ATV riding is the perfect activity
for adventurous clients.
For many travelers, Mexico is synonymous with “spring break.” And
for local Californians, this is particularly true in Baja Sur. From
Tijuana to Ensenada, San Felipe to Cabo San Lucas, a visit to
Mexico offers a rockin’ good time. However, it’s been said that you
find what you looking for in Mexico, and I found that looking
beyond wild nights at Cabo Wabo, there is a much more refined
Mexico; a Mexico with a playful yet relaxed atmosphere and
hospitality in spades.
Being close to nature is one of the best parts of visiting
Mexico, and in Baja Sur there are plenty of outdoor activities for
clients. If they are the least bit adventurous, taking an ATV tour
is a must. In Los Barrilles, Adventures by Quadman offers one of
the best off-roading experiences, hands down. The trails lead you
through expansive, mostly dry riverbeds that give clients the sense
of the wilderness without cars or people and no one to complain if
you crank up your ATV as fast as it will go, catching air as you
splash through mud along the way. Be sure to advise clients to wear
closed-toe shoes and clothing they don’t mind getting dirty.
Clients can interact with sea lions on
excursions from La Paz.
Swimming with sea lions is another must-do in the Baja Sur area,
which is a full-day excursion departing from the capital city, La
Paz. The Sea Lion colony congregates on the rocky formations called
“Los Islotes” part of a grouping of five islands that make up
Espiritu Santo. This particular colony of sea lions is used to
curious snorkelers and some of the young ones will swim close
enough to touch. Travelers be warned: Do not get too close to the
rocks or the large braying males it can incite aggression. Along
with the sea lion interaction, the tour includes a freshly prepared
lunch on a private bay on Espiritu Santo Island itself; complete
with porch swings installed in the sand a few yards up from the
water. Here, clients have the opportunity to kayak, swim or snorkel
some more. The locale is picturesque enough that entire wedding
parties have been boated out here for a sunset ceremony. Snorkeling
masks, flippers and life jackets are provided.
Clients looking for somewhere to stay should try the Hotel
California in tiny Todos Santos. It is absolutely incredible. The
individually styled suites vary in size and decor but every last
one of the 11 rooms is delightful, and the hotel has both a gourmet
restaurant and a cerulean pool. This hotel often books out entirely
for wedding parties, so make reservations early.
While in Todos Santos be sure to dine at least once at the
Tequila Sunrise Bar and Grill yes, it’s right across the way from
the Hotel California and yes, they play Eagles videos all day long
the best thing on the menu is the poblano chiles with pomegranates.
It’s so good that I requested the recipe but was denied, in order
to keep the mystery, of course.
Baja Sur is quickly becoming an international destination and,
in Los Cabos, multicultural restaurants are springing up
everywhere. If clients are looking for one to try, recommend the
consistently top-rated French Riviera Restaurant and Bakery. Run by
master chef Jacques Chretien (one of five master chefs in all of
Mexico) and his wife Sophie Chretien, the restaurant serves
delectable dishes with items like yellow-fin tuna carpaccio,
roasted Ensenada red lobster, oxtail confit and strawberry souffles
each more delicious than the last. Reservations are
Whether your clients plan to take in some sun, go on an
adventure or taste some delicious food, Baja Sur is a great
destination with a lot more to offer than a rowdy club scene.
French Riviera Restaurant and Bakery
Grupo Fun Baja (swimming with sea lions)
$100 for the day including lunch
Hotel California in Todos Santos
Quadman (ATV tour)
Rates start at $50 for three hours.
Tequila Sunrise Bar and Grill