Van Wormer Resorts Palmas de Cortez

Baja Mexico Van Wormer Resorts

Saltwater Sportfishing

Two Hotel Options
Fishing at Van Wormer Resorts is world-renowned as one of the best values in saltwater sportfishing today. Located in the East Cape region of Baja California Sur, Mexico, and situated on Baja’s Sea of Cortez, this area is known worldwide as one of the premier vacation and big game fishing spots in the world.

Baja Fishing:

Van Wormer Resorts

Van Wormer's sportfishing fleet offers quick access to world-famous fishing grounds teeming with five billfish species, plus dorado, tuna, wahoo, and over 80 other species. English-speaking captains with years of experience pilot 28' to 32' fiberglass cruisers and 23' to 25' super pangas. Many package options to choose from. Fillet and freezer services, as well as a smokehouse, are available to prepare your catch for your trip home. Fishing takes off in late April and is dynamite through November. Sailfish are abundant during the summer months along with dorado, yellowfin tuna and occasionally some great wahoo fishing. Famous roosterfish fishing - many world records have been logged.

Two hotel options

Palmas de Cortez

Van Wormer Resorts offers phenomenal fishing, spectacular diving, kayaking, golfing or just relaxing fun in the sun. They offer two hotel options, Palmas de Cortez and Playa del Sol. Both hotels are located in the small town of Los Barriles and are about 1/8 of a mile apart on the beach.
Hotel Palmas de Cortez offers many room options: air-conditioned oceanfront rooms, oceanfront, poolside rooms, palapa-roofed cabañas, garden rooms, and two bedroom/2 bathroom luxurious condominiums. Palmas de Cortez is the Van Wormers' most popular resort. There is Wi-Fi in the lobby and the restaurant. The garden rooms are quieter than the other options. They also have an onsite 9-hole par-three golf course. Other land-based activities include ATV rentals, horseback riding, eco-tours, and shopping excursions to Cabo San Lucas and the capital city of La Paz. You'll find all the comforts of a first-rate, service-oriented resort with authentic Mexican charm.
Playa Del Sol: Guests will find Playa Del Sol’s intimate setting to be a nice change from the “mega resorts” found in other areas of Baja. With only 26 rooms, Playa Del Sol offers a slightly more personal touch for its guests. Most vacation packages at Playa Del Sol include your hotel room, and charter boat rental. The hotel offers an enchanting tropical setting that is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of over-commercialized resort areas.
The hotel is also a popular choice for wind surfers and kite boarders from mid-November until mid-March.

Eric Schoenborn's Baja Fishing Recap:

Van Wormer Resorts

Jeanie Koenemann with sailfish.
"Our fishing experience was awesome as the striped marlin were in, and in good numbers. We averaged just less than one landed marlin per person per day during our stay, not counting several missed fish. We also spent time targeting other species.
Some of the boats in the fleet came in flying between nine to 12 released marlin flags, an outstanding catch record for the timing of our trip. There was one particular instance where Rick, Ray and I each hooked up, making for a striped marlin triple. It was utter chaos for a few minutes with three fish tail walking behind the boat, and then one fish came unhooked. Two marlin jumping behind the boat was still very exciting.
The day we fished from pangas, we targeted roosterfish and mahi-mahi, also known as dorado, which were plentiful. Within a short period of time, Nick landed his first rooster, a nice 25-pound fish. Because the ocean remained mirror calm, we made the decision to take advantage of another marlin day. Although none of our group targeted tuna, a number of the boats came in with tuna, and some also caught wahoo." - Eric Schoenborn

Getting to the Lodge:

You can fly to either La Paz or Los Cabos. Air Taxi, ground services, and car rentals are available to the resort. Currently, U.S. and Mexican Airlines service Cabo San Lucas and La Paz Airport. We recommend flying to Los Cabos because the taxi ride is shorter than from La Paz.

Baja fish species

2020 Rates
Playa Del Sol Hotel

5-nights and 4-days guided fishing
Two anglers per boat and room
28-foot Standard Cruiser:
Garden room:
$1,715.00 per person
Poolside room:
$1,775.00 per person
Ocean View room:
$1,835.00 per person
Upgrade to a Deluxe Cruiser
$58.00 per person per day

2020 Rates
Playa Del Sol Hotel:

5-nights and 4-days guided fishing:
Two per room and fishing vessel
23-foot Super Panga:
Garden room:
$1,265.00 per person
Poolside room:
$1,320.00 per person
Oceanview room:
$1,380.00 per person

Packages include:

Accommodations, fishing on a standard cruiser or super panga (per itinerary), hotel and boat tax.

Packages do not include:

International flights, ground transfers, meals, fishing license, live bait ($20.00 to $30.00 per day), hotel gratuity, boat gratuity ($40.00 to $60.00 per super panga and $60.00 to $100.00 per cruiser, per day), Smokehouse fish care (Ziploc bag option - $1.00 per pound, vacuum seal option - $2.00 per pound, and smoked fish - $4.25 per pound), Mexican sales tax, and anything not mentioned under inclusions. Prices are subject to change.

Required Documents:

Entry requirements:  As of March 1, 2010, all U.S. citizens – including minors – are required to present a valid passport or passport card for travel into Mexico. This is the final stage of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. (WHTI) If a parent is bringing a minor child into Mexico unaccompanied by the other parent, you need a notarized letter from the parent not making the trip, giving permission to the traveling parent to bring the child into Mexico. Mexico requires non-U.S. born Americans from certain countries to have an “Entry Visa” to be able to enter Mexico. The list of countries changes often, and it is highly advised to consult your nearest Mexican Consulate for the most current list and applications.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

Request a Baja Mexico Information Packet  

Baja Fishing Photos

Baja tuna fishing

Baja tuna fishing



Marty Holding and guide with striped marlin

Baja Sailfish

Guide and Rick Nicoski with roosterfish

Baja Mexico fishing

Baja roosterfishing

Roosterfishing Baja

Palmas de Cortez room

Palmas de Cortez

Baja wahoo fishing

Baja wahoo fishing

28' to 32' Super Cruisers

Super Cruiser

For more Information:

Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709


Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558