How to Get the Most Out of a Los Cabos Vacation

Each of the 112 rooms at The Resort at Pedregal has a private terrace and at least one plunge pool.
Each of the 112 rooms at The Resort at Pedregal has a private terrace and at least one plunge pool.

The Baja Peninsula, more specifically Los Cabos, is a prime spot for travelers looking for that quintessential Mexican retreat. The area, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez, was dubbed by Jacques Cousteau as the “Aquarium of the World.”

Los Cabos is made up of two towns, San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, which are linked by a 20-mile corridor; however both cities have a unique feel. For travelers looking for an exciting evening, Cabo San Lucas is known for its nightlife. Yachters will also be attracted to this section of Los Cabos thanks to Marina Cabo San Lucas, which has 380 slips and can accommodate vessels that are up to 200 feet.

San Jose del Cabo surrounds guests in history; we suggest visiting the Jesuit Mission, known as Parroquia San Jose, which dates back to the 1730s. Nature lovers will want to explore the Estero, an estuary filled with colorful birds and wildlife.

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There are also a range of accommodations in Los Cabos with more than 50 resorts to choose from. We recently spoke with Fernando Flores, the general manager at The Resort at Pedregal. This exclusive hotel is only accessible by the private Dos Mares tunnel; however it is just minutes from the center of Cabo San Lucas. This resort welcomes both families and couples alike, plus each of the 112 rooms comes with a private terrace and at least one plunge pool.

We suggest that both families and couples take advantage of the personal concierges, which every guest is given. These concierges can create memorable experiences such as a sunset cruise on the Pacific Ocean and spa reservations at the 12,000-square-foot Luna y Mar Spa. The name of the spa is inspired by the moon, the sea and Mexican folk healing. The Aquatic Massage will invite guests into a warm pool, where breath work, water massage and yoga-like stretches increase motion, circulation and relieve tension and stress. Fitness junkies will be happy to hear that the hotel also includes CrossFit in its wellness programs.

After a day at the spa we suggest retreating back to the room (families should consider booking a two- or three-bedroom accommodation). Each guest room is filled with cultural touches like the commissioned works of art created by renowned artists.

When the sun sets, head to the popular seafood restaurant El Farallon, which provides views of the Pacific Ocean. Here, guests will also find the recently added Champagne Terrace. This new experience provides guests with more than 15 different champagnes, ranging from Blanc de Blancs to Rose to Vintage. The best part? These bubbly delights are paired with imported cheeses and artisan salts, including black lava salt.

Foodies should stay tuned, as the resort will also host the fifth annual Art of Taste Food & Wine festival from October 26-30, 2016. This year’s theme will be Mexico’s Day of the Dead holiday. The event will include top chefs, winemakers and mixologists from around the world. Note: Tickets are limited, visit www.theresortatpedregal.com.

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, is set along the popular surfer spot, Monuments Beach.
The Cape, a Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, is set along the popular surfer spot, Monuments Beach.

Do you have a client that is looking for a taste of adventure? We suggest telling him or her about the surfing package being offered at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel. The Cape, in Cabo San Lucas, is set along the popular surfer spot, Monuments Beach. This May from the 19-22, it will host, in partnership with the travel production company MANSA VIDA, a surfing-inspired retreat led by surf veteran Tim Curran, pro surfer Damien Hobgood and surf photographer Tom Servais.

During the three-night experience, guests will ride the waves with Curran and Hobgood. Clients will even be able to test out the pros’ surfboards and receive coaching. Other highlights will include watching cult surf films on the sixth-story rooftop lounge, a question-and-answer session with Servais, a live, acoustic concert led by Curran (who is also a singer and songwriter) and daily yoga.

Accommodations, select sporting gear and a round-trip airport transfer are also included. Guests may opt to stay in The Surfer Villa, which is a three-bedroom, posh hideaway. The room includes a fully equipped kitchen, a gaming room with a pool table, a barbeque, sauna, private outdoor patio and a plunge pool. With these touches, guests may be tempted to extend their stay, which is possible. There was still availability for this package at press time. Note: This is open to surfers of all levels. To book, contact the hotel directly at 877-793-8527.

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