Beach bars in Cabo San Lucas tend to run to type, with laid-back atmosphere and iced buckets full of Corona standing out as common denominators. Nikki Beach is a notable exception. Set poolside at the ME Cabo resort on Médano Beach, it's perhaps the hippest hangout in Los Cabos, with signature white tepees and sumptuous lounge beds, sushi and top-shelf liquor, a rotating cast of international DJs and what seems to be an endless succession of sexy theme parties.
There are also, of course, the spectacular views of Land's End best glimpsed from beachside tables, and the lovely backdrop of cruise ships and luxury yachts that lay at anchor in the bay.
Nikki Beach is located poolside at the chic ME Cabo resort on Medano Beach — Photo courtesy of Nikki Beach Cabo San Lucas
The Nikki Beach brand of beach bars are found in some of the world's most beautiful places - Cannes, Marbella, Miami, St. Bart's and St. Tropez, to name a few - and tend to attract those that used to be referred to as "the beautiful people," young and glamorous sorts who look right at home reclining on Bali beds or getting refills from large format bottles of Champagne.
The London Observer famously called one of Nikki Beach's earliest locations "the sexiest place on Earth," and the local version certainly boasts the sexiest pool and beachfront scene in Los Cabos. DJs keep the music pumping throughout the day, but things really get going after the sun goes down, both at Nikki Beach and at the nearby Passion Lounge, another of the hip hangouts at the boutique ME Cabo.
Those interested in sampling the fresh local seafood will enjoy Nikki Beach's menu, which features plenty of ceviche options like the "Mexicano” with fresh fish, jicama and mango. Sushi and St. Tropez-style Nicoise salads are also on the menu, and more filling fare includes the "Hot Stone" for two, with shrimp, lamb chops and flank steak finished on a hot stone placed in the middle of the table.
Alaskan king crab legs are another specialty, as is the "King's Feast," showcasing shrimp, oysters, king crab legs and stone crab claws served with melted butter and tequila lime mayo and cocktail sauce.
Beachside tables offer beautiful views of Land's End and the cruise ships that lay at anchor in the bay. — Photo courtesy of Nikki Beach Cabo San Lucas
Nikki Beach is best known locally for its theme parties, particularly the annual White Party, a fashionable and highly anticipated fête held each May around Memorial Day weekend. Jet setters and the local smart set show off their most elegant white ensembles, with some dropping thousands of dollars for VIP access and high-end bottle service.
The entire poolside becomes an oasis of white, with many women in ornate costumes, energy dancers punctuating the parade of house beats and a spectacular fireworks show over the beach. The next edition is scheduled for Friday, May 23, 2014.