Cabo San Lucas

Trip Report: Los Cabos, Mexico

Posted May 14, 2013 by SmarterTravel.com

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Los Cabos is on the tip of the state of Baja California Sur—an arid and cactus-filled land, yet fertile due to its peninsular body surrounded by the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. Los Cabos consists of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

High Points: After leaving behind a snow-blanketed Boston, I heartily welcomed the Cabos sun. The warmth set the stage for my five-day trip. From the friendly people to the spicy food, Los Cabos' warmth was like a welcome mat to Mexico.

My time in San Jose del Cabo was spent meandering about art gallery-filled cobblestoned streets, perusing the town's markets and shops, and visiting the Mega (something like a Costco, and what seems like geared for ex-Pats). I found a sketchy water canal with colorful street murals, rode local buses (there are several varieties, including the urbanos, the co-ops, and even some with AC), shopped around for fine tequilas to bring back home, and spoke with several cigar vendors about the famous Habanos. (Did you know Fidel once hired his own personal cigar roller?)

Walking about the town, folks are ready with a quick "hola" and "buenas tardes." I made friends with Tim, the (highly stressed) landscape designer for Hollywood stars at Baja Brewing Co. I chatted up Geraldo the bartender, who's going to make it a point to go running on the beach more often. Then there was Laurel and Sharon, daughter and mother, beachside Malibu residents who's ancestry ties them with the Rockefellers. Oh, can't forget Eduardo, El Encanto Inn's concierge. Ever-helpful, Eduardo promises to show me around where the locals hang out upon my return to Los Cabos—a certain move in my near future.

Low Points: Unfortunately, headlining the news these days is Mexico's rampant drug-affiliated violence. That, however, shouldn't dissuade you from making a trip to Los Cabos. I felt safe in San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.

Scarier are the gouging prices. Being in Mexico I expected wares and services to be a lot more affordable than what I encountered: $50 for a bottle of mid-tier tequila, $40 for a one-way cab ride from San Jose del Cabo to Cabo San Lucas (a 20-mile distance on a toll-less road). A typical dinner starts at $15, sans drinks.

Savings Strategy: From cab fares to trinkets, be ready to haggle. It's almost expected of you to do so.

Where I Stayed: I stayed in two hotels while at San Jose del Cabo. The Hotel El Ganzo is hip and artsy. Past guests include Slash of Guns 'n' Roses fame; party-boy Charlie Sheen; Mexican artist Gabriel Macotela; Manuel Pujol Baladas, known as the Young Dali and infamous for falsifying his namesake's work; and one of my fave musicians, Damien Rice (swoon).

For a more affordable and authentic San Jose del Cabo experience, check out Encanto Inn. Take advantage of the hotel's central location for Art Walk. Every Thursday evening from November through June, the town's art galleries stay open late into the evening, enticing patrons with complimentary wines and hors d'oeuvres.

If You Go: Take advantage of the rich marine life that surrounds you and dive, snorkel, kayak out to Cabo's famous Arch and Lover's Beach, fish, swim with whales—whatever it is you prefer, just soak in the surrounds. If you're anything at all like this Northeasterner, it's not often you have an opportunity to try out as many of these marine adventures in a single destination.

For beachside centrally located accommodations in Cabo San Lucas, stay at Casa Dorada. Though I only lunched there, I was blown away by the impeccable service—one of the genuinely friendliest I've ever met.

For the calendar of events, more accommodations options than what is listed above, and general destination tips, peruse the Los Cabos Tourism Board site.

 

Read the original story: Trip Report: Los Cabos, Mexico, by Patricia Magaña

 

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Party in Cabo San Lucas Without Spending Your College Tuition

Posted August 11, 2010 by Kate Hamman

Cabo When it comes to good times, Cabo San Lucas puts the salt on the margarita glass. Because of this, students flock to the lively city year after year for fun in the sun and happening nightlife. Come sail high above the sea, hang upside down in a bar, and stay in your own private bungalow without spending your college tuition.

Play
Caborey Parasailing: With more than 40 years of experience, Caborey Parasailing is the place to go if you want to soar 600 feet above the ocean while being propelled by a speedboat. You can go solo, or take one of your closest pals and try it tandem. Each trip lasts about an hour-and-a-half, but you're only in the air for about five to 10 minutes. Rides cost $25 per person for a five-minute "quickie," $35 per person for eight to 10 minutes, or $70 for an eight-to-10-minute tandem ride.

Drink
The Giggling Marlin: Hang upside down while drinking a margarita at the Giggling Marlin, where you'll be hoisted up by your ankles just like a proudly caught fish on display. The party doesn't stop there, as the bar offers plenty of other ways to drink right-side up. If you get hungry, you can also order from a full menu of Mexican and American entrees.

Stay
The Bungalows Hotel: In the heart of Cabo San Lucas, stay at a private suite or bungalow where you can recharge after a night on the town. Relax by the fountains, carved stone benches, swimming pool, and lush gardens. Each of the 16 rooms comes equipped with a kitchenette, Mexican furnishings, and a private bath. In the morning, enjoy a full gourmet breakfast served in the brick-paved nook. Suites start at $75 per night, and two-bedroom bungalows start at $95.

To search for flights and compare prices to Los Cabos, please use our price-comparison tool.

(Photo: Index Open)

Cabo San Lucas Invites You to Join in the Fun

Posted July 2, 2010 by Kate Hamman

Cabo san lucas Can’t decide between “exciting” or “relaxing” on your next trip? Head to Cabo San Lucas, where you can start off by livening things up with sizzling nightlife and spicy foods. Then, after you've imbibed and danced the night away, you can crash in a cozy and laid-back hacienda.

Drink
The Office on the Beach: The last thing you want to think about while on vacation is work, but this office gives new meaning to the rat race. Here you can sit on the beach under the palapa and watch the waves roll in as you enjoy one of the bar's signature margaritas. This office started serving food and drinks in the 70s, and has been going strong ever since. And if you're in town on a Thursday, stop by for the Mexican Fiesta, where you can dance the night away under the stars.

Stay
Casa Pablito: Nothing says vacation quite like waking up in a Mexican Hacienda-style room and stepping outside into a pool with an "in the water" bar and whirlpool. Relaxation is the name of the game at Casa Pablito, where breakfast is served in the canteen until 11 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon on Sundays. To help cut costs while visiting, get acquainted with the in-room cooking facilities and refrigerators.

Eat
Felix' Fine Mexican & Seafood Restaurant: It's unlikely you'll ever find a salsa bar of this size anywhere else. In fact, with more than 1,200 unique recipes, Felix' claims to have the world's largest. It features at least 30 to 40 different types each night, ranging in spiciness from "bring-the-kids" mild to "Whoa Nellie." In between sampling salsas, you can sip a margarita under the bougainvillea-covered awning, dine on pozole, and listen to Mexican music. Be aware that if you come before 1 p.m., Felix' will be Mama's Royal Cafe serving breakfast foods.

To search for flights and compare prices to Los Cabos, which is home to Cabo San Lucas’ nearest major airport, please use our price-comparison tool.

(Photo: Boutique Hotel Casa Pablito)

Party in Cabo San Lucas Without Spending Your College Tuition

Posted April 8, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Student-collegekidsonthebeach-def When it comes to good times, Cabo San Lucas puts the salt on the margarita glass. Because of this, students flock to the lively city year after year for fun in the sun and happening nightlife. Come sail high above the sea, hang upside down in a bar, and stay in your own private bungalow without spending your college tuition.

Play
Caborey Parasailing: With more than 40 years of experience, Caborey Parasailing is the place to go if you want to soar 600 feet above the ocean while being propelled by a speedboat. You can go solo, or take one of your closest pals and try it tandem. Each trip lasts about an hour-and-a-half, but you're only in the air for about five to 10 minutes. Rides cost $25 per person for a five-minute "quickie," $35 per person for eight to 10 minutes, or $70 for an eight-to-10-minute tandem ride.

Drink
The Giggling Marlin: Hang upside down while drinking a margarita at the Giggling Marlin, where you'll be hoisted up by your ankles just like a proudly caught fish on display. The party doesn't stop there, as the bar offers plenty of other ways to drink right-side up. If you get hungry, you can also order from a full menu of Mexican and American entrees.

Stay
The Bungalows Hotel: In the heart of Cabo San Lucas, stay at a private suite or bungalow where you can recharge after a night on the town. Relax by the fountains, carved stone benches, swimming pool, and lush gardens. Each of the 16 rooms comes equipped with a kitchenette, Mexican furnishings, and a private bath. In the morning, enjoy a full gourmet breakfast served in the brick-paved nook. Suites start at $115 per night, and two-bedroom bungalows start at $135.

To search for flights and compare prices to Los Cabos, please use our price-comparison tool.

(Photo: Index Open)

Cabo San Lucas Invites You to Join in the Fun

Posted March 13, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Mexico-CaboSanLucas-CasaPablitos-DEF Can’t decide between “exciting” or “relaxing” on your next trip? Head to Cabo San Lucas, where you can start off by livening things up with sizzling nightlife and spicy foods. Then, after you've imbibed and danced the night away, you can crash in a cozy and laid-back hacienda.

Drink
The Office on the Beach: The last thing you want to think about while on vacation is work, but this office gives new meaning to the rat race. Here you can sit on the beach under the palapa and watch the waves roll in as you enjoy one of the bar's signature margaritas made with Grand Marnier. This office started serving food and drinks in the 70s, and has been going strong ever since. During happy hour, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, two beers cost 50 pesos (about $3.40 U.S.; check XE.com for current exchange rates). Margaritas start at 75 pesos. And if you're in town on a Thursday, stop by for the Mexican Fiesta, where you can dance the night away under the stars.

Stay
Casa Pablito: Nothing says vacation quite like waking up in a Mexican Hacienda-style room and stepping outside into a pool with an "in the water" bar and whirlpool. Relaxation is the name of the game at Casa Pablito, where breakfast is served in the canteen until 10:30 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. on Sundays. To help cut costs while visiting, get acquainted with the in-room cooking facilities and refrigerators.

Eat
Felix' Fine Mexican & Seafood Restaurant: It's unlikely you'll ever find a salsa bar of this size anywhere else. In fact, with more than 1,200 unique recipes, Felix' claims to have the world's largest. It features at least 30 to 40 different types each night, ranging in spiciness from "bring-the-kids" mild to "Whoa Nellie." In between sampling salsas, you can sip a margarita under the bougainvillea-covered awning, dine on pozole, and listen to Mexican music. Be aware that if you come before 1 p.m., Felix' will be Mama's Royal Cafe serving breakfast foods.

To search for flights and compare prices to Los Cabos, which is home to Cabo San Lucas’ nearest major airport, please use our price-comparison tool.

(Photo: Boutique Hotel Casa Pablito)


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