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Santiago

Visit a pretty colonial church and then relax in hot springs at this town located adjacent to the Tropic of Cancer. 

Nestled amid flourishing countryside away from the beach resorts of Baja California Sur, is the hill town of Santiago. Avocado, mango and orange orchards surround the town and the granite peaks of the Sierra de la Laguna rise up in the distance.

Santiago grew up around a mission founded in the 1700s and today is an important supplier of fresh produce to the East Cape beach resorts. Wander the sleepy streets, be part of a religious celebration and swim in freshwater pools. 

Arriving from the south you’ll pass the Tropic of Cancer Monument. Stop to take a photo next to the monument and then continue across an often dried-up river to the town center. Sit on a tree-shaded bench at Plaza Santiago, where local children play games and friends meet to chat.

From the main square a street leads to the Santiago Mission Church. Built in the 20th century, it stands on the site of the earlier mission. Admire the colorful colonial-style exterior, the twin bell towers and a façade decorated with pilasters and a painting that portrays a biblical scene. Locals congregate here in July to celebrate the feast of St. James, who is the town’s patron saint. 

Just a short drive from Santiago and in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range are a collection of hot springs. El Chorro Hot Springs and Santa Rita Hot Springs are perfect for relaxing while enjoying the encompassing natural beauty. For more adventure, hike to Cañon De La Zorra, where a waterfall spills down a rock face into a sheltered swimming hole.

Santiago is easy to reach on a daytrip from the coastal towns of Buenavista and Los Barriles. It’s also less than a 2-hour drive from Cabo San Lucas, one of the busiest resorts in the Baja California peninsula.


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Hotel Aeropuerto Los Cabos $62
Reviewed on Sep 2, 2019
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Hotel Aeropuerto Los Cabos

Hotel Aeropuerto Los Cabos

Acceso al Aeropuerto M-14C L-05, Colonia Las Veredas, San Jose del Cabo, BCS
     
    4.3 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Very clean and beds are comfortable. Good option for one night stay close to the airport.

    Hotel Palmas De Cortez $150
    Reviewed on Jun 3, 2019
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    Hotel Palmas De Cortez

    Hotel Palmas De Cortez

    Calle 20 de Noviembre # 2, y Valentin Ruiz Gonzalez, Los Barriles, BCS
       
      4.0 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      The view of the beach is spectacular! The hotel is very nice and the staff helpful

      Playa del Sol $140
      Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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      Playa del Sol

      Playa del Sol

      Calle 20 de Noviembre y, Valentin Ruiz Gonzalez, Los Barriles, BCS
         
        4.1 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Beautiful location and walkable distance to shops, restaurants and transportation rentals. Our room was facing the pool, which also had an ocean view, and this was an amazing sight to wake up to in the morning. This is a bit smaller than your normal hotel, so the gift shop/office has set hours and ...

        Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas $850
        Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas

        Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas

        Calle Hacienda Eureka s/n, Entre calle Santa Maria de la Ribera, La Ribera, BCS
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on the beach, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from La Ribera Beach and within 9 mi (15 km) of Buena Vista Beach and Punta Colorada Beach. Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve and Punta Arena Lighthouse are also within 12 mi (20 km).

          Buena Vista Beach Resort $145
          Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019
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          Buena Vista Beach Resort

          Buena Vista Beach Resort

          Carr. Federal #1 km 105, Buenavista, BCS
             
            3.8 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            The Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort offers a beautiful tranquil setting. The views from the outdoor dining area overlooking the Sea Of Cortez are stunning. The swim up bar is the perfect place to cool down after a warm day on the Sea, and a great place to commensurate with fellow fishermen. Have them ...

            Cactus Inn Los Cabos $42
            Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019
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            Cactus Inn Los Cabos

            Cactus Inn Los Cabos

            Calle Cascalozuchilt, Col. Buenos Aires, San Jose del Cabo, BCS
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situé à 10 minutes de l’aéroports. Belle piscine. Environnement propre. La douche avait une excellente pression et il y avait de l’eau chaude. Le seul irritant que nous avons constaté est que la climatisation était bruyante.

              Los Barriles Hotel $72
              Reviewed on Aug 11, 2019
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              Los Barriles Hotel

              Los Barriles Hotel

              20 de Noviembre S/N, Apartado # 50, Los Barriles, BCS
                 
                4.0 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                I truly enjoyed my stay there. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating. It is not a fancy resort hotel, but perfect for my needs. When I checked out and finally arrived home in L.A. I realized that I had left behind some very important papers. I called the hotel and the manager "Jesus" located ...

                Hotel Rancho Buena Vista $78
                Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019
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                Hotel Rancho Buena Vista

                Hotel Rancho Buena Vista

                Km 106 Transpeninsular, Buenavista, BCS
                   
                  4.0 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  They did honor my reservation and I had to drive almost 2 hours to the next town to get a Hotel room

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