Meaning ‘The Capes’, this is the collective name given to the southern tip of Mexico’s Pacific Baja Peninsula and refers to its two main towns : San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
With a coastal necklace of endless golden beaches, bays to surf in, coves to sail and much marine wildlife to spot in the Pacific and Sea of Cortez (which Jacques Costeau once said was the world’s biggest aquarium), a myriad water sports and a collection of elegant hotels, fun nightlife, and champion golf courses: Los Cabos is Mexico’s more refined and exclusive Pacific destination.
Every year from December to March, several thousand California grey whales migrate here to mate and give birth to their young in the warm lagoons and protected waters of this region.
The area also enjoys a year-long temperate climate with little rain, and a starkly beautiful, dramatic and colourful desert-like landscape, along with some of the best marine life viewing on the Planet.
The two towns also tell two different stories : San Jose was founded as a mission settlement and comes with a more laid-back, authentically-Mexican, colonial, and culturally artistic ambience whereas San Lucas, formerly a fishing village, is a livelier, more Americanised version.
When to go
Los Cabos is a year round destination, with more chance for rain during the months of July to October (but this is usually not that much).
What to do
- Diving, snorkelling, birdwatching (La Paz, Todos Los Santos), whale-watching (yearly Jan-Mar), kayaking, sunset cruises, horse-back riding, surfing, fishing (Marlin fishing capital of the world), golf, and historic tours.
- This is also a good place to take on some biking, cycling, kayaking, and extreme sports like off road, rock-climbing, paragliding, and driving over the dunes.
- See the Grey Whales