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Cabo San Lucas, the Perfect Getaway!

Cabo San Lucas is the Perfect Getaway

Each year we try to go 2  places that we have never been.  That is our goal. We don’t always accomplish it but we do try. This year we went to Los Cabos, Mexico for the first time.  This was a different part of Mexico. It was not like Cancun or Cozumel they are tropical. Los Cabos is a desert. With that beautiful sienna color surrounding the desert sand, cacti and mountains all guarded on its flank by the Pacific Ocean.

History of Los Cabos
Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos is made up of the 2 towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose de Cabo.  The area of Los Cabos sits at the southern tip of Baja California Peninsula in Mexico.  With a population just below 300,000 people, the area receives over 2 million visitors annually.  Making tourism the number 1 producer of revenue in the area. The climate is the main calling card.  Imagine Arizona if it was beachfront property and benefited from a constant sea breeze. That is what you have in Los Cabos where the desert meets the friendly seas!  

Beachfront in Los Cabos

Beachfront in Los Cabos

Los Cabos is really a desert.  It gets less than 10 inches of rain per year. The area definitely has that Southwestern feel to it.  Spanish adobe style homes with the red clay fish scale roofs. Rocks and cactus replace the grass and shrubs.  Mountains in the backdrop and that award-winning sunset the West is known for! Cabo San Lucas has a very active marina that is extremely busy around sunset and has a vibrant nightlife with clubs and restaurants that party until the early morning.

Los Cabos desert shrubs

Los Cabos desert shrubs

No Swimming on the Beaches
A Beach in Los Cabos

A Beach in Los Cabos

The beaches are beautiful and large with a creamy colored sand that is almost white.  These beaches have not been eroded like the beaches in Florida and other parts of Mexico.  They have lots of sand and lots of room before the water begins. The interesting thing is that you cannot swim on most of the Beaches in the area.  There is a strong undertow that makes most of the area too dangerous to swim. In fact, the Mexican Government prohibits swimming most places. However, there are a few public beaches and a few lucky resorts do have beaches that you can swim on.  For the most part, the beaches are great for pictures.

Beaches in Los Cabos

Beaches in Los Cabos

Boating in Cabo San Lucas is the best!
Nikki in front of the Arch of Cabo San Lucas

Nikki in front of the Arch of Cabo San Lucas

One of the highlights of the trip was boating around the bay of Cabo San Lucas.  The significant thing about the Bay is that is where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.  This is rare to have 2 bodies of water this large merging. We went out twice. First on a sunset cruise and then on a glass bottom boat tour.   This gave us an opportunity to be on the water and see the sights at sunset and just after the sun went down. We were also able to see the same sights in the middle of the day.  Our boat was able to get very close to the rock formations in the glass bottom boat. On the Yachts, we stayed a safe distance from both the rocks and the other boats. Both times we had spectacular views.  We were able to understand why people come from all over the world to view the unique attractions. I would recommend them to everyone. They are a sight to see! Especially the Arch of Cabo San Lucas.

Lovers Beach

Lovers Beach

The 2 City Tour

The other highlight was the “Discover Los Cabos” the 2 City Tour through Tours R Fun.  This was one of the best tours we have ever done! I highly recommend it to everyone. It gives you a great introduction and overview of the area!

Blown Glass Factory for a demonstration

Blown Glass Factory

We saw:

1). Blown Glass Factory for a demonstration

2). Tequila Lighthouse Factory for Tequila Tasting

3). Marina Mercado Arts & Crafts Market where we shopped for souvenirs

4). Glass bottom boat tour to see the Arch of Cabo San Lucas

5). Lunch at Fisherman’s Landing Bar

6). Tour of San Jose de Cabo learning the history of the area

7). The Hotel Zone



We road in a comfortable air-conditioned van. The van was new and well kept. Our tour guide Cesar was awesome! He is bilingual easy to understand and really made an effort to take care of his guests. He kept up with us for safety. He tries to make a personal connection to make sure you get the best out of the tour. He was kind, knowledgeable, caring and funny. He is also a safe driver. We started the tour around 10 AM and ended around 3 PM. I would do it again!


How to get to Los Cabos

Los Cabos can be reached easily from any part of the United States by airplane.  Baja cruises from California also make stops in Los Cabos. Both cities Cabo San Lucas and San Jose de Cabo both have a plenitude of resorts and hotels.  Many of which have all-inclusive options. Rentals and Airbnb are also available. Getting around town is easy. Traffic is not a problem. Not to mention the electrifying nightlife.  This makes Cabo San Lucas the perfect getaway!

Our goal each year is to go 2 new places.  It may not always work out, but we try. This year I went to Los Cabos, Mexico for the first time.  This was definitely different. We went to the Mexican desert. It was beautiful. The sand, the beach, the mountains and the ocean.  We still need to find someplace else new to go for 2018. We are looking around, but in the back of my mind, I cannot wait until I can come back to Los Cabos again!


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Bill Collins

Bill Collins is a former Army Officer turned veteran traveler. I have traveled to 34 different Countries mainly concentrated in Central & Latin America and have spent the last 16 years exploring the Caribbean Islands.

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