Make Your One&Only Surfing Easy
Experience the Art of Luxury Surfing along the stunning coastline of the Baja Peninsula, where pristine desert sands meet rolling seas. Where gray whales can be seen rising majestically offshore, and where exhilaration and serenity thrive in blissful harmony. With a Tropicsurf center located on-site, it doesn’t get much easier to hang ten in luxury style.
Tranquil Water World
Tucked within a private cove overlooking the Sea of Cortés, this enchanting retreat sits along a stunning coastline with one of the few swimmable beaches in the region; allowing guests to enjoy surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling and other non-motorized water sports right from the resort's edge. The water temperature ranges from the mid-70’s to the mid-80’s throughout the year, making it a perfect way to cool off from the beautiful Los Cabos sunshine.
Develop New Skills
Hit the waves and have some fun surfing alongside our enthusiastic resident Surf Coaches. They bring passion, skill and a wealth of surf coaching experience to help you craft your style and learn a few new tricks. Whether your goal for the week is to throw more spray through your top turn, or to master the pop-up, you’re in the hands of the best with Tropicsurf at One&Only Palmilla.
Immersive Pacific Energy
During the southern hemisphere swell season (April through to the end of October) you can watch the swell lines march up from the Pacific Ocean and into the Sea of Cortes. It’s a mesmerising experience to see all that energy as it reaches the coastline, which is exactly what you can do, with a margarita in hand, from the terrace of Breeze restaurant.
One&Only Sunrise Spectacular
Vacations are often a time to lay in bed that little bit longer, and even though the ridiculously comfortable One&Only beds make that easy, a Cabo sunrise isn’t to be missed. The best way to see this is over the desert hills and ocean waves on the East Cape. The potential of a new day rises over the offshore spray of the waves you’ve been waiting for.
Waves at One&Only Palmilla
The Los Cabos region offers exceptional surfing—with a plethora of local favourites and lesser known spots to choose from that offer consistent, quality waves. There are sand bar beach breaks, short and punchy reef breaks, and long rolling pointbreaks; making the Baja Peninsula any kind of surfer’s paradise. Resident Tropicsurf Guides have intricate knowledge of this coastline, the tides and local weather patterns, meaning they know exactly where to go.
Three Regions of Surfing
The southern tip of the Baja Peninsula offers three regions of coastline to explore. This means that we have options for multiple wind and swell directions. The Pacific Coast typically provides us with some peaky beach breaks and a couple of secret reef breaks. Closer to the One&Only Palmilla resort we have Costa Azul. Here, we find fun and popular reef breaks as well as an uncrowded, and quality, Guide favourite spot. Into the Sea of Cortes we have El Cabo del Este, or the East Cape, renowned for it’s beautiful landscape and long point break waves.
Surf Progression Paradise at One&Only Palmilla
Our fantastic, user-friendly beginner wave right next to the property is the perfect spot for anyone wanting to give surfing a go. The sloppy shoulders at Old Man’s in Costa Azul offer a chance to start manoeuvring your board, and the long walls of Nine Palms on the East Cape provide a perfect canvas for expression. Having access to such a diverse coastline from the One&Only Palmilla means that there is always room for progressing your surfing at new and challenging surf breaks.
Travel in One&Only Style
Embark on an exhilarating surf adventure chasing the day’s best waves by land or sea. Cruise in style with a guided tour by boat, or all-terrain-vehicle, as you speed along the coast to find the day’s best peak. The coastline along the Sea of Cortes is a beautiful contrast of desert flora meeting the deep blues and turquoises of the ocean. A sunrise adventure out here not to be missed.
Pro Surfer Hot Spot
Los Cabos has long been a favourite for professional surfers to escape the hustle of their world tour. One&Only Palmilla understands this appeal like no other, regularly hosting professional surfers like Josh Kerr, CJ Hobgood, Taylor Knox and Tatiana Weston-Webb. If you really want to see the pros in action, the Los Cabos Open of Surfing takes place every year just down the road at Zippers in Costa Azul.
Los Cabos has long been the perfect family destination, and surfing here only increases that appeal. Whether it be learning to surf on the rolling white water and golden sands of Cerritos on the Pacific Coast, or competing with mom and dad for the longest leg burner out at Nine Palms on the East Coast, a surfing adventure can always provide fun for the whole family.
Resort at One&Only Palmilla
Set in a lush tropical garden along the Sea of Cortez, in charming San José del Cabo, this extraordinary resort boasts dramatic ocean views at every turn. Renowned for its gracious Mexican spirit, the resorts quintessential old-world charm and elegance combined with postmodern luxury has made it one of Los Cabos’ most iconic resorts. It is a place of discovery, of revelling in the joy of simply being, a place that rekindles the spirit and provides a true sense of well-being.
Michelin-Star Dining at One&Only Palmilla
Mexican food is renowned for being incredible and full of flavour, and the One&Only Palmilla takes this to another level with Michelin-Starred chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The most elaborate wine list in Mexico is partnered with the highest grade Wagyu beef, and the freshest Pacific seafood, in the extraordinary steakhouse, SEARED.
Room With a View
Words fail to do justice to the pastel hues of a desert sunrise over the water, or the shades of blue as the Sea of Cortes laps the white sands of the beach. Binoculars are provided in all rooms so you can spot the annual migration of whales as they make their way up the coast, or you can watch as sailing and fishing boats go by on the gentle waters.
Marvellous Mexican Culture
One&Only Palmilla has a passion for integrating Mexican hospitality and culture with 5 Star service. Learn more about the coveted king of spirits and it’s history in a Tequila Mixologist Tasting. Or experience how unique holistic therapies taken from Mayan tribes in Sonora can restore you physically, mentally and spiritually through ancient rituals.
Creativity and Art at One&Only
Culture is a huge part of a trip to Mexico. The One&Only Palmilla offers an immersive experience with the weekly Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo, where you can wander down the idyllic cobblestone streets and browse the local galleries. Take this inspiration and explore your own creativity with an art class with the resort's local artist in residence. The private classes for families and couples are fantastic.
Rooms at One&Only Palmilla
Overlooking the picturesque shoreline, the resort's rooms, suites and villas are all perfectly poised to highlight dramatic ocean and sunrise views. Designed with guest comfort and relaxation in mind, accommodations feature the finest furnishings and amenities including terraces that feature oversized daybeds for lounging, some of which are appointed with private plunge pools. Dedicated butlers offer intuitive service and thoughtful little touches to surpass all expectations.
Decadent Mexican Architecture
Comfort, style and culture all come together at the One&Only Palmilla, offering a space that is equally luxurious and inspiring. It says something about the quality of a resort when their accommodations feel just as impressive as the natural environment that surrounds them. There is a passion behind the design and architecture of the One&Only Palmilla that you can truly feel as you step through the door to your personal escape.
Reign in Villa Cortez
Villa Cortez is the ultimate luxury oasis featuring almost 1000m2 of timeless style; 24-hour butler service; a private chef; and a dedicated fitness trainer. Accommodating up to ten guests, nothing compares to Villa Cortez and it’s authentic style of a traditional Mexican hacienda in Baja luxury.
Perfect Privacy in Palmilla
One&Only Palmilla understands how highly guests prioritise privacy in their escapes to paradise. The design and landscaping of the resort keeps everything feeling quiet and private; this is perfectly encapsulated in Villa One. Being perched at the resort's highest point, you can enjoy endless views from your private infinity pool. Top off this experience with a private surfing excursion to the uncrowded waves of the East Cape with Tropicsurf.
Little Touches Make For a Great Experience
At One&Only Palmilla there is a hospitality philosophy that focuses on wowing guests with the little things that they aren’t expecting. This may include a complimentary Tequila amenity that takes you through the story of this infamous beverage; flavoursome local snacks that appear on your table during the day; or bathroom amenities made with local herbs and blue agave, which is also an ingredient in your tequila.
Families at One&Only Palmilla
One&Only Palmilla brings families together in magical ways that help you rediscover the most precious gift of all: time together. From mornings surfing together at the resort wave, to evenings spent reminiscing on the day’s fun by bonfire, there are ample opportunities to reconnect with one another and make lifelong memories.
Playtime at Pelican Beach
Pelican Beach offers relaxing daybeds and cabanas, a beachside bar and lunchtime bites with all the fun activities of days at the beach. Snorkel right off the beach, SUP over clear waters, or explore the beautiful Pacific on a kayak - there shouldn't be a dull moment! Pelican Beach is the perfect place for a family to spend the day in One&Only comfort; not to mention, this is also the home of the Tropicsurf Surf Shack.
Kids Only Fun
The complimentary Kids&Only Club offers activities for children and teens of all ages. There is an engrossing and fun program full of exciting activities and diversions including golf, tennis or surf clinics; arts & crafts such as painting and piñata making; educational and cultural programs plus Spanish lessons and cooking classes.
5-Star For Families
A true 5-Star resort should be able to accommodate and spoil everyone in the family to equal measure. A perfect morning could have one of you indulging in rejuvenating spa treatments; one taking world class surfing, tennis or golf lessons; another exploring their creativity in an art lesson while the fourth is having the time of their life at KidsOnly. Come together again to connect over lunch at the main pool and relax into the afternoon.
Safe Family Surfing
There is a certain magic to sharing the immersive experience of learning to surf with your kids. We’re lucky here at One&Only Palmilla that our Resort Surfing takes place just a short walk from the Tropicsurf Surf Shack. This is where gentle waves form and roll in, offering the perfect canvas for anyone to feel safe and have fun. Our expert Tropicsurf Guides prioritise making sure everyone is having a blast while feeling comfortable at the same time. You can often hear the laughter and high 5’s back at the resort!
It can be tough to leave the One&Only Palmilla grounds, however, outside there is more adventure and culture to be found. Ziplining, 4x4 desert adventures in the Sierra de la Laguna UNESCO biosphere reserve and whale watching expeditions are among the top family favourites. Guided fishing tours also provide a great opportunity to bond over the chase for a prized Striped Marlin or Yellow Fin Tuna.
Get adventurous with snorkeling in the blue Sea of Cortez, an outback ATV or horseback adventure, kayaking or stand up paddling, sailing or scuba diving, zip lining or jet-skiing, deep-sea fishing or swimming with dolphins, or even a bungy or sky dive. San Jose del Cabo, (10 minutes by car) is a charming and authentic Mexican town, featuring a variety of local artisans’ handmade crafts. Dinner at the organic Flora Farm is a must.
Unrivalled culinary experiences including SEARED Steakhouse in collaboration with Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Suviche with an impressive selection of fresh sushi and ceviche’s. Agua featuring Mediterranean cuisine with a Mexican twist. Breeze with an all-day dining menu and relaxed atmosphere. Dining under the stars is also a must.
Follow a meandering path through tropical gardens to a secluded private villa. Renowned as Mexico’s premiere destination spa, the One&Only Spa offers ancient healing techniques combined with cutting-edge therapies. Each of the private treatment villas offers a beautiful sanctuary for pampering and wellbeing. Indulge in beauty salon and grooming services for a refreshing experience that will leave you glowing from head to toe.
A full-time Tropicsurf guide is based exclusively at One&Only Palmilla to make your surfing experience the best it can be. We’ve combined local insight and our surfing expertise to develop exciting surfing experiences throughout Los Cabos and beyond. Surfers from around the globe travel to these glorious shores to enjoy championship surfing locales and the benefits of Tropicsurf’s world renowned coaching. So If you are keen to learn a few secrets to better your techniques; then our surfing sensei can chart your course.
Waves exist year round along the different coasts which are accessible via the Tropicsurf program. Typically June to August is best when the southern ocean sends excellent waves to our preferred East Cape locations, as well as to the Palmilla area and Pacific Coast. Other months can be fun and should be targeted commensurate with your ability and ideal wave type. Contact Tropicsurf for more information and advice.
Tropicsurf has partnered with Firewire Surfboards to offer cutting edge eco-friendly boards for guests. Avoid the hassle of travelling with your board by contacting Tropicsurf in advance to reserve your choice of board. Stand-up Paddleboards are also available from the Tropicsurf Centre.
Carretera Transpeninsular Km 7.5
San Jose Del Cabo, BCS, Mexico 23400
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TropicSurf and One&Only Palmilla were an amazing experience...world class customer service.
The hotel is connected with Tropicsurf, a boutique Surf experience. I went out with Matt Lindsay and had an amazing time surfing a remote Baja location. Definitely recommend Tropicsurf.Josh H - TripAdvisor
We did surf lessons with Mike at Tropic Surf and they were great! He was very professional and we would definitely do it again.TravelingNatalie80 - TripAdvisor
We just left Cabo San Lucas and wanted to write a quick note on how much we enjoyed having Mike as our guide and coach during this trip. He is extremely professional and went above and beyond to accommodate every single request made. I went surfing with him five times and sincerely feel he made a serious effort to improve my surfing and make sure I surfed the best and least crowded waves possible. Mauro, an older gentlemen, who will also be joining us on the Fiji trip next year did two beginner lessons and absolutely loved it. He actually hasn’t stop speaking about since and can’t wait for his next adventure. We might be booking a trip to Punta de Mita in November as well.Chris, via email
Tropicsurf is great!
I had such a great time in Cabo! It was so great to surf with Chucho again. And Mike was fantastic as well. I don't think I can go on any other type of vacation unless it's a Tropicsurf vacation now :). I am hoping to make it back to Cabo again before the summer is over.Carina, via email
I had the BEST week with Mike and Dan. They’re such incredible instructors and humans! Will definitely be in touch soon to book the next one...Danielle, via email
Everything was perfect.
The resort was amazing and the surfing was just incredible. Luke was so kind, patient, knowledgeable and just so fun to be around, cannot say enough great things about him!!Gina, via email
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Luke is both an excellent surf guide and a super person overall.
We had a fantastic trip. Luke is both an excellent surf guide and a super person overall. I thoroughly enjoyed both our time in the water and our conversations en route to/from the surf locations. Obviously, the resort was really something amazing as well. We are already looking for future trips with tropicsurf.Matt, via email
Will and I had the perfect trip.
A quick note to thank you for an outstanding three days in Mexico. Luke did a really great job - Will and I had the perfect trip. I haven’t seen the second set of photos yet, but these were from Day 2. He’s pretty stoked all round. We will be back.Jeremy, via email.