Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on the tip of the Baja California peninsula, is a beach paradise, complete with world-class golf courses and a vibrant nightlife scene. But it’s much more than that. You can find a more authentic experience by choosing your accommodation wisely, whether it’s outside the tourist hub, a family-run place or one serving Baja cuisine. Here’s our pick – bookable on Culture Trip.
In a residential area away from the crowds, the Bungalows Hotel gives a more authentic Cabo San Lucas experience than most. With loads of charm and character, many rooms have large hammocks, creating a laid-back vibe, and the hotel’s atmosphere is made even more delightful by the happy and helpful local staff. The Mexican touch extends to the excellent breakfasts, with piles of exotic fruit served alongside freshly squeezed juices and breakfast burritos smothered in a delicious bean sauce.
This family-friendly three-star hotel embraces Mexico’s love of bright colors. The walls and furnishings are a citrus riot of oranges, lemons and limes. The USP at Los Patios Hotel is the staff’s commitment to sharing and promoting local culture, so ask them lots of questions about local life. The facilities are clean and simple in this budget-friendly option.
Good old-fashioned hospitality and entertainment will have you returning time and again to the luxurious Sirena del Mar by Welk Resorts. The setting is a major part of the attraction, too. High on the cliffs close to Cabo San Lucas, this 7-acre (3ha) complex makes the most of the region’s outstanding natural assets. The famous El Arco rock formation rises from the aquamarine Sea of Cortez and is visible from many of the villas, where you can wake to the sounds of the waves and watch whales from the comfort of your room (the season is between December and March). For a magical at-one-with-nature moment, head to the little private cove for a dip at dawn.
The Towers at Pacifica overlooks the beach, with 47 luxurious adults-only guest rooms and suites, all with private terraces. Contemporary Mexican decor using natural woods and subtle shades creates a Zen-like zone. The two accommodation towers have a sky bridge so that you and other guests can access tower number three, home to the VIP lounge and Península Restaurant. Dishes are an edible fingerprint of the local area and culture, using traditional recipes and region-specific ingredients.
If you’re looking for a touch of ancestral wisdom, you can head to the spa at El Encanto de la Hacienda for a bespoke holistic healing journey. As it uses native flowers and traditional recipes, it’s possible to get wrapped with seaweed, massaged with Mayan herbs and exfoliated with tequila in one heady afternoon. A fresh Baja aesthetic continues in the villas and suites, showcasing traditional artwork and pottery, locally crafted stonework, carved wooden features and Spanish archways. The result is warm, inviting spaces with an authentic feel.
If you’re looking for somewhere different to stay, why not book into one of the best hotels in Cabo San Lucas? For something more special, opt instead for a top luxury hotel. For inspiration for your itinerary, there are plenty of things to do here, including some incredibly beautiful beaches. Make your stay complete with knowledge of the best places to eat.