Los Cabos, located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, is a paradise where land is engulfed by the sea in virtually every direction. With over 350 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 75 F (24 C) – 83 F (28 C), the cape region draws countless tourists all year round to its heavenly desert-meets-ocean setting.
At Land’s End, where the Sea of Cortez converges with the Pacific Ocean, stands the luxurious Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos. Located on the Corridor, a 20-mile (32 km) stretch of luxury resorts, hotels and condominiums between Los Cabos’ two major towns, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, the Westin is cradled between the red mountains of Sierra de la Laguna and the turquoise sea. Its unique modern architecture and colorful design — including bright yellows, pinks and okra — truly capture the Mexican essence that is so appealing to foreign visitors.
With a private beach, seven pools and a full service fitness and spa treatment center, the resort is a blissful escape from the realities of everyday life. Each room is equipped with luxury amenities as well as spectacular ocean views. There is also a seafront nine-hole putting green and a recently renovated spa offering more than 35 body and facial treatments.
Spa visitors can choose from a variety of massage treatments, from the traditional Swedish or deep tissue, to hot stone or aromatherapy. The spa is popular with hotel guests and Cabo visitors alike and at times the lobby and waiting room can be a bit crowded. This can detract from the peaceful atmosphere that most spa visitors seek.
Yet the spa does offer one soothing option that is sure to soothe the most harried nerves. The “Ocean View Massage” is given in private cabanas on the beach just a stone’s throw from the shore. The salty smell of the sea and the powerful crashing of the crystal clear waves against the rocks are the perfect backdrop for this relaxing experience.
Pregnant women can also enjoy a massage specially designed to relax and nurture both the mother and her unborn baby.
Those who enjoy body treatments can choose from mud wraps, salt scrubs and the unique “Sea Crystals Treatment,” which is aimed at restoring the skin’s overall natural balance. The resort’s signature treatment, “The Heavenly,” includes a deep cleansing process along with a homemade, natural exfoliate and mask.
Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of the Westin Resort and Spa is its affordable prices. In this often overpriced tourist region, the Westin manages to maintain relatively reasonable rates. For example, a 50-minute Swedish massage is US$ 95, as compared with other local spas, where this service often costs US$ 125.
After a day at the spa, Los Cabos offers plenty of activities and a wealth of local culture. Golf enthusiasts are drawn to the region for its world-famous golf courses. With five championship courses, Los Cabos is one of North America’s fastest growing golf destinations.
For those more interested in “fun in the sun,” the Corridor offers over 20 beaches with countless recreational opportunities, as well as hidden coves and secluded dunes. During the summer season, the beaches along the Corridor are the prime locations for surfers. During the winter, surfers are drawn to the western coast, where the waters of the Pacific remain warm all year round.
Perfect for play, Playa Médano, Los Cabos’ most popular beach, is always bustling with vacationers and vendors offering various activities such as parasailing, jet skiing, snorkeling and kayaking. The calm waters of Playa Médano are the ideal setting for families. Playa Santa María and Playa Chileno are the best spots for snorkeling.
For visitors interested in a peaceful and more private day at the beach, Playa Del Amor, the “Lover’s Beach,” accessible only by water taxi or kayak, offers astounding views of both the Cabo San Lucas Marina and the Pacific Ocean. It is also home to El Arco, the region’s famous rock archway. Arching out into the ocean, creating a walkway when the tide is low, this natural formation is one of the most photographed locations in the area.
The vibrant nightlife of Los Cabos is perfect for party-going vacationers who seek a good time. Various bars line the downtown strip, including the Giggling Marlin and the legendary Cabo Wabo, where the music plays all night.
The restaurants in Los Cabos range from traditional Mexican fare to world-class international cuisine. You are sure to find whatever meets your fancy, although the local restaurants do seem to be slightly overpriced.
“Mi Casa,” located in the Town Plaza (Avenida Cabo San Lucas) in Cabo San Lucas, is known for its local dishes, while “O Mole Mio,” also in Cabo ( Marina Boulevard), offers more diverse Mexican dishes with traditional ingredients.
Los Cabos is an excellent destination for those in search of sun, beach and relaxation.
If You Go
Los Cabos Tourism Board
The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos