According to cachedhealth.com, Cabo San Lucas is one of the top most popular beach resorts in Mexico and is considered the most elite of them. It is located on the extreme southern point of the California Peninsula, washed by the Pacific Ocean. The sun almost always shines here, the landscapes are amazing, and the luxurious beaches are complemented by the appropriate level of infrastructure: golf courses, yacht clubs, hotels, everything for water sports.
The sun shines here every day of the year, there are tropical rains towards the end of summer, storms rarely touch Cabo, the last time this happened in September 2014.
Today, Cabo San Lucas seems like a piece of the USA in Mexico – it is so different from other cities and resorts in the country. Mostly wealthy Americans and Canadians rest here, “golden youth” come to arrange an unforgettable vacation, alternating beaches with nightclubs. Fans of a quiet family vacation are definitely not here, but you can have fun and go on a grand scale here, like nowhere else in Mexico.
Popularity came to Cabo in the 50s. The 20th century, when Hollywood stars tired of the noisy Acapulco “tasted” a quiet fishing village surrounded by the ocean and sand dunes. Musicians, actors, writers came here, including Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck, who described Cabo San Lucas in his book Diary from the Sea of Cortez. Gradually, five-star hotels, villas, yachts, numerous nightclubs and its own airport appeared in the village.
How to get to Cabo San Lucas
The nearest airport, Los Cabos International Airport, is located on the outskirts of San José del Cabo. The road to the resort by taxi or rented car takes 30-40 minutes. You can use public transport: buses depart from the airport in San José del Cabo every 20 minutes, the journey takes about half an hour. There you need to transfer to the bus to Cabo San Lucas, flights – every 30 minutes. The schedule can be checked at website of the carrier Aguila. You can fly to La Paz airport, which is 150 km from the target, or to Loreto – 500 km, but this is not so convenient.
Public transport in Cabo San Lucas is buses and minibuses (“pesero”). You can only get on the bus at the bus stop, “peceros” stop on demand anywhere. There are many taxi drivers, and they all count on the generosity of passengers, frankly overpricing. Given the level of the resort, they often succeed. In order not to overpay, it is better to specify the cost of the trip in advance.
There are bike rentals, including mountain bikes for trips around the area. You can hire a cart with a driver, they often wait for tourists who are carried away by a walk and do not calculate their strength. Tour operators offer camel or horseback riding, also a kind of local transport.
Cabo San Lucas Hotels
Cabo San Lucas has many hotels and villas with swimming pools, terraces, palm canopies. 4-5 * hotels prevail, where luxurious restaurants and spas, a private beach with all amenities are at your service. They are located mainly along the coast near the city beach. There are modest options without “stars” at all, and even hostels with shared facilities, a place in which will cost 400-500 MXN.
The range of prices for a double room is very wide: from 560 to 10,000 MXN, depending on the location and the “star” of the hotel. Villas cost up to 30,000 MXN per day, but they can accommodate a large company. It is really possible to rent a small villa for 1900 MXN per day.
On the western side, Cabo San Lucas is washed by the Pacific Ocean, and on the eastern side, by the Sea of Cortez, it is also the Gulf of California. In the latter, there are no such waves as in the ocean, a gentler approach, so swimming on the eastern coast is safer and more comfortable. Here is the main city beach, Playa Medano, about 3 km long. This is a wide strip of white sand with sunbeds and umbrellas, numerous bars and cafes. Umbrellas and other equipment can be brought with you to save 200 MXN. Many bars offer their sunbeds, you only need to spend 400 MXN in themfor drinks or food. The swimming area is fenced with buoys from water sports enthusiasts: jet skis, catamarans, surfing, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling. Numerous sightseeing yachts and kayaks depart from Medano Beach. Sections of gentle entry alternate with steep ones, formed as a result of frequent tides, where children should not be allowed to go.
The sand on all beaches is fine, snow-white.
The most beautiful in the city is the Beach of Lovers (Playa del Amante) next to El Arco. It is densely populated with living creatures: there are many birds on the shore, including pelicans, and bright fish in the water, sea lions and seals swim by. The other side of the pier goes into the Pacific Ocean with huge waves, there, just a minute from the Beach of Lovers is the Beach of the Divorced (Playa del Divorcio). There is no infrastructure on these beaches, but traders are quiet and do not bother.
Cuisine and restaurants of Cabo San Lucas
Cabo restaurants most often offer traditional Mexican food. And even though quesadillas or tacos are more like fast food, they look and cost in a restaurant serving according to the level of the resort.
European, American food will also be easy to find. There are gourmet restaurants such as La Casona and El Peregrino, famous for their steak and seafood dishes. There are many eateries, the so-called “taquerias”, where you can try “tacos”, “burritos” or “quesadillas”. Tastings and culinary master classes in the preparation of Mexican dishes are popular. Local fast food costs 40-50 MXN, dinner in a restaurant for two with alcohol will cost 470-700 MXN.
People go to Cabo San Lucas not for architectural and historical sights, however, there is something to see here. For example, in the main square, Plaza Amelia Wilkes, the trees are trimmed into various shapes. There is also the City Museum with archaeological finds and historical exhibits. Also next to the central square is an 18th century church founded by missionaries.
Among the rocks of the southern part of the peninsula, El Arco stands out for its grandeur, which has become a symbol of Cabo San Lucas and is recognized as one of the main natural attractions of Mexico. Part of the huge rock has the shape of an arch, through which pleasure boats and motor boats (pangas) sail. Climbing El Arco is prohibited. English pirates used to hide here, which is reminiscent of the real pirate ship Buccaneer Queen, built in 1885, periodically appearing off the coast. Now tourists ride it, especially evening cruises.
Almost always the foot of the arch is flooded with water, low tides occur once every 7 years. The next time you can walk under the arch on foot will be in 2020.
Cabo San Lucas was originally a fishing village, and now it is one of the best places for fishing, now sport fishing. They catch marlin, sailfish, dorado, tuna, wahoo. Different species have their own seasonality, but at any time of the year there will definitely be a catch. Fishermen usually compete in catching marlin, which is also served in local restaurants. The resort hosts world tournaments with a prize fund of several million dollars. You can only fish on your own with a license, so it is best to contact local operators or the administrator at the hotel.