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Travel Review: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Adina Oditt

The resort town of Cabo San Lucas, named for the slender cape extending eastward from Baja’s southernmost tip, gradually developed into a tourist hot spot over the last 40 years. Today, Cabo is an ideal destination that captures the essence of Baja Peninsula through its many resorts, championship golf courses, world-class dining, and amazing outdoor activities. The area is considered the second fastest-growing resort destination in all of Mexico and is particularly busy with visitors during the winter high season: November to February. With some of the best all-around sport fishing in the world and every water sport imaginable, Cabo is the ultimate destination for travelers looking for outdoor adventure.

Airport/Getting There: Cabo is served by Los Cabos International Airport, which is located outside of San Jose del Cabo. It will take approximately 30-45 minutes to travel to Cabo San Lucas. All the major American airlines fly to the airport, as well as Aereo Calafia, Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Interjet, Mexicana, Volaris, Canadian Air Transat, and WestJet.

Hotels/Lodging: Whether you are looking for a place to stay with the whole family, a romantic hotel, or that perfect home away from home, Cabo accommodations have something for anyone looking for peaceful solitude, high adventure, world-class fishing, and golf. Popular mid-range resorts include Casa Piedra, Marina Sol, Hotel Santa Fe, and RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas. High-end hotels might ring a bell, like Hilton Los Cabos Resort, Marquis Los Cabos, and Melia Cabo Real.

Attractions/Sightseeing: Cabo San Lucas has blossomed into one of the world’s most famous spots for celeb sightings, grand scenery, and sunning and snorkeling that are unparalleled. Enjoy whale watching off the coast at one of the most legendary whale watching spots in the world. From January through March, have a chance to see the majestic gray and humpback whales swimming in the Sea of Cortez, after a 6,000 mile journey. Known as the Marlin Capital of the World, Cabo San Lucas is a storied destination for deep sea fishing. Numerous Cabo San Lucas sport fishing companies offer fishing charters ranging from casual half-day tours to full-day deep sea fishing excursions. Take in the sights on a fun-filled horseback riding adventure. Guided tours are available for beach rides, desert canyon tours, and romantic sunset rides. Numerous reputable horseback riding companies offer services and tours to meet any schedule and group size. Include a day or two of shopping in your vacation itinerary at upscale shopping centers, like Puerto Paraiso in downtown or charming artisan markets and Pueblo Bonito resort boutiques. Straddling the line between attraction and activity, nightlife is nothing short of memorable. Visit famous hot spots at The Giggling Marlin, Cabo Wabo, and El Squid Roe for an introduction to the nightlife party scene.

Cuisine/Dining: Cabo San Lucas has a special affinity for seafood and restaurants featuring European and North American cuisines. Dining is generally expensive, but you can find cheaper eats and more fascinating cultural experiences if you try some of the hole-in-the-wall taco joints (taquerias) located downtown or along the hotel corridor. Some of the delights you can find include “chocolata clams” (Almejas Chocolatas), an exquisite shellfish that is cooked in a stone bed covered by a regional herb called romerito. The fish tacos are not only popular in this region but also in many other places in Mexico. Smoked Marlin is another dish that has been imitated in other parts of the country, although each region gives it its own special touch. Other food delicacies include a variety of dishes prepared with fresh seafood, such as shrimp, lobster, abalone, stingray, crab, squid, and more. They are also mixed with other local ingredients such as romerito, chile, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper.

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