Welcome to this piece of paradise in Mexico, where views of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean are as stunning as the sunsets. On the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula lies Cabo San Lucas. Surrounded by white sands and azure waters, you can relax, take part in watersports, or head to vibrant downtown Cabo, where cocktails and dancing are around every corner. Cabo’s activities are endless as its different terrains make it possible to ride horses through the desert, charter a boat for fishing or snorkeling, and parasail from the beach above the waves.
Take in the spectacular arching El Arco stone cliffs at Land's End or gaze up at skies alive with caracara birds from a panga as you drift in the blue waters. Escape the crowds to shop in quaint art towns, such as Todos Santos, one of Mexico’s rare Pueblo Magico, Visit the Sierra de la Laguna Mountain Range or dive in coral reefs in the Sea of Cortez. If you are a fishing enthusiast, Cabo is the marlin capital of the world.
Cabo restaurants and cafés serve delicious, fresh seafood year-round; be sure to sample the smoked marlin. Fajados chicken tamales are the traditional food of Cabo, prepared with delicious seasoning, stewed chicken, and corn dough. Cabo is also home to the Mexican chocolate clam — named for the color of its shell, not the taste. They are roasted and covered with rosemary for a unique flavor.
Hop on a glass-bottomed panga boat and head out to Cabo's most famous natural feature, El Arco. It is part of a rock formation known as the Three Friars, which make up the peninsula's southernmost tip, Land's End. The Pacific Ocean lies on one side and the Sea of Cortez on the other. You can often spot pelicans and sea lions here, too.
The annual migration of gray whales occurs from around October to March, bringing thousands of these magnificent creatures to the shallow lagoons around the Baja Peninsula. Many swim all the way to the Sea of Cortez and pass right by Cabo. You may be lucky to surf by one or see them on the horizon as you relax on the beach, but book a tour for a better chance to see them up close.
Mi Casa, near Cabo’s town square, serves Mexican fare with a flourish. Dine surrounded by vibrant color and music, including mariachi bands. The entrance is filled with Dia De Los Muertos dolls and other local crafts. Try the chiles en nogada, a Mexican Independence Day favorite, which uses foods in the colors of the Mexican flag for a festive look and taste.
Medano Beach is great for relaxing and watersports, but if busy is not your style, Lover's Beach, accessible only by panga, is a secluded stretch of sand where you can sunbathe while listening to the waves splash against the rocks. Soak up some sun here or on Tequila Cove beach, then watch it set. Cabo's sunsets are some of the most beautiful in Mexico.