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To many, Los Cabos needs no introduction. Most of us have heard of Cabo San Lucas, nicknamed the “Aquarium of the World” by Jacques Cousteau. Straddling both the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez at the southern end of Baja Mexico, Cabo San Lucas is known for its all-inclusive resorts, whale watching, and famed arch. But this adventure is not about “that” Cabo. This story is about The East Cape of Baja.
Understanding The East Cape of Baja
Where is that, you ask? A simple left turn out of the Los Cabos International Airport versus the usual right toward Cabo San Lucas (if you know, then you know) is all it takes to start your journey. Located solely on the Sea of Cortez, the East Cape features landscape—varying from rugged deserts and towering mountains to tranquil waterfalls and lush greenery—nearly untouched by man.
It is a personal favorite. Because it sits snuggly on the sea—versus straddling the Pacific Ocean and the sea—you will find the East Cape's stunningly beautiful white sand beaches swimmable. If you are a regular visitor to Cabo San Lucas, like me, this may sound too be good to be true. Most of the popular tourist areas of Cabo have too strong an undertow to allow for swimming from the shore. I assure you, you can swim on the East Cape. I’ve personally body surfed on the East Cape of Baja until my heart was content!
The East Cape of Baja also has several of its own marinas, so everything from SCUBA diving to yachting to sportfishing is at your fingertips.
Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas
Once on the East Cape of Baja, there is a slew of new sustainable construction in the region, notably the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas near the small town of La Ribera. Opened in 2019, then closed for a portion of 2020 amid COVID-19, the open-air, modern, sleek resort is luxurious even by Four Seasons’ lofty standards.
Set along two miles of private white sand beach, the 141-room/suite stunner features its own marina (the only Four Seasons in the world that can make that claim). You will also find six sparkling pools, five restaurants and lounges, and an adventure concierge team. For true relaxation, try the Oasis Spa and Wellness Center. It is one of the most stunning spas in North America notable for using indigenous products and rituals in several treatments.
Many of the modern, architecturally stunning rooms and suites boast private plunge pools or outdoor showers. All rooms offer ample indoor-outdoor living and lounging space.
The plunge pool suites are especially fun. They allow you to quickly rinse off before re-entering your room and make for a great private happy hour locale. There is nothing like toasting in a private pool with an ocean view, amiright?
Dining at Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos
Of course, there are several other open-air areas for happy hour—and full-on dining—as well. The vast Costa Palmas community surrounding the resort includes 18 acres of organic farms and orchards. These provide much of the produce and herbs you will enjoy on property.
Culinary options at the resort take you on an epicurean adventure into Mexico. These include Casa de Brasa, a Baja-inspired brasserie; El Puesto, for sea-to-table ceviches, tiraditos, and crudo; Limón, an alfresco farm-to-table dinner restaurant; and Ginger’s, an all-day eclectic café.
An extensive collection of local tequilas and mezcals are available resort-wide. You can also find an impressive list of regional wines from Baja Mexico, the oldest wine-producing nation in the Americas.
The resort is home to Estiatorio Milos, one of the finest Mediterranean seafood restaurants in the world. Milos has acclaimed locations in New York, London, and Miami.
Activities at Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos
Beyond the food, the Four Seasons hosts a copious number of enrichment programs and activities for its guests. These include hiking, biking, snorkeling, horseback riding, waterfall tours, UTV tours, ATV tours, private yachting experiences, and sport fishing adventures.
A favorite by both the staff and visitors alike is the sea turtle program. Turtle season in the area takes place from approximately mid-summer to early winter. During this time, turtles swim to the shores of the East Cape’s Baja Peninsula to build nests in the sand and lay their eggs. After about 45 days, the eggs hatch. Thousands of baby turtles begin taking their first steps, ultimately trying to make it to their ocean home.
The resorts on the East Cape protect the eggs before they hatch. They offer programs for individuals and groups to safely interact, preserve and assist these hatchlings in getting from sand to surf. Why do they visit the East Cape specifically, you ask? Turns out that mama turtles instinctively swim back to the region where they were first hatched to lay their own eggs. The East Cape has been more or less a sea turtle hatchery for thousands of years!
More Activities on the East Cape of Baja
Another great reason to visit the East Cape of Baja: the winter through early spring marks the prime whale-watching season. During any group or private tour, which you can book through your resort concierge or directly through East Cape Explorers, you can also expect to see seals, fish, and dolphins.
If you want to explore the underwater world in a different way, East Cape Explorers also offers shark diving excursions. During this most daring of adventures, your group heads to dive sites with copious amounts of jacks, mackerel, tuna and snapper, large grouper, and several species of rays. This sea life, in turn, brings in predatory sharks including hammerhead and silky sharks.
Truly, this all just scratches the surface of what you can expect from a visit to the East Cape of Los Cabos. It is, however, a good start for anyone seeking a luxury destination with expertly crafted cuisine, creature comforts, and actual creatures. Be sure to check out more great ideas on what to see in Baja Sur, Mexico—or other parts of Mexico—thanks to our Wander writers.