Where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean lies the picturesque ocean town known to many travelers as Cabo San Lucas. Famous for “El Arco,” a unique rock formation that can’t be missed, Cabo is the perfect destination for anyone in need of sunshine and a good margarita. Aside from the wide assortment of water activities, Cabo is also home to beautiful resorts and an outstanding restaurant scene. Even during our visit in mid-November, temperatures were in the 80’s and 90’s making it the perfect place to escape to during chilly winter months elsewhere. Below are some of our favorites from Cabo San Lucas:
WHAT TO DO
Take a boat ride to El Arco.
You can’t visit Los Cabos without a visit to El Arco. There are so many different ways to experience this landmark including sunset sailboat rides, glass bottom boat tours or even flying over while parasailing! However you choose to witness the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, you are in for a treat. We enjoyed the glass bottom boat tour because it was a small group and we got to get very close to the wildlife and up close and personal with the “Window to the Pacific.” Check it out in my video below!
Swim at Lover’s Beach (and admire Divorce Beach).
Located very near El Arco are Lover’s Beach and Divorce Beach. The waters at Lover’s Beach are calm, warm and perfect for swimming and snorkeling because it faces the Sea of Cortez. Walk 100 yards to the Pacific side and you will find yourself at Divorce Beach, named for its vicious waves that you should definitely not swim in. Both beaches can only be accessed by boat, and it’s fun to spend an hour or two exploring them.
Swim with Whale Sharks.
Swimming with whale sharks was a must for us when in Mexico (you can read more about our experience in my post here). If you are not up for swimming with the world’s largest fish, you can also consider a regular snorkeling trip while in the area. Jaques Cousteau famously called the Sea of Cortez “The Aquarium of the World.” Throw on a pair of goggles and you will understand why. Make sure you don’t miss the extraordinary world that lies just below the surface of the ocean.
WHERE TO STAY
Pueblo Bonito Resorts.
We stayed at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, so it is hard for me to speak on any other hotels in the region. What I can say is that our resort was spectacular and I would highly recommend it to anyone. There were several beautiful swimming pools and amazing restaurants (our favorite was La Frida). We enjoyed watching the sunset every evening either on the beach or from the balcony in our room.
Right next door to our resort was the gorgeous Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, a luxury adult only resort. We loved visiting Pacifica and felt that their restaurants were even more delicious than the ones over at Sunset. We relaxed on a cabana by the beach all day while eating ceviche and drinking margaritas. You can read more about our experience at Pueblo Bonito here!
Lastly we visited Pueblo Bonito Rose and Pueblo Bonito Blanco which were located closer to the marina. These two sister resorts are a little less fancy, but are located a lot closer to the action of Cabo. Rose seems like the perfect resort for families and when we have a family of our own someday I would love to stay there. When visiting Rose we walked out onto the sand and were able to grab a water taxi to El Arco. The location was super convenient for ocean activities.
Each different resort offers something for a different taste and traveler. We were impressed by all the properties and would love to stay at all of them at some point.
WHERE TO EAT
A short walk from the marina is Tacos Gardenias, an open air taqueria with – you guessed it – delicious tacos. Billy ordered battered fish tacos and battered shrimp tacos. I ordered a grilled fish taco and a barbacoa taco – they were so good. The tacos come plain, but they provide you with so many fixings and toppings to customize your tacos. I highly recommend the fish tacos!
Peninsula at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica.
The best meal of our entire trip was at Peninsula. From beginning to end, each dish was impeccable. We started with the appetizer “La Playita” (little beach). It was even more delicious than it was beautiful, and that’s saying a lot. I also ordered the tuna for my entree (Tuna lover over here) and I was blown away. It was so amazing. Last but not least, we ordered the corn cake for dessert. If you can make your way to Peninsula, I highly recommend you dine as the sun is setting. Peninsula offers a totally gorgeous view paired with an amazing dinner.
We heard so many good things about the Office on the Beach that we knew we had to eat there when in town. The vibe was totally fun and energetic. Most of the seating is actually on the sand and during my meal I slipped off my sandals and felt the sand between my toes. We ordered the fresh fish tacos and the fish burritos – both of which were so fresh and delicious. They also have a fiesta every Thursday night (reservations required) with Mariachi, Lucha Libres and a pinata for the kids!
Three words: Best Lobster Enchiladas. And the tortilla soup was also super creamy and delicious. Cilantro’s is great for enjoying lunch while admiring all of the exciting ocean activities. From our table we watched swimming, parasailing, jet skiing and people buying things from various vendors. The vibe was tranquil as we sipped our margaritas and soaked up the Cabo lifestyle – tough life am I right?
We loved our time in Cabo and are already planning to return in the near future. Have you ever visited Mexico? If so, which city is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you. You can also check out my video of our trip to the arch!