Los Cabos Travel Guide

Los Cabos Travel Guide

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Los Cabos is a tale of two Mexican towns—Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo—set at the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. San José del Cabo has been t... Read More

Los Cabos is a tale of two Mexican towns—Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo—set at the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. San José del Cabo has been transformed from a sleepy colonial village into a cultural hot spot full of galleries and stylish shops. Meanwhile, fun-loving Cabo San Lucas couldn’t be more different: what was once the harbor of a tuna cannery is now a bustling downtown with a bustling marina and tequila-fueled party bars. The 20-mile Tourist Corridor—yes, that’s what it is called—separates the two towns and is lined with glamorous resorts.

In 2014, Hurricane Odile hit Los Cabos hard, causing more than $1 billion in damage. But Los Cabos has been on a fast road to recovery, with hotels opening by the minute, new flights into the area, and a record numbers of visitors descending on this oasis where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.

Thanks to the area’s easy proximity to Los Angeles (about a two-hour flight) and an airport that is private-jet friendly, Los Cabos attracts a healthy celebrity quotient. Jennifer Aniston is regularly spotted at hotels like the One&Only Palmilla, and George Clooney loves the area so much that he built a beachfront compound here and sold the property to a Mexican billionaire for a princely sum. And of course, there’s former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar, who founded the infamous Cabo Wabo Cantina.

But Los Cabos isn’t just A-list gloss. On the outskirts of San José del Cabo, a farm-to-table food scene has emerged, thanks to Flora Farms, a restaurant and organic farm that also offers cooking classes and shopping. There’s also a burgeoning industry of artisanal food purveyors and drink makers in the area. (Clooney and Hagar even have their own tequila brands.)

Wherever you decide to stay, Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, or—most likely—somewhere in between, Los Cabos delivers the quintessential Mexican beach vacation. It’s a combination of luxury hotels, trailblazing restaurants, world-class golf courses, and outstanding fishing, all with views that will make you want to send a postcard home.

Use this Los Cabos travel guide to find your place in this special corner of the Baja Peninsula.

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Best Time To Go

With its pleasant desert weather (dry and hot days, cool nights), there’s really no bad time to visit Los Cabos. But the peak travel season is December through April, when the weather is a bit cooler. Bonus: This is also prime season for whale watching. For fewer crowds, go in spring or fall, when temperatures are still mild and rain is less likely. Summer is hot, but you still get those consistent ocean breezes—and the rates are at their lowest.

Transportation

Rent a car so you can get out and explore this vibrant destination. If you want to save a few pesos and can speak Spanish, there are safe and friendly public buses that navigate the Tourist Corridor; a ride costs about $2 a person. Taxi fares are reasonable and vary based on the destination (pro tip: negotiate the price before you take off).

Weather

June, July, and August tie for the hottest months, with an average high of 99°F (37°C). January is the coolest month, with an average high of 79°F (26°C).

Know Before You Go

Good walking shoes are smart for exploring San José del Cabo and its cobblestone streets. Other than that, a pair of flip flops will take you anywhere you need to go, except fancy hotel restaurants and lounges, where you might want to upgrade your footwear. It’s always smart to learn a few phrases in the local language—in this case, Spanish—but most people here speak English.

Language

Spanish

Electric

Type A two-prong plug or Type B three-prong plug

Currency

Mexican peso (but U.S. dollars are widely accepted)

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