Los Cabos - Sun and Ocean meet DesertBy Chas Blackford
The Los Cabos region in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, has become a popular vacation and retirement spot for many Americans. What attracts them here? Climate, Natural Beauty, and Recreational Opportunities.
Los Cabo Area ActivitiesSport Fishing - Los Cabos has been considered the "Marlin Capital of the World" for years and is one of the premier sport fishing destinations in the world. Numerous charters services are available for hire, most featuring expert and knowledgeable guides. Golf - As Los Cabos has gradually become more a playground for the well-heeled, so has it has become one hottest golf destinations in the world. The area has seven championship courses designed by golf notables such as Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones II, Tom Weiskopf and Tom Fazio. Dining and Night Life - When the cool of evening arrives, both San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas come alive. Numerous fine dining can be had in both locales, along with live music, art galleries or just the simple pleasure of strolling the town and visiting the 'zocalo', the traditional Mexican town square where the locals gather to socialize.
Water Sports - For the diving aficionados, the Sea of Cortez abounds with coral reefs, underwater canyons, and old shipwrecks that can be explored by snorkeling or scuba diving. The the east coast of the Baja peninsula offers miles of undeveloped coastline, small islands and open waters for exploration. The area is a world-class sea kayaking destination, full of inlets, coves and beaches accessible only by kayaks or small boats.
Local Excursions - Day trip or spend a night or two in these delightful, nearby cities and towns. Todos Santos, originally a Jesuit mission and plantation is now noted for its vibrant arts community, galleries and shops. Located one hour north of San Lucas. La Paz, the largest city and capitol of Baja California Sur, is the site of the first European settlement on the peninsula. A bustling commercial center, it has a vibrant and historic 'centro' and the beautiful Malecón, a long walkway fronting the bay that strolling and socializing and great place for catching the 330 perfect yearly sunsets for which La Paz is famous. Cabo Pulmo, located on the East Cape, is the site of North America's northern most coral reef. Pristine beaches await for those willing to travel the last 16 miles of washboard road. Miraflores, about 5 miles from Santiago and 35 miles from San Jose del Cabo, is another quaint Baja coastal village.
Shopping - The Los Cabos area supports numerous local artisans, both native and international, and you can discover the areas finest handicrafts, silver, original art, antiques and clothing in both San Jose del Cabo and Todos Santos.
ClimateMost visitors come for the mild winters, when Los Cabos enjoys a dry season.
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