The southern tip of the Baja peninsula is a paradise unto itself.
1. Where to Drink:
As an annual hotspot for spring breakers, there are plenty of bars in Los Cabos eager to offer you shots of sweet candy-colored liquors. If you’re looking for a place that’s a bit more sophisticated—but no less fun—try Bar Esquina. Located inside the Bahia Hotel, it features an outdoor space dominated by a wagon-wheel ceiling, and an indoor area dotted with glowing lanterns.
2. Where to Stay:
Following the devastation left by Hurricane Odile in 2014, the Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort has reopened and boasts a beautiful new look and spectacular amenities. The property features multiple restaurants, the full-service Eforea spa, multiple pools, and even a bespoke sombrero shop. Subtle touches speak to the resort’s history, like the carved-wood walls of the Azul lobby bar: the decor was created out of salvaged pieces of guest-room furniture after the hurricane. TIP: Executive Chef Mauricio Lopez prides himself on sea-to-table cuisine, and you can actually see his staff meet the fishing boats on the resort’s beach.
3. Where to Shop:
The harbour of Cabo San Lucas is probably the most action-packed area of this relaxed resort town. Boats for excursions line the marina, as do shops and restaurants. The chicest of them all is the appropriately named Luxury Avenue, an indoor mall featuring such high-end retailers as Cartier, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Carolina Herrera. Just be sure to pick up a novelty shot glass, too.
4. Where to Swim:
if you’ve never snorkeled, Los Cabos is the place to try it. Head to the famous (and famously photographed) El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, a stunning rock formation that also marks where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. The area surrounding the arch is populated with stunningly colorful fish, as well as plenty of friendly sea lions. TIP: Cabo Sailing Ocean Adventures offers private and shared sails, including at sunset.
5. Where to Get the Most Incredible View:
It’s hard to find a bad vista in Los Cabos, to be fair. The cragged mountains and vivid cerulean seas make sure of that. Hotel Riu Palace offers particularly heart-stopping visuals, though, thanks to the opulent formation of its infinity pools and meticulously maintained gardens. Get ready for a whole lot of blue.
6. Where to Eat:
When in Cabo, you need to soak up those ocean views at all times—and that includes mid-bite. Some of the tables at Hacienda Cocina y Cantina are plopped directly onto the sand, so you enjoy your meal under romantic twinkling lights, not to mention the stars. Since you’re within feet of the ocean, stick with their seafood options, including octopus, sea bass, and lobster and shrimp enchiladas.
7. Where to Hike:
Some people want to spend their vacations fully horizontal on a beach. For those who prefer to get a bit more active, pack some sneakers and try hiking Mt. Solmar. It offers unbelievable views of the two seas surrounding Los Cabos, and if you make it to the top you’ll be rewarded with an Instagram-friendly, sun-bleached cross. TIP: There are various paths up the mountain, and the difficulty can vary. Check with your hotel’s concierge for further suggestions based on your own fitness levels.