Four Days in Los Cabos, Mexico
Los Cabos is a municipality at the Southern tip of Baja California Sur. For further reference, it's at the very bottom of the strip of land off the mainland, west of the country. It's essentially made up of two major towns: Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. It is a popular tourist spot, and is home to countless hotels, resorts, and golf courses. This is also where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet, so scuba diving and water sports are also extremely popular.
The name "Cabo" may bring to mind spring break debauchery, but the two towns have so much more to offer (the party scene is great though). Los Cabos truly has such a diverse range of amenities and activities, so whether you're looking for nightlife, eco-tourism, or cultural/artistic exploration, you can find it here.
I visited Los Cabos with my family for four days. We stayed on a resort in Cabo San Lucas, but explored both towns during our stay. I will say, if you consider yourself an adventurer, an all-inclusive resort might be a little constricting. Since we had prepaid for our drinks and meals, we felt obliged to get our money's worth, and rarely ate off the resort. All-inclusive definitely had its perks, but should I come back, I would want to experience it without.
Here, I will highlight the main event for each of my four days in Los Cabos. We wasted no time, making sure to see and do something exciting each day. So, without further ado: my four days in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Day One: Playa Palmilla
We happened to hit the jackpot on our first activity of our Mexico trip. Playa Palmilla was absolutely beautiful, and my favorite beach out of all the ones we visited in the area (believe me, we visited many). It is located in San José del Cabo. It's a quiet beach, and not too crowded. There are private beach clubs and homes along the shore but they are not imposing like they can often be on touristy beaches. The beach naturally curves, so it's as if palm trees protect the entire shoreline, and the stone walls enhance the feeling of being in a secret, private paradise. It's big enough that you can go for a nice walk/run or separate yourself from the crowd, but small enough where the beach feels cozy rather than endless. Even the public bathrooms were beautiful, and built with materials that were coherent with the natural surroundings. We even saw fisherman come in off their boat and slice their catch of the day right on the shore. Sunbathing is nice, but I love swimming whenever I visit a beach, so it definitely influences my experience of a beach. The water was cold, but warm enough to get acclimated to. I was able to swim comfortably, and found the waves rather gentle. I will note that the water gets deep quickly and there are no lifeguards; and while I was swimming, fish were darting all around me (I enjoyed it, others may not). Out of all the beaches we visited, it was definitely the least touristy and had the most beautiful natural and constructed landscaping.
Day Two: Playa El Médano
This is the beach most college spring breakers will visit. It is closest to the bars and clubs, and a step away from downtown Cabo San Lucas. Considering, the beach was anything but crazy in my experience. There are families, and most people were relaxing, either on the beach or at the number of restaurants on the shoreline. Maybe I'd have to come back in the spring to see the real excitement? It is more happening than Palmilla, though. There were water slides and trampolines on the water, and day-cruise ships would pass by every couple of minutes. What I loved about this beach were the lush hill formations right off the shoreline. It created a truly unique horizon line. I also enjoyed the shops and restaurants leading up to the beach, many of which were brightly colored and beautifully decorated.
Day Three: San José del Cabo
For those seeking culture and history, San José del Cabo is for you. The town consists of 18th-century Spanish colonial architecture, typified by the Mission of San Jose del Cabo Church. The small town is centered by a plaza (which featured a giant Christmas tree for the holiday season) and small roads which branch off, featuring small shops and restaurants. This is the place to buy souvenirs. There are many local art and jewelry shops where you can find gifts at any price point. Here, I learned that opals are produced in Mexico (my birthstone!) and got a lovely silver ring with an opal gem to remember my time in this town. If you can, visit the town on a Thursday (as we made sure to do), where there is an evening art walk throughout the city. The roads are closed to cars, and pedestrians can explore the town. Galleries present their works publicly, while musicians and performers populate the streets.
Day Four: El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
I didn't forget about the nature-lovers. If you are looking for awe-inducing natural sights, you have to take a boat out to El Arco. It is here that you can really see how the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet, with extraordinary results. El Arco, specifically, is a distinct rock formation carved over time by water and wind, which has now become a famous landmark of Cabo San Lucas. From the Marina, you can take boats up to El Arco, while also passing numerous beaches carved between rock formations. We took an hour boat ride down and back, but many boats spend hours at El Arco or the surrounding beaches. There is also amazing wildlife. We took a glass-bottomed boat where we were able to see many colorful and diverse fish (many people scuba dive around this area). We also saw pelicans, and a horde of seals. It was a little cloudy this day, which I actually didn't mind, as I was able to take in the views without the sun beating down on me too badly. I would recommend doing this early in the morning, when there are less boats out, to better see the rock formations and take nicer photos.
This post features only the main events of our short trip to Los Cabos. We had other smaller experiences that made our trip wonderful, but were I to include them, I'd be writing this post for the next month. Perhaps for another time (or post). However, I do hope I was able to portray the vast activities and opportunities available here.
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