At the very bottom of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula lies Baja California Sur, and within that southernmost region is Los Cabos, which includes the famed city of Cabo San Lucas, as well as San José del Cabo, where Los Cabos International Airport is.
Baja California Sur is also where La Paz, Todos Santos, and Cabo Pulmo are, which are nearby and wonderful to visit. The whole region is an excellent place to indulge your outdoor adventure spirit, and it’s also one of the world’s most luxury-packed destinations.
Think food prepared by famous chefs juxtaposed with the best street corn (and tacos) you’ve ever eaten, all in a place where the sun shines just about every day of the year.
I learned about Baja California Sur and Los Cabos about 30 years ago when I moved to Southern California from the East Coast.
Since my first visit, when I went scuba diving with hammerheads, sea turtles, and playful seals, and snorkeled with humongous whale sharks in the Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos and Baja California Sur have become my happy places.
For more than 20 years, I’ve visited the region about three times a year — partly because my work as a travel journalist takes me there as an expert on the region and partly because it’s where I indulge my favorite adventurous pastime — scuba diving. After all, it’s only a 2.5-hour nonstop flight from my home in Los Angeles.
When I first visited, there were only a few large resorts in the Tourist Corridor between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas along the Sea of Cortez, and virtually none on the Pacific side of that tip.
La Paz, north of those cities on the peninsula’s east coast, was still a sleepy town with a few small hotels, but even then, it was known for its scuba-diving centers and sportfishing opportunities.
Today, tourism is the main driver to the economy across all Los Cabos and Baja California Sur, and countless resorts, hotels, restaurants, bars, and adventure companies have opened and are at the ready to give visitors from around the world a unique experience.
All are centered on the amazing Sea of Cortez, the place Jacques Cousteau famously called “the aquarium of the world,” as well as the desert that surrounds it.
Here is my ultimate insider’s guide to help you plan your own adventure to Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, and the other cities in Baja California Sur.