I first visited Cabo as a child with relatives who owned property in the still very under developed resort area. At that time, there were no major grocery stores so we did our shopping at the market in town. For a small kid, that was an experience in of itself. I remember my grandmother teaching us a little Spanish as we’d walk up and down the aisles of the market, how to calculate the cost of an item with a quick conversion from pesos to dollars, and then stopping to purchase Chiclet gum from local children while their mothers caught our attention with their beautiful silver jewelry. For kids from suburban New Jersey, the smells, sights, sounds and tastes were unlike anything we had known, and we loved it. We had found a hidden gem where we could ride ATVs or horses through the dusty trails, go whale watching and fishing, learn to surf, and laugh at the sea lions near the iconic Arch of Land’s End. And yes, of course as I got older iconic bars like Senor Frog’s and El Squid Row, provided new opportunities to enjoy and introduce friends to our special place. Much later, Cabo is where I would bring my own family and introduce them to all my favorite spots, that had carved a special place in my heart over the years.
Cabo San Lucas, is located on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. Where other areas of Mexico may feel more tropical and lush, Cabo sets itself apart with its arid desert-like weather and terrain, and those magnificent views of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range as you fly into Los Cabos International Airport.
Cabo is known for beautiful weather, miles of coastline, gorgeous boutique hotels and large resorts, an array of land and water activities, and plenty of restaurants and nightlife, making it the perfect spot for just about everyone. In the last few decades, the area has seen a major boom with the addition of chain grocery stores, Costco, Starbucks, new hotels and resorts, golf courses and country clubs, and the airport renovations – all to accommodate the influx of visitors and new residents, looking for their own Baja fairytale.
Whether you choose Cabo San Lucas for a girls or guys trip, couples getaway, or multigenerational family vacation, you won’t be disappointed. The old world charm from my childhood, mixed with the modern amenities and offerings, are what makes Cabo so special.
Courtney’s Cabo Tips
- Grab a bucket of beer and some fish tacos while your dig your feet into the sand at The Office on the Beach, a local favorite where you can sit back and relax while people watching and gazing at the iconic Arch in the distance.
- Head to the Marina to charter a fishing boat or whale watching excursion – you may just land yourself a big marlin like I did!
- The Pacific Ocean can be a bit rough, and chilly for us East Coasters!, so look for a resort with a great pool and then take a day trip to one of the swimmable beaches closer to the town center.
- Stop by Sammy Hagar’s famous Cabo Wabo Cantina for some food and of course, tequila.
- Take a day trip to the tranquil town of Todos Santos, located an hour north along the Pacific coast, to explore local art galleries and shops. Stop along the way at Los Cerritos to rent surfboards or take a lesson.
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