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The Jewel of the Baja Peninsula
Formerly a sleepy fishing port, Los Cabos has transformed into one of the most elite resort destinations in Mexico. Known as “the jewel” of the Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos offers gorgeous scenery, exhilarating water sports, and a staggering 360 days of sunshine per year.
Los Cabos encompasses the area between Cabo San Lucas, a vibrant town known for its nightlife, and San José del Cabo, its quainter, more subdued colonial-style counterpart. Along the 20-mile corridor connecting the two towns, you'll find beautiful white-sand beaches, championship golf courses, and some of the world's very best fishing.
Los Cabos is known globally as the Marlin Capital of the World; its prime location at the intersection of Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez provides a unique nutrient-rich environment where fish like marlin, tuna, dorado, wahoo, and sailfish thrive. Enjoy freshly caught fish prepared by your private villa chef or indulge in one of the fantastic local seafood restaurants.
Los Cabos Villas
At sunset, head to Lands End, the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas, where the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez meet. As the sun sets behind the towering rock formations– including the iconic El Arco, “the Arch” – you may feel as though you really are sitting at the end of the world. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even kayak to El Arco; other options include a water taxi or glass-bottom boat.
The Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is home to the best scuba diving in Los Cabos as well as the only living coral reef on the West Coast of North America – definitely a must see.
If you visit Los Cabos from mid-December to April, you will get to witness the migrating whales make their way up the coast to warmer waters – a one-of-a-kind sighting.
The San Jose Estuary is a great spot for bird watching, kayaking or walking along the paths and taking in the natural beauty of Los Cabos. You’ll find over 250 species in the 125 acres of estuary, where the fresh waters of Rio San Jose meet the salt waters of the sea. Today, the Estuary is protected by Mexican law as a natural preserve and sanctuary for hundreds of species of tropical and migratory birds, and for many species of marine life, amphibians, reptiles, mammals andinsects.
Los Cabos boasts a beyond-perfect location for sports of all kinds. Find land sports such as golf, tennis, hiking, biking, climbing, horseback riding, ATVs, and even miles of jogging trails for those that prefer to explore the abundant adventure of Los Cabos on land. For visitors wishing to get their feet wet, you will find places to rent jet skis, kayaks, canoes, surf boards, sloops, cats and yachts and plenty of room to parasail, water ski, wind surf, swim, snorkel, dive and more all along the area’s beaches. Los Cabos is also recognized as one of the top destinations in the world for sport fishing due to its seas rich with marlin.
With championship courses designed by some of the game’s best, avid golfers everywhere flock to the arid landscape of Los Cabos to play among some of the world’s best golf courses. The breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortés and perfect playing conditions of the Baja Peninsula aren’t the only things attracting golfers from all over the world. Over the past few years Los Cabos has earned its spot as one of the world’s premier golf destinations, ensuring every ardent golfer the game of their dreams.
Lovers Beach is one of Los Cabos’ most famous beaches, and for good reason: the dramatic rock towers on either side of the beach make you feel as if you’re swimming in a hidden cove. While the water on the Pacific Ocean side of the beach can be rough, the Sea of Cortez is calm and crystal-clear, perfect for snorkeling. Charter a water taxi to the beach and bring a picnic – you’ll want to stay all day.
Playa El Medano truly has it all, from its several miles of safe swimming conditions to its plethora of water activities (think sailing, water skiing, tubing, jet skiing, water tubing, and more). The beach is also surrounded by shops, restaurants and bars, so you can easily spend an entire day here.
Dubbed the most popular beach in town, Médano - "Dune Beach" - runs several miles along the Bay of Cabo San Lucas. This is the perfect spot for a beach party with an abundance of water sports available, as well as palapa bars and restaurants along the sands. Not to mention, this is the safest swimming beach in Cabo San Lucas, so feel free to take to the waves without reservation.
The best beach in the tourist corridor, Playa Bahia Chileno is well known for its snorkeling, diving, and clear, aquamarine water teaming with colorful marine life. The flat, serene waters prohibit motorized watercraft, thereby creating the perfect area for swimming. Several reefs run parallel to the beach, making this an ideal spot for catching a glimpse of underwater wonders.
Playa Bahia Palmilla is a calm, crescent-shaped beach with wide and inviting sands and serene waters that are perfect for leisurely swimming and snorkeling.
Los Cabos is perfect for any and all types of tourists, due to its extremely varied entertainment options. Cabo San Lucas is known for its thriving nightlife scene, populated with dozens of bars along the beach and in the Tourist Corridor. The after-dark scene in the region is one of the many reasons Los Cabos attracts millions of visitors each year, something you have to experience to understand. San Jose del Cabo is known for its cultural atmosphere, natural beauty and lively restaurant scene. Both areas of Los Cabos have equally as much entertainment to offer, so what you want to do can easily be guided by your daily interests and mood – see live salsa and bossa nova music at a music club, spend the day on a chartered yacht sport fishing or soaking up the sun, dine on fresh, local seafood while sipping a refreshing margarita, or dance the night away in one of the many local nightclubs. The decision is yours.
Los Cabos is more than a sunny beach destination – it is a shopping Mecca. You can find anything from traditional goods to luxury items all throughout the region. You’ll stroll among artsy boutiques, souvenir shops, fine clothing stores, jewelry stands, art galleries, and more, which will make creating extra space in your suitcase for the flight home a necessity.
In Cabo San Lucas, you can browse by foot for inexpensive knick-knacks, souvenirs, and clothing items in the downtown shopping district near the marina and the Puerto Parasiso. You’ll find high-end designer stores on Luxury Avenue, an area that resembles L.A.'s Rodeo Drive.
San Jose del Cabo is home to incredible art galleries and downtown boutiques perfect for a day of relaxing and shopping. Many of the shops in San Jose are centered in the area of the main plaza and church where you will find one-of-a-kind treasures, boutiques, and small cafes lining the beautifully architected streets.
Due to Los Cabos’ amazing location and abundance of activities, there is no bad time to visit the region. If you’re looking to visit when the area is the least crowded and don’t mind temperatures in the mid-90s, then spring and summer months are ideal – you may even catch a fishing tournament around the East Cape in June. High season is in mid-December, where you will be welcomed with mild temperatures.
- Book your transportation from the airport to the villa prior to departure so that everything is all set when you land.
- Gratuities in Mexico go a long way – be sure to tip your staff well, both in your villa and while out-and-about.
- Do your beach research before you leave for Los Cabos. Many of the beaches are best left to sunbathers as the strong sea currents can be dangerous for swimmers. If you plan on swimming in the ocean, pick a beach with gentle waters recommended for swimming such as Médano Beach, Playa Bahia Chileno, and Playa Bahia Palmilla to name a few.
- Wear sunscreen and bring your bug spray. Sunscreen can be very expensive in tourist destinations. The sun is very strong here and you can get a burn despite a cloudy sky, so be prepared. Also, as with any tropical destination, there tend to be bugs and mosquitoes – although most of our villa owners treat their properties regularly to fumigate, these critters can still be a nuisance.
- Decide if you want to rent a car or if you will book excursions including transportation and rely on taxis to get you elsewhere. Both methods work just as well, but it is helpful to think about it beforehand.
- Spend time in both San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Each area offers amazing, yet different dining, nightlife, culture, and recreation opportunities.