Cabo San Lucas may have started out as a hiding place for English pirates, but the little fishing village nestled at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula has recently struck gold as a top-notch sun destination.
Cabo became a celebrity favorite for big-game sport fishing after American author John Steinbeck published his non-fiction book “The Log from the Sea of Cortez” back in 1951.
As soon as the rich and famous started coming back from their fishing trips with tales of perfect weather, pristine beaches and stunning scenery, word began to spread, and Cabo San Lucas became the popular tourist destination it is today.
Explore the Underwater World
Sport fishing remains a huge draw, with thousands of people coming to fish in “Marlin Alley”, so-called because fish such as marlin and swordfish are more common here than anywhere else in the world.
When your cruise ship docks in Cabo, you can arrange from a wide variety of catch-and-release fishing excursions available. If you’re in Cabo in October, the Bisbee’s Black and Blue tournament has more than $2,000,000 in prize money up for grabs.
If you prefer a more relaxed and hands-off approach to marine life, there are also countless snorkeling and scuba excursions to choose from. The water in the coves along the Baja Riviera are crystal clear and provide an incredible opportunity to get up close and personal to the amazing tropical fish and coral reefs.
It’s also a perfect place for a whale watching expedition. Minke, Humpback whales and Pacific Gray Whales all migrate to the tip of Baja every winter to breed and give birth. As you head out past Land’s End, you will get the perfect view of the local sea lion colony and you’ll enjoy watching any number of whales playing with their young.
For those who prefer a more land-based shore excursion, Cabo has also become the golf capital of Mexico, with at least six world-class championship golf courses now open around the small village. On the shores of the Sea of Cortez, Cabo del Sol is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, and was designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Of course, you can’t beat a day at the beach, and there are plenty here to choose from. From the popular Playa Medano to quiet Playa del Amor, there is a beach for every mood you have. Whether it’s a walk down the deserted sand alone, a day of beach volleyball with friends, or lounging in the shade of a beach tee-pee munching on a freshly-made tortilla brought right to you, there is a beach blanket in Cabo with your name on it. You can even plan to go horseback riding down the beach and up into the hills.
Of course, Cabo is also known for its nightlife, with raucous nightclubs including the Hard Rock Café and the Giggling Marling, and now, shopping in town has really expanded with a new shopping center, Puerto Paraiso, offering Mexican handicrafts, silver and ceramics.
Since John Steinbeck wrote of Cabo San Lucas that “the very air here is miraculous”, millions of people have come to Cabo to explore its air, its sand, its warmth and its waters. With so many activities to choose from, you’re bound to find your own miracle here in Cabo San Lucas.