Cabo San Lucas
It is time to leave the real world behind and lose yourself in paradise. In Cabo San Lucas, dramatic landscapes await where the crystal waters of the Sea of Cortez meet the turquoise waves of the Pacific. With private coves along a curvy coast of pale sand beaches and views of the incredible El Arco rock formation, this is a feast for the eyes. Pleasure your other senses with gourmet dishes prepared to inspire your palette or an aromatherapy massage at the Desert Spa to put your entire body at ease. This former fishing village has become a celebrity hotspot offering the best of both worlds: A mixture of haute beachfront lodgings, gorgeous golf vistas, trendy eateries and a pulsating nightlife; as well as charming shops, quaint cafes, serene beauty, and a barefoot vibe. The only pressure here is deciding what to do, if anything at all.
Cabo San Lucas is a tiny stretch of land where the California vibe meets Mexican charm. Home to numerous world-class golf courses, an underwater nature preserve, pristine beaches, sport fishing and chock-a-block shopping, it is just the right combination of natural wonder, local allure and modern luxury.
Los Cabos refers to two different towns. There's the cosmopolitan Cabo San Lucas on the west side, and there is San Jose del Cabo, a traditional Mexican village to the east. Separating the two is a twenty mile stretch known as the Tourist Corridor filled with multi-million dollar hotels, championship golf courses, and exclusive gated communities as well as stunning views of jewel-toned bays and sun-swept shores.
You can wake in your beachfront, luxury resort, enjoy a premier game of golf and then spend the late afternoon in secret springs, miles of back country, and artisan shops. While each town has its own personality, they share more similarities than differences: stunning geography, vibrant flowering trees, local crafts, and friendly locals. Not to mention that certain je ne sais quois that makes them both so enticing and seductive. No doubt it may take you several trips to discover all the area has to offer.
- Seeing humpback whales up close and personal
- Snorkeling or swimming past jewel-toned bays and awe-inspiring rock formations
- Photographing El Arco from a boat
- The moon rising over the Sea of Cortez and setting in the Pacific
- Golf on a Jack Nicklaus designed course
- The world's largest Marlin fishing tournament
- Shopping on the Marina Golden Zone or Luxury Avenue
- Listening to music at Cabo Wabo Cantina, owned by former Van Halen member Sammy Hagar
- Indulging in a salt wrap at the Desert Spa
- Soaring over desert arroyos from zip-line tours offered by Cabo Adventures
Cabo San Lucas is located at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula approximately 1,000 miles south of San Diego. You fly into San Jose del Cabo International Airport which is accessible by air from most major cities in the United States and Mexico. Nonstop flights are available from the West Coast and parts of the Southwest; most flights from the East Coast mean at least one stop in Mexico City or Los Angeles and often involve a connecting flight, but this is ever-changing. Passport required.
Pretty perfect, the average year-round temperature is 25C/78F with an average water temp of 72 degrees with rarely a rainy day. The climate is arid with only an average of 10 inches annual rainfall. Its cooler months are December and January, and the hottest months are between August and September. Summer temperatures range from 21-37C/70-100F, and winter temperatures range from 10-26C/50-80F. The Sea of Cortez has an average year round water temperature of 22C/72F.
When to Go
High season is traditionally mid-October to May. This is also the height of sport-fishing. Spring break is also a popular time. Whale watching season is from mid-December to mid-April, and the low season is from July to mid-September. This is often the time for quieter evenings and discounted travel packages. July through October is the rainy season, but this is often minimal.
Festivals and Holidays
Los Cabos always has something to do, but there are moments to look for if you have special interests in mind. If you want to be in town for a festival like Semana Santa, which leads up to Easter and is celebrated with parades and passion plays, you'll need to go in March or April; Cinco de Mayo (May 5) commemorates the defeat of the French in 1862; Mexico's Independence Day is celebrated in mid-September with fireworks and parties; the Stars and Stripes Fishing, Golf, and Music Festival is in June; the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament and Bisbee's Black and Blue Tournaments are in October; and the Yamaha/WON Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot is in November. The Cabo Marine Show and Surf Summit are in May and turtle season begins in June.
A Brief History
Natural beauty is what brought people to Los Cabos thousands of years ago and what intrigues them today. Once inhabited by the Guaycura and Pericu tribes, it was also popular among pirates who used The Arch (El Arco) as a perch to target passing ships. In the mid-18th century Jesuit priests built San Jose del Cabo as a mission. It was a quiet fishing village for many years until celebrities like John Wayne and Bing Crosby discovered it, making it an elite vacation destination.