Rancho Pescadero is a Surfers Dream Resort in Baja California Sur

Sitting in the raised hot tub overlooking the stunning pool and bar area of the boutique resort, Rancho Pescadero, we talked to other guests. One was from Minnesota on vacation to surf at Cerritos Beach during the day and enjoy the designer property in the afternoon and evening. Another was a retiree turned surfer from Oregon. Two other couples joined us and shared that the husbands are surfing buddies and the wives enjoy the spa, long walks on the deserted beach and daily yoga class. They live in Huntington Beach, CA.

Rancho Pescadero is located about 90 minutes from the Los Cabo International Airport. Guests can either rent a car or take a shuttle to the property for about $200 for up to six passengers. It's located just south of the charming, artist colony/surfer town Todos Santos.

It's off Highway 1 on a dirt road leading to the Pacfic Ocean and located on 15 acres of organic gardens and pristine sand beach. Rancho Pescadero offers 28 unique guest rooms, two pools, a bar, Yoga studio and gourmet restaurant. Everywhere you walk, you find beautiful views and the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore.

We stayed in the spacious room 14 for one night and wished we didn't have to leave the next day. Our designer kitchen was prettier than my kitchen at home. We had a full living room and dining room that could have entertained all the guests in the resort.

Our King-siz bed offered a dramatic mosquito netting creating a romantic vibe. The bathroom had a huge soaking tube and open shower with his-and-her shower heads. Out on the palapa-covered patio were two comfy lounge chairs, a day bed and dining room table for eating al fresco. Best of all, there are no televisions or telephones.

After our complimentary welcome margarita by Danny the bartender, we donned our suits and went for a swim. Before sunset, we took a long walk on the beach to collect shells and admire the driftwood and sun setting on the Pacific.

After dipping in the hot tub and chatting with other guests, we dressed for dinner at open-air Garden Restaurant. Many of the ingredients on Modern Mexican menu are from the nearby garden. 

We started our dinner with glasses of Mexican Chardonnay and Rose' wines. Both went well with the herb ash goat cheese salad with guava vinaigrette, smoked grapes and lots of strawberries.

I loved the slow cooked pork cochinita filled in housemade corn tortillas with pickled onions and a chile puree. We also enjoyed the freshly caught yellow fin with quinoa, cherry tomatoes from the garden and a black garlic mojo sauce.

Danny visited us at our table before we finished. He shared with us that to culinary duo,  Jeff and Susan Mall from Zin Restaurant are due next week to take over the kitchen to continue the farm-to-table menu.

Walking back to our room, we looked up and saw the Big and Little Dipper, Orion's Belt and shooting stars. It was magical. By 9 p.m. the on-site Garden restaurant closes and 9:30 p.m. the bar by the pool shuts down. This is not a Spring Break surfer destination. You will find well to do surfers that come here to catch a wave and relax with their spouse.

Waking up the next morning, we found a basket filled with fresh fruit, sprinkled rolls and coffee waiting outside our door. We took it to our day bed and watched the birds flutter near the bouganvilla bushes boardering our patio.

A healthy breakfast is served near the lobby. We learned on a chalkboard that the big activity of the day at the resort is a complimentary 10 a.m. yoga class in the yoga pavilion.

After class we donned our bathing suits and sat in two of the "floating" chaise lounges around the pool. It was an ideal time to read and nap in the sun before driving back to the airport. The resort provides magazines, sunhats, and a variety of sunscreens at the poolside bar.

While checking out, handsome Carlos at the front desk said, "Hope to see you again soon." We sure hope so too. You don't have to be a surf to be a guest, you just have to appreciate the art of relaxation.

Jill Weinlein

Los Angeles based Jill Weinlein covers travel, food and lifestyle destinations for multiple newspapers, magazines and websites. Her areas of expertise include, luxury travel, culinary reviews, cruising and family travel destinations. Born in Los Angeles, Jill studied Communications and Theatre Arts at UCLA. She has a a Dine and Travel blog - and she writes a weekly restaur...(Read More)

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