In late July, only weeks after Mexico reopened its borders to tourists, Marchay’s own Rebecca Lane traveled to Los Cabos to see for herself how the area’s resorts were operating during COVID, and quickly found out exactly why so many travelers return to Los Cabos year after year. She spent a full week exploring the region and inspecting numerous resorts. Read on for a full recap of her experience!
The 411: Currently, Mexico does not require a negative COVID test for tourists entering the country by plane, making it a very easy and appealing destination for US travelers. The resort areas are also maintaining a high level of safety with excellent sanitation measures and many who have visited these past few months would argue they are doing a far superior job with COVID protocols than many other countries.
Why Go: Located on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, bordering both the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos combines a wide range of 5 star resorts, sun-kissed beaches and desert landscapes with the warm Mexican hospitality and high level of service that travelers keep coming back for. While some of the areas have experienced a spike in tourism in recent years, visitors will find there’s still a variety of unique and local spots to explore. From some of the best sport-fishing in the world to whale watching, world class golf courses, surfing, mountain biking, hiking, exploring local art galleries and shops, or just relaxing on a wide sandy beach, there’s something for everyone in this seaside jewel of Mexico.
How to Get There: Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) is the main gateway for visitors arriving to Los Cabos and welcomes nonstop commercial flights from nearly all US hubs, along with private aviation options. The airport is quite efficient and travelers can find themselves at nearly any resort within a half hour drive. If you plan to do a lot of exploring during your stay, you might consider a rental car or let your Marchay advisor hire a private car and driver at your disposal. Of course, spending the entire trip camped by your private infinity pool with drink in hand is always a great option too.
Photos courtesy of Las Ventanas Al Paraiso
Where to Stay:
Las Ventanas Al Paraiso – This Rosewood property is one of the most beloved and well-known resorts in Los Cabos. Repeat guests are common here, and it’s easy to see why. 84 luxurious rooms and suites (all with butler service) plus 12 signature beach villas give both couples and families a wide range of accommodations to choose from. Dining choices are numerous yet the resort keeps an intimate, authentic feel.
Photos courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal
Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal – Located within walking distance of downtown Cabo San Lucas, the Waldorf Pedregal offers 115 rooms and suites, all with private infinity edge plunge pools overlooking the Pacific. Daily afternoon amenities include hand-delivered Mexican beer and homemade guacamole to enjoy from your suite. Dinner at the famed and stunning El Farallon is not to be missed.
Photos courtesy of Montage Los Cabos
Montage Los Cabos – One of the newest 5 star luxury properties in Los Cabos, the Montage is situated on one of the very few swimmable beaches in the region. Accommodations range from generous-sized rooms and suites to private residences, perfect for families or multiple couples traveling together.
Photos courtesy of Zadun Ritz-Carlton
Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Another newcomer to the Cabo luxury resort scene is the Ritz-Carlton Reserve, located near the charming town of San Jose del Cabo. The property features unique dining options focused on Mexican and Latin-American gastronomy, including a take on a local street market and the signature steakhouse Humo, complete with a world class wine cellar. Suites here are designed to bring the outdoors in and blur the lines of where the walls end and the sea begins. Perhaps the most memorable highlight of this resort is the incredible Spa Alkemia, complete with a healing pool and unique Savasana Sound Room – one of only two in the world!
Places to Visit: The charming and authentic town of Todos Santos lies about an hour’s drive north up the coast from Cabo San Lucas and is definitely worth a day trip. This charming, colonial town has become home to numerous expats who have opened unique art galleries, shops, and restaurants – and is also home to the famous Hotel California. The town itself sits inland from the beach, but a 10 minute drive will find you at a spectacular, wide stretch of sand with no crowds. Be sure to stop for lunch and a cerveza at The Green Room for a laidback, friendly surf crowd right on the beach.
Los Cabos is home to many amazing restaurants and enjoying the immense flavors of Mexican cuisine is of course a must. Among those restaurants is Flora Farms – a unique, organic farm compound featuring a farm-to-table restaurant, local artisan shops, privately owned residences and a cooking school where visitors can brush up on their tamale making skills. Be sure to ask for a tour of the grounds!
For a memorable dinner you won’t soon forget, Cocina del Mar, located at Esperanza resort is an absolute must. The breathtaking ocean views from its cliffside setting are nearly enough reason to go, but the amazing freshly caught seafood really hits a home run. The chef is even known to collect live sea urchins right from the cliff below for that evening’s special!