Cabo San Lucas
For decades, “Cabo” has been tossed around in conversation by travelers and travel agents alike. “Cabo” often refers to Cabo San Lucas, a thriving destination on the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. It consistently ranks among the top five Mexican tourist destinations and is known for its popularity with celebrities. Here the stark desert sweeps down to the golden sand beaches and deep blue waters that invite guests to sit back and relax. But Cabo is so much more than just the beach!
EXPLORING, EXCURSIONS, AND EXPERIENCES
The most recognizable image of Cabo San Lucas is El Arco. This stunning, natural rock formation is the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula and marks the exact location where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. It’s often said that, “you haven’t been to Cabo unless you have seen the Arch.”
For those who prefer to skip the boat tour in favor of an adrenaline, Wild Canyon is the place to go. After short drive into the mountains, thrill-seekers can enjoy the zip lines, ATV tours, bungee jumping, horseback riding, and more that this adventure park has to offer. Or, for those looking for a more relaxing land excursion, playing a few rounds of golf on some of Cabo’s famed courses may be exactly what they are looking for.
Cabo’s nightlife and music scene continues to thrive! For classic rock fans, the original Cabo Wabo Cantina is a must see! Founded by Sammy Hagar in the early 1990s, this popular destination features live music and entertainment along with a stellar menu of dishes and drinks.
“THE AQUARIUM OF THE WORLD”
Famed French explorer Jacques Cousteau once called the Sea of Cortez, “The Aquarium of the World.” With over 900 species of fish, five species of endangered sea turtles, and many aquatic mammals, the Sea of Cortez calls visitors to encounter the world below the waves.
Whale watching excursions are particularly popular December through March as several species of whale migrate to the Baja Peninsula from artic waters. On these excursions, guests have the chance to see humpback whales, gray whales, and the world’s largest mammal, the blue whale. Sea lion colonies sunbathe on the rocky outcroppings, especially near Cabo’s iconic Arch, while dolphins leap through the waves.
Though the waters around the beaches are often too cold and rough for swimming and diving, they are ideal for fishing. Anglers flock to waters around Cabo for the chance to fish in the marlin capital of the world. Boaters can gaze at the manta rays gliding past and the colorful darting fish through the glass-bottom boats that provide tours. Local tour companies also ensure that everyone can continue enjoying Cabo’s thriving sea life through preservation initiatives.
FRESH AND FLAVORFUL
With access to both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, it’s no wonder that Cabo San Lucas is known for seafood. Restaurants focusing on fresh seafood are prevalent both within the area and at resorts. The area is known for its Baja-style tacos, which traditionally consist of lightly fried fish or shrimp and a cabbage slaw. Many restaurants also have their own riff on this popular dish.
For those who want to skip the seafood, they can find traditional Mexican flavors around every corner! Chefs use fresh vegetables and spices to create table-side salsa, add brightness to local cuisine, and offer guests a chance to experience authentic foods that are sure to fill their stomachs, and put a smile on their face.
Visitors can also partake in the local liquors in tequila or mezcal tasting throughout the area. Or, they can sit back and relax while sipping a refreshing beer from one of recently opened breweries.
GOING TO CABO SAN LUCAS
Traveling to Cabo is convenient for many travelers, especially those on the western half of the United States. Los Cabos International Airport is about 20 miles north of the major tourist zones. Traveling from the airport to most resorts takes about 35 minutes to an hour, depending upon traffic and stops.
Cruise ships often call upon the Cabo San Lucas port. Cruisers disembark via a ten-minute ride to shore. Once ashore, they can safely walk the short distance along the waterfront to the heart of Cabo San Lucas.