FAQ's AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION
HOW CAN I TRAVEL TO BAJA RESPONSABLY?
1. No Single Use Plastics
Topia Retreat does our best to be a plastic free zone, we are committed to keeping plastic off our property and out of landfills. We want to ask you to help us by not bringing any single use plastics with you. We do not sell or offer any single use plastic on the property. Guests are asked to bring reusable water bottles, and we also provide guests with reusable water bottles for the filtered water throughout the property.
2. Leave Extra Waste At Home
We are very aware of the impact unintentional waste management can have and intend to make disposal a part of the Topia experience in order to educate our guests. We want you to pack with intention. If you have new items you are bringing with you on your trip please leave the tags and any packaging at home (where you can hopefully re/upcycle it.) We like to use and celebrate locally made craft amenities at Topia included in your stay is shampoo, soap, conditioner, etc. so you can leave all those little plastic bottles at home or better yet donate them. Lighten your load, only pack multi-purpose clothing. And always remember traveling responsibly doesn’t mean giving anything up. It means appreciating the place you are visiting and acting in a way that ensures it is taken care of for the community that lives there and future generations.
**This is also important to keep in mind when considering bring gift bags or goodies for your guests.**
3. Use Water Sparingly - It's Our Most Precious Resource
Water in our area is a precious resource that we have to have trucked in from a local well. We request that you use it as sparingly as possible when bathing and requesting new linens & towels.
4. Please Honor Our House Rules
- No Smoking
- No Pets
- No Single Use Plastics
- No Diving
- Please make sure hot tub, lights & fireplaces are turned off when not in use.
- Quiet Hours: Noise levels must be kept to a minimum between 9:00 P.M. – 7:00 A.M.
- Low light hours from sunset to sunrise.T
- Trash / Recycling: No single use plastics. Please sort clean recyclables into designated bins for daily disposal. Please clean any plastics and put them in your Eco Brick for future recycling.
- Please clean up after yourself and leave the space as you found it immediately after each use. Staff will tidy your room daily unless otherwise requested.
DO I NEED A CAR??
There are 2 answers to this question:
Joining us for a retreat? The answer is No. We do not recommend renting a car for the duration of your stay. The retreat is in a small coastal town with limited parking. There is access to private transport, or limited ride share services, it’s more environmentally conscious to travel in groups.
Renting a room?The answer is Yes. You don’t have to have one, but we think it will add value to your stay with us.Location:We are located in the Gavilan neighborhood of El Pescadero. Google Maps will bring you right to us! Please make sure the app is on your phone before you arrive
CURRENCY: WHERE DO I GET CASH?
We recommend getting Pesos at the airport cash machine if possible upon arrival in Cabo. Please note there is not a cash machine in Pescadero, there are two in Todos Santos. Most shops and restaurants are taking cards now, but vendors and stands/kiosks do not.
Tips for services rendered are very much appreciated by Topia’s hardworking team! At the end of your retreat, you may leave a cash tip in at checkout. All tips will be pooled and divided evenly among our staff who work in the kitchen, garden, office, and housekeeping departments and do not include massage, transportation or any other 3rd party services.
As a guide, may we suggest a tip of $20 day per guest (400 pesos). So if your stay is for 5 days a suggested tip amount would be $100 (2000 pesos). Please note that we only accept cash tips. We are unable to process tips through your credit card.
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES: ANYTHING I SHOULD KNOW?
*Retreat Groups: Your group leader will be responsible for coordinating your group arrival & departure details as well as communicating them to you. Please contact your host with details specific to your group.
Arrival time: Topia staff is on-site from 12-8pm and we can be challenging to find after dark. For these reasons please plan to arrive between 4pm and 6pm for check in. Any arrivals after this time will require special arrangements and depend on staff availability.
Departure time: Checkout is 11am. Please leave your key in your room. Topia staff is on-site from 12-8pm, so if you have to settle up any additional expenses please do so the evening before you depart.
PARKING: WHERE DO I PARK?
Each room has a designated parking area. Please ask the front desk where the best place is for you to park.
WHAT'S THE FOOD SITUATION?
Retreat groups: No Outside food or drink please! Meals are approved and scheduled by the group leader.
Guests not with a retreat group receive a daily continental breakfast as part of their stay with Coffee, tea, seasonal fruit , yogurt & granola. There are a few stores for groceries & restaurants available within about a mile.
DOES TOPIA OFFER YOGA CLASSES?
Retreat/group leaders are in charge of scheduling and or leading studio classes for their groups.
We do not have regularly scheduled public yoga classes at Topia. Guests may request a yoga/movement teacher as an additional service as part of their stay or may use the studio at their convenience.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
Packing List:Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Sweatshirt, Long sleeve shirts, Sneakers, Sandals/flip flops, Bathing suit, UV protection rash guard, Comfortable athletic clothing, Any medication you require.
WHAT AMENITIES DO YOU PROVIDE (What shouldn't I pack)?
Check out our Amenities Page HERE
WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE THERE TO DO?
There is so much to do in our beautiful town and we are happy to help you plan everything from a special dinner out to surf lessons. Just let us know how we can help!
Here are a few ideas:
Mountain waterfall tours
Deep sea fishing Sightseeing
Taller 17, Doce Cuarenta, Baja Beans
Las Palmas, Palmar, Cafe Todos Santos, La Generala
Baracuda Cantina, Hierbabuena, Carnitas Miguel
El Coyote, Hierbabuena, Oystera, Jazamango, Good Vibes, Siempre Viva
Barracuda Cantina, Pura Playa Beach Bar