Los Cabos, Mexico is a beachgoers dream: crystal blue waters teeming with life, natural stone arches framing the waters and friendly people abound. For those who are looking for an easy getaway, the swim up bars and beachside cocktails of major resorts are a large draw.
This former fishing village has seen rapid growth in the last decades thanks to an international airport and docking cruiseliners. Aside from sunbathing vacationers, many adventure seekers find a home in Cabo thanks to the plentiful watersports and adrenaline activities on offer.
A Villa to Remember
If you’re planning the ultimate vacation in Los Cabos with friends, for a special occasion, or simply like to live large while traveling, it’s absolutely worth looking at Luxury Retreats who have a collection of breathtaking rentals available. My personal favorite is the Buena Vida Villa perched above the Finisterra Beach. The villa has ten bedrooms, seven of which enjoy ocean views, and sleeps up to 21 people. The heated infinity pool overlooks the Pacific Ocean, just imagine the incredible sunsets! Outdoors is the place to be: there’s a jacuzzi, BBQ pit and even a steam room to keep your skin glowing for photos. In case a dream villa isn’t enough to keep you busy consider taking a whale watching tour!
Whale, Why Not?
Cabo Expeditions is the sole tour operator authorized by the government of Mexico to work with the Mexican Navy and rescue whales. In fact, you likely saw them on the BBC in 2011. An adult humpback whale had gotten tangled in commercial fishing lines and was in immediate danger of dying. Even though he’s 40 feet long and weighs 35 tonnes, the fishing nets had wrapped him from mid-torso to his fins, leaving him mostly immobile.
Sadly, this is not the first instance a whale has been caught in commercial fishing nets. Cabo Expeditions has rescued over 10 whales in their career and look forward to helping more.
Of course, if you’re concerned about the effect overfishing is having on the eco-system why not choose vegan foods which require no animals to process or prepare?
Eat Well and Make New Friends
For authentic Mexican food cooked with flair, be sure to stop at Rana Vegana. It’s a hidden gem, but only a ten dollar taxi ride from the center to find, and so well worth it, the address is Playa Migriño, Sin Numero (no number) 23470 Los Cabos, Baja California Sur and their phone number is +52 624 239 9448. Apart from traditional Mexican food, tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas, there is a wide variety of international flavors such as white sauce pizza with almond cheese, or a BBQ pizza. For those wanting something lighter and fresh, you can enjoy the salads or baked potato options.
Enjoy the outdoor patio which is ample enough to host large groups, but do note that there is no indoor seating available, so it’s best for good weather only. Previous diners have loved not only the tasty food but the warm and welcoming atmosphere provided by the owners. Good prices, animal-friendly food, and excellent service make Rana Vegana an easy choice for your Los Cabos stay.
Mako Vegan Restaurant is a perfect place for those traveling with pets who prefer diner fare such as burgers, pizza, and the like. Additionally, you can find fresh mint mojitos, sashimi, and homemade chorizo and mole! We think this place sounds like the perfect fusion food stop. You can visit at Calle Paseo a la Marina S/N, behind Puerto Paraiso El Medano, Cabo San Lucas or call for reservations 624-157-3716.
Sleep in a Green Spot
Accommodation is often the biggest indicator of how a vacation will turn out. If you’re a couple traveling for a getaway, the Dreams Resort is a great choice due to their social responsibility, Rainforest Certified Alliance, and admirable a beach cleanup program. However, beware of the Dreaming of Freedom Turtle Program which allows you to hold a baby turtle before setting it free into the sea. Only experts should handle such fragile and delicate creatures!
Giving back to the local community is tantamount whenever traveling and this can be difficult to do in a town flooded with mega resorts. Look for locally owned arts and crafts to purchase or find websites which allow you to rent directly from those living in the area. This is also a great way to find out insider’s opinions on what to do in the area that typical tourists wouldn’t know!
Capture Culture — And Bring it Home
The Thursday Art Walk in San Jose is a hit with art aficionados and window shoppers alike. A favorite of all who visit is the Mi Casa Azul Gallery at Camino a Flora Farms, Las Ánimas near the San Jose Catholic Church. The studio is a veritable treasure chest with prints of all shapes and sizes, and naturally — prices. The kind owners and vibrant artists are the heart of this small gallery and shoppers nearly always find something that speaks to them. From the Ocean Series of Tamara Santini in acrylics and oils to the affordable watercolors there is art for everyone, here.
Beautiful glass vases are a wonderful take-home piece which will hold memories of your time in Cabo as well as floral pieces. Of if you prefer something more easy to carry home, there are rings, necklaces and other forms of wearable art. We’re serious when we say you will find something to love!
Even if you’re on a budget trip make sure you keep your Cabo memories alive — send home a postcard to yourself or pick up a magnet to keep on the fridge.