There were several things that I heard about Mexico's Los Cabos prior to going there last month: It has the most perfect weather (tropical with no humidity), it has the most beautiful sunsets (which look different every day), and you can see a lot of whales (like a lot). “You haven’t been there yet?!” one of my co-workers asked me when I shared this insight with her prior to her going there a month before me. "And here I thought I was the last person to go!"
It’s true, Cabo is a popular destination for snowbirds, spring breakers, and anyone looking for a quality beach getaway. But, as popular as Los Cabos may be, it remains a gem even for those in the know. Earlier this year, the New York Times ranked it the 11th must-visit city of 2018.
Located on the tip of the Baja California Sur peninsula, Los Cabos is divided primarily into two parts, Cabo San Lucas (the party side where many flock for the beachside resorts and rowdy bar scene) and San Jose del Cabo (the historic side with an up-and-coming art scene). Flanked by mountains and two azure bodies of water (the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez), Los Cabos is truly one of the most picturesque cities you'll visit.
Ahead, the best places to stay, drink, eat, and shop, as well as activities in which to partake, that prove that Los Cabos is worthy of its must-visit standing. Even if you're the last person you know to go there.
Where to stay
As with any heavily populated resort town, there are plenty of options of where to stay in Cabo, but, important to note, not every hotel will have a swimmable beach, even if they're located on the water (strong currents, waves, and deep floor drops are to blame).
Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort: This stunning property does offer a swimmable beach. In addition to prime access to the Sea of Cortez, the hotel houses two pools (see the infinity one above), a spa with native Mexican rituals, and a fitness studio with beachside yoga and zumba classes. Helmed by the visionary chef Mauricio Lopez, the onsite restaurants offer some of the best and most innovative food you'll have on your trip. Spring for La Vista Club club rooms, accommodations located on the top floors of the hotel, boasting giant marble bathrooms stocked with Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries, aromatherapy turndown service, terraces that offer breathtaking ocean and sunrise views, and access to a private pool area equipped with a butler. Come here between late July and November and you can also participate in the hotel's turtle protection program, that works to protect the hatching Olive Ridley sea turtles and safely release them into the water.
Tree houses at Acre Baja: This is not a long-term stay option, but if you’re looking to do something different, stay at one of the tree houses in a canopy of palms, equipped with a king-size bed and outdoor shower, at Acre, a restaurant-turned-event space-turned resort (more on that later).
Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos: Set to open in June, this beachfront property is anticipated both for its sleek design (that nods to the area's traditional architecture) and commitment to immersive experiences for the guests. Paying tribute to the history of the Baja Peninsula, the 128-room resort will double as a museum with original works of art displayed throughout the property. The seven onsite restaurants will further the mission of immersing the guests by introducing them to Baja's culinary traditions.