For decades, Los Cabos on Mexico’s Pacific Coast has seduced luxury travelers with its pristine beaches, incredible food scene and perfect, year-round weather. Though Hurricane Odile wreaked major havoc here in 2014, Los Cabos travel bounced back and persevered, and locals say the tropical paradise is even more dynamic than before.
Picturesque and alluring, soulful and blessed, Los Cabos offers hundreds of reasons to visit, but here is our top 7 reasons to love Los Cabos—and book a vacation.
Here are 7 reasons to love Los Cabos, Mexico
The elevated dining scene is reason alone to book Los Cabos travel.
Sure, you’ll find traditional Mexican cantinas, a lively street food scene and plenty of margarita-slinging bars like most beach destinations in Mexico, but Los Cabos takes it’s dining scene to the next level with exciting, contemporary restaurants that rivals major cities. Star chefs are attracted to Los Cabos, simply due to the fact the destination’s highbrow visitors like good food.
Mexico’s most famous chef, Enrique Olvera, is helming the kitchen at Manta. The Mexican-Peruvian cuisine is imaginative, and the coastal views through the floor-to-ceiling windows are breathtaking. Even restaurants without boldface chef names are making an impact like Flora Farm, a restaurant where everything is made straight from their gardens, so fresh that it’s tantalized iconic chefs like Thomas Keller.
The beaches are intimate
A good stretch of Los Cabos’ sandy shores is notably unswimmable due to strong currents and riptides. However, thanks to various coves, natural harbors and manmade breakwater, a handful of sprawling beaches are perfect for swimming and snorkeling, and they aren’t swarming with tourists (many of whom stick to their resort pools).
This includes Medano Beach, the most popular beach in Cabo San Lucas that offers plenty of watersports activities. Santa Maria Beach is Cabo’s perfect beach sanctuary. The sliver of coastline is dazzling and sublime, and it’s a hot spot for snorkeling due to the vibrant marine life, making it a great reason for Los Cabos travel.
El Farallon has a champagne terrace
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Los Cabos’ coastline is a magnet for romance. There’s no better place for couples to be at night, under the stars, with the soundtrack of crashing waves enhancing the ambience. Plenty of visitors make a beeline to Waldorf Astoria’s El Farallon, which has reigned as Los Cabos’ most magical restaurant set within a rocky cove.
The seafood restaurant literally built within the rocks is rooted in place, and reservations are always weeks deep. Now, visitors can spend romantic evenings here on a whim without reservations. Farallon has an al fresco champagne terrace serving exclusive champagnes by the glass (you can also order wine and cocktails). With its fairy tale setting under the moonlight, this awe-inspiring terrace is a must for sea breeze and a nightcap.
The marine life is outstanding
Famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau called Los Cabos “the aquarium of the world.” It’s a preferred destination for divers, and nature enthusiasts get up close and personal with whale sharks that migrate here every year. Who wouldn’t want Los Cabos travel for that??
Plenty of tour operators take visitors out to deep sea for myriad excursions (from diving to sport fishing) though vacationers can stay close to the shore with easy-to-reach snorkeling spots. The waters are teeming with abundant marine life and mammals that include common sightings of turtles, sea lions and dolphins.
It’s a unique destination with two distinct areas
Los Cabos has the advantage of two very distinct areas (hence, the “los”): Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.
Cabo San Lucas provides the exciting and fun attributes of a wild beach destination with tourist shops, sports bars, lively nightclubs and a throng of young college students on the prowl. Here, adventurous travelers thrive on endless water sports and even land adventures like zip-lining.
San Jose del Cabo is the more traditional and historic city, chockfull of art galleries, authentic Mexican restaurants and even charming cobblestone streets. Visitors can get the best of both worlds in one trip.
6. Spas are divine
It’s hard to imagine a trip to Mexico without getting blissfully knackered in a pampering spa. The beauty of Los Cabos is that you can experience budget options on the beach or splurge in world-class spa facilities at five-star resorts.
At various beaches (primarily Medano), several masseuses from local spas set up massage tables where hour massages run as little as $35.
Best of all? You are literally on the beach listening to the crashing waves that sends you further into nirvana. For more high-end experiences, luxury spas are exceptional in Cabo, like Luna Y Mar Spa at Waldorf Astoria Pedregal, where each treatment starts with a traditional Mayan foot ritual, and cabana treatment rooms are on the edge of a glittery infinity pool.
The celebrity sightings are out of control
Celebrity obsessed? Los Cabos is packed with A-listers. Thanks to the easy, two-hour flight from Los Angeles, Los Cabos is Hollywood’s playground, and boldface names are heading there on the regular. Not only do they come on vacation (like Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons) or have birthday parties here (like John Travolta), many stars celebrate their honeymoons or even get married in Cabo (like Eli Manning).
Even actors like George Clooney, Edward Norton and Molly Sims own second homes here, so it’s not unlikely you’ll spot a celebrity or two on your vacation.
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