40 cool ways to beat the heat
By Ashley Alvarado and Beto Haro Romero
Welcome to Los Cabos in the summer. It’s gorgeous. It’s sunny. And it’s pretty darn hot. Daytime highs hover in the mid-90s June through September, and we sometimes even hit triple digits. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of 40 cool ways you can beat the heat while discovering more about Los Cabos. (A special thank-you goes out to all those social media followers who shared tips on Facebook and Twitter.)
Whether you’re 2 or 20, on a budget or ready to splurge, we guarantee you’ll find something on this list that fits your fancy.
So, relax, grab a margarita, load up on the sunscreen, and enjoy our Los Cabos Magazine guide to staying cool.
1 Hit the shops at Puerto Paraíso (www.puertoparaiso.mx), an indoor mall on the Cabo San Lucas Marina. You’ll love the stores—a blend of familiar brands and only-in-México items—as well as the air-conditioning.
2 Wind down after a day of shopping or beach adventures with a sweet treat from Señor Sweets Bistro (www.senorsweets.com). The Cabo San Lucas Marina mainstay is located right outside Puerto Paraíso, and it offers guests indoor and alfresco seating. There’s a full menu, but we’re particularly fond of the seemingly endless gelati. Favorite flavors include pecan, dulce de leche, and tiramisu.
3 Outdoor temps are in the 90s, but the water stays a delicious 70-something throughout most of the summer. Dive in and see what earned the Sea of Cortés its reputation as the “Aquarium of the World” with a snorkel adventure with Pez Gato (www.pezgato.com). This is an activity children and parents will love.
4 Take a swim at Médano Beach, the most swimmable stretch of sand in Cabo San Lucas and home to many of its most popular restaurants.
5 One of the hottest new events in Cabo San Lucas is the weekly Circuito Cultural (www.circuitocuturalcabo.com), a sort of hybrid art walk and cultural showcase. Every Saturday, October through June, guests can stroll the Cabo Marina noon through 11 p.m. and view artwork, artisan creations, dance performances, and more. Come later in the evening to relish the fresh breezes coming off the water.
6 The potent Los Cabos sun can do a number on your skin, and it’s crucial you stay hydrated (some visitors find this more difficult than others). If you’re in need of a little TLC for your skin or want to escape some of the summer sunshine, head to the spa (see “The Summer Spa Guide” on page 22).
7 Pan di Bacco (www.pandibacco.com)
is known for its Italian pastries and other homespun specialties. When the temperatures spike, though, we can’t resist the refreshing Green & Green smoothie, a blend of pineapple, banana, nopal, celery, and orange.
8 Stay up late at Cabo Wabo (www.cabowabocantina.com/cabo), Sammy Hagar’s world-famous nightclub. You’ll escape the hotter temps and get to sip on the just-as-famous Waborita cocktail.
9 Cabo Wabo is not the only top-notch bar in Cabo San Lucas, a destination known for its nightlife. You can create your own custom bar crawl based on the type of ambience you prefer. For more details, check out the article “The Five Chillest Bars in Los Cabos” on page 58.
10 Rise early and hit the water for a memorable fishing trip with Silverados Sportfishing (www.silveradosportfishing.com). Even as water temperatures inch higher and higher in the summer, odds are decent you’ll get an impressive catch here in the marlin capital of the world.
11 No shoes, pants, or shirts are required at Mango Deck (www.mangodeck.com), where you can nurse ice-cold, two-for-one margaritas in your bikini or boardshorts.
12 The hotter the temps, the less likely you are to want to stuff yourself with heavy foods. Instead, you gravitate to light and, even better, raw fare. The beautiful Japanese-style restaurant Daikoku (www.daikoku.com.mx) serves excellent sushi and—now through October—is offering guests a cool 20 percent discount.
13 A visit to CaboFlyboard (www.caboflyboard.com) on the marina is not only a fun way to avoid overheating (all those ocean breezes!) but it also ups your cool factor as you zip about above the water.
14 Ice-cold beers and pretty cocktails. Toes in the sand. Lapping waves. You’ll get all this and more at the swing bar at Baja Cantina Beach (www.bajacantinabeachclub.com). Yes, you actually get to sit on swings!
15 Even on Cabo’s hottest days, you don’t see the dolphins complaining. So make like them, and hit the water—with them. Swim with dolphins in their natural habitat at Dolphin Discovery (www.dolphindiscovery.com).
16 Retreat from the shores to the city center for an air-conditioned feast at María Corona (www.mariacoronarestaurant.com), which this spring debuted an all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch buffet.
17 Guy Fieri loves Solomon’s Landing (www.solomonslandingcabo.com), and for good reason. Enjoy the not-so-hot morning on the marina as you nosh on such breakfast wonders as strawberry-banana-stuffed French toast, shrimp eggs Benedict, or caramel-pecan waffles.
18 Champagne flutes. Fresh oysters. You’ll feel hipper by the minute as you relax at Taittinger Terrace, the latest addition to Sunset da Mona Lisa (www.sunsetmonalisa.com). Take in world-famous views of Land’s End, discover new champagnes, and forget all your worries.
19 What’s cooler than a pirate? Find out if the pirate’s life’s for you aboard the Buccaneer Queen (www.buccaneerloscabos.com) sunset cruise.
20 Head to the iconic Lover’s Beach via kayak, wave runner, or glass-bottom boat. For more on this, see our map on page 40.
21 It’s smooth sailing on the EcoCat (www.caboecotours.com) catamaran, which offers an awesome kayak-brunch tour.
22 The sparkling limonada at Mango Cantina (www.mangocantina.com) is a treat, whether it’s 60 or 90 degrees outside.
23 Go to higher, cooler altitudes when you go parasailing with Cabo Expeditions (www.caboexpeditions.com.mx).
24 Try your hand at stand-up paddle with Cabo SUP (www.cabosup.com). It’s great exercise, but you may be tempted to fall off just to refresh every once in a while.
25 The milkshakes at Retro Burger Bar (www.retroburgerbar.com) in San José del Cabo are worth the drive up the Tourist Corridor from downtown Cabo, especially if the weather outside is enough to melt you. There are versions for the kids—and some just for adults!
26 You’ve heard of Los Cabos’ most famous beaches, but there are many lesser-known beauties to discover. Find a favorite beach at www.cabosanlucasbeaches.com.
27 La Paz tends to get even hotter than Los Cabos, but you can retreat to the Espíritu Santo archipelago for some swimming and snorkeling with Cabo Expeditions or Sun Rider (www.sunridertours.com).
28 We’re not going to lie: It can feel pretty hot at Wild Canyon (www.wildcanyon.com.mx). But sign up for the 9 a.m. zipline tour, and you’ll love the fresh air as you speed from one side of the canyon to another.
29 Cabo’s one of the most walkable cities you’ll find, but renting a car from Budget (www.budgetpacifico.com; or Payless www.paylesscarmexico.com) means you can enjoy the AC as you head to farther-flung destinations like Todos Santos. For tips on how to explore La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, go to page 48.
30 Nightclubs have a way of getting clammy, but you can avoid all that by opting for the Ocean Party Club Los Cabos from Cabo Escape Tours (www.caboescapetours.com). This is essentially a floating disco that sails 9 till midnight every Saturday.
31 Spend a day on the 35-foot Mona Lisa del Mar charter, and you’ll feel molto cool when the chefs at Sunset da Mona Lisa (www.sunsetmonalisa.com) prepare your catch later that night—gratuito.
32 Get your adrenaline pumping with an aerial tour with Cabo Sky Tours (www.loscabosguide.com/caboskytours). The wind through your hair is refreshing as you take in spectacular views of Los Cabos down below.
33 Looking for some ice on a sweltering day? Head to Feinstein Custom Design Jewelry (624-143-2559) for one-of-a-kind pieces to commemorate your trip. (www.feinsteinjewelry.com)
34 Chill out at the Shrimp Factory (624-143-1105) on Monday nights to take advantage of the “Monday Peel Me” deal: six beers and shrimp to peel for only $350 pesos.
35 There are plenty of great pools throughout Cabo San Lucas, but there’s only one hotel that allows you to quaff Bar Esquina cocktails poolside. Book a night or buy a day pass at the Bahia Hotel (www.bahiacabo.mx).
36 Some of the world’s best diving is right here in Baja California Sur, and you can learn about the region’s top diving providers on www.loscabosguide.com.
37 Keeping the kids entertained can be a challenge, but not with Cabo Submarine (624-143-2700). They’ll love sailing the Cabo San Lucas Bay, especially when they go below deck and see the colorful fishes and other sea life. Parents will appreciate the AC below deck, too.
38 Stick around the Cabo San Lucas Marina after disembarking the Cabo Submarine to enjoy a dinner at Captain Tony’s (www.piscesgroupcabo.com). Hydrate with a freshly made limonada or margarita, paired with a must-have pizza. Everything from the wood-fired oven is great, but you’d be remiss if you didn’t try the eponymous Captain Tony’s pizza: Is there anything better than shrimp and bacon?
39 It’s an easy hike to the Fox Canyon waterfall (www.loscabosguide.com/santiago); the view is lovely, and swimming there is wonderfully refreshing.
40 Charter your own sailboat with Cabo Sails (www.cabosails.com).
Guests are even invited to take the helm—now that’s cool.