Los Cabos is bordered on one side by the sapphire Sea of Cortez, and on the other by the cobalt waters of the Pacific. Wherever you choose to stay in the area, you’re guaranteed to be near a stunning white-sand beach. Head down to the very tip of the region, and you’ll find the gorgeous Lover’s Beach, one of the most popular stretches of sand on the island. Lying offshore are some rugged golden-rock formations known as Land’s End. The most famous of these is El Arco, a natural rock archway. You’ll often spot sea lions basking on the rocks, and it’s also one of the best places on the peninsula to watch the sun set.
If you want to spend your days lounging on the beach, El Cabo is the perfect place to do so. But there are also plenty of beachside water-sport centres where you can indulge in a whole host of activities. Try kite-surfing, jet-skiing, parasailing or banana boating if you’re looking for adrenaline-fuelled fun. There are also more relaxed activities on offer, including kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and even horse riding along the sand.
Jacques Cousteau once referred to the Sea of Cortez as the ‘aquarium of the world’. Needless to say, it’s a popular snorkelling and scuba-diving site. Slip under the waves to experience this underwater world of colourful coral and iridescent fish for yourself. It’s also possible to go on a dolphin-spotting cruise and even swim with marine sharks.
A desert adventure
This diverse region is one of the few places in the world where you’ll find a desert with an ocean view. Stretching out between the two towns is a long, narrow strip of desert, studded with impressive cactus formations and arid mountains. You only need to travel a short distance to reach it, but it feels like you’re in a different world.
There are several ways you can go off-the-beaten track and explore this fascinating desert strip. Take an ATV trip or a camel safari across the sands and along winding dirt tracks. Many excursions will enable you to visit both the desert and the beach, where you can cool down with a dip in the ocean.
Once a former fishing village, Cabo San Lucas is now renowned for its nightlife. It attracts celebrities from all over the world who want to spend their days relaxing and nights partying. Head down to Cabo Wabo, a huge complex of bars and stages where you’ll often see live music being performed – Kid Rock is a frequent visitor.
Quirky El Squid Roe is another popular haunt. Outside, cartoon-character statues dance on a bright red roof. Inside its neon-lit interior you’ll discover waiters dancing on tables and conga-lines fuelled with shots of Tequila. It’s a place where you can’t fail to have fun.
Historic streets and art galleries
Los Cabos not only boasts amazing scenery and great nightlife – it also has a thriving arts and culture scene. The quaint cobbled streets of San José del Cabo’s historic district are lined with numerous art galleries. There’s an art walk every Thursday evening between November to June, where you can saunter between each gallery, enjoying the artworks and stopping in between for a glass or two of wine.
Pretty Todos Santos has been named a ‘Magic Town’ by the Mexico Secretary of Tourism, a designation given to places with historical relevance, cultural richness, and unique attractions. You’ll love searching for hidden gems at the local market and bijou art galleries, and eating the delicious food served at the cute cafés and restaurants. Visit during February for the annual art festival, when the streets come alive with outdoor exhibitions and workshops run by artists from around the world.