Cabo San Lucas, often just called "Cabo," is a smolderingly desirable vacation destination for extreme adventure seekers of both daytime and nighttime fun. Along the 18-mile stretch of highway that connects the two cities known as "the Corridor", whether you prefer the traditional charm of old Mexico or sleek modern luxury with a cosmopolitan feel, there’s a resort for every type of traveler. The construction of an international airport in the 1980s made it easier for travelers from all over to hop a nonstop flight to the area. By day, lounge next to one of the pools of a luxury resort as you watch for migrating whales passing just offshore. In the evening, head to one of the many upscale restaurants to enjoy premium steaks, fine wines and live entertainment by candlelight in an incredible ocean side setting. What more needs be said?
The weather is always “tropically” mild so the gorgeous beaches are an obvious destination. Medano Beach is a popular spot with plenty of water sport rentals and local eateries near by. The beaches are ideal for lounging but use a lot of caution while swimming and always pay attention to local surf reports. There are eight picturesque, sandy-white beaches that are perfect for sightseeing and many water-related activities. Even when more crowded than usual, the beach's rock formations and coves offer surprisingly sufficient privacy to guests.
Westin Beach, which is part of Playa Buenos Aires, is located near the Condé Nast Traveler-recommended Westin Regina Resort. With the rise of new resorts and influx of vacationers coming to Cabo, Westin Beach is now a good setting for family outings.
For the romantic couple on retreat, no visit to Cabo San Lucas would be complete without taking the boat ride out to Lover’s Beach. This pretty beach is nestled along the stunning rock formations of Land’s End near Cabo’s famed arch. You’ll enjoy some of the most magnificent views of Cabo San Lucas from this scenic spot. You can reach it via water taxi or glass-bottom boat from either the marina or Médano Beach. If you’re looking to explore more than just the peninsula, whale watching is a MUST. Arrive November through March and sightings are practically guaranteed.
Nothing beats watching the last golden rays as you steal a kiss at sunset while passing by Cabo’s iconic stone arch known as “El Arco.” What better way to enjoy a radiant sunset than on a beautiful sailboat or catamaran on the beautiful Pacific Ocean?
If dancing the night away is more your style, the plethora of different night clubs and specialty restaurants is almost overwhelming. The mighty Cabo Wabo Cantina is a music venue, a restaurant, and a nightclub. Haggar's former band, Van Halen, was the first act to perform on stage. Other VH members were originally co-owners of the Wabo with Sammy. The cantina's pioneering efforts have transformed Cabo San Lucas into a 21st century Mecca of decadence of worldly proportions. The club has been featured on E Channel, Travel Channel, VH1, and MTV. New bands and acts appear weekly. As the Wabo's slogan goes, "Go there once, you'll be there twice!"
The Zoo Bar & Dance has appeal for all party animals regardless of species. Hunters on the prowl for award-winning game will find the surroundings quite invigorating. The decorum is definitely African with tiger-spotted seat covers and wild animals throughout the joint. The club's music runs the gamut from pop to dance, but all music played is dance music. Management baits big end-game hunters to show up Thursday evenings for Ladies' Night. The cover charge for gentlemen is generally around $25.
The Hard Rock Café is a club of two tales. Families and children are welcomed during the day. However, after 10:30 p.m., the minors are out and the adult swim begins. Hurricane, Earthquake, Howling Wolf, and Lovely Rita are just a few of the drinks served from the bar. Located in the Plaza Bonita Mall, the HRC has been a pillar of the community since opening its fabled doors in 1995.
Directly across from the Hard Rock Café is El Squid Roe. While it is called both a nightclub and a restaurant, the notoriety of Squid Roe stems from its rep as a raucous house of partying. Directions are not necessary. Just follow your ears! Waiters come equipped with strapped on spray tanks of tequila. Pretty much anything goes. There is no official dress code.
You won’t be bored in Cabo San Lucas—whether you’re scuba diving, snorkeling, or fishing there’s no better place to explore than the area where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean and the sunset kisses the horizon.