Firmly fixed at the tip of Baja California, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, Cabo San Lucas is a Los Cabos resort town that combines great beaches, fantastic weather, the best in sport fishing and water sports, luxury accommodations, top-class dining, and a partying nightlife that sets it apart from its sister resort of San Jose del Cabo. The two resort towns are separated by a mere twenty-five miles along the Golden Corridor, but in terms of ambience they are far further apart. Cabo San Lucas is a vivacious party town, proud of its bars, clubs, and restaurants, while San Jose is more subdued and takes pride in its colonial history, art galleries, low-key nightlife, cafes, and restaurants.
Having said that, what they have in common is much more than what separates them; fabulous beaches, entrancing desert landscape, whale-watching, sport fishing, close proximity to the luxury resorts and golf courses on the Corridor, and a cornucopia of great places to eat. As a sport fishing mecca, it is hardly surprising that seafood restaurants should rank pretty high on the Cabo San Lucas culinary landscape, and one of the best seafood restaurants in town, if not the best, is the Mariscos Las Tres Islas in downtown Cabo San Lucas. Shrimps stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon, oysters, clams, grilled fish, aguachile, and seafood platters just scrape the surface of what they have to offer.
If you’re willing to shell out a bit more, Don Manuel’s offers the best in five-star fine dining in a superb location overlooking the bay. As a part of the luxury Capella Pedregal resort, Don Manuel’s certainly knows how to deliver an exquisite dining experience with an incredibly varied menu and excellent service. This is first-class dining at its best and combines delicious seafood and traditional Mexican dishes with an impressive creative touch. For a truly Mexican culinary experience in Cabo San Lucas, try Los Tres Gallos, where the rustic décor and ambience combines perfectly with the huitlacoche, gorditas, marinated pork, chicken with mole, enchildadas, great Margaritas, and a fabulous fluffy flan for desert, and all at very reasonable prices in an attractive indoor/outdoor setting.
If you’re looking to alternate with something non-Mexican and not from the sea, you could do a lot worse than visit La Dolce, an excellent Italian restaurant downtown where the delicious pizza is oven-baked and the wide array of salads and pasta dishes is as good as anything you could find in northern Italy. Exquisitely prepared fish, chicken, and beef dishes, fine wines, and sumptuous Italian deserts complete the picture. Aside from excellent dining options, Cabo San Lucas also hosts many sport fishing tournaments throughout the year.
The IGFA Offshore World Championship takes place in May, the Bisbee’s East Cape Fishing Tournament is held in July, October is particularly busy with the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, Bisbee’s Offshore Tournament, and the world’s largest Marlin Tournament from October 23-27, while the Tuna Jackpot runs from November 7-10, 2012. Cabo San Lucas is a great place to catch it, watch it cooked, and devour it.