Los Cabos: Top Attractions

Land's End: Where the sea meets the sigh  (Bruce Herman/courtesy, Mexico Tourism)
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Esperanza
This small beachfront hotel offers discriminating guests an intimate luxury getaway. Rooms and suites feature Baja-influenced décor that includes contemporary local art and handcrafted furniture, and each comes with a private terrace. There's also a spa for rejuvenation, an oceanfront pool for relaxing, and plenty of snorkeling and kayaking opportunities in the sparkling Sea of Cortez, which lies just out the front door.

La Ventanas al Paraiso
A twinkling seaside paradise, this fabulous resort offers soul-soothing pampering and superb hospitality. Marble bathrooms, limestone floors, seaside fireplaces, and personal telescopes all coalesce to create a particularly distinctive stay. The hotel spa is known for its holistic therapies, organic products, and native remedies, while the resort's open spaces are fantastically modern, light, and airy.

One&Only Palmilla
Breathtakingly beautiful and surrounded by lush gardens, Palmilla exudes the flavor of Old Mexico with whitewashed walls, red tiled roofs, exquisite fountains, and gently swaying palms. From Hemingway to Harlow, this intimate place has long been a favorite of the traveling elite. Rooms are deluxe and stylish, and each features private butler service and a patio or balcony facing the sea.

Mi Cocina
European flavor meets traditional Mexican food at this delightful fusion restaurant located in the Casa Natalia hotel. An innovative menu blends local ingredients with exotic choices from around the world. Examples include chile poblano stuffed with Oaxaca cheese, and lamb or lobster salad with cilantro pesto. It's a downright glamorous dining experience set in a splendidly appetizing environment.

The Restaurant
Located in La Ventanas al Paraisio, each table in this beautiful dining room features fabulous views of the Sea of Cortez. The décor takes its influence from Baja and the Mediterranean, and the wall's hand-painted murals depict scenes of local Cabo life. The surroundings influence the innovative menu, which naturally includes lots of fresh seafood.

Sportfishing
Fantastic sportfishing put Cabos atop the angling map, and the famous giant fish are still biting strong. In fact, reeling in a 100-pound marlin is routine child's play. Angling is great year-round, though the catch varies with the season. June through November is best for hooking sailfish and wahoo; yellowfin tuna run May through December. Black and blue marlin are most prevalent January through April, but you'll find striped marlin plentiful year-round.
Additional Info: 800.344.3349, www.solmar.com/sportfishing

Horseback Riding at the Cuadra San Francisco Equestrian Center
Try beach rides at sunset, desert exploration, and jumping lessons in the ring at this bi-lingual equestrian center. Cuadra San Francisco offers a little bit of everything for both novices and advanced riders. The charismatic owner, Francisco, has received rave reviews over the years. If you want to ride horseback in Los Cabos, look no further.
Cuadra San Francisco Equestrian Center: +624.144.0160, www.loscaboshorses.com

Whale-Watching at Magdalena Bay
Gray whales migrate annually to Magdalena Bay to give birth because of the water's perfect temperature and saliency. Witnessing mother whales with newborn calves is a wonderful, heartwarming experience. Day trips with Xplora Adventours include a 75-minute flight north in a Cessna Caavan along Baja's famous coastline plus three hours of up close-and-personal whale time. Bring a camera—these are National Geographic-style moments.
Xplora Adventours: +624.142.9135, www.xploraloscabos.com/english/ecotours/whalewatching.htm

Palmilla Golf Course and Querencia Golf Course
Cabos has become Mexico's golf hot spot, and the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed Palmilla course was Mexico's first signature layout. Situated on 900 acres of spectacular desert-meets-oceanfront environs at the One&Only Palmilla resort, it offers a choice of two back-nine options. Querencia is Cabos' newest course, a Tom Fazio design. Formerly a private club, it now allows guests staying at the Las Ventanas and Casa del Mar resorts to play on the course.

Day Trip to Todos Santos
For a refreshing change of pace and a fantastic day trip, head about 40 miles north of Cabos San Lucas to oh-so-bohemian Todos Santos. It's an artsy place, perfect for strolling by Mission Santa Rosa, browsing for books at the great El Tecolote Libros, popping into studios and galleries, pondering the Hotel California (made famous by the classic Eagles song), and lunching at the Café Santa Fe. The latter is deservedly renowned for northern Italian cuisine.
Additional Info: www.todossantos.cc

Published: 25 Apr 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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