A Black Girl's Guide to Visiting Los Cabos

The exquisite food and breathtaking views are reason enough to visit this enchanting Mexican city, but here are a few more factors to get your wanderlust going.

Tanya A. Christian Sep, 27, 2016

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Although many associate this stunning resort city with its rowdy spring break crowd, Los Cabos lends itself to a great deal of relaxation. Treat yourself to a spa treatment (award-winning spas are in abundance) or simply relax poolside. The Vitamin C treatment at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica took the edge off of an early morning flight and the mojitos by the pool were always a welcomed treat.

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Cabo San Lucas is located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, lending itself to the perfect combination of color where the desert meets the water. For the perfect sunset view, make dinner reservations at Sunset Da Mona Lisa. Not only can you see the famous arch, the open waters and uninterrupted skyline provide a flawless backdrop for photo lovers. To get a remarkable look at of some of the most beautiful rock formations in the city, don’t miss out on The Resort at Pedregal. Book a stay to wake up amongst the fascinating terrain or enjoy dinner at el Farallon. Live music and crashing waves will serenade you through the night.

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Vacations were made for good food and great cocktails. And for that, Los Cabos delivers. Need a recommendation for a drink? I say anything with Mezcal and for food — fresh caught (fill in the blank with your heart’s desires). For ceviche lovers, you’re sure to always find something on the menus that you like. This popular dish is EVERYWHERE and Marquis Los Cabos takes the concept one step further by offering it’s guests a dedicated ceviche bar built-in in to their all-inclusive package.

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Love a great bargain? Then you’ll enjoy hitting the streets of downtown Cabo San Lucas. Clothing, jewelry and ceramics are all up for grabs and if you’re not one to shy away from a little negotiating, be sure to get a few pesos knocked off your total. If you have a penchant for pottery, stop by Mexican Pottery for beautiful tiles, one-of-a-kind crafts, and my favorite— a sale rack, full of plates, bowls and pots with defects you’ll never notice.

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Pool views are beautiful, but there’s something special, even romantic, about opening your balcony doors to the sight of picturesque palm trees, sun-kissed sand and the sound of waves crashing on the ocean. At oceanfront properties like Marquis Los Cabos, faint whispers of waves can be heard all night. Wake up early (at least once) to enjoy the beautiful hues that color the sky during sunrise.

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Art lovers will have a field day (literally) in the Gallery District of San Jose del Cabo. Set aside an afternoon of exploration to see the amazing artistry the city has to offer, or if visiting between November and June, spend a Thursday evening enjoying The Art Walk. From 5pm – 9pm visitors can pop in and out of the various exhibits and meet many of the gallery owners. If you’re a fan of African art, you will fall in love with Muvezi Fine African Art. For a great collection of Mexican artists, stop by the Patricia Mendoza Art Gallery. The stunning pieces are almost as beautiful as Patricia herself.

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From the drivers at Trans Cabo to the staff at the resorts and restaurants, hospitality is a top priority. Welcome drinks, cold towels and a friendly smile abound in the beautiful locale.

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Whether you’re looking to take a family vacation, enjoy a getaway with girlfriends or just spend one on one time with bae, Los Cabos has you covered. Families will appreciate the plethora of all-inclusive resorts, girlfriends will enjoy the nightlife in downtown Cabo and couples will love its romantic charm.

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What’s a great vacation without a little adventure? For fun that’s also family-friendly, head down to Marina Cabo San Lucas for a 45-minute boat tour of Divorce and Lovers Beach. At this must-see attraction, turbulent waves meet gentile waters at the intersection of the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez. For something more exciting, book a parasailing trip with Cabo Expeditions. Both tours give you an up-close and personal look of the Arch of Cabo San Lucas. If you’d rather keep your feet on dry land, reserve a cooking class at Los Tamarindos. Owner Enrique Silva welcomes you into the familia when you enter the open-air restaurant and Chef Gabriel Castillo walks you through a “surprise” 4-course cooking excursion. Although off the beaten path, the farm-to-table experience is worth the slight detour.

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Yes there’s a Starbuck’s and even a Domino’s, but much of this pleasant oasis is comprised of quaint shops, charming eateries, and timeless architecture. Get lost down the right back alley and you’ll see exactly what I mean.