10 Things in Cabo I’m Obsessed With

The undisputed celebrity hot spot of Mexico has to be Cabo San Lucas. You hear about it all the time on entertainment channels, the Kardashians are always there, and since it’s only a two and a half hour flight from Los Angeles, it’s an extremely quick getaway for the stars! But Los Cabos has so much more to offer than I would have ever thought. From the beautiful ocean views, wildlife encounters, crazy delicious food and abundance of cactuses lining the streets, Cabo exceeded every expectation we had before arriving. Here are some of my favourite things about Cabo San Lucas, that I am still obsessed with and will definitely have me coming back for more.

1. Tacos and cocktails on the beach 

I mean, is there anything better? Amazing authentic Mexican food, tasty local cocktails, the sound of the waves and the sand between your toes. This dinner (pictured above) was probably one of the first moments that this trip actually started to feel like a honeymoon. It was so relaxing and a great way to end our first day in Cabo. We skipped over Mangos on the beach – well known for it’s craziness and party atmosphere and chose to try out Omega Sports Bar next door since they were advertising wings and 2 beers for $10. The staff at Omega were so lovely, they even brought out blankets as the sun went down and it started to get a little cooler. Our whole dinner, including alcoholic drinks, cost less than $500 pesos. Yes please!

2. Cactus everywhere! 

Need I say more? I think we all know about my cactus obsession. I couldn’t get over it.

3. El Squid Roe 

Most of the time Thom and I travel by ourselves and we love it. But there has never been anywhere in the world where we wanted our friends with us as much as we did at the restaurant/bar/nightclub El Squid Roe. It’s just absolutely crazy – with old school music blasting, gigantic cocktails served in towering sippers, card tricks, balloon hats, and salsa made at the end of your table any way you want. We would have LOVED to have our friends there with us! Definitely worth checking out if you’re in Cabo, no matter what night of the week there’s always something going on. Great prices too, we had dinner and a LOT of drinks (and several jelly shots) and everything only came to around $100AUD.

4. The shopping…

There’s nothing you can’t find in Cabo. With a huge shopping centre, Puerto Paraiso Mall, that leads straight into Luxury Avenue, you can find everything here from souvenir magnets and shot glasses to luxury designer brands like Chanel. It’s only a 5 minute walk away from the beach or the centre of town, right on the marina.We didn’t spend much time shopping in Cabo, but it definitely had the best shopping options of all of our Mexican destinations.

5. Watching the fisherman after a long day of fishing 

There was something about watching these guys that made me feel like I was a local. Watching these guys come in at the end of the day, and then clean and gut their fish right there in the marina was actually really interesting. These naughty pelicans were always getting in the way, trying to steal their fish, but check out the super cute patient seal that’s come in hoping to grab himself some free dinner!

6. The prices of everything 

The currency conversion from Australian Dollars to Mexican Pesos is GREAT. Although, with all of the US tourists in Cabo all the time, things are a tiny bit pricier here, and they have a VERY accurate conversion rate with USD, so it doesn’t really make a difference if you pay for things in US dollars or Mexican Pesos. But then again, 3 beers and 2 shots for $7USD?! Can’t even get one beer for that at home!

7. Those beaches 

The crystal clear water, surrounded by rocky cliffs and palm trees and lined with beach bars and restaurants serving some of the best cocktails in Mexico and absolutely filled with every water sport or activity you can think of! There is never a dull moment at Medano Beach in Cabo.

8. The seal filled marina 

 There are literally seals everywhere around Marina Cabo San Lucas! They spend the whole day swimming amongst the parked boats and playing with the birds. If you want to spot some seals your best time to see many would be the end of the day, when all the fishing boats are coming back in, as they all follow close by hoping to grab some free dinner.

9. More tacos & my guacamole addition 

I became addicted to guacamole in Mexico. For someone who has never been a fan of avocado this one really surprised me. I couldn’t get enough. Embarrassingly, one day I ate it three times. Yep, lunch, afternoon snack and a dinner entree. I tried to reason with myself and only eat it once a day but I couldn’t, there was nothing else I wanted in Mexico and it was making me feel so good – no nasty bloating! Some of the best guacamole I had in Mexico was definitely in Cabo, both at Omega Sports Bar on the beach (who I’m pretty sure started the addiction off) and also Las Guacamayas (pictured above. Sadly, after we left Mexico I couldn’t get ANY guacamole in Belize, so I’m glad I went on such a binge while I could still get it.

10. Palm trees lining the roads

I love palm trees just as much as cactuses (or is it cacti?!). They make anywhere seem tropical and laid back (currently trying to negotiate with Thom that we need one in our back yard). Pretty sure I’m meant to be living somewhere with palm tree lined streets, but for now I will just take them on holidays.

I could talk all day about how much I love Cabo San Lucas! Have you been before? What was your favourite memory about Cabo?

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Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started A Make Believe World to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.

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