Aside from the well-developed towns of Los Barriles and Buena Vista, this region of the Baja Peninsula is rugged and off the grid. The opportunity to discover your own quiet getaway is precisely what brings many repeat visitors back over and over again. Once you’ve found your spot, you’ll want to keep it to yourself. Remember, the defining feature of most East Cape accommodations is simplicity.
You have several choices for lodging when planning a trip to the East Cape. First, decide whether you want to be in a larger town like Los Barriles or in a more remote setting like Cabo Pulmo or Los Frailes.
These decisions, as well as the activities you want to do, will help you choose the best place for your trip. Los Barriles has the only full-service resorts in the region. Elsewhere along the East Cape, you can book a room in a simple fishing lodge or small hotel, find a vacation rental, or camp on the beach. Here are some of the pros and cons of each type of lodging.
- Resorts: For a full roster of amenities including in-hotel dining, swimming pools, spa services, daily maid service and more, head to Los Barriles.
- Fishing Lodges: Rustic fishing lodges are a tradition in Baja travel and offer a unique experience, especially if sportfishing is on your list of must-do activities. Many have been run by multiple generations of the same family. They usually serve early breakfast and can book your fishing charter, rent equipment, and prepare your fresh catch when you return. Rooms tend to be rustic and common areas are often decorated with historic fishing memorabilia.
- Small Hotels: A few boutique-style hotels have opened in the East Cape in recent years, offering a personal and somewhat upscale experience.
- Vacation Rentals: If preparing your own meals is appealing, you can rent a villa or smaller casita by the sea. East Cape vacation rentals tend to be simple affairs. Often powered by the sun, they are ideal for travelers who happily trade modern creature comforts like swimming pools, air conditioning, TV, dish washers and hair dryers for unrivaled views, proximity to wildlife and the opportunity to engage in all kinds of water activities a few steps from your door.
- Camping: The best way to get close to nature and save money for food and activities is to bring your own shelter and camp at the beach. Veteran Baja road-trippers pride themselves on having the ideal camping setup for the desert/ocean environment. They might pop a tent in the sand, sleep in the bed of their pickup truck, or drive a fully equipped RV camper to the region.
Once you’ve identified your criteria and selected the best type of lodging for your trip, scan the list of standouts below. It is by no means comprehensive, but rather a cross-section of some of our favorites. You can also search the East Cape hotel directory or vacation rentals directory for more options.
Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise: Timeless luxury
Villa del Faro: An Eco-Friendly Boutique East Cape Hotel Oasis
Los Barriles Hotel: Keep it simple
Hotel Punta Colorada: Roosterfishing
El Encanto de Cabo Pulmo: Upscale seaside vacation rental
And explore these other great accommodations choices:
- Infinity pool: Hotel Palmas de Cortez
- Classic fishing lodge: Rancho Leonero
- Boutique hotel: Agave Hotel
- Dive resort: Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort
- Camping by the bay: Martin Verdugo’s Beach Resort
- Casitas near the beach: Baja Bungalows
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