Viva Los Cabos
The Corridor that edges Baja's southernmost coastline has experienced the area's greatest amount of development over the last 10 years. The deep-blue water may look inviting, but with large waves and strong rip currents, many beaches can be treacherous. Bahía Santa María (look for beach access sign near km. 12 marker on Hwy. 1), a horseshoe-shaped cove near the Hotel Twin Dolphin, is not only a protected marine sanctuary but also a good family beach; rent chairs or snorkeling gear from a beachside stand.
Snack time. Felix's (on Hidalgo near Zapata in Cabo; 624/143-4290) has been around since 1958. This family-run cafe serves up traditional Mexican food, from pozole to cabrilla (sea bass) and chiles en nogada.
Find glass treasures. Much of Baja's distinctive Mexican glassware comes from the Glass Factory (call for directions; www.glassfactory.com.mx or 624/143-0255), a five-minute taxi ride from downtown. Tour the factory, watch the artisan glassblowers, then select a set of margarita glasses with cactus stems.
Sail away. Eduardo Padilla runs bay cruises past Lover's Beach, Land's End, and along the Pacific coast aboard the Rissalena (Cabo San Lucas Marina; www.rissalena.com or 624/147-7037), a gleaming 37-foot power catamaran, while his daughter, Laura, serves margaritas and her home-cooked Mexican specialties.
Mi Casa es su casa. Across from the main plaza, Mi Casa (Calle Cabo San Lucas at Madero; 624/143-1933) serves mole poblano and other Mexican specialties. Sit on the large patio, where votive candles illuminate a cascading fountain.
Nightlife. Around Cabo's marina, there are a number of late-night bars and clubs offering cold beers, live music, and spirited entertainment. At El Squid Roe (Blvd. Marina, opposite Plaza Bonita Mall; 624/143-0655), tables are regularly rearranged for impromptu tabletop dancing.