Planning a trip to Cabo? Baja’s most popular tourist destination has a lot to offer. The once sleepy little fishing town has transformed into a must-see locale over the last few years. The impressive growth of resorts and amenities draws many tourists – including a-list celebrities – to the area. Cabo is brimming with resorts, people and nightlife, but the newly developed East Cape region is attracting a lot of elite visitors. Many are now searching for East Cape resorts Cabo online as a quieter alternative to downtown accommodations.
After booking a place to stay, it’s time to plan your itinerary. There’s a lot to see and do in Cabo, but before your days fill up, be sure to add these six natural wonders to your list:
1. Cabo Pulmo National Park
Staying in East Cape resorts Cabo gives you great access to Cabo Pulmo National Park, which is also on the east side of Cabo. This national marine park is home to one of three living coral reefs in North America, and offers sanctuary to an abundance of sea life.
It wasn’t always like that. The Mexican government put a stop to commercial fishing in the area back in 1995, and since then the reef and the creatures that call it home have thrived.
A number of outfitters offer guided snorkeling and diving tours here that travelers rave about. Once underwater you’ll see schools of fish, giant turtles, sharks and rays floating through the emerald water. Above water, sea lions sunbathe on rocks and ospreys fly through the sky. The reef, which is an estimated 25,000 years old, is a national treasure that shouldn’t be missed.
2. Espiritu Santo Island
Just outside of the East Cape resorts Cabo area is an island oasis that’s worth your time. Off the coast of La Paz is Espiritu Santo Island, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1995.
This coastal wonder offers water filled with sea creatures including the elusive humpback whale. You can laze away the day on a secluded beach, snorkel or dive with the marine life below, or wander the twisty trails onshore.
Several outfitters offer trips to the island, most of which are by Panga, a small fiberglass boat that’s a common sight off Cabo’s coast.
3. El Arco
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Cabo is a limestone rock formation called El Arco, or The Arch. Carved by winds and waves over the course of years, the arch sits where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet.
The sight isn’t accessible by land. You can take a water taxi to the site or hop on board a chartered tour. Tours offer day trips to see the arch and give visitors time on the nearby beach, Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach).
This spot has become a must-see tourist attraction with many visitors snapping selfies near the famed rockface.
4. El Chorro and Santa Rita Hot Springs
For a relaxing day in Cabo, start your morning off with a great breakfast at luxurious East Cape resorts Cabo and then hit the road. You’re headed to the Sierra Laguna Mountains to sit in the natural hot springs.
East Cape is home to many thermal springs. Back in the early 1900s, ranchers found these springs as they worked the land, and word quickly spread. Now the government protects the hot springs, but there are two that are accessible to tourists: El Chorro and Santa Rita Hot Springs.
A trip to El Chorro Hot Springs takes you through the winding back roads of Baja and into some of the more remote villages on the peninsula.
There is a fee to enter the hot springs, but once you’re inside you can relax in the clear, warm waters of the springs for hours.
Just up the road, you’ll find another natural hot tub known as Santa Rita Hot Springs. This pool is smaller, but it’s also less populated.
5. Cascada Sol de Mayo Waterfall
Tucked inside the Sierra Laguna Mountains sits an impressive 25-foot waterfall. It’s a hidden gem of Cabo, sitting off an old dirt road. It’s about a mile-long walk to get to the waterfall, which is a bit steep. You’ll want a pair of sneakers or hiking boots, but the trek is worth it when you reach the cascading water.
If you’re daring, jump in. Below the falls is a seemingly bottomless pool of water, and many thrill-seekers love the chance to take the plunge.
Stop for lunch in the cool little desert town just outside of the falls, Santiago, on your way back to East Cape resorts Cabo.
For a spot that’s literally off-the-beaten-path, head out of town towards Mt. Solmar. There’s no official trailhead. Most people enter next to a dog kennel across from the Navy base.
The hike is a bit challenging and there are several routes to take. One path leads you to the top of the mountain and offers an amazing overlook of Cabo, which is about a two-mile trek. Another, steeper route takes you to Divorce Beach. There’s a local guide, Enrique, that takes visitors up the mountain for morning hikes for a fee.
Travel preparations for a trip to Cabo’s East Cape
If you’re planning a trip, here are some valuable tips:
The Cabo San Lucas International Airport offers commercial flights, while the smaller Cabo San Lucas Airport accommodates private jets. Flying is the fastest way to get to Cabo. Driving takes some time. From the U.S. border in California, the entire Baja peninsula is about 760-miles long, and Cabo sits at the southern end.
Once you arrive by plane, it takes about 30 minutes to reach the East Cape if you came in on a commercial flight. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the East Cape via the private airport.
If you’re looking for East Cape resorts Cabo to try, there are plenty to choose from. More affluent travelers should look at places like Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos. The resort offers 141 rooms with stunning views and spare-no-expense amenities. If you get the itch to stay a bit longer, the property is also home to Four Seasons Residences.
Another popular resort offering high-end luxury is Amanvari. Like the Four Seasons, it has both a resort and residences that offer unparalleled views, swimmable beachfront and a one-stop-shop for activity planning.
Getting around East Cape
Cabo, and the entire Baja peninsula, has undergone some major road improvements in the last few years. All of the main roads are now paved and well maintained.
Once you’re outside of the touristy areas though, there are certainly rural areas that are reminiscent of “Old Baja.” These areas are primed for 4x4s or ATVs and aren’t ideal for a small rental car. If you rent a car, make sure you ask about road conditions before you leave.
Since some of the sights are a little tough to get to, like the hot springs for example, you might consider booking excursions with local outfitters or through the resort you’re staying at.
A stay in the luxurious East Cape resorts Cabo is one you’ll always remember, especially if you visit the area’s natural wonders listed above.