East Cape – Maria Elena Gonzalez

The East Cape

When people disembark from their arriving flights at San Jose del Cabo International airport, carrying protective fishing pole tubes and a few ice chests, they are not on their way to Cabo San Lucas or any of the fine resorts and hotels along the 26 mile corridor, but rather, they are headed in the opposite direction to what is best known and aptly called, the East Cape.

Of course, there are roughly 65 miles of serene beaches, dearth of the bathing suit clad party goers easily found at Medano Beach, and the East Cape is quite candidly known as the quieter side of Los Cabos and is somewhat legendary for the small town friendliness of the local Mexican’s who live and work there.
While sport fishing clearly remains the East Cape calling card as incredible weather conditions allow for plentiful catches, the near deserted beaches give credence to the serenity and peace many visitors love about this part of the Sea of Cortez region. And while the small city continues growing, at its relatively slow, snail-like pace, the contrast of East Cape as a more laid back counter-part to the party-like atmosphere of it’s more famous neighbors, keeps many regulars coming back year after year.
Miguel M. Avalos has been living in East Cape a little over a year and resides near the shipwreck area. “I’ve been told by many people living here; that this is how Los Cabos was twenty years ago. The small town feel and the peace and quiet.”
The abundant sport fishing menu of marlin, sail fish, dorado, sierra, grouper, tuna, wahoo, snapper, yellowtail, cabrilla and the ever powerful rooster fish  in the waters of the East Cape make it a must for fisherman everywhere. Most of the non trendy hotels have their own fleets of either small to medium, big cruisers or pangas suited to catch the over 80 game fish species which prowl the waters of Cortez. Fish like lightning-fast wahoo, amberjack, jack crevalle, Sierra mackerel, yellowtail, grouper, cabrilla, and a variety of snapper species.
East Cape is also quite popular with surfers who have been bringing their boards to ride the waves of Southern Baja since the early to mid 1950’s. Although the area was still considered near virgin surf territory up until the 1980’s when it earned a reputation among American surfers as a place for consistently fun to ride waves. Since then, representatives of the California-based Surf Industry Manufacturers Association travel to Cabo for an annual week long seminar which began in 1998.