Just 70 kilometers east of Cabo San Lucas, VIDASOUL is a perfect setting for discovering the unspoiled beauty of Baja, Mexico. With world-class surfing, fishing and diving only minutes away, our idyllic location on the Sea of Cortez is a one-of-a-kind paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
Surfers will find themselves surrounded by amazing surf breaks here – especially Punta Perfecta, a world-famous spot less than a mile from VIDASOUL. In the nearby desert, mountain trails and scenic waterfalls are waiting to be discovered by bikers, hikers and ATV-riders.
Thirty minutes away, in Cabo Pulmo, a protected reef is quickly becoming one of the world’s greatest diving and snorkeling locations. This unique site has seen a five-fold increase in marine life over the last decade. Because of this, the waters near Cabo Pulmo are teeming with big game fish and sports fishermen regularly catch record marlins here.
VIDASOUL is an integral part of the local community and supports area artists and musicians and sources products and services whenever possible from the local environs. The resort features local seafood and produce and locally produced tequilas, beers and wine.
Whether you prefer to explore Baja from the back of a horse or from the window of a helicopter, it’s all at your fingertips when you stay at VIDASOUL Hotel.
Surfing is what the East Cape is known for, especially Punta Perfecta – a famous surf break that is a stone’s throw away from VIDASOUL. Other nearby surf breaks include Nine Palms, Shipwrecks and Los Frailes. We don't offer surfing lessons, but we do rent surfboards and one wind surfing board.
Our neighborhood surf point, Punta Perfecta (Spanish for Perfect Point), is just shy of a mile from VIDASOUL. Expect 10-15 fellow surfers on good swell days.
Just 10 minutes south of VIDASOUL, Nine Palms is a great place for beginners. You’ll recognize the beach by its signature nine palm trees when you reach Rancho Santa Elena. It offers long rights and is not too crowded due to lack of consistency. Access: Enter at arroyo (closer) and walk 100m. No vehicles on beach!
Treacherous for sailors, but great for surfers, Shipwrecks was named after a wreck that washed up on the beach years ago. During the summer months, waves are normally 1.5 to 2.5 meters (5-8 feet). The waves are consistent, full and uniformly shaped. That makes it easy for beginners to handle, but still fun for surfing vets.
Baja is known for its off-road adventures. The area is full of roads for any skill level, and we can set you up with everything you need to get out and have some dirty fun. If you prefer not to drive your own off-road vehicle, be sure to inquire about our Baja Sandrailer airport to hotel, through-the-desert transfer.
Let Jimmy and his crew take you on the ride of your life. The adventure begins in the parking lot of VIDASOUL Hotel and goes north to Los Barriles, about 80 km along the coast, overlooking the turquoise blue waters of the Sea of Cortez. Once in Los Barriles, take a 30-minute break for lunch and then continue westward toward the little village of San Bartolo. Once there, the ATV caravan stops at a scenic waterfall where riders can cool off in the mountain spring water before heading back to Los Barriles.
SUP is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. Why? Because if you can stand and have just a tad of balance, then you can do this with minimal learning curve. We have several rental boards available here at VIDASOUL. If you want to start out with smooth water, we can shuttle you and your gear to Cabo Pulmo.
If you’re itching to get out and explore the area, try renting one of VIDASOUL'S mountain bikes. Trails of all skill-levels are located nearby, so it doesn't matter if you're a newbie or an extreme biker. We can also arrange a Cabo Pulmo biking excursion.
Fishing enthusiasts from around the globe come to the East Cape of the Baja, where our waters are teeming with big game fish. Visitors commonly catch blue marlins, dorados (mahi-mahi), tuna and even the illusive wahoo, which many consider to be the best tasting fish in the world.
Gordo Banks is a great spot to catch big game fish. At Gordo Banks, the boats run parallel to a wall that drops off to 300 feet, creating an area that’s especially protected from the Pacific currents coming around Land's End. Anglers can leave out of San Jose Marina or from Los Frailes – both are about the same distance by boat. VIDASOUL runs shuttles to the boat launch, where we set you up with partner fishing experts, who usually launch 22’-26’ Panga boats from shore.
Los Frailes marks the beginning of the "pure" Sea of Cortez, which is known for calmer, warmer waters that enable anglers to fish very close to shore. Mid-size game fish, such as rooster fish and skipjacks, hug inshore around Punta Los Frailes, while larger marlin, sailfish, tuna and dorado cruise for prey in deeper water, just 2 miles offshore. By June or July the sailfish arrive with an average size of 80 to 100 pounds. The protected cove of Bahia Los Frailes is a great place for fly-fishing. Cabrilla, pargo, triggerfish and pompano are commonly caught by anglers in small boats very close to shore.
Just northeast of Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is a sunken Mexican vessel, the Colima, which makes an outstanding shelter for sea life. With such a rich ecosystem, you can expect resident grouper almost year-round and roosterfish up to 50 pounds. Just be careful you don’t drift into the marine park, where fishing fines are hefty. VIDASOUL will supply you with all the information you need, as well as an expert fishing guide.
The Sea of Cortez has some of the best kayaking in the world, especially in the coves of nearby Cabo Pulmo. We have several whitewater and touring-style boats for rent, along with paddles, vests, skirts and other accessories.
Ride on VIDASOUL’s private beach, or schedule a country horseback ride and imagine what it was like being a Baja bandito, rancher or vaquero (cowboy) back in the day. You don't need riding skills to have fun. Just be willing to hang on and enjoy the ride.
Beach-goers never need to fight for real estate on our private beach. Sunbathers can recline on European-style camastros, build a raging bonfire and even lay out “European casual.” The best part about our beach is the frozen Bandito Margaritas, delivered right to your patch of golden sand.
This remote beach is known for its soft, white sand and beautiful views. Snorkelers are likely to find a host of marine life, including rainbow-colored parrotfish, blowfish, eels, sea turtles and sea lions. Those seeking shade can retreat under a palapa – a thatched, open-sided hut made of palm fronds. Because drink services are unpredictable at Los Arbolitos, VIDASOUL can prepare an ice chest to go and shuttle you to and from Los Arbolitos for a perfect day trip.
Named for its nine palm trees, this gorgeous beach is a prime spot for surfing and sunbathing. Then there's the stretch of gorgeous sand, the crashing surf, your fellow sunbathers, and, of course, the surfers. All tan and wet and semi-nude. Pick a spot where you have a good view and are conveniently in the way. You won't be alone for long.
Cabo Pulmo is an unspoiled ocean environment with pristine beaches and a diverse ecosystem, which has seen an astounding 463% increase in marine life over the past 10 years. Known for its abundance of whale sharks, mantas, big game fish and schooling hammerhead sharks, Cabo Pulmo offers big adventure diving. Best of all, most dives are just 10 minutes away by boat. Underwater visibility ranges from 18 to 30 meters (60 to 100 feet), and water temperatures range from 18 to 27 °C (65 to 80 °F).
Almost a mile long and a narrow 40 yards wide, this living dive reef is full of color and marine life. The dive is best as a drift dive, so ask the shop about the currents and tides. Due to the angle of the reef to shore, most days the dive entry point can accommodate a drift dive. Expect to see resting turtles, garden eels, large grouper and porpoise. Whale sharks and manta rays are often seen in these waters as well.
El Vencedor was the name of a tuna boat that sunk here in 1981. The wreck makes for an incredible artificial reef. The visibility is average to below average, mostly due to the bottom silt being stirred up by huge schools of fish. Expect to see resting turtles, garden eels, large grouper and porpoise. August and September expect to see some other divers here.
This small rock island rises a mere 10 feet above the surface of the Sea of Cortez. The dive boasts giant Sea Fans, cleaning stations and a stellar microenvironment. The boulder formations are home to octopus, eels, parrotfish, pargo and even the rare stone scorpion fish. Manta rays and large schools of Jack Crevalles frequent the rock wall, and rare golden groupers are sometimes seen.
CABO SAN LUCAS – 70 km / 90 minutes
SAN JOSE DEL CABO – 40 km / 45 minutes
CABO PULMO – 30 km / 40 minutes
LOS CABOS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – 40 km / 1 hour