Our Opinion of Los Cabos
A popular Mexican retreat where you can fish, sail, golf or simply relax on miles and miles of golden beaches. The landscape here is amazing and the weather is perfect with warm days and cooler nights.
Los Cabos is one of Mexico's most breathtaking beach destinations and is a great getaway for couples and singles. Our most popular resorts are the RIU Santa Fe, RIU Palace Los Cabos and Melia Cabo Real. Los Cabos vacations are great for all types of travelers.
Los Cabos means "the Capes" and refers to the resort area at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. Two towns, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, are joined by the 20-mile Corridor. Along one side are rose-tinted desert mountains; on the other, the shimmering Pacific Ocean washes up on miles of sandy beach.
Cabo San Lucas was once a sleepy fishing village, this exciting resort town has evolved into a bustling, lively town with plenty of night life, shopping, dining and water sports on a sheltered bay. Los Cabos offers first-rate tourist service, including top quality hotels and condominiums, superb golf courses, marinas and restaurants. Wonderful facilities are available for fishing, swimming and sailing. Playa Chileno is ideal for diving, while the area between Cabo San Lucas and Cabo Pulmo is perfect for surfing.
San Jose del Cabo, is much quieter than Cabo San Lucas, the creamy sand beaches and soaring rock formations of San Jose del Cabo make its shoreline unmistakable. The area has plenty of natural wonders (including whale-watching, mid-January to mid-March) that are easily accessible from each hotel. Most beaches in Los Cabos are not suitable for swimming due to strong undertows.
Things to know about Los Cabos, Mexico Vacations
Activities & Sports
Diving enthusiasts continue to be fascinated by the Cabo Pulmo National Park, the beautiful black coral gardens and the rich marine fauna of the region. The Cascades of sand is a curious geological phenomenon discovered by Jacques Cousteau, linked to the San Andreas Fault, which occurs near the estuary of Cabo San Lucas. El Chileno is a beautiful site located on the Nautical Corridor that includes an enormous strip of beach ideal for snorkeling.
Its beaches offer incredible landscapes as well as facilities for all kinds of water sports. Some of the best include; Palmilla beach is famous for its beauty, azure waters and white sand and for its windsurfing; Playa Azul is excellent for surfing; Cabo San Lucas Marina has 288 berths for sailing enthusiasts.
In just a few years, Los Cabos has become a major golf vacation destination in Latin America with courses like Cabo del Sol, Cabo Real and El Dorado Golf Course.
Los Cabos is renowned for its sports fishing, since the junction between the Sea of Cortes and the Pacific Ocean produces an abundance of fish such as grouper, dorado, amberjack and sailfish, among others. But it is really known as the world capital of marlin fishing. Boats can be rented to take you to such places out at sea as El Chileno and Olamilla.
Dining & Nightlife
A wide range of cuisine styles are available including top-notch restaurants which have been know to lure a fair share of celebrities. There are numerous seafood restaurants like the Fish House and Puerta Vieja Restaurant which also provides amazing views.
Los Cabos vacations boasts a variety of nightlife, particularly in La Concepcion, north of the Marina. Popular venues include Squid Roe, a dance club, and Kokomo's, a contemporary music bar on the Boulevard Marina. If you love margaritas then head to Margaritavilla, a festive indoor-outdoor restaurant famed for there jumbo margaritas in 25 different flavors. Other hotspots include Cabo Wabo Cantina, El Squid Roe, and Zoo Bar & Dance.
Los Cabos is known for its unique home furnishings by famous Guadalajara designer such as David Luna. Other local souvenirs include Talavera plates and pottery, silver jewellery, paintings on amate (tree bark paper) and ceremonial masks. You can see artisans at work at the Fabrica de Vidrio, a small glass factory that produces beautiful hand-blown items.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 5 hours 30 minutes
Montreal: Approximately 6 hours
Calgary: Approximately 4 hours 15 minutes
Vancouver: Approximately 4 hours
Currency: Mexican Pesos. U.S. currency widely accepted.
Climate: Sub-tropical with average temperatures of 26'C.
Electricity: Same as Canada and the U.S.
Canadian citizens require a valid passport or birth certificate and government issued photo ID (ie. drivers licences). All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Mexican consulate.
Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.
Mexican tourist cards are supplied & validated with vacation packages. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without parents. Contact the Mexican Government Tourist Office toll free at 1-800-446-3942.
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