Hideaway for the rich and famous, favorite of honeymooners, family-friendly for kids and Party Central for singles, Cabo San Lucas is a red-hot vacation spot. Perched at the southern tip of the beautiful Baja Peninsula, this vibrant resort town draws international visitors year-round. Plan on sun-splashed days and sizzling nightlife, and be sure to pack a party attitude! If quiet relaxation is more your speed, you’ll relish the sparkling shoreline, architectural treasures and wondrous wildlife. Cabo is also famous for championship golf and of course, its bounty of mighty Marlin and other spirited game fish. You’ll discover that options for where to stay are as plentiful and varied as the things to see and do. Choose from lavish palaces and all-inclusive resorts to intimate beachfront villas. Cabo San Lucas is Mexico’s most elite resort destination.
Cabo’s Sea of Cortez is blessed with such a spectacular bounty of fish that Jacques Cousteau referred to it as “the world’s aquarium.” Known globally as the Marlin Capital of the World, Cabo hosts a series of legendary Marlin tournaments each October, when blue, black and striped Marlin abound. You can also cast your line for sailfish, dorado, tuna, wahoo, roosterfish and endless varieties of bottom and surf fish. Angling has never been so easy. Cabo is considered to be, by far, the world’s best all around location for sport fishing.
A curious phenomenon occurs here annually from late January through March. Pacific gray whales migrate thousands of miles en masse from the chilly waters of the Artic to the warmth of the Baja Peninsula for their breeding and calving season. Nicknamed les amistosas (the friendly ones), they regularly approach fishing boats because they love to be petted by people! Hundreds of other whale species along with dolphins make regular appearances, and snorkeling excursions bring you nose-to-whiskers with sea lions and their adorable pups. Scuba diving, swimming with dolphin, kayaking, hiking and horseback riding are other popular ways to get up close and personal with Cabo’s amazing critters.
Gracious greens, softly undulating fairways, turquoise waters… it’s no secret that this area boasts some of the lushest links in Latin America. As one of Mexico’s premier golf destinations, it offers a plethora of magnificent greens that challenge golfers from novice to pro. All of them, including the six championship courses, are carved from stark mountains and desert, and many present stunning views of the Sea of Cortez. In recent years, Golf has surpassed sport fishing as a major tourist draw, and more signature golf courses are underway.
Shop ‘til You Drop
Cabo has an abundance of shops proffering Mexican silver, blown glass, pottery, colorful handmade clothing, leather sandals, masks… almost everything made in Mexico is available. Also, the city’s reputation as an art center sets it apart from most other Mexican beach resort cities and presents a unique shopping opportunity. You can peruse and purchase original pieces by some of Mexico’s most well-known contemporary painters and sculptors, as well as those by internationally renowned artists. While you’re out and about, be sure to stroll the historic block of Calle Cabo San Lucas, home to Iglesias de San Lucas (Church of San Lucas) and other 18th century architectural gems.
You don’t actually have to wait for sunset to down some tequila! You can usually find an hora feliz (happy hour) somewhere in town between noon and 7 p.m. But once darkness does descend, Cabo really heats up. It’s easy to bar-hop, and with famous nightclubs like El Squid Roe, Cabo Wabo and The Giggling Marlin, you might find yourself dancing ‘til dawn. If a quiet romantic dinner is more what you’d like on tap, Cabo offers a seemingly endless array of menus and venues. From small taco stands and tables in the sand to fresh seafood Cliffside, Cabo is a food lover’s delight.
Cabo San Lucas offers something for everyone. There’s a reason. Come, discover your own.
Author: Lisa Codianne Fowler, Grand Getaways
Lisa Codianne Fowler is an award-winning travel journalist, travel video host and travel radio co-host. She’s covered cities from St. Petersburg, Russia to St. Petersburg, Florida; ridden bum boats in Singapore and swum with sharks in Tahiti. An active Grand Getaways member, she has contributed feature articles from destinations across the globe.