Cabo San Lucas, off the Beaten Path
Cabo San Lucas is a coastal town on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, and it’s a major touristic destination for national and international visitors alike. Isolated by the Pacific Ocean on three sides, Cabo has the most pleasing climate and gives the impression of being at the edge of the world.
Cabo has a vibrant food scene and an energetic night scene, and although there’s something to see and do on every corner, things can get crowded. Sometimes, it’s better to explore the off-the-beaten-path places and enjoy Cabo all to yourself.
Day one, Getting Settled
Welcome to Cabo San Lucas! Where natural beauty is the standard. The beautiful coastal town is growing fast, and accommodation alternatives are on the rise, so head on to your resort or rental and get settled.[adsanity id=”14798″ align=”alignright”/]
Your first stop is, of course, the beach and a great alternative is Playa del Amor. The Lover’s Beach is an excellent way of seeing why Cabo is so popular with honeymooners, and if you enjoy taking pictures, the impressive rock formations dramatically rising from the blue waters are a can’t-miss, including the famous Arch ‘El Arco.’ The lover’s beach is perfect for practicing snorkeling, too.
Head on to the Marina for a superb dinner. This is the perfect place to get a feel of the city’s night scene.
Day 2, Hiking the Costa Azul Canyon
Let’s start with a trip through the less-traveled path, beginning at the Costa Azul Canyon, a desertic, rocky scenery, part of the San Lázaro mountain range just outside Cabo San José. As everyone heads towards the beach, you’ll go the other way to the arid Mexican landscape.
The wildlife is astounding here, including tall cacti, dramatic trees coming out of the rocks and inspiring birds of prey circling the area. Walking the 2.9 miles of dusty roads is incredibly rewarding, and a collection of zip lines await those who reach the canyon’s higher ground. If you don’t feel like hiking, you can ride a horse!
Day 3, Bahía de Loreto National Park
Travel Northeast through the Transpeninsular highway to reach the Bahía de Loreto National Park. The quiet shoreline is blessed by natural viewing platforms, and authentic belvederes to see some of the thirty marine species that call the Sea of Cortez home, including blue whales, dolphins, humpback whales, and orcas. From kayaking along with sea lions and turtles to longline fishing and scuba diving, Loreto’s Bay has something for everyone.
Explore the Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto, founded in 1697; the convent is one of many colonial buildings dotting the landscape — you’ll soon understand why the entire area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 4, Downtown Cabo San Lucas
For ancient architecture and picturesque decor, downtown Cabo San Lucas is the right spot. Explore the churches and convents, walk the handicraft markets, and have a cup of coffee in the Plaza Colota, where the town’s first coffee shops still serve a lovely brew.
Head on to the beach and enjoy the colorful sunset one last time. Walk along the beach and listen to the waves crashing into the rocks. It’s time to pack your bags and head on home — it’s time to start planning your return to the grand Cabo San Lucas!