All together now
By Joy Hepp
Once deemed a paradise for wayward fishermen and wild spring breakers, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, has matured into a destination for the entire family. There is still an abundance of party-style bars, like Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo and The Giggling Marlin, but by day there are opportunities for everything from hiking to fishing and shopping.
The Castillo family from Tujunga, Calif., was recently enjoying a soccer game at a cantina near
“We’ve been to Cancun before,” says Jose Castillo. “This is much closer and it was easier for us to find things that we can do together.”
That day they took their three-year-old daughter, Sabrina, to search for sea turtles.
“Dad filled his itinerary with golf and fishing,” says Christina Castillo, Sabrina’s mom. “Luckily there are plenty of other things to keep us all occupied.”
One of the best ways to keep the brood satisfied is by staying at an all-inclusive hotel. A base price includes all meals and access to adult beverages. Since all of the food and drink is accounted for, you’re afforded more time and energy to worry about more important things like your tan line or golf handicap. The newly revamped Tesoro Los Cabos, an all-inclusive resort, is located in the heart of the marina and is within walking distance of the city’s famous nightlife. There are plenty of rooms with ocean views, the staff is attentive and the bars are stocked.
Another not-to-miss activity is a visit to the Cabo Dolphins Center. For $165 (U.S. currency) guests can spend 30 minutes swimming with a family of friendly Pacific bottlenose dolphins with artistic names like Frida, Monet and Dali. A highlight of the experience is grabbing on to the dolphin’s fin and going for a ride. If the price is out of your range, it’s still worth the visit for the ambience alone. World-renowned architect Enrique Norten designed the center. Its aesthetics fit in perfectly with Cabo’s desert–meets-the-sea environment. There are also plenty of places to lounge about and you can watch the dolphins interact with their human friends through the huge porthole windows throughout the building.
After a few days the hustle and bustle of town could have you in search of respite. If this is the case, head just 18 miles east to Cabo San Lucas’ more tranquil sibling, San Jose del Cabo. An afternoon spent strolling through the palm-lined plaza and perusing the many artisan shops is the perfect way to round out your vacation.
Flight: US Airways (www.usairways.com) offers non-stop flights from Phoenix for about $400
Ground transportation: Most major hotels and resorts offer shuttle services, but taxis are also available. They cost about $60 (U.S. dollars) for the half-hour trip, but can be shared by up to four people. Another option is to rent a car (from $45 to $75 per day).
Attractions: Whale-watching season is January through March. Caborey (www.Caborey.com) offers snorkeling and a cruise that departs from the marina of Bahia San Lucas ($40). Cabo Dolphins (www.CaboDolphins.com) is in the marina and is open year round.
Accommodation: Depending on the season all inclusive rates at Tesoro Los Cabos are $99 to $230 USD per person (www.tesororesorts.com). Or try Hotel Finisterra (www.finisterra.com) with some rooms built into a cliff. Rooms: $140 to $345.