Cabo San Lucas
Here I am finally (attempting to do some) writing about my travels. It only took almost 2 years to get this whole thing started. Long story short, I've been wanting to create a space where I can be vulnerable and let my thoughts run wild about all my travel experiences and hopefully push other people to be more adventurous and creative at the same time. Check out my bio for more info about me. Other than that, let's get straight to business.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
I have been to almost 20 different countries in the last 2 years. The sad part is Mexico and Canada are not part of this list. That's the main reason I decided to do back to back trips north and south of the border. More details on the Canada trip later on.
Cabo San Lucas is basically a resort city located in the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. It is known for its beaches, water-based activities and nightlife. Although the ocean water hue is not as vibrant and blue as the beaches in its Caribbean counterpart Cancun, the overall ambiance of this beach town makes any visit worthwhile. It's a popular spring break destination so it would be smart to avoid going here around March. This place used to be a fishing village that went through (and is still currently undergoing) heavy property development.
Cabo San Lucas vs San Jose del Cabo
"Cabo" is generally thought of as one destination on the Pacific side of Mexico opposite of Cancun. In reality, it's essentially split between 2 areas that are as contrasting as night and day. Their names are easy to mix up. Cabo San Lucas is dominated by water based recreational activities and a very lively nightlife. San Jose Del Cabo is considered a place for those who are searching for a more relaxing/laid-back vacation. While San Jose Del Cabo lacks the variety of activities in Cabo San Lucas, it does provide its guests with a more intimate setting (loads of boutique hotels and small restaurants). They are only about 30 mins apart. If you rent a car and drive along the coast, you will notice several all inclusive accommodations lined up along the beach. You can pay the $2 toll and take federal highway 1D for a slightly shorter drive.
I'm the type of person who understands the importance of budget travel and how it's the "smart" way to travel. At the same time, I also know that there is nothing wrong with sometimes peppering a journey with a little bit of extravagance which adds texture and renews my senses. Never underestimate the importance of nice hot shower and a super comfortable bed after a long day of hiking or diving. I personally prefer renting personal space from locals mainly through Airbnb or other similar sites. This ensures that I meet all sorts of interesting people of different backgrounds from all over the world. That's the route I took in this particular situation. I found a condo in Cabo San Lucas that is in close proximity to the beach and all the local restaurants. It was being rented out by 2 local photographers -- a big bonus to me for obvious reasons. They were quick to give me all the advice I needed from the best local food to the best spot to capture the sunrise/sunset. You can message or shoot me an email if anyone would like to stay in this particular place. If you are interested in staying in a beachfront resort, I would highly recommend staying as close as possible to Medano Beach (Playa El Médano). This is the closest beach to town and is loaded with bars and restaurants. If you can't find a beachfront property that fits your budget, there shouldn't be any problem finding other budget hotels only a few minutes away from all the action.
The most famous landmark in the area is the Arch of Cabo San Lucas. There are 3 ways to get here. The easiest and most convenient way would be to sign up for a day tour or a sunset cruise from dock zero in La Terminal de Cabo which will cost you around $80 to $100 (click here to find out how to do this activity for free). Most of these tours/cruises include open bar, food, and entertainment so it's actually not a bad deal. The second way is to book a room at Grand Solmar Resort which is conveniently located at Land's End -- a 10 minute walk to Lovers Beach and Divorce Beach. The third way to get there is to park at the very end of Paseo de la Marina Blvd, walk to Playa Empacadora and then start a hike that involves traversing the rocks towards the Arch. This one is not recommended for children since the hike is challenging and the ocean tide consumes the beaches around the rocks fairly quickly.
All other activities including kayaking, snorkeling, and even luxury yacht cruises can be booked directly anywhere in the Marina. Some day cruises may include cliff jumping and snorkeling so just ask around for an activity that fits all your needs. There are also several public beaches that are only a short drive away that offer a little bit more seclusion if you're not already planning on staying in one of the beachfront resorts.