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Cabo San Lucas and Destination Weddings Go Hand-in-Hand.

Cabo San Lucas and Destination Weddings Go Hand-in-Hand

Few places on earth can match Cabo San Lucas when it comes to spectacular seaside settings and year round sunshine, and over the past two decades this charming resort town situated at the Baja Peninsula’s southernmost point has become a mecca for destination weddings, honeymoons, and renewal of vows ceremonies.

But the popularity of Cabo San Lucas as a destination wedding site is not solely attributable to Land’s End monuments, golden sand beaches, and glorious sunsets. From wedding planners to photographers, catering companies to horse-drawn carriages, the Los Cabos area offers a rich array of first-class event service providers, as well as a generous collection of luxurious accommodations options.

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Secrets Marquis Los Cabos provides beautiful ceremony and reception sites on the shores of the Sea of Cortez.

Hotels & Resorts

Looking for a storybook wedding setting? Tourist Corridor resort Secrets Marquis Los Cabos offers couples the opportunity to say “I do” in a beautiful gazebo on a gorgeous private beach overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Sea of Cortez, Afterwards, guests may adjourn to the opulent onsite ballroom for drinks and dancing. Wedding and honeymoon packages at the luxe lodging include pampering accommodations, wedding cakes and other food and beverage options, many elegant extras, and the services of professional wedding coordinators.

For those who don’t want a big wedding, but would like a ceremony to remember, it’s hard to beat Medano Beach based Bahia Hotel and Beach Club, which recently became the first local property to offer underwater weddings and renewal of vows ceremonies. Wedding packages include dive training and rehearsal dives, underwater decorations such as arbors and railings, a seagoing minister, and signature touches like bow ties, boutonnieres, veils, white lace garters, stand-in rings, and of course a bouquet. The photos are priceless, and after surfacing, a bottle of Champagne is popped to toast the happy couple.

Bahia Hotel

Bahia Hotel and Beach Club is the first resort in Los Cabos to offer underwater wedding ceremonies.

Prefer a more traditional wedding experience? The boutique resort Casa Natalia boasts a central downtown location in San Jose del Cabo, and can host up to 100 guests for wedding services and receptions. Plus, with 16 rooms and suites, it is a perfect lodging for wedding parties. The onsite restaurant, Mi Cocina, is helmed by ace chef Loic Tenoux, and features custom menus for receptions.

Couples can honeymoon like royalty at Castillo Escondido near San Jose del Cabo.

Rental Properties

Private villas are always in high demand, not only for ceremonies, but as accommodations for the wedding party and guests. Want to feel like visiting royalty? Try Castillo Escondido, a magnificent architectural blend of Moorish castle and Mediterranean Villa located right on the beach at La Laguna. Home to stone turrets, heavy wooden gates, and Mission-style roofing, this expansive property has over 4,500 square feet spread across four levels, with exquisitely appointed suites and ample deck space. There is a pool, jacuzzi, and fire pit onsite, and plenty of room beachside for wedding services.

Baja Hacienda Surf is one of Los Cabos’ most spectacular vacation rentals, and can host up t0 100 guests  for weddings and receptions.

For a chic option that won’t break the budget, Baja Hacienda Surf is an excellent alternative. This superb beachfront rental property is blessed with high-end amenities, easy access to sea, sand, and surf, and prices that start as low as $50 per person, per night. Located on Playa Costa Azul near Zipper’s, Baja Hacienda Surf offers three suites with private kitchens and Sea of Cortez views, all within a private, walled compound. The site can host up to 100 guests, and the onsite property managers are happy to recommend wedding planners, caterers, and other vendors.

Don Sanchez in San Jose del Cabo is an excellent choice for large receptions and rehearsal dinners.

Restaurants

The best address in Cabo San Lucas belongs to Hacienda Beach Club & Residences, a benchmark property set at the juncture of Medano Beach and the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Sand, sea and romantic Land’s End backdrops are big draws at onsite Hacienda Cocina y Cantina, but the resort’s signature restaurant also serves up superb regional Mexican specialty dishes, and is a preferred site for weddings and receptions, honeymoon and anniversary dinners, and renewal of vows ceremonies. The scenic property boasts nearly a dozen separate event areas, and there is an onsite events specialist on hand to walk couples through venue, entertainment and menu options.

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Hacienda Cocina y Cantina specializes in regional Mexican cuisine, and wedding and reception venues with scenic Land’s End backdrops.

Don Sanchez is the top choice in San Jose del Cabo for larger reception dinners. This fine dining landmark is located in the heart of the city, and specializes in “Baja Contemporary” cuisine. Soak up the gorgeous courtyard ambience, dance the night away to an eight-piece Cuban orchestra, relax in the tapas lounge, or sample premium selections from the onsite wine bar. This spacious eatery has something for every taste, and provides excellent service for up to 300 guests.

For a touch of traditional elegance, horse drawn carriages are available from Cuadra San Francisco.

Wedding Services

Sunset Weddings is the best of the area’s full-service event providers, and handles every detail imaginable. Whether it’s legal documents, blood tests, floral arrangements, or transportation, the team at Sunset removes all stress and worry from the process. They offer several superb locations for ceremonies and receptions, including secluded beaches and private villas, and have custom-tailored packages available to suit every budget.

For that special touch of traditional Mexican elegance, master equestrian Francisco Barrena’s Cuadra San Francisco has a fleet of horse-drawn carriages to transport the bride and groom and other members of the wedding party to and from the ceremony or reception in the highest of Cabo style.

And to capture all the memorable moments on your special day, Cabo Pictures is one of the top local specialists in wedding photography. Noted photographers Camilla Fuchs and Stephanie Olveda excel at both candid shots and professional portraits.

 
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Kayaking and Snorkeling in Los Cabos: Quality Eco-Tours with High Tide Expeditions

Kayaking and snorkeling in Los Cabos?  Here’s my suggestion!

by Chris Sands

Few companies in Cabo San Lucas can match the quality and diversity of eco-tours offered by High Tide Los Cabos. From surfing at Cerritos and Costa Azul to hiking and outback off-road jeep explorations of Baja Sur, this premier outdoor activities outfit delivers no frills thrills and spectacular interactive adventures in some of the region’s most unforgettable settings. For instance, take kayaking and snorkeling…

 

Kayaking and snorkeling in Los Cabos: Kayakers get up-close looks at El Arco and other Land’s End rock formations.

For my money, the best introduction to the natural wonders of Cabo San Lucas is High Tide’s kayak tour to the Arch. El Arco and the unique rock rock formations at Land’s End are the result of untold years of erosion, with the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean working on opposite sides to create the remarkably shaped and sculpted granite monuments like Neptune’s Finger and Pelican Rock that describe the southernmost point of the Baja Peninsula. Almost all the commercial boats here offer Land’s End tours, but for intimate, unhurried, up-close-and-personal looks at Cabo’s most recognizable geographic features, kayaks are the preferred mode of transportation.

Kayaking is one of the best ways to get up-close looks at El Arco and other Land’s End rock formations.

Although one of High Tide’s best amenities is round trip transportation, the tour itself starts at Playa Coral Negro, also known as Cannery Beach. Starting here seemed perfectly apt to me, since this spot is so historically significant locally. Before Cabo San Lucas was earmarked for tourism development in the 1960s, the old cannery was the most important structure in town. It served as the center of commerce, and at one point was the the most productive cannery in all of Latin America.

After unloading the kayaks and stand up paddle boards (SUP is the fastest growing water sport in Cabo, and the aboards are available as an alternative to kayaks), our guides Marco and Sergio gave us a rundown on our equipment and the the most efficient paddling techniques. The paddle is slightly concave at each end to help in the displacement of water, and to stop the kayak all you have to do is reverse your stroke. Because the water can get rough beyond Land’s End, it’s important to keep an eye on your guides, and make sure you follow their lead. Safety is a hallmark at High Tide, and life jackets are issued to all participants.

High Tide Expeditions offers guided kayaking and snorkeling in Los Cabos.

The kayaks are tandem, making this is a great activities option for couples. The paddle out is occasionally hard work (depending upon the wind and current), but it is also very romantic – vistas of sand, sea, and surf as pelicans dive for fish, sea lions bark after the catch of incoming fishermen, tourists dance on the decks of party boats, and frigate birds sail gracefully overhead – with the salty sights accentuated by gently undulating waves and the misty spray from offshore breezes.

Lover's Beach is a romantic highlight of the kayaking tour.

The highlight of the tour, at least in my opinion, is the stop as Lover’s Beach. This beautiful stretch of sand is only accessible by water, and provides spectacular views of Cabo San Lucas and the luxury resorts which line Medano Beach. After pulling our kayaks out of the water and securing our belongings, Marco and Sergio gave us a walking tour of Lover’s and Divorce Beaches (which cynical locals are always quick to note is five times the size of Lover’s Beach). Divorce Beach is accessible through a break in the rocks at the back of Lover’s Beach, and looks out over the dazzling blue waters of the Pacific. If the multitude of signs there don’t impress you, let me point out that this is a very dangerous place to swim due to the exceedingly strong rip currents. The protected waters of Cabo San Lucas Bay, however, are perfect for swimming and snorkeling – calm, comfortable, and teeming with fish – and there is about 30 minutes set aside for those who wish to don mask and fins.

After snorkeling and a refreshment break for bottled water and granola bars, we set off on our return leg, dodging boats and buoy lines as we paddled for the finish line. This is the point, by the way – with the end in sight – that you seem to get in perfect sync with your partner… a bit like golf, where a superb fairway iron on the 18th hole erases all the poorly struck shots that preceded it, this is always the moment in a kayak tour where I start thinking about how much I want to this again…and soon.

General Information

Cost: High Tide’s “Kayak to the Arch” tour is $70 U.S. per person.  The tours are three hours in duration, and start at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.  In addition to their superb kayak and snorkel tour of Cabo San Lucas Bay, High Tide also offers twin bay kayak adventures at pristine sites in Chileno and Santa Maria Bays, as well as guided snorkel tours. Corporate outings and private excursions for families and large groups are also available.

Where to Go: Round trip transportation is provided to and from tour sites.

What to Bring: Sandals and beach towels are recommended, and sunglasses, sunscreen, and swimwear are also a good idea. Even if you to skip the snorkel option, expect to get wet up to the waist when getting in or out of the kayak. Kayak and snorkel equipment is included in the tour price, and wetsuits are available upon request. Bottled water and snacks are also provided, as are dry bags to keep phones, cameras, and other valuables safe and secure.

HOW TO BOOK: Call BAJA.COM toll-free from US and Canada at 855-225-2411 or from Mexico at 612-145-0087.

Where is your favorite place to stay when you’re visiting Cabo San Lucas for kayaking and snorkeling? Let us know at Baja.com.

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How to Enjoy the Final Days of the Mayan Calendar in Cabo San Lucas

End Times in Cabo San Lucas: How to Enjoy the Final Days of the Mayan Calendar

by Chris Sands, author of Quintessential Quaffs (a related post)

I guess we’re all hoping that the Mayans got it wrong. If not, and the end of their long-count calendar on December 21st really does mean the end of days on earth, there are going to be a lot of disappointed people around here, particularly those that have just bought timeshares.

 

Our days are numbered, at least if you believe the Mayan long count calendar.

Personally, I’m keeping an open mind. I haven’t emptied out my savings account in hopes of one last monumental binge. La Grande Bouffe, as the French like to say. On the other hand, I’m not exactly wasting a lot of time with trivial pursuits such as working and sleeping. If this is to be my last week, I want to enjoy every single second.

And really, what better place to ride out the cosmic storm than in Cabo San Lucas? Not only  does the town boast gorgeous beaches, pampering spas, and championship-level golf courses (I must get my handicap into single digits before time runs out), but there are plenty of armageddon-appropriate activities on tap this week. Here are a few I have marked on my calendar.

The Last Supper

What could be more traditional and appropriate than a last supper with friends and family? That’s the thinking, anyway, behind Drew Deckman’s “End of the World” party. The Michelin star winning chef and owner of Deckman’s at Havana in San Jose del Cabo is upping the ante with an ambitious apocalypse-themed repast.  The dinner is scheduled for Friday night, December 21st, and will feature a five course fine dining menu paired with Mexican wines and craft beers, plus a tasting of the aptly named Buen Viaje mezcal. Don’t worry about that second helping of dessert. There’s a good chance all our dieting days are done. Tickets for the event cost are $100 U.S., but there is a money back guarantee if the world does actually end during your meal.

 

Casa D’Aristi is known for their Xtabentun liqueurs.

Casa D’Aristi is known for their Xtabentun liqueurs.

 

The Mayan Kiss

Want to toast eternity in style? Try a coffee cocktail or shot with Casa D’Aristi’s Xtabentun, a delicious Mayan liqueur made with rum, fermented honey, and anise seed. It’s sweet, but potent, and a few pops should have you attempting to build a pyramid from discarded swizzle sticks. Actually, if you’re looking for reasons to doubt the so-called “Mayan prophecy,” consider that the ancient mathematicians may have been liquored up on Xtabentun when they calculated the length of their famous long count calendar. Who knows? We might have a few good years left.

The best place to find Xtabentun in Cabo San Lucas is at Lorenzillo’s Live Lobster House. Try it with one of their flaming coffees, or as an integral part of two very satisfying recipes. Add a lime to equal parts tequila and Xtabentun, and you’ve got a Maya Margarita. Mix it with Kahlua, and you’ve got my personal favorite, the Mayan Kiss.  Lorenzillo’s overlooks the Marina, so if you see anything that looks like trouble, it’s no problem to grab a couple of stray donkeys and commandeer an ark.

World’s End over Land’s End

There is always a chance that the world  will end before dinner time on the 21st. In fact, it might end just after midnight, a startling prospect for fans of  Drew Deckman’s cooking and heady Xtabentun-laced elixirs (as well as the rest of humanity, one supposes). Assuming this is a possibility, the smart move is also to make a night of it on Thursday.

The Mayans would approve: a Thursday night fiesta at The Office.

The Mayans would approve: a Thursday night fiesta at The Office.

I recommend The Office on Medano Beach. They’ll be hosting their weekly Gran Fiesta Mexicana, with traditional folk songs, dancing under the stars, and other fun-filled festivities. It’s always a good fiesta, with a surfeit of free tequila shooters and plenty of convivial company, and I think the Mayans would have approved. Plus, the beach is the best place in Cabo San Lucas to watch fireworks, and there could be quite a lot of them.

What would you do if the world was about to end? Let us know at Baja.com.

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

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Camels in Cabo? A Little Bit of Egypt Comes to Baja!

Camels in Cabo?  A desert dream comes true on the Baja Peninsula.

by Jack E. George

No need to fly thousands of miles on an airplane just to have the experience of riding a camel. Camels in Cabo — and riding on them — are now a desert dream-come-true!  Now anyone can ‘rent’ a camel in Cabo San Lucas and have a ride of a lifetime.

 

Camels in Cabo? A desert dream comes true on the Baja Peninsula.

There are several companies offering camel rides, one of them being Cabo Adventures that takes small groups on the desert dream trek.  The only restriction is that you be at least six years of age and weigh no more than 265 pounds. The tour beings at the Cabo Adventures location at the Dolphin Center in Cabo San Lucas. Trips are offered seven days per week, 9 a.m.-noon,  and sometimes at 3 p.m. according to Maria Ines Brito, marketing manager for the operation. The journey takes about 4.5 hours.

According to Maria, Cabo Adventures takes extra precautions for every customer’s safety. She said, “We innovate, to make each customer have a wonderful experience each day, and one that will result in being a lifetime experience.”  It begins when adventurers of the Lawrence of Arabia ilk get into one of the company’s off-road Unimogs — trucks and are driven deep into the heart of the Baja outback.  Upon arriving at embarkation point, there is a huge sense of anticipation that excites adults and children, alike.

 

Arabia or Baja? Camels in Cabo offer a uniquely different travel experience.

 

Aside from the spectacular views, each visitor has his or her own knowledgeable guide, who ensure safety and lots of knowledge about camels in Cabo. Getting onto the camel, which could be daunting to some, is not a problem. There is a platform for you to climb on and the guide offers assistance. After riding through the outback, visitors enjoy an idyllic jaunt in Rancho San Cristobal. This beach ride is unlike anything else — right out of a movie.  If taking this camel excursion during the winter months, the guide will advise you to keep an eye out for humpback whales. These whales often swim past the ranch.

 

Up front and personal with camels in cabo!

There are two types of camels. You will be riding the one hump which is called the Arabic camel. They live in western Asia although they are being brought to specific areas in North America to which they adapt well. These particular eight camels, owned by Cabo Adventures, are actually from Texas. Camels have some amazing abilities. For example, they are capable of living for weeks without food or water. Their hump is actually filled with fat which allows them to use this when needed. When camels take a drink of water it takes them awhile to fill their needs as they consume about 40 gallons at one time.

 
During the last part of  the excursion, camel-riders stop at a local ranch where they are served a traditional Mexican meal which includes hand-made tortillas, beans, drinks, and salsas. Following the meal, the return trip to Cabo San Lucas offers fabulous views with outstanding photo opportunities of the Baja desert. You will need photos, after all:  You will need to prove that your stories about your unbelievable vacation, and camels in cabo, are true!

 
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Sponsors Are Rallying Behind the SUP Mexico Championships: Quick Facts and Info

by Meghan Fitzpatrick

Sponsors Are Rallying Behind SUP Mexico Championships!

November 3rd marks the beginning of the 3rd Annual SUP Mexico-Mike Doyle Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race & Hennessey’s World Paddle Championships at Palmilla Beach. The two-day event will involve a lot of activities, events and general fun things during the action-packed 3-day championships. Both the community and sponsors are rallying behind the SUP Mexico Championships; the event has all the markings of a huge success.

 

Businesses involved in the event (sponsors, organizers and contributors) include Campamento Tortuguero Don Manuel Orantes (Cabo Tortugas), Yellow Tail, Clase Azul Tequila, Alecran Tequila, Peligroso Tequila, Tecate Beers, Don Sanchez Restaurant, Habaneros Restaurant, Royal Solaris Resort, Baja.com, Alaska Airlines, SUP Mexico, Bliss Events Los Cabos, Hennessey’s, Hobie, Snell Real Estate and Del Mar Development. Obviously, with this many big names involved, the event is not just about stand up paddleboarding – there will be a lot of other things going on! Aside from all of the aforementioned businesses somehow involved in the event, many businesses (local and from much further afield)  will have booths at the event. This will be a great event for the community of Los Cabos, as well as for the SUP community.

Sponsors are rallying behind the SUP Mexico Championships that will benefit sea turtle preservation

Campamento Tortuguero Don Manuel Orantes (Cabo Tortugas) is a charity dedicated to helping Baja’s endangered sea turtles, and the organization that the 3rd Annual SUP Mexico-Mike Doyle Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race & Hennessey’s World Paddle Championships will benefit from. The organization helps to protect the turtle eggs before they hatch and then during the “hatch and release” process they help the turtles find their way to the water safely. They hold their turtle releases in a sanctuary next to the San José del Cabo estuary. Campamento Tortuguero is a non-profit organization. Donations, volunteering or sponsoring a turtle are the best ways to help Campamento Tortuguero Don Manuel Orantes. Look forward to a turtle release at the championship!

Yellow Tail, Clase Azul Tequila, Alecran Tequila, Peligroso Tequila and Tecate Beers are all providing drinks for the event; Don Sanchez Restaurant and Habaneros Restaurant will be providing the food. Don Sanchez is also hosting the grand opening and closing ceremonies. The championships are sure to excite any gourmets, culinary enthusiasts and drinkers from all walks of life.

Other highlights and things to look forward to throughout the weekend include bootcamp classes from Cabo local fitness god/guru Modu (http://www.moduvated.com/Moduvatedtobefit/MDVFIT_Home.htm), a local school art and essay competition, a beach concert and what is sure to be a great raffle with some very impressive prizes up for grabs.

The two primary sponsors for the event are Snell Real Estate and Del Mar Development. This will be the third year running that Del Mar Development has sponsored the SUP championships. Both organizations do a tremendous amount of work in the Los Cabos community.   The SUP event organizers are quick to point out that the success of this program will be due to the community, as a whole, and to the many sponsors who have stepped up to the cause.

Quick Facts and info about this year’s SUP Mexico event!

1.  More SUP industry vendors/sponsors present
2.  More Pro’s in attendance
3.  Full Bar (Vodka, Rum & Tequila drinks available)- $50 pesos
4. Larger cash prizes for pro’s ($16,500 usd)
5. Saturday Beach concert by Pura Vida
6. Daily tequila tasting (Peligroso, Clase Azul & Alacran)
7. Fun photo booth on the beach for families to enjoy
8.  Ceviche cooking demonstration by Tadd from Don Sanchez
9.  Presenting sponsor lounge with waiters

Closing ceremonies will be held at the NEW Don Sanchez restaurant. Buffet/Open Bar/DJ/Dancing/Photo Booth. Racers get tickets with their registration. Each sponsor has tickets. General ticket price – $350 pesos.

Want to go to the beach, eat amazing food, and have a wonderful visit to Los Cabos?  Visit Palmilla Beach…and find out more on Baja.com.

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

Simple, Fun Adventure in Baja: Rancho Carisuva

by Yesica Pineda
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.  ~Leonardo DaVinci

Simplicity:  A wonderful gift of life

We live the adventure of life on a planet we call “Tierra:” A planet that travels around the Sun, which travels around the Milky Way Galaxy, and travels (relative to other galaxies) at a speed of about 3,728.23 miles per second. Three thousand seven hundred and twenty eight point twenty three miles every second… there, another 3,728.23 miles traveled…and another 3,728.23 miles just traveled…every second…

So why am I rushing? To get where?

Having this in mind, when I travel I try to experience time in the simplest ways. I relax and pause from the never-ending distractions in my mind. I choose the experience of getting in touch with nature through a unique combination of adventure, contemplation and learning experiences about the abundance of natural wonders — exploring the untouched — in a setting of peace and tranquility.

I recently became aware of simple beauty as it is exemplified at a ranch in Playa Migriño, a pacific beach that is not more than an hour from San Jose del Cabo and close to Cabo San Lucas.  It’s rather secluded.

The ranch is called Rancho Carisuva and it is a typical Baja California ranch with around 43 horses, a freshwater well, farm animals such as goats, chickens, pigs, friendly donkeys and cows, and it even has a traditionally built desert hut. The fun allows you to safely indulge in adventurous, adrenaline-pumping experiences like ATV beach and desert tours, side by side 4×4 safaris, Pacific beach horseback riding, hiking burro and sunset horseback riding tours, all through private trails that run along the desert canyons, virgin pacific beaches, and amazing ocean side cliffs. Wonderful!

I learned that, as an eco-conscious Ranch, Carisuva has a commitment to preserve the natural beauty of its surroundings. They use solar power to meet water and electrical demands. And they do it well…the ranch offers you all necessary facilities to make your visit a cosy excursion.

Besides the adventure, the Ranch offers food, fresh water, a bilingual guide and free time to enjoy the day. Those who would rather just take the time to contemplate will find it a wonderful place for stillness, Baja-style. Transportation? It can be arranged from whichever hotel you might be staying!

Kudos to my friends at Rancho Carisuva! As they put it,  at the end of the day it’s the experience that creates an impression that will last a lifetime. Simple!

What is your idea of Simple  Pleasures in Baja?  Let us know!

Photos Courstesy of Rancho Carisuva

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about localrestaurantshotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports andactivities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.

6 Ways to Prepare for Spring Break in Cabo San Lucas

By Meghan Fitzpatrick

“Spring Break in Cabo. A place I can never remember, a place I can never forget.” -Travelny2

Spring Breakers at Nikki Beach.

Sitting on my balcony at midnight and listening to the music blasting from the nightclubs and echoing across the Marina, I am acutely aware of the fact that it is Spring Break in Cabo. This town normally has its fare share of party-goers and sun-seekers, but the last few weeks have seen a marked increase in the number of people down here and a very heightened madness to the partying!

From the last weekend of February and throughout the months of March and April, Cabo San Lucas is buzzing with spring break party craziness. Even though Cabo is regularly frequented by party-goers, Spring Break here takes it to a level that is not matched at any other time throughout the year. The bars, clubs, hotels, pools, and beaches in Cabo San Lucas see thousands and thousands of college and high school students wanting nothing more than to drink away thoughts of school and exams with their friends for Spring Break. It really is like the crazy MTV Spring Break party madness you see on TV – every day (and night).

Should you decide to join the likes of these fun, young people next year, there are a few things you should consider first:

1) Airfare to Cabo: To start out with, you should to be aware of the fact that flights to Cabo during Spring Break are going to be a little more expensive than they normally are. In the same way that travel around Christmas is expensive, flying to Cabo for Spring Break will likely land you with a steep airfare. If possible, you should book your flights in advance. Remember, if you can avoid paying for an overpriced ticket then you can save your money for drinks when you get here.

2) Accommodations in Cabo: Don’t wait until the last minute to figure out where to stay in Los Cabos. Cabo hotels and vacation rentals fill up quickly during Spring Break. Things you might want to consider may be whether or not you want an all-inclusive package, the location of your hotel to the beach and or the bars, and how many people you plan on squeezing into your room. An all-inclusive package is definitely a great idea if you plan on drinking a lot – this will likely save you a ton of money. You should also think about where you want to spend most of your time. If it’s important to you to be on the beach, then you should try to make sure you are walking distance so you don’t end up spending extra money on taxis. Also, if you are with a group and you plan on cramming as many people into the room as possible, then you should check the hotel’s policies about adding people to the room so you don’t have any unpleasant surprises when you pay your bill.

3) Nightlife in Cabo: Cabo San Lucas is blessed with an abundance of nightlife so finding somewhere to go at night should not be a problem! You may want to look up the biggest clubs before you go though and see what they’re doing while you’re there. There is never cover at clubs in Cabo unless there’s an event going on. If there’s an event going on while you’re in Cabo you may want to look into getting a ticket and checking to make sure you have the proper attire to ensure that you are admitted. Normally though, nightclubs and bars in Cabo are pretty lax in terms of dress codes and do not charge a cover. If you are a girl or if you’re with any girls, another thing for you to pay attention to when you go out at night is Cabo’s Ladies Nights – when girls drink for free.

Cabo Spring Breakers loading up on shots at The Saloon.

4) Transportation from Los Cabos International Airport: This is definitely something you should look into before you arrive in Cabo. Taxis in Cabo are not cheap, so renting a car or taking a shuttle are certainly your most economical options. You should ask your hotel if they provide transportation as they may be able to meet you at the airport for no additional charge.

5) Dehydration: A lot of people don’t take care of themselves when they visit Cabo San Lucas on Spring Break. Large quantities of alcohol combined with long stretches of time in the sun can easily lead to illness and dehydration. Make sure you have lots of bottled water with you at all times (do not drink water from the sink in Mexico), and be sure to drink electrolyte drinks and have lots of vitamin C. Partying all day and night will definitely lower your immunity, and your friends’, and the last thing you want when you’re on vacation is to get sick!

6.) What to Pack for Spring Break in Cabo: Sunscreen, flip flops, a good hat, sunglasses, your swimsuit, and finally, don’t forget your camera. Spring break in Cabo will surely be a trip you’ll want to remember (or need the pictures to remind you) forever.

We would love to hear your Cabo Spring Break stories, please share them with us here. What were your favourite clubs? Where do you think are the best places to stay for spring break?