Thatched-Roof Villas near Unspoiled Beaches on Quiet Pacific Coast
About 50 miles north of rowdy Cabo San Lucas, Los Cerritos Beach's sparsely populated white-sand coast shows a quieter side of the Baja Sur peninsula. Here, the Mayan-inspired Cerritos Surf Colony and its freestanding villas crowd up next to the ocean, facing one of the only swimmable and surfable beaches on the Pacific side of the peninsula. The ocean's steady swells and predictable whitewater make the crescent-shaped beach a favored spot for surfers and celebrities. White lounger beds surround the resort's 100-foot outdoor pool, which features a lengthy swim-up bar where up to 18 patrons or a flock of thirsty pelicans can grab a drink. Nearby, at Cerritos Beach Club, surf instructors impart their knowhow during lessons. After hanging ten, guests can pop into the Beach Club restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. On Sundays, the club features live music, often headlined by jazz singer Deleane Jones. The one- and two-bedroom standalone villas are located beachside, between stubby palmettos and towering palm trees. Inside each thatched-roof hut you’ll find an upscale interior adorned with wicker furniture and hand-painted Mexican tiles.
Todos Santos, Baja Sur: Surfing, Jet Skiing, and Seaside Horseback Riding in Flourishing Artist Colony
Due to the size of Los Cerritos Beach, there’s plenty of room to zip around on ATVs or ride horseback alongside the ocean. In the water, jet skis and kayaking are popular. From December through April, beachcombers can spot migrating gray whales and their newborns splashing in the waves offshore.
The Todos Santos artist colony is about a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Founded as a mission in 1724, the seaside town grew as a sugar-cane production center, then became popular with farmers growing poblano chilis, avocados, papayas, and mangos. In the last decade, Todos Santos has become a creative hub for artists, who ply their wares at boutiques and galleries touting handmade sculptures, paintings, and other work.