Cacti covered desert that hug secluded beaches, hot sunsets, and star gazing to get lost in. Baja is a dream.
Baja California is a unique piece of Mexico, still with its wild west roots and if you stay out of Cabo San Lucas, you could say undiscovered. My first attempt to drive the West coastline in search of perfect surf was too good to be true. We surfed all day on secluded beach breaks, made the best crusty sun bleached friends who hadn't found a shower in weeks, watched the sunset sleepy eyed, high from a day of sun & sea...after tacos, beer, and good conversation we made our way back toward Cabo, by night. They'll warn you of the wandering cows on HWY 19 since street lights and fencing are non-existent, instead my friend & I almost hit a farmer walking in the middle of the road (faded) and 20 minutes later were polled over & interrogated about the legality of our car, as my temper started to rise like an upside down thermometer, things cooled down when I offered them the little amount of cash that I had. Ah Mexico, you wild beast, I love you.
After spending a significant amount of time in Baja, Cabo San Lucas is actually the last place I’d pass my minutes. As a family, we tend to spend time at The Grand Solmar, a 5-star resort & hotel at the very Southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, adjacent to Lovers Beach. Cabo San Lucas, to be blunt, is swallowed in tourists, the worst kind of tourists, tacky, and inauthentic - but, there are a few diamonds in the rough.
FLORA FARMS RESTAURANTS - Organic farming community that supplies several restaurants around Baja.
INVITA - Italian cuisine. $$$
SUNSET MONA LISA - The place you want to be for a sunset view. $$$$
MT. SOLMAR - YOU CAN ACCESS THE HIKE DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM THE NAVAL BASE NEAR THE MARINA. THERE'S A GATE WITH A DOG TRAINING FACILITY RUN BY ENRIQUE, IF YOU'RE POLITE & ASK NICELY, HE'LL LET YOU IN! YOU CAN HIKE ALL THE WAY UP & OVER THE MOUNTAIN TO LOVER'S BEACH...A SECRET GET-AWAY, THE ONLY WAY TO GET BACK IS TO HIKE BACK, ROCK CLIMB TO GRAND SOLMAR, OR BY BOAT.
Cerritos Surf Colony
I recently learned to sail a traditional Hawaiian Holopuni boat, if you have any interest in learning to sail please contact me. We are organizing trips out of La Paz & sail the Sea of Cortez 2x’s a year!
Baja’s West side has some of the best surf. As soon as you leave the Cabo area, it is difficult to find some of the breaks because they are located off dirt roads. Ask the local community for mile-markers and turn offs, an off-road vehicle or full coverage is recommended.