Cabo San Lucas is one big bar-and-beach scene perched at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula, with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the mouth of the Sea of Cortez on the other. (Its quieter twin, San Jose del Cabo, is about 21 miles away, down a resort-lined corridor.) After 1973, when the Transpeninsular Highway finally linked the town to the rest of North America, the Mexican government began pumping in money for new highways, a larger airport, golf courses, and modern marine facilities. There’s almost nothing of cultural or historic significance here, beyond the party atmosphere; shore excursions typically include several snorkeling, scuba, sailing, and sport-fishing options (catch-and-release only). A wide walkway wraps most of the way around the harbor, lined with bars, restaurants, and shops.
Iconic sight At the end of the rugged point that separates the bay from the Pacific, a famous natural arch connects the two seas. At low tide you can walk here from tiny Lovers Beach, accessible only by water taxi from the docks.
For nature lovers Every year from January to March, Cabo San Lucas is visited by humpback, gray, and blue whales. The best, most intimate, and action-packed way to see them is on tours aboard small inflatable craft.
Tee ’em up Los Cabos is increasingly gaining a reputation as a golf destination. One of the best is the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course west of town at the Cabo del Sol Resort (www.cabodelsol.com ).
Top beach Long Medano Beach curves west from the harbor, with plentiful shops renting WaveRunners, kayaks, windsurfing boards, and snorkeling gear.
Shopaholics alert Retail opportunities in Cabo range from a large, covered handicrafts market just beyond the tender dock at the harbor to the high-end Puerto Parafso shops at the west end of the marina.