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The Playa Grande Resort offers this stunning view of the Cabo San Lucas Marina.

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Everything to Know About Los Cabos

Here's how to plan the best possible trip to this Mexican paradise.

Los Cabos is two opposite cities in one. Divide your stay between the city of Cabo San Lucas, which is full of nightlife, water sports, natural beauty, and adventure, and San José del Cabo, with its picturesque Mexican-town atmosphere, art galleries, and gourmet restaurants.

When to Go

Between November and March is the mating season of the gray whale, and both Mar de Cortés and the Pacific Ocean are filled with these giant mammals. If you are looking to meet people, dance, drink margaritas, listen to live music, and sing, Easter week and New Year's Eve are ideal for enjoying the city’s great nightlife.

Celebrate

Since 2012, Los Cabos International Film Festival has been held in November, with a special focus on Mexican, American, and Canadian cinema. Don’t be surprised to see celebrities gracing the cinemas and beaches. In August, Van Halen rocker Sammy Hagar offers a free concert at his cantina-bar with special guests such as Axel Rose and Alice Cooper. Be prepared for a full day of standing in line, but for fans, the wait will be worth it.

What to Eat

Cabo features many hidden spots to eat lobster in the Mexican style (with tortillas, beans, and lemon) at affordable prices. Another delicious dish is the sarandeado fish, which you can find in restaurants on Calle Narciso Mendoza. Do not miss eating fish, shrimp, or even beef tacos on Ignacio Zaragoza street. For less than $10, you can savor a true Los Cabos delicacy.

Souvenir to Take Home

Look beyond the T-shirts and Cabo Wabo Tequila. Accessorize with typical jewelry of the region: red coral and fully controlled natural pearls, found in the shops of the Leona Vicario and Pericúes Avenue at great prices.

Sustainable Travel Tip

Make sure tourism companies comply with environmental standards; local authorities are also undertaking campaigns to take care of the environment. If you are going to rent a jet ski, be careful not to go from the Mar de Cortés to the Pacific Ocean, a very thin line for which El Arco is the border. On the Pacific Ocean side, giant waves can destroy jet skis in minutes.

Instagram-Worthy View

Very few people can boast pictures of whales and dolphins in their natural environment. In Los Cabos, these photo opportunities are enclosed with a sunset in front of El Arco, with sea lions to boot.