Santa Rita Is A Good Place To Relax

Hot Springs! Pool after pool of them
BY: STEPHANIE MCGLASHAN

Whether you are new to Cabo or have been here for a while, it’s easy to see that this is a place with an abundance of natural luxuries, one of which is the Santa Rita Hot Springs.

Nestled just around the corner from the village of San Jorge, which is about an hour and 15 minutes north of San Jose off Highway 1, this place is a natural paradise. The drive itself is worth the trip, giving you the chance to view Baja’s extreme opposites of dry dessert and luscious green oases. As you drive, you’ll see roadrunners, wild pigs, darting squirrels, giant cacti, mountain ranges, and of course, watch out for oncoming cow traffic.

2226starita.JPGUpon arriving to the springs, you will be greeted by a member of the local ejido (which are communal farms) who will collect your small entrance fee (the hot springs are part of the protected Sierra de Laguna Biosphere reserve). Once you park your car, it’s just a short walk to the hot, relaxing waters. This is where the fun begins.

Hot springs are not only a relaxing experience, they are also believed to have therapeutic and healing properties. Ancient civilizations considered these hot baths to be sacred because of the benefits they reaped from them. Those benefits include increased blood circulation and oxygenation, boosted metabolism, curing skin diseases such as psoriasis and dermatitis, and helping to heal wounds and injuries. Yup, we want to sit in a tub of hot water, next to someone who’s there to cure their skin rash, sure thing.

While the hot springs themselves are the biggest draw to the area, there is more to see there. For those of you looking to sweat and take in some incredible sights, go beyond the springs where luscious green scenery, fresh mountain water and tranquil settings await. Just follow the path that slightly goes uphill from the hot water pool. From here, you can walk and climb for miles, jumping from freshwater pool to freshwater pool.

Fun fact: you don’t even need running or hiking shoes for this. The rocks and paths that lead up the mountain are barefoot friendly, and to be honest, go without shoes is a more efficient way to travel if you want to swim in each fresh water pool along the way.

In terms of planning your trip there, the months between October and March are the most ideal for the hot springs as the water is at its peak temperature. There are no nearby stores once you reach the hot springs, so you will want to show up prepared. This should include lots of drinking water, snacks, lunch if you are staying a while, a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the strong sun, and a camera if you want to capture the natural beauty.

It is also a good idea to leave the springs well before the sun sets, as the roads are relatively windy. They’re easier to navigate in daylight, and you get to enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way back.