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Ever relax and watch all the amazing boats coming in and out of the marina during sunrise? This CaboViVO video gives you a quick perspective of how beautiful our marina with some traffic really is... Over 700 photos to capture the essence of this Time-Lapse video!!!
Cabo San Lucas Marina
In most of México’s coastal cities, the central gathering place for both locals and visitors is the malecón, a seaside esplanade bounded by popular businesses and picturesque views. In Cabo San Lucas, it is the marina boardwalk, a broad promenade that frames the fishing boats and pleasure craft that are permanent fixtures in the marina basin proper, and features many of the Land’s End community’s finest bars, restaurants and shopping destinations.
From sunup to far beyond sundown the Cabo San Lucas Marina is a hive of activity: Fishermen hoist enormous marlin onto dockside scales; sea birds squawk and sea lions bark; mariachis sing of señoritas and lost loves; barkers hawk cigars, jewelry and water taxis; shoppers barter happily with steadfast store vendors; and sails flap and halyards creak on the many million-dollar yachts.
The Marina is headquarters for most of the region’s aquatic activities providers, and thus the central launch point for fishing trips, snorkeling and scuba excursions, seasonal whale watching excursions, sunset dinner cruises and myriad other seagoing tours. Cruise ships anchored in the bay land passengers by means of small transport vessels, and water taxis are a savvy option for those seeking a shortcut to Médano Beach, or short guided tours of Lover’s Beach, an attraction only reachable by water. Cabo Adventures’ Dolphin Center and Cabo Expeditions’ yellow submarine, two of the top activities options for visiting families, are also accessible via the marina boardwalk.
Given its status as the locus of local activity, it should come as no surprise that the Marina is also home to many of the city’s best restaurants. Seafood, no surprise, is a specialty. Fishermen can practically toss their catches to chefs before tying up at the dock, and most every dockside eatery offers variations on “you hook it, we cook it” specials, preparing fish to order with select fixings. Solomon’s Landing and Dos Mares are lauded locally for their seafood dishes, and Lorenzillo’s has long been hailed as the best traditional lobster house in Los Cabos. Those with a sweet tooth, by contrast, will want to visit Señor Sweet’s, which is both a bakery and a fine dining establishment. American style hamburgers headline the menus at Johnny Rockets and Baja Brewing Company, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House serves up USDA prime for homesick types.
Beer, wine and spirits flow freely at all times around the marina boardwalk. Fishermen relive the day’s adventures over ice cold cervezas at dockside hangouts like Captain Tony’s and Baja Cantina (the long-time headquarters of Bisbee’s Black & Blue marlin fishing tournament, and the Pelagic sponsored Cabo Summer Slam); Baja Brewing Company serves up the best craft beer in the state; celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s La Biblioteca de Tequila celebrates México’s national beverage in regular and margarita form; El Patio Choyero is famed for its Cuban style mojitos; Solomon’s Landing hosts monthly wine pairing dinners; and Nowhere Bar brings in DJs for lively late night action.
There are three notable lodgings that overlook the Marina, each of which has its own unique advantages. Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa is the newest addition, premiering in December 2015 with a spectacular location at the juncture of the Marina and Médano Beach. Breathless’ urban chic suites, infinity pool decks and unlimited luxury plans have catapulted it to the head of the local all-inclusive class, but where it really distinguishes itself from the competition is in lifestyle amenities. Simply put, Breathless throws the best parties in Los Cabos, from poolside rave-ups and Roman style toga parties to fashion shows, PJs and DJs dance parties and elegant Gatsby style fêtes. Guests don’t have all the fun, though. Day and nighttime party passes are also available to locals and those staying at other resorts. El Tesoro and Marina Fiesta, meanwhile, specialize in budget-friendly accommodations with excellent views of the city’s most sparkling and sprightly neighborhood.
Whether you’re shopping for swimsuits, sunglasses or souvenirs, there is never any reason to wander far from the Marina. The city’s signature shopping center, Puerto Paraíso, offers everything from clothing boutiques and pharmacies to art galleries and a movie theater complex with sumptuous recliners and VIP amenities; neighboring Luxury Avenue showcases wares from trendy brands like Burberry, Bvlgari, Cartier and Fendi; Plaza Bonita houses American standards like Starbucks and Burger King plus jewelry shops and stores filled with traditional arts and crafts; Plaza Gali greets arriving cruise ship passengers with virtually everything under the Baja sun, including duty free shops. There is even a mini flea market.
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Michael L. Mattos, Jill Enticknap and Chris Sands