Only a two-hour flight from Los Angeles International Airport at the tip of the Baja Peninsula and nestled by the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez coastlines is Cabo, Mexico.
It is a destination that encompasses paradise in various ways. As if the stunning beaches aren’t captivating enough, Cabo is home to award-winning luxury resorts, an eclectic culinary scene, and some of the most generous locals around. Whether your version of a holiday involves lying low on the beach, taking up water sports, contact with wildlife, relaxing spa days, or lively nightlife, Cabo has something for everyone.
Cabo is a great all-round luxury destination that offers all travellers the chance to experience high-end dining, exclusive hotels, and fantastic adventure tours. Travellers can craft an ideal Cabo holiday on any budget, and the destination caters to everyone from families with young kids, newlyweds on honeymoon, to baby boomers looking for that splurge-worthy trip.
While some travellers will head directly to Cabo, it’s also very common to add the destination on to travellers’ U.S. trips, especially for people exploring California and Las Vegas. The destination is only a short hop from most cities in the south-west of the U.S.
How to get to Cabo
Cabo has never been more accessible for Australian travellers. Flights connecting San Jose del Cabo International Airport depart from San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Chicago regularly, but, by far, the most common and easiest route is via a connection at LAX. The flight is only 2.5 hours, many Australian airlines codeshare with U.S. counterparts for the journey. Alternatively, if you’re adding Cabo onto a U.S. holiday, flights can be quite cheap with low-cost US carriers like Southwest and Alaskan.
Top 10 things to do in Cabo
1. Visit the Arch
You can’t come to Cabo without checking out the famous arch known as “El Arco.” It’s even more beautiful than the photos and the scenic boat ride to get up close is an added bonus. The rock formations in Cabo are extremely unique and are worthwhile taking the time to see. There are a variety of tours you can take that include a boat ride to the arch, stops along a few beaches, and snorkelling spots. Visit the Cabo Adventures website to look into the tours and book your spot!
2. Explore Cabo beaches
Cabo is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and it would be wrong not to familiarize yourself with a few of them. Some of the most popular beaches include Playa Las Viudas, Playa Palmilla, Playa Santa Maria, Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach), Playa El Medano, and Playa del Divorcio (Divorce Beach). From the soft golden sand to the turquoise blue water and crystal clear skies, you won’t find beaches like this anywhere else. Some of them are calm and quiet while others are crowded and lively with bars, restaurants, and activities. No matter who you are or what you like, you’ll find a beach to fall in love with.
Experiencing the Baja California cuisine in Cabo is an essential part of your holidays. If you’re going to Cabo to get a taste of authentic Mexican food, you’ll be able to find it everywhere whether it’s a little hole-in-the-wall place, a large and lively restaurant on the beach, or an upscale resort restaurant. How can you go wrong with never-ending tacos, quesadilla, guacamole, delicious seafood and margaritas? These foods may be the staple but Cabo cuisine is only growing rapidly and these days it’s incredibly easy to find a unique menu with a wide, dynamic range of options.
4. Boat tours
Boat tours in Cabo are everywhere, which is wonderful because they are extremely popular and tonnes of fun. Hanging out at the beach is a great way to see the ocean and rocks in Cabo but taking a boat further out gives you access to see much more like caves, famous Cabo style arches, and animals in the water. Whether it’s a peaceful sunset cruise, an energetic pirate cruise on the Bucaneer Queen, or a whale/dolphin watching cruise, there is a boat ride for everyone out there and it’s definitely something you won’t want to miss.
This one may not be as obvious, but it turns out Cabo is an extremely popular place for golf lovers! With more than a dozen championship courses and a large selection of country clubs, the resort lifestyle has made it very easy and fun to golf in Cabo. Why only enjoy golfing when you can enjoy this sport along with everything else Cabo has to offer. Spend the day on the course with your friends under the shining sun then head straight to the beach and jump in the ocean to cool down. Here are some ideas of places you can check out:
6. Surf/aquatic sports
For those of us who like to keep holidays active and adventurous, Cabo is definitely the right fit. If surfing is your cup of tea, some beaches you may want to head to are Shipwrecks, Nine Palms, Punta Perfecta, and Los Frailes. In Cabo there are both calm spots for beginners and stronger swells for advanced surfers, making it inclusive for everyone. In addition to just surfing, many beaches like Playa El Medano offer jet skiing, parasailing, water taxis, kayaking, paddle boarding and so much more. You’ll never have a dull moment in Cabo.
7. Find an adventure company
To continue on the adventure train, another popular thing to do on holiday in Cabo is an activity with an adventure company such as Wild Canyon Adventures or Cabo Adventures. Places like these host you along plenty of fun things to do such as zip lining, atv tours, camel and horse rides, whale/shark encounters, and day sailing tours. After lying around the beach and soaking up the sun, you might be itching to get up and do something stimulating and companies like these will definitely help you achieve this. Check out these websites to get more information about how you can keep your holidays in Cabo interactive and exciting:
8. Spa and wellness centres
If surfing, aquatic sports, and zip lining sound a bit on the active side, you are still in luck. Cabo resorts have some of the most luxurious spa and wellness centres out there. You can get pampered while overlooking views you won’t believe. Spending a day at a spa in Cabo will ensure that you feel you’re spending holidays in paradise. If this sounds like your perfect vacation day, check out Eden’s Spa Los Cabos, The Desert Spa, Divine Spa, or Solmar Sea Spa at Land’s End.
9. Scuba & snorkelling
The crystal clear water in Cabo makes it one of the best places to snorkel or go scuba diving. There are numerous tours that will take you to some of the best spots in the ocean to experience the colourful coral reefs and diverse wildlife beneath the surface of the water. You can even swim with sharks, sea lions and dolphins if you’re feeling brave enough. Cabo Pulmo specifically is the best place to snorkel and scuba in Cabo because it is home to the only living coral reef in the Sea of Cortez.
Cabo is just as exciting in the evenings as it is during the day. The nightlife here is incredibly diverse, lively, and inclusive of everyone. From delicious restaurants with live music to Mexican style bars to large scale clubs, Cabo has it all and the nightlife will not disappoint. If you’re looking for where all the action is, you’ll want to head to the heart of Cabo San Lucas. Walk along the Marina stopping into the little bars on the way as you head to Lazaro Cardenas, the road with the main bars and clubs like Squid Roe, Cabo Wabo, and Mandala Los Cabos. One night out in Cabo San Lucas and you’ll want to come back every year!