A candid take on Cabo

Unbeknownst to me prior to my first trip to Cabo, it is NOT a prime beach vacation destination. This is not to say that the Cabo area does not have beaches, but the ones that they do have are not particular swimmable most days. Having clarified that, we can get into discussing Cabo's real specialties: the hospitality, the restaurants, the culture, and the adventures.

I have spent a fair amount of time in Cabo throughout the past year and would like to believe that it was enough time to curate a perfected list of recommendations.

Los Cabos, Mexico is split into two areas known as Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. While they are only miles apart geographically, they are worlds apart culturally. The remainder of this blog post will be exclusively about San Jose del Cabo. I will give a brief summary of my opinions on Cabo San Lucas and those opinions should explain why it is not the subject matter of this post. Cabo San Lucas is somewhat comparable to South Padre Island, Texas or Panama City, Florida - a classic senior trip location that is easily accessible, full of partying, slightly affordable, quite trashy, and has at least one McDonald's every five minutes. All of these places have positive attributes in some way or another and they absolutely have a large consumer group that appreciates the aforementioned traits, but I do not fit in that group and that is exactly why I fell in love with San Jose del Cabo.

San Jose del Cabo gives an experience of true Mexican culture, it is full of authentic and unique foods with not a chain restaurant in sight (except that one Dairy Queen downtown but it's easy to overlook), the locals are so welcoming and hospitable wherever you go, and the main part of town is made up of clean streets that are full of vibrant colorful buildings and papel picado strung up all around. It is like a scene straight out of Disney's Coco - so magical.

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