Baja Califorina Sur, México
While Los Cabos and the beaches that made it famous are enjoyed by many, there are other stretches of idyllic bliss in the Cape region, not far from the explorer’s reach. The East Cape extends from several miles east of San Jose del Cabo along the Sea of Cortez, to north of Punta Pescadero, Los Barriles and Rancho Buena Vista. All are names long popular with fly-in fishing diehards; but perhaps not so familiar to many others.
That’s changing as more people discover this region where quiet hideaway hotels coexist with new restaurants, supermarkets and private residential enclaves. Just an hour by paved Highway 1 from Los Cabos International Airport, the north end of the East Cape is attracting both devoted seasonal veterans and an increasing number of first time visitors.
Some say the East Cape hubs of Buena Vista and Los Barriles, magnificently situated on Bahia Las Palmas, are the Los Cabos of twenty years or thirty ago. Famous for its gamefish, Bahia Los Palmas stretches from Punta Pescadero south to Punta Arena Sur.
Tourism in the East Cape are got started in 1952 when the Rancho Buena Vista Hotel opened as a fly-in fishing resort. A runway was built in the arroyo next to the hotel, which was fine as long as the storms stayed away. This became a regular vacation stop for the Hollywood elite and as the word about this remote paradise spread, the East Cape area started gaining popularity.
Blue and black marlin are plentiful from June to December, and the area explodes as the fishing resort crowd moves in. Roosterfish, yellowtail, wahoo and tuna are also abundant. Whatever your expectations, rest assured, there are miles of isolated coastline, pristine waters and an ample array of sports and activities for every taste, from diving to boardsailing.