you want to do it yourself, we have a washing machine and a solar dryer for you.
If you have any question not answered here, please feel free to drop us an e-mail and if it is really important or really stupid, we will also answer it on this page. Ha In case it is your first visit in beautiful Baja, we like to send you some general infomation.
Just click at the e-mail button or click HERE and write: "First visit" in the subject line.
Do you have shower and toilet facilities?
We never thought that we have to mention any of those at our web site, but we where ask it several times. We have no idea where people
had their vacation before. Siberia? OK, we have an outhouse about 50 yd away from the living quarters
walking along the cess pool. Since it is a "dry" system, you even can find it at night without a flash light. Just follow the strong odor. NO OPEN FLAMES PLEASE!! There is a long wooden bar where to sit and since it is a 6 seater, you always find enough subjects to talk about with your neighbor, like the delicious dinner yesterday and the great garlic sauce you still can smell, any digesting problems and you can share the morning newspaper of course and use it after finish reading for something else since there is no toilet paper. WATCH OUT FOR SPLINTERS WHEN YOU MOVE!! For # 1 and showers just use the pool like everybody else, but please go in and don't do it from the jumping board. OK, JUST KIDDING !! We have here a first class resort like place and we think it is kind of .. you know what... to ask those questions.
If you like to know what people have to say about us,
click here
Q Are there hidden charges like we find at other places and do you have seasonal prices ?
A Why? We think that it is not fair to charge extra, just because it is a certain time of the year. So we keep the same low price all year round since we have all year season. The winter sees the "snow birds" and from May on we host the serious fishermen and scuba divers. Of course the government want his share too, so we have to add the tax, which is right now 10% and 3 % Hospedaje to the listed prices, but this is something you are used to up north also. Oh and we charge you $ 20 Dollar for the final cleaning and laundry. It doesn't matter if you are here for just a week or a year. So longer you stay, so more you safe on cleaning. HA As mentioned at the home page, we are not allowed to accept credit cards, so bring cash or take the card to use the bank machine to advance the dinero.
Can we stay with more people at a place than it is listed at your site?
Sure, if there is no other alternative. But remember, since we charge just a minimum, we have to ask you for $ 10 Dollar daily for each extra guest to cover the cost of the water ( very expensive ) power, ( very expensive too ) extra towels, bed spread laundry and so on. Most of our accommodations have a Futon Sofa/ double bed in the living room you can use.
We like to stay longer than just a week. Do we have to pay always for a whole week or are there daily rates too? A
Of course, our places are pro rated!! Let's say you will be here for 11 days, we divide the weekly rate by 7 and then multiply it by the actual days you are here, in this case by 11 days and if you like to stay for a whole month at "El Paraiso", you also can deduct 10 % from the listed rate. Sorry, but this is all we can give you.
We like to come in the summer, but it is so darn hot down there.
We could give a very short answer with just the second and the ninetenth letter of the alphabet. OK, let's be civilized. The city of La Paz is pretty hot. The houses and the black top of the roads will heat up and it can be pretty warm. Nice training for some people after their finished life here on earth. Ha We always see, that we are out of town by mid day when we go shopping. Just a little outside, here at the inner bay, we have very comfortable temperatures. Even in August will it be in the mid to upper 80th to rarely the lower 90th in the daytime with 0% to 10% humidity. That makes the great beer taste even better. Ha By mid morning start a little breeze from the north, coming over the water and the temperature is very comfortable. Every night at 20:00 hrs is the time where the Coromuel wind start. This is a wind from way down the South Pacific, cools off already over the water and even more coming across the desert. In a matter of just 30 minutes there will be a really big drop in themperature and the low at night is around the mid 60th to upper 60th, very rarely across the 70th. So, it is really fantastic here. But only the La Paz basin has this typical desert micro climate. Just a few miles south or north is a totally different picture.
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How do we make a reservation and when do we have to pay?
Since everything is nowadays computerized, you can make the reservation by e-mail. At our home page is a PayPal logo and when you click on it, there will be a new window open. Just follow the directions for the reservation confirmation of $ 150 Dollar. Keep in mind, that the reservation deposit is not refundable. If you cancel your vacation for any reason, you did a good deed for our charities. You will receive a confirmation of your reserved accommodation in your e-mail. The balance will be taken care of when you are here the same day or the next day after your arrival. Hey, you pay your rent at home in advance too, don't you? Keep in mind, that we are a non profit organization and can't accept "plastic". You can bring the balance along or draw it out of a bank machine down here. So bring your card and the PIN number. Most of the teller machines have Pesos and Dollar. NO, we don't charge a security deposit even so sometimes we wish we had. IMPORTANT: We honor all pre - reservations for one week. If we have not received the PayPal confirmation after this time, the reserved place will go automatically back to the vacant property list. If someone else inquired after the week and make the confirmation, then it is gone. At first, we did not understand all the other vacation rentals, why they charge the total bill in advance, but after several bad experiences and especially after the visit of
NATHALIE CROTEAU from NORTH POLE, ALASKA , we learned why. If you are from Alaska and want to know about her, CLICK HERE . She is a real professional crook! Our problem is, that we trust people to much and since we are doing a good deed with our Hacienda, we believe that our guests will be honest too and most of them are. But then comes a bad one along like STEVE CHERRY from San Diego ( CLICK HERE ) and we are again so disappointed and can't understand why there are such bad people out there.
Q We like to bring our laptop, do you have internet connection? A Yes, even it is more complicated here than up north to set it up, we have high speed, broad band wireless internet. So, sit by the pool and check your mail, or god forbid, do some work.
What does your beach look like. Can you send me a picture? A
ave a look at the beaches by clicking HERE
We wrote to you several times, why don't you answer !!
A Everybody has now a spam filter and our mail to you will end up in your SPAM BOX or will be even blocked and won't reach you at all. The only solution is, that you enter our e-mail address
haciendadelsol1@gmail.com into your adress book or check your Spam Folder for the Subject Line "HACIENDA  DEL  SOL" where you might find our letter to you. If there is nothing, give us a call at: 011-52-612-123-5440
Q We like to come only for a few days, do we have to rent a whole week or can we gat daily rates? A We are a non profit organization and bound by the one week minimum stay. But if you are here only for a few days, it will be still cheaper paying for a week than staying at a hotel. Think about it!!