First time visitors to Cabo San Lucas will find the seaside resort town easy to like, and easy to navigate. All of the major tourist neighborhoods are within walking distance of the cruise ship terminal and most popular luxury resorts, and signature landmarks like Lover's and Divorce Beaches can easily be reached by water taxi from the central Marina area.
Medano Beach is a mandatory stop for first time visitors to Cabo San Lucas. — Photo courtesy of The Office on the Beach
The Malecón, or marina boardwalk, is in many ways the center of life in Cabo San Lucas. Not only is it home to charter fishing boats and most of the town's water-based activities companies, it's also fringed with restaurants, hotels and shops (including two high-end malls, Puerto Paraiso and Luxury Avenue). It's also the best place to rent pangas (water taxis), especially for those wishing to visit Lover's Beach or the natural granite monuments at Land's End, the most famous of which is El Arco, or the Arch. Some of Cabo's top restaurants are also centered on the Marina. For a delicious introduction to the region's fresh local seafood, stop by Solomon's Landing, a well-regarded eatery located near the Wyndham Los Cabos.
Playa El Médano, or Médano Beach, is a two-mile stretch of golden sand that starts at the eastern end of the Marina, and follows the gentle curve of Cabo San Lucas Bay. Fringed with luxury resorts and seaside cantinas, Médano Beach is busy year round, particularly during Spring Break, when it becomes the town's unofficial "party central." It's also home to two of the most popular cantinas in town, Mango Deck and The Office on the Beach, and both provide ample opportunities to kick off the flip flops, dig your bare toes in the sand, and enjoy the vibrant, sun-soaked scene with cold beer and comfort food. This is also a great spot to arrange water-based rentals like kayaks and wave runners.
Founded by former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar, Cabo Wabo has been a local nightlife fixture since 1990. — Photo courtesy of Cabo Wabo Cantina
No trip to Cabo San Lucas is complete without a stop at Cabo Wabo. In fact, it's mandatory for first time visitors. Founded by the Red Rocker himself, former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar, this downtown nightspot has been a fixture since 1990, serving up generous helpings of pub-style cuisine, margaritas made from the signature Cabo Wabo tequila, and plenty of live, hard-driving rock and roll. For those who wish to take full advantage of the town's rollicking nightlife scene, El Squid Roe and Jungle Bar should also be added to the itinerary. Beer lovers, meanwhile, may want to sample the suds at Ramuri, a new restaurant featuring some of Baja's best craft brew.