Baja California Sur, Mexico
At the tip of the 775-mile-long Baja Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, the resort area of Los Cabos (the capes) stretches over a 25-mile corridor that joins the desert towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Development began in the 1980s, and Cabo San Lucas quickly earned a reputation as a wild, cerveza-drenched spring break destination. It became equally famous for its world-class fishing, with marlin and sailfish the top prizes.
Cabo turned high-end when a cluster of world-class resorts arrived, led by Las Ventanas al Paraiso, cushioned between sea and desert sands in 12 acres along the corridor. It has become a celebrity darling with its breezy suites, seaside drop-edge pool, an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. Golf course, and a spa offering services from a torch-lit couple’s massage to cactus cleansing wraps.
More relaxed and traditional than Cabo is the colonial town of San Jose del Cabo, with its pink church, shady town square, and old adobe homes. Its slow siesta-time pace is epitomized at the stylish Casa Natalia, tucked away in a lush enclave in the historic center.
European owners decorated the 16 high-ceilinged rooms with handmade furniture, local art, and brightly painted walls. Its restaurant, Mi Cocina, is a perennial favourite.
Just north of Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific coast lies Todos Santos, an oasis and artistic’ colony with no resorts, golf courses, or strip malls – just a walkable little town with sophisticated galleries, boutique, cafes, and restaurants. Cafe Santa Fe is renowned for Italian food (ask for the lobster and shrimp ravioli). There are beautiful, almost deserted beaches nearby and the best surf break in Baja California. Just outside of town, Rancho Pescadero is a cozy, luxurious inn where guests can read or snooze in a swaying hammock and spend nights listening to the gentle sound of the surf.
WHERE: About 1,000 miles/1,609 km south of San Diego.
BEST TIME: Dec – Apr for whale-watching; Oct for international fishing tournaments.
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