Fodor's Expert Review La Fonda del Mar

Old East Cape Rd, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur 23400, México See on Map

If you're looking for a peaceful back-to-nature retreat, check out this hotel on a long, secluded beach that straddles the line between desert and ocean. Once the diners clear out of the adjacent and very popular Buzzard's Bar & Grill, La Fonda is even more tranquil. Renovated in 2014, the three thatch-roof cabañas and one suite are in heavy demand by both surfers and the more adventurous in high season. Cabañas have en suite toilets and sinks but share a hot-water shower; the suite has standard in-room facilities. The whole operation runs on solar power.


Bright tropical colors predominate in the sunnily decorated cabañas, from bedding and furniture to shutters and ceiling fans.

The suite has a queen-sized bed, plus a pull-out sofa bed that’s perfect for kids.


The lone suite has its own shower, while the three cabañas share a shower. All have sinks and toilets.


There is no traditional lobby, but there is a traditional gift shop, with plenty of Buzzard’s branded shirts and hats.


Mexican and American comfort food favorites make up the menu at Buzzard’s, a laid-back, palapa-topped bar and grill where daily specials are sometimes scribbled on a surfboard.

Breakfast is included.


Margaritas and piña coladas are specialties of the house at Buzzard’s.


Getting Around

Rental cars are a must for East Cape surfaris or other explorations from this off-the-beaten-path B&B.


Los Cabos’ acclaimed farm-to-table restaurants Flora’s Field Kitchen, Acre, and Los Tamarindos are a short drive away (about 10 to 15-minutes to various locations in Ánimas Bajas).


Zac’s Bar and Grill serves up tacos and cold beers from local Baja Brewing Co. in an off-the-grid location in Los Zacatitos (10-minute drive along the Old East Cape Road).


La Fonda and its restaurant Buzzard’s are the last stops for rest and refreshments before journeying up the East Cape – the 70-mile belly-shaped arc between San José del Cabo and Los Barriles – and beyond. But the charming accommodations, cool bar and grill, and secluded beach make this a destination in its own right.


3 cabañas, 1 suite
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service No
Free Parking,Parking Lot


Phones: 1–624-145–2139-cell;624-113–6368-restaurant

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