For those that yearn for the simple pleasures of the “Old Baja,” or are seeking an antidote to the touristy hustle of Cabo San Lucas, the East Cape is the answer. Time seemingly stands still on this coastal stretch, which swells like a pregnant belly from the outskirts of San José del Cabo to Los Barriles and the beautiful Bay of Palms.
Fishing has always been the chief attraction for visitors to the region, and the East Cape was the site of some of the peninsula’s early fly-in fishing resorts in the 1950s. The fish rich water of the Sea of Cortés are still a big draw, particularly for annual bill and gamefish tournaments like Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore.
World-class conditions also exist, seasonally at least, for surfing, kiteboarding and windsurfing. Shipwrecks and Nine Palms are popular destinations for summer surfaris from Los Cabos; and when strong winter El Norte winds blow down the coast, places like La Ventana and Los Barriles become heaven on earth for windsports enthusiasts. Lord of the Wind, an annual kiteboarding competition in Los Barriles, will become the North American championship of the sport starting in January 2016.
The snorkeling and diving is also spectacular, particularly at Cabo Pulmo. This national marine sanctuary is home to eight fingers of living coral reef, and because of its protected status, now boasts the highest concentration of marine life in the Sea of Cortés.