I have been to Rancho de Costa numerous times since my first visit in 2004. Each time I go, I find myself enjoying it more and more. Rancho is a rare opportunity to experience Mexico for its natural beauty in a truly private setting. I love going to sleep and waking up to the sound of waves gently breaking on the beach which is literally right outside your window. The sunrise at Rancho is strikingly beautiful and motivates me to wake up early every morning I’m there…which is helpful when getting an early start to fishing.
Sport fishing is the one of the main reasons Americans come down to this part of Mexico. If you were to stay in Cabo, it would take at least two hours of traveling up the coastline by boat to get to one of the best fishing spots on the Sea of Cortez. For us at Rancho, it’s a 10-minute Panga ride before the fish start biting. I’ve had some incredible fishing experiences here that I’ve never been able to replicate anywhere else (including an epic, 150 lb marlin catch).
The staff at Rancho de Costa are very friendly and take pride in hosting their guests. Johnny does an outstanding job cooking the meals and will prepare whatever fish you catch that day. I have had Marlin, Wahoo, Dorado, Pargo, Yellow Fin Tuna, and Sea Bass prepared many different ways and they all taste incredible. Manny (Johnny’s dad) always has a smile on his face. He does a great job as a fishing boat captain. He’s been hunting the Mexican waters for at least 60 years and knows every inch. It’s hard not to feel like you’ve made a lifelong friend when you spend the day fishing with him.
If fishing isn’t your bag, then maybe lounging around the poolside is. The Palapa at Rancho is one of the biggest I’ve ever seen and is beautifully constructed. It does an amazing job of keeping you cool even on the hottest days. It’s hard not to take a siesta on one of the lounge chairs there when a cool ocean breeze happens to wander in from the east.
The golf course surrounding Rancho was designed and built by Tom Doak (of Pacific Dunes fame in Oregon). I had the pleasure of playing there many years ago and found it to be comparable if not better than Palmilla and Cabo del Sol (especially the 15th hole - right on the shore). I’m looking forward to playing there again someday.
Rancho de Costa is one of my favorite spots in the world. I travel for a living and have been to some incredible places, this is by far one of the best. You will absolutely love it!