One of my favorite holidays happens to be right around the corner, Cinco de Mayo. The margaritas will be flowing, the tacos will be devoured, and the sombreros will come out. In all seriousness though this holiday has incredible history behind it. It marks the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire during the Battle of Puebla. It has since transformed into a celebration of Mexican culture in North America.
Around the world, different cities celebrate Cinco de Mayo with unique traditions. In Windsor, Ontario they hold a Cinco de Mayo street festival, while in the Cayman Islands there is an annual Cinco de Mayo air guitar competition.
However in this post, I wanted to share one of my favourite trips to Mexico in honour of Cinco de Mayo. After years of visiting Cancun and Tulum, I recently had the chance to discover a totally different Mexico when I made my way down to Los Cabos.
ABOUT LOS CABOS
Los Cabos is a municipality of Mexico and is located at the Southern end of the Baja California Peninsula. It is where desert Meets Sea and where the Gulf of California meets the Pacific Ocean. I was most taken aback by the beauty of the landscape. From turquoise waters to the red volcanic rock covered mountain. The endless desert sands with the most unique plant life it is a truly unique and beautiful place.
What I truly loved about Cabo was it didn’t feel like a holiday hub. There weren’t rows upon rows of resorts taking over beaches. There weren’t beaches overrun by tourists. It seemed a little more secluded. Yet despite being a little quieter than other destination hot spots it still had something for everyone. An exciting nightlife, plenty of culture, and adventurous outings the whole family could enjoy. I wanted to share with you some of my highlights and favourite things to do in this magical place.
WHERE TO STAY
Los Cabos is a very interesting destination in the sense that it has four different regions, two of them are the more popular vacation spots. There is Cabos San Lucas, known more for its nightlife and entertainment and then there is Cab San Jose, known more for local flair and culture. On my trip to Cabo, I stayed in San Jose and loved it. It was quieter, more laid back, and celebrated the local food and art that make this place so unique. I would highly recommend finding a place to stay in this part of town.
WHAT TO DO
There is so much to see and do in Cabo and there is truly something for everyone. From adventure activities, to culture expeditions, to R&R, you won’t run out of things to do any time soon. I wanted to share with you my top 5 things to do in Cabo.
Make a trip to the Arch
The Arch of Los Cabos is a distinctive rock formation at the Southern Tip of Cab San Lucas. It is the most famous landmark in the area and a must see for anyone visiting. There are a few different options to get out to the Arch including boat tours, but on my trip I decided to do something a little more adventurous, paddle boarding. I joined a tour with High Tide Sea Expeditions. We paddled out to the Arch and once there we had a chance to go snorkelling. By actually being out on the water, you had a chance to see the beautiful rock formation up close and personal. You got to get face to face with the seals that live in the area. You also had a chance to see the colourful and beautiful ocean life.
Take the dive of a lifetime with some gentle giants
I had always dreamed of swimming with sharks, but had been a little scared of their big teeth at the same time. In Cabo, I got to live out my dream with some truly gentle sharks, Whale Sharks. As the sun got up so did I, and made my way to Las Pas. Las Pas is a quaint little town with plenty of market and sea side restaurants. I then hopped on a small boat until the group spotted some giant brown spots in the water, a sign of Whale Sharks.
We got our snorkel gear on, and into the water we jumped. My heart was pounding out of my chest as I tried to see through the murky water. All of a sudden this giant, beautiful, spotted 24-food creature swims past me. I literally froze in admiration. It was amazing to see them so close. They swim with their giant mouths wide open, inhaling food as they glide along the ocean. They were truly spectacular.
Take a ride on the wild side
What amazed me most about Los Cabos, was its unique landscape. It seemed to be half desert and half beach and so I decided one day to explore all it had to offer, by way of a RZR. I joined Cactus ATV’s for a pretty unique adventure, a sunset RZR tour. I had never been off-roading before so this was pretty scary yet exciting for me. During the tour, we swerved through the soft sand of the desert terrain, navigating through cacti while looking out at the deep blue ocean. The sun was setting behind the red mountains so the colours were even more illuminated. I made a pit stop by the water and was lucky enough to see whales breaching in the distance. This was a truly magical experience.
Explore the culture
As I mentioned earlier, staying in Cabo San Jose, there was a lot more local culture to explore. In fact, every Thursday during the summer months the downtown main roads shut down and the local artists come out for Art Walk. Beautiful hand made Mexican paintings and crafts line the streets. Galleries stay open late during this time, and you can even walk around with a margarita in hand. It was really amazing to hear some of the artists stories, and see the amazing work hanging in the galleries.
Sip and taste in luxury
Everyone had told me about the all night parties down at Cabo Wabo, but if you are looking for a more secluded spot to enjoy a drink and a delicious meal, stop by the Thompson Cape Hotel. This boutique hotel was one of my favourite places to just relax and unwind. Located overlooking the ocean, and the views from the rooftop bar are spectacular. Six stories above the beach, you can see the deep blue sea below while snaking on their famous oysters or chocolate infused clams. This place was a real life paradise.
Whether you can make it down to Cabo for Cinco de Mayo, or some other time of the year, it is definitely worth the trip. With uniquely beautiful landscapes, once in a lifetime adventures, beautiful beaches, and picture perfect views this is a must visit.
Happy travelling my friends!