Cabo San Lucas Travel Guide

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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 northeast of Cabo; in between the two towns is a long hotel corridor where most tourists find lodging.

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 Giggling Marlin and El Squid Roe.

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).

You'll appreciate the charm of San José del Cabo if you're seeking a glimpse of a more 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, upscale resorts 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 are 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. Pickpocketing is common in heavily visited areas, and those looking to take a drive along the Transpeninsular Highway should be vigilant after dark, when highway robberies have been reported to happen. The U.S. State Department's website urges travelers to exercise caution. Warning flags on beaches should be taken seriously. If black or red warning flags are up, do not enter the water and you should never swim alone. 

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