Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo: Paradise at Land's End
By Andrea Julian
A road trip down the Baja peninsula is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The desert scenery, the endless beaches, and the amazing sunsets and sunrises make the Baja one of the most magical places on Earth. However, the true reward lies at the end of the journey, where land meets the endless Pacific Ocean. Here are the twin cities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Visitors beware: once you've been here, you may never want to go home!
When visiting Los Cabos, as the area is called, a road trip is the way to go. The roads are great, and the scenery spectacular. From the California border, the trip to Los Cabos can be done in a couple of days or a couple of weeks, depending on how fast you want to go. You will need your passports to enter here, and you will also need to have up-to-date Mexican auto insurance to protect you and your vehicle. Once in Los Cabos, you can choose to stay in either Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, or in the area in between called the corridor. Each of these areas offers a unique experience, and choosing an area to stay depends on what brought you to Los Cabos in the first place.
Cabo San Lucas has a reputation as a party town. It's true that there is no shortage of things to do in Cabo. Known as a premier fishing destination, many visitors choose to engage in fishing trips during the day, returning in the afternoon and evening to share stories of the big one that got away over a margarita or two at any one of Cabo's many watering holes. Dining in Cabo is first class. International cuisine at its finest is served up from a wide array of restaurants. Diners can choose from laid back Mexican taquerias to 5-star dining, whatever your budget and taste calls for. If it's shopping that you're craving, then Cabo is the place for you. Cabo is home to many fine galleries and malls, specializing in Mexican handicrafts, artwork, stylish clothing, and, of course, silver jewelry. From budget to luxury, Cabo offers a little something for everyone.
The corridor between Cabo san Lucas and San Jose del Cabo offers visitors a chance to get away from it all in a private retreat setting. Luxurious time-shares and all-inclusive resorts beckon to those that need to escape into the lap of luxury. If you are on a budget, then the corridor is not for you. However, for those with the cash, this is the ideal vacation spot. Perfect setting, luxurious spas and resorts, and world-class golf courses make the corridor a true vacation destination to remember.
San Jose del Cabo offers the most authentic Mexican experience in Los Cabos. This is a quiet, traditional Mexican town. In the center stands the gleaming white Parroquia San Jose church. To the southeast, at the city's edge, is a beautiful estuary, a protected wildlife sanctuary where nature lovers' can see migratory birds and pods of dolphins. Other activities in San Jose del Cabo include kayaking, scuba diving, jet skis, and taking it easy. There are a variety of nice hotels and restaurants, and Mexican handicrafts can be purchased in the central plaza.
A road trip to Los Cabos can be as simple or luxurious as you want. Taking your RV and camping along the deserted beaches away from the towns can be a simple way to enjoy the beautiful scenery and warm pacific waters also. At the other end of the scale, luxurious all-inclusive resorts beckon to those who want to spoil themselves in a tropical setting. Whatever brings you to lands end at Los Cabos, you are sure to enjoy every minute.