• Esperanza (Spanish for “hope”) sits
at the tip of the Baja California
Peninsula, overlooking the Sea of
Cortez. There are 50 ocean and
beachfront casitas with private
plunge pools on the balcony. Things
are equally appealing at the
Signature restaurant, which is on
stone terraces overlooking a cove.
Even spa-averse men will enjoy
the Corona Beer Facial at the spa.
Sure, it’s $166 for 75 minutes, but it’s
more enjoyable than having your
buddies spill beer on you in the bar.
Monday’s mean private tequila
tastings led by a master tequilero—and
enough samples to make your head
swim. He’ll clue you in on the secret
behind the hallucinogenic properties
of the Mezcal worm.
• Cabo’s two great courses are close
to the resort. The Ocean Course at
Cabo del Sol is one of Jack Nicklaus’
best designs (No. 73 on GOLF
Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in
the World). Jack himself modestly
described the closing stretch as “the
three finest finishing holes in all of
golf.” Local tip: Wave off the cart girl
and wait for the “tacos at the turn,”
where a private taqueria from town
sells terrific fried fish tacos that beat
the clubhouse sandwich any day.
The Ocean’s sister course, the
Desert, is a well-regarded Tom
Weiskopf design with ocean views
from every hole. Neither outing
comes cheap: greens fees for each-
course are $220 through May.
• Esperanza doesn’t stray too far
from the tried-and-tested resort
strategy in Cabo—a sublime ocean-
front setting that appeals as much to
the non-golfing spouse as to the
golfer—but maintains an enjoyable
sense of seclusion that many of the
mega resorts in Mexico sacrifice.
That privacy will cost you plenty of
pesos though: rooms start at $795.
• 866-311-2226, esperanzaresort.com