Los Cabos Travel Information
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Los Cabos. . . Sculpted terrain beside the sea... colonies of gentle sea lions basking under the sun... endangered whales finding a safe harbor... He re, at the tip of the BajaPeninsula, land ends and the Gulf of California mixes with the great Pacific Ocean. Miles of breathtaking beaches line the refreshing resort towns of Los Cabos -- lively Cabo San Lucas and laid-back San Jose del Cabo. Cabo is the Marlin capital of the world and boasts Mexico's best golf with four world-class 18 hole courses. All this, plus an exciting nightlife combine to make "Cabo" the perfect vacation spot for every sun and sport enthusiast.
Cabo San Lucas: The resort town of Cabo San Lucas sits right on the edge of the long Baja California Peninsula, known as Land's End. Referred to as Cabo by the locals, this destination was made famous for it's world class big game sport fishing (notably the powerful Marlin). Cabo has grown to become much more than a fishing village, with many popular night clubs, restaurants, land activities, diving, and of course the famous arches beyond Lover's Beach.
Los Cabos is located in the State of Baja California Sur (south), a 900-mile long Peninsula, at the tip of the Baja where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, to the west of the Mexican mainland.
Los Cabos Golf
Los Cabos is home to four world-class championship golf courses. The Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol has been called one of the five most beautiful in the world. A Jack Nicklaus signature course, this spectacular masterpiece is referred to as "the Pebble Beach of Baja," and features seven holes on the Sea of Cortés. Cabo del Sol skirts the shore of the Sea of Cortés, and is situated at Playa Barco Varado, about halfway between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Ranked among the "Top 100 Courses in the World" by Golf Magazine, the course was host to the 1996 Shell Wonderful World of Golf and the 1995 and 1998 SENIOR PGA TOUR Senior Slam.
The Palmilla Golf Club was also designed by Jack Nicklaus, offering golfers spectacular views of the Sea of Cortèz from nearly every hole as it winds through centuries old cardon cacti and rugged desert mountain terrain, making each hole a memorable experience for golfers of every skill level. The course is divided into the Arroyo Nine, the Mountain Nine and the Ocean Nine. The five sets of staggered tee boxes ensure golfers, from beginners to professionals, an exciting game.
Cabo Real is an 18-hole, par 72 championship layout located by the beach, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. It plays 6,945 yards and is definitely not for short hitters. Almost every hole has a wonderful view of the Sea of Cortés, with the 15th right on the beach. With four tees per hole, the course provides plenty of hardships for the low-handicap player, yet can be fun for the average golfer.
The Cabo San Lucas Country Club offers a challenging Par 72, 18-hole course designed by Pete Dye. With an idyllic setting overlooking Land's End, this magnificent course features waste deep bunkers, subtle terracing, and a 607-yard par five (the longest golf hole in Mexico). Dye said the 72-par course is a challenge for golfers on all levels, because with the multiple tee boxes, it can range from a very short course to a rather challenging one with enough hazards, obstacles and bunkers to make it interesting.
Los Cabos Dress
Casual dress is appropriate for nearly all occasions in Mexico. However, Mexico has some particular customs regarding dress for certain situations. Bathing suits are not to be worn away from swimming pools and beach areas. Flashy or suggestive clothing is inappropriate in smaller resorts and inland cities. Shorts should never be worn when entering a church. In big cities, evening attire tends to be more formal, while casual dress is generally appropriate for beach resort dining.
Los Cabos Weather
The average year-round temperature is 78°F. During the high tourist season, October to April, the temperature is typically 80°F. The climate is arid with over 300 days of sunshine, some reports over 350 days.
About San Jose del Cabo
San Jose del Cabo offers a slower pace and a more traditional Mexican atmosphere. The center point is the town square and church. From this plaza, streets spill out in all directions with distinct areas like the popular Art's District where dozens of galleries compete for tourist dollars. The town also features shops that specialize in ceramics including Talavera pottery, leather shops, the expected Mexican gift shops of jewelry stores with Taxco silver leading the way as the most desired items to purchase. San Jose del Cabo features many fine restaurants that offer inexpensive fare to 5-star gourmet dining
Each Saturday the town of San Jose del Cabo features a local fair with crafts, fresh vegetables, live music and food. The market is a must visit and is cultural and offers quality products to purchase and organic food and drinks. We purchased hand-carved wooden bowls, hand-embroidered Mexican table scarves, and amazing hand crème. The market features renowned artwork. There was a lovely one-of-a-kind painting Maria wanted to purchase and did not. We just have to go back because there are so many things we want to purchase.
While in San Jose del Cabo we toured the Baja Blown Glass and Art located at Manuel Doblado # 105, entre Morelos e Hidalgo. We watched the artisans working with the raw materials, experienced the heat of the ovens, and watched actual glass blowing process all being narrated in English. We truly enjoyed learning how the glass products were made. The glass art produced is beautiful and we recommend a visit to the Glass Shop.
Last week, Mexico announced that Cabo San Lucas in Baja California Sur will be the location for the 2012 Group of 20 (G20) Summit, which will bring the leaders and finance ministers of 20 of the world's most powerful countries to this tropical paradise. 16,000 visitors are expected to attend the Summit, collectively representing more than 90 percent of the global gross domestic product (GDP), around 80 percent of world trade volume and more than two-thirds of the world's population.
The semi-annual gathering of this enormous economic base and its collective purchasing power make the G20 Summit one of the most important and influential meetings in existence, with dramatic effects on the global economy. Cabo San Lucas real estate was chosen for the 2012 meeting due to the high level of luxury and safety that visitors routinely experience.
To accommodate the summit, Mexican president Felipe Calderon has allocated more than $180 million to build a new convention center here, as well as to construct a massive, four-lane highway that will stretch from San Jose to Cabo.
“Hosting the G20 Summit in Los Cabos would be a tremendous opportunity for our destination as well as for the country of Mexico, said Gonzalo Franyutti of the CVB in a press release last month. “Los Cabos has the exclusive appeal, a contemporary tourism infrastructure and the safety record required to host an event of this global caliber. As a haven for VIPs throughout the world, Los Cabos is truly the 'Window to the World' for Mexico.”
Franyutti has met extensively with Patricia Espinoza, who is Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Relations, as well as with Gloria Guevara Manzo, the country's Secretary of Tourism, to express the commitment Cabo San Lucas is willing to make in order to accommodate the 2012 G20 Summit. “There is a great interest in having Los Cabos host the meeting, since it has many advantages as a Mexican destination, like security, a strategic geographic location, a perfect climate, the quality of our hotels, our highway infrastructure,” said Franyutti.
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