Los Cabos, located at the tip of the 1,000-mile-long Baja California Peninsula, is one of the world’s most diverse vacation destinations. Boasting a dramatic desert backdrop nestled by coastlines of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez, the area is home to award-winning resorts and culinary offerings considered some of the finest available anywhere. Its geographic separation and cultural isolation from mainland Mexico, allows Los Cabos to offer a unique twist on a Mexico getaway.
Instantly recognized, the famed El Arco rock formation is the star of many visitors’ photos and considered a landmark of Los Cabos. Championship golf courses, an array of outdoor land and water activities, and world-renowned sport fishing tournaments add to this desert getaway’s unmatched appeal.
Los Cabos is comprised primarily of two towns, the sister cities of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas which are linked by a 20-mile corridor. The two towns couldn’t be more different – in appearance, character, approach and goals. Although Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo share common geography and climate, along with the warm, aqua-emerald Sea of Cortez and a twenty mile strip of astonishingly beautiful resorts and beaches, all similarities end there.
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas is synonymous with seafood, as the local fishing fleets dock near many of the best restaurants on the local map. Places to eat include a variety of dining options. Italian handmade pasta dishes with a romantic sunset as your backdrop at Romeo & Julieta, sumptuous steaks with a view at El Farallon in the Waldorf Astoria Pedregal, tasty tacos and other authentic Mexican fares at Mi Casa and the freshest sustainably raised lobster at Lorenzillo’s. Many other restaurants claim celebrity chefs, seasonal menus and some of the finest dining to be had right on the beach.
You’ll find that restaurants and bars in this party town are more than a place to eat and drink, they are sights to see – often hysterical, not historical, and with names as whimsical as their facades. A few of these are Cabo Wabo, El Squid Roe and the Giggling Marlin.
San Jose del Cabo
San Jose is a true Mexican town, with wide, tree-shaded streets and a friendly small-town plaza (or zocalo). On any given day, free concerts are offered around the small central bandstand; toddlers lurch across the zocalo, chasing their first soccer balls; and old women cross themselves on the steps of a twin-spired church, rebuilt on the exact spot where the original Jesuit mission of San Jose del Cabo was established in 1730.
Wandering troubadours and strolling mariachis serenade diners and shoppers along the laid-back row of outdoor cafes and shops that line the Boulevard Mijares side of the zocalo. Visitors, soon lulled into a stroll-the-street syndrome here, are usually greeted with friendly smiles, not outstretched hawkers’ hands. San José is becoming increasingly sophisticated, with a collection of noteworthy cafes, art galleries, interesting shops, and intriguing small inns adding a refined flavor to the central downtown area.
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