Cabo San Lucas is a vacation paradise at the the west coast of Mexico. It has white sand beaches, crystal clear water, mountains, it is warm all the time and has tons of activities for everyone. What else can you ask for in a vacation destination? Cabo San Lucas is located at the southern most tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Cabo San Lucas is best identified by the image of the world famous rock arch formation “El Arco” where the Pacific meets the warm water of the Sea of Cortes. The Sea of Cortes is one of the world’s unique ocean environments. It is considered to be the biologically richest body of water on earth, supporting over 800 marine vertebrates species. Diver’s come from all over the world to dive here.
Cabo San Lucas was once a frequent stop for pirates to hide what they had stole. Now it is a busy resort area. Cabo San Lucas is filled with American food, American cars and most places accept American dollars. Most of Cabo San Lucas was developed by American companies. Therefore it has a closer tie to the US than the Mexican mainland, which makes it more American friendly.
Cabo San Lucas also has activities galore. You can enjoy a horseback ride on the beach, world-class fishing, world-class diving, kayaking, golfing, surfing, mountain biking and some amazing whale-watching. Cabo San Lucas also has a very active nightlife. The clubs here vary from Rock ‘ Roll to jazz to a regular pub. Cabo San Lucas is also home to the “Cabo Wabo” which is owned by the famous Sammy Hagar.
Cabo San Lucas is known for it’s marlin, hence the name “Marlin Capital of the World”. More Marlin are caught here than anywhere in the world. There are many fishing competitions in Cabo San Lucas each year. During these competitions there are so many boats in the water that it looks like a big froth of white water as the boats speed out of the bay. Cabo is home to the richest sport fishing tournament – the Brisbee which it’s price money is in the millions every year.
Cabo San Lucas also has become world-class destination for golf with many golf tournaments hosted here every year. Along with the professionally designed courses by some of the world’s most renowned golf course designers. The golf courses in Cabo San Lucas are expensive but, they are also first class courses.
The accommodations in Cabo San Lucas are also first class and feature some of Mexico’s finest properties. Here in Cabo San Lucas you can find million dollar villas available for rent for the duration of your vacation along with many five star hotels.
Cabo San Lucas is a great choice for vacation destination if you are looking for the sun and the sand to relax in. The atmosphere here, in Cabo San Lucas is also very relaxed. Despite being one of Mexico’s most savvy destinations, Cabo San Lucas has remained relatively unknown outside of its primary west coast markets of California and Pacific Northwest. Which makes it a nice quiet recluse for those looking to get away.
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Top Seven Things to do in Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas is becoming a sought after vacation destination, and that’s a fact. It’s popularity is steadily increasing. Cabo San Lucas offers something for every vacationer, including: private secluded getaways, beachfront weddings, nightlife and activities. In this article I am going to discuss the top seven things to do in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo. If you are planning a vacation to Cabo, the activities listed below are all a must do!
Diving in Sea of Cortez
Cabo San Lucas is a unique diving destination because the Sea of Cortez is located between temperate waters and tropical waters. The Sea of Cortes is one of the world’s unique ocean environments. It is considered to be the biologically richest body of water on earth, supporting over 800 marine vertebrates species. Diving in Cabo is famous for it’s “sand falls”. The sand falls are actually streams of sand that fall over the underwater canyons. They create sand rivers and this is extremely interesting to see. The nutrient rich waters make for a spectacular population of fish from small inshore fish to large schools of jack, tuna, dolphin, and “sportfish” such as dorado and marlin. There are migratory visits from whales and hammerhead sharks. A fortunate scuba diver may also encounter manta rays, and even whale sharks in the plentiful waters of the Sea of Cortez. It is critical to the success of your dive to plan your dive at the right time. The Sea of Cortez sees good weather conditions June through November. Prior to June, the Sea of Cortez waters temperature is quite cold. If you are not interested in diving you could also snorkel. There are diving and snorkeling tours available. Snorkeling would still allow you to see most of the inshore fish and some of the beautiful coral.
Horseback riding on the beach
Horseback riding for is available for all levels of riders at several stables in the Cabo San Lucas area. There are trail rides in which you are accompanied by a guide. Trail rides can vary from a desert ride, to a beach ride or, in and about beautiful rock formations. Either way it is a great way to see much of Cabo San Lucas’ scenery. Horseback riding is also available for the whole family, with younger children riding with adults. For those of you who are horse lovers you can see pure Andulsian horses at:Cuadra San Francisco Stable.
Whales pass several hundred meters off of Cabo San Lucas’ shore every year. The best time to see whales are between January and March, when the gray whale migrates. There are several ways to whale watch in Cabo San Lucas. There are boat tours that offer whale watching. Boats of varying size carry the hundreds of whale watchers out to see these marine mammals as they visit our peninsula in their annual migration, every year. It is not uncommon at this time for a curious whale to come close to a boat. Although no trip can guarantee whales, the odds are definitely in your favor. The smaller the boat the better your chances are of getting close.
Have a drink at Cabo San Lucas’ most famous club
The Cabo Wabo cantina is Cabo’s most famous club, owned by Sammy Hagar. If you are in town at the same time as Sammy is, you might even get to watch one of his impromptu performances. If you are not that lucky, you can still enjoy the atmosphere the Cabo Wabo has to offer and live music on most nights. The Cabo Wabo also offers a menu filled with American and Mexican food to feed your hunger.
Hike through the desert
You must be especially careful when hiking in Cabo’s desert lands. You will need twice as much water as you normally would. A trek through the desert is absolutely spectacular. Desert hiking is best in the winter, with the temperature being around 70. It is possible to hike the desert in the summer but, you must go in the early morning. It is dangerous to hike alone, and best to hire an experienced guide from the area, just incase you get lost. The desert offers incredible rock formations, unique vegetation and wildlife native only to this region. Hiking can be for all ages and hiking in Cabo’s desert is something that you will remember. There are also other hiking and natural history tours which include fossil fields, challenging hikes into the Sierra de la Laguna and day trips to old mining ghost towns.
Close to downtown San Jose Del Cabo is the San Jose Estuary and Bird Sanctuary. In the sanctuary you can find about 200 species of exotic birds which include egrets, herons and brown pelicans. You can rent a kayak to experience this sanctuary. Sunrise and sunset are the most scenic times to visit; however, if you are an avid bird watcher and want to see species and identify them, you may want to visit during daylight hours. There is a also an information center to answer any of your questions. Admission is free at the San Jose Estuary and Bird Sanctuary.
Visit Lover’s beach
Lover’s Beach ( also known as Playa Del Amor) is another must, but to get to this beach you’ll need some kind of boat or kayak as the beach is not accessible by land. It is possible to hire a water taxi at the marina. Lover’s Beach is surrounded by towering rock formations and is hidden behind Cabo San Lucas’ landmark arch, El Arco at Land’s End. Be careful swimming here, the powerful waves and currents of the Pacific make swimming quite dangerous. You can view where the Pacfic and the Sea of Cortez meet. Lover’s beach offers many spectacular views.