Go Glamping in La Paz

As in, glamourous camping. It’s not just a tent on the beach.
BY: AL FRESCO

For most people, sleeping in a tent on the beach isn’t how they want to experience Los Cabos. Oh sure, it sounds good to young backpackers and hippies who love being out in nature, but tourists usually want more in the way of comfort and amenities when they’re here on vacation.

glamping.JPGBut at Camp Cecil, located on the tiny island of Espritu Santo up in La Paz, guests can enjoy a camping on the beach experience without feeling like they’re roughing it. That’s because Camp Cecil, which is operated by Todos Santos Eco Adventures, specializes in luxury camping, also known as “glamping” (glamourous camping).

The accommodations at Camp Cecil are eight large canvas safari tents (six measure 12 by 14 feet and the other two are 14 by 16 feet) that come with furnishings that are better than what we’ve seen at some of the cheaper hotels here in Los Cabos. Seriously, these tents look like they belong in a Pottery Barn catalog. Inside each tent is a real bed with Egyptian cotton sheets, two end tables, rug, a wicker chair, luggage racks and a small shelf where you can stash your stuff (although who really unpacks when you’re just staying for a few days?).

The tents are situated right on the beach, and outside of each tent guests have their own little sitting area with a large porch mat, lawn chairs and lanterns, so guests can comfortably sit and enjoy the beach view.

Also part of Camp Cecil’s glamping experience is the on-site gourmet chef who prepares meals daily. Meals include dishes like fresh ceviche, quinoa salad, meatball soup and tacos. Guests eat together at the communal table in the dining tent (nicknamed Espiritu Xantus Café), which has a real table and chairs, tablecloths and a rustic chandelier hanging from the tent ceiling.

And yes, they have booze too. There’s a nightly happy hour where you can drink everything from Pacifico to tequila-grapefruit cocktails.

Oh, and we have to mention that going to the bathroom at Camp Cecil doesn’t mean digging a hole and squatting in the sand. There are two compost toilet cabanas (think eco-friendly port-a-potties) and two sun showers as well.

Staying at Camp Cecil is an unplugged experience; obviously, since we don’t know of any tents that are equipped with electrical outlets. The only reason you’ll need your phone is to take picture after picture of the stunning scenery on Espiritu Santo (you can post them on Facebook and Instagram when you’re at the airport and trying to delay facing the real world again). But even without the constant presence of your phone/social media/apps/games, you won’t be bored. Camp Cecil offers plenty activities, like hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding and swimming with sealions (once they lift the temporary sealion ban, which should be any time).

You can also go explore the island (which is a protected national marine park and part of a UNESCO World Site) and have one of the camp guides take you to the see cave art and hidden lagoons. And of course, let’s not forget the pleasure of simple activities like watching the waves, reading, napping, star gazing and just relaxing without any outside distractions.

Camp Cecil is accessible only by boat ride (and along the way you’ll get to swim with the whale sharks). The boat departs from La Paz at 9:00 am on the morning of your reservation, so guests need to arrive in La Paz the day before and get a hotel room for that night. Camp Cecil will arrange for transportation to and from your hotel, which is included in the price of your stay (all activities are included as well).

And they better be, for what you’re going to pay. Just because you’re staying in a tent, that doesn’t mean this is a budget-friendly stay. It’s $275 USD per night for adults and $250 for kids. Camp Cecil is closed in September and October, but you can go ahead and make your reservations for November and beyond by visiting www.tosea.net/glamping-adventures.