Cabo San Lucas and Baja Sur, Mexico: A Complete Travel Guide


Deep in the Mexican peninsula of Baja California lies Baja California Surand in this southernmost region is Los Caboswhich includes the famous town of Cabo San Lucas, as well as San José del Cabo, where the Los Cabos International Airport is located.

Baja California Sur is also where La Paz, Todos Santos and Cabo Pulmo are located which are nearby and wonderful to visit. The whole region is a great place to indulge your spirit of outdoor adventure, and it’s also one of the most luxurious destinations in the world.

Think dishes made by celebrity chefs juxtaposed with the best street corn (and tacos) you’ve ever eaten, all in a place where the sun shines pretty much every day of the year.

I discovered Baja California Sur and Los Cabos about 30 years ago when I moved from the east coast to Southern California.

Since my first visit, when I scuba-dived with hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, and playful seals, and scuba-dived with huge whale sharks in the Sea of ​​Cortez, Los Cabos and Baja California Sur have become my happy places.

For more than 20 years, I have visited the region about three times a year, partly because my work as a travel journalist takes me there as an expert on the region and partly because it is where I live. indulge in my favorite adventurous hobby: scuba diving. After all, it’s only a two-and-a-half hour nonstop flight from my home in Los Angeles.

When I first visited, there were only a few major resorts in the tourist corridor between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas along the Sea of ​​Cortez, and virtually none on the Pacific side of that tip.

La Paz, to the north of these towns on the east coast of the peninsula, was still a sleepy town with a few small hotels, but even then it was known for its scuba diving centers and sport fishing opportunities.

Today, tourism is the main driver of the economy of Los Cabos and Baja California Sur, and countless resorts, hotels, restaurants, bars and adventure companies have opened and are ready to offer visitors from all over the world a unique experience.

All center on the stunning Sea of ​​Cortez, the place Jacques Cousteau dubbed “the aquarium of the world”, as well as the desert surrounding it.

Here is my ultimate insider’s guide to help you plan your own adventure in Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo and the other towns of Baja California Sur.

I visit Cabo San Lucas and Baja California Sur every year. Here are my tips for getting around, from the best airport to whether you really need a rental car.

I have stayed in the nicest hotels in Cabo San Lucas. Here are my 11 favorite spots, whether you want an all-inclusive party or a secluded villa on the beach.

I travel for a living and some of my favorite foods are in Cabo San Lucas and Baja California Sur. Here are 12 restaurants where you should actually eat.

Cabo San Lucas is an outdoor paradise – here are 8 adventures for an adrenaline rush, plus the 8 best beaches for relaxing in the sun

Everything you need to know before visiting Cabo San Lucas and Baja California Sur – weather, etiquette, and more.


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