If you’ve traveled to Los Cabos to look at East Cape Baja real estate, you know it’s nearly impossible to be bored in the region. With water sports to enjoy in the Sea of Cortez, fine dining, rich arts and culture, and big-name luxury resorts like Costa Palmas, the Baja peninsula is an active traveler’s dream.
Sure, you can rely on your hotel concierge to give you a list of must-see attractions, but if you’re the type that chooses the road less traveled, we’ve got some off-the-grid attractions to take you beyond the typical tourist’s itinerary. Once you decide on your permanent slice of East Cape Baja real estate, you’ll be exploring on your own.
Let the following 12 attractions inspire you to try something new.
Cañon del Zorro
Translating to “Fox Canyon,” this hidden landscape may require a sturdy four-wheel-drive vehicle. Located in the mountains of eastern Cabo, this stunning vortex of natural pools, palm trees, rock, and waterfall is only about an hour from the coast. Wear a bathing suit so you can cool down in the desert oasis after your hike and be sure to pack water, snacks, and plenty of biodegradable sunscreen.
Rancho Tierra Sagrada
Home to Cabo Adventures’ camel family, “The Sacred Land” is not only a coastal desert but also other farm animals. If you’re fortunate enough to visit December through April, you may spot humpback whales from your view atop a camel! Not up for a camel ride? The nature-inspired tours can be done on a UTV, mountain bike, electric bike, or on foot.
For travelers with their own boat at Costa Palmas’ Marina Residences, there are few adventures better than fishing in Los Cabos. Head to Gordo Banks, which the locals refer to as “Wahoo Banks” at the gateway of the Sea of Cortez. Although peak gamefish migrations tend to fall between April and November, there’s really no “slow season” at Gordo Banks. From striped marlin and yellowfin tuna to dorado and bottomfish, you’re sure to have a busy day.
El Chorro and Santa Rita Hot Springs
No list of off-the-grid attractions is complete without a hidden sanctuary thermal pool. If you’re up for a drive and a soak, head out to Rancho Santa Rita. You’ll travel a dirt road by rustic homes and small farms as you gain elevation to reach the oasis. There are cool freshwater pools if you need a break from the mineral-rich thermal hot springs.
San Jose del Cabo Añuiti
Adjacent to the town square, this beautiful church in San Jose del Cabo was built after the mission was destroyed and moved at least four times. The original mission church was built in 1730 and this version—built-in 1940—still hosts services, weddings, and celebrations. For travelers who love architecture, history, and art, it’s a must-see. If you end up purchasing East Cape Baja real estate, you can attend regular mass.
The Estuary at Costa Palmas
Members and guests at Costa Palmas seeking to immerse themselves in nature can walk or lounge in one of Baja’s most important ecosystems at the resort’s estuary. Carefully crafted to avoid disturbing the westland’s soil, water, flora, and fauna, the Costa Palmas Beach Club encases the estuary in a horseshoe-shaped design.
The estuary’s biodiversity includes 10 native plants and 38 species of animals, including birds. Prospective buyers of East Cape Baja real estate who stroll the estuary often end up purchasing a permanent residence at Costa Palmas.
Planning to scuba dive when you’re in Cabo? Don’t miss Sand Falls, where “rivers” of sand flow like a waterfall over rocks underwater. First discovered in 1959, this stunning natural phenomenon is located inside the Los Cabos Wildlife Protection Area. You must dive to a depth of more than 90 feet to see Sand Falls.
This iconic dive site was truly brought to the world’s attention by French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau in the 1970s.
San Jose’s Estuary and Bird Sanctuary
Have a soft spot for our feathered friends? This free river estuary provides hours of bird-watching both in the sky and on the water. Raised platforms provide for scenic vistas. You’ll likely see other forms of wildlife, as well as cows and horses—but not necessarily a lot of humans.
San Jose del Cabo Mercado Organico
This outdoor multicultural market has been running for almost 20 years as a way to support local organic farmers and provide the community and tourists with access to some of the freshest produce in the region.
In addition to food, visitors can purchase handmade crafts, clothing, art, and jewelry. There’s a strong emphasis on ecological and sustainable packaging, producer/buyer awareness, and recycling. Activities, massages, educational and cultural materials, and bodywork therapies make for a full day.
About an hour west of prime East Cape Baja real estate is the small community of San Dionisio, a true mecca for outdoor enthusiasts looking to escape to nature. Located in the Sierra de la Laguna granite mountains, adventurers can marvel at the waterfalls or jump into the refreshing pools to cool down. Biodegradable sunscreen is recommended to preserve the ecosystem.
Playa Santa Maria
Ready to head to the beach? A mid-week visit to Playa Santa Maria will help you avoid the locals and because no cruise ship passengers can get to it, you won’t have to deal with crowds. Snorkel right off the beach to see parrot fish, cowfish, eagle rays, and plenty of urchins. There are impressive rock outcroppings and even a restroom and outdoor shower area too.
Wild Canyon Kingdom
Animal-lovers will have a hard time finding a more rewarding experience than interacting and feeding rescued exotic animals in this interactive sanctuary. Feed, pet, and have your photo taken with iguanas, macaws, prairie dogs, lovebirds, and even crocodiles.
Wear comfortable shoes to keep up with the biologist-led guided tour and fill your water bottle at the hydration stations. If you’re not afraid of heights, cross the Los Cabos Canyon Hanging Bridge on foot. There’s also ziplining, hiking, bungee jumping, a giant swing, a splash park, and a multitude of ways to explore (e.g., horseback, bike, ATV, UTV).
Whether you’re visiting Baja’s iconic coast or searching for that perfect East Cape Baja real estate, there’s plenty of off-the-grid attractions to do. Want more information? Fill out the form below.