Cabo San Lucas first beckoned to Hollywood's elite in the 1970s as a luxurious reprieve from the "dregs" of show business. The town's rather seedy reputation changed as world-class resorts took up residence here, in the neighboring village of San José del Cabo, and along the 18-mile stretch of highway that connects the two (known as "the Corridor"). The construction of an international airport in the 1980s made it easier for travelers from ... continue»
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The best time to visit Cabo is May and June, when the wintertime crowds have gone home and the summertime storms have yet to hit. October and November are also nice months for a vacation, but you'll need to begin your hotel search early if you want to save money. It could be that your motivation for visiting is not the beach: If you're into whale-watching, plan to visit between December and March. If you like to fish, look to come in the late summer or fall.Best Times to Visit Cabo San Lucas»
Cabo San Lucas Neighborhoods
Cabo San Lucas lies on the south end of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula in west-central Mexico. San José del Cabo sits just east of Cabo; in between the two towns is a long hotel corridor where most tourists find accommodation.
Downtown Cabo San Lucas
Downtown Cabo San Lucas offers smaller and more affordable hotels than the Corridor—and many more nightlife options. For those seeking a night out, the downtown area will not disappoint. Travelers particularly like Sammy Hagar's famous Cabo Wabo Cantina on Calle Guerrero (Guerrero Street). The club is often packed and offers meal specials along with its exotic drinks.
The Marina district, just south of the downtown, also offers access to some of the area's best beaches. The Marina is also the place to go for an authentic Mexican experience: You can watch the fisherman haul in the daily catch, shop for local crafts, or sample some authentic fare at a taqueria (taco shop).
San José del Cabo
You'll appreciate the charm of San José del Cabo if you're seeking a glimpse at a traditional Mexican town. Located northeast of Cabo San Lucas, travelers can take buses or taxis to the town via Interstate 1. The town houses some of the oldest Spanish colonial architecture in the region, as well as a wide range of restaurants and shops.
Keep in mind San Jose's beaches have strong undertows and its downtown has few clubs or bars—head to Cabo San Lucas for the best swimming waters and nightlife.
This 18-mile stretch of Highway 1 runs between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, and is home to many luxurious homes and hotels. Most of the Corridor hotels are luxury resorts, so if you planning on staying there, expect elevated rates. Getting around will also require the additional cost of a car or taxi.
Cabo's spike in tourism has also caused a rise in crime. Both cities have been affected by the drug trade—and have seen some accompanying violence—but the main tourist areas are relatively safe. Travelers should be vigilant about their belongings, though. Pick-pocketing is common in heavily-visited areas, and those looking to take a drive along the Transpeninsular Highway should be cautious after dark, when highway robberies are known to happen. The U.S. State Department's website also cautions Cabo travelers about rough waters and nighttime swims: Make sure someone knows where you are at all times, just in case.
The best way to get around Cabo San Lucas is on foot. Sites are clustered within the downtown area, though some vacationers opt for a ride on the scenic water taxi to get from the downtown marina to the best beaches. The only trouble is that you can't walk between the Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo; you'll need to drive yourself or take a taxi along the Corridor. Just don't venture too far off the beaten path—there have been reports of car thefts in outlying areas. Car rental agencies have set up camp in Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), which sits roughly 27 miles northeast of Cabo San Lucas.Getting Around Cabo San Lucas»