Mexico // Baja California //

Los Barriles and the East Cape

The East Cape region is mostly known for its stunningly beautiful and largely undeveloped 120km of coastline between Bahía de los Muertos and San José’s estuary. Within these few hundred kilometres there are only a handful of towns of note, along the water and inland. The largest and most accessible resort is LOS BARRILES, a major fishing and windsurfing centre 66km north of Los Cabos airport on Hwy-1. The wind, best in winter, is brilliant for experienced windsurfers (less so for beginners) and makes this a regular venue for international competitions.

Cabo Pulmo and Playa Los Frailes

To see the best of the East Cape you need to break off Hwy-1 at San José and follow the minor gravel roads that hug the coast to Cabo Pulmo. Some 65km north you’ll come to Playa Los Frailes, a picturesque cove and beach that attracts a steady stream of yachties and campers. You can swim, snorkel or fish here but facilities are limited. Just to the north lies Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park (wcabopulmopark.com), a protected 8km stretch of coast to the cape itself. In addition to pristine beaches there is a rare hard coral reef just offshore. The village of CABO PULMO has a population of around 250, basic facilities, no paragliders and no jet skis.