It all began in 1958, when the picturesque Hotel Palmas de Cortez was built to accommodate the rush of tourists seeking adventure and new place to go sport fishing. Thus, began the tourist development of the once sparsely populated farming region known as the East Cape.
Located 120 kilometers south of La Paz, beside the Sea of Cortez, the area known as the East Cape encompasses Punta Pescadero, Los Barriles, Buena Vista, la Rivera, Cabo Pulmo and Los Frailes. For decades now the East Cape has been growing in popularity and providing heart-stopping action for anglers of all levels because of the abundance of fish that live in the area, such as marlin, tuna, wahoo, pargo, dorado and sailfish.
Today, numerous fine hotels offer a wide variety of accommodation designed to suit every taste and style. Activities including windsurfing, scuba diving and snorkeling, mountain biking, horseback riding, nature treks and beachcombing entice adventurous travelers from around the world, who are looking for a moreecological experience while on vacation in Baja.
There are a whole host of eco-tours to enjoy in and around the area, some tours provide spectacular views of breathtaking waterfalls, others an afternoon spent relaxing in natural hot springs. The tour guides are sure to give you expert information about the area's flora and fauna, pointing out species of cacti, birds and other creatures along the way.
From December to March, the beaches of Los Barriles swarm with surfers showing off their skills to the spectators. And just a little further south, lies the Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, one of North America's only living coral reefs, ideal for diving and snorkeling all year round.
New multi-million dollar resorts are planned and luxury private residences are popping up along the endless sandy beaches, creating a tourist boom of a different sort and an unequalled investment opportunity.
Because of its abundant natural resources and tranquil lifestyle, the EastCape region is becoming one of Baja's favorite attractions.
The East Cape: An exciting booming attraction in Baja.
- César Lozano