Surfboards on the beach // (c) 2011 Rancho Pescadero
Rancho Pescadero, recently honored by Travel + Leisure as one of the “World’s 25 Most Romantic Hotels,” is more than just a romance and relaxation destination. The resort, an hour north of Cabo San Lucas in Baja, Mexico, offers quality surfing, fishing, beachfront horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, environmental education, cultural tours and conservation opportunities.
“Rancho Pescadero is really whatever you want to make it,” said Lisa Harper, owner of Rancho Pescadero. “Many of our guests are finding they’re really enjoying the variety of activities they can choose to do when they are here.”
Clients staying in one of the hotel’s 27 suites can enjoy access to two miles of secluded white-sand beach, two swimming pools and free surfboards, bicycles, fishing equipment and boogie boards. The outdoors may be the resort’s best gym, but a 2,000 square foot yoga and Pilates pavilion also offers complimentary yoga classes everyday. An outdoor kitchen, the Tres Hermanas Spa and an organic garden rejuvenate guests after a long day at the beach.
Clients also interested in learning can partake in the hotel’s education program that teaches guests about sea turtle conservation right in front of the hotel. Volunteers can gather eggs in July, August and September or witness hatchings from November through January.
Activities abound beyond the resort, where guests can partake in whale-shark watching at Espirtu Santo Islands; swim alongside sea lions in the lagoons of Magdalena Bay; enjoy the Sierra Laguna Mountains for daytrip hikes, snorkeling and surfing lessons; organize fishing trips on the Sea of Cortez; or explore the Marine National Park.
Of course, lounging by the pool with a handcrafted cocktail is also completely acceptable.