For those who enjoy being close to nature, but have a hard time sacrificing amenities, glamping (glamour camping) is the perfect alternative. Here are some of our favorite spots on the peninsula for enjoying the natural wonder of Baja while still indulging in a little bit of luxury.
Location: Todos Santos, BCS
Accommodations: Eight luxuriously-appointed bell tents situated on raised wooden decks. Guests sleep on queen beds with cool gel memory foam mattresses and down comforters.
Why We Love It: Located 10 minutes outside of Todos Santos, Gypsy Canyon is nestled into a secluded cactus grove just 400 feet away from the Pacific ocean. Breakfast is served al fresco each morning under the palapa open-kitchen, and cabana beds and chillout zones are scattered throughout the property. Enjoy sunset from an Adirondack chair around the campfire before drifting off to sleep with the sound of waves crashing in the distance. Created with groups and retreats in mind, this is the perfect spot to bring your crew to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Baja Sur without forfeiting service and amenities.
DBTC Insider Tip: While Gypsy Canyon is available for event buyouts and all-inclusive retreats, their sister property in the heart of Todos Santos, La Bohemia Baja Hotel Pequeño, is available for individual hotel stays and offers Discover Baja members a 10 percent discount.
Location: Isla Espíritu Santo, BCS
Information: www.tosea.net, $750 per person for a two-night stay
Accommodations: Eight luxury tents with real beds, bedside tables, and chairs.
Why We Love It: Operated by Todos Santos Eco Adventures, Camp Cecil is located on La Paz’s treasured island, Isla Espíritu Santo. A World Heritage Site and part of a National Marine Park, the island is home to towering cliffs, sandy bays, Sea of Cortez waters, and abundant sea life. Spend your time hiking, exploring ancient rock art, swimming with the sea lions, stand up paddle boarding, or just relaxing. An on-site chef makes meals every day and the bilingual guides are all interpretive naturalists as well.
DBTC Insider Tip: Since Isla Espíritu Santo is an uninhabited island, this is one of the few opportunities to stay overnight on the famous island that most people only visit on a day trip.
Location: San Ignacio, BCS
Information: www.ignaciosprings.com, 011-52-615-154-0333, US$68-130/night, DBTC members receive a 10% discount
Accommodations: Well-appointed and large yurts with tile floors, king or queen-sized beds, and couches. Each yurt has an attached shower and bathroom.
Why We Love It: While technically not a glamping experience, the novelty of staying in a yurt has attracted Baja travelers to this beloved oasis retreat for decades. Tucked into the palm trees along the San Ignacio River, guests spend their days kayaking or swimming in the river, relaxing in the spacious al fresco common areas, exploring nearby cave paintings, or whale watching. New owners, Paul and Bonnie have brought a new energy to the property while extending the same welcoming hospitality. Family-style breakfast is served every morning.
DBTC Insider Tip: Now that the road is paved out to Laguna San Ignacio, it’s easy to stay at Ignacio Springs and take day trips out to the lagoon to pet the friendly gray whales during whale watching season.
Glamping Ruta de Arte y Vino
Location: Valle de Guadalupe, BC
Information: rutadearteyvino.wixsite.com, 011-52-1-646-185-3352, US$25 per person
Accommodations: A collection of 13 restored vintage airstreams from the 50s, 60s, and 70s
Why We Love It: Nestled in the heart of Valle de Guadalupe, this is one of the few affordable accommodations in the famous wine valley. While on the more rustic side, it’s a perfectly unique experience for those who love vintage and kitsch. They also have space for tent camping and RVs if you choose to bring your own accommodations.
DBTC Insider Tip: With it’s location right near La Cocina de Doña Esthela, you’ll be able to beat the crowds to breakfast!
Location: Ensenada, BC
Information: cabanascuatrocuatros.com.mx, 011-52-646-174-6789, $3,900 pesos/night, two-night stay required on weekends
Accommodations: Nineteen tent cabins (made of steel, wood, and canvas) on raised platforms fully appointed with air conditioning, mini bars, private bathrooms, and showers.
Why We Love It: Just outside Valle de Guadalupe, CuatroCuatros is one of Baja’s best-known glamping experiences. A short drive from the wine valley, the property itself is a winery and the chic cabins are situated among the vineyards and a collection of old wooden boats.
DBTC Insider Tip: While the cabins are situated at the foot of the mountains on the 144-acre property, CuatroCuatros is perhaps best known for their famous Bar Bura, which sits atop the cliffs of the property. Guests sit on hay bales at the al fresco bar, where they can catch some of the most impressive views on the peninsula with the Pacific Ocean far below serving as a dramatic backdrop.