Search the East Cape directory for outfitters and guided tours, or learn more about one of the featured activities below.
- Boating and Kayaking
- Eco Tours
- Family Fun
- Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
- Wind Sports
East Cape Beaches
The East Cape is lined with miles of white-sand beaches where you can relax for a day–or many more. Many of them are unnamed, and access can be difficult in some areas as new housing developments take shape. Here are a few of the most popular East Cape beaches:
Los Barriles: Los Barriles has a long, sandy and often windswept beach along Bahía de las Palmas. In winter, you can take windsurfing or kiteboarding lessons. In summer, it’s time for fishing or scuba diving. Access off Mexico 1.
Cabo Pulmo: On the unpaved coastal road south of La Ribera, Cabo Pulmo is a fishing village on a shallow bay that has a living coral reef right offshore. This reef is part of Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, and you can snorkel right from the beach. Great drift diving sites are less than five minutes away by boat. You can rent kayaks for a paddle across the bay, or just go for a swim.
La Sirenita: Follow the coastal road south of Cabo Pulmo to find La Sirenita (Mermaid Beach), a tiny hidden place where you can go snorkeling, have a picnic, and enjoy the desert sun. Look for a sign to Playa Los Arbolitos, which has a small parking lot, and follow a short trail to the south.
Los Frailes: When the north winds blow, Los Frailes Bay is often comfortably calm and protected. At low tide, hike to the rocks at the north end of the bay to look for crabs and other marine life in the tide pools.
Find more beaches in the East Cape activities directory.
East Cape Boating and Kayaking
When seas are calm, boating is a popular and enjoyable pastime along the Gulf Coast. For those with their own yachts, Los Barriles, Buena Vista, and La Ribera all have boating facilities and services, as well as charters for sportfishing. You can launch small craft such as pangas and kayaks from many of the beaches along the coast. Find boating services in the East Cape directory.
A number of protected coves and shallow bays along the Gulf coast invite exploration by kayak. You can visit sea lion colonies or paddle to a secluded beach and swim/snorkel before having a picnic. Search the East Cape directory for rentals and guided trips.
East Cape Camping
Much of the Gulf Coast is under development these days, but you still can find uninhabited stretches where it’s possible to pitch a tent on the beach. Facilities are minimal, and campers should always take precautions to leave no trace.
You may be asked to pay a few pesos per night to the local fishing cooperative. A number of East Cape resorts provide hook-ups for RVs, showers/restrooms, and other basic facilities for overnight guests. For example:
The East Cape RV Resort is just a quick walk from the beach and has many amenities such as pool, clean restrooms, and laundry, and high speed internet.
Martin Verdugo’s Beach Resort – low rates, many amenities, and proximity to the beach make this the perfect destination for families and retirees.
Playa Norte RV Haven – With its 10 hectares of property and affordable fees, this is the ideal location for RVs and for campers with pets.
Search the East Cape directory for RV campgrounds.
East Cape Tours
There are many opportunities for eco-travel along the Gulf coast of the Baja peninsula. Baby sea turtle releases, natural waterfalls, coastal and mountain bird-watching, desert hikes, and photography tours are just a few examples. Search the East Cape directory for guides and organized programs.
Plan a Family Activity in the East Cape
Outdoor-oriented families will find lots to do in the seaside communities along the East Cape—from playing in the sand to swimming and snorkeling to fishing and kayaking. You can hike to waterfalls and hot springs in the mountains or rent ATVs to explore the surrounding desert. A number of larger vacation rentals, or groups of smaller bungalows, can accommodate multiple families comfortably.
Find more family activities in the East Cape directory.
East Cape Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
The best scuba diving along the East Cape awaits in the national marine preserve at Cabo Pulmo. Here, a living hard coral reef runs perpendicular to the beach and extends almost all the way to shore. This means you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling without having to get on a boat. You will need transportation to get to the sea lion colony, or to dive the deeper sections of the reef. Gentle drift dives are well-suited to beginners, while the variety of marine life keeps it interesting for more advanced divers too. There are dive shops with equipment rentals in Cabo Pulmo and Los Barriles. Search the East Cape directory for dive operators.
East Cape Shopping
Los Barriles is the commercial center of the East Cape and has the largest supermarket, as well as a handful of gift shops that are fun to browse for souvenirs or supplies. El Toro y La Luna carries ceramics and other accents for the home, while the Baja Beach Company has smaller gifts, books, and maps. Find more stores in the East Cape directory.
East Cape Sportfishing
Los Barriles and Buena Vista are popular destinations for sportfishing because Bahía de las Palmas becomes very deep very quickly once you leave the shoreline. The nearby Tuna Canyon is famous for its yellowfin tuna catch. Try Punta Pescadero for cabrilla and pargo, or head south to Punta Colorada for roosterfish. Local fishing guides offer trips aboard pangas and cruisers. You can also fish from shore and avoid the boat fees. Search the East Cape directory for charter services.
East Cape Surfing
The southern part of the East Cape gets sizable waves when the south swell rolls in during the summer and fall. Shipwreck is the closest break to San Jose del Cabo, and Nine Palms is good for longboarding. Learn more about the local surf.
East Cape Kiteboarding And Windsurfing
Los Barriles is one of the top destinations in the world for windsurfing and kiteboarding. La Ventana near La Paz is better for beginners, but for those with some experience, Los Barriles gets heavier winds, typically averaging 18-20 knots during the winter months. Find windsurfing and kite schools in the East Cape directory.