With more than one million two hundred visitors arriving in Los Cabos, Mexico each year, there is no denying that there is something for everyone in this mountainous paradise. Just 1,000 miles from San Diego, California, west coasters have long enjoyed visiting Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. And now, with increasing direct and connecting flights from major cities in the United States, planning a vacation to Los Cabos is not only more accessible but also affordable.
Whether you’re a fan of fishing, fitness, food, golfing, music, nature, partying, or anything in between, you will have a great time at this celebrity-favorite destination.
1. Cabo: Casa Dorada
Best Place for Families
Long famous as a spring break destination, Los Cabos has evolved into the perfect location for families to vacation together. At Casa Dorada Resort & Spa, children are just as important as the adults. The five star resort features two swimming pools, four restaurants and bars, a saltwater spa, and the Casa Kidz Playzone.
Parents can visit the spa for a couples massage, take a dip in the pool, or simply enjoy some alone time while their children partake in a variety of supervised activities including painting in the backyard garden, swimming in the kids pool, or playing indoor games.
As part of their conservation efforts, Casa Dorada has a special section where, in season, turtle eggs are buried and released into the ocean after hatching by kids staying at the resort.
Casa Dorada has junior suites, one and two bedroom suites, and penthouse suites available depending on what you fancy. In-house they have two swimming pools, four restaurant and bars, private beach club, and saltwater spa. If you plan on bringing your pets on vacation, they offer pet friendly accommodations.
Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, and Demi Lovato have all stayed at Casa Dorada in the past.
For reservations call 1 (866) 448-0151 or visit their website www.casadorada.com
2. Cabo: El Ganzo
Best Place for Audiophiles
El Ganzo became known as the “hippest hotel in Cabo” after Charlie Sheen partied with rock guitarist Slash and (allegedly) Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in December 2012. But the truth is, you never know who might show up for an impromptu performance in their lobby! Just ask hotel guests who were surprised when Damien Rice and Sara Bareilles took to the mic unannounced on different nights.
Pablo Sánchez Navarro, owner of El Ganzo, loves music so much there is a professional studio on-site! A schedule of regular musicians playing on property is available via their website.
If art is more your thing, El Ganzo features original pieces of art created by visiting artists from all over the world. Live artist installations happen often and new pieces are added to their collection regularly.
The boutique hotel, located at the base of the Puerto Los Cabos Marina, features 74 rooms including suites that overlook the Sea of Cortez, a chic rooftop bar and lounge, a full-service spa, and four on-site restaurants.
For reservations call 1 (855) 835-4269 or visit their website www.elganzo.com
3. Cabo: Esperanza Resort
Best Place for Fitness Buffs
If staying fit while on vacation is as important to you as it is in your daily life, you needn’t look further than the Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas. In 2012 the resort elevated their fitness program with their “In-Residence” guest instructor series expanding their complimentary fitness classes taught by visiting expert instructors, kid’s yoga and cooking classes as well as healthy aguas frescas drinks and seasonal vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes at the resort’s signature restaurant Cocina del Mar.
Complimentary yoga classes are offered daily in the resort’s 1,000 square-foot yoga studio. All rooms feature complimentary in-room yoga mats and fitness DVDs.
The award-winning property features 57-rooms, 60 privately owned villas, 36 private residences, a full service spa and several signature dining outlets, located on the bluffs overlooking two private coves at Punta Ballena near Cabo San Lucas.
Enjoy a margarita or three, guilt free!
For reservations call 1 (866) 311-2226 or visit their website www.esperanzaresort.com
4. Cabo: Sheraton Hacienda
Best Place for Celebrity Spotting
On Friday, March 22nd, 2013 KISS rock legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley held a VIP cocktail reception at the Sheridan Hacienda Del Mar Golf & Spa Resort for the media to celebrate the opening of Rock & Brews first international location. Hotel guests surprisingly gathered beachside to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event.
This is just one example of the celebrity sightings that could take place during your stay so keep your eyes peeled!
The resort features 270 guest rooms and 31 suites with terraces facing the Sea of Cortez, full service spa with state-of-the-art fitness center, complete children’s program and babysitting services, three swimming pools, and eight restaurants and bars.
Grab a drink and enjoy the view, you never now who you’ll bump into!
For reservations call 1 (800) 325-3535 or visit their website www.starwoodhotels.com
5. Cabo: Cabo Adventures
Best Place To Do Something Out of The Ordinary
You don’t have to travel halfway around the globe to experience a camel ride in the desert. With Cabo Adventures, you can jump on a dromedary (one-humped) camel for a picturesque ride along the Pacific Ocean.
As part of the experience, guides will take you on a nature walk along cactus-lined trails where you will learn about the area’s unique flora and fauna. After a few hours of fun, guests finish their excursion with a traditional Mexican lunch with freshly made corn tortillas and a lesson on how to properly drink tequila.
Other options from Cabo Adventures include sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving; outdoor zip lining, dolphin swim and mountain biking.
To book our excursion call 1 (888) 526-2238 or visit their website www.cabo-adventures.com
6. Cabo: Cabo Expeditions
Best Place for an Eco Experience
In Los Cabos, the beauty of nature surrounds you at all times. And with Cabo Expeditions, you can take the experience up a few notches by boating in the Sea of Cortez for some whale watching!
While the species may vary throughout the year, the humpback is the most popularly spotted during the Zodiac Whale Watching Adventure. Your captain will take you where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet, right where you can spot the famous, El Arco de Cabo San Lucas.
Depending on the season, you might also get a visit from sea lions, dolphins, or other sea life.
Other available tours and adventures include parasailing, kayaking, snorkeling, sea trekking, and swimming with whale sharks.
To book your expedition call 1 (619) 752-2294 or visit their website www.caboexpeditions.mx
7. Cabo: 12 Tribes
Best View During a Meal
Los Cabos has some of the best chefs in Latin America. Carlos Bonilla, who serves as executive chef at 12 Tribes, creates Mexican dishes with fresh local fish and seafood straight from the Sea of Cortez. Also a popular spot for couples with a destination wedding in mind, the restaurant features sweeping ocean views from their outdoor terrace in a casual-yet-sophisticated setting.
If you prefer, there are also delicious options for meat lovers and vegetarians alike.
Don't leave without having their caramel flan. You're welcome!
12 Tribes is open Monday-Sunday from 12pm-11pm and is located at the Casa Dorada Resort. To book a reservation call (624) 163 5712.
8. Cabo: Cocina del Mar
Most Romantic Restaurant for Dinner
If you are planning to pop the question during your stay in Los Cabos or would just like to take a special someone out for a romantic dinner, visit Cocina del Mar located at the Esparanza Resort. Visit during Earth Month (March) and you will experience a candlelight setting like no other.
Executive Chef Gonzalo Cerda offers cuisine from North, South and Central America with special attention given to presentation. The seafood is fresh and purchased locally. If you are vegan or vegetarian, options are highlighted in the menu for you.
For reservations call (624) 145-6400 or visit their website www.esperanzaresort.com