Why Visit Los Cabos Instead of Cozumel this Summer
For luxury vacations overlooking crystal clear waters and stunning skies in Mexico, there are often two standout locations: Los Cabos and Cozumel. The decision can be tough, considering both locations are truly breathtaking, but we think Los Cabos is the better way to go. Of course, this depends on what you’re looking for. For adventure, hiking, ruins, and snorkeling, Cozumel might be your spot. But if you’re looking to indulge in luxury, relax and take in gorgeous sights with top-tier food and drink, we suggest Los Cabos.
Beat the Crowds
For one, Los Cabos feels much bigger, with more nooks and crannies to explore. While both locations attract a number of tourists, Cozumel is a stop for many large cruise ships, which flood the streets regularly with crowds that never seem to end, turning an afternoon stroll into a busy center, making it difficult to take in the gorgeous surroundings.
The cruise ship activity in Cozumel has also had a profound effect on the area’s waters. Once a prime snorkeling location, the area’s aquatic life has seen a decline, with once regular visitors saying it is no longer what it used to be. Los Cabos still has an abundance of marine life from turtles to dolphins and whales. Divers are in paradise on Socorro island, which is rich with giant manta rays, whales and a number of sharks.
Shelter from the Storm
Being situated on the west coast, Los Cabos is more sheltered from storms, specifically hurricanes. The east coast, however, is much more prone to these disasters, especially between June and October, popular vacation times for both destinations. If you’re looking to stay safe from the weather, we recommend staying on the Pacific Coast.
As far as beaches are concerned, Los Cabos beaches offer more exclusivity. Each beach in the area provides its own unique view and experience, often surrounded by breathtaking rock formations and sunset views. With world-renowned beaches like Lover’s Beach and Medano Beach, home to the famous Arch, you know you can expect only the best experience and views. Beaches in Los Cabos often have fewer vendors and loud sounds, whereas Cozumel beaches are lined with bars and cafes, which is can be fun if it’s your thing.
The range of activities is much greater in Los Cabos, which has the advantage of a variety of landscapes. Mountains, parks, and canyons are abundant which allows for adventure for everyone’s tastes. From ATV trails, horseback rides, hiking as well as beaches, Los Cabos has it all, including the largest marlin fishing tournament in the world and seasonal whale watching.
Dine in Style
Dining and nightlife is also significantly different on each end of the country. While both offer authenticity, Los Cabos has its own upscale flare to Mexican foods and drink like immersive farms with restaurants, classes, and spas, including Flora Farms Kitchen and Las Tamarindos. Most restaurants open early and close late, whereas the restaurants in Cozumel tend to only open around 2 pm and close at midnight. Los Cabos is largely recognized for luxurious accommodations, including opulent private villas just steps away from the azure blue waters of the Sea of Cortez. Looking to indulge? Look no further than Elegant Mexico for the perfect villa to take your Los Cabos vacation to the next level.
Nature, the Outdoors & Adventure Itinerary for Los Cabos
Basking under the hot Mexican sun with cool waves gently crashing in the background might be the first thing that springs to mind when you start imagining your next vacation in Los Cabos, but your trip should’t be limited to the beach. In fact, for those that are partial to a little adventure in the great outdoors, Los Cabos is the ultimate playground for some of the top land and sea adventure excursions for all of the family to enjoy, providing an adrenaline fueled week in paradise to remember for years to come. Time to get active, and get outdoors. Take a look at what your personalized adventure itinerary could look like! Where are you staying? Casa Luna Escondida, Espiritu Del Mar, Los Cabos. 8 bed, 8 bath. Who is in your group? Two families – 4 adults, 7 kids.
Day 1: Arrival
A member of the Elegant Mexico concierge team will be on hand to meet you at Los Cabos airport and transfer you and your party to the stunning Casa Luna Escondida. Located in the private gated community of Espiritu Del Mar, it offers breathtaking ocean views and unparalleled outdoor living. Encompassing 12,000 sq. ft of interior living space over 4 levels, Casa Luna Escondida has eight bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, dressing areas, and a private terrace. Our pre-arrival team will ensure the fridge is already stocked with all of your favorite treats and that the bedroom arrangements are exactly how you would like them. We take all of the steps we can to ensure your vacation rental is your home away from home before you’ve even arrived. Celebrate your first night in paradise with an unforgettable dinner. The Elegant Mexico team has a number of excellent restaurant recommendations depending on your preferences. We also take care of reservations and transport. Take a look at some of our favourites here!
Day 2: Outback Camel Ride Safari
Getting things off to a gentle start, your first full vacation day will be spent exploring the Baja desert on top of a four legged friend. Before you hop on, you’ll be introduced to your camel and learn a little bit about these magnificent creatures from your expert tour guide, who will also ensure your trip is as educational, fun, and safe as possible! Perfect for all age groups, voyaging through the Baja California by camel offers stunning views of the Cabo San Lucas landscape at a leisurely speed that makes for a very relaxing ride. You’ll even get to feel a cool sea breeze as you travel along the waterfront of the Pacific Ocean, and stop for a quick photo with the kissing camel! And for the adults in the group, this tour also comes with a tequila tasting experience at the end to round off this truly unique eco-tour here in the heart of Cabo.
Day 3: Snorkel Adventure
Time to make a splash! Snorkeling is one of the best, most accessible ways to discover Cabo’s life under the sea. With impressive marine life and unique underwater landscapes to explore, you’ll be wondering why you spent so much time on land! Guided by your marine expert, you’ll head out to sea in search of the best spots to explore the mysteries of the ocean, learning about Cabo’s underwater landscapes and the diverse range of aquatic animals that call it home. You’ll also have the chance to try power-snorkeling, where you’ll use an individual handheld power unit that makes for a speedier way to get around underwater. You’ll also have the opportunity to paddle-boarding or kayak out on the water. This tour gives you great flexibility in terms of how you want to explore. With kids as young as five able to participate, it’s a top pick for families!
Day 4: Mountain Bike Adventure
Back on dry land, day 4 will be spent exploring the Baja Peninsula on two wheels, as you enjoy a fantastic sightseeing excursion suitable for all guests. Whether you’re an avid mountain biker or a complete beginner, this tour is tailored to your group and your pace. Your seasoned tour guides will take you right to all the top spots in the area as you weave your way along winding trails and rolling hills in the Mexican outback. When it’s time for a water break, you’ll get a chance to learn all about the flora and fauna in the area and get a close up look at the stunning tropical landscape. If you’re lucky, you might spot a native brown pelican soaring above you or diving into the ocean looking for lunch. After a day of pedling, why not kick back and relax with a refreshing drink in some of Cabo’s most celebrated nightlife spots. Be sure to ask our team for the top child-friendly picks if you’re heading out with younger ones!
Day 5: Leisure
After several days of action in the great outdoors, take a day to bask under the Mexican sun from the luxury of your private villa. A day of leisure at home is the perfect occasion to take advantage of those luxury amenities that come with Casa Luna Escondida. While the kids make a splash in the infinity pool and two plunge pools, the adults can enjoy lounging on the sun beds with a cocktail in hand made by your own personal butler. When it’s time to spend some quality time together, guests can dine alfresco as the sun goes down and be treated to the culinary skills of the villa’s private chef for a unique gastro experience in your own home. As part of the Espiritu Del Mar private gated community, you’ll also have access to a private beach club and fitness facilities unique to Del Mar guests within walking distance from the property, as well as the bars, restaurants, and spa at the neighboring One&Only Palmilla, if you decide to venture out a little further on your day of leisure.
Day 6: Whale Shark Encounter
If you’ve ever dreamt of experiencing one of the most exhilarating thrills in the world – shark diving – you can do it right here in Cabo. Take an adrenaline plunge like no other on day 6 as you experience swimming with sharks! While this excursion is definitely not for everyone, those with nerves of steel who want to get up close to these magnificent underwater animals in their natural habitat are in for a treat. Whale sharks are known as the gentle giants of the sea they are slow moving and pose almost no risk to divers, making this particular once-in-a-lifetime shark encounter a little less fearful, thankfully. For those that would prefer to swim alongside some of the most playful and friendly aquatic animals in the world, why not try the dolphin swim experience instead? Just let out concierge team know how adventurous you’re feeling!
Day 7: Zip Lining
If it’s fast paced action adventure you’re in search of in Cabo, look no further than the Cabo zip line tour. Experience the stunning landscape of the Baja Peninsula from above while you fly high on zip lines that have been specifically designed to give you the best views of the natural terrain below. More than just zip lining, this unique tour has several additions for those who are in search of the ultimate thrill; from abseiling down sheer rock faces, to traversing the commando bridge, to testing out the new Pendulum swing over the canyon, you’ll be leaving this tour on a high with some great stories to share. The Cabo zip line tour is also home to the Superman – the longest and fastest line in Mexico! (100kph and 4,000 feet long!) Adrenaline junkies, this is a fantastic way to round off your outdoor adventure vacation!
Day 8: Departure
When your thrilling time in paradise has come to an end, it’s time to pack up and head for the airport. Our concierge team will take care of all the transportation arrangements, to ensure you leave the villa feeling relaxed, energized, and ready to bring your vacation memories back home with you!
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