It’s quiet in front of the hotel on the Bay of Palms. Sometimes all you can hear is the dip, dip, dip of a kayak paddle. Or a stand-up paddle board cutting through the morning mist. If kayaking, surfing or stand-up paddle boarding is your passion, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything better. For kayaking and paddle boarding, your playground is right in front of your hotel room window. For world class surfing, we’re a short boat ride from some of the best breaks anywhere . . . no crowds, no competitions and plenty of why you surf: freedom!
Was stand-up paddle boarding invented with the Bay of Palms in mind? Or was it just a happy coincidence that the hotel is located in the perfect location? If you’re unfamiliar with stand-up paddle boarding, it has its origin in the Hawaiian Islands. In the early 1960s, the Beach Boys would stand on their long boards and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf. This is where the term “Beach Boy Surfing,” another name for Stand Up Paddle Surfing, originated.
If it started in Waikiki, it certainly gained a popularity foothold along the beaches of East Cape. Calm seas – particularly in the morning before the winds – make the area directly in front of the hotel among the best in the world. Stand-Up Paddle Board rentals are available from the hotel; best reserved a day in advance.
Fish from a kayak, explore coves from a kayak or just get your morning exercise with a brisk paddle. A kayak allows an angler to move close to big fish-busting bait – no boat shadow to frighten them – where a well-placed fly or lure can result in a roosterfish, yellowtail, jack or some other game fish. Paddle over a rocky area, drop some bait and wait for a pargo or another bottom-feeder; just ask us and we’ll show you where to go. Our kayaks have convenient rod holders. Or, you just might want to paddle a mile or two from the hotel with nothing on your mind but a hat. Kayaks are quiet, they’re fun, good exercise, and they keep alive an ancient tradition. Kayaks are available at the hotel; best reserved the evening before.
Surfing or surf board riding became popular as a National Sport in Hawai’i in the early 1800s for a very good reason: those guys never visited southern Baja! If they’d come here with their boards, you’d probably have never heard of Lahaina, Sunset Beach or the North Shore. For years, Hawaiians advertised and promoted their surfing, while our southern Baja surfing hot spots were regarded as “secrets” with visitors, reserved for locals. Eventually, we got the message and began offering surfing expeditions as part of our regular tours. Lucky you! We took all the mystery out of some of the most consistent, highest quality surfing anywhere and a lot closer than the Pineapple Islands. When you book a surf tour, rest assured we’ll get you to the best breaks. The rest is up to you.
Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort offers three distinctly different Surfing Safaris – each a unique experience:
Board a boat with your own board in front of the hotel for a 90-minute run to Los Frailes, Punta Perfecta, Nine Palms and more. Surf up to three breaks in a single day! Sometimes (not always) there’s even the opportunity to fish as the boat moves between surfing locations. Boat departs at 7 a.m. and you come back around 3:00 pm. No equipment or gear is provided.
Via shuttle with professional driver. 8 hours-plus. Our van and driver will deliver you to Zippers, LaRoca, Middle and Acapulquito breaks. Equipment rental is not included, but is available at each location.
Depart the Sea of Cortez and shuttle to the Pacific Side for some mind-bending big water action. Equipment rental is available at the site. Cerritos is a commercial development and fees for services are required. Inquire about charges and requirements.