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.