Why Your Next Seaside Getaway Should be on the Baja Peninsula
In November 2016, our safari expert Lara traveled to Mexico's Baja Peninsula with her family. An easy 5-7 night escape, Baja offers a wide array of options for active travelers while staying (relatively) close to home. Read up on her full trip below:
What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than South of the Border? With just a few days to make the most of a vacation with the whole family, the Baja Peninsula was perfect for us. One nonstop flight to Cabo followed by a meet and greet at baggage claim and 1-1 ½ hour road transfer later... We arrived.
Los Colibris Casitas is a small hotel made up of individual villas that remind me of an agriturismos in Italy. There is no lobby or concierge desk, but what you’ll find are beautifully landscaped grounds, a nice swimming pool and great views and a hands on staff ready to answer your questions. This hotel is clean and cute, and made a perfect home base for our time in Todos Santos.
Sergio is a history buff and will lead you on a half-day walking tour of the town. After, you sip handcrafted drinks on the rooftop of an old building followed by dinner at a Mexican restaurant. Regarding meals, I suggest an onsite cooking class with the hotel’s chef for a lovely evening. Los Colibris doesn’t offer lunch or dinner but the chef is passionate about what he does and trying new things. He offers you a special class based on your tastes, like fresh margaritas and homemade guacamole for me!
Camp Cecil and Isla Espiritu Santo
After 2-3 nights at Los Colibris, transfer 1-1 ½ hours to the Sea of Cortez on the other side of the Peninsula. Depending on arrival time, overnight in a regular hotel at La Paz (another small, Mexican town) or continue directly to Isla Espiritu Santo, an undeveloped island in the Sea of Cortez and your glamping destination. Take a small boat to reach the island for an extra dose of adventure. En route, if the season is right, you stop and snorkel with enormous whale sharks. Cautionary tale: They are huge and my husband was almost wacked with a tail! Continue the boat ride for another 1 ½ hours. Unfortunately for us, it was overcast and bumpy the rest of the ride... But as soon as we arrived, the wind died down and the sun came out from behind the clouds. It was definitely well worth the ride!
This trip is ideal for active adventure travelers, more than the casual beach-goer. It goes without saying; you need to love water because you will be in small boats much of the time. For me, Baja feels like a quickie adventure getaway, similar to the Galapagos, but a fraction of the price and with the friendliest hosts in Mexico!
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