Cabo San Lucas: Mexico’s South Beach

My absolute favorite place in Mexico is Cabo San Lucas. I first went about 10 years ago and fell in love with the culture, natural beauty, and fun atmosphere.  I’ve been back numerous times since then, most recently in July 2013, and it never grows old.  This time, I stayed at Cabo Villas right on Medano Beach, which is THE place to be in Cabo. Medano Beach is like Miami’s South Beach with a Mexican flair.  Every day is lively, with numerous people swimming, walking along the beach, playing in the sand, and sun bathing.  All the while, the beachfront restaurants — The Office, Mango Deck and Billygan’s Island  — are pumping the latest jams and keeping the drinks flowing.  There’s nothing like sitting on Medano Beach with sand between your toes and a margarita in your hand, looking out at beautiful turquoise waters and rock formations.

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On the beach (at the airport, hotel, and everywhere else in Cabo), you quickly learn to “play the game.”  Timeshares are big in Cabo, and folks masquerading as waiters or hospitality clerks will nearly beg you to attend a 90-minute timeshare presentation.  In exchange, they’ll offer free breakfast and a thank you gift.  I usually go to at least one presentation and negotiate for multiple gifts. I enjoy looking at different properties  (even though I don’t intend to buy a timeshare), so it’s fun for me.  I’ve gotten dinner gift certificates, liquor, ATV tours and jet ski rentals, among other gifts. But I have a strict, 3-hour “get me back to the beach” rule. When you consider transportation, actual tour time, and other logistics, the 90-minute tour is more like 3 to 4 hours.  So if you don’t want to leave the beach for that long, you may want to decline.

Medano Beach is also prime territory for vendors selling a variety of Mexican wares and services, from blankets, pottery, and jewelry to hair braiding and temporary tattoos.  They can be pesky at times, but it’s all part of the fun.  If you decide to buy, make sure to haggle for the best deal.  If not, a friendly “no gracias” will usually send them on their way to the next customer.

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058But the best thing about Medano Beach is the water activities.  Jet skis, banana boats, water trampolines, snorkeling, parasailing and glass bottom boats — Medano Beach has it all.  By day, the beach is teaming with water daredevils, like myself (my fave is the jet ski).  By night, the sunset and booze cruises take over.  It’s so beautiful and peaceful to be out on the water, surrounded by beautiful mountain views and El Arco, Cabo’s famous rock landmark.  I promise if you haven’t been to Cabo yet, once you go you’ll be hooked.

What do you love about Cabo?  Comment below.

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One Response to Cabo San Lucas: Mexico’s South Beach

  1. Tami says:

    I love everything about Cabo! The area is beautiful, the people are warm and friendly, the food is awesome, and I could go on. Cabo is like the best of both worlds: If you just want to chill on the beach and relax, you can do that. If you want to be active and partake in tours and activities, you can do that. If you love mountains and the desert-feel, Cabo has that. And of course it has the most amazing beaches and spectacular blue waters. Cabo has it all!!! If you haven’t been, go!

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