This idyllic resort town is a year round destination for tourists and expats. Here is a short guide on where to eat, where to stay, and what to do in Cabo San Lucas.
I. Cabo San Lucas activities
- Recreational fishing. The Sea of Cortez is renowned for marlin fishing. Other sport fish, like yellowtail and sailfish, the fastest fish and most prized catch in these waters, are also popular among anglers.
Here, you’ll find companies like Cabo Sport Fishing Fleet that offer half-day and full-day private fishing trips inclusive of lunch, drinks, fishing gear, and fishing licenses.
You can also get your sport fishing license here.
Several fishing tournaments are held in Baja California Sur, including the prestigious Robert Ross Fishing Tournament.
- Swimming. No trip to Cabo San Lucas is complete without a refreshing dip in the calm waters of Playa del Amor, which is connected to Divorce Beach by a stretch of sand along Land’s End.
- Boating. Go on a romantic cruise in the Sea of Cortez and embark on an exciting expedition of Land’s End, where you’ll find unique rock formations like El Arco.
Dine on fresh seafood and jump straight into the water using high-end snorkeling gear, sea scooters, and paddle boards from your very own luxury yacht. Companies like Luxury Yachts Cabo and Pisces Yachts offer private charters to small groups.
- Whale watching. Whale watching is a popular activity between December and April. Bring your binoculars and go on a whale watching tour with Cabo Whale Trek to see these magnificent creatures in their natural environment.
Humpback whales can be seen in the tip of the Baja California peninsula, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. From Cabo San Lucas, you can take a two- to three-hour tour of the area.
Gray whales are the most commonly seen whale species in the Bay of Magdalena, a narrow body of water where these marine mammals can be spotted just minutes away from shore.
- Golf. Los Cabos was named the “Latin America and Caribbean Golf Destination of the Year” in 2017 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) partly because of the wonderful year round weather and the abundance of designer golf courses.
Here you’ll find Tom Fazio, Greg Norman, and Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses with views of the Sea of Cortez in the background.
- Camel riding. Explore the dramatic landscape of the Baja Desert and the coastal areas of the Baja peninsula. Some companies offer safari tours which include 4WD rides in the Baja Outback, nature walks, camel rides on the beach, and traditional Mexican masks.
- Hiking. Hike up Mt. Solmar and enjoy panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez. The trails are largely unmarked, and the hike is strenuous, but tourists agree it is a rewarding experience.
II. Best resorts in Cabo San Lucas
- Chileno Bay Resort
Enjoy world-class golf, fine dining, and plush accommodations in this boutique resort. Chileno Bay Resort offers luxury villas with Jacuzzis and private pools.
- Esperanza Resort & Spa
Some of the resort’s suites can be as expansive as 4,000 square feet, making it one of the most luxurious places to stay in Cabo. Guests can also enjoy waterfront dining at Cocina del Mar, which serves Baja cuisine and regionally inspired cocktails.
- Las Ventanas al Paraiso
Known for its spa, which offers skin treatments and massage therapies inspired by traditional Baja practices, the resort features desert-style gardens and oversized pools with views of the Sea of Cortez.
- Montage Los Cabos
The resort’s prime location on Santa Maria Bay makes it one of the most sought after accommodations in Cabo San Lucas. Their stunning oceanfront suites are almost always fully booked.
- One & Only Palmilla
This resort harks back to the hacienda lifestyle of yesteryear. Aside from its well-appointed rooms, One & Only Palmilla is sought for the privacy and seclusion it affords guests.
- The Resort at Pedregal
This oceanfront resort offers a range of fun activities, such as complimentary cooking and fitness classes. Amenities include a gorgeous infinity pool, well-equipped fitness center, and luxury spa.
III. Best restaurants in Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas has a criminally underrated culinary scene. Restaurants serve Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Mexican, Peruvian, and other cuisines. Fresh seafood is always on the menu, with tasty offerings like pan fried seabass and octopus in chili garlic.
The local organic and farm-to-table movement is also gaining traction. More restaurants are using organic ingredients, and are working closely with farmers and ranchers to create the best dining experience.
Agua by Larbi is one such restaurant, serving seasonally inspired Mexican dishes made with ingredients from the organic garden on the site.
IV. Living in Cabo San Lucas
One of two towns that make up Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas is a popular vacation and retirement destination because of its seaside setting and quality of life. The cost of living is lower than the United States and Canada, and American goods from Walmart and Costco are readily available.
Home prices are also more affordable. It’s possible to buy a beachfront home at a fraction of the price of a similar property in the US. The high demand for rentals also means that every property can potentially generate rental income.
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