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.
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).
WHY WE LIKE IT
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.