3 Reasons Why Cabo San Lucas Is More Than a Spring Break Spot

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Photo credit: The Jamoker
Photo credit: The Jamoker

Take Mexico’s Transpeninsular Highway to the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, and you’ll find yourself at an oasis in the desert. On a peninsula that’s covered in dirt roads, cacti and scorpions, the towering palm trees and mellow, deep blue waters of Cabo San Lucas lure in tourists from around the globe. The resort city is known for its spectacular nearby fishing, over-the-top beachfront accommodation options, picture-perfect coastline and a number of the world’s top restaurants. These three reasons why you should visit Cabo San Lucas will convince you that it’s so much more than a spring break hotspot.

The Food Is Unforgettable

Photo credit: Toro Cabo
Photo credit: Toro Cabo

Try not to eat more than three meals a day in Cabo — we dare you. It’s impossible not to stop at the fresh fish taco stands on Taco Alley and snack on ceviche on the sand before heading to one of the top restaurants in the world for dinner. Cabo San Lucas is a foodie haven, and you’ll find it difficult to eat at every restaurant on your list before your vacation comes to an end.

You won’t want to miss a visit to Toro Latin Kitchen and Bar, a Pan Latin-style restaurant from chef Richard Sandoval, also known as the “Father of modern Mexican cuisine.” Toro is more than a restaurant; it’s a destination. The fresh ceviche bar, small plates for sharing and entrees, like Wood Grilled Shrimp in an adobe Mexican sauce and high-choice Argentinian Braided Skirt, make decisions difficult. Diners sit overlooking Cabo’s picture-perfect Punta Ballena, and winter whale sightings are common. Dining here feels more like a once-in-a-lifetime experience than a typical dinner out.

However, Toro is just one of many world-renowned restaurants in Cabo. We suggest you make a bucket list of must-try eateries before your visit, because you’ll probably be distracted by the hundreds of other world-class eateries in this seaside city if you don’t.

Nearby Adventures Await

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Photo credit: panza.rayada

Cabo San Lucas is a gateway to some of Mexico’s most picture-perfect and untouched coastal scenery. Hire a local guide or a rental vehicle, and in an hour or two you can be standing on a cliff overlooking deserted beaches lining the Sea of Cortez. Whether you’re into beachcombing, diving (Cabo Pulmo is home to the oldest coral reef in North America), ATV adventures, hiking to scenic waterfalls or exploring historic nearby towns like Todos Santos and San Jose del Cabo, authentic Baja experiences are always just a stone’s throw away.

Culture Is Around Every Corner

Many North Americans imagine Cabo San Lucas as a destination loaded with college-aged party-goers, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. While Cabo is home to some of the peninsula’s most happening bars and nightspots, it’s also home to countless shops selling handmade arts and crafts (check out Arte de Origen), the charming Iglesia de San Lucas and the Thomas Spangler Photography Gallery, capturing beautiful photos of Cabo’s authentically Mexican side.

It doesn’t matter what draws you to Cabo San Lucas for your first visit, but once you discover the diversity of things to do in the Cabo area, there’s no doubt you’ll plan a return trip.

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About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a freelance writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, learning new cultures and surfing new waves.

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