Hilltop Hotel Steps from Popular Medano Beach
At Playa el Médano, the waters are calm and happy hour lasts all day. These two factors have combined to make the 2-mile stretch of sand one of the most popular beaches in Cabo San Lucas. As swimmers frolic in the calm, clear surf—which is roped off to keep jet skis and WaveRunners out—sunbathers enjoy outdoor cocktail service from the many bars in the vicinity. Just one block from the beach lies Bahia Hotel and Beach Club. From its hilltop perch, the hotel offers views of the Sea of Cortez and the iconic Land's End Arch—the craggy, granite towers flanked by sea-lion colonies located just off the tip of the peninsula.
Bahia's large swimming pool is set on a deck studded with plush day beds and teak loungers. A 30-foot palapa hangs over the pool bar, where bartenders serve creative cocktails and chilled Mexican beers. Five swim-up barstools and foam noodles that double as swizzle sticks facilitate in-pool refreshment, and soft lounge music sets a tone of quiet relaxation that extends throughout the hotel.
At Bar Esquina, executive chef Laurent Saussy crafts Mexican-Mediterranean fusion fare using locally grown produce and fresh fish from the Pacific Ocean. Born into a French family and raised in Puerto Rico, Saussy draws on his multicultural background as he mixes and matches various international cuisines. From a table overlooking the open kitchen, you can watch your meal take shape, or you can opt for a seat on the fireside deck. Entrees range from wood-oven-baked pizzas to mesquite-grilled ahi drizzled with a gribiche sauce. Adjacent to the restaurant's entrance, there’s a coffee shop where baristas brew organic Mexican coffee straight from Chiapas and Oaxaca.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Lively Party Scene and Watery Pursuits
Formerly a quiet fishing village, Cabo San Lucas has rapidly become one of Mexico's busiest tourist destinations. Crowds are drawn to the raucous nightlife at the city's numerous bars and clubs, but you can still get a taste of the area's natural beauty during the day. Sport fishing charters set out in search of more than 800 species of fish dwelling in the Sea of Cortez. Tours on glass-bottomed panga boats showcase the coral reef near Land’s End and some of the area’s popular diving spots. Some excursions also dock at nearby Lover’s Beach—a cove of virgin sand with water on two sides hidden behind huge rock formations.
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