The Magic of BajaCabo San Lucas is set on the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific OCean and the famous arches are found. The area boasts an incredible array of marine life, and while cruising the deep blue waters it is not unusual to spot a colony of sea lions basking in the sun or manta rays and sea turtles swimming alongside your vessel.
What to DoReel ‘Em In
Take advantage of the fantastic sport fishing available—the catch of the day might be billfish, yellow fin, blue fin, wahoo,mahi mahi, or even marlin. Charter an outing with the Reel Slippery Lizzard (770-573-0334, slipperylizzardsportfishing.com), a great group of guys whose primary focus is your good time.
Have a Whale of a Time
For an up-close-and-personal look at an extraordinary marine creature, go on one of the many whale watching excursions that depart Cabo from December through March. At this time of year the climate, shallowness and salinity of the water, and an abundance of food resources attract whales en masse to the bays and lagoons north of Cabo. There are more than 11 different species of whales in the world and eight of them have been sighted off the Baja Peninsula in the Sea of Cortez.
Get Off the Beaten Path
Rent a Jeep or Hummer for the day and go exploring. Inland from Cabo the landscape is beautifully stark and otherworldly, dotted with desert sand dunes and hidden hot springs. Hike in the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range for breathtaking panoramic views and refreshing waterfalls.
Where to Eat
Pitahayas Restaurant serves Pacific Rim dishes with a dash of local flair—grilled shrimp with pineapple and coconut-banana sauce, pork tacos with stir-fried vegetables and chilies. The excellent wine list includes more than 500 bottlings from across the globe. (Transpeninsular Hwy .Km 10th, Lot D, 52-624/145-8010)
Marisco’s Mazatlan is a lively Mexican eatery and a locals’ favorite. Dishes often incorporate fresh seafood caught in the surrounding waters. Sip a huge margarita or piña colada as a mariachi band strolls between tables, and end the evening with the housemade flan. (Narciso Mendoza on the corner of 20 de Noviembre, 52-624/143-8565)
Hacienda Cocina y Cantina is a beautiful restaurant on the water, which serves local cuisine and delicacies from seafood to salads and soups. The location cannot be beat and you can enjoy the entrancing view while sipping on your choice of wine and the fish special for two. (Calle Gomez Farias S/N, Local: 624-163-3144 - From USA: 415-259-4170)