Mexico’s Premier Destination For First-Rate Fun And Year-Round Sun
By Elizabeth Anthony
If you’re looking for a sun-drenched springtime destination featuring ethereal beaches, lush accommodations, superb dining, great sport fishing, stunning golf courses and more, Los Cabos is the place you want to be! Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos, Mexico extends an unbeatable combination of innate beauty and world-class amenities. Plus, Cabo is only a two-hour flight from Houston, making it an easily accessible tropical destination with warm weather year-round. The airport is close to many lush hotels and villas and residential communities and will soon be one of Southwest Airlines’ stops once their International terminal opens at Hobby Airport.
Los Cabos presents a dramatic desert landscape embraced on one side by the Pacific Ocean and on the other by the Sea of Cortez. “El Arco” (the arch), an iconic rock, marks the place where these two bodies of water magnificently merge. Located in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, Los Cabos is the name which encompasses several distinct areas.
Cabo San Lucas
When most people think of Los Cabos, they think of Cabo San Lucas, the vibrant, bustling city with its legendary nightlife, the luxury villas of Pedregal and resorts which overlook Médano Beach. Cabo San Lucas, or simply “Cabo” as it is often called,
is located at the end of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Here, you’ll find Cabo’s marina, where fishing boats, water taxis, sunset cruises and luxury yacht charters depart throughout the day. Overlooking the rock formations of Land’s End, including “El Arco,” Cabo is also known for attracting every kind of traveler, including families, couples, and party-loving, luxury-seeking vacationers who expect the very finest.
Today Cabo is the foremost tourist destination of southern Baja. Luxury villas and spectacular resorts line the coast and have been aesthetically constructed into the hillsides.
San Jose del Cabo
Approximately 20 miles away lies tranquil San José del Cabo, with a charming historic downtown, romantic restaurants, arts district and beachfront resorts. San Jose del Cabo retains the look and vibe of an authentic Mexican town. With its shady main plaza, mission church and narrow winding, cobblestone streets, you can slow your pace in San José del Cabo strolling amid the colorful colonial buildings, perusing small art galleries and boutiques and dining at one of the many intimate restaurants. It is an atmosphere that manages to be both laid-back and sophisticated.
The first community in Los Cabos, San José del Cabo was formerly home to the Pericú tribe, the stop for Spanish galleons and a hiding place for pirates. Now famous for its authentic atmosphere, lovely architecture and picturesque quality, this colonial town is perfect for honeymooners and those seeking a more traditional Mexican getaway.
Accommodations range from graceful private villas overlooking the Sea of Cortez to awe-inspiring resorts. Along the sunlit expanse known as “Hotel Zone,” luxury resorts line the glistening sands. During November through June, the Art Walk on Thursday evenings is a great cultural experience and opportunity to visit the numerous galleries of San José del Cabo.
The Tourist Corridor
The Tourist Corridor is a 20-mile section of beautiful, sprawling beaches, world-class golf courses, villas and luxurious resorts linking the cities of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Its captivating beaches invite relaxation, beautiful snorkeling and diving in protected bays, and excellent surfing in other spots. The gorgeous bays of Santa Maria and Chileno invite visitors to enjoy lovely beaches and gentle waters. You won’t find the density of shops, nightlife and restaurants here that you will in either Cabo San Lucas or San José del Cabo, but you will often find seclusion, tranquility and exclusivity. Moreover, the highway means you’re just minutes from all of the best activities in Los Cabos.
You’ll find magnificent accommodations along the Corridor. Luxurious resorts offer first-class service, lagoon-like pools, classy beach clubs, on-site spas and gourmet restaurants. You’ll also find some of the most beautiful villa rentals in Los Cabos here as well.
Golfing in Cabo San Lucas
Beyond the beaches and fine accommodations, golf is a huge draw to Cabo San Lucas. The spectacular courses make this stretch of landscape a golfer’s dream. You can enjoy a round as you admire the views offered by either the Pacific Ocean or the Sea of Cortez and keep an eye out for migrating whales which pass offshore during specific months.
Cabo Real — A Questro Golf property, this showpiece of a 2,800-acre resort and residential project with 3.2 miles of beachfront, Cabo Real Golf Club features a multi-themed, target-style course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The recent reversal of the club’s nines has greatly enhanced the flow and drama of the course. Host to two PGA Senior Slam events (1996, 1999), Cabo Real offers an unforgettable, well-balanced test of golf. Jones and his design team artfully contoured the green complexes and containment mounds to mimic the shapes of the richly hued mountain peaks in the Sierra de la Laguna that frame the course.
Puerto los Cabos — Another Questro Golf property, this course tucked within a 2,000-acre master-planned resort community a short 10-minute drive from San Jose del Cabo, Puerto Los Cabos features a rare composite design by two of the sport’s most legendary figures—Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus. Both layouts are carved into rolling desert foothills with the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains as a backdrop and all 18 holes perched high above the Sea of Cortez, the pristine coastline and the resort’s marina.
Quivira Golf Club — Upon its October 1, 2014 opening, Quivira Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature course, promptly secured its place as one of the most beautiful courses on earth; it dazzles at every turn. Created as an exclusive amenity for guests of the Quivira community and Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas. This world-class layout offers dazzling views and breathtaking drops from tee to fairway. In a destination revered for its unique ocean-desert-mountain setting, Quivira offers more oceanfront exposure than any other course in Los Cabos, with views of the Pacific from every hole. Presenting a championship-caliber test from the back tees, Quivira has multiple sets of forward tees to enhance playability. The topographical variety of the holes—from cactus and arroyos to dunes and cliffs–is unmatched. The club was selected as the “Best New International Course” of 2014 by GOLF Magazine in its January 2015 issue and as Golf Inc.’s 2014 Development of the Year. You’ve got to visit the comfort stations for great food and drinks… holes #5 and #8.
Adventures in Baja California Sur
If golf is not your game, not to worry. You can also enjoy all types of water sports, such as kayaking, sailing, boogie boarding, water-skiing, snorkeling, diving and parasailing. Equipment can be rented at Médano Beach in Cabo San Lucas, which also offers the safest swimming in the area. Snorkeling and SCUBA diving are excellent for all levels near the arch. For a memorable must-do Cabo activity, hop aboard a sunset cruise to view and photograph the iconic arch at Land’s End and gorgeous views of Cabo San Lucas Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Whales are migrating now. Head out with the experienced crews and captains to view these magnificent creatures as they make their annual migration along the beautiful Los Cabos coastline. Awe-inspiring luxury whale-watching cruises aboard a boat
or yacht with all of the amenities at an affordable price is something you and your family will never forget.
The Best Time to Visit
With 360 days of sunshine, there is really no bad time to be in Cabo San Lucas. High season runs from November to May – which is when the prices are the highest. Christmas is the busiest time in Cabo. Spring Break (mid-March) tends to be very popular for college students and families. Carnival (February–March) is also bustling. Low season is June–Mid-November.
Los Cabos was hit by Hurricane Odile in September 2014 as the strongest hurricane ever to make landfall in the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. However, only 17 days later, Los Cabos was already back in business. Airport, cruise ship port, streets, marina, beaches and water are now all clean and open. Restaurants, fishing charters, tour operators, grocery stores and shops are reopened, and locals say that they’ve never seen Cabo so clean.
Los Cabos is a great way to celebrate the coming of spring. Great weather, great beauty, great golf, great sport fishing, great beaches, great sunsets, great romance and great resorts make this vacation destination Mexico’s premier place for first-rate fun and year-round sun! www.quiviraloscabos.com
Celebrating Spring in Los Cabos