Cabo located on tip of Baja California Sur is a desert oasis with a mixed personality. Cabo San Lucas is party central, where every day feels like a holiday and popular with the younger crowd and spring breakers. While its mellower sister city, San José del Cabo, is popular with the Hollywood elite who come in their private planes for some rest and relaxation – and it is a perfect for vacation spot for families as well. The 18-mile stretch of highway know as ” The Corridor” connects the two. There are a quite a few resorts that are lined up in this area that specializes in making families feel at home. There is more to do than lounging at the beach in Cabo, read on to discover family friendly fun things to do in Cabo.
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Resort and Rooms
We were in Cabo last Christmas and stayed at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort. The Hilton resort property has one of the few beaches in Cabo that is good for swimming, among other entertainment options and amenities. Each guest rooms feature Mexican-inspired interiors with tile floors, carved dark wood furniture, wall stencils and blue accent pieces spread throughout. The rooms on the top floor are the Vista Club rooms that have an additional amenities like a welcome bottle of Tequila and access to a club room for evening cocktails. Our room was a 2 bedroom suite, there are bed rooms with two Queen beds as well and other bed configurations that work well for families. The beds were Sealy Posturepedic pillow-top mattresses with Egyptian cotton linens and Mexican blankets. Plus we had a sitting area with 30-inch flat-screen TVs with cable and movies, complimentary in-room mineral water everyday and private, furnished balconies. Marble bathrooms have separate showers and tubs, as well as vanity mirrors, robes and slippers. We didn’t opt for the inclusive meal plan and ate at the different restaurants in the property and next door at Rosewood Las Ventanas al Paraíso.
There are five dining options at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort. Vela serves Italian cuisine mixed with regional ingredients, while El Meson serves a mix of American, Mexican and international dishes alfresco for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Madero Bar & Grill offers Mexican-American fusion fare and Mio specializes in healthy, lighter bites next to the pool. And then is the Azul lounge, which boasts one of the largest tequila collections in Los Cabos. Azul had a nice sitting areas and a telescope in the balcony and the staff mentioned that you could spot whales from there. Vela was our favorite with a nice wine list, top notch service and romantic setting.
We mostly started our day with breakfast at the El Meson and spent the day lounging or in the pool and had lunch at Mio.
Pool and Spa
Hilton Los Cabos resort’s Eforea Spa offers a range services in its 11 treatment rooms, including massages, facials and body treatments, along with a full-service salon. There are unique services influenced by the area’s traditions such as the Baja Sacred Stone Massage, plus special kids and teens offerings. The resort has two large outdoor pools with swim-up bars. The Infinity and Dolphin Terrace pools both offer views of the Sea of Cortez. Plus, if you stayed in the Vista floor you have access to a separate pool area and cabanas with pool butlers that bring some complementary refreshments for adults and kids. The property is home to one of the few swimmable beaches in the region. We loved wandering around the granite boulders and watching the sunsets from the coves. Our kids are older and don’t get to use the kids club anymore but we saw the fun activity room and the club area. Since we were there during Christmas, the resort had organized a dinner that included a dessert room that looked like you stepped into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
Things to do
Cabo San Lucas is world renowned for its deep sea fishing, swanky hotels and sandy beaches. This reputation is well-deserved but there are many more adventures to experience in this beautiful Mexican resort town. There are plenty of beaches for sunbathing, but the ocean here is notoriously choppy and not really good for casual swimmers; therefore, the pool culture is alive and well. But leave your beach lounger for a day and book a tour or two and add a little adventure to your Cabo trip.
Visit the Arch
Where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, sits the rugged rock formation El Arco – that is a popular tourist attraction. It’s called Land’s End for a reason – as the crow flies, if you followed a line south from here, you would not touch land again until you reached the South Pole.
With its great geographical conditions, Baja California Sur offers professionals and amateurs of this sport a long coastline with abundant fish during all seasons. There are experienced service providers with professional equipment for those on a budget as well as for those after luxury. Cabo is known as the Marlin Capital of the World where during peal fishing season of May, June, December and January – you are arrange a boat to take you fishing for Marlin and then take it to the restaurant to have it cooked to your taste,
One of the favorite kid-friendly activities to enjoy with the entire family in Cabo is to ride the camels. These gentle creatures will take you on a fun and unique ride across the desert and the gold sands of the beach.
See baby turtles
From July to October, some of the beaches in Los Cabos, provide perfect nesting grounds for the Sea turtles and you can watch them go to the sea for the first time. Speak with your concierge to learn about turtle release opportunities.
Explore the desert on an ATV
Families will love exploring the natural beauties of Los Cabos on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle), which gives you access to places where only a few can go. The sound of the waves crashing while you witness one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets from a moving ATV is quiet a unique experience.
Go Whale watching
Experience one of the world’s most memorable wildlife adventures. Around nine species of whales visit Baja California Sur every year, they return to their place of birth, to bring their own calves into this world. Remember Mother Nature works at her own pace, although the season regularly starts on November, viewing is best between January and March, when the massive mammals give birth and rear their calves. We saw a couple of whales when we went on our boat tour to see The Arch.
Indulge in some local cuisine
Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo have started to draw more and more acclaimed chefs, some popular spots to try are Suviche Restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten who prepares an outstanding menu of fresh sushi together with a striking selection of Mexican ceviches, located within the One&Only Palmilla Resort, Flora’s Field Kitchen, which offers farm-to-table meals and Tadd Chapman’s Don Sanchez, which dishes out traditional Mexican fare with innovative flair. If you’re looking for a more casual but still tasty authentic Mexican meal, head to one of Cabo’s smaller hot spots like such as Mi Casa or The office. You will get to indulge in some local cuisine in colorful and vibrant chairs at hacienda style residences without breaking you bank.
What to Eat
Cabo San Lucas is famous for its seafood, but restaurants featuring European and North American cuisines also attract travelers. Dining is generally expensive, but you can find cheaper eats if you ask around and try some of the hole-in-the-wall taco joints (taquerias) located downtown or along the hotel corridor. We loved the farm to table experience at Flora’s Field Kitchen, and spend an entire morning there. When we went to visit the El Arco we stopped at taco place before heading for some Haagen Dazs icecream at Puerto Paradiso Mall by the marina . We heard some great things about The Office owned by Edith Jimenez but didn’t make it there. Regardless of where you dine, don’t forget to try the guacamole made at your table and served in a molcajete(stone mortar and pestle).
How to get there
Los Cabos International Airport is the primary airport for the Los Cabos area and serves approximately 3.35 million passengers annually, making it Mexico’s seventh busiest airport. It hosts about 22 international and domestic carriers, and more private jets than we have seen anywhere else. The construction of this international airport in the 1980s has made it easier for travelers from all over to hop a nonstop flight to the “Los Cabos” area. You can arrange for a shuttle to pickup and take you to the resort corridor area where all the major resorts are located.
When to go
While we enjoyed the pleasant 70 degrees in Cabo for Christmas last year, the best time to visit Cabo is from May to June, when the wintertime crowds have gone home. October and November are also nice months for a vacation. Cabo for December holidays is perfect – but you’ll need to begin your hotel search early if you want to save money. If you would like to go whale-watching, plan a visit between December and March. We saw a couple of whales during our boat trip out in the Pacific ocean when we went to see the famous Arch of Cabo and visit the Land’s end