Thatched Roof Villas Near Unspoiled Beaches on Quiet Pacific Coast
About 50 miles north of Cabo San Lucas’s rowdy beaches, Los Cerritos Beach’s sparsely populated white-sand coast shows a quieter side of the Baja Sur peninsula. There, 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 among 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 surf lessons. After hanging ten, guests can pop into the Beach Club restaurant for a meal, served three times a day. On Sundays, the club pulsates with 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. A thatched-grass roof tops each hut, and the upscale interior welcomes those returning after a day on the beach with marigold-hued walls, wicker furniture, and hand-painted Mexican tiles.
Todos Santos, Baja Sur: Surfing, Jet-Skiing, and Seaside Horseback Riding in Flourishing Artist Colony
The Cerritos Surf Colony maintains a more tranquil vibe than Cabo San Lucas, the spirited seaside town about 50 miles south. Due to Los Cerritos Beach’s ample space, guests can zip around on ATVs or ride horseback, and jet skis and kayaking are also popular. From December through April, beachcombers can spot gray whales and their newborns splashing in the warm waters offshore, having migrated down the Pacific coast in their top-down convertibles.
The Todos Santos artist colony (which translates to “all saints”) lies 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 a farming enclave for poblano chilis, avocados, papayas, and mangos. In the last decade, Todos Santos has become a creative hub for artists, evident by the town’s boutiques and galleries touting handmade sculptures, paintings, and other artwork.