Live Shows and International Fare at Beachfront Resort
The southern tip of the Baja peninsula is best known for Cabo San Lucas, thanks to a massive tourism campaign carried out by the Mexican government in the 1970s. But neighboring San Jose del Cabo dates back much further. Spanish explorers began docking there in the 17th century to draw fresh water from a nearby estuary. Today, the town's colonial legacy can be seen in colonnaded buildings and an iconic mission adorned with mosaics. Along the beachfront, the Royal Solaris Los Cabos All Inclusive Resort ties into local history with hacienda-inspired architecture and traditional musical performances incorporating Mexican folk dancing.
The resort's all-inclusive setup gives you access to an array of live shows and restaurants. Though an all-day buffet at Cafe Solaris makes snacking easy, it's worth putting in a dinner reservation at Pancho's, where authentic Mexican dishes include cochinita pibil, a helping of tender pork slow-roasted in citrus juice. Bartenders pour beer, wine, cocktails, and sodas to wash it all down. You can order poolside from a swim-up barstool, or wander into the lobby bar to hear musicians interpret popular ringtones. Performances take place nightly (except on Tuesdays) from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Though the crashing surf offshore makes it difficult to wade further than waist-deep into the ocean, the sea spray provides a magnificent backdrop—and you can always swim in one of the courtyard's three pools. Nearby, a kid-size water park brims with splash pools and water slides. It's part of the complimentary kids' club, where bilingual counselors supervise children aged 4–11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Hugging the pools and playgrounds of the central courtyard, the resort forms a giant U. Inside, deluxe rooms overlook tropical foliage and the colonial city beyond.
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico: Colonial Architecture and Waterfront Wildlife
Whereas the beach known as Playa Hotelero sparkles with high-rises, San Jose retains a traditional vibe. The historical downtown boasts jacaranda trees, garden courtyards, and trickling fountains. Local artisans breathe new life into old adobe houses in the Art District, which hosts art walks on Thursday evenings between November and June.
Cabo's raucous nightlife lies a half-hour drive west, but heading east reveals secluded nature reserves. Cabo Pulmo shelters North America's only hard coral reef, and flocks of white egrets inhabit the San Jose Estuary.