|Side Trips from Todos Santos|
Here are a few suggestions to put some diversity in your Todos Santos vacation. These side trips are all easy one day trips in a rental car or by way of tour operator. Don't get the idea that you have to leave Todos Santos, but the spirit of exploration is embedded deep in all of us. If you have the time to do some exploring, you may well discover a new jewel to add to your next Baja travel itinerary. Each of these day trips are sure to bring a bit of pleasure to your entire family. There are many organized day tours to each of these destinations, check with your hotel for travel arrangements if you do not want to rent a car.
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The East Cape -
Cabo Pulmo Marine Park -
La Paz - Los Cabos
The East Cape & Cabo Pulmo. More relaxed than Todos Santos?
Los Cabos is a nice day trip (or two) from Todos Santos.
La Paz: A great city with beautiful beaches.
The East Cape of Baja is an area of white sand beaches with warm, crystal clear waters. The area is home to some beautiful, and very peaceful accommodations, a living coral reef and mile after mile of exceptionally beautiful, and sometimes, well hidden beaches. Incredible sport fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling, sea kayaking, surfing, kiteboarding and windsurfing (winter months) are the main East Cape activities, but "Just Plain Relaxing" is right up near the top of that list (if that can be considered an activity).
The East Cape Baja resorts are mostly in or near the Los Barriles/Buena Vista area, on the tranquil shores of beautiful Bahía Las Palmas. There are a few farther south along the coast and one to the north. The resorts of the East Cape tend to be somewhat small in size, as resorts go, but large on hospitality, which is a pleasant change that many vacationers are specifically seeking out in the East Cape of Baja. The East Cape seems to attract a more laid back crowd than do the resorts on the southern tip of the peninsula. But change is on the way, more resorts, some in the Mega classification are planned for the near future. One such project is actually in the process of being built in La Ribera, complete with a marina. But development usually comes rather slowly in Baja, which means that we consider the tranquil allure of The East Cape to remain as tranquil as ever for many years to come.
For more complete East Cape information visit AllAboutBaja.com, East Cape page. The page will open in a new window.
Cabo Pulmo is a National Park and Marine Reserve and is therefore
subject to federal
Cabo Pulmo, on the East Cape. is a very special destination and just may be the the perfect example of what Baja was like many years ago. This small village, of less than 150 residents, has done more to preserve their heritage and lifestyle than any other place in Baja. Cabo Pulmo lies 60 miles north of Cabo San Lucas, by way of pavement and a fairly well maintained dirt road. The village is situated almost directly on the Tropic of Cancer.
A visit to Cabo Pulmo is like taking a step back in time, a time when life was simple, based more on reality and a time when the pleasures of life were not always induced by electronics or technology. At the very heart of this peaceful community are the crystal clear waters of the Sea of Cortez which provide Cabo Pulmo with it's dreamlike atmosphere. The lure of the sea and the natural tranquility are the major reasons to visit Cabo Pulmo.
Snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing (fishing is only allowed outside of the park boundaries) are usually at the heart of a Cabo Pulmo visit. There are, of course, other things to do here, siestas are big! Kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, shell collecting, leisurely beach combing and "just relaxing" are also practiced here in varying degrees.
La Paz is the capital of Baja California Sur and a city with a population of close to 200,000. The city has somehow managed to retain a sense of peace and quiet despite being the hub of commerce and government for all of south Baja. The incredible bay front location and the pleasant malecón, that is the well deserved center of attention, helps visitors and residents enjoy this incredible city at a slow enough pace to really relax and rejuvenate. The sunsets in La Paz can be unusually spectacular and are the center of attention almost every evening.
Long a favorite destination of dedicated fishermen, La Paz is a city that is just (really) beginning to be discovered by tourists, amazing as that may seem. Development of new residential neighborhoods is making the city attractive to visitors who want to get away permanently from colder climates to the north, and the word is spreading fast. La Paz is a great place to visit for on a day trip (or more) in combination with a Todos Santos vacation.
Los Cabos is actually the name of a county in southern Baja. Here it will refer to the two cities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Both resorts, both located at the very south end of the Baja peninsula. Cabos San Lucas is know worldwide for the excellent sport fishing found in the waters very near the famous arch at Lands End and also, for its non-stop "World Class" nightlife. San Jose del Cabo, located 17 miles east of Cabo is thought to be more of the classic Mexican town, more laid back and more relaxed. These two towns are connected by the 4 lane highway know as "The Golden Corridor" which is home to some of Mexico's most decadent resorts and some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.
For more information about San Jose del Cabo visit this web site.
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