If you need any more reasons than almost year-round sunshine to head to Mexico's Baja Peninsula, then find out what else awaits you in Cabo.
1) The Weather
For those of us who leave home expecting to find reliably sunny skies on vacation, the arid desert climate of Los Cabos rarely disappoints. The average number of sunny days each year is 350. Temperatures hover as high as 90° between May and October but compared to the tropics, humidity is low. The heat of the day usually drops off in the evenings with cool ocean breezes coming off the water. Rainfall is minimal, with less than 10 inches per year.
2) One Destination: Three Different Ambiances
Two towns anchor Los Cabos - Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. In between is an 18-mile stretch of modern highway that runs adjacent to the Sea of Cortez, called The Corridor. Visitors can find accommodations at each of these three diverse locations.
Cabo San Lucas is a bustling port of call with restaurants, a contemporary shopping center, clubs and other nightspots, and a world-class marina. San Jose del Cabo is an older, more traditional Mexican town perfect for evening strolls. On Thursday nights, a popular Art Walk draws visitors to the restaurants and galleries located on the small streets off the historic square. And some of the most posh resorts with dramatic ocean views sit along the Corridor (Corredor Turistico) that links the two towns, with picturesque desert terrain across the road.
3) Range of Accommodations
When a destination has more than 14,000 hotels rooms — in addition to thousands of condo and villa rentals — competition is keen. Upping the levels of amenities and service, and providing visitors with a wide array of choices to fit every taste and budget is key.
Some of the private villas and ultra-luxury properties like One&Only Palmilla, Esperanza and Rosewood’s Las Ventanas al Paraiso consistently draw A-list Hollywood celebrities whose faces (and bodies) appear on the pages of People Magazine.
4) Spas for Body, Mind & Soul
Wherever you stay, you’re likely to find an extraordinary spa on the premises or nearby, offering treatments and products that build upon Mexican traditions. As long as reservations are made in advance, most resort spas are open to the public as well as guests.
5) Water Sports
With proximity to both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, Los Cabos offers unparalleled opportunities for water activities including, but not limited to snorkeling, swimming with whale sharks, whale-watching, parasailing, or exploring the waters in a glass-bottomed boat. Between mid-December and Mid-April, the migration of thousands of whales can often be seen right from the shore.
Jacques Cousteau called Los Cabos the “the aquarium of the world.” Anglers can rent fishing vessels to snag marlin, swordfish, snappers, dorado and more. The Bisbee’s tournament held in October has been drawing sports fishermen to the area for more than 30 years. Many restaurants offer “catch and cook” service to prepare the fish you catch.
Some complain that the vast majority of beaches in the area (even at resorts) are unswimmable because of rough waters and the strong undertow but several public beaches are safe for swimming, among them Lover’s Beach near Cabo San Lucas and the one at Chileno Bay on the Corridor. In addition, the destination offers a multitude of infinity pools at water’s edge with swim-up bars. Who can beat that?
6) Delicious Dining
Regional cuisine, Baja wines and tequila take top billing at many hotel and resort dining rooms and bars (which are usually open to the public) as well as at the informal taquerias, snack bars and restaurants in the two towns and along the Corridor. Because the weather is temperate, many are open-air without roofs, offering dining under the stars or even on the beach.
7) Golf Courses
Known as a golf mecca, Los Cabos has 12 championship golf courses (public and private) that include ones designed by Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Peter Dye. The greens fees are high but the settings are unforgettable. The one at Cabo del Sol, for example, has both Ocean and Desert courses. Two new courses are scheduled to open this fall including the first designed by Tiger Woods outside the U.S.
8) Ease and Accessibility
Los Cabos is an easy place to land, both literally and figuratively There are currently flights from 24 cities in the U.S. and Canada and several airlines (United, Delta and Alaska) will be launching new direct flights this December from Atlanta, Detroit, New York City, Minneapolis, San Diego, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Washington D.C., Seattle and Portland. Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) recently added a second terminal as well. New and improved roads have cut the time it takes to get to the arty town of Todos Santos and La Paz (capital of the state). Once you hit the ground, English is spoken almost universally. Rent a car, use taxis or simply ride a horse along the beach. The dollar (as well as plastic) is accepted as currency in most places so American visitors don’t need to worry about converting money. Currently there are no State Department travel advisories is in effect for Baja California Sur or Los Cabos.
9) The People
However, the biggest draw that makes travelers want to return year after year and fall in love with Los Cabos is the warmth and hospitality of the Mexican people, evident in their smiles and eagerness to welcome and engage with visitors.