Looking for an outdoor adventure? Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking for your next thrill or an avid angler hoping to snag a big catch, Baja’s East Cape has what you’re looking for.
Sitting at the southern tip of Baja’s famed shoreline is East Cape. It’s just 40 minutes from the tourist-favorite, Cabo San Lucas. East Cape has all the outdoor adventure thrills and chills of Cabo, but with fewer people. It’s a throwback to Old Baja, where wild landscapes flourish, dirt roads are the norm, and untouched beaches and mountains are always in view.
East Cape is one of Baja’s best kept secrets, although more and more people are catching on. Luxury homes and resorts that blend in with the area’s natural beauty have drawn the attention of the wealthy and famous. But, no matter what your economic or social status, there’s an outdoor activity for everyone in Baja’s East Cape.
Be sure to add these outdoor activities to your trip itinerary:
From rooster fish to marlin, the creatures swimming below the sapphire water in the Sea of Cortez are an angler’s dream. People have fished along Baja’s coast for centuries. In fact, one of the first resorts near East Cape was a mom-and-pop fishing resort.
Years later, the area has become one of the most well-known sportfishing spots where anglers lure marlin, sailfish, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, rooster fish, snapper, and grouper.
For the best chance at success, take a charter boat out from one of East Cape’s luxury resorts. Likely, they’ll have you fish along the shoreline where fish like to hang out in the underwater canyons and in the open water about 15-20 miles from the shore.
Snorkel through a national marine park
Near East Cape is Cabo Pulmo National Park, where visitors can see one of three coral reefs left in North America. With your mask and flippers on, you’ll be introduced to an entirely new world underwater. Schools of vibrant fish, giant turtles, sharks, and rays all glide through the water.
There are a number of outfitters that offer snorkeling tours. Again, it’s best to check with your resort for recommendations on the best tours.
Visit the natural wonder, El Arco
One of the most-visited spots in the area for outdoor adventure is a natural wonder known as El Arco or The Arc. Accessible only by boat, this amazing arch-shaped rock formation was created by wind and water.
This is one of the most popular sites to see, so try to plan your visit for a quieter time like a weekday morning.
Charter boats offer day trips to The Arc and there’s also a water taxi that takes visitors out too.
Ride the wind by kiteboarding
Have you tried to kiteboard? Using a large, steerable kite, outdoor adventure seekers can glide through the water in a sport known as kiteboarding.
Just outside of Baja’s East Cape is the small town of Los Barriles, where kiteboarding has become quite popular. In fact, some say kiteboarding, or kitesurfing as it’s also called, has put the town on the map.
The best time to kitesurf is between November and March, when the “El Norte” winds kick up a big enough breeze to fly through the sky.
Play a round of golf
Of the top 15 golf courses in Mexico, seven of them are near East Cape. The terrain is similar to courses in Arizona and California, with one big addition: The Sea of Cortez.
Most of the courses have postcard-worthy landscapes with crystal water below and the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains in the background.
Cabo del Sol has a beautiful course along the ocean designed by golfing-great Jack Nicklaus. In the Tourist Corridor of Cabo, the Cabo Real Golf Club is another hot spot for golfers.
However, the course inside Costa Palmas is getting a lot of buzz right now. This freshly-minted course is East Cape’s newest addition.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, the course inside Costa Palmas has 18 holes, three movements, and three transitions. Golfers make their way through the course alongside a north-facing beach that overlooks the Sea of Cortez and snake their way back to the resort’s stunning marina.
Explore a hot springs in rural East Cape
Tucked in the mountains are two hot springs that have attracted tourists for decades. A dozen or so hot springs were discovered by farmers back in the early 1900s. People believe the hot springs have restorative health properties, which is the reason many people still visit them today.
Most of the springs are now closed to the public and protected by the government, but there are two that visitors can still lounge in: El Chorro and Santa Rita Springs. Both are great places to visit, but Santa Rita Springs is a little smaller and less crowded than El Chorro.
Relax on a beach
There’s no shortage of beaches in East Cape for outdoor adventure, many of which are quiet spots. The water can be a bit rough on some beaches, but resorts like Four Seasons have two miles of swimmable beachfront that’s perfect for families.
For more active beachgoers, Playa Monumentos is the spot to hit for surfing. From your board, you’ll have great views of The Arc. Be aware that the surf is fairly rough though, so it’s not great for beginners.
Baja’s East Cape has a lot to offer. Its proximity to Cabo gives visitors a great chance to trek out to the countryside to enjoy Baja without hordes of people. On your next trip to Cabo, be sure to venture east and see all the area has to offer – it won’t disappoint.