Escape to Playa Los Cerritos

While the rest of the country heads north to view the spectacular fall colors, you could escape to the sun, sand and silence by visiting Playa Los Cerritos in Baja, Mexico.

The breathtakingly beautiful stretch of sand is located less than an hour’s drive north of Cabo San Lucas. The area is accessible by flying into Cabo San Lucas or La Paz, and then renting a car and driving on the new four-lane Hwy 19 towards Todos Santos. The Cerritos exit is at kilometer marker 65.

Along the way you will be treated to stunning view of the Pacific Ocean, lush tropical landscapes and cloudless cobalt blue skies. If you plan to soak up the serene beauty for a few days, then consider booking a stay at the family-friendly and budget-friendly Villas de Cerritos Beach Hotel.

The resort offers plenty of space and even more bang for your buck. Each villa features two bedrooms, two full baths, a kitchen, living area and large terrace, which overlooks the spectacular swimming and surfing beach. What’s more, the beach is now staffed with certified lifeguards, so you can feel safe while learning how to hang ten with your kids.

Playa Los Cerritos earns high marks for its location and versatility. You can take advantage of all the beach has to offer by staying at the Villas de Cerritos Beach Hotel and letting the multi-lingual staff there arrange fun activities, from surf lessons and ATV rides to sunset dinners and massages on the beach.

Villas de Cerritos Beach Hotel also has a massive pool where you can relax, bask under the sun’s rays and sample unbelievable tropical libations. You can also rejuvenate your spirit on your private terrace where you can surf the net at your leisure while your family surfs Playa Los Cerritos’ waves. High-speed wireless Internet service is available at Villas de Cerritos Beach Hotel, which means you can stay in touch with the rest of the world at your discretion even while you’re on vacation.

When you’ve gotten your fill of alone time, head down to Villas de Cerritos Beach’s Tortugas Bar and Grill, which offers full breakfast, lunch and dinner including what some consider “the Best Burgers in Baja.” The bar and grill is located near the hotel’s pool, so you can soak in the hot tub after a nice meal or swim up to Tortugas Bar for a cocktail.

Finally, since the hotel is located just 10 minutes from Todos Santos and less than an hour from La Paz and San Jose del Cabo, you don’t have to devote an entire day to commuting back and forth from your villa to off-property adventures, such as shopping, whale-watching and fishing.

To book a stay at the hotel or get additional information about the area visit

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.