Cabo San Lucas – Pacific Paradise

Welcome to Cabo San Lucas

History

The Baja Peninsula itself was a legendary land thought to be an island until sailors sent by Hernan Cortes, the conqueror of the Aztecs, landed there in the 1500s.

By the 17th century, Baja was well known to seafaring men. During the brisk trade between Manila and Europe, the famed Manila galleons carried silks, pearls and spices to be exchanged for Mexican silver, from Luzon in the Philippines to Acapulco. Their cargoes were carried overland to Mexico's east coast port of Veracruz and loaded on ships bound for Europe. After months at sea, their first sight of land and a fresh water estuary at the mouth of a river in San Jose were powerful lures to sailing ships bound for Acapulco after months at sea, and they stopped there for provisions from the local ranchers before sailing on—despite the English pirate ships lying in wait for them in coves and caves along the coast.

Alarmed by the growing number of sea battles and pillaging along the coast, the Spanish conquistadors who governed Mexico at the time, established a fort in San Jose, and sent the Spanish padre, Nicholas Tamaral, to establish a mission there. But the mission was burned and the Padre killed by the local Pericu Indians, who resisted the Padre's attempts to force them to cover their clotheless-ness and to change their polygamous ways. The fate of Padre Tamaral is graphically depicted in a mural in the present church in San Jose, which was built on the same spot as the old mission, in 1940. Later during the Mexican-American War, U.S. marines occupied the town. The Plaza Mijares in the heart of town is named for the victorious Mexican naval officer Jose Antonio Mijares, who defeated them.

San Jose went on to become a respectable commercial center in the l800s, doing a brisk trade with passing ships. Some of the one and two-story homes from the last two centuries are still owned by the original families. Several are beguiling settings for San Jose's small restaurants and shops.

Cabo San Lucas, on the other hand, had an impudent upstart, which could account for its casual makeup. Medano Beach was just a wild stretch of sand until the early 1900s when a few fishermen put up their palapas beside a fresh water lagoon near the Club Cascadas Resort. In 1919, Cabo's marine-rich waters attracted a fish cannery to San Lucas Bay. The now long abandoned cannery at the entrance to the inner harbor was at one time the third largest packer of tuna in the world.

Now enter the big game fishermen from the States. After World War II, a handful of sportsmen pilots discovered the 500-pound marlin in the Sea of Cortes and lit the fuse under one of the biggest tourist explosions in history. They flew down with their pals to hunt dove in the scrub-covered hills to wrestle fighting fish out of the sea. The simple fishing and hunting lodges they built for their buddies along the Baja coast are the forefathers of the grand resorts today. The pioneer was the Palmilla resort in the 1950s, and then, in the 60s, came the Cabo San Lucas and the Hacienda. Twin Dolphin, Solmar and Finisterra date from the 70s.

These early hostelries were small, but some had their own airstrips. Word soon got out that Los Cabos more than 1,000 miles from Hollywood - was the ultimate celebrity hideout, and before long the gleaming yachts of the rich and famous were mingling with the mingling fishing boats in the bay. The area invited celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Sophia Loren and Carlos Ponti, Lucille Ball and Dezi Arnaz, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Bing Crosby and John Wayne.

The Transpeninsular Highway from the Mexican border south of San Diego opened in the early 70s, bringing a handful of Southern California surfers with their boards strapped to their trucks. They were followed by a parade of snowbird campers and RVs. But it was only after the Mexican government agency, Fonatur, which invests in tourist development, put its weight behind a much needed resort infrastructure, that the present airport opened in 1984 and the developers moved in.

Stunning developments in the past twenty years have included the opening of seven new championship golf courses designed by such masters as Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones. These courses have made Los Cabos the golf capital of Latin America. Additionally, Los Cabos boasts a myraid of hotels, including many luxury reasons on the corridor alone. Los Cabos is also home to some of the most phenomenal master-planned (view-protected), amenity-rich communities in all the world: Palmilla, Villas Del Mar, Cabo del Sol, Espiritu Del Mar, Punta Ballena, Oasis Palmilla and more.

Things to do

In a paradise where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, there is something for everyone: fishing, golf, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding, relaxing in luxury spas and resorts and dancing ’til dawn.

CULTURE MEETS THE SEA

Los Cabos continues to embrace its endemic traditions and international influences to grow as a hub of music, art and culture. Los Cabos celebrates the eclectic, authentic and innovative with zeal, so it’s easy to see why so many artists are inspired to call it home. Though the beaches certainly have their appeal, Los Cabos also offers visitors a thriving arts and culture scene. Every October, the Los Cabos Comedy Festival lines up stand up comedians from across the globe for five days of hysterical entertainment. In November the Los Cabos International Film Festival takes over the town bringing the Canadian, American and Mexican film industries together and upping the glamour factor of the region even further. Each Thursday evening between November and June, the San Jose del Cabo Art District hosts an Art Walk to allow locals and visitors alike to experience the works of the outstanding fine artists and artisans who live in the region. The San Jose del Cabo Jazz Weekend Concert Series takes place in February, offering two days of exceptional Latin jazz performances in the heart of this vibrant town. The brainchild of Peter Buck of the band REM, the Todos Santos Music Festival brings a long list of impressive performances to this magical little town every January for intimate, you-have-to see-it-to-believe-it, concerts and jam sessions which raise much needed funds for the local community. Much like Los Cabos itself, all of these festivals are growing with every passing year and gaining recognition on an international level.

CREATIVE STAYS

Many of Los Cabos’ resorts and hotels will treat you to an evening of live jazz while you enjoy a few drinks at one of their establishments. These same properties often host an impressive roster of cultural activities. Besides its natural beauty and top-tier resorts, Los Cabos offers a wide array of cultural offerings that can please any kind of visitor. There are night-spots for dancing the night away and bars with cocktails of every flavor — often mixed with Mexican libations like tequila and mezcal.

 

SPAS & WELLNESS

Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, nestled between the Sea of Cortez and the desert, travelers are invited to indulge in a one of a kind luxury experience in Los Cabos. Travelers seeking a luxury retreat will find exclusive amenities and indulgent experiences hard to find anywhere else. From world-class personalized service to spa treatments and accommodations, Los Cabos’ award-winning hotels offer luxurious amenities to fit any travel style.
 
Sprinkled along the sun-drenched coastline is a long line of glorious retreats that run the gamut from the family-oriented Holiday Inn Los Cabos All Inclusive to the A-list icon, One&Only Palmilla. Whether you’re craving a convenient base for spring boarding to the Baja California outback, an eclectic hideaway where wellness sets the tone or a swanky suite complete with a private plunge pool, Los Cabos has emerged as a something-for-every-taste playground.
 

SPA-TACULAR TEMPLES

The era of simply enjoying a feel-good treatment has matured into a broader, holistic wellness approach that merges specialty therapies with options like healthy cuisine and personal training. Always in the spotlight, Los Cabos’ spas regularly garner awards and glowing reviews. Also always striving for distinction, one serene escape may draw upon a global palette of soothing therapies while another emphasizes indigenous products like desert flowers, aloe, clay and herbs.

 FEEL THE HEAT

Mexico’s oldest spa tradition allows individuals to sweat it out simultaneously. And it’s done in the dark. In Los Cabos, you’ll find the temazcal option plus a menu of classic spa treatments in resorts like Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa, ME Cabo, Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa and Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort. The Temazcal is an ancient steam lodge that relies on the healing powers of earth, fire, water and air to balance body, mind and spirit. Within the darkened chamber, participants are immersed in an aromatic steam bath prompting deep relaxation and improved circulation. Since the experience is free of one collective purpose, individuals introduce themselves and state their goals for the ritual.

DIAMOND DAZZLERS

Los Cabos appeals to sophisticated travelers who crave luxury. It’s no surprise that Las Ventanas al Paraíso – A Rosewood Resort, One&Only Palmilla and The Resort at Pedregal snag AAA Five Diamond status year after year. This elite trio also regularly dazzles as part of Travel+Leisure’s World Best Hotels 2015 Mexico.

LUXE TO THE MAX

Perched within the exclusive Millionaire’s Row, Hacienda Encantada oozes a tranquil tone contrasting the revved-up energy of sister hotel Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa located in Cabo San Lucas’ Marina District. The pair’s all-inclusive Dine Out Privileges program covers unlimited on-site dining, as well as at select Marina Golden Zone waterfront eateries like Baja Lobster Co.

 THE ULTIMATE “ME” TIME

Named one of the top three spas in Mexico and South America by Condé Nast Traveler, Armonia Spa at Pueblo Bonito Pacífica Golf & Spa Resort is a full-service spa that offers a comprehensive menu of wellness-oriented body treatments. Detoxify and invigorate with signature rituals like the Wine Virtues, which uses grape extract to stimulate collagen, eliminate free radicals and protect the skin; body wraps and masks using volcanic mud with rosemary and damiana; and the ancient healing temazcal steam bath.

LUXURY ABOUNDS

The Spa at Las Ventanas al Paraíso overlooks the brilliant blue-green Sea of Cortez and sets a high standard as one of Mexico’s most exclusive, award-winning resorts. With a vast menu of holistic rituals, exploring the intrinsic powers of earth, water, fire and air, the serene, indoor/outdoor desert garden setting welcomes with the ancient tones of Tibetan singing bowls — said to begin the healing process even before your treatment begins.

UNIQUELY UNFORGETTABLE

Let’s say you’re simply too relaxed to interrupt the reverie of your private ocean view, even for an afternoon at the spa. Facilities and specialists in Los Cabos still have you covered with mobile services. One of the most respected mobile spa companies in the Baja California peninsula, Suzanne Morel Face & Body Care brings the experience to you with a professionally trained team of massage therapists and cosmetologists. Go ahead and plan for the Mexican spa ritual, which begins with a lovely organic herbal tea and is followed by a therapist-led stretching routine, a hydrating facial exfoliation and a healing massage. Once you’re fully unwound, there’s nothing to do but stay right where you are — ocean view and all.

TOP ATTRACTIONS

 

San Jose Del Cabo

Discover the charm of this magical town and its activities, like the Art Walk, a fun event where you will walk around all of its art galleries while enjoying music and street shows.

Todos Santos

Just an hour away from Cabo San Lucas, this Magic Town is home of the world famous Hotel California, but the real charm is its colonial architecture & its arts and crafts.

Marina Cabo San Lucas

A walk by Cabo San Lucas Marina is a not-to-be-missed activity on your visit to Los Cabos. Either by day or by night, the marina is a must during your stay, full with the best restaurants, stores and a vibrating nightlife.

Cabo Pulmo

Definitely a must-go, this protected National Marine Park is known as “The Aquarium of the World”.

Tourist Corridor

From Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo, this corridor runs along the coast and is where most of the hotels in Los Cabos are.

Golf Courses

Los Cabos is considered the capital of Golf in Mexico since their courses are found in the most important rankings in the world, besides some of the most important golf stars like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman have designed amazing courses in this beautiful destination.

Beaches

There are many beautiful beaches around Los Cabos, the most famous are: Lover’s Beach, Divorce Beach, El Médano, Chileno Beach, Santa María and Costa Azul.

 

All Inclusive

Deluxe Studio - $499 USD

This promo package is for 5 days and 4 nights for 2 adults and up to 2 children 12 and under.

Stay in a comfortable Deluxe Studio, in All Inclusive plan.

Your Deluxe Studio features two queen beds or one king bed and the adjoining bathroom has marble decor tub and shower. Your dining area and balcony or terrace is equipped with patio furniture for a maximum occupancy of two adults and two children 12 years and under. A roomy kitchen completes the package.

Amenities and services

  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Ceiling fan
  • Private Balcony or terrace
  • Fully Equipped Kitchenette
  • Fridge
  • Coffee maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Microwave
  • Premium television channels
  • Phone
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Electronic/magnetic keys

Amenities

  • Beach Front
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools (3)
  • Waterslide for Kids
  • Outdoor Jacuzzis (2)
  • Restaurants (3)
  • Bars  (2)
  • Spa - Full Service ($)
  • Massage Services - Spa and Beach ($)
  • Fitness Center
  • Tennis Courts (2)
  • Basketball Court
  • Volleyball (beach and pool)
  • Kayaking
  • Satellite TVs in Restaurants
  • Mexican Fiesta (every Tuesday)
  • Room Service ($)
  • Kids Club
  • BBQ Grills and Seating
  • Pool Table
  • Ping-Pong Table
  • Foosball Table
  • Shuffleboard
  • Hotel Concierge
  • Internet Café ($)
  • Activities Staff and Poolside Activities
  • Market (groceries and gifts) ($)
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Laundry ($)
  • Parking (complimentary)
  • Money Exchange
  • Medical Service ($)
  • Baby Sitting Services ($)
  • Handicapped Rooms/Facilities
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