Pristine beaches, rugged coves and blue-green waters makes for a veritable Eden at the tip of Mexico’s 1,000-mile long Baja California peninsula. Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are the two main towns there, both easy to get to from North America, and provide travelers with the right mix of relaxation excitement. A popular spot for Spring Break and a coveted hideaway for the rich and the famous, Cabo San Lucas has a large marina and beautiful bay where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.
Popular sights include the distinctive El Arco, a magnificent natural rock formation at Land’s End; the Iglesia de San Lucas on Calle Cabo San Lucas near the main plaza; and the long sandy main beach El Medano which is a haven for swimming and watersports. It also hosts the largest marlin tournament in the world and provides rich whale watching opportunities.
Restaurants on Marina Boulevard transform into tequila-flowing nightclubs after midnight. Whether you want to take a quick siesta at a happy hour or kick your heels up among mariachis at a fiesta, you’ll be able to do it.
Restaurant Sunset Da Mona Lisa is Los Cabos’ premier place for sunset-watching with spectacular Arch views, dramatic terraces, and delicious seafood. The most popular watering holes are El Squid Roe and the Cabo Wabo Cantina. For a more refined setting, head to Hemingway's, a cigar lounge with famous mojitos.
The town spreads out north and west of the harbor of Cabo San Lucas Bay, edged by foothills and desert mountains to the west and south. There are many hotels, B&Bs and resort options but the Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort is one of few with a swimmable beach in the dangerous waters.
For day trips to San José del Cabo 20 miles northeast, catch a bus or a cab. The sister city is a charming old colonial town, founded as a mission in 1730. The historic downtown is peppered with art galleries, courtyard restaurants and a twin spire church. A great destination for families, it provides perfect surf beaches, amazing reef diving opportunities, a sea turtle nursery, an estuary for bird watching and the grand La Laguna mountains to explore.
The Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is located just 60 miles north and takes you back to nature. Cabo Pulmo, known as the “Jewel of the East Cape,” is a small picturesque beach village that boasts a protected reef showcasing a deep blue bay.
The Cabo Pulmo Reef has eight fingers of hard coral, providing a safe haven for many of the 800 species of marine animals found throughout the Sea of Cortez where John Steinbeck once took part in a marine expedition. It is also the best snorkeling and diving spot in the area.
From Mermaids Beach, a protected bay loaded with juvenile fish, to the Sea Lion Colony, you can snorkel with thousands of fish or swim with friendly sea lions in startlingly clear waters. You can also go deep sea fishing, drive over the sand in semi-auto ATVs, fly in the sky parasailing, take a zipline tour or go horseback riding.
There's one general store, one cantina, no paved roads, no church, no school, and six restaurants. The privately owned El Caballero, Tito's Bar, Nancy’s, Juan’s Tacos "La Palapa" provide an incredible variety of tasty Mexican food.
There are no hotels but plenty of charming options available, from the Cabo Palmo Beach resort to the artsy El Encanto house, for a sleepy, rustic vacation off the beaten path.