Hola! Don’t know about you but, I’ve been having major tropical travel withdrawals.
Missing the days lounging around on the beach, letting my skin glow with a Piña Colada in hand.
Although San Diego has gorgeous beaches and exciting nightlife, I truly miss my time in Los Cabo.
A month ago, I started my vacation by taking a plane down Baja California. At the very tip of the peninsula are the vibrant Mexican cities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. There I spent rough 36 hours exploring their various local favorites and must-see attractions. I had a full day before my flight back to San Francisco so it was a definitely a “shut up and go” trip that I do not regret.
Immediately upon exiting the Airport, I was greeted by Cabo’s breezes and tequilas. At the shuttle waiting area, you can find a bar serving up boozy cocktails for you to start your adventures in Mexico.
Our home base was located in San Jose del Cabo, the quaint town among the two destinations. It was my first time staying at all-inclusive resort and I had the time of my life. We stayed in villas at the Cabo Azul Resort which were nestled on 12 oceanfront acres. Everyday was spent poolside or on the white-sand beach.
Although much smaller than Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo offered such charm. You can learn more about the history of the town while marveling at beautiful architecture. We walked around the Arts District which had a wide variety of posh boutiques, bustling breweries, and quiet cafes.
The more lively, busy city of Cabo San Lucas is about a 20 minute drive away from this town. Uber is accessible in most areas so we were able to easily catch a ride. Although I don’t speak any spanish and Eugene needed a refresher, we were able to get around town. Thank you, Apple Maps and Google Translate!
A must-see when coming to Cabo San Lucas is the iconic El Arco. El Arco is a rock formation located at the most southern tip of Cabo. It is said that this point is the extreme southern end of the Baja California Peninsula. El Arco brings together the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of California.
In order to get there, you must go by boat. After walking around the marina, we found a very cheap Boat Taxi that toured us around for only 15 pesos. We were also able to see Lover’s and Divorce Beach, Sea Lions, and fishes through the glass bottom. I can’t recommend this enough! The boat tour lasted about 45 minutes and we were able to learn so much more interesting facts about Cabo. On board, there were snacks and beers to enjoy. Definitely made the experience even more fun!
I’m a big foodie so you know I have to rave about the food I had during this trip. I mean, of course you have to get Mexican food while you’re there.
I recommend Las Guacamayas which has locations in both San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Whether you’re looking for a great place to eat during lunch or have late night munchies, this is the spot to cure your cravings.
From authentic tacos to fried cheese to fajitas, there were so many options to choose from. I went with antojitos which are thick corn tortillas with filled with meat, mashed beans, white cheese, and cream. It was Taco Tuesday the day we arrived so I had the obligation to get tacos. To this day, those are the best tacos I have able had. Please take me back!
A restaurant the concierge recommended was La Lupita! Focused more on tacos and mezcal, this trendy shop has all you need before a night of clubbing.
Speaking of clubbing, you can’t go to Cabo without experiencing their bustling bars and clubs. They are packed both during the day and night. Eugene and I spent a good few hours people watching, drinking cocktails at Mango Deck. It’s a nice place to kill time while relaxing beachside. They have interactive entertainment, with a mix of bizzaar competitions to get crowd-goers engaged. When we were there, there was a scavenger hunt and push-up contest. They offer 2×1 drinks, so we were able to get 2 drinks for the price of one during our visit. A great spot to grab a few drinks and look over Medano Beach.
Although I was there for such a short amount of time, I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to go on vacation with Eugene’s family. I would definitely come back with a group of friends for a nice Spring Break getaway.
Here are my recommendations:
- Take A Boat Tour to see El Arco
- Walk around La Marina
- Try authentic Mexican Food – Las Guacamayas, if you can’t decide!
- Relax and grab cocktails at a beachside bar
- Catch some rays at a beach or a pool
- Walk around the Arts District in San Jose del Cabo
There ya have it, friends! Make a visit to Cabo…
and please take me along!