Long a favored destination of wave-hungry surfers, die-hard anglers, and motivated escape artists, the East Cape is not for couch potatoes. Most settlements here have no electricity or paved roads, which has kept development to a minimum; to get here, residents either challenge the dusty dirt roads by car, cruise by in sailboats or yachts, or fly their private planes to airstrips at out-of-the-way lodges. The reward for your effort, though, is some of the peninsula's most dramatic landscapes -- and chances are, you'll have it all to yourself: secret surf spots, desolate beaches, a coral-reef marine park, road runners, majestic cliffs, empty coves, lone burros, cactus forests, palm groves, craggy mountains, and more.
The East Cape doesn't have its own tourism bureau, but the Visit Los Cabos office in San José (tel. 866/567-2226 in the U.S., or 624/143-4777; www.visitloscabos.org) has some useful information. Locally, Wolf Property Management (tel. 624/188-3029) in Los Barriles and the dive shop at the Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort (tel. 562/366-0398 in the U.S.) are good, if informal, sources.