First Timer's Guide To Los Cabos

12 March 2016

More than 300 days of sunshine annually; warm azure waters; fresh fish tacos; the friendliest faces you’ll see all year; and only a two-hour flight from Los Angeles. If you don't know where we're talking about, you've never been to Cabo.

Here's a first timer's guide to exploring Los Cabos. We've taken some inspiration from Australia's first The Bachelor Australia couple, Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich, who recently spent a week in this relatively untapped Mexican paradise.

Stay

1. Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa

Situated between striking cliffs and endless Pacific Ocean, right beside Cabo’s iconic El Arco, Grand Solmar boasts stunning infinity pools – with swim-up bar – multiple on-site dining options and access to nearby activities such as kayaking and snorkelling.

Be sure to indulge in a spa treatment at Land’s End Terrace, a tranquil spot where the sounds of waves fill the background.

2. The Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos Golf & Spa

This resort offers an incredible all-inclusive experience. There are a dozen different bar and restaurant options including the beachfront La Cevicheria (perfect for seafood and a cold cerveza) or the Sushi Sky Bar (romantic meal gazing over the Sea of Cortez).

Don’t miss the SOMMA wine spa, with indulgent treatments using grapes from the nearby Valle de Guadalupe wine region.

3. Me Cabo

Located steps away from downtown Cabo, Me Cabo is known for its Mediterranean-style Beach Club and famous pool parties.

The Suites have a large sun deck, whirlpool and outdoor shower, and the hotel backs onto the swimmable El Medano Beach. Order a margarita by the pool and keep your eyes peeled for celebrity sightings – the Kardashians love Me!

Tres Gallos Cabo Exterior Los Tres Gallos has added a slight twist to the traditional margarita

Eat

1. Los Tres Gallos

Local favourite Los Tres Gallos ('The Three Roosters', named for three legendary actors from the golden age of Mexican cinema) offers a huge assortment of traditional dishes in a shaded courtyard dining area.

If you’re trying one of their tacos, the team at Tres Gallos have a few words of advice: "Do not be fancy and shy, grab the taco with your hand, forget about the fork and knife." Of course, your other hand will be occupied with one of their famous jalapeno margaritas.

2. Manta at The Cape

For special occasions, the newly-opened Manta at The Cape hotel is sure to impress. Renowned New York-trained Mexican chef Enrique Olvera serves a menu of globally-inspired Mexican cuisine.

Try the seafood tostada, cucumber pico de gallo or something sweet – merengue, sweet potato, coconut and cacao nibs .The dramatic exhibition kitchen overlooks El Arco, Bahia San Lucas and the Monuments Beach point break.

Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich at Sunset da Mona Lisa Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich at Sunset da Mona Lisa

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3. Sunset da Mona Lisa

Fancy champagne and oysters at the Taittinger Terrace while watching the sun set over Cabo’s famous Arch? How about pizza from the wood-fired oven at Sunset Point, boasting 180-degree views from the bay of Cabo San Lucas to the mountains?

Choose a wine from a list of more than 140 worldwide drops and settle in for a magical night.

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1. Los Tamarindos Organic Mexican Cooking Classes

You can eat delicious guacamole, baja fish tacos and ceviche all day long in Cabo. But if you head to Tamarindos Organic Farm for a cooking class with acclaimed local chef Enrique Silva, you’ll learn how to make it yourself.

Each class begins with a tour of the fields, picking fresh organic produce, and then learning how to prepare a four-course Mexican meal, which the group will enjoy in the sunny outdoor kitchen – perhaps with some local mezcal. Salud!

Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich snorkelling in Los Cabos Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich snorkelling in Los Cabos

2. Cabo Adventures

Thrill seekers and nature lovers look no further. Cabo Adventures has activities ranging from a snorkelling and stand-up paddle boarding trip, to exploring the warm cocktail-blue waters of the Sea of Cortez (dubbed the ‘Aquarium of the World’).

Alternatively, get your heart racing while diving with the whale sharks or fly above the water like Iron Man on a flyboard.

3. Teeing Off

Los Cabos is known as Latin America’s premier golf destination, with 14 courses and four more under construction.

Golf Magazine’s prestigious 'Top 100 Courses in the World' includes two Los Cabos courses, and with courses designed by Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Roy Dye you’re in good hands.

The Woods Design El Cardonal is a 7,363-yard, par-72 layout that features an ocean view from every hole.

Tiger Woods was enamoured with Cabo, saying, "Cabo delivers what everyone is looking for. It’s the best of all worlds. You’ve got great golf, plus all the activities available offshore, including incredible fishing and diving. You don’t find too many places like this in the world – ever."

The Woods Design El Cardonal Sunset over the Woods Design El Cardonal golf course

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