Mexico’s Baja California Sur

Someone said Baja California Sur was ‘windy and dusty’, which doesn’t sound too flattering. Windy enough for the kite surfing and sailing, and dusty enough to be a desert, but I guess the fact that it is a desert surrounded by the sea is what makes it a bit special. 

You certainly can’t fault the scenery; just take a look around and there’s rugged, glistening beauty in every direction. When I first asked about Baja California Sur everyone told me about Los Cabos, golf, and fishing. Now, I know the Cabos are beautiful, but I’ve discovered that there are other really cool places on the peninsula that don’t get the attention they deserve (probably just as well, come to think of it). Santa Rosalia, Loreto, and La Paz are three of them.. They are all really nice towns with great beaches and lots of water sports and marine life. In La Paz we saw whales and dolphins, and in Loreto they even have a Marine National Park and kayaking tours for a week. It’s a bit of a long haul if you want to visit these places and Los Cabos too, but if you have the time and the gas money it’s worth it.

When you get down to Los Cabos you really notice how luxurious it all is, what between the hotels, private villas, and golf courses. Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are the two main towns down there, and they are joined by what they call the Los Cabos Corridor, which is made up of ritzy resorts, huge holiday villas, and enormous golf courses. It’s kind of strange to have so many golf courses in the desert, but I guess at least rain doesn’t stop play very often. I’m not much into golf myself but I heard that Cabo del Sol course was the best because it was right on the ocean, then someone mentioned the Club Campestre and the Palmilla and a whole bunch of others and I lost track, there were so many. The corridor runs along the coast and the scenery is amazing. The two Cabo towns are surprisingly different for being so close to each other. It took me a while to sort out the names, they’re so similar. I think I prefer San Jose del Cabo because it’s quieter and got more history, with plenty of colonial architecture. 

Also it’s got good surfing and more nature-related stuff. Cabo San Lucas is pretty cool too, just more touristy and with less history; it’s got lots of restaurants and bars and stores, and apparently it’s quite popular with spring-breakers. It’s also got a marina and is on the cruise ship run.
Everyone is crazy about fishing down there. Everywhere you look it’s fishing charter this and fishing trip that; it’s supposed to be one of the best places in the world for sport fishing. Something to do with the Pacific meeting the Sea of Cortez around that point and for some reason that means there are more kinds of fish there.  Sometimes you can see whales and dolphins, and if you go snorkeling or scuba diving you can see all sorts of fish with amazing colors. The hotel resorts are enormous, like little towns, and really pretty: Pueblo Bonito, Grand Mayan, Villa del Arco, and La Estancia are incredible places to stay, I would imagine. 

Also there are so many restaurants and so many different kinds of food it can be mind-boggling; for Mexican cuisine you could try the Hacienda Cocina y Cantina with its excellent views, or for seafood check out Maro’s Shrimp House, and if you fancy some classy Italian food pass by La Dolce – all in Cabo San Lucas.

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