At the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, golden sands stretch between the resort towns of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Collectively called Los Cabos, the area has a reputation for lazy beach days and active nights. But dig deeper and you’ll that find the region offers an array of land and sea adventures—from rewarding hikes to epic paddles—rounded out by fabulous food and inspired cocktails.

Day 1

Morning: Fuel up on savoury chilaquiles (breakfast nachos) at The Office on the Beach, located on Médano Bay in downtown Cabo San Lucas, before exploring the trails outside of town on a mountain bike tour with Cabo Adventures. Pedal past prickly plants on a ride that takes you from the Baja’s desert outback to the Pacific Ocean.

Electric bike tour through the desert, photograph courtesy of Cabo Adventures.

Afternoon: Rent a stand-up paddleboard from Cabo SUP, located at the Bahia Hotel & Beach House, and head out to Lover’s Beach and the adjacent El Arco. This much-photographed rock arch at Land’s End is where the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez meet.

Evening: Start your night with craft brews and a mesquite-fired beer pizza (the dough is made with beer and spent barley malt) on the patio of the Baja Brewing Company, located along the Cabo Marina. Wander next door to Cabo Wabo Cantina, musician Sammy Hagar’s iconic nightclub, where live music is performed every night.

Photograph courtesy of Baja Brewing Company.

Day 2

Morning: After a strong dark roast at The Cabo Coffee Company, hit the road to Todos Santos, a charming mission town an hour’s drive north of Cabo San Lucas. Saddle up with Todos Santos Eco Adventures for a 90-minute horseback ride that showcases the region’s ecological diversity. You’ll travel through a lush oasis, alongside the Pacific and up into the surrounding desert.

Afternoon: Eat lunch at La Casita Tapas + Wine Bar, a farm-to-table restaurant that serves fresh fish and local, organic produce. After, take time to browse the town’s galleries and boutiques for locally made souvenirs to bring home.

Los Cabos coastline, photograph by Ben Horton/Los Cabos Tourism.

Evening: Drive 20 minutes toward Cabo and stop at Los Cerritos Beach, which boasts the best surf break in the area. The pros at Mario Surf School will have you standing in no time—for a few seconds, anyway. Post-surf, don’t miss the margaritas and tacos served with the catch of the day at Barracuda Cantina, just steps from the sand.

Day 3

Morning: Take your activity level down a notch by indulging in a Mexican Herbal Ritual body treatment at the YHI Spa at the Paradisus Los Cabos resort. This relaxing experience includes exfoliation and an aromatherapy massage to rejuvenate sore muscles.

Afternoon: Alternate between lounging in one of the resort’s poolside cabanas and body surfing in the waters of Tequila Cove Beach, one of Los Cabos’ swimmable beaches. Be sure to try the beach bar’s Ojo Rojos, beer jazzed up with Clamato, lime and spices.

Roasted chicken at COMAL, photograph courtesy of Chileno Bay Resort.

Evening: Located at the Chileno Bay Resort, COMAL is one of Los Cabos’ best restaurants, with Chef Yvan Mucharraz preparing regional ingredients in innovative ways. Opt for the sea bass ceviche or blackened tuna and one of bartender Osvaldo Vazquez’s signature cocktails. The smoky mezcal, spicy ginger and sweet pineapple flavours of the Chilenito will convert you to Mexico’s original agave spirit.

Where to Stay

Bahia Hotel & Beach House

Poolside suite at Bahia Hotel & Beach House, photograph courtesy of Los Cabos Tourism.

Located just off Médano Beach, this boutique property—one of Cabo’s first hotels—mixes modern and Mexican design in spacious rooms and suites. Let the concierge coordinate an excursion for you, or just relax at the hotel’s private beach club.

Paradisus Los Cabos

Pool at Paradisus Los Cabos, photograph by DMP Productions LLC.

Nestled on a secluded beach between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, this all-inclusive property features rooms fronted by manicured gardens and a pool. Upgrade to a family concierge room for access to all-day snacks and a pillow menu.

[This story appears in the November 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]