“Dude” is a word that's used a lot around Rancho Pescadero, a small hotel in the surfing town of Todos Santos, located in the Mexican state of Baja California. The rooms here, however, don't reflect the dude aesthetic, which is to say they are clean and classy. Spacious suites offer comfortable spots to relax, with most having retractable glass doors that eliminate barriers between indoors and outdoors and open up onto terraces that have hammocks or lounge beds. Terra-cotta tile floors, rattan and wood furniture, and locally made accents—such as hand-embroidered throw pillows—are some of the decor elements found in rooms. Surfers won't feel totally out of their element, though; world-famous breaks are less than 10 minutes away and staff can give pointers on the best spots to hang ten. Apart from surfing, the hotel encourages guests to spend a lot of time relaxing and immersing themselves in the laid-back Baja lifestyle.
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Rancho Pescadero is about six miles north of the Baja California surfer sanctuary Todos Santos, and about 30 minutes from Los Cabos on a recently constructed four-lane highway. Besides surfers, the area tends to attract adventure travelers who love the outdoors and expats who love the weather and laid-back lifestyle so much that they want to stay. Sea kayaking, whale-watching, diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing are some of the activities to be enjoyed on the water. On land, there are plenty of art galleries to explore in Todos Santos, as well as restaurants. Other than that, the big draw of Todos Santos and the surrounding area is to unplug, relax, and recharge.
Need to Know
Rooms: 27 suites; from $210. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: An on-site restaurant features fresh produce, fish, and seafood, all sourced locally. Many of the fruits and vegetables are grown at the hotel's own farm. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus include some American favorites, such as pancakes, as well as Mexican-inspired dishes, such as chicken enchiladas. Spa and gym details: Rancho Pescadero does not have a gym, but it does have a spa that includes a temazcal sauna, massage treatments, and an outdoor shower.
Who it's for: Surfers and surfer wannabes who have aged out of the hostel vibe. Our favorite rooms: Any of the hotel's Milagro Suites, where the divide between indoors and outdoors is nearly nonexistent. Bathtubs in these units have ocean views. Adults only: Rancho Pescadero doesn't allow anyone under 18 and won't accept pets of any kind.