With a sea once dubbed the Aquarium of the World, by famed explorer Jacques Cousteau, Cabo has remained a vibrant city filled with a plethora of activities to cater to travelers. This tropical oasis, popular among spring breakers and A-list travelers alike, hosts a variety of activites from water-sports to partying on Skid Row that rivals Bourbon Street in New Orleans. While most travelers know to visit El Arco (The Arch), Lover’s and Divorce Beach, and to party at Cabo Wabo, below are 4 must-do things to add to your itinerary on your next trip to Cabo San Lucas:
Stay in a 5 Star Hotel
As a popular tourist location once frequented in high numbers by celebrity travelers, Cabo San Lucas offers a vast array of trendy resorts. Anytime that I visit locations that offer all-inclusive living, I aim for resorts with the best amenities and dining options. One of the resorts that I recommend in Cabo is the Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos. Ranked one of the Top 50 best golf resorts in the world, this resort also has one of the only seven wine spas in the world, SOMMA. Grand Fiesta has one of the few swimmable beaches in the area on the resort, as Cabo beaches are known for strong currents and rip tides rendering most of their beaches dangerous to swimmers. From the beautiful views to the attentive staff and lively entertainment, this will be a resort that I frequent on my trips back to Cabo.
Tip: If you’re partying by the pool at the Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabo, order a round of mini-beer shots.
Rent a Yacht
For almost the same price as a day excursion on a party boat, Cabo vacationers can rent a private yacht with open bar to sail the Sea of Cortez and view not only the marina, but also the infamous El Arco and Lover’s and Divorce Beach. With a captain and first mate on board to cater to your needs, Cabo Sailing offers a variety of different yachts to fit just about any budget. From a seasick traveler in our party to one that indulged to much in the open bar, our captain and first mate, Javier and Marco, were there to cater to all of our needs. And since we were celebrating a birthday, Cabo Sailing helped us surprise our birthday girl with a custom cake of our choice. There are not to many places where you can rent a private yacht at an affordable rate, so this is definitely something to take advantage of on your trip to Cabo.
Tip: Save 15% by booking online in advance.
Go Whale Watching
From December to April, Cabo San Lucas is know for the vast amount of humpback whales that come back to the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean to mate before starting their migration to cooler waters. Whale watching has been on my bucket list for a few years, so I was stoked to learn that my trip to Cabo coincided with whale watching season. In researching the various companies that offered whale watching tours in the area, I decided on Whale Watch Cabo for various reasons. Founded by Janneke, Miguel Angel, and Peter, to fulfill a lifelong dream of providing a safe, educational, and responsible way to encounter whales, Whale Watch Cabo is still the only dedicated whale watch company in Cabo San Lucas. Voted #1 on Trip Advisor for their small group tours since 2010, these eco-friendly tours are led by a knowledgable guide, such as my guide, Paola, who was an oceonagrapher, and guarantee a whale sighting or your next tour is free. Our tour began with a short tour of the Sea of Cortez to get some touristy shots of El Arco, Scooby Doo Rock, Neptune’s Finger, etc, before we shot across the water for some all eyes on deck whale watching. Not only did we get to see a handful of whales taking a final breath before their deep plunges, towards the very end of our tour, we had the pleasure of witnessing a mother and her calf breach repeatedly, leaving us with memories that will last a lifetime. Whale Watch Cabo offers a variety of different tours, including their highly recommended Zodiac Tour, that can cover more distance in a shorter span of time.
Tip: Unless you absolutely love photography, one of the perks of booking a tour with Whale Watch Cabo, is that your guide also doubles as a photographer and will inbox pictures from your tour via DropBox, free of charge.
Dine with a View
Cabo is one of those picturesque places fit for a romance novel, contributing to an influx in restaurants with unparalleled views. Even if you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort, I always recommend dining off the resort at least one night of your stay, especially if you’re celebrating a special occasion. Below are some of the top options for restaurants with a view in Cabo San Lucas:
Tip: Always consult a local when looking to find the best, authentic cuisine while on vacation.
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