By Lisa Arcella
At the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos has something to fulfill every vacationer’s check list — beautiful beaches, the Baja California Desert, great food, a party town in Cabo San Lucas, a peaceful retreat in San Jose del Cabo, and best of all, 350 sunny days a year. With GOGO Vacation’s Mexico Extravaganza™, now is the best time to book a dream holiday.
So what’s there to see and do? Here are just a few of our favorites:
Farm to Table and Fantastic
Enjoy a wonderful dinner at the Flora Farms, a beautiful 10-acre organic farm, in a lovely open-air restaurant that is set in the middle of a papaya grove in San Jose del Cabo. The menu changes depending on the season, but there is always fresh fish; bread is cooked in their own brick oven; and the cocktails are creative. Jalapeño margarita anyone? Reservations are an absolute must.
Don’t Leave for Home Without It
Mexico is a shopper’s paradise, and Los Cabos is no exception, of course. There are so many places to shop for beautiful souvenirs that will be a reminder of your trip long after the tan fades. Arte de Origen sells paintings, jewelry, fabrics and household items all 100% made in Cabo. Locals often trek to Artesanos for genuine Mexican furniture, and colorful dishes and glassware.
Where the Wild Things Are
A must see for any visitor to Los Cabos is El Arco, the iconic arched shaped rock formation that sits at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula. You’ll see Land’s End, which is aptly named since it’s the last land mass before the South Pole! Many visitors get to El Arco and Land’s End on glass bottom boats that leave from Medano Beach, but get there early to beat the inevitable crowd. Along the way you will spy all kinds of exotic fish under the water, and there are barking sea lions hanging out on the cliffs above. Many trips will drop visitors at the calm Lover Beach at the bay (just don’t get off at the rough and tumble Divorce Beach on the Pacific side!)
Life on the Fly(board)
When you feel the need to be James Bond, take a lesson at Cabo Flyboard at Medano Beach and take off. After donning a helmet and life jacket, visitors strap into boot bindings that are attached to a board. An instructor then connects to a pressurized hose and voila! You are propelled up and out of the water. Most people get the hang of it very quickly, and some are even doing flips 45 feet above the water before their 30-minute lesson is over.
Like Sands Through an Hourglass
Driving an ATV at high speeds over the dunes and through the cactus fields in Los Cabos is one of the most popular activities enjoyed by visitors (but be careful, these babies can go very fast). During the ride visit the old lighthouse at El Faro Viejo and the tiny town of La Candelaria (population 60). Chose a Morning Glory or a Sunset Adventure with Olympus Tours, who will pick you up at your hotel.
Art for Art’s Sake
In addition to breathtaking scenery, San Jose del Cabo also features a feast for the eyes through its many, many art galleries. Serious collectors, novice collectors, and those who just like to window shop, converge near the town square where many of the dealers are located. On Thursday nights, don’t miss the Art Walk. Many places display their wares outdoors until about 9 p.m. Contemporary and historic works can be seen side by side. When you visit, also pop in to the lovely colonial mission cathedral.
Just Hanging Out
You can do a lot of crazy, crazy things at Wild Canyon Adventures Park that would make your mom cringe. How about zip-lining across Los Cabos over 2,500 feet, 300 feet off the ground during the day or at night? Cross from one canyon to the next on the world’s longest suspension bridge. Bungee jump down a desert canyon. Ride camels on the beach, or look at the world through a glass-bottom gondola. If none of those appeal to you, there is also Wild Canyon’s Kingdom for a more staid adventure like feeding a pair of love-birds or petting a baby crocodile!
Underneath It All
Los Cabos is a paradise for divers and snorkelers. Take a trip to Espiritu Santo: Desert Island, which is protected by UNESCO as a biosphere, and see hundreds of colorful fish as you swim with sea lions and take in some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. There is also kayaking and other water sports to check out here, but if you are all about staying dry, there’s the Cabo sub, which is perfect for an outing for kids.
No Horsing Around
There is nothing nicer than heading out on horseback and strolling along an isolated beach as the sun sets. (Ahhh. Ok, we’re back.) Rancho Carisuva caters to those comfortable riding and for those who have never even set eyes on a horse before. You are given an orientation and a horse that’s perfect for your skill level before you even set foot out of the barn. During January through March, it’s also not uncommon to spot the migrating whales who come very close to the shoreline.
Livin’ It Up at the Hotel California
A short drive up the coast from Cabo San Lucas leads to the tiny town of Todos Santos and the Hotel California, which may or may not (depending on who you ask) have been the inspiration behind the legendary Eagles tune. The hotel is in the center of town and surrounded by cool shops with crafts from all corners of Mexico. There are lots of festivals and also be sure to visit the Distillery to try genuine Baja Midnight moonshine.
Where to Stay
Now during GOGO Vacations Mexico Extravaganza™, it’s the perfect time to explore the Mexican Pacific. Here are some of our favorite resorts:
Breathless Cabo San Lucas
This lively adults-only property situated right on Medano Beach is within walking distance of many clubs, restaurants, and shops. The beautiful suites have furnished balconies with a view of the ocean or the marina and include 24-hour room service, daily refreshed mini bar, and much more. They also feature the “Party Calendar,” so the fun never ends!
Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa
This family friendly all-inclusive resort offers private balconies overlooking the Sea of Cortez. There are three swimming pools including a new infinity pool, a new children’s pool, an adults-only pool, and two swim up bars. The little ones also get to enjoy the super fun Explorer’s Club for kids.