Baja Update: Danzante Hotel Loses its Battle

Traveler photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins, who shot the images in our current feature, “Is Baja on the Block?” emailed us the other day with some frustrating news.

In the Nov/Dec issue of Traveler, the Danzante Resort was mentioned in James Conaway’s article, “Is Baja on the Block?” as the closest thing to a sustainable resort in Baja Californa. Sadly, I learned after the story went to press that this solar-powered nine-room eco-friendly resort south of Loreto has been sold.

Owners Lauren and Michael Farley ended a long and expensive battle with developers that bought up the land around them and wanted their beachfront. The fight is now over. Danzante has been swallowed by a mega-resort that will include high-rise hotels and a championship golf course. The small fishing town nearby has also been purchased.  Rumor has it that the Mexican government has granted the necessary environmental permits to begin construction. Another pristine stretch of waterfront and wetlands along the Sea of Cortez will soon be changed and a way of life lost forever. Danzante is a prime example of what is being lost in Baja California.

Read More: Conaway recently noted that several organizations are working to help preserve the marine heritage in Baja. See his recent blog post for ways to help support them.

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