Kiteboarding / Windsurfing
In recent years, Los Barriles has come to be known as a top destination for kiteboarding and windsurfing enthusiasts. Continuous side-shore winds, white sandy beaches and flat medium size swells combine to give Los Barilles (East Cape) near perfect kiteboarding conditions. When you’re a guest at Casa de Las Palmas, you can launch your kite from the beach directly in front of the house. If you’re new to kiteboarding, a short walk down the beach will take you to ExotiKite, where all gear and equipment is supplied by certified instructors who offer kiteboarding lessons to all levels of students. Kiteboarding season is from November thru April where the wind blows a steady 18-30 knots.
The Sea of Cortez is a windsurfer’s dream. The beautifully clear blue waters and the constant steady wind create ideal conditions. Several hotels on the bay rent windsurfing equipment and provide basic instruction.
The Sea of Cortez and Los Barriles has long been known to sport fisherman as a hidden gem with some of the most plentiful fishing in the world. Tuna, yellow tail, wahoo, dorado, sailfish, blue marlin, black marlin and striped marlin are just some of the local varieties found in abundance. You can drop your line from the beach directly in front of the house or charter a fishing excursion that can launch from anywhere in the East Cape. Many boats and crews are available for day trips at extremely reasonable rates. There are many boats and crew available for day trips. We will be glad to recommend our personal favorites.
Scuba / Snorkeling
There are many local areas that provide excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities. Cabo Pulmo, (a short distance from the house) is just one of many great snorkel sites. As the only living coral reef on the western coast of North America, it stretches 11 miles down the coast. In 1995, the Mexican government officially declared it a protected Marine preserve. Snorkeling at Cabo Pulmo is second to none. Numerous tropical fish and live coral heads fill the shallow waters. Just a few yards further off shore, you will find larger game fish, moray eels, sea turtles and sometimes lobster.
Cabo Pulmo is also a great dive site. Submarine canyons teem with marine life. Sea turtles, huge schools of colorful fish, schools of manta rays, and whale sharks are quite common in the clear, unspoiled waters of the Sea of Cortez. Nearby shipwrecks provide additional opportunities for exploration and discovery. The freighter Colima sank during a fierce storm in 1939 and now rests about 40 feet down with it’s contents strewn across a wide swatch of the sea floor - great for exploration! A large tuna boat that sank in 1978 sits at a depth of around 50 feet. Both wrecks have become host to many different species of fish. Don’t forget your underwater camera as these wrecks also provide superb conditions for photographers. There are many other diving spots on the East Cape for beginners and advanced divers and many excellent dive operations located on the East Cape.
Family Beach Fun
How about a day spent on the beach right in front of your accommodations - Casa de Las Palmas? Beachcombing is always fun and the seemingly endless white sand beaches of Los Barilles make for a fun, relaxing walk and a nice way to spend the morning or afternoon. Have your dinner catered in - it's affordable and you'll have plenty left over for lunch tomorrow! The kids can play on the beach, adults can use one or both of the kayaks provided; or just simply cast your line in the water and fish from a chair as the waves lap at your feet. Soak up the calming rays of the sun as your troubles seem to fade from view. Take a dip in the pool and end your evening with a relaxing jacuzzi. You're on Baja time now!
Kayaking / Whale Watching
At Casa de Las Palmas we provide two hard-sided sit-on-top tandem ocean kayaks for our guests to use. Launch a kayak directly from the beach in front of the house. Glide over clear blue waters, explore hidden coves, bring a picnic lunch or your fishing rod.
The warm waters of the Sea of Cortez are home to nine different whale species. During the winter months of November through March, whale watching boat excursions are available for very reasonable prices. As you sip your morning coffee and relax on the veranda of Casa de Las Palmas, it's not uncommon to see a herd of whales and their calves just offshore. You may even experience the thrill of witnessing one leap from the water!
The peaks of Los Barriles begin less than a mile from the beach so coastal breezes will cool you on your hike. Climb Picacho de los Barilles (peak of the barrels) which is covered in interesting plant life, including the huge Cardon Cactus. Photo at right (courtesty of McCannster) is taken from the peak of Pichacho de Los Barilles overlooking the Sea of Cortez. View more pics of his Los Barilles climb here.
ATV's on the beach or inland
ATV's and 2- or 4-seater side-by-sides are a great way to get around town and "live like a local." (Ask about the discounts available to our guests.) These vehicles provide adventurous rides up the arroyos to picturesque waterfalls. Rent an ATV and follow the coastline or go exploring on an inland adventure! The beautifully unique desert terrain wraps itself along the pristine blue waters of the Sea of Cortez. Find hidden waterfalls, investigate desert arroyos and explore meandering trails or just indulge in a cool ride along the beach.
If you want a guide, ATV guided tours are available to explore the more remote areas of Baja. Follow arroyos to caves where you can still see ancient Indian rock drawings or ride through beautiful terrain to local waterfalls where you can cool off with a dip in the icy cool waters of the pool below. Your guide may take you along the winding dirt road to Punta Pescadero, for snorkeling and a picnic lunch. The choice is yours, but this is a guaranteed fun way to spend the day!
Wander, walk, swim, body surf... or just do nothing! Relax - you're on vacation!
What our guests say...
- "Our family had a wonderful reunion and your home had so much to do with it! Each of the cousins had a wonderful stay and were sad to leave. Many threatened to miss their flights..."
- "Casa de Las Palmas is a wonderful house! It is perfect for a family of any size, a group of friends, or couples. Its right on the beach, very close to town, and a delightful place to hang out, day or night..."
- "Our family had the most remarkable time at the house on the beach. the house was beyond our expectations - well maintained and had everything that we needed..."
- "I've now stayed at this wonderful house several times, and I'll be back yet again. My friends and I found this place to be perfect for our large group..."
- "We have been visiting Los Barriles for 17 years and this is the second year we have stayed at Casa de las Palmas. This is a fabulous home, nicely decorated and right on the beach..."
- All in all, this was one of the best vacations any of our group (we had 12) have ever had! Even the fussiest enjoyed themselves. The grounds are beautiful and safe. We were really impressed and hope to come back soon. Casa de Las Palmas - highly recommended!