With expansive white sand beaches, a world-class collection of vacation homes, and world-renowned water sports, it’s easy to see why the secluded municipality on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula known as Los Cabos attracts travelers from near and far. A short flight from many major U.S. cities, what was once a small fishing village is now a favorite travel destination, even among the rich and famous. Putting the obvious aside, Los Cabos has proved a versatile vacation stop — here are five reasons to reunite with the region.
A Star-Studded Track Record
The sun-kissed Mexican paradise has always been a haven for Hollywood’s elite. In the 1950s, movie stars Lucille Ball and John Wayne, and former President Dwight D. Eisenhower were early guests of the One&Only Palmilla, a luxury hideaway only accessible by yacht or private plane with an audacious collection of oceanfront villas, casitas, and suites such as the expertly-designed Villa One. Later, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, and Bruce Willis became Los Cabos’ regulars, and present-day pop star Justin Bieber makes regular visits, while George Clooney and Jennifer Aniston like it so much, they actually own homes there. Artists Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz took a holiday there in February 2018, followed by Reese Witherspoon with a family trip, and singer Camila Cabello with a beach vacation. Bottom line: Travel to Los Cabos — of the star-studded variety or otherwise — is hot. In October, Forbes named Los Cabos one of its top 19 destinations for 2019, and in November, Architectural Digest listed it on its own top 20 list.
Popular but Peaceful
The Baja California Peninsula is comprised of two states: Baja California, which borders the southernmost portion of California and most notably San Diego, and Baja California Sur. The latter shares no other borders, making it a rather secluded area on a narrow stretch of land with water on either side. At its southernmost point, the state boasts two towns: the historic San Jose del Cabo and the more lively Cabo San Lucas. The two towns are linked by a 20-mile resort corridor, the whole of which is known simply as Los Cabos. Even as the region continues to increase in popularity (Los Cabos International Airport welcomed 600,000+ more travelers in 2017 than it did in 2016), its geographical isolation allows its visitors seclusion, whether for a private wedding, an intimate honeymoon, or a quiet getaway. The best way to experience true privacy in Los Cabos is with a hand-picked, oceanfront vacation rental home in town or in the corridor.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Just 20 minutes apart, San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas are strikingly different. As the quieter of the two towns, San Jose Del Cabo is where you should stay if you’re looking for privacy and a slower pace to your vacation. It’s an historic, laid-back town with galleries and jewelry shops lining narrow, pedestrian-friendly roads. Gear up for an art walk in the city’s ever-growing Gallery District, where you’ll find more than 10 gallery collections of local works. Cabo San Lucas is a high-energy nightlife hub with colorful and swimmable beaches, like Medano Beach, from which you have a view of the famous El Arco rock formation, where many water sports are available. With eccentric dance clubs to mariachi-filled restaurants, the in-town experience is lively. Between the two towns you have The Corridor, a waterfront stretch lined with private vacation homes, resort properties, and beach clubs. This 20-mile stretch is also populated with golf courses galore, some designed by the recognizable names of Nicklaus, Palmer, and Fazio.
Staying in Style
Will it be a resort property with shared amenities, a private hillside home with private staff to serve you, a 20-person casa for a family reunion, or a three-bedroom casita for a more intimate stay? Classy vacation rental options are practically endless in the Los Cabos area no matter which of the three regions speaks to you most.
In San Jose Del Cabo, enjoy views of the Sea of Cortez from a residence within the unique Los Cabos desert that boasts both mountain and ocean views, or the full-service Puerto Los Cabos resort community. Top Pick: Villa Paradiso Perduto is a stunning luxury residence at the Puerto Los Cabos golf resort with a mammoth swimming pool extending the length of the home and its own private putting green.
In Cabo San Lucas, homes range in style from penthouses to beachside haciendas. Travelers can ramp up the excitement at Hacienda Beach Club or dial it back within the quiet hillside community of Pedregal. Top Pick: Villa Besame is a seaside home within the gated Pedregal community with a vibrant white interior and panoramic ocean views from the poolside lounge.
Every property in The Corridor is close to one of its world-class golf courses, and some actually line the fairways themselves. Top Pick: Casa ShipSea is part of the exclusive Las Estrellas community in Punta Ballena, closer to Cabo San Lucas than San Jose del Cabo. An extensive art collection adorns the walls throughout the home, and slide-away glass walls fuse the great room and the balcony, creating lovely indoor-outdoor living.
Fun is Easy to Find
Spend a half day on an exhilarating four-wheel ride to discover some of remote Los Cabos. With Cactus ATV Tours, rent a quad to discover the tiny town of Migriño — population 21 — on a guided tour. The expedition covers all sorts of different terrain — over the course of two and a half hours, ride a dirt desert trail with cacti on either side, spin your wheels on a wide stretch of sand between the mountains, and cruise oceanside on the beach.
Travelers to Los Cabos are blessed with year-round fishing conditions and especially good big game fishing. Different seasons present different species, but the main attraction in the “Marlin Capital of the World” is billfish. Jazz up your excursion with Pisces Sportfishing, a charter company with an outstanding collection of luxury cruisers. Their high-end boats are equipped with amenities like an oven and barbecue, a hot tub, and tastefully furnished staterooms for overnight stays.
Ramp up the intensity with a thrilling zipline tour. Wild Canyon ziplines hang more than 300 feet high over the vast Baja California Desert and provide breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortez to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Their lines are especially long, totalling the length of eight soccer fields, and use extremely supportive Swiss Steel cables. Visitors can ride in groups of up to four at a time.