LOS CABOS HOTELS, RESORTS, VILLAS, CONDOS: FINDING THE BEST OPTION FOR YOUR VACATIONSay the word "Cabo" and most people know exactly where it is. That's because Los Cabos and the municipalities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo have become one of the world's top vacation destinations. It's hard not to have a great time here. But, plan in advance and you'll reap the benefits of staying at the right place, a place that best fits your style. Whether that's a boutique hotel, all-inclusive resort, private condo or villa, a quaint Bed and Breakfast or a beachfront bungalow at a Surf Colony, you'll find it here. Plus, we'll help you find the best deals on Cabo vacations with savings of 50% or more off regular rates on hotels and vacation packages through our many affiliate relationships. BookIt.com Los Cabos Deals - Enjoy a Wonderful Vacation in Baja Mexico!
We put together our accommodations guide to make it easy for you to explore the options available. You can start with OUR FAVORITES for in-depth reviews of places we've personally enjoyed, or, visit each region of Los Cabos listed in the convenient navigation panel directly to the left. You'll also find valuable information about each area to help you make your choice below. Come enjoy Los Cabos, Mexico!
CHOOSING THE BEST LOCATION
The southern tip of the Baja peninsula encompasses some truly miraculous geography and coastal scenery. When considering where to stay, take the time to research the right location – one that gives you easy access to the things you want to do, fits your budget and gives you the best value for your travel dollar. Accommodations in Cabo range from $40 at the low end to $5,000 or more per night for some five star resorts and private villas. There are five distinct areas in Los Cabos; San Jose del Cabo; the Corridor; Cabo San Lucas; the Pacific side up to Todos Santos: and the East Cape region north on the Sea of Cortez. We'll start with an overview of Cabo San Lucas.
STAYING IN CABO SAN LUCASIf you're looking for quick and easy access to wild nightlife, world-class sport fishing, a wide variety of restaurants and bars, tons of activities, great shopping and good old people watching, opting for accommodations in Cabo is probably the way to go. For first-time visitors, we'd say it's your best choice – you're in the middle of all the action and attractions.
The focal point is the Marina lined with restaurants and bars and the grand Puerto Paraiso Mall. At the very tip of Cabo Bay lies famous Land's End, or Los Arcos – a granite arch carved from the rugged cliffs that reaches like a finger into the Pacific Ocean – an iconic image of Cabo. Just north you'll find Medano Beach, home to beachfront bars and eateries and the safest swimming beach in Cabo. You'll also find several resorts right on the sand of Medano as well.
Cabo offers a wide variety of accommodations, both in price and type. Here you will find five star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, private villas and condos ... even a few B&B's that offer peaceful retreats from the bustle of the downtown area.
Choose to stay on the marina side of the cape and your within easy walking distance to just about anything you need. Opt for the Pacific side and you'll enjoy breezy and usually 10-15 degree cooler temps. Swimming is not an option on this side of the cape. Shore-breaking waves and a powerful undertow make the Pacific Ocean extremely dangerous and signs will warn you to "Stay Out, Stay Alive" and they mean it.
The Pacific side restricts street and beach vendors from entering the area – getting pitched by the local merchants is not an issue. But, please remember that you are in their country, and, if approached by unwanted vendors, a simple wave off or a "no, gracias" will get them to leave you alone. Polite works.
Staying in Cabo San Lucas is an especially good idea if you'd rather avoid driving in a foreign land and don't want to spend a fortune on taxis. Most cab rides to or from your resort and around town are about $8 to $10. Water taxis are easy to find and will gladly shuttle you to snorkeling areas, Lover's Beach, the marina or your beachfront hotel for about $20 a ride. Perhaps the greatest reason to stay in Cabo San Lucas is the fact that everything is right here. ATV tours, horseback riding, eco-tours, desert racing, sport fishing, water sports, parasailing... are never more than a few minutes away. If you've never been to Cabo, this is the place for first-timers. There are some options for more tranquil environs in Cabo with most being on the Pacific side and northward. If you choose that option, you won't be walking to town from many of those resorts. Resort shuttles, taxis or rental cars will be needed.
HOTELS & RESORTS IN THE CABO TOURIST CORRIDOR
The stretch of coast and highway that runs from south of San Jose del Cabo to near Cabo San Lucas is known as the Tourist Corridor. Here, the definitive attraction is the coast and the azure blue and turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez. The corridor offers some of the finest accommodations, amenities and activities in all of Los Cabos. Rugged cliffs, quiet coves teeming with hundreds of species of marine life, desert vistas and mountains all come together to create a veritable Eden. Most resorts here offer on-site dining, entertainment and activities including tennis, surfing, horseback riding and desert sports making the need to leave almost unnecessary. However, in a place this beautiful and this diverse, we recommend renting a car for a day or two to do some exploring on your own.
Don't expect the same close proximity to nightlife. If a night on the town in Cabo San Lucas is what your are after, it's best to take advantage of shuttle services from your hotel or take a taxi. Tequila makes a terrible co-pilot and Mexican police do not hesitate to arrest the drunken driver. The corridor is also home to many of Cabo's world-class golf courses. For in-depth information on sights to see, things to do or courses to play, visit our WHAT TO DO pages.
A QUIETER STAY IN COLONIAL SAN JOSE DEL CABOFounded in the 18th century, areas of this historic mission town still have the look and feel of way back when. Exploring "viejo" San Jose is a real treat. Small shops offer up works by local artisans and dozens of restaurants tempt tastebuds into a short respite from shopping and sightseeing. While the town still retains it's old-world look and feel, the developments taking place at the new Puerto Los Cabos marina is destined to place more focus on this small community. Still, San Jose runs at a much slower pace than Cabo proper yet offers visitors the chance to explore on foot… something that the Corridor area does not.
Most of the area's room options lie on a strip of white sand beach that starts at the San Jose Estuary extending a couple of kilometers south along what's known as "hotel row". Here you'll find many newer 3 to 5 star resorts with room rates ranging from $100 to $500 and up, per night. The historic center of town has a few options as well in charming colonial buildings like the Tropicana Inn, famous for it's wonderful Mariachi groups that perform live during dinner hours.
One of the best reasons to choose San Jose del Cabo as your destination is that it is somewhat centrally located between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas making day trips both north to La Paz and south to Land's End more realistic. Renting a car with full insurance is the best way to experience this area, as you will find yourself eager to explore both the coast and the mountains looking for that next great view or discovery.
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VACATIONING ON CABO'S PACIFIC COASTMuch more attention is being paid to the less developed Pacific coast side of Los Cabos as the highway connecting Todos Santos and Cabo San Lucas has undergone a major widening and improvement during 2011-2012. Still, this area remains lightly developed. The largest development on this side of the Cape is the Diamante golf courses and master planned community. You'll also find a smattering of smaller hotels including some very nice boutique style hotels, surf camps and colonies plus newly completed condo developments, repurposed haciendas and beachfront bungalows.
This side of the Cape is best known for the towns of Pescadero, the beachfront community and surfer's paradise of Cerritos Beach and the artsy colonial town of Todos Santos, deemed a "Pueblo Magico" by the Mexican government. These are places to getaway from it all. Quiet, save for the sounds of the ocean, less traveled and less populated than most of Los Cabos. You won't be walking distance to much more than the picturesque coastline and interior desert and mountains unless you're staying in Todos Santos, but peace and quiet pretty much call for that kind of isolation.
HOTELS & RESORTS IN THE EAST CAPESome say this is what Old Mexico was like back in the day. Others will tell you that while it still retains much of times gone by, progress is quickly changing the landscape and personality of the area. Nestled along the shores of the Sea of Cortez, sport fishing is the primary activity and draw, although recent years have brought windsurfers and kite-boarders from around the world to the town of Los Barriles. Prevailing winter winds have put Los Barriles on the map as a must visit for those that love to take to the waves with the help of often strong and consistent winds. In fact, world-class competitions have come here to take part and they continue to grow in attendance and notoriety.
There are several resorts along this stretch of the Baja, most catering to the fisherman in the family but also a popular destination for family vacations. Places like the Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort and the Van Wormer family-owned resorts are the most frequented, however, there are other options like the smaller Agave Hotel and Cantina that offer a more private setting albeit with lesser amenities.
Don't fret if you're not a fisherman... there's still plenty to do in the East Cape that makes it a great place to stay. Just about every resort or hotel can hook you up with tours and activities of all types including scuba diving and snorkeling at famous Cabo Pulmo, desert exploration on horseback or ATV/offroad vehicles, eco-hikes into the protected Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere or day trips for shopping and sightseeing along with nearby golf in Puerto Los Cabos and La Paz.