Cabo San Lucas
At the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, lies the tropical paradise known as Cabo San Lucas. Excellent weather, miles of magnificent public beaches with crystal clear water, and championship golf courses set the mood for a vacation that entices you to unwind and refresh.
Once sought after by migrating pirates for its safe harbors, the Los Cabos (The Capes) area, and Cabo San Lucas in particular, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico. It has grown in recent decades to a city of over 25,000, with many of its residents drawn to its rugged and beautiful coastline, water-sports galore, and world-class golf resorts. Cabo is particularly famous among the sport fishing crowd because of its year-round status as the Mecca of big game trophy fish.
No matter what the season, in Cabo San Lucas you can partake in the thrill of hooking a blue or black marlin, sailfish, dorado, or tuna. There are also many great surfing opportunities in Cabo San Lucas. To add some underwater excitement to your stay in this beautiful city, go on a deep-sea diving adventure, where you can see spectacular gardens of black coral reefs, gorgeous sea turtles, and sand waterfalls.
The legendary spirited nightlife of Cabo San Lucas, as well as the wonderful fresh seafood served in its charming restaurants, also highlight this wonderful city. Shopping for creative Mexican arts and crafts, or spending the day out on a glittering white sand beach are other ways that you can enjoy your peaceful stay here. It is no wonder that visitors return again and again!
Docking & Local Transportation
Cruise ships dock at the Main Dock in Cabo San Lucas. There are expansion plans for a new full service dock and pier to be built in Medano Bay in the near future.
Taxis are readily available in Cabo San Lucas, but expect to pay anywhere from $15 to $25 to be transported around town. Cabo does have an efficient bus system in the SuburBaja, which run from Cabo San Lucas to the neighboring San Jose every twenty minutes. The cost is $2.50 per person.
One of the most popular activities while in Cabo San Lucas is to explore the surrounding regions by way of the all terrain vehicle (ATV). The ATV is by far the best way to get to the famous village of La Candelaria. It is an old town that is known for the underground river that nourishes its lush palm and mango trees. In addition, the twenty-five-mile tour will take you past sea turtle nesting sites, pristine beaches, and many more attractions that will take your breath away. Xplora Adventours (624/142-9000) is one of several outfitters that can make this dream excursion a reality.
A beautiful, and less visited site, in the region is the Iglesia de San Lucas, a stone church located on Calle Cabo San Lucas. It was built in 1730 by Spanish missionaries and features beautiful examples of 18th century architecture. In addition, the surrounding areas are being revitalized to complement the church, providing a glimpse into older times of Cabo San Lucas when tourism had yet to take over the area.
A wonderful way to view the attractions of the Baja Sur coastline is to take a trip on a glass-bottom boat. Head to the town marina and catch a boat leaving every forty-five minutes. Soak in the sights of "El Arco" (Rock Arch), the geographical meeting of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. Marvel at the sea life of the region, including sea lions and tropical fish galore.
If simply viewing the fish from afar isn't enough for you, then perhaps you would be interested in catching them. Arrange for a five-hour fishing excursion on one of several Panga Fleets. They are affordable and knowledgeable, taking you to the prime fishing spots off the coast.
Beaches are plentiful on the Baja Sur, and the corridor (the land between Cabo San Lucas and San José Del Cabo) offer myriad opportunities to have fun in the sun. Medano Beach is a fantastic family beach that features personal watercraft rentals, snorkeling gear for sale and rent, etc. Further away from town are the beaches of Playa Palmilla, Barco Varado, and Santa Maria, yet these waters are often turbulent, so beware of any warnings posted before you decide to take a swim.
Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, & Surfing
Santa Maria and El Arco beaches are two popular snorkeling sites, and specialized snorkeling cruises are available to take you to the prime reef-viewing spots. For those interested in scuba diving while in Cabo San Lucas, contact Amigos del Mar (tel. 800/344-3349). This operator, as well as others in town, can take you to the famous "sandfalls" as well as on longer trips to the Gordo Banks and other exciting diving destinations. If you want to break out the surfboard and "hang ten", visit Chileno Beach, famous for its perfect right breakers.
For the shopping experience in Cabo San Lucas, look no further than the Blvd. Marina. Here you will find stores ranging from the religiously oriented Rostros de México (Ave. Cárdenas, 624/143-0558), specializing in carved statues and masks, to the gallery at El Callejón (Vicente Guerrero, 642/143-1139), which features the wares of local artists, antiques, paintings, and a wealth of unique gifts.
Dining & Nightlife
There are many fabulous restaurants in Cabo San Lucas. Many are delicious and affordable. Some tend to be rather overpriced for their fare. Mi Casa (Ave. Cabo San Lucas, 624/143-1933) is a quaint restaurant featuring traditional and modern Mexican cuisine in a charming outdoor setting. Across from the main plaza in town, it is a delightful place to have a romantic evening meal. If you are looking for a tasty and affordable breakfast, head to Mama's Royale Café (Ave. Hidalgo, 624/143-4290) Live music will compliment your generous breakfast of sausage, French toast, orange juice, and more, all in a lovely atmosphere.
Cabo Wabo Cantina (Vicente Guerrero, 624/143-1198) is a bar and club with a youthful flair; it features live music and a touristy crowd. Sancho Panza Wine Bar & Bistro (Blvd. Marina, 624/143-3212, www.sanchopanza.com) features live jazz nightly and is a hit with locals and tourists; a relaxing, perfect way to spend an evening in Cabo.