Why Los Cabos? Because it’s the Living End!
by Lisa Green
Have you ever flown to Baja and had to search the whole “Departures” board to find your flight? First you look under “C” for Cabo San Lucas, and it isn’t there. So you look at your ticket and see the SJD code and look under “S” for San Jose del Cabo and you still don’t find it. So now you scan the whole board and you ultimately find it – under “L” for Los Cabos! Why Los Cabos?
The southern tip of the Baja peninsula is where the Sierra Laguna Mountain range meets the desert and then it “ends,” or “cabos,” into the Sea of Cortez. There are many “cabos” at the end of the peninsula, each with its own unique identity.
The most famous of them all is Cabo San Lucas on the southwestern point. It is a popular tourist destination and cruise port. The downtown area is a collection of cantinas, fresh seafood restaurants, and hot nightclubs mixed with charming shops hawking local wares and Mexican silver jewelry.
The Pedregal, overlooking Cabo Falso, is a gated community on the hill that features many magnificent villas and is home to a large number of ex-pats.
Medano Beach is where the action is, with many beachfront eateries featuring lounge chairs and buckets of cold beer inviting you to bask in the sun and people-watch. Spring break brings out a particularly colorful young crowd of revelers, possibly staying at the hip Bahia Hotel just up the hill, and at the hot MECabo, home of Nikki Beach. You can swim in the gentle surf here, or participate in any of the many fun water diversions including wave runners, SUP, snorkeling, para-sailing, and glass-bottom boats rides out to Lover’s Beach, next to the famous Cabo Arch at land’s end.
Heading northeast on the highway, you come upon a beautifully landscaped exit for Cabo del Sol…”End of the Sun.” A lush development of resort hotels like the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar and the Fiesta Americana, along with luxury vacation rentals, their crown jewels are the two world-class 18-hole Beach and Desert Cabo del Sol Golf courses.
Next comes Cabo Real and another championship Questro golf course as well as several spectacular resorts like the all-inclusive boutique Zoetry Casa del Mar and the famously elegant Las Ventanas. The affordable all-inclusive Melia Cabo Real shares one of the rare swimming beach coves with its neighbor, The Hilton.
There are some other smaller, residential cabos along the way before arriving at San Jose del Cabo. This charming, authentic Mexican town has a quaint village square complete with a church and gazebo, and the lovely Casa Natalia boutique hotel. There are a variety of lodging options in town, on the strip along the beach, or in condos on the hilltop overlooking it all!
Just beyond San Jose is the developing Puerto Los Cabos. There is a spectacular new marina with an art-walk, and a large residential community developing around two more designer golf courses by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. Boutique hotel El Ganzo celebrated their grand opening around the first Baja International Film Festival in November 2012. More luxury resort hotels have development plans for this area. The amazing Flora’s Farm and Field Kitchen puts an organic exclamation mark on the diversity and adventure of this area.
Continuing along the coastline, heading north on the east cape of the peninsula lies the final cabo, Cabo Pulmo. One of the most prolific dive and snorkel spots in the world, the National Marine Park of Cabo Pulmo nurtures nearly 6000 species on the largest coral reef in the Gulf of California.
There are many wondrous adventures to be had throughout southern Baja. And now you know Why Los Cabos?
Lisa Green is Baja.com’s Travel Savant. Find out more from her about Baja.com’s Custom Tours!
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