Mexico - Pacific Coast
In Cabo San Lucas, the pristine white sand of Medano Beach and Divorce Beach both vie for attention. San Jose del Cabo's beach is perfect for volleyball, romantic walks or simply soaking up the rays.
Medano Beach is the most popular with tourists. It starts at the mouth of the Cabo San Lucas marina, and extends all the way to Villa del Palmar.
Along ‘the corridor’, Playa Las Viudas – Widows’ Beach – is a secluded spot with dirt track access from the main road. The shoreline features interesting rock outcroppings and pools in the stone, which create private areas to spend a lazy afternoon sunbathing or exploring.
Have a traditional Mexican retail experience at the little souvenir stores in San Jose del Cabo. Colourful window displays, laden with Mexican art, silver jewellery or pretty pottery, are guaranteed to grab your attention.
There’s a swish American-style mall in Cabo San Lucas, where you’ll find the likes of Kenneth Cole, Lacoste and Nautica nestled among Mexican boutiques. And if you want to take a break from all things Mexican, you’ll find a Subway and a Haagen-Dazs café here, too.
Splash the cash and get a custom-made swimsuit at Chicas Sin Limites. Choose your fabric and design, and 24 hours later you’ll have a brand new swimsuit created to your exact measurements.
Stroll the sands of San Jose del Cabo, and sip mezcal at sunset. It’s a quiet affair here, with evenings spent in cosy bars and chilled-out gardens on the agenda.
Raise the roof in Cabo San Lucas, swaying to salsa or rocking ‘til late. Live the after-dark action in its nightclubs and music venues, some of them owned by music legends – like Sammy Hagar, vocalist and guitarist for Van Halen.
Baja's ‘seafood candy’ is named for the brown colour of its shell, rather than any chocolate flavour. These meaty Mexican clams are one of the largest found on the west coast, and can grow up to six inches across.
Fishing’s renowned in Los Cabos, and seafood sits at the top of the bill in most restaurants. Think swordfish, chilli king prawns with salsa verde, and crispy battered seabass tacos.
As with the rest of Mexico, tortillas and chilli pepper are the staples of the local diet. Dine out, and you’ll be spoilt for choice with melt-in-the-mouth enchiladas, soft flour tacos and nachos, and packed-out burritos, fajitas, and chimichangas.
It’s impossible to visit any bar or restaurant in Los Cabos and not spot tequila on the menu – it’s the national drink of Mexico, after all. And there are lots of types to try. Blanco, for example, is a clear, unaged tequila, while a reposado has been ‘rested’ for up to 12 months.
A tamale is a traditional dish eaten throughout the Baja peninsula. This wrap-like meal is made of dough, which is steamed in a corn husk or a banana leaf. The filling might be pork or chicken, mixed up with olives, raisins, and olive oil.
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