Launch your kite, windsurf, stand-up-paddle, kayak, or fish just feet from your front door -- or mountain bike, hike or off-road from your back door on miles of trails through a forest of thousands of huge seguaro-like cardon cacti, or through arroyos to beaches for snorkeling or to an old lighthouse you can climb for views across the Sea of Cortez.
World-class sport fishing right is in front of you (marlin, sailfish, dorado, roosterfish, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, pargo, sierra, yellowtail, seabass, etc. You can make arrangements with local fisherman to take you out for a fraction of the cost of Cabo charters, and to richer waters); or take a whale-watching excursion; look for giant manta rays jumping from the sea; or even swim with whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea, almost always in the vicinity.
Or just relax and enjoy the amazing views, bird watch, or walk for miles along the beach, one renowned for watching sea turtles hatch. In late 2012, more than 40 turtles hatched directly in front of Casa Duna. This region of Baja, land and sea, is famous for its many endemic species of plants and animals. You will see why Baja is recognized as a biological treasure in ways not easily apparent in highly developed and commercialized Cabo.
Finally, excellent golf is 60 minutes away (Costa Baja and Paraiso courses) And watch for the reopening of the Bay of Dreams course, just 30 minutes away.
While kiteboarding continues to explode in popularity, it was windsurfers who put La Ventana on the map, and it remains a mecca for windsurfers.
In the calm mornings before the winter winds start to blow, the sea is often like glass. Kayak all around the bay. And in non-wind season and no or light-wind days in winter, the kayaking is superb from dawn to dusk. Casa Duna provides you with a superb two-person kayak, with arm paddles or foot paddles.
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There are excellent and PADI-certified dive shops and trip organizers in La Ventana, with excellent dive sites nearby. There is also excellent snorkeing, and the property manager can tell you where the best sites are.
You don't have to scuba dive to see why Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez "the world's aquarium." There is excellent snorkeling in shallow water just 200 yards from Casa Duna. And for extraordinary snorkeling, ask for directions to a reef just 25 minutes away where safe and shallow snorkeling will amaze you with a variety of tropical fish.
You not only have unending miles of beach to run on, head in to the desert on the countless bike and jeep trails winding through the cactus forests and arroyos.
Baja birding is renowned. From amazing sea birds like the giant frigate bird, to Costa's hummingbirds attracted to Casa Duna's flowers, to Gambel's quail running between the cacti, to endemic species you probably have never seen. You will be delighted. You may also see Northern Cardinals, Hooded Orioles, Vermillion Flycatchers, Long-billed Curlews, Sanderlings, Ospreys, and Brown Pelicans.
The beaches in La Ventana are some of the best anywhere to watch one of nature's most amazing sights: scores of tiny baby turtles being born under the sand and making their way to the sea. La Ventana has many turtle watchers so when a mother lays its eggs, the site is marked and protected to people won't accidentally destroy the nest.
La Paz, just 45 minutes away, is the capital city of the state of Baja California Sur. With approximately the same population as Los Cabos, it is a small Mexican city and a charming low key resort without the glitter of Los Cabos but with every bit of its beauty and more. Statistically, it is also the safest city in Mexico (and one of the safest in all of North America), and has the highest percentage of people with graduate degrees of any city in Mexico.
Stroll along the harborfront Malecon, eat in fine restaurants, visit beaches just north of the city among the most beautiful in all of Mexico. It also has large supermarkets and department stores (including Walmart, Sears, Home Depot, and similar, and the Mexican luxury department store, Liverpool).
La Paz is also the hub for visits to Espiritu Santo island, one of the best places to snorkel, kayak, and see sea lions in all of Mexico, and for seeing whale sharks and whales.
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See how the beauty of our area, along with its attraction for family adventure, is being recognized by high-end organized tours.
Swimming with Whale Sharks, Shopping and Galleries in Todos Santos, Kayak to Sea Lions on Espiritu Santos, Desert Waterfall and Natural Hot Springs, Off-roading...
Even if you're not a beach and windsports enthusiast, there are myriad things to do and places to explore.
Ride out of the Casa Duna gate and you reach this awesome singletrack trailhead in just a few hundred yards. The trail and its extensions go for many miles. Adding interest are botanical signs about the enormous variety of cacti and shrubs, many of them found nowhere else in the world.
Excellent trail bikes can be rented in La Ventana. And if you want even more challenge and elevation change, (these can be ridden by anyone), we can direct you to amazing and world class trails that start only a few miles away along the mountains above La Ventana Bay.
by Charles Aboyo