Vacations to Los Cabos
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Los Cabos Overview
Situated on the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos is made up of two distinct areas: the fun-loving Cabo San Lucas and the colonial-style San Jose del Cabo. It's truly a tale of two cities as tourists are treated to a multiple choice experience, often leading them to take in both as they search for their very own piece of Baja.
A vibrant nightlife, art culture, fine dining, watersports, sportfishing and shopping, travellers will embark upon their Cabo vacation wondering how they will best divide their time. As Mexico's preeminent vacation spot (and fastest growing resort destination), a return trip is a must to best experience everything, but one week or two, your initial taste of Los Cabos living is sure to be an eclectic one.
What to do during the day?
Los Cabos translates to "The Capes" and it's this coastal landscape that tenders the area's outstanding water activities. Be it banana boats, windsurfing, jet skiing or diving, visitors will find themselves lured to the sea, answering the Siren's call to take advantage of what the crystal waters have to offer. Most of this action is centralized on one of two peculiarly named beaches: Lovers beach and Divorce beach, the latter being on the more turbulent Pacific side of the peninsula.
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, also known as the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, is another popular area that draws tourists with its unique rock formations and gathering of wildlife like whales and sea lions. Visitors can either reach the area via water taxi, boat tour or under their own power by renting a kayak.
For the audacious traveller, a number of tour operators offer jet pack rides over the water, or even the more intrepid activity of flyboarding. Prices for this unique experience start from $200, which includes instruction and 30 minutes of fly time.
What to do at night?
The uninhibited nightlife of Los Cabos is one of the many reasons North Americans make the hop south of the border. Dance clubs, pool parties, live music venues? there's ample activities to keep even the most ardent night owls on their feet until the small hours of the morning.
At Cabo Wabo Cantino, the party never stops from day to night as a raucous lineup of entertainers take to the stage in between riffs of classic rock. Since opening in 1990, this venue has become one of the most notable nightspots, even going so far as drawing celebrities and famous musicians with its escapades. Be on the lookout for the illusive owner and musician, Sammy Hagar, along with special happy hour prices in the late afternoon.
For the best margaritas in town, visitors are implored to try Monkey Business Bar, where the frozen treats are made with fresh fruit and served with an ornate garnish. Best of all? You can even take the drinks to go!
Given its scenic natural beauty and abundance of luxury resorts, it's no wonder that Los Cabos has become a favourite destination for wedding parties. Many hotels even offer complimentary wedding packages to entice would-be brides and grooms, like at Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and Spa, where couples booking seven nights in a Honeymoon Suite can expect a free symbolic ceremony, bouquet, cake and a wedding co-ordinator to help with all those personal touches. Meanwhile at Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos, guests can take their pick from one of 12 extensive wedding packages, many of which include bridal hair/makeup and a couples' massage post-ceremony.
What else is nearby?
The Mexican state of Baja California Sur is one of the top places in the world to watch whales in their natural habitat as the Pacific Coast breeding grounds from Scammonds Lagoon to Magdelena Bay continue to welcome new generations. Costs for group tours to see a variety of marine life are approximately $90 (departing from the Cabo San Lucas Marina daily) and sometimes include a whale watch guarantee, where your second outing is free in the event of no sightings.
On dry land, Los Cabos is home to no less than 14 championship golf course, making it one of the top destinations in the world to tee off. Dotted along the coast line between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, visitors will find the Jack Nicklaus designed Cabo del Sol Golf Club, frequently cited as one of the top greens in the world thanks to its choice of desert and longer Oceanside courses.
What to eat?
With the convergence of international tourists upon this formerly sleepy Mexican resort area, Los Cabos has gone through a major culinary transformation, incorporating numerous foreign flavours into its native cuisine. Still, traditional Mexican fare can be found at restaurants like San Jose del Cabo's Las Cazuelas del Don, best known for its unrivalled tortilla soup and tacos baked in a clay pot.
Priding itself on fresh, organic ingredients and clean eating philosophy is VFraiche in Cabo San Lucas, boasting a simple menu of seasonal vegetable and meats in addition to a juice bar. For those looking to gorge on the local bounty of freshly caught seafood, the nearby Misiones De Kino offers fruits de la mer aplenty, served with a decidedly Mexican twist of guacamole and salsas.
Where to stay?
For travellers looking for a hotel steal in popular Los Cabos, there are a number of low budget options that offer both comfort and convenience close to the central activities. The Cabo Cush Hotel offers reasonably priced standard rooms from $50 a night, which even includes free wireless internet and calls to the USA. Meanwhile the Siesta Suites Hotel, priced from $90 a night, features a small outdoor pool, poolside bar and rooftop patio with 360 degree views of the town.Mid-range:
At the mid-range level of hotel offerings, Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa Cabos is fortunate to boast a prime beachfront location and two outdoor pools, all of which can be enjoyed from $149 a night in a standard room. Travellers partial to more independent offerings will be pleased with the self-catering facilities provided at The Private Condos at Bahia, where from $162 a night, guests can take advantage of suites with full kitchen facilities.High end:
As a prime destination for luxury-seeking jetsetters, Los Cabos boasts an abundance of high-end resorts in the four and five star range, some of the most opulent of these being the Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa (from $364) and the Alegranza Luxury Resort(from $360). At Hacienda, visitors can be pampered with free valet parking, an onsite spa and steam rooms; while guests at Alegranza will appreciate the jetted bathtubs and private patios available with each room.
When to go?
Like many Mexican resort towns, the last week of March/first week of April is often bustling with students enjoying their Spring Break vacation. Prices can often increase during this period, while the cheapest offerings usually fall between September and October, to coincide with the potential hurricane season of the tropical climate. For budding whale watchers, the best time of year to spot these creatures is December to April, when the temperature can cool and potential rainfall is at a minimum.
For travel between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, buses are the most convenient option with fares costing little more than $2.50 each way. The line that serves this area, operated through what's known as the SuburCabos buses, typically runs every 15 minutes from 5:30am to 10pm with stops all along the Tourist Corridor.
Taxis are also a good way to travel around the peninsula, especially when transporting a large number of people as most vehicles hold up to 10 people. Fares generally run at $7 per mile and an average trip between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo is likely to cost $40.
Like much of Mexico, the Los Cabos region has two distinct wet and dry tropical seasons. Though the city is warm year-round never falling below 22°C in the midst of winter September is generally considered the rainiest of months with average rainfall reaching 155mm and a propensity for hurricanes to strike the shore. May to October are the hottest months, during which temperatures often exceed 34°C at day and even 24°C at night.
The currency in Los Cabos, Mexico is the peso (sign: $; code: MXN), the exchange rate of which is approximately $12 per Canadian dollar and $15 per US dollar. Pesos can be purchased at most international banks, at the SJD Los Cabos International Airport or at the majority of hotels in the area. Likewise, most hotels, restaurants and tour operators will accept traveller's checks and credit cards, but always inform your bank of any travel plans before departure.