A camel safari through the Baja outback might just be the best way to take in the region’s arid inland topography (and the 120 subspecies of cactus that flourish here). Camel rides begin in the desert and end along the sandy Rancho San Cristobal beaches, and yes, the camels will walk through the water. “There aren’t too many places in the world where you can go by camel from the desert to the ocean,” Virtuoso advisor Kari Mollan says. These three-hour safaris often end with a hike through a landscape dotted with agave, palm trees and fernlike mimosa shrubs.
An outdoor seat on La Lupita Taco & Mezcal
's patio, where a live band accompanies the sunset, feels like attending a fiesta at a friend’s home. The friendly waitstaff serve up cold beers and mojitos while dish after shareable dish – mushroom-and-cactus tacos with ranchero sauce or guacamole with a side of grasshoppers, perhaps – emerges from the kitchen. Stay an hour or three.
A 15-minute drive east of Cabo San Lucas, The Cape, a Thompson Hotel
faces the desert on one side and the ocean on the other. “You get the best of two worlds,” Virtuoso advisor Melissa Wu says. The 161-room property’s stone design blends with the Baja landscape, and guests gaze out across the desert from the many open spaces and large windows (the best vantage point: the hotel’s rooftop bar). The Currents spa offers open-air treatments, such as Citrus Essence facials, in oceanside cabanas. Lauded chef and mezcal devotee Enrique Olvera infuses his native Mexican food with Japanese and Peruvian influences at Manta, the hotel’s flagship restaurant.