For a total escape into a zone of world-class festivity, exquisite beaches, and local authenticity, there’s no denying that a luxury vacation in Cabo, Mexico ticks all the boxes. Despite being ravaged by Hurricane Odile in 2012, this seaside haven on the tip of the Baja California Sur has sprung back to remain one of the choicest resorts in Mexico, and continues to delight travelers with its natural beauty and joyful atmosphere. With a set of rich traditions and cultural heritage to boot, a luxury vacation in this part of the world allows you to rest assured that you’re not only bound to enjoy a holiday filled with freedom and relaxation but that you’ll also be able to discover what makes Mexico such an appealing destination as a whole.
However, when it comes to approaching such a renowned location, it can be difficult to know exactly where to start when it comes to making the most of the area. From accommodation options to activities during the day to enjoying the nighttime hours, the wealth of opportunities on offer can seem like too much of a blessing – especially if you’re heading to Cabo for the first time. Given the popularity of Cabo San Lucas with travelers worldwide, there is also the aspect of avoiding the crowds and getting to the true heart that lies at the center of this enticing city. Check out our top ten tips for the best things to do when in Cabo, Mexico, and allow yourself to discover the deep charm that it has to offer as a luxury destination.
Cabo San Lucas finds itself surrounded by some particularly beautiful natural features, and taking the time to explore is the first step to making the most of the area. Take a boat excursion to the world-famous sea arch El Arco de Cabo San Lucas and allow yourself to be impressed at the commanding outline that it forms against the ocean’s horizon, sea breeze rippling all around. This area also entertains a variety of intriguing wildlife species, and you are more than likely to spot flocks of pelicans and sea lions around you.
An essential component of any vacation in sun-kissed Mexico is superior beaches, which are everywhere to be found in Cabo San Lucas. From the astounding sunsets found at Divorce Beach, to the tranquil turquoise waters of Bahía Chileno, to the secluded romance offered by Lover’s Beach (only accessible by water taxi). For those seeking an active social life at the beach, many would argue that the lively Playa El Médano is beyond compare, with its shores teeming with young people during Spring Break season and remaining busy throughout the year. The water safety varies from bay to bay, so it’s worth paying attention to the advice given on each specific beach – but this variety assures that surfers and sun-worshipers alike are bound to find a beach to their taste along the Los Cabos corridor.
Appreciated worldwide for its delicious blend of ingredients, aromas, and spicy kick, Mexican cuisine can be found in some truly superior forms in Cabo San Lucas. From traditional restaurants that feature time-honored dishes such as tostadas and el mole poblano to humble little cantinas nestled within corners of the city, there’s no denying that the taste of Mexican food is a great way to experience this vibrant town, with the local chefs proudly demonstrating all that their rich heritage has to offer.
Authentic Mexican feeling
If you find yourself growing slightly weary of the hustle and bustle of central Cabo San Lucas, it’s well worth taking a day trip to the enchanting locality of Todos Santos that is found roughly an hour’s drive north. Offering a peaceful, dozy atmosphere and an intriguing artistic scene, it can provide a much-needed antidote to the festive revelry that steers the way of life in Cabo. Equally, taking a little trip out of the city’s bounds allows you to experience a slightly more authentic sense of Mexican community, given that there are far fewer tourists in this small, humble town.
Festivities for all
One of the famous drawing points of Cabo San Lucas is its incredibly vibrant nightlife, with bars and clubs that allow you to toss every care to the wind while finding yourself surrounded by fellow revelers in an equally joyful state of mind. Indulge in tequila, cocktails, and dancing at timeless hotspots such as Cabo Wabo and El Squid Roe, and allow yourself to fly away with the town’s glowing, cheerful rhythms. Of course, once the party dies down and you’re ready for some respite, there is always the opportunity to reclaim your right to some peace and quiet in your own luxury villa rental.
A world beneath the waves
Cabo San Lucas also offers a wonderful variety of wildlife, much of which exists beneath the waves and can be discovered with a day of diving or snorkeling. Explore the spectacular coral reef at the Mexican National Marine Park of Cabo Pulmo, which takes a journey of significant length but is entirely worthwhile for the opportunity to get up close with the host of sea life living in the reef. Discover rays, moray eels, sea turtles and swathes of coral as you peruse the ocean floor.
The Baja California is well-known for its surfing opportunities, and many avid enthusiasts flock to the bays around Cabo San Lucas for their swell. Although the surfing is generally more suited to those with some experience, non-surfers can also appreciate the relaxed surfing atmosphere that comes with the small community revolving around bays such as Zippers and Acalpulquito.
Galloping along the shore
Another excellent way to properly commune with the beautiful natural surroundings is by saddling up and horse riding along one of the open, scenic beaches that surround Cabo. There are several riding stables that offer high-quality horseback experiences to visitors, with trails going along the beach and through desert lands. Exploring by horseback also allows you to get much closer to certain types of wildlife, which might otherwise be intimidated by a human on foot or in a motor vehicle.
Whale watching off Baja
With migrating whales entering the seas off Cabo San Lucas from early October through to March of each year, taking a boat tour out to sea during this season can be one of the most awe-inspiring activities to be enjoyed in Cabo. As the creatures mingle among the shallow lagoons that surround the Baja Peninsula, it is possible to get up-close with a whale watching tour or to simply see them scanning the horizon from land.
The pursuit of tranquility
While there’s no denying that Cabo San Lucas has a wide variety of offerings for those seeking a luxury retreat, it’s also essential to know that you have the opportunity to rest and recline within your personal haven. Allow yourself the time to enjoy Cabo’s sun and natural wonders with a luxury villa rental, and feel the benefits of recharging within fine surroundings. Rental Escapes is proud to offer unforgettable vacations in this vibrant town and pleased to adapt our services to your wishes. From the initial planning process to your departure, to the vacation itself, we tailor our knowledge and experience to provide superior vacations in Mexico.