Baja is home to a wide array of animals both on land and in the ocean. It has over 300 species of birds, and grey, humpback, and blue whales spend time there throughout the year. The humpbacks can often be seen in the winter months from shore, breaching or spouting plumes of mist as they travel around the peninsula. Baja is famous for its beautiful beaches and lively tourist scene in Cabo, but many areas north of Cabo provide spectacular experiences and are not to be missed!
Region: Los Cabos
If you're going to Baja you should save at least a few days to experience the local cuisine and beaches in San Jose del Cabo. While it's next door neighbor Cabo San Lucas is known for its party scene and tourist attractions, San Jose del Cabo provides a more laid back surf scene with access to
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Activities: Restaurant, pool, and yoga classes, plus treehouses for guests to stay in and onsite farms, including animal pens with goats and peacocks. Vegetables grown onsite.
Acre is a 25 acre piece of farmland with a restaurant, cocktail bar, event space, & treehouse. It's completely pet-friendly, so your dog is welcome! The food and bar are both spectacular and the treehouses surrounded by a jungle atmosphere make every guest feel like they're immersed in nature.
Rates: Peak season $350 per night
Villa del Faro
Activities: Bird-Watching Surfing Hiking Horse-Back Riding Kayaking Wildlife Tours
Villa del Faro is a unique and secluded hotel situated on 12 acres of gardens and desert overlooking miles of private, deserted beach. It is an oasis of beautiful gardens and stately palms, and painstakingly handcrafted dwellings that bring to mind both a Mexican hacienda and an Italianate villa. It is not a place for everyone. It offers solitude instead of shops, long walks on the only swimmable beach on the east cape, hikes into the deep arroyo instead of golf, watching the whales play from your private balcony, and personal care from the staff.
While the hotel sits in lush gardens, the surrounding desert is pristine and untouched. Villa del Faro was built with the environment in mind. It is laid out with one main building and a collection of casitas placed naturally on the existing landscape. It is a Green Hotel – truly off the grid. There are no electrical power lines or phone lines. Everything at the Villa is run on solar power, supplemented by a generator when needed. There are propane hot water heaters, propane refrigerators, and stoves. Drinking water is trucked in from a local ranch and stored in a tank where it is cleaned and purified. Water for cleaning is supplied by an on-site well, while a gray water reclamation system irrigates the gardens. “Water is gold” in the desert, and water conservation is always of the utmost priority. Guests are encouraged to conserve water and power during their stay at Villa del Faro.
Rates: $180-$500 per night
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