For all its luxuries — crystal blue waters, fresh fare, and temperate climate — Cabo San Lucas remains affordable. Beaches here range from tranquil (Playa del Amor) to turbulent (Zippers Beach), so you’ll be covered whether you’re in the mood for serene, sun-soaked swimming or a bit of wave play with surfing and sailing.
Here’s how to make the most this beach-lover’s paradise.
Strong currents make many of Cabo’s hotel beaches unswimmable, so before booking a trip, make sure to look into your locale’s beach swimability. At Bahia Hotel & Beach House, you need not worry. Situated in Cabo’s Medano Beach district, the Bahia is famous for its vistas of sweeping sunsets, access to velvety white sandy beaches, and the hotel-front calm crystal waters ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and other water-sport adventures. To that end, the on-site water sports activity center offers snorkeling and stand-up paddle boarding set against the backdrop of the Sea of Cortez. Inside the hotel are beautifully decorated, minimalist guest rooms with stunning metal lanterns, while just steps away, there’s a quiet guest-only pool with swim-up bar, and a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with bright dishes and generous pours. The Beach House, Bahia’s main restaurant and bar, offers a different set of flavors, with menu items inspired by global cuisine from Mexico, Peru, and Asia.
If you manage to peel yourself away from the Bahia, there’s a host of dining options in Cabo proper. An open-concept, market-style dining experience, El Merkado Centro Gastronomico is home to many of the city’s most critically acclaimed chefs. Perhaps most notable is CarbonCabron, the culinary concept from chef Alfonso Cadena and his brother, architect Ignacio Cadena. The restaurant serves as a fantastical lair where rich flavors mingle with unexpected textures aided by smoky, burning wood and charcoal, culminating in a sensory experience full of warmth. Take a seat at one of the family-style tables, and order the Mexican-style street corn and carbon margarita to start.
The tours offered by Cabo Adventures span both land and sea. Choose from ATV off-roading, luxury sailing, swimming with dolphins, SCUBA diving, camel safaris, and more. Opt for a bit of both worlds with the off-road ATV adventure, which takes you over rippling sand dunes, through hairpin turns, and through dense brush before revealing the sparkling sea — and a completely empty beach — waiting as your reward.
By night, practice your best moves at Blue Marlin Ibiza Beach Club, which is quickly becoming one of the area’s hottest nightlife spots. The poolside beach club offers exceptional fare and cocktails (bottle service, anyone?) all times of day — and by night, avant-garde DJs and a 5,000-square-foot dance floor. Come for the lobster tacos and breathtaking views, and stay for the flashy-fun ambiance.
Day passes to Blue Marlin Ibiza Beach Club are available to non-guests for a fee.
When to visit
Those summers in Cabo are never-ending — as in hot, hot, hot! Opt instead for a shoulder season, or visit as a warm-weather getaway during winter, planning your visit around special events, such as the annual Extreme Sailing series racing event, which fills Cabo’s offshore with GC32 catamarans and its beaches with professional sailors.
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