Mexico’s Los Cabos

Mexico’s fastest growing destination has all the attributes of a well-rounded holiday hotspot, says Steve Hartridge

Los Cabos has long been a popular choice of celebrities: John Wayne and Bing Crosby visited by private plane to deep-sea fish in the 1940s and later visitors have included George Clooney and Nicole Kidman.

A two-hour flight from Los Angeles, the resort on the southern tip of the 1,000-mile-long Baja California Peninsula was looking forward to UK tourists arriving on TUI flights from Gatwick in the summer of 2020 – but then Covid struck.

Those flights are yet to return, but if and when they do they will bring visitors to beaches, deserts, mountains, bird-rich wetlands, a ‘tourist corridor’ of ever-expanding luxury resorts and spas, championship golf courses and a wide range of tours and adventures.

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Los Cabos is also framed by two oceans: the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez. The latter is home to 30% of the world’s marine mammals, such as whales, rays, dolphins and turtles that can be seen on excursions.

Sport fishing is still big and each October Los Cabos hosts the Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore tournament, known as the ‘Superbowl’ of sport fishing. The prize for landing the largest marlin in 2023 was $3.6 million. Other activities include ziplining over mountain canyons and driving ATVs along rugged trails. Cuisine is also a draw: try fish tacos and grilled shrimp paired with tequila.

As Rodrigo Esponda Cascajares, Managing Director of Los Cabos Tourism Board, puts it: “We appeal to those looking for a resort or relaxed beach holiday but we are also targeting adventure and active travellers, and those into wellness and nature.”

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A kayak excursion to ‘The Arch’

Tours and traditions

Los Cabos is the fastest-growing destination in Mexico and the country’s top spot for weddings. The destination has different ‘faces’. Cabot San Lucas (known as ‘Cabo’), has many of the popular resort hotels and lively nightlife. Catamaran excursions leave from the marina, including a sunset party cruise. These head out to El Arco (The Arch), a distinctive rock formation. Around 33kms along the coast (a taxi costs around $50) San José del Cabo is where authentic Mexican traditions, heritage, quaint boutiques, and fabulous food are all on offer.

Established in 1730, The Mission San José del Cabo was the southernmost of the Jesuit missions on the Baja California peninsula. It sits close to a large plaza and one of the largest art districts in Mexico.

You can see the highlights of San José del Cabo on a leisurely guided cycle tour run by Los Cabos local Kristian Omar, who was born and raised in San José del Cabo.

Omar shares perspectives on the place he grew up in and makes stops to identify cacti, the flora in the wetlands and, in a graveyard, explain how Mexicans honour their dead relatives by leaving them their favourite food and drink on their burial plots. This tradition is marked on November 1 and 2 during the Day of the Dead festival.

Los Cabos has 18,000 hotel rooms, including the Corazon Cabo Resort Hotel and Spa, Grand Fiesta Americana, and World of Hyatt’s all-inclusive Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort and Spa. New properties due in the next 12 months include the Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos and hotels from Four Seasons, Park Hyatt and St. Regis.