Nestled along the Sea of Cortez is an ocean oasis wrapped in rugged mountains, untouched beaches, and crystal blue water. The location is quietly but quickly becoming a destination for elite travelers, A-list celebrities, and wealthy business tycoons.
East Cape is a recently-developed area that sits along the coast of Baja’s southeasternmost point. This leisurely destination is a stark contrast to its neighboring city, Cabo San Lucas. There, tourists, crowds, and nightlife are the norm.
East Cape resorts are secluded and truly off the beaten path. The resorts are surrounded by vast open space, dirt roads, and a natural landscape that’s unlike any other in the world.
East Cape resorts are gaining popularity among the elite crowd. It is easy to see why since they feature a combination of pure natural beauty coupled with a resort that caters to every whim of its guests.
More specifically, East Cape resorts have an array of features and fine finishings that set them apart from other resorts. Here are eight things East Cape resorts have that others don’t:
1. An oasis protected from the fast-paced lifestyle
Many luxury resorts are located in a hub of activity. When visitors walk outside they’re met with the hustle-and-bustle of the city, fast-moving tourists, and traffic. But, when you visit an East Cape resort, it’s completely different.
East Cape resorts are located in a secluded, undeveloped stretch of southern Baja. It’s not only quiet, but the only thing surrounding it is the beach and mountains. In other words, it is truly a desert oasis, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind.
2. Charming local towns that aren’t populated by tourists
East Cape guests will thoroughly enjoy the small towns tucked along the coast of the Sea of Cortez. These small towns are a short drive from East Cape resorts and are real, authentic Mexican towns as opposed to tourist-filled destinations.
The small town of Santiago, for example, is home to old churches, quaint museums, and a breathtaking waterfall, where water cascades off a 40-foot granite cliff. The waterfall itself is a sight to see, but the water below is shallow and calm enough to swim in. Guests love to head to this remote spot for a picnic lunch and a luxurious swim beneath the waterfall.
An old mining town, El Triunfo, is also a short drive away. This charming area offers shops, restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and a museum. For those with a wandering spirit, a few miles north of this town is a cactus sanctuary, Santuario de Los Cactus. The area is home to a 123-acre spot full of cacti and exotic plants that are only native to this part of the world.
3. An underwater paradise is around the corner
Along the coast is an underwater world that’s teeming with exotic sea creatures. Below the sapphire-hued water of Cabo Pulmo National Park lives a 20,000-year old coral reef that’s home to 695 species of aquatic plants and 891 species of fish. Jacques Cousteau called it, “The Aquarium of the World.”
As you might expect, snorkeling and scuba diving are quite popular here.
The view below the water is impressive, but the view topside is stunning as well. The protected park has rugged mountains, soft waves, and sugary sand leading to the pristine sea, and it’s truly postcard-worthy.
4. A resort that blurs the lines of indoor and outdoor
East Cape resorts were designed to complement the area’s natural beauty. Designers of the Costa Palmas Resort, for example, wanted to create a luxurious, comfortable space for guests, but they didn’t want to create a bold, overstated building that forces guests to be inside or out.
Instead, designers created a subtle resort that blends into the surroundings, lets in an abundance of natural light, and creates a seamless layout the blurs the lines of indoors and out.
5. Food sourced from an on-site garden
East Cape resorts like the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas are surrounded by lush, green vegetation. To pay homage to the land and offer guests truly local food, this resort sources food from its on-site garden. As a guest, you can meet the farmers that tend to the 17-acre plot full of organic fruits and vegetables.
6. Unparalleled dining
In addition to ingredients sourced on-site, East Cape resorts have some of the finest dining experiences guests will ever experience. Estiatorio Milos is recognized as one of the finest Mediterranean seafood restaurants in the world, with just a handful of locations around the world, but guests will find one in East Cape.
Limon, a farm-to-table al fresco dining experience that’s surrounded by a lemon tree grove and Casa de Brasa, a casual poolside restaurant with fresh grilled tacos and craft beers, are great choices too.
7. Premium amenities that cater to every interest
The resort community in East Cape offers an array of amenities to keep every guest active and entertained. Golfers will love the newly-opened, 18-hole Costa Palmas Golf Course, designed by golfing icon, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Families can take advantage of the six swimming pools, kid’s programs, a teen center, a sports and activities center, and an oasis spa.
Let’s not forget the two-mile stretch of beach that’s right out the front door. Many resorts have an ocean view, but due to the rough seas, the water isn’t suitable for swimming. That’s not the case on the East Cape, where two miles of calm, swimmable beaches run alongside the resort community.
8. Spas inspired by local culture
Luxury hotels typically have a spa, but those inside East Cape resorts can’t be matched. The spa inside Four Seasons, for example, is inspired by indigenous ingredients known to soothe and revive. Guests can enjoy a massage, take a dip in a plunge pool, and stroll through the natural herb garden.
East Cape resorts offer a luxurious getaway for elite guests. The natural beauty of the area sets it apart, but the artful design, attention to detail, and availability of convenient amenities are what make the location a true destination.