Los Cabos: The Sweet Spot on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula

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Photo courtesy of Los Cabos Tourism.

Anyone who knows me knows I adore Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. I’ve spent a lot of time there, and have made spending my winters there a reality. Why do I love it so much? Well, it has everything I want:  sunny skies, warm waters, and white sand beaches on not one but TWO oceans (the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez), delicious food, a cool community of people, a great music scene, nature, and the many outdoor activities.

Located at the tip of a 1,000-mile long peninsula, Los Cabos is comprised of two towns, San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, which are connected via a 20-mile corridor of sandy beaches. Cabo San Lucas is rowdier and best known for its nightlife and trendy resorts.

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Photo courtesy of Los Cabos Tourism.

San Jose del Cabo, the less-crowded sister city of Cabo San Lucas, is a cultural hot spot with a plethora of cool little restaurants and art galleries that have opened up in recent years.

Some of my favorite things to do include a visit to the Arch, a landmark in the area that you can either kayak or paddleboard to, which is always fun.

I also love Cabo Pulmo, an amazing reef approximately an hour from Cabo, which is a protected area that is excellent to visit for water activities.

The Parroquia San José Mission Church, which dates back to the 1730s, is a must-see, and is located in downtown San Jose del Cabo, about 30 minutes from Cabo San Lucas, very close to the airport.

There are a few new “rancherías” nearby where you can live the experience of being a “Cowboy” and make regional cheese and other dishes. You can also take a dip into the thermal waters and watch the Milky Way at night.

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Photo courtesy of Los Cabos Tourism.

What To Do

Some of my favorite things to do in Los Cabos include:

  • Surfing the Pacific side at any number of surfing beaches along the coast
  • Sailing the southern coast for some of the best sunsets you’ll ever see
  • Enjoying local gourmet food at one of the numerous restaurants around town
  • Relaxing on the beach
  • Horseback riding along the sandy beaches
  • Kayaking the pristine waters
  • ATV touring through sandy moonscapes
  • Road tripping from dry desert to sea
  • Whale watching, especially during February and March
  • Checking out cool art in the historic art district
  • Birdwatching in San Jose’s Estuary and Bird Sanctuary
  • Snorkeling in Cabo Pulmo Marine Park
  • Fishing

Where to Eat

There are so many great restaurants to eat at in this area that you are bound to find a favorite of your own. However, Flora Farms is a must. What a great gastronomic experience! I love the fresh and delicious food served up in a gorgeous garden setting. Try the roasted corn soup and pork shoulder.

Where to Stay

You can find a cool Los Cabos Hotel easily, and many airports in the U.S. have direct flights into/out of either Cabo San Lucas (CSL) or Los Cabos (SJD) airports.

I personally like to stay at the Cabo Surf Hotel. And, The Cape, A Thomson Hotel welcomes you with a bottle of tequila on arrival, plus they have a cool rooftop bar with live music.

Don’t just take my word for it. Get yourself down to Los Cabos and check it out for yourself!

Adventure On,

Kristen

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