Los Cabos is booming. Sitting at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, the destination already was a favorite getaway among celebrities for the juxtaposition of the bright blue waters and the desert landscape (its proximity to L.A. also helped). Now, it’s not just stars who are escaping here — in 2017, Los Cabos saw close to 20 percent more tourists, the highest number in nearly a decade.
A slew of new hotels is coming to the Mexican paradise in the next several years, too, many from major brands.
We turned to Grand Velas Los Cabos, which debuted in 2016, to learn more about the destination. Chief concierge Enrique Leal, a member of the Guild of Professional English Butlers, gave us pointers on everything from the one attraction to see to the top beaches.
What are the best things to do in Los Cabos?
Los Cabos is one destination conformed by two beautiful towns, Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. There are so many attractions, stunning blue beaches, perfect weather all year round, sophisticated accommodations, world-class night clubs, delicious gastronomy and gorgeous landscapes.
San Jose del Cabo´s downtown main plaza, and its distinctive architecture, has become an arts district where you can find art and crafts from all over the world, but mainly Mexican art and local creations.
Cabo San Lucas is a must during your stay, full of the best restaurants, stores and nightlife.
Another must-do in downtown Cabo San Lucas, is the blown glass factory, with more 25 years of experience in the manufacture of hand-blown glass.
The one thing you must do in Los Cabos is visit the Arch, a natural rock formation that stands astride where the Pacific Ocean meets the Gulf of Baja California.
The Arch is an emblematic rock formation at the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas. This spot is a popular gathering area for sea lions and is frequented by tourists. Pancho is the most popular sea lion in Cabo.
Whale season is another great experience in Los Cabos. This incredible spectacle takes place from December 15 to March 15. Sometimes you can see the whales jumping from your room.
What is new in Los Cabos?
Farm-to-table dining is one of the most popular trends in the destination. Many restaurants and hotels are using fresh and local ingredients, including fresh catch, fresh veggies, seasonal cocktails, fresh baked bread, etc. Some restaurants and hotels have an onsite organic garden, which allows guests to get up close with their ingredients with cooking demonstrations.
In Grand Velas Los Cabos, our Velas 10 restaurant is part of this trend. Every dish celebrates the pleasure of fresh local ingredients and fine food. Our chef, Sergio López, will surprise you with each of his creations.
What are the best beaches in Los Cabos?
Santa Maria Beach. It’s located in the corridor and is a protected marine sanctuary and a Blue Flag Certified Beach [an eco-label awarded for cleanliness and quality water].
Palmilla Beach. A Blue Flag Certified Beach, Playa Palmilla is suitable for swimming and has easy public access.
Medano Beach. The longest swimmable beach of Los Cabos, it has a great ambiance all over the year.
Give us your favorite insider tip.
While you are in Los Cabos, visit both towns and, if you can, visit Todos Santos, too. This Magical Town [a government designation for cities that provide a “magical” experience through their history or culture] is home to the world-famous Hotel California, and it has so many historic buildings. You will love it.