La Ventana – Outdoor Recreation Hotspot
By Robb Rusk
La Ventana is a blossoming beach community situated on the Sea of Cortez. It is located approximately two and a half hours north of San José del Cabo or 40 minutes east of La Paz. There are actually two communities there, the other being El Sargento. Over time, they’ve blended together and it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. I’ll just refer to them both as La Ventana for the sake of simplicity. This coastal town could be considered the outdoor athletic capital of Baja Sur. Here you will find numerous activities including hiking, mountain biking, windsurfing, paddleboarding, and kite boarding.
The entire town is situated on a slight slope down to the water. This means that virtually wherever you go in town, you have an amazing view of the blue/green waters and the enormous island located seven miles off shore. Cerralvo Island is 18 miles long and is the first thing you’ll notice when arriving in town. The island’s position in the bay creates a wind tunnel of sorts, making the perfect conditions for windsurfing and kiteboarding. In Spanish, La Ventana means ‘The Window’ which is an extremely accurate name for this very windy town. During the windy season (October to May) it’s common to see over 100+ kite surfers in the bay. Don’t know how to kite surf? No problema! There are numerous kite schools offering classes and training.
When the wind’s not blowing, you can enjoy one of the many mountain bike trails in the area. La Ventana has a very talented community group dedicated to building and maintaining trails. These trails take you everywhere from up in the hills, down the arroyos (dry river beds) or even through a 500+ year old cactus forest by the beach. Don’t have a bike? Once again, no problema! La Ventana has you covered. There are several bike rental and tour establishments in the area that can help get you rolling. They cater to both newcomers and experts alike, offering both traditional mountain bikes as well as beginner friendly e-bikes.
Sometimes you need a break from all the exercise and action. To rest and restore those muscles, all you have to do is drive north of town a bit to the famous Hot Springs Beach. Due to the slight geothermal activity in the area, you can dig down in the sand where the water meets the shore and make your very own salt water hot tub! What a perfect way to relax, unwind, and enjoy the natural beauty that La Ventana has to offer.
Even though La Ventana is a smaller community, there are still plenty of restaurant and dining options in the area. You can find a little bit of everything from seafood, traditional Mexican, Italian, to fresh organic and vegan options as well. There’s a little something for everyone.
You might find yourself too tired to travel back from La Ventana after a long day’s worth of activities. No worries, as there are numerous lodging options available in this seaside paradise. You can find everything from basic campgrounds and beach glamping to numerous airbnbs or boutique hotels offering unique yoga retreats and poolside swim-up bars.
La Ventana is a very diverse community that has found its niche offering numerous watersports and activities all year round. It’s making a name for itself by catering to a younger, more active clientele. This gives the community a youthful college town vibe that’s definitely not to be missed and absolutely worthy of a day-trip visit.