At the far tip of Baja California,
Cabo San Lucas and its sister town, San Jose del Cabo, are dream destinations with the Pacific Ocean to the west and Sea of Cortez to the east, the Cabo peninsula offering a variety of beaches. But is it safe, expensive, warm?
On the Tropic of Cancer, Cabo offers a refreshing sub-tropical climate of warm days and cooler nights. Average daytime temperatures are 26° C; evenings are warm in the winter with jackets or sweaters not required. Summers are hot in August through October, with daytime temperatures in the high 30s C, cooling to 26 C at night.
One of the safest destinations visited, Cabo is not a border town, removed from the bulk of Mexico. The greatest risk is the sun and hot sand! Each year, I'm amazed by those who gorge themselves on sunshine for 7 straight days - without sunscreen!
Here, you might splurge by eating at the high-end restaurants, priced similarly to North American cities or eat cheaply at the grocery store, taco stands, fruit stands, etc. You may sign up for an all-inclusive option at a resort or stay at a time-share condo to make good use of the kitchen facilities.
With Costco, Wal-Mart and City Club as well as a number of grocery store chains, it's not uncommon that many tourists eat lightly during the day and save their appetite for later. Since opened to development in 1990, beautiful resorts appear everywhere, resulting in a variety of restaurants and local eateries to please the most discerning palate or budget.
Even after 6 visits, I always find a new eatery with top-notch food, neglecting glitzy restaurants and those in tourist areas. Wandering a block or two away, I find where locals dine, the emphasis on service and freshness rather than show. Fresh seafood is purchased daily from the fish market. One popular downtown seafood location is
Mariscos Mocambo, housed in a large tiki hut, dining available either indoors or outside. With modest atmosphere, the seafood is delicious, and reasonable prices and excellent service make this a gem.
Downtown across from the town square,
Mi Casa Restaurant & Cantina is a local favorite. Originally a church, it has brightly painted walls with a courtyard dining area. Recognized for traditional dishes, the quality and quantity of portions are superb.
Also downtown, ten blocks from the marina is
La Fonda where authentic, unique Mexican cuisine is the norm. Try the sopes or crema poblano soup with pumpkin blossoms.
If you love shrimp, visit
Maro's Shrimp House on Hidalgo Street with excellent seafood at reasonable rates and jovial staff. The drink specialty is The Bulldog - a tasty concoction of tequila, lemonade and beer.
For more traditional Mexican ingredients, frequent
Desperados on Morelos with live music most nights. Enjoy the home-made sauces that accompany steak, seafood and ribs. An added bonus for sports fans is the seven television screens. Try the guacamole, prepared tableside and the huge nachos.
Along Medano Beach, several upscale restaurants offer a fun night out without breaking the bank. One is
The Office. The location is the big draw as sunsets add to dinner conversation with sand running between your toes.
A half-block away,
Edith's is a lovely outdoor patio restaurant with impeccable service, linen-draped tables, a fine wine selection and a view of Land's End. Fresh salsas and tortillas complement many seafood specials and grilled entrees. A live jazz band plays softly in the background.
Down the Cabo Corridor toward San Jose are recent additions to the restaurant scene such as
Sunset da Mona Lisa, an unforgettable, romantic dining experience. Make early reservations. It offers top-notch service and a clever combination of flavors from an eclectic menu.
Hacienda Cocina y Cantina offers myriad meals with its food, service, prices and view one of Cabo's best.
Pitahayas, part of the Hacienda Del Mar hotel, offers beachside dining, boasting an underground wine cellar and a mix of native spices used in its Pacific Rim-style cuisine.
Latitude 22 Roadhouse is an American-style restaurant serving delicious burgers, ribs, sandwiches, often packed with locals and expats alike.
For a taste of authentic tacos, try
Tacos Gardenias located at
Camino al Hacienda and Ninos Heroes, with the best fish tacos in Mexico (halibut, lightly battered and fried and served on a fresh corn tortilla with salsa, avocado and cabbage). Delicious! Housed in a rustic concrete building, the restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
La Ricazon offers simple atmosphere with most meals accompanied with warm bread and 4 salsas. Try the Seafood Tostadas.
Beth Poad is a graduate of McMaster University and a retired English teacher who has written curriculum documents for public and private schools. She has travelled as a tourist to much of the Americas and Europe, and has worked as a volunteer in China, India, Tanzania and South Africa where she feels she has been fortunate to the local life.