Welcome to Baja’s best kept secret. The luxurious Rancho Las Cruces is an exclusive seaside beach resort located on a natural sanctuary in Southern Baja’s East Cape. Boasting more than 10,000 acres and 7 miles of private pristine coastline, this property is completely private and secure to the surrounding area, and truly does feel like another world. That’s right. Literally miles from civilization. The hospitality at Las Cruces exceeds expectations time and time again. The staff are genuinely dedicated to the experience of their guests, always providing old-fashioned attention to detail and a personal touch that cannot be beat.
Nothing compares to waking up on the shores of the Sea of Cortez. Gazing across this magestic sub-tropical sea, the sunrise warms the day, appearing directly between Isla Cerralvo and the mainland of Southern Baja. If you long for peace and quiet, where time moves at a slower pace; if you love the unspoiled wonders of nature we invite you to go back in time and enjoy the natural paradise of Rancho Las Cruces.
The thing about Las Cruces is that the beauty and charm run much deeper than the dramatic, rather breath taking scenery. The history of this property is fascinating and really adds to the experience. Hernán Cortés, the Spanish conquistador, was told about a great Island filled with gold and pearls of wonderful size and color. Determined to find the source of such impressive riches and to claim the fabled island of pearls for the Spanish crown Cortés sent various expeditions. On one of these Cortés himself set forth and landed on May 3rd, 1535 on what was thought to be an island. In commemoration of his landing he placed three crosses on the land he baptized as Santa Cruz. Stone replicas of these crosses still remain in the site where Rancho Las Cruces now stands. Part of the land known as Santa Cruz by the early Explorers would later be named Las Cruces. Although he found no gold, Cortés did find pearls of astonishing beauty.
Down the centuries the shores of Las Cruces and the islands of Cerralvoand Espirito Santo were renowned for their fabulous pearls but a decline in the pearl oyster started as early as 1900 and by 1929 the pearl industry of Baja belonged to the past. Standing where Cortés once stood more than 400 years earlier, Abelardo L. Rodriguez Montijo watched the rising sun cast its array of magnificent color on the tranquil sea. He saw the remains of thatched huts, water wells and aqueducts that once irrigated beautiful tropical orchards and native palms. He realized then, that although depleted of pearls, Las Cruces could still provide treasure. He believed that the enchantment of ten thousand acres with more than five miles of private sea coast would be gratifying to those who must face maddening crowds and churn through congested traffic. In 1948 he and his beautiful bride, Lucille Bremer decided to turn Las Cruces into a small luxury resort.This was the birth of tourism in the state of Baja California Sur. The success of Las Cruces prompted Abelardo (Rod) to build other world class resorts in Baja. Hotel Palmilla which opened in 1957 is still thought of as the shining star of Los Cabos (now the One and Only Palmilla) as well as Hotel Hacienda in Cabo San Lucas.
Las Cruces, however, was the place Abelardo and his family always called home. Here he built his home as well as others for his dear friends and partners Robert Fisher, Desi Arnaz, Bing Crosby, Charles Jones and Roger Bacon. Casa Fisher is now called Hacienda Santa Cruz. Las Cruces offers guests the same natural beauty, tranquility and charm that attracts these distinguished guests. His resorts gained notoriety and were visited by many celebrities including princes, presidents, dignitaries and stars and simply by people whose wish it was to experience the adventure of a land that until then had been inaccessible to most.
Starting the day right with sunrise on the sea, our guests can choose between kayaking or stand up paddleboard adventure out into the channel for some sunrise movement and meditation. Returning for a quick breakfast al fresco before heading to the even more secluded “I Vant to Be Alone Beach” for snorkeling and solitude. The Sea of Cortez can have incredible clarity, resulting in stunning underwater images. Take the afternoon to lounge poolside, catch some shade under a palapa at the main beach, entertain yourself in the club house or the acre of fun behind. Las Cruces a driving range, tennis, tether ball, croquet and more at an arms reach. Bicycles are also available for those that want to cruise and enjoy the gorgeous privacy in the ranch. Spa treatments, horse back riding, skeet shooting, and fishing also available. Don’t tire yourself out yet just yet, we have a gentle sunset yoga class, a fireside margarita and dinner before turning in for a rejuvenating night’s sleep.
GUESTS AT RANCHO LAS CRUCES HAVE BOTH PRIVATE VILLA & BOUTIQUE HOTEL:
Las Cruces is available for those looking to simply vacation, plan a wellness, adventure or corporate retreat, host a destination wedding or bachelorette getaway, or even an exotic photo shoot we can build the perfect itinerary to suite your goals.
Nothing compares to the Las Cruces kitchen and wait staff. This crew really knows their stuff when it comes to feeding foodies. They are especially talented at customizing their menu in the kitchen, which changes daily for a variety of Baja’s freshest fare. Most of the ingredients are procured right here on the property’s huerta, where vegetables and fruits are cultivated and picked day-of for your enjoyment. Whatever your request may be, the kitchen staff will be happy to help satisfy the craving. Renting a private villa? We suggest hiring a private chef to tend to your private group for most meals, joining at the club house restaurant whenever your in the mood for something different. We can have your kitchen pre-stocked with all of your favorites, right down to the Don Julio.
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Fly into La Paz (LAP) for the shortest ground transfer, a quick 45 minutes away. Flights to La Paz are few and far between for those flying from anywhere other than the southwestern United States or other parts of Mexico. Otherwise fly into Los Cabos (SJD). The drive from the Los Cabos airport to Las Cruces is 3 hours. If time is precious and you prefer to skip the (gorgeous) drive, consider chartering a puddle jumper flight if flying out of Cabo to cut back on travel time, or fly in and out of La Paz airport. Baja is a quick 2.5 hour flight from Southern California and an exotic destination everyone
- Rancho Las Cruces is very remote. The closest store and gas station are a half an hour away.
- There is absolutely no cell service at Rancho Las Cruces.
- There is wifi in limited areas that can be used but is often weak.
- The office has a computer with a very stable connection available for use as well as a phone available for use.