Mexico

Baja California Sur: An Action-Packed Beach Break

When

May-January

Price

From £11,951pp excl. flights
(based on 2 ppl sharing)

How long

9 nights ideal length

Equal parts exhilarating adventure and blissful beachside retreat, the Baja Peninsula has something to satisfy every type of traveller. Diverse landscapes give way to thick jungle and sun-soaked beach alike and this nine-day trip will take you through them all. Swim with whale sharks in the Sea of Cortez, taste your way through Todos Santos and sail off into the Cabo sunset. Completely unique—this is one of our favourite coastal getaways.

Swim with Whale Sharks in the Sea of Cortez

Touchdown in Los Cabos before heading north through the cacti-peppered desert to La Paz where yo’ull check in at the intimate and charming Posada de las Flores. On your doorstep, you’ll find one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems – the Sea of Cortez. With a private guide to lead you, you’ll plunge deep into this underwater wonderland in search of whale sharks. Reaching up to 20 meters in length, swimming alongside these gentle giants will leave you feeling as if you’ve entered a lost world.

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Beach Picnics and Sea Lions on Espiritu Santo Island

Tomorrow, you’ll once more head out to sea, this time by private speedboat to Espiritu Santo Island for a day taking in the stunning volcanic cliffs and aquamarine waters. Pause for a picnic on the deserted white shores before taking to the hills for a natural history walk with a naturalist guide. Back on the boat, you’ll the head for the stunning off-shore isles of the Baja coast where colonies of sea lions bask in the sun. Here, you’ll be able to pull on your snorkel and fins and dive in for a dose of playtime with the sea lion pups surrounded by a kaleidoscope of tropical fish.

A taste of Todos Santos

From La Paz, you’ll then continue onto Todos Santos. Brimming with historical charm, this former colonial town is famed for its spectacular surfing and incredible sunsets. Nab yourself a board and head to the waves or, if you fancy a rest, indulge in a sumptuous spa treatment at your home for the next few nights, Guaycura Boutique Hotel. For a truly magical night, watch the sun sink into the sea and enjoy a night of champagne and stargazing as your guide maps out the night sky with Aztec and Mayan constellations.

Tomorrow, you’ll head into the mountains where you can spend the day on a working family ranch and learn how to make your own piece of Baja pottery with a pottery class. A staple fixture of traditional Baja ranch life, you’ll find out how to throw the local clay before transferring your skills to the kitchen for a tortilla-making session. Your hard work will be rewarded with a sumptuous ranch-style lunch serving the best and freshest local delicacies. In the evening, we’ll cap it all off with a tequila tasting at the legendary Hotel California.

Sail into the Sunset in Cabo

Teetering on the southernmost tip of the peninsula, you’ll spend your final days in the lap of luxury at Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos. Here, we’ll arrange for you to get off the tourist track and hit the rugged Baja Outback on an off-road tour through the remotest mountain villages. Then, for a final dose of ocean relaxation, we’ll take you sailing in a luxury yacht to explore the best of this stretch of coastline. Sail past the famous arch and Lover’s Beach, keeping an eye out for dolphins, before dropping anchor in a secluded cove for some time to swim. Back onboard, a gourmet lunch awaits before making your way back down the coast, arriving back just in time for one of those famous Cabo sunsets.

Where to rest your head

Posada de Las Flores, La Paz

Steeped in the flavour of Mexico, the Posada de Las Flores effortlessly combines old-fashioned appeal with the modern conveniences of a luxury hotel that you…
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Guaycura Boutique Hotel & Spa, Todos Santos

A boutique spa hotel in the middle of a historical Mexican village – this description alone piqued our interest here at Black Tomato. Taking the…
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Las Ventanas al Paraíso, Los Cabos

With a list of Hollywood visitors that is as glittering as its waters, the vibrant Mexican outpost of Los Cabos is a best-kept secret. Make…
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