The cape cities of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo feature plenty of five-star hotels and luxury beach resorts, but those who wish to explore Baja Sur beyond the heavily trafficked tourist areas will find there are plenty of hidden — or at least less publicized — gems.
Hotel California – This hotel has become something of a curiosity because of the famous Eagles song, but visitors to this iconic yet intimate Todos Santos landmark — there are only eleven rooms and suites — will appreciate the authentic Mexican décor and individually appointed lodgings, all of which boast original paintings from the local artist’s colony.
Costa Baja Resort and Spa – Luxury arrived in La Paz with this stunning resort, which features an onsite marina, a pampering spa, first-class dining at Steinbeck’s, and world-class golf courtesy of legendary major champion and designer Gary Player.
Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort – Cabo Pulmo is associated with the oldest and largest living coral reef in the Western Hemisphere, and the off-shore marine sanctuary draws many snorkelers and divers to this sleepy little East Cape village. The Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort is the best local accommodation, with affordable casitas and eco-bungalows, an onsite dive shop, and excellent food and drink at the Coral Reef Restaurant.
Palmas de Cortez – How many resorts offer accommodation packages that include big game Sea of Cortés fishing charters? Answer: not too many. This excellent Los Barriles resort is one of the best, and also offers a nine-hole executive golf course, windsurfing and kiteboarding rentals, and gorgeous veranda views of Bahia Las Palmas.
Ventana Bay Resort- Located north of El Sargento and south of Baja Sur’s capital city of La Paz, this solar-powered eco-resort draws curious and adventurous travelers –those who want to get from the popular tourist areas — as well as kiteboarding and windsurfing enthusiasts who come for the El Norte winds that blow down the Sea of Cortés from November through March.