Los Cabos has long been known as one of the most sophisticated resort destinations in Mexico, but it wasn’t until relatively recently that travelers started to talk about it as a gay-friendly destination. It certainly can’t match Puerto Vallarta or Cancun for a specific LGBT ambience, but it is a relaxed and tolerant place, as beach resorts tend to be, and gay travelers looking for that little bit extra in luxury, exclusivity, and sophistication are turning to Los Cabos. Situated at the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula, Los Cabos basically means the towns of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, and the ‘Golden Corridor’ that runs between them.
Although they are only about twenty-five miles apart these two towns are very different in style and ambience. San Jose del Cabo is the more low-key of the two and is known for its excellent restaurants, charming art galleries, and colonial buildings. Cabo San Lucas, on the other hand, is a party town with plenty of nightlife and a vivacious feel to it.
What they do share, however, are beautiful beaches, breathtaking ocean and desert views, a fabulous climate, and a relaxed vacation atmosphere. In between the two, the corridor is home to stunning luxury resorts, luxury rental villas, world-class golf courses, and lovely views and beaches. There are plenty of adult-only all-inclusive hotels in Los Cabos, such as Desire Resort & Spa (clothing optional) or Secrets Marquis, as well as the adult-oriented, gay-friendly ME Cabo on Playa Madero in Cabo San Lucas, where dance music and DJs are a big draw at the Passion Lounge.
In San Jose del Cabo the Posada Chabela is an attractive intimate gay-friendly boutique hotel with great views and commitment ceremonies. Further up the peninsula you can find plenty of equally intimate gay-friendly accommodations in La Paz and in Todos Santos, renowned for its arts and cultural scene. If you’re looking for nightlife, Cabo San Lucas is by far the best bet.
The Rainbow Bar is mainly gay and lesbian and features techno, scantily-clad waiters, and lots of dancing and drinking, though it may be closed in the low season, which is roughly July-September. Scoop Hotel & Supper Club turns into a gay club after midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, which reminds me; if you don’t want to find empty or semi-empty venues don’t go out before ten, because clubs don’t generally get going before midnight. You can dine ‘til late and then go out; after all, you are on vacation. Los Cabos is also famous for its water sports, deep sea fishing, whale watching, golf courses, and restaurants.
Fine dining in a relaxed setting is easily found in San Jose; for some gourmet Mexican fare, great seafood, and delicious deserts, try Don Emiliano in the downtown area. Cabo San Lucas prefers to mix its bars and restaurants, so if you fancy some delicious Mexican cuisine at reasonable prices while gazing out to the ocean, visit the Hacienda Cocina y Cantina on Medano Beach.