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Woman in Bikini at Cabo San Lucas Mexico

Cabo San Lucas is a city at the southern tip of Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Cabo is a varied destination that captures the essence of Baja Peninsula in its many resorts, hotels, golf courses, dining and amazing outdoor activities.

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Cabo San Lucas is a bustling hub for sport fishermen, cruise ships, handicraft vendors, water sport aficionados and nightlife seekers. The area is considered the second fastest growing resort destination in all of Mexico and particularly busy with visitors during the winter high season, November to February. With some of the best all-around sport fishing in the world and every water sport imaginable, Cabo is the ultimate destination for travelers looking for outdoor adventure.

There are three districts in “Cabo”:

  1. San Jose del Cabo, the “Old Town”, which is nearest to the airport. San Jose has old Mexico charm and some shining new resorts.
  2. Cabo San Lucas, the “Main Town”, which is 20-some miles form the airport, and the entertainment hub of Cabo. The famous arch is in Cabo San Lucas.
  3. The Corridor, the highway which connects San Jose and Cabo San Lucas, which is now lined with golf courses, condos and resorts situated along the coastline.

By night, Cabo San Lucas is one of the hottest party towns in Mexico with a glittering nightlife and a plethora of dining options that make energetic Cabo San Lucas an all-time favorite. Also called Cabo San “Loco” or just plain “Cabo”, the town’s reputation as the wild party center of the Baja Peninsula has brought fame and infamy to its many bars and nightclubs.

Get in

Fly to Cabo San Lucas

If you’ll be staying for more than a day (e.g., not as a passenger on a cruise ship), flying is the preferred means of travel to Cabo. The regional airport, Los Cabos International Airport  , (624) 146-5111, is located outside of San José del Cabo and will take approximately 30–45 minutes to travel to Cabo San Lucas.


For general aviation or private jets, Terminal 2 is used. It has 14 gates: 7-20. Air taxi and air charter companies such as Jetset Charter fly a variety of private charter aircraft and jets, from charter luxury Gulfstreams down to economical piston twins for small groups and individuals.

All the major American airlines fly to the airport, as well as, Aereo Calafia, Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Interjet, Volaris and the Canadian Air Transat & WestJet.

If you plan on arriving to Cabo by plane, a transfer bus is the cheapest method to get to your hotel if you do not plan on renting a car. A reservation for a transfer can be made before arrival and is significantly cheaper than a taxi. There are buses at the airport charging per person for a ride to the resorts of Cabo which can be had without prior reservation. Public bus Ruta Del Desierto is the cheapest means to get to Cabo San Lucas, boarding the bus will be from Terminal 1 (domestic). Bus will stop at Puerto Paraiso Plaza (mall) in Cabo San Lucas. It also services the opposite direction. Boarding is at Puerto Paraiso Mall, the difference is that the bus will stop at both Terminal 1 and 2 (domestic and international passengers, respectively). Cost is M$80 (pesos) per person from Puerto Paraiso to the airport.

Travel by boat to Cabo San Lucas

Cruise ships call very frequently. All must anchor/moor offshore, so passengers must be ferried to shore. Those who plan to arrange independent tours need to consider the time that ferrying takes for tour start, and for tour end to ensure they can return to ship on time.

By bus

Regional bus service is provided by Autotransportes Aguila with frequent departures from La Paz, San José del Cabo and several other nearby cities.  Cabo San Lucas Bus Terminal is on Carr. Todos Santos, north of the city centre.

Get around

Taxis are readily available and rates are negotiable.

One of the best and most exciting ways to travel around Cabo is to rent a BMW motorcycle. Cabo BMW Rentals rents BMW motorcycles as well as scooters and they will provide helmets. You can ride north out of the tropics to Los Barriles which is a great stop for a bite to eat or walk on the beach. It’s called the “Cabo Loop” which consists of a 320-km (200-mile) paved ride, starting in Cabo San Lucas and going through the larger cities of San José del Cabo, Los Barriles, Todos Santos and returns to Cabo San Lucas.

There are many car rental agencies in Los Cabos, most of which have names familiar to travelers in the Americas. If you are staying in a villa or plan on many day-trips that are not covered by a resort or timeshare shuttle, then a rental will likely be the most cost effective.

Sightseeing in Cabo San Lucas

Filled with natural landmarks and a number of prominent monuments, the city of Cabo San Lucas has plenty of character, particularly around its coastline. From January to March, a must see is the whales, they come to Cabo during this period of time and many boats can take you out to sea to watch them. In early March, they are particularly abundant.

  • Land’s End— Known for its exceptional views and photo taking opportunities, this area is comprised of a large cluster of rock formations that were carved into fantastic shapes by wind and sea. During low tide, many visitors like to walk here along Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach) because it allows for a better view of an eroded passageway called the Arch of Poseidon. You can also observe Los Frailes, two rock islets that are frequented by sea lions.
  • Church of San Lucas (Iglesia de San Lucas). Boasting many original features, this church, almost 300 years old, has been well maintained.
  • Cultural Center (Casa de la Cultura). Features a tall mirador tower and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and overlooks all of Cabo.

What to do in Cabo San Lucas

Scuba Diving & Watersports

Scuba diving Is especially good in Cabo, because you can watch the sandfalls under the water. It is an amazing spectacle provided by nature. If you are looking for something more relaxed perhaps you want to go to Lover’s Beach or to one of the multiple romantic restaurants in Cabo. Cabo is also a good surfing destination, since many of the beaches on the east cape road pick up the southern swells. The beaches are accessible through the coastal road on the way to cabo pulmo. Particularly, shipwrecks beach is a favorite spot during the summer months.

  • Cabo SubmarineThis is an easy way to see the fish and aquarium world without getting wet. The office is in the marina, and they have special pricing for contacting them directly from the website. The Semi Submersible is 18 m (60 feet) long and air conditioned.
  • Picante Bluewater SportsPuerto Paraiso Local 39-A Cabo San Lucas ,   American-owned with English-speaking crews; yachts ranging in size from 24′ to 68′. Prices start from US$325-3850.
  • Cabo Surf Safari.  Lessons available courtesy of professional surfing instructors. Surf tours are arranged with hotel pick-up and lunch included.
  • JT WatersportsThey offer parasailing, wave runners, kayaks and snorkeling. They also have a sunset cruise that will take you out to explore Lovers Beach or “El Arco”. They have new top of the line equipment and they are completely mobile, so they can cater to your needs anywhere in the East Cape area of Baja California Sur. They are on Playa Medano in Cabo San Lucas.

Fishing

Cabo is known around the world as a top fishing destination. The meeting of the waters of the Pacific ocean and the Sea of Cortez creates a nutrient rich environment where sport fish thrive. Marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado and wahoo are the most commonly targeted species. Cabo boasts one of the largest sport fishing charter fleets in Mexico. Charters range from pangas, open “semi-dorry” type skiffs, to 18 m (60 foot) or more luxury sport fishing yachts. Prices for a day of fishing start around US$175 for 5-hour panga trips, from US$450 for 8-hour trips on 26-30 footers and into the US$1,000 to $5,000 per day for boats from 34–60 feet.

  • Minerva’s Baja Tackle and Charters, toll-free: +1 888 480-7826 (from US & Canada) English speaking crews, boats ranging in size from 31′ to 40′ with bare boat or all-inclusive rates. Charter prices run from US$600 to $900.
  • Checkmate Sportfishing.  31′ Bertram. Charter rates from US$475. English-speaking crew.
  • Slippery Lizzard Sportfishing ,   Upscale charter boats and sportfishing yachts from 28′ – 68′. Full service charters with everything included (licenses, bait, drinks, beer, ice, lunches, tackle and equipment) with rates from US$550 for a full 8 hr day. English speaking crews and American guides.

Cruises

  • Reggae Jungle Cruise Continental breakfast, snorkeling, lunch and whale watching while cruising along two different reefs that are astoundingly beautiful. Children under 10 go free.
  • Jazz and Wine Tour aboard the Tropicat ,   Sail the Pacific on a large sailing catamaran. Enjoy a breathtaking sunset while listening to the contemporary jazz music. International bar serves premium wines and hor d’ouvres.

Other activities

  • ATV offroad adventures ,   One of the more popular ways to see and explore Cabo. Discover the sights from the seat of an ATV or a mountain bike, on a guided tour through sand dunes, desert, mountain and beach. Half-day trip costs US$85 and includes an ATV or mountain bike, rappelling gear, expert tour guide, rappel instructor, energy bars, all beverages and round trip transportation in an air conditioned van.
  • Sierra Buggies (Road Runner Tour), Calle Nopal 19 Colonia Magisterial.  9AM and 2PMBuggy rides in the Boca de la sierra mountain range along mountain trails lined with all kinds of cacti and rocky dry river beds that will test your driving skills, and onto to one of the few UNESCO protected biosphere reserves in México and a swim in one of the Sierra’s hidden freshwater pools. US$230 double and US$150 single.
  • The Cabo San Lucas Glass FactoryA really fun place for the entire family to visit. Touring the glass factory, you get to witness a first hand glimpse into the centuries-old art of glass blowing.

Shopping in Cabo San Lucas

With boutiques as easy to come by in Cabo as restaurants, its a shoppers delight.

The plazas of Puerto Paraiso Shopping and Entertainment Plaza and the adjacent Marina Cabo San Lucas offer a variety of shops and goods with an affable ambiance.

Shoppes At Palmilla offer a selection of high-end boutiques. The stores here include day spas, art galleries, fine restaurants, coffee shops, an amazing bakery and homemade crafts.

  • San Jose del Cabo features traditional Mexican speciality stores which offer furniture, hand blown glass, ceramics, artwork, cigars and local souvenirs.
  • Die Trying, Plaza Naútica, Loc. # A7, tel 143-5388. For something other than your standard tourist t-shirt, try Die Trying for fun, quirky line of men’s, women’s and children’s t-shirts and casual wear.
  • Golden Cactus GalleryHidalgo street (corner Zapata, one block from Wyndham Tesoro Hotel) ,   M – F: 12-7PMThe Golden Cactus Gallery opened in 1997 as a fine art gallery and artist studio. The gallery showcases hundreds of works of art from artists from Baja, Mexico, USA and Canada. In 2009, the gallery was acquired by long-time resident Marie Celyne Poupart.

Where to eat in Cabo San Lucas

  • Alexander’s RestaurantBlvd. Marina s/n (On the Cabo San Lucas Marina at the Plaza Bonita Mall).  It’s hard to miss this lively restaurant that is always packed and upon dining here, you’ll understand why it has maintained its popularlity for so long. With the chef combining French-influenced cuisine of Swiss origin with hints of the tropics and Mediterranean, the menu offers something for just about any palate and craving. Be sure to try the shrimp tempura with a Thai coconut-chile sauce, its taste and freshness will satisfy.
  • La Casa del Dorado.  Charming family run Mexican and seafood restaurant.
  • Peacocks restaurat (grupo Mi Casa)Peacock’s Restaurant – a European restaurant in Cabo, the food is just delicious!
  • Brasil Brazilian Steak houseA buffet style steak house. Good for large groups.
  • La DolceItalian restaurant and pizzeria serving authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of Cabo. Open for dinner only and contains standard Italian fare. Also located in San Jose del Cabo.
  • AmaroneWith a variety of Italian apertifs on offer, Amarone offers a traditional Italian vibe, complete with the Italian chef at the helm. All pastas are hand-made as are bread and all desserts. Expect to spend about US$35 per person.
  • Restaurante Mi CasaAv. Cabo San Lucas s/n.  Popular Mi Casa is well-known for its Mexican dining experience and provides a taste of old Mexico. The atmosphere is friendly and funky and the staff are efficient and quick. The restaurant does allow street vendors to peddle their fares at your table though.
  • El PatioMexican food located at Presidente Intercontinental in San Jose Cabo.
  • El CoralMexican and seafood. Oldest restaurant in Cabo. On the west end of the main street. Good prices and good food.
  • La Casa CountryMexican food. The best fajitas in town. Line dancing show included.
  • Mariscos de Mazatlan (on the right (west), south bound, between the airport and Cabo on the main highway). Very good seafood with good value pricing. It has an open-air palapa at least in part.
  • Tacqueria MarissaTasty steak tacos and the best condiments to accompany them, including whole roasted jalapenos, caramelized onions, guacamole, and every color and variety of salsa imaginable. Great to meet the locals as well.
  • Nikk SanSome of the freshest sushi in the area. Make sure to sit at the sushi bar and ask the sushi chef what is good that night.
  • Brown´s Private Services ,   Butler and Chef Services bring great dining to you in the privacy and luxury of your vacation villa or condo in Los Cabos.
  • Poncho’sHidalgo & Emiliano Zapata (downtown Cabo).  Great Mexican/Sea food and the largest collection of Tequilas in the world with over 500 labels.
  • Nikki Beach.  Poolside dining featuring international cuisine. Live DJs on weekends.

Drink

  • No Worrys Bar & GrillBlvd. Marina, E/V. Guerrero and Madero.  Located inside the 27-m (90-foot) lighthouse at Cabo San Lucas Marina, it offers a single VIP table at the top of the lighthouse tower. Well known for their relaxed attitude, sizzling sauces, awesome food, outdoor grill and deck seating. The second floor lava lounge provides private window seating and marina views.
  • Mango Deck Beach ClubIf you’re looking for a “Spring Break” type atmosphere with bass-thumping music and bikini clad girls dancing on stage for a bucket of beer, then the Mango Deck is your spot. However, be mindful that the drinking age in Mexico is 18 and most of those girls on stage (especially in the summer) are pre-college high schoolers either on spring break or celebrating graduation. Adults may find The Office more appropriate.
  • The OfficeLocated right next door to the Mango Deck, The Office is a more adult setting offering big blue umbrellas to shield you from the sun and an assortment of appetizers to accompany your margarita or Modelo Especial. With tables and chairs right in the sand, the office has become a famous watering hole in Cabo. The Office does not allow beach vendors to solicit you at your table.
  • Slim’s Elbo RoomJust down the street from the Giggling Marlin. Hole in the wall so it’s easy to missSize does matter at this bar, which claims to be the world’s smallest bar with four seats only and standing room for two. Drinks are served straight up as well as beer. Visitors like to tack a dollar to the wall with a stamp that says ‘I was here’.
  • The Giggling MarlinGotta check it out. They hang you upside down by your ankles and you drink a shot. Great lunch and dinner menu. Try the fish tacos and house-made salsa!
  • El Squid RoeThe best bar in the town. Loud, obnoxious, but thats why it’s fun. Very touristy; people of all ages get up on tables and dance. Cocktail waitresses walk around with a whistle in their mouth to get your attention while they sell jello shots. This bar is multi-level and plays a variety of music. Very popular bar; if others are not hoppin’ this one will be!
  • Cabo WaboOwned by Sammy Hagar, who performs occasionally, Cabo Wabo is famed for consistently providing patrons with a good time. They play the rock loud, and with attitude, but thankfully the staff are friendly and quick to serve.
  • Pink KittyWay too similar to a metro US city club scene. Go somewhere with more character.
  • Poncho’sHidalgo & Emiliano Zapata (downtown Cabo).  Great Mexican and seafood and the largest collection of Tequilas in the world with over 500 labels.
  • Two For The Road (Live Jazz Spot), Hotel Tesoro ~ Cabo San Lucas (On the Marina Facing M-O Dock) ,   8PM to MidnightA Jazz Night Spot for the over 30 crowd and for those searching for a place to go in Cabo, either before or after dinner to enjoy great cocktails, wine and Jazz Martinis with sophisticated live entertainment and pleasant conversation. Unique ambience and intimate Jazz Night Spot like no other in Cabo San Lucas located on the Marina side of The Hotel Tesoro Monday through Saturday, 8PM to midnight. Live music nightly, 9PM to midnight. It is located between Solomon’s Landing & “No Worry’s” Lighthouse Restaurant. Validated one hour free parking in Hotel Tesoro parking lot.
  • Happy Ending Cantina (Rated the Best Bar in Cabo), Marina Blvd 22 (Between Cabo Wabo & Hard Rock).  10AM-3AMHappy Ending is located on the “50 yard line” in the middle of Cabo’s action. Cheap drinks. Three bars, stripper poles, beer pong tables, pool tables, dancing, music, satellite TV for sporting events, delicious food all day and all night, cleanest bathrooms in Mexico, handicap access. ATM on the premises. Opens at 10:00 and closes at 3AM everyday. Best in Cabo.
  • FlavorMarina Blvd s/n Las Cardenas (In front of Burger King, Between Las Quesadillas and Pink Kitty).  11AM-mdnightInternational cuisine with global influence. Beautiful ambience and design. Great venue for dinner with family, friends, or dates. Kids under 10 not recommended.
  • The Usual SuspectsMain Street across Puerto Paraiso Mall.  The Usual Suspects is the only bar with a High Definition 100 inch screen in Cabo showing every NFL, NHL game, PPV, etc. Its oval shaped bar invites everybody to meet everybody, friendly and English speaking bartenders, clean bathrooms and a dance floor under the stars will make your Cabo nights unforgettable.
  • UNOMASThe best margaritias in Cabo. The drinks are US$3.50 each and beers are US$2. The beers are cold and the company is warm and friendly. This place is hard to find but a great place to hang out. Owned by Fernando and Gina, also the bar tenders, these two ensure the success of the bar by tasting, with their own straw of course, every drink prior to serving them. This ensures that their mix is always right.
  • The Sandbar (Next to the Office). Very nice place to spend a day on the beach drinking cold Pacificos (sold in an ice filled bucket) People are very nice and the service is great.

Where to stay in Cabo San Lucas

Budget

  • Cabo Inn, 20 de Noviembre and Leona Vicario, Cabo San Lucas 23410 – A charming, bohemian and clean hotel with communal kitchen, BBQ, and a small rooftop pool. The management are friendly and helpful, and the guests tend to be as well. It is a few blocks from the beach, marina, and many of the drinking establishments. The two “honeymoon suites” are double the price of the average room here but still a bargain. There are large open air palapas, one of which has a private jacuzzi.
  • Seven Crown Hotel, Blvd. Lazaro Cardenas y 16 de Septiembre | Col. Centro – Nestled in between a gas station, a liquor store, and a strip club. Across the street is the hospital. Has four locations. A great deal, its the closest hotel to all the bars, and you can just walk to the Riu Resort and get free drinks every day.

Mid-Range

  • Casa Piedra.  Within the Cabo Pulmo Marine Park. An all native stone house with a palm frond (palapa) roof, located with the Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, directly on a white sand beach. It has 2100 sq ft of living space with an equal amount of outdoor patios.
  • El Nido Hacienda Escondida, Road towards Sunset Beach | Blvd. Miguel Angel Herrera & Callejon el Dorado, Cabo San Lucas 23450 – Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, three blocks away from the original town square and five blocks away from the marina. Six spacious decorated rooms, each with its own bathroom, are located around a central courtyard. Full breakfast, jacuzzi, gardens, roof-top sun deck, barbecue facilities, and a spectacular sunrise-sunset vista. There is also a beauty salon on premises.
  • Royal Solaris Los CabosBoulevard San Jose Mz. 22 Lote 10, Zona Hotelera, 23400 San José del Cabo, B.C.S..  Blvd San Jose Lote #10 Campo de Golf, Z.H. . 390 rooms Mexican hacienda-style resort a five-story building in a U-shaped enclosing gardens and pools. Unlimited meal and beverages in 5 restaurants. Dinner shows and theme nights. 3 pools with heather system (including relaxes & kids pools). Spa and beauty salon. Beach front and indoor jacuzzi. Fitness center. Tennis and basketball courts, also beach volleyball court. Scuba diving demo at the diving pool. Kids club & Mini Water park. Weekly activities program for all ages. $ 150 USD Double occupancy.
  • Marina Sol ,   One block from Medano Beach and the Marina and just two blocks from Downtown Cabo. Marina Sol offers one to five bedroom condos with partial ocean, pool &courtyard, and town & sunset views. Family oriented condominium resort.
  • RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas, Camino Viejo a San Jose, Cabo San Lucas 23410 – Has impressive architecture and 642 deluxe rooms are set in a spectacular enclave facing one of Los Cabo’s famous landmarks. Amenities include mini-bar and liquor dispenser, while some suites boast hydro-massage bathtubs and a jacuzzi on the terrace. This resort includes all-inclusive holidays, with facilities and a full range of sports and leisure alternatives, and on-site dining. The hotel was just certified an AAA Four-diamond hotel.
  • Tesoro Resorts Los Cabos, Marina Lotes 9Y10, Col Centro, Telephone: US/Canada: 1 866 998 3767 or Mexico:1 800 837 6767. All inclusive Mexico resort hotel. Looks onto the marina, lighthouse or the Sea of Cortés from your balcony. No airport shuttle service. Internet, fitness center, spa, activities desk, large pool, parking, air conditioning. All inclusive packages are offered.

High-End

  • Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf & SpaCarretera Transpeninsular, km 10.3.  249 rooms and suites with private balconies overlooking the hotel’s private beach and the Sea of Cortez. Guests can enjoy five swimming pools, a fitness center, the SOMMA WineSPA, a variety of on-site restaurants, and a championship golf course.
  • Pueblo Bonito PacificaCabo Pacifica S/N ,   This oceanfront, boutique adults-only resort with minimalist style sits by itself on a rugged 4-km (2.5-mi) stretch of sand beach on the Pacific side of Cabo.
  • Marquis Los CabosCarretera Transpeninsular Km. 21.5 (In the Corridor between El Dorado and Cabo Real golf courses) ,  fax+52-624-144-2001 Ocean view, contemporary Mexican decor. Junior suite, master suite or cabana (casita) with private pool.
  • ME CaboPlaya El Medano.  ME Cabo steps down to the sea, its 150 rooms and suites arranged in a terraced embrace of free-form pools and gardens, Bali beds and sunshine.
  • Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & SpaCarretera Transpeninsular, KM 18.5, Cabo San LucasOpen-air hacienda-style architecture offers spacious suites in varying sizes, all with ocean views from your private, furnished terrace. Twice daily maid service, premium stocked mini-bar, and satellite TV. Three pools, two with swim up bars, one snack bar, a full-service spa and fitness center, and five restaurants, plus lounges. Nearby, eight championship golf courses.
  • Melia Cabo RealCarretera Transpeninsular km 19.5
  • Playa del Sol Los CabosKm 29, Carr Tranpeninsular HighwayPlaya del Sol Los Cabos is on a white sand beach. Exclusive beach club environment.
  • Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf ResortCarretera Transp. Km. 19.5.  Featuring one of the only swimmer-friendly beaches in town, this resort was designed to reflect the Spanish heritage of Mexico, featuring tiled roofs and a hacienda-style courtyard with a large, elevated cascading pond.
  • Marquis Los CabosCarr Transpeninsular Km 21.5 (Los Cabos, Baja California Sur).  Hotel and resort overlooking the Sea of Cortes, featuring oceanfront suites, spa, dining, meeting/event facilities, seaside pools.
  • Prana del Mar Retreat & Wellness CenterPlayas Migriño, Carretera a Todos Santos, KM 105.  This boutique eco-resort focuses primarily on yoga retreats, yoga vacations, and spa holidays. 15 rooms and suites, swimming pool and hot tub, delicious cuisine, solar-powered, very serene.

Ultra High-End

  • The Resort at PedregalCamino Del Mar 1, toll-free: +1 844-733-7342 A five-star resort featuring villas with private plunge pools, restaurants, a full-service spa and elegant beachfront space for weddings and meetings. This resort is set on a private beach near the downtown retail district.
  • Las Ventanas Al ParaisoKM 19.5 Carretera Transpeninsular, San Jose del Cabo ,  fax+52 624 1442801 World famous five-star resort that offers expansive suites, spa, meeting and wedding facilities, horseback riding, sailing, surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
  • Esperanza, An Auberge Resort Carretera Transpeninsular km 7 Manzana 10, Punta Ballena Cabo San Lucas BCS Mexico 23410  . Five-star Auberge Baja-style resort featuring 50 oceanview casitas and six luxury suites with large outdoor terraces and Sea of Cortez views. Luxurious touches include fine linens, plush robes and over-sized bathrooms.
  • One and Only Palmilla .5 carretera Transpeninsular SJC – CSL, San José del Cabo, ☎ +52 624 146-7000. This five-star resort is a splurge, but well worth it with exceptional accommodations all with ocean views, and an exceptional golf course.

Stay safe in Cabo San Lucas

Do not beach walk at the water’s edge on the Pacific side. This area is very treacherous, and huge waves can come ashore with little to no notice. This danger does not end at the “El Arco” point, but extends to all south-facing beaches as well, including the Pueblo Bonito and Riu Palace resorts.

As a general note, avoid back alleyways, especially at nighttime. Watch for pick pockets in the nightlife areas. Only accept rides from licensed taxi drivers. Also, the city had the highest murder rate in the world in 2017.

Go next

The main beach of Cabo San Lucas, called “El Medano” (Medano Beach) is located near the marina in the bay. On the beach there are some great places to eat and drink including The Office, along with many others most of the places have outdoor tables on the beach. The beach overlooks Lands End. You can also take a ride to Lands End by boat and also Lover’s Beach, one of the best beaches in the world.

Explore small towns surrounding Cabo: San José del Cabo, Todos Santos and La Paz are rich with history and make a great excursion. The nearby town of Todos Santos is a perfect side trip from Cabo. Todos Santos is a small community with approximately 4000 people. The town is filled with art and culture. The town is a tribute to the Eagles ‘Hotel California’, with its old colonial architecture and centuries old monastery one is transported back through time to a land of mystery and adventure. Stop at Elias Calles on your way home and pick a basket of organic strawberries.

La Paz is an old Mexican port with an ‘old Baja’ feel. It features in John Steinbeck’s novel The Pearl based on a Mexican folk tale about the areas most valuable natural resource. Its anthropology museum offers insights into the first inhabitants, 10,000 years ago. You can also see rock paintings dating back to these early settlers.

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    Woman in Bikini at Cabo San Lucas Mexico

  • Woman in Bikini at Cabo San Lucas Mexico

Former founder of Asiarooms.com and now reporting mainly on the Asia Pacific region and the global Coronavirus crises in countries such as Thailand, Germany & Switzerland. Born near Cologne but lived in Berlin during my early teenage years. A longterm resident of Bangkok, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon and Phuket. A great fan of Bali, Rhodes & Corfu. Now based on Mallorca, Spain.

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Rosarito | Covid-19 Travel Restrictions | Lockdown | Coronavirus Outbreak Baja California

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Spring Break at Rosarito Beach with sexy woman dancers

Rosarito is a Municipality in Baja CaliforniaMexico.

Travel to Rosarito

First thing, buy liability insurance. This can be purchased online or at numerous agencies at the border in San Ysidro. If you don’t buy it, have fun in jail. Even if the accident is not your fault, you will be held until that’s cleared. Even if you hit livestock on the road, you the driver are at fault. Liability ensures the cow’s owner is compensated. Also, arrive early most check=in times are around eleven and on busy holiday it will be very hard to find a room. The mexican cops prey on american plates so go early.

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Rosarito Beach is easily accessed via a toll road that runs along the Pacific Ocean. The drive around Tijuana can be daunting. Follow the signs on the freeway, but be careful the signs usually appear only at the turnoffs. Don’t expect any notices before the turnoffs.

When returning there is an unmarked u-turn in Tijuana you need to take to get back to the United States. It’s at an interchange next to a Pemex station. Look for a line of cars with American plates making a u-turn.

If you don’t want to drive in, there are buses from Tijuana.

For about US$15 you can take a taxi to Rosarito. Some Taxi Drivers may charge more, though.

There are 2 main roads to Rosarito coming from Tijuana/San Diego.

The Toll Road (Mexico 1D – Cuota) is much easier and faster on getting to Rosarito. After crossing the border get into the 3rd lane (counting out from the median), in about 100 meters you’ll be on an overpass and a 4th lane will bring on merging traffic, move over to the 4th lane and an offramp to the right will take you to the Via International/Carretera Mexico 1D. This is the main highway to take you to Rosarito, Ensenada, and the western part of Tijuana (Las Playas). If you keep your eye out for signs that indicate any of these three locations it is easier to drive in Mexico, but remember that the toll (cuota) and free (libre) route often split from the same road so may careful attention to the signs to avoid taking the wrong road. The toll cost will be about M$30 (about US$2.50) each way.

The Free Road (Mexico 1 – Libre) goes through Tijuana and can be harder to follow.

One of the best ways to visit Rosarito Beach is by going on a one day tour from San Diego. You can call Five Star Tours at 619 232 5040.

Get around Rosarito

The whole tourist industry lies on Benito Juarez, the main street in town. There’s plenty of taxis as well. You’re never without friends or drinking buddies as long as you have cash.

What to do in Rosarito

  • The Rosarito-Ensenada Bike Ride twice a year in April and October, is a “fun ride” 80 km (50 miles) along the coast and a few miles inland. Up to 10,000 riders participate in the ride, which ends with cervezas (beer) in Ensenada.
  • California Motorsport Adventours Off-road adventure tours for people of all riding abilities. Everyone welcome: families, couples, friends, single riders, bachelor and corporate groups. Full day excursions or longer tours available also. Ride in the dunes and then enjoy a guided adventure into the surrounding mountain trails. Contact the office for reservations.

Eat

If you go to Rosarito for food a must stop is Puerto Nuevo located just 8 minutes south of Rosarito. This small town offers more than 35 restaurants all serving Lobsters. This style of lobster can be found throughout Baja called “Puerto Nuevo Style”

La Flor de Michoacan, on the north side of town on Benito Juarez, has a well-deserved reputation with tourists and locals alike. This restaurant is known for its carnitas (simmered and fried pork) dinners served family style with rice, beans, pico de gallo, fresh guacamole, and steaming, fresh tortillas wrapped in cloth and served in a basket. The restaurant also has a full bar and serves margaritas made with real strawberries. Carnitas plates are served two different ways. Mixed pork includes tripe and other pieces many do not find appetizing. If this is you, shell out the extra couple dollars and get the solid pork. You’ll be hard-pressed to spend more than US$10 a person, even with a pitcher or two of margaritas. The building is hard to miss, an imposing brick structure on a corner with a stop sign. Look for the word “CARNITAS” on top.

  • Cha Cha CafeKm.31 Blvd. Popotla, La Barca, Rosarito Beach. (2 miles south of the Rosarito Beach Hotel.).  7am-4pmRosarito’s place to enjoy Food, Coffee, Desserts, People and Music. Take out and Delivery Available. Monday -Sunday.

Fresh sea food right off the boat, head south on the old road, at the Fox studios, there is a fishing village on the south side of the complex, about twenty restaurants, lots of locals and traffic on Sundays! Park on the main road and walk in. Food is very good, but if you expect American restaurant standards be aware, you are in Mexico. Walk around, don’t go in the first one, lots of English-speaking deported Mexicans trying to get you into their restaurant.

  • The Mongolian GrillCarretera Libre Tij-Ens Km.30 (2 miles south of Rosarito Beach Hotel).  11:30AM-8:30PMMongolian BBQ (select your meats, fresh veggies and seasonings). Weekly specials like Korean tacos and Thai coconut curry with chicken, shrimp, and bamboo shoots. US$6.75 + tax.
  • Nonnies Italian RestaurantKm. 31.5 Blvd. Popotla, La Barca, Popotla (2.5 miles south of Rosarito Beach Hotel).  11 am – 8 pmDelicious, reasonably priced! Spaghetti & meatballs, fettucine, pizza, salads, and a great view! Call ahead for to go orders – your food will be ready when you arrive. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Open for “Spring Break fast” Fri, Sat, Sun at 7AM economical.

The history of Puerto Nuevo – in the 1950s and early 1960s this was a little fishing village where Americans would meet local guides at the billboard off the road. That billboard was for Newport Cigaretts – Puerto Nuevo is Newport in Spanish. This is the likely derivation of the name. One day the wife of a fisherman starting cooking the fish her husband and his clients caught… and the restaurant business was born. That original restaurant is known as #2 (this has to do with the lot numbering system); #1 was the second restaurant in town. Also, there are 8 restaurants in town with the name Ortegas. They are related and the competition is not all that friendly. Puerto Nuevo is a fun stop – the lobster is good – and you have plenty of choices for food, shopping and people watching!

Going out for a Drink in Rosarito

The Beachcomber lies in the central part of town in a resort village. The resort village is gated, so you’ll have to park in the lot outside of the gate and take a small walk. If the guard asks at the gate where you’re going, just say you’re getting drinks at the bar, you don’t have to have a house there to drink. The bar has a patio right next to the beach, making it the perfect place to drink a beer or margarita and watch the sunset. There is also access to the beach here as well. While the drinks aren’t the cheapest in town, they aren’t overpriced, and you’re not going to pay a cover.

For a big club experience, check out Papas & Beer  . Papas & Beer is a large club in the heart of Rosarito. Although the drinks are overpriced for the area they are cheap compared to US prices. There’s usually a cover, and sometimes a line, but the positive side is that if you are looking to dance, meet new people and have some cervezas, you will find what you are looking for here.

Where to stay in Playas de Rosarito

Rosarito Beach is a fast-growing town. With that growth comes growing pains! For this reason, it is best to avoid all high-rises and accommodations in downtown Rosarito. Loud music coming from the clubs is a persistent problem that tourists face when they try to go to sleep every night. The best bet is for people to go to privately owned Villas or Condos or Houses. Listings of all three types are plentiful and readily found everywhere.

  • Rosarito Luxury Penthouse Garden Floor Luxury 2 bedroom, 2 bath penthouse. Large balcony overlooking the beach. There is a circular bar as well as a kitchen, spa and pool nearby.
  • Villa Bonita Vista 3 Bd 4.5 bath vacation rental in Bajamar. Villa Bonita Vista is located on the 7th green of the Los Lagos Course with ocean and golf course views. Bajamar is in Ensenada.
  • Rosarito Beach HotelBlvd. Benito Juarez 31.  Built in 1925, this classic establishment is perfect for younger couples looking to have a great time in Rosarito. It has multiple pools and jacuzzis, and is situated right on the beach. There are numerous restaurants and bars in the hotel, and guests are given vouchers upon check-in so that they may enjoy a certain amount of free meals and drinks. If tranquility and relaxation are what you have in mind, this is not the place for you. Due to the fact that it is centrally located amongst Rosarito’s downtown area on Benito Juarez, the music from the clubs is audible until 4 AM, and the bass will shake the hotel, making it hard for those guests who are not out partying to fall asleep. If you are looking to go clubbin, let loose, and catch some sun during the day, however, this is the place for you.
  • SeaSide Reservations Rosarito BeachA great selection of Baja California vacation rentals to fit every group size and budget, with properties in Brisas del Mar, Calafia Resort, La Elegancia, Pacifica at Ensenada Bay, Playas de Tijuana, Ricamar, Rosarito Shores, San Antonio Del Mar, Santa Barabara at Baja Mar, The Park At Malibu, and Villa Serena Condos.
  • Casa El Jardin (Bed & Breakfast), Emiliano Zapata St. #600, Rosarito Beach, BC (Col. Reforma. A Few blocks down from Wal-mart Shopping Center).
  • Las Rocas Resort & Spa, Toll Free Road Tijuana-Ensenada Km 38.5, 1 888 527 7622 or 1 866 445 8909,  . 72 ocean front rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, Holistic Spa, Ballroom and Gardens.
  • Bobbys Baja by the Sea – One of the nicer places to stay in Rosarito Beach is Bobbys Baja – just North of Puerto Nuevo’s lobster village. Bobbys is a condo resort – so all the units have a kitchen and they are a lot more spacious than a hotel room. There are really nice – which is something one cannot say about some of the local hotels.

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Culiacán | Covid-19 Travel Restrictions | Lockdown | Coronavirus Outbreak

Wolfgang Holzem

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Culiacán (Culiacán Rosales) is a city in Sinaloa, Mexico. It is rarely visited by foreign tourists and is heavily underrated as a tourism destination. Almost no guide books on Mexico cover Culiacán, or if they do, they give very brief one-paragraph descriptions at most. However, Culiacán is very well-known by Mexicans for its distinct sinaloense culture.

Understand

Culiacan is a large city located almost in the geographic center of the state of Sinaloa, about 900 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border. Locals of Culiacán are known as culichis (Similarly, natives of Guadalajara are known as tapatios.).

Culiacán is famous for producing some of the best-known norteño and banda musical groups in Mexico, including Los Buitres de Culiacán, Los Bukanas de Culiacán, Larry Hernandez, Los Buchones de Culiacán.

Culiacán is dry for most of the year, except for the wet season which lasts from July to September.

Get in

By plane

Volaris offers three daily flights from Tijuana to Culiacán. A one-way ticket costs about $100 USD. There are also Volaris flights to Culiacán from Guadalajara and Mexico City.

Travel by train to Culiacán

By car

Mexican Federal Highway 15 (Carretera Federal 15) connects Culiacán to cities in Sonora state such as Nogales, Hermosillo, Guaymas, Ciudad Obregón, and Navojoa (from north to south), as well as Los Mochis, Guasave, Guamúchil, Mazatlan, Tepic, and Guadalajara. Toll booths and checkpoints are stationed throughout the highway.

By bus

The Culiacán bus station is a major hub offering connections to various small towns around the state of Sinaloa. There are regular buses to Culiacán from Los Mochis, Mazatlan, Hermosillo, and Guadalajara.

By boat

The port of Altata is a tourist beach town directly to the west of Culiacán. By car, it is about 50 km or 1 hour from Culiacán.

Get around

Taxis are plentiful in the Centro.

By car

  • AGA Rent a Car, Av. Camaron Sabalo #312-A, Zona Dorada,  . AGA Rent-A-Car has been renting vehicles to travelers and local renters since 1989. Its first location opened in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, and it has since expanded to serve Los Mochis and Culiacán, with locations both at the airport and in town.

What to see and do

  • Plazuela Alvaro Obregón — The city’s main square, the Plazuela has many acrobats, artists, and musicians entertaining passersbys.
  • Catedral Basilica de Nuestra Señora del RosarioAv Dr. Ruperto Paliza (Directly south of the Plazuela Alvaro Obregón). The city’s main cathedral
  • La Lomita (Temple of Our Lady of Guadalupe). This church is situated on the top of a hill directly to the south of the Zona Centro. It offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city of Culiacán, and the sierras surrounding it. From the Plazuela Alvaro Obregón, take a bus that with a placard saying “Lomita” on its front window, and tell the bus driver to stop at La Lomita. It should take you south along Bulevar Alvaro Obregón.
  • Capilla de Jesús MalverdeThis is the most well-known site in Culiacán. This chapel is dedicated to Jesús Malverde, a bandit who was executed in 1909 who has since become venerated as a folk saint by locals. Narcotraffickers and migrants alike visit this shrine to pay homage to Malverde, hoping for a successful journey up north. Malverde is often called “El Santo de los Narcotraficantes,” although the chapel operators will say that he is far more than that. Plaques thanking Malverde adorn the chapel. The owner and operator of the shrine is Jesús (“Chuy”) Manuel González, son of Eligio González (d. 2020), the shrine’s founder. Ironically, the Palacio Estatal (State Government of Sinaloa) lies almost directly in front of the chapel, on the other side of the street. A biographical booklet on Malverde is available for M$50 (pesos).
  • Malecón — Playgrounds and picnic tables abound on this beautiful and carefully maintained greenbelt which runs along the banks of the Río Tamazula.
  • Museo de Arte de Sinaloa (MASIN), Calle Gral. Rafael BuelnaThis museum has many impressionist and modern abstract art pieces produced by artists from all over the state of Sinaloa. Admission M$5.
  • DIFOCURThe cultural center of Culiacán. The complex includes various exhibits and small museums. Events take place often at DIFOCUR.
  • Ayuntamiento de CuliacánCalle Carl. Mariano Escobedo.  Many beautiful murals featuring street scenes in Culiacán and motifs glorifying the sinaloense spirit.
  • Parque RevoluciónThis park has very beautiful fountains. Just to the north of it is a newly erected statue dedicated to the 75th anniversary of XEBL (710 AM, 91.9 FM), one of Sinaloa’s olest radio stations, which has been running since 1936. Live music also plays from the statue.
  • Puente NegroThis bridge is an iconic symbol of Culiacán, and is located at the confluence of the Humaya and Tamazula Rivers, which join together to form the Río Culiacán.   This is comparable to the confluence of the Gombak and Klang Rivers in Kuala Lumpur, as well as the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers in Pittsburgh (forming the Ohio River).
  • Culiacán Zoo
  • Botanical Garden
  • Presa Sanalona

What to do in Culiacán

There are casinos, discos and theaters.

  • Musicians, consisting of norteño, banda, and mariachi bands, can be found on Bulevar Francisco I. Madero (the Mazatlán-Culiacán highway, or the 15) between General Aquilines Serdán and Venustiano Carranza. There are Pemex gas stations at both intersections. Many musicians have rented out buildings, and some of the bandas have their own trailers. The norteño bands tend to congregate around the Madero & Carranza intersection, which is easily recognizable because of the 135-degree bend that Venustiano Carranza makes at the intersection. Norteño bands can also be found at the Mercado Garmendia playing for tips.

Learn

  • Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (UAS)
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Culiacán (ITC) http://www.itculiacan.edu.mx/

Buy

In the centre are many little stores where you can buy anything. There are also malls.

  • Mercado Garmendia

Eat

Budget

  • Restaurant Huy Fong 匯豐餐館 (Rosales #5, Col. Centro; Tel. 715-78-17; 8:30AM – 8PM) is a Chinese restaurant offering very affordable meals for around M$50 or less. It is located just north of the catedral at the intersection of Alvaro Obregon (the main street that runs north-south) and General Antonio Rosales; to the left of Subway. Located in the Centro. The restaurant owners and employees are from the town of Enping in Guangdong province, China.

Mid-range

  • Restaurant China-loaDonato Guerra 160.  Comida China & Sushi, offers an all-you-can-eat buffet for 90 pesos. Located in the Centro.

Where to stay in Culiacán

Budget

  • Hotel SevillaJose Maria Morelos 170 Nte..  Located on Morelos Street (which runs north-south) between Escobedo and Colón, in the Zona Centro. It is in the 170’s block, located on the east side of the sidewalk. The lobby room has a guest computer with Internet, free of charge. Filtered water is also free. Rooms from M$300 per night.

Mid-range

  • Microtel Inn & SuitesA 113-room hotel located in a new developed zone of the city adjacent to the Modern Hospital Angels of Culiacan.
  • Hotel La Quinta Posada RealLocated near the intersection of Francisco I. Madero & Venustiano Carranza Boulevards. From M$500 per night.

Stay safe in Culiacán

Downtown Culiacán is safe to walk around during the daytime and evenings (before midnight). Traveling around the outskits (“colonias”) of Culiacán at night is not recommended.

Traffic in Culiacán can be extremely aggressive, much more so than in many other parts of Mexico. Locals will attribute this to the “sinaloense” attitude, which is stereo-typically aggressive, proud, and boisterous.

Culiacán (along with the town of Badiraguato) is notorious for being the birthplaces and residences of many drug lords and narcotraffickers. Mexicans from other states will often point out that Culiacán is very dangerous to visit. However, overall Culiacán is still much safer than Juarez and many Central American cities. Most deaths occur only among drug cartels and federal armed forces.

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Mahahual (also spelled Majahual) is a city in the municipality of Othón P. Blancothe, state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, a short distance northeast of Belize.

Understand

Mahahual used to be a quiet and friendly small fishing town off the beaten track. However a large cruise ship docking jetty dubbed “Puerto Costa Maya” has been constructed just up the beach. Every day a couple of cruise ships dock and the occupants are disgorged onto the town to drink, shop, swim and ride jet skis and quad bikes. However the further south away from the cruise ship dock you go the quieter the town becomes, so it’s still possible to have a quiet time of it, especially at some of the hotels south of town.

In August 2007, Hurricane Dean landed just north of Mahahual. It heavily damaged the cruise ship dock and destroyed much of the small village. The village was rebuilt, cruise ships returned, and many nice hotels opened.

A new seaside Malecon runs from the main road to the southern end of Mahahual Pueblo. The Malecon is a pedestrian walkway with the beach to the east and businesses to the west. Many nice restaurants and shops line the Malecon. The town has several ATMs: one is in the “Casitas”, a subdivision adjoining the port, at the Mobius internet/DVD rental store; another is located at Luna De Plata, a kilometer south of the pueblo; a third is an HSBC bank ATM within the town’s only Pemex station, 4 kilometers west on the main access road. Cash is still the best option as many times the ATM machines do not work or are out of cash.

If you are looking for quiet tranquil beaches, away from the crowds, drive through Mahahual and continue 4 kilometers along the coastal road. After passing the small bridge of Rio Bermejo (hardly a river, more a small stream connecting the mangrove waters with the ocean) you will find small ecological hotels, restaurants and rental houses, all beachfront. Electricity is generated with solar panels, wind mills and most of the businesses use a generator as a back up. Rain water is captured on roof decks and collected in systerns used tio shower and flushing toilets.

When you arrive at km 15, there is a turn off to the right, take it to either return to Mahahual or continue to Xcalak. If you continue on the beach road, you will find lots of empty bays,only a few rental houses on the road side.

Get in

From the port: Organized tours are also available from a variety of companies. You will not necessarily be over run with the tourists from the cruise ships, when they leave you have this sleepy town to yourself. Things switch quickly from bustle to mellow.

From the airport: ADO bus service is now available to and from Mahahual from either the airport, central station Cancun or the stations in Playa del Carmen. Staying just a few km outside of town will keep you from the majority of the cruise traffic.

Get around

Your best bet is to rent a car. Most travelers land in Cancun. It will take over four hours but do not confuse this area with Cancun. Four hours gets you to an entirely different world.

What to see and do

Beaches

  • Puerto Angel Beach –

Mayan ruins

There are several sites of Classical Period Mayan ruins close enough for a day-visit. Mexican law requires a fee of about US$5 for the use of video cameras at these sites.

  • Chacchoben – Dates to the 3rd-8th centuries. The tallest pyramid rises above the trees and for those physically and psychologically equipped to climb it, offers a view of the countryside. Several smaller ruins at the site may have been the houses of nobles.
  • Kohunlich – A ceremonial center and the capital of a powerful dynasty. The Temple of Masks features five stucco masks with the features of the Sun God, along the its stairs. It also contains the ruins of residences and a ceremonial ball field.
  • Dzibanché – An important city, featuring stone plazas bordered by temple pyramids, including the Temple of the Owl and the Temple of the Cormorants.
  • Ichkabal – Under excavation by INAH since 1995, this vast and important preclassic city, located 30km from Bacalar, will open to the public within the next two years. A “lost” city of gigantic proportions, Ichkabal may be one of the most important discoveries in Mayan archeology in decades.

What to do

There are many tours offered from Costa Maya port and the town of Mahahual to meet all kinds of demands. Enjoy the many resturants and shopping along the sandy beaches located in town. Venture out onto the water with unlimiited water excursions. Enjoy the culture and charm of this small and diverse village.

The barrier reef, which is part of the Meso American Reef, just off shore offers opportunities for snorkeling or scuba diving, and keeps the waters of the Caribbean safe for kayaking. This reef is the 2nd longest barrier reef in the world being just over 900 km long, starting at Puerto Morelos in Mexico, stretching down past to Belize to terminate at Honduras.

  • Nomad DiversScuba Diving in Mahahual, Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Gypsea DiversMalecon (Infront of Nacional Beach Club). Professional Dive and Snorkel Business
  • DreamtimeSouth MaleconProfessional Dive and Snorkel Business
  • Amigos Del Mar Official Cressi Dive Center with top of the line dive equipment. Their customized dive boat fits 14 divers and has racks for 32 tanks. They also have the required official government permits in order to take divers to the Banco Chinchorro Protected National Reserve.
  • Doctor DiveCalle Coronado con Calle Huachinango s/n, Centro, 77976 ,   Dive trips, PADI courses, snorkeling

Water excursions

You can find many water excursions from town, including snorkel and dive tours, catamarans, paddleboards, fishing, jet skis, flyboard, and kayaks.

Beaches

The beaches of Mahahual are often restaurant concessions that provide many services to you. You can find great food and drinks and massages on the beach. The nice sandy beaches provide great swimming and snorkelling opportunities.

  • Yaya Beach (Yaya), Av. Huachinango con Calle Coronado09:00-23:59Bar, restaurant and beach service.

Eat

  • Almaplena Restaurantkm 12,5.  Facing directly on the edge of the Caribbean Sea. The restaurant menu offers mainly Mediterranean cuisine with local influences that incorporate and enhance the best ingredients and regional flavors.
  • Casa del Mar Serves excellent shrimp tacos.
  • El Gritoinside Matan Ka´an hotelreal Mexican food
  • Pizza Papi Pastaavenida paseo del puerto 1095 ,   5:30 pmPizza Papi Pasta is located at Puerto Costa Maya, really Italian food with brick owen wood. Cool service and nice night ambient
  • Tapas BarCapitan MonoEl Delfin are a few of the bars/Restaurants on the Malecon.
  • Travel In’ (Travel Inn), 6km south of Mahahual on the beach roadFantastic and varied international food from a Dutch couple who transplanted to Mahahual some years ago.
  • Restaurant Maya Lunakm 5.2.  Beachfront restaurant south of town. Mix of European and Mexican kitchen with an Indonesian touch. Famous for their stuffed pineapple.
  • Maya Chan BeachKm. 6.5 Carretera Mahahual – Xcalak.  7:00Maya Chan Beach Resort is located minutes south of Puerto Costa Maya. Discover the underwater world through the glass bottom of a Costa Maya kayak tour or the mask of your snorkeling gear. All included. 5.
  • Maramao ResturanteCalle Robalo (Just on the southern part of Mahahual at the side of the local school).  Nice place to eat fresh seafood. Mix of Mexican and Italian dishes with the possibility to eat right on the beach.

Drink

  • La BodeguitaCenter of Mahahual13.00-01.00Sports bar and meeting place for locals who gather here after work to watch their favourite sports game, often a soccer or boxing game. Or to play some pool or darts

Where to stay in Mahahual

  • Almaplena Eco Beach Resort.
  • Arenas HotelBoutique hotel
  • Mahahual Hotel.
  • Cabanas del Tio Phil Carretera Antigua a Xcalak
  • Dreamtime Diving.
  • Margarita del Sol Oceanfront Suites.
  • Maya Luna Hotel.
  • Maya Palms Resort & Dive Center.
  • Mayan Beach Garden B&BKM 21.5 N Camino Costera Rio Indio-Uvero Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11PM.
  • Casa del Cielo de las Estrellas (vacation rental house), km 8.5 Coastal Road Mahahual-Xcalak Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AMsee website for rates.
  • Travel In’ (Travel Inn), 6 km south of Mahahual on the beach roadQuiet and isolated if you want to get away from the noise of Mahahual. Guest house and camping palapa. M$200.
  • Casita DragonflyKm 11 S Camino Costero Mahahual-Xcalak Charming 2 bd., 2 ba. beach house: internet, caretaker, gardens, kayaks, privacy.
  • Hotel Caballo BlancoMalecon lote 1 manzana 12 ,   Beachfront boutique hotel with rooftop pool.

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  • Xcalak – Remote village for Great fishing and diving
  • Chetumal
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