Tacos, tequila and table-top dancing. Perched on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas (a.k.a Cabo) in Los Cabos is known for its party lifestyle and if you read my post on Sunny Beach, Bulgaria a few months ago, you’ll know that’s not really my thing.
However, there’s much more to Cabo than its nightlife and this is why it appeals to me so much as a travel destination. It seems I’m not the only one who longs to visit, as Los Cabos vacations have been on the rise in recent years and at the end of 2015, Los Cabos Tourist Board reported a record 1,826,000 visitors – an overwhelming 11% increase year-on-year. If a glowing tan is what you’re after, you’ll be pleased to know Cabo enjoys year-round sunshine. However, if you want to avoid the winter crowds, the best time to go is between May and June.
Here’s how to have fun in Cabo San Lucas without stepping foot in a bar or club:
Hit the beach
Besides partying, lounging on the beach is one of the most popular things to do in Cabo. With so many beautiful beaches to choose from, it’s difficult to pick just one or two as the best ones.
Médano Beach is, by far, the busiest. Stretched over several kilometres along Cabo Bay, this beach is the perfect spot from which to admire the crystal-clear, turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez. Arrive early to make sure you get a sun lounger and an umbrella, as they get snapped up pretty quickly and there is very little natural shade. This is Cabo’s safest beach for swimming, so water babies can jump (or wade) right in and swim to their heart’s content.
A short boat ride away from Médano Beach and the Marina, Lovers Beach at Land’s End isn’t as romantic and deserted as it may sound, but it does offer excellent views of Neptune’s Finger; a popular diving spot named after the rock formation jutting out of the sea. Ironically, nearby Divorce Beach is somewhat more secluded than Lovers Beach, although its strong currents make it a no-go for swimmers.
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Indulge your inner child with watersports
Watersports are to Cabo San Lucas, what theme parks are to Florida. Cabo is a mecca for any watersports fan and whether you want to get soaking wet by snorkelling, diving, paddle-boarding (let’s face it, you’re going to fall in!) or even swimming with sea lions, or stay relatively dry while para-sailing, banana-boating or horse-back riding through the sea, there’ll be something to suit you.
So, get yourself down to Cabo’s no.1 spot for watersports, Médano Beach and have some wet n’ wild fun in the sun! If you’re a snorkelling enthusiast, allow time to hop on a panga (some are glass-bottomed) to explore the marine life near El Arco – a natural rock formation in the shape of an arch, located among the sea cliffs close to Lover’s Beach and Pelican’s Rock.
Go marlin fishing
You can catch a variety of fish in Cabo San Lucas all year-round, as the converging currents of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez produce nutrient-rich water, attracting bait fish which in turn attract bigger game fish.
However, there’s one fish in particular that draws fishing fanatics to Cabo San Lucas. The Striped Marlin population is extremely dense all year-round, while the bigger Black and Blue Marlin peak from October to December, earning Cabo the title of ‘Marlin Capital of the World’. During the autumn months, the town hosts some of the world’s highest paying fishing tournaments, including Bisbee’s Black and Blue.
If you catch a fish, you can either release it back into the sea or kill it, fillet it and take it to one of the restaurants in the marina, where they will prepare you a fine fish supper. I have also seen taxidermy mentioned, but let’s not even go there…
When booking your fishing trip, ask questions to confirm what is included. Will you have to pay an extra fee for a license? Is your fishing equipment included? What about lunch, water and snacks? Are tips covered?
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Tuck in to the local cuisine
If you’re craving authentic Mexican cuisine, head to Mi Casa, situated just a few blocks down from the marina, away from the lively town plaza. Based within former hacienda-style homes, the restaurant’s courtyard-style interior invokes an enchanting old-world charm that will fool you into thinking you’re dining in Old Mexico.
Tequila fan? Pancho’s is the place for you. Said to be home to the world’s biggest tequila collection, Pancho’s has gathered over 560 varieties of tequila from mainland Mexico over the past 25 years or so. Besides tequila, the restaurant serves Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean and seafood cuisine.
These are just a few ways to have fun in Cabo San Lucas, besides partying. To find out more things to do in Cabo San Lucas, visit the Los Cabos tourist board’s website.
Would you like to visit Cabo San Lucas? Do you think you’d enjoy the party lifestyle or would you be more likely to get involved with alternative activities, like me?