Cabo San Lucas, located at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, is one of Mexico’s top five tourist destinations. Most often called just “Cabo,” the area offers myriad luxury and spa accommodations which began developing in 1974 prompted by the Mexican government’s desire to turn Cabo San Lucas into a major tourist destination. Cabo has a tropical desert climate with an average temperature of 75˚F, and sea temperatures averaging around 72˚F in the winter and 82˚F in the summer.
1. Land’s End Arch
As perhaps the most recognizable and iconic landmark in all of Baja, any trip to Cabo San Lucas would be incomplete without taking a boat to see the famous natural stone Arch at “Land’s End” on the southern tip. One side of the arch overlooks the stunning Sea of Cortez, while the other views the Pacific Ocean. Sea lions are often seen sunning at the arch and on nearby Lover’s Beach which is also only accessible by boat.
2. The Office, the Beach, or Both?
There’s no shortage of beaches in Cabo. But another hum-drum day at the office doesn’t exist here. Look for the blue umbrellas just steps from beautiful Playa El Médano and you’ll arrive at The Office, a beach-side oasis popular with tourists. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with offerings such as ceviche, fish tacos, Baja shrimp and of course, margaritas.
For one of the best nightlife experiences in the city, head to Cabo Wabo Cantina. Located on Calle Guerrero in downtown Cabo, this hot spot is a complex owned by rocker Sammy Hagar, offering a restaurant with unique Mexican and seafood choices, as well as a venue of huge bars and stages where you can watch live bands. If you’re lucky, you might catch one of the occasional appearances of Hagar himself.
After hours of beaches and boating, head to the downtown area. It’s an excellent place to view local architecture such as the Iglesia de San Lucas (Church of San Lucas) built in 1730 by Spanish missionaries. It’s also a good spot to observe authentic Mexican culture. Nearby on Calle Cabo is the town square, a colorful plaza with a gazebo, restaurants and small shops. The downtown area is newly renovated and is a big tourist draw.
5. The Marina
Take a stroll along the picturesque Marina Cabo San Lucas at sunset and grab a bite to eat at one of the 50+ restaurants and bars with a variety of offerings for every palette. If you’re in the mood for shopping, Plaza Paraiso is the largest mall in the Cabo area. For many, the Marina is used as a point of departure for sea activities such as deep-sea fishing, sailing, whale-watching, jet skiing, and scuba diving.
Cabo San Lucas beaches and beyond make it a great weekend destination!
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First published: Weekend in Cabo – Ships N Trips
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