Things To Do at Casa Duna

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.

Activities

Rated Best Kiteboarding On Earth

What more can one say?  In La Ventana, right off the beach of Casa Duna is the Best Winter Kiteboarding in the world.

 

 

 

 

While kiteboarding continues to explode in popularity, it was windsurfers who put La Ventana on the map, and it remains a mecca for windsurfers.

 

Wind Surfing

 

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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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Learn or perfect the enormously popular sport of SUP. We have two boards and paddles for your use. If you can walk, you can learn to SUP. And it is incredibly good exercise. The perfect morning or evening compliment to wind sports.

 

Stand Up Paddling

 

 

You can be picked up by a local fisherman right in front of Casa Duna. Some of the best fishing anywhere is within sight, and on the other side of the island that dominates your views. You can also fish from shore, from a kayak, or even from a SUP! Spearfishing is also superb.

 

Fishing

 

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.

 

 

Whale Shark

 

Diver and Whale Shark
 
 
 
 

Whales

 

 

Diver and Whales

 

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.

 

 

There are miles of terrific single track bike trails through acres of cactus forest and down desrt arroyos, starting just a few hundred yards from our gate. And if you want the challenge of some steep trails, there are many just a few miles away in La Ventana and El Sargento.

 

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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.

 

Running

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.

 

CLICK HERE... Birds of Baja California

 

Birds of Baja

 

 

Birds of Baja

 

 

Birds of Baja

 

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.

 

Turtles

Add to your collection with miles of beaches to explore for Pacific shells and starfish of hundreds of species.

 

Shells

 

 

Shells

 

 

Jumping dolphins and leaping giant mantas are regular sights as you gaze over the seas. And you may be lucky and see whales, though to be near certain of that, the property manager can arrange for a whale watching expedition.

 

Whale Shark

 

See Devil Ray Video Below

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.

 

La Paz Map

 

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.

 

Click...In La Paz, the peaceful side of Mexico - Washington Post

 

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La Paz

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La Paz Beach

 

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.

 

  • One of the best places in the world to swim with whale sharks, (easily done in La Paz bay when the sharks -- the world's largest fish, and completely docile and safe with humans -- are there roughly from October through January)
  • see Todos Santos, a beautiful historic village with great art galleries, fine restaurants, great souvenir shopping, and amazing Pacific beaches and surfing,
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  • go to Espiritu Santo Island (isla espiritu santo and partida aerials) regarded by many as one of the most beautiful places to kayak in the world, and where you will see sea lions galore
  • visit the iconic beach at Balandra
  • visit the beautiful Bay of Dreams, restaurants, and a huge and fascinating collection of toy trains
  • see amazing desert oases with waterfalls and pools to swim in, or clear desert hot springs to soak in
  • visit quaint villages, one with a piano museum like nothing you have ever seen
  • have the property manager arrange for off-roading on the dunes and throughout the desert, or to an old lighthouse you can climb for amazing views
  • camp on the uninhabited Cerralvo Island.
  • Infinite fun and adventure.

 

Biking Behind Casa Duna

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.

 

Kite Boarding In Front Of Casa Duna

The World's Top 10 Kiteboarding Spots

 

In SEEKER By Erik Trinidad

Five Best Kite Boarding Beaches On Earth

 

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Activity Videos

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La Paz

 

La Paz - Official Video

La Ventana

 

La Paz - Official Video

Sea Turtles

 

Devil Rays

 

Scuba Diving

 

by Charles Aboyo

Kayak Trip

 

Whale Watching

 

Fishing

 

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