Four Days in Cabo San Lucas
If playing in the water by day and partying like a rock star at night are what you have in mind for your next getaway, look no further than Mexico’s Southern Baja. Begin your stay in Cabo San Lucas.
Fun in the Waves If it’s your first time here, visit The Arch of Cabo San Lucas at Land’s End. Charter a sailboat or take a kayak tour with Baja Outback or Cabo Adventures to get as close as comfortable to this iconic landmark.
Surf ’n’ Turf If a beach day sounds appealing, head to Costa Azul, one of the region’s most popular surf breaks. You can easily seek out an instructor or rental right there on the shore. Later, dine at Edith’s, where the characters at the bar are just as memorable as the woodfire-grilled dishes.
Savour the Nightlife Ease into your evenings with a toast at the Champagne Terrace at the Resort at Pedregal, or a coconut margarita at Agua Bar in the One&Only Palmilla Resort. For a livelier scene, head to Pink Kitty Nightclub or Canibal, where glow-in-the-dark parties abound.
Three Days in La Paz
Spanish for “peace,” the city of La Paz (just a two-and-a-half-hour drive up the coast from Cabo) has an authentic and laid-back Mexican vibe.
Shop and Sample Get acquainted with La Paz’s slower rhythm by exploring the local marketplaces and waterfront district. Head to the Calle 16 de Septiembre, a street packed with vendors selling regional delights like fresh-from-the-sea prawns or ears of corn with crema and hot sauce.
Stroll the Malecón A popular destination during the evening hours, the Malecón is a slightly upscale promenade flanked with restaurants, shops and a beautiful beach. Be sure to stop at the Museo de la Ballena, a small but fascinating museum spotlighting the area’s bountiful marine life and whaling history.
Day Trip With its crystal clear waters and calm surf, Balandra Beach is half an hour away but well worth the trip. Kayaks, paddleboards and beach chairs can be rented here, or you can take advantage of the water’s clarity on a chilled-out snorkel adventure on the east side of the beach.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Los Cabos four times a week from Vancouver and Calgary.
Mexico’s Magic Towns
There are 111 pueblos mágicos in Mexico, each one designated as such for its enchanting beauty, architecture and centuries-old culture. Here are five magic towns—Sayulita, Todos Santos, Tulum, Isla Mujeres and San Sebastián del Oeste—that are easily accessible from major cities and resorts.