Looking to get a break from Los Cabos and explore something a little different while on vacation?
There are three hidden gems about an hour’s drive away or less from Los Cabos that make perfect day trip getaways.
About 40 kilometers up Highway 1 from Los Cabos, about a 45-minute drive, is the quaint little mountain town of Miraflores.
More than 300 years of history come alive in this traditional Baja California Sur town where tourists can enjoy artisan handmade leather and pottery items on display and for sale.
Being a small town at the edge of the Sierra de la Laguna mountains, horse riding is the life for many locals and their equestrian leather products reflect this passion.
A number of other personal leather items such as belts and wallets are also available for shoppers.
Travelers are especially driven to Miraflores for the authentic charm it provides to connect visitors back to the traditional way of life in Baja California Sur.
Driving about ten minutes more, or about 55 kilometers from Los Cabos, will bring tourists to the riverside town of Santiago.
Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its founding this year, Santiago also is a very authentic and traditional experience where visitors can be transported back in time to a simpler way of life in Baja California Sur.
Located right on a river, it’s not a surprise that Santiago is a place where nature travel opportunities abound.
Visitors can enjoy the scenic hot springs and even enjoy a waterfall hike in the area of Santiago. It also has a beautiful botanic gardens, which make for a peaceful stroll on a beautiful sunny day.
The last stop on the Los Cabos hidden gem tour is the town of Buena Vista.
The beachside desert community is located a little over an hour from Los Cabos, about 75 kilometers away.
It is all about fishing and luxury yachting in the small town formerly known as Rancho Buena Vista.
Baja California Sur legend Ray Cannon left his mark on this very rural area and his passion for luring the big catch is still very alive today.
There are just a handful of homes and not many chain stores that call this small community home. However, there is a luxury resort plucked down on the white sand beaches of Buena Vista.
Known as the East Cape of Baja California Sur, Buena Vista is actually not too far from the popular town of La Paz.
Today, the town is well known for large-scale fishing events that test even the skills of the most seasoned angler. There is a big catch out in the waters of Buena Vista according to the legend of Ray Cannon.
The Opportunity For Visitors
Being only an hour or so away from Los Cabos at its furthest point, all three towns in order make for an enjoyable day adventure from the urban hustle and bustle of Los Cabos.
All three towns all off something unique and different for visitors to explore and enjoy.
While many visitors may choose to skip Buena Vista because of its lack of amenities, the other two towns are scenic, traditional and provide visitors to Los Cabos an opportunity for a more authentic insight into the culture of Baja California Sur.
The three hidden gems are all located off of Highway 1 in Baja California Sur and are accessible by bus, rental car or even a tour. Travel by bus is inexpensive. However, it will take longer than the time referenced in this article.
While many visitors come to Los Cabos with the idea of exploring sand and surf in their mind, venturing out just a little bit might enrich the whole vacation travel experience for visitors to the beach resort destination.
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