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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Detox and Unwind in Los Cabos

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3. What to Do

Cabo SUP takes stand-up paddleboarders through calm waters and giant rock formations.  

Work your core while learning stand-up paddleboarding from Academy of Surfing Instructors–certified teachers at Cabo SUP, a club started by Montauk expats in 2009. Operating out of the Bahia Hotel & Beach Club on Medano Beach, the outfitter offers a free introductory lesson with your rental ($25 for one hour; $40 for a half day). Paddle out early when waters tend to be calmer, and try not to fall off your board as you marvel at rock formations like the Arch, Scooby Doo Rock, and Neptune’s Finger that jut out of the water where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.

Lace up your sneakers and head for Cañon de la Zorra, a.k.a. Fox Canyon Falls, one of the area’s most popular hikes. The falls themselves are less than a half mile into the valley, but you can hike for as long (or as little) as you like, bouldering, discovering (and taking a chilling dip in) secluded pools, and keeping your eyes peeled for roadrunners, gray fox, and geckos. It’s about an hour’s drive to the trailhead and the route is well marked if you feel like venturing out on your own; just follow the signs to “Sol de Mayo,” a small community near the falls. Alternately, enlist the help of Cabo Outfitters ($120 per person), which provides hotel pickup and drop-off, park entrance fees, water, and lunch at a local restaurant. The mom-and-pop company specializes in small group tours led by guides well-versed in the region’s geography, flora and fauna, and folklore (the half-day kayak-and-snorkel tour of the Arch and Lover’s Beach is especially great; $70 per person).

Start off the New Year with one of the cleansing new spa offerings at the Auriga Spa at the Capella Pedregal ($180 for each treatment). The “Detox Treatment” gets your gut on track with a colon massage, seaweed mask for your belly, and hydrating face mask, while the 60-minute “Stress Relief” starts with an Epsom-salt soak and is followed by acupressure and a gigartina algae massage. Whatever you choose, linger by the ocean-facing saltwater spa pool for as long as you like—and check out the neighboring AlmArte boutique (also part of the Capella), which has a well-curated collection of handcrafted wares from Mexican artisans like Marisa Porrua, Roberto Tirado, and Dalia Pascal, plus Lafco candles and boho resort wear from Johnny Was.

Published on Jan 16, 2014 as a web exclusive.

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