A single day is scarcely enough to encompass the tremendous scope of sights and sounds, tours and activities, shops and markets, extraordinary cuisine and robust nightlife available in the seaside resort that is Cabo San Lucas. It is enough, however, to give one the broad brush strokes of life in this tropical paradise…the basic topography, the signature sights, the benchmark bars and restaurants.
There is very little argument among locals as to the best place for breakfast. Mama’s Royal Cafe is a landslide winner. Situated on Calle Hidalgo, just down the street from the town square, Iglesia de San Lucas, Cabo Coffee Company,, and the natural history museum, this little cafe features a charming, vine-shaded courtyard dining area, and the best Pan Francaise (French toast) you have ever had in you life. Stuffed with cream cheese, topped with berries, and flambeed in orange liqueur, this delicious dish, combined with one of their fresh mimosas, is a perfect way to jump start your morning.
Walk down to the Marina, just below the wealthy enclaves and resorts that dot the hills of Pedregal, and check in at the Cabo Dolphin Center for a morning swim with these delightfully playful and intelligent marine mammals. Afterwards, stroll along the Malecon (marina boardwalk) enjoying the shops, restaurants, million dollar yachts, and spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez and Land’s End. Do a little browsing in the high-end shops of the Puerto Paraiso Mall and Luxury Avenue, then work your way down Medano Beach. This two mile stretch of sand is the signature beach area of Cabo, and is packed year round. During the Spring Break months, it is absolutely insane. Stop for lunch at Mango Deck, perhaps the most popular restaurant on the beach, for a Mexican snack like tacos or quesadillas, and drink a cold beer to ward off the heat of the tropics.
During the afternoon, play 18 holes on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol. The Los Cabos area is famed for its world-class courses, and this is perhaps the best. Certainly it is the most scenic, with ocean views that drawn comparison to Pebble Beach. Shake off any lingering bogies at the 19th hole, then catch a taxi back to the Malecon for a sunset dinner cruise aboard the catamaran Caborey. This luxury dinner cruise ship will take you for a sail around Land’s End and the famed El Arco, while offering a bevy of margaritas and a five-star dinner experience, topped by dessert and a Las Vegas-style floor show featuring Mexican and Latin flavored folk dancing.
Next, don your party clothes for an evening at the twin towers of Cabo nightlife, Cabo Wabo and El Squid Roe. Cabo Wabo is as associated with the town as El Arco, and Sammy Hagar’s Cantina offers some of the best rock and roll and tequila tinged cocktails in town. El Squid Roe may lack the fame of Cabo Wabo, but is easily the most popular nightspot in town. No one has ever had a bad time in this bar, and it is rare for anyone to even consider stumbling out before the wee hours of the morning. Some wish never to leave at all, and there will probably come a point during your visit to the Squid when you will seriously consider extending your stay indefinitely. You wouldn’t be the first.