Spring Break in Los Cabos
The venerable institution of spring break is alive and well in Mexico. One of the top destinations is Los Cabos at the southernmost tip of Baja California, with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Sea of Cortez. Los Cabos is a burgeoning destination due to its warm, dry weather, lovely beaches, luxury accommodations, a wide array of leisure activities, and proximity to the United States. From a vacation point of view, Los Cabos really means the two towns at the tip of the peninsula, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, plus the ‘Golden Corridor’ that runs between the two, where you’ll find most of the luxury resort hotels and golf courses.
The distance along the coast is just twenty-five miles from town to town. To avoid any confusion right off the bat, Cabo San Lucas is the party town in Los Cabos. If you’re considering a spring break vacation for 2013 and looking for all the traditional ingredients of a wild time by the beach, Cabo San Lucas fits the bill. San Jose del Cabo is a charming, laid-back, more historical, more cultural town, and is a favorite with retirees from the US. For all its bars, restaurants, and cafés, it is probably not where you want to be over Spring break unless you’re looking for a quieter vacation or have the mother of all hangovers.
That said, it’s a pleasant day trip from Cabo San Lucas and is a great place to chill out. Every year, there are many vacation packages to Cabo San Lucas for spring break, and 2013 is no exception. The nightlife in Cabo San Lucas is famous, and some packages will get you better deals for drinks, discounts, and VIP access to some of the bars and nightclubs around town. The Cabo Wabo Cantina and El Squid Roe are two of the best-known bars in town, and Mandala is a three-level nightclub with exotic tropical décor and excellent views across Cabo.
For those not sleeping off the night before on the beach or in their hotel room, there are tons of activities and tours to keep you busy, including snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching, kayaking, parasailing, dolphin swims, fishing, surfing, zip-lining, bungee jumping, ATV tours, horseback riding, and booze cruises for a spot of relaxed (or rowdy!) sightseeing along the coast, particularly at sunset.
There are plenty of beautiful beaches in the Cabo area, and the main beach, Playa Medano, can get pretty wild and crowded at spring break, particularly since there are several bars nearby. If you’re looking for some peace, more tranquil beaches are not far away. Students from all over the US go to Cabo San Lucas to party, particularly from the West Coast and Texas. Cabo also has five championship golf courses and is the world’s top destination for marlin fishing. And just in case you didn’t know, the legal drinking age is eighteen, but as they say in Spanish, ‘Evita el Exceso’!