baja california

Los Barriles: Baja Sur & The East Cape

Baja Sur is the southern part of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Cabo San Lucas is located on the southern tip approximately 1050 miles south of the San Diego boarder. Access however is a simple two hour flight from LAX direct to the international airport in Cabo San Lucas or La Paz. The peninsula is made up of a small swath of land packed full of terrain diversity. Beautiful and tall (7,000 ft.) mountains divide the Pacific Ocean and the magical Sea of Cortez. This drama drops like a curtain into the mysterious desert with over 100 different species of cactus. Driving North from San Jose del Cabo provides a 45 minute panorama of this wild and raw desert landscape. About 35 minutes into the drive; you catch your first glimpse of the Sea of Cortez shimmering off in the distance. Five miles more, you round the corner and see the villages of Buena Vista and Los Barriles, these small villages are home to world class big game fishing, wind surfing, snorkeling, diving and kayaking. The town parallels the most beautiful white sand beaches you have ever seen. The currents are safe for swimming and the warm water is a spectacular color, turquoise water close to shore and clear deep blue where it is deeper. The people are warm and friendly and happy you have come to share in their paradise. There are about 4000 people in Los Barriles and Buena Vista with plenty of resources including many good restaurants, several hotels from economical to luxurious, a gym, an internet office connection, two grocery stores and a good medical clinic. All of the resources of Cabo San Lucas and La Paz are about an hour away.

Fishing on the East Cape is outstanding. The area reportedly has the highest catch rate in the world! Whether fishing for tuna, Dorado, marlin, sailfish, roosterfish, wahoo or many of the abundant sportfish, the East Cape of Baja California and the Sea of Cortez is sure to satisfy any anglers.This area is also renowned for its world-class windsurfing and kite surfing and excellent surf spots. Check out Punta Arenas, a remote and secluded area catering to hard-core sports enthusiasts, beach campers, and those wanting a peaceful desert-by-the-sea escape. Scuba Diving and snorkeling is among the best in the world. Cabo Pulmo.Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, the place Jacques Cousteau baptized “Aquarium of the World.” Is a short drive South of Los Barrilles.The shallow bay of Cabo Pulmo boasts over 5 miles of secluded beaches, which stretch from Pulmo Point on the north end to Los Frailes on the south. The only living coral reef on the western shores of North America fans out in eight major reef fingers from the beach in front of the Resort. Teeming with many species of tropical fish, this reef and the waters south to the Bay of Los Frailes and north to Las Barracas has been designated a National Marine Park by the government of Mexico. Directly off the beach lies the wreck of El Vencedor, a tuna boat that sank in 1981 and now forms an artificial reef. Diving in Cabo Pulmo is known among professionals to be some of the best in the world for the abundant sea life in this protected park. Starting in June through November, visibility can be exceedingly clear - 100 feet plus. Cabo Pulmo Marine Park is home to 10 major dive sites, starting near shore just south of the Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort and running in a northeasterly direction. Broad rows of coral heads continue, ending in about 70 feet of water - an astronomical number of nooks, crannies, and cavelets formed by the reef are home to an abundance of sea life & vegetation. The beauty of the East Cape does not end in the water - long time visitors and residents have designed an excellent series of mountain trails and shoreline rides for Mountain Biking & Trailblazing. Morning and evening hikes & rides provide breathtaking views of sunrises and moonrises over the Sea of Cortez, with miles of bird and plant life.

Natural Beauty of the East Cape, caught between the most gorgeous surfing beaches in Cabo, close to the Tropic of Cancer, the East Cape is the last untouched landscape in Baja. Watch the Desert Mountains disappear into the sea - cactus merging with the surf. Enjoy the company of whales and dolphins while you fish in clear blue water off Punta Perfecta. Hike to the Santiago waterfalls and visit Mira Flores for its natural hot springs. Seclusion, tucked away, far from the bustle of your active life, your vacation home at the East Cape Los Cabos offers you privacy set between the desert and the sea. Just north of Santa Rosa, toward the coast at Rancho La Vinorama lies Cabo Pulmo. En route to Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, three spectacular photo vistas provide respites with endless views of white, sugar-sand beaches. No better example exists of rugged, unspoiled land that leads to a sea full of life - more than 800 species of marine plants and animals. History is also a large part of the East Cape from the Mission Santiago de los Coras – A colonial Mission established by Jesuits in 1724 to Ancient Rock Paintings by the ancient culture of the Pericu tribes and in Las Casitas even a fossil cemetery.