Tourists are no stranger to Los Cabos. Sitting at the southern tip of Baja’s East Cape, which is about 760 miles south of California’s border, you’ll find Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, or Los Cabos. Its sun-soaked beaches, perfect climate, and picturesque landscape make it an ideal vacation spot; welcoming an estimated three million tourists annually.
Los Cabos tends to draw a rowdy crowd, especially in Cabo San Lucas where hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, and shops fill street after street. Just a few miles east is Baja East Cape, which until a few years ago, was a desolate area dotted with a few homes. Today, the area is quietly gaining notoriety. A luxurious resort community, Costa Palmas, has transformed the secluded peninsula into a refined, upscale destination for those seeking a Cabo alternative.
If the idea of quiet, windswept shores, swimmable beaches, and a vast sea that’s ready to explore excites you, consider Baja East Cape for your next getaway. To learn more about this exotic location along Mexico’s famed coast, here’s what you should know:
The area has gone from rustic to refined
Up until a year or two ago, few travelers could find Baja East Cape on a map. The rural area east of Cabo was home to a handful of residents, some of whom didn’t have electricity. Back in 2019, a highway was built through the area, with the intent of providing faster access to the Los Cabos International Airport.
Following that development, a Los Angeles Real Estate firm, Irongate, saw an opportunity to build a high-end resort in Baja East Cape. The 1,000-acre resort community, Costa Palmas, is an outpost for two well-known hotel brands: Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts and Aman Resorts.
Included in the resort are an array of affluent amenities like private beachfront villas, an exclusive yacht and beach club, and a championship golf course.
Costa Palmas is home to one of few swimmable beaches
The Sea of Cortez is an inviting turquoise blue, but as inviting as it looks, strong currents and rocky shores make much of the coastline unswimmable.
Irongate’s owner Jason Grosfeld, who visited Los Cabos often, said one of the biggest reasons he bought the property in Baja East Cape was for its calm, bay-like waters. He saw an opportunity to build a resort around the soothing shore and offer something that other resorts didn’t: A swimmable beach.
Grosfeld’s instinct has proven correct. Many visitors rave about the beach and say they enjoy taking a dip in the iconic Sea of Cortez.
It’s more than a vacation spot, it’s a home
Costa Palmas isn’t just for tourists. The resort offers luxury homes as well. About 350 high-end homes are slated for phase one of construction. Four Seasons Residences have close to 150 homes already built. They range from a marina-front home for $2.5 million to a beachfront villa for $25 million.
Amanvari, an Aman property, is set to debut with 35 homes in 2022.
Aside from stunning beach vistas, these elegant homes have a clean, modern look that blends with the surroundings. Floor-to-ceiling windows, natural wood, and stainless steel finishings complement the open layout of each home.
Buyers are already scooping up properties, but experts expected that considering Los Cabos is such a hot real estate market. Experts say Baja East Cape will likely be just as popular as Los Cabo. It has an annual growth of 6% in residential and commercial sales over the last five years.
The amenities are first class
Whether you like to fish, snorkel, scuba dive, kiteboard, golf, or simply lounge on a beach, you can do it all in Baja East Cape.
For anglers, the Sea of Cortez is a well-known spot for sportfishing. From Roosterfish to Dorado, the fish are abundant and so are the number of knowledgeable charters available. For yacht owners, the marina inside Costa Palmas is a great launch point for your fishing expedition.
Cabo Pulmo, a national treasure of protected seas, is also in Baja East Cape. You can grab a snorkel or scuba gear and tour an unparalleled underwater world.
If you’d rather ride the waves, the Sea of Cortez is ideal for kiteboarding. With the warm sea breezes and moderate chop, kiteboarders ride the waves just like a snowboarder glides through the snow. Except, with kiteboarding, you’re attached to a giant kite that propels you into the air for high-flying tricks.
If playing 18-holes is more your thing, Baja East Cape just opened one of the newest courses in the area. Robert Trent Jones II designed the course. The championship course features desert and ocean views, perfectly manicured dunescapes, and fairways that unravel down hillsides.
There are no plans to mimic ‘The Tourist Corridor’
Baja East Cape has additional developments planned. The look and feel of the area won’t be a carbon copy of Los Cabos. Cabo San Lucas in particular is densely packed with a several-mile-long street known as ‘The Tourist Corridor’ that’s loaded with places to eat, stay, and play. While it’s great for 20-somethings looking to go bikini bar hopping, it’s not for everyone.
Baja East Cape is an alternative. While the up-and-coming area is still developing, it seems the area will morph into an upscale, elegant getaway. There are three other hospitality companies planning to build resorts and condos.
These luxurious hotels and residences will draw an older, more affluent crowd. They will want to take in the area’s natural beauty without the crowds, loud music, or cheap drinks.
If this kind of getaway is appealing to you, consider coming for a stay. Book a room at the Four Seasons and see what all the buzz is about. If the sea enchants you, you’ll want to tour the Four Seasons Residences or Aman Residences. To learn more, fill out the form below to receive additional information about the luxurious options inside Costa Palmas.