If you’ve fallen in love with Mexico on your last vacation and you’re thinking of returning, but another summer paying inflated tourist rates in Cancun doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, maybe you should consider exploring the country’s Pacific coast instead.
In other words, why not skip the Mexican Caribbean altogether, and fly somewhere new, where the weather is just as great, the seas bright blue, and the tourist offer comparatively vast?
Here are 4 reasons why you should spend your long-anticipated holiday in Los Cabos this year:
A Higher Concentration Of Wellness Retreats
While Cancun – and the wider Riviera Maya, on an extent – have developed a reputation for being Mexico’s party capital, actively promoting jungle parties and beach clubs as part of the tourist offer – the dual destination that is Los Cabos has pursued a slightly different path.
Instead of following in Cancun’s footsteps, much like Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta have, ‘The Capes’ have been focusing instead on developing a strong wellness scene.
That’s not to say you won’t find nightclubs or a lively social scene here, but a majority of the guests come to Cabo hoping to simply unwind.
As a matter of fact, it is now Mexico’s number one wellness destination, as well as Latin America’s absolute leader in this market, boasting the greatest presence of spa resorts and relaxation retreats out of any coastal spot in the subcontinent.
Whether it’s lounging by the beach all day without the constant thumping of electronic music originating from a random beachfront bar in Cancun or treating yourself and booking a much-needed spa day, you’ll soon find yourself enamored with Cabo’s unique vibes.
Development-Free Colonial Towns
The Capes may not have pre-Columbian ruins, being located on the Southernmost tip of the Baja Californian Peninsula, and not the Ancient Mayan-Caribbean World, but it hosts a number of nationally-relevant sights History buffs will not want to miss.
For instance, three of the most beautiful Pueblos Magicos – Mexico’s ‘Magical Towns’, a nationwide designation for destinations with an incomparable cultural wealth – are located within short driving distance of both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.
Visitors keen on experiencing a more authentic side of Mexico, where over-development is yet to drive locals out and the colorful houses make for a postcard-ready picture, will want to add the small towns of Loreto and Todos Santos to their summer wishlist.
Settled in the colonial era, when Europeans began populating Mexico’s territory, they have retained much of their Old World charm, from the distinctly vibrant-colored facades to the charming 18th-century churches.
One of the biggest complaints of tourists vacationing in Cancun, or the state of Quintana Roo in general, is the state of the beaches when the humidity starts to build up.
In the summertime, other than a higher incidence of rain and tropical storms, Cancun’s coastal strip is invaded by the smelly brown seaweed known as sargassum, which continues to batter local swimming spots in spite of the municipality’s best efforts to keep it at bay.
Interestingly, sargassum is not a common occurrence in the Pacific Ocean, being exclusive to tropical and temperate seas instead.
This means Los Cabos remains sargassum-free year-round, even when the country’s Southeast is battling the phenomenon.
From the landmark Playa del Amor to Medano Beach, the sands remain golden, and the seas bright azure. Storms may hit the coast on occasion, but those are infrequent, and the skies remain clear for the best part of the season.
Cabo Is Safer
Mexico may have made headlines recently as an unsafe destination after a group of American visitors was kidnapped crossing into a border town, with a gruesome conclusion, but unlike what the mainstream media would have you believe, violent incidents involving tourists are very much an exception rather than the rule across all of Mexico.
When it comes to Los Cabos, these rates are not even statistically relevant, as they are so exceedingly rare it rarely ever makes the news.
Additionally, 67.5% of Cabo residents consider it safe to live in, as reiterated in research conducted by INEGI, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography.
In sum, Cabo is as safe as it gets, and it may well be Mexico’s safest destination overall, with improved surveillance in beach zones, including patrolling of bars and nightclubs in proximity to Medano Beach, and a crackdown on insistent beach vendors known to disturb beach-goers.
Cabo Is Just Trendier
Cancun may still be the indisputable King of Tourism, drawing in 30 million visitors last year alone, but it has long ceased being Mexico’s fastest-growing destination.
It now trails behind Cabo in terms of recovery, openly challenging it for the spot of number one resort destination in Mexico.
If you’re looking for first-class service, a more ‘chill’ atmosphere, and unspoiled nature, this is a natural replacement for Cancun.
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