Los Cabos, Mexico

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Los Cabos

The long list of visitor-directed pleasures available in Los Cabos, coupled with the region’s raw beauty, have made famous a once little-known stretch of desert at the end of the Baja Peninsula.

Modern marinas and vessels of all sizes allow visitors to explore the Sea of Cortez and take advantage of its bountiful waters, famous for their abundance of marlin, yellowtail, mahi mahi, roosterfish and more. Deep-sea fishing is a must-try here, as is a round of golf at one of many award-winning courses dotting the landscape of the Transpeninsular Highway, which connects San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.

Golf enthusiasts will find championship greens designed by greats such as Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson. Those who’d rather get more close to nature have plenty of other options: ziplining across canyons, ATV runs along mountain trails, surfing lessons with pros. Most impressive of all is the annual welcome of whales, coming in from Arctic waters and ready for their close-up during the winter.

Los Cabos also provides an exceptional dining experience in international and Mexican cuisine, both casual and upscale; nightlife options, meanwhile, run from sophisticated wine bars to the more boisterous El Squid Roe and The Giggling Marlin. Places such as Luxury Avenue, as well as smaller stores offering fancy Mexican-made mementos, allow for plenty of shopping choices—and if art is what beckons, the dozens of galleries in San Jose will be a must stop.

And then there are the destination’s spas—world-class pampering spots that offer everything from wine-based scrubs to sea-salt rubs. Most are found within the posh hotels and resorts of Los Cabos. Besides existing standards such as Hola Grand Faro Los Cabos, future brands such as a Delano and a Ritz-Carlton Reserve will add even more spark to the hotel landscape.