There is no bad time to go to Cabo San Lucas. This seaside paradise, set at the southernmost point of the Baja California peninsula, boasts warm weather throughout the year, and an enormous array of high-end resort accommodations and water-based activities options. But for maximum enjoyment - the best weather conditions, the biggest crowds, and the largest variety of attractions - the best time to visit is right now. Here are ten reasons to throw your swimsuit and flip flops in a suitcase, and immediately head for the nearest airport.
1. Beaches - Playa El Medano is Cabo's most popular beach, and this two-mile stretch of golden sand is perennially thronged with bikini-clad sun seekers. But it's hardly the area's only seaside treasure. Paddle a tandem kayak out to Lover's Beach, or explore Tourist Corridor gems like Playa Santa Maria and Chileno Bay.
Mango Deck is one of the most popular gathering places on Medano Beach. — Photo courtesy of Mango Deck
2. Fishing - Cabo is home to the world's richest fishing tournament, Bisbee's Black and Blue, and big-game sportfishing is one of the area's most popular pursuits. Search the Sea of Cortez for marlin, tuna and other tasty deep sea denizens.
3. Golf - Los Cabos has been a premier golfing destination since the early 1990s, and three local courses – Cabo del Sol, Palmilla Golf Club, and the Diamante Dunes Course – have been ranked among the 100 best in the world. A fourth, Cabo Real, has hosted two Senior PGA Grand Slam events.
4. Whale Watching - Every winter, visitors are treated to the sight of migrating gray and humpback whales. For an up-close-and-personal look at these seagoing leviathans, rent a panga or take a whale watching cruise on one of the local catamarans.
5. Spas - Feel like being pampered with manicures and beachside massages? Los Cabos has dozens of first-class spas, and the Cabo Spa at Esperanza has been rated the best in all of Latin America. Romantic couples treatments are an area specialty.
6. Art - San Jose del Cabo's Thursday evening Art Walks are a highlight of the high season, and Los Cabos features a number of great galleries showcasing traditional Mexican folk art, as well as work from the country's best contemporary artists.
7. Seafood - Seafood is the star attraction at most restaurants in Los Cabos. For a real treat, sample the seafood offerings at Sunset da Mona Lisa, and enjoy spectacular views of Land's End and the Arch.
Sunset da Mona Lisa is known for its superb seafood and spectacular views. — Photo courtesy of Sunset da Mona Lisa
8. Kiteboarding - Every winter, the El Norte winds blow down the Sea of Cortez, and the East Cape becomes a kiteboarding and windsurfing paradise. Visit Los Barriles in January, and you can watch (or join) the world's best in the annual Lord of the Wind competition.
9. Diving - Cabo Pulmo is another East Cape spot that is well worth a day trip. Home to the oldest and largest living coral reef in North America, the protected waters off Cabo Pulmo boast the highest concentration of fish of any site in the Sea of Cortez.
10. Nightlife - Sammy Hagar's annual birthday bash has come and gone, but the party never really ends at Cabo Wabo, or at any of the town's top nightspots. Expect plenty of live music, margaritas and uninhibited, free-spirited fun after the sun goes down.