Whether you’re getting away for a winter holiday or want to spend the summer in an exotic location with the kids, the East Cape in Baja California Sur is waiting with perfect weather and plenty of fun to fill your itinerary.
Unlike the tourist-heavy areas of Mexico that cater to Spring Break crowds, the largely unspoiled southeastern region of Los Cabos has managed to retain its natural beauty. And despite its sandy beaches, pristine mountain trails, desert landscapes, and estuaries serving as home to flora and fauna, there is no lack of modern amenities.
The East Cape has become a destination for celebrities, wealthy globetrotters, and elite adventurers looking to get away from metropolitan life. Arriving by air or their own yacht, visitors to the Sea of Cortez and the resorts dotting its coastline have come to expect the best in golf, sportfishing, dining, sailing, shopping, and curated services.
With the idyllic setting anchoring your stay, it’s nearly impossible not to have fun. But just in case you need some ideas, here are some tips to help you host the perfect family vacation in East Cape.
Incorporate fun for different interests
Not everyone enjoys sand between their toes or sea mist spray on their face as they jet ski across the Sea of Cortez. As you plan your family vacation in East Cape, look for a variety of fun for all ages, abilities, and interests.
Be sure to include optional group activities, including meals, tours, and boating excursions, as well as couple’s activities so that adults traveling with kids can get some child-free vacation time.
The Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas, for example, offers babysitting services with trained childcare providers, as well as the famous kids program for 4 to 12-year-olds. Young guests can enjoy arts and crafts, outdoor sports, ping pong, arcade games, kayaking, billiards, beach volleyball, Xbox gameplay, and more.
Charter a sailboat or yacht
Although Costa Palmas offers slips for up to 250-foot vessels, not everyone arrives by sea. For guests who arrive by air but are eager for a seafaring voyage, treat your family to a day or weekend on the water with a chartered sailboat or yacht.
Simply ask your concierge at Costa Palmas for recommendations based on your wants and needs; a full crew, catered meals, sightseeing, fishing, snorkeling, and watercraft rentals can all transform the experience into a fully curated voyage that everyone will remember for years to come.
When planning a big family vacation in East Cape, it’s important to remember that not everyone wants to be busy 24/7. Plan plenty of optional activities but leave room for naps, relaxing by the beach or infinity pool, or strolls through Costa Palmas resort’s organic farms, orchards, and estuary.
For family members looking to get pampered, a day at the resort’s spa can offer a welcome respite of healing and relaxation. Whether your guests are seeking beauty enhancements or therapeutic treatments, the experienced team can usher them through a lavish indulgence of massages, salt scrubs, soaking pools, or energy work.
Mix up your dining
With several signature restaurants—some run by world-renowned chefs—on the Costa Palmas property, you’ll probably eat most of your meals near your residence. Depending on the length of your family vacation in East Cape and the size of your group, you may want to rotate dining in order to experience some of the exceptional options on-site, including:
Estiatorio Milos: Recognized as one of the finest Mediterranean seafood restaurants in the world, this restaurant was founded by acclaimed chef Costas Spiliadis.
Casa de Brasa: Lean into the rich heritage and flavors of local cuisine prepared by Chef Maritza at this poolside setting that focuses on the four main elements of Mexican cuisine: tradition, the land, the ocean, and the corn.
Mozza: James Beard Award winner Chef Nancy Silverton brings her signature wood-fired pizza and other classic creations to Marina Village at Costa Palmas.
For family meals between formal dining, consider coordinating with your concierge in advance to make each group brunch or dinner delicious and effortless with a chef-led catering team. For an extra special intimate gathering, reserve a private beachside dinner for your entire party.
Sign up for lessons or expert-led adventures
Costa Palmas is known for its lineup of professional instructors, and your family vacation in East Cape is the perfect opportunity to take a golf, kite sailing, paddleboarding, or sportfishing lesson.
Looking to explore the region by horseback, jeep, four-wheeler, or even camel? Let the Costa Palmas Aventura team create an expedition that will take you across golden beaches, through winding desert roads, or over mountain trails to fresh-water swimming holes and crystal-clear waterfalls.
Explore the nearby towns
No family vacation in East Cape would be complete without an excursion into any of the local towns. Towns such as San Jose del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas have open-air markets, art galleries, museums, local food vendors, and shopping. Shops offer everything from handmade merchandise to high-end luxury couture, so no one will return home empty-handed.
Plan around events
If you have some flexibility in your planning, consider scheduling your family vacation in East Cape around one of the many well-known annual events hosted in Los Cabos.
From the East Cape Bisbee Fishing Tournaments to the San Jose Jazz Weekend Festival… And the Day of the Dead Festival to the Los Cabos ATP Tennis Open, the Gastrovino Baja Food & Wine Festival. Not to mention the Los Cabos International Film Festival, there’s something unique to appeal to a variety of tastes.
Want to make your stay more permanent? Consider investing in one of the many luxurious properties, some just feet from your own slip. For something unique, check out Casa Blake, an iconic neighborhood coming to the new Marina Village at Costa Palmas. This coveted location is just steps from internationally acclaimed dining, shopping, and yacht club on the Sea of Cortez.