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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Where the desert meets the beach

Written By | May 7, 2019

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO: Located at the southernmost point in Baja California Sur, Cabo San Lucas is situated between the desert and the beach.

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(photo by Laurie Edwards-Tate)

The contrast creates a strikingly beautiful vacation spot. As always you should check with the U.S. Department of State for travel advisories as the area can be unpredictable and travel safety is always of concern.

The Sea of Cortez  –  “The Aquarium of the World”

The waters surrounding Cabo San Lucas is rich with a vast variety of marine life that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Cabo Pulmo National Park’s Pulmo Bay reef is one of only three living coral reefs in North America. Scientists estimate that the reef is 20,000 years old. Pulmo Bay has the Sea of Cortez on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the south and west.

Sea life is abundant in the jewel-like green and turquoise waters.  The waters surrounding the reef make for a crystal clear aquarium. Many varieties of fish, sponges, sea turtles and invertebrates, as well as corals, live there. that allows a pristine view of the wildlife that makes their home here—including groupers, eels, and sea turtles.

Whale watching is very popular, particularly whale sharks, attracting onlookers from all over the world. Peak season each year is from December through March.

A variety of bird species such as seagulls, pelicans and others indigenous to Cabo San Lucas fill the skies with their vivid beauty and inspirational songs.

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(photo by Laurie Edwards-Tate)

Staying in San Lucas

Hotels and resorts are plentiful along the Cabo San Lucas coastline, offering their guests swimming pools and hot tubs within a few feet of palapa-covered swim-up bars–with waiters in crisp white uniforms serving a wide variety of delicious beverages.

Also poolside, are brightly-colored outdoor chaise lounges to choose from. Seductively luring guests to relax under sun safe umbrellas and cabanas.

Ground transportation from the airport to Cabo San Lucas takes approximately one hour.

Cabo San Lucas: A classic vacation destination

Cabo San Lucas is unique in that it boasts a fairly consistent climate year round. Due to its remoteness, Cabo was a favored getaway for the Hollywood set, providing natural beauty and a respite from the limelight.

There is a beautiful, small airport located in San Jose del Cabo, making for relatively short flight times from California, approximately 2-to-3 hours, depending on your departure city. This close proximity is just one of the many reasons why vacationing in Cabo San Lucas is very popular with Californians.

In fact, Cabo San Lucas is a desirable vacation destination for Americans and Canadians.

Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)

Not only does Old Glory fly publicly side-by-side with Mexican flags, but the Canadian flag is often also beside her. They welcome Americans and Canadians warmly, as tourist dollars contribute to their economic well-being.

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Life on Cabo San Lucas

Most Cabo San Lucans who work in the service or restaurant industry speak English in addition to their native tongue, Spanish. The air quality of Cabo San Lucas is very high and even boast-worthy.

The limited amount of manufacturing and industry in Cabo San Lucas combined with the natural breezes of the surrounding ocean and sea waters makes breathing the salt air a refreshing and memorable experience.

The option to eat healthy, delicious cuisine in Cabo San Lucas is commonplace, and many restaurants and resorts offer organic produce and meats or vegan dishes.

In 1990, members of the Cabo San Lucas organic farm community came together to promote organic farming, organic foods and wellness.

Where to eat

The following are just a few of the many restaurants which offer healthy fare when dining in Cabo San Lucas:

La Roca at Grand Solmar
Rico Suave
The Restaurant at Las Ventanas
Flora’s Field Kitchen
Pan di Bacco

A farmer’s market is held 3 times each week in Pedregal, selling fresh organic fruits and vegetables to the public.

Drinking water is likely safe at most major hotels, resorts and restaurants. Do not hesitate to ask about water quality, and immediately request bottled water if at all unsure about its purity.

Mosquito and Sunscreen protection

Insects and mosquitoes are not a major problem.  However, mosquitoes can be prevalent during the rainy season from July through September, or after a thunderstorm or hurricane.

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To be safe, it is advisable to purchase organic insect and mosquito spray.  Using it whenever outdoors, but in particular at dusk when they are most prevalent.

Wearing sunscreen is a must in a sunny, tropical environment such as Cabo San Lucas.

Always remember to apply sunscreen when going outdoors, and reapply it following swimming or water sports both of which are plentiful in Cabo San Lucas.

Certain chemical sunscreens are harming the marine environment. Bans on the sale and use of chemical sunscreens are becoming more popular.  There is also a proposed federal ban in all US National Marine Sanctuaries containing coral reefs.   Check out the Surfrider Foundation for more information.

Cabo San Lucas Nightlife

For those who enjoy nightlife, Cabo San Lucas is well-known for popular clubs and tequila bars such as Cabo Wabo, El Squid Roe, Giggling Marlin, Baja Brewing Company and more.

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As always, when you are drinking, have a designated driver. If you are not driving, appoint one person to be the designated walker – ensuring everyone gets back to their hotels safely.

There are many wonderful and relaxing spas in well-established hotels and resorts, some of which are world renowned. They offer luxurious amenities, in tranquil surroundings, which beautify or relax the body and enrich the soul.

Cabo San Lucas creates an environment of complete relaxation and peacefulness which is available for any visitor who is ready to enjoy it.

Providing a natural environment, fresh salt air, healthy foods, recreational opportunities, a variety of amenities, and friendly townspeople, Cabo San Lucas is an ideal locale for relinquishing the stresses of everyday life while living peacefully in the now.


Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

Laurie Edwards-Tate

Since 1984, Laurie Edwards-Tate has served as President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare, a non-medical Home Care Aide Organization, serving seniors, disabled, infirm and children. Laurie is Board of Director 2018 (elected), Palomar Health; Executive Board Member; Chair Board Human Resources Committee; Member of Audits & Compliance Committee; Community Relations Committee.