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Cabo San Lucas has been a popular travel destination for newlyweds for years. And for many good reasons: the picturesque beaches, amenity-fueled hotels, ample shopping and food options, and reasonably priced souvenirs—not to mention the view of celebrity bungalows dotting cliffs overlooking the ocean. But there is another side of Cabo, the side for those not swooning, for those in the single life and those in the wedding parties.


Boasting a constant supply of ideal beach weather and friendly locals, Cabo is located approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 km) south of San Diego, California at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. English is readily spoken, but the efforts of visitors wishing to practice their Spanish aren’t lost. Upon checking into a hotel in Cabo, the first order of business is to strip down to a bathing suit, cozy up to the wet bar and order a frozen Margarita and a basket of chips topped with the freshest guacamole you have ever tasted. Afternoon naps are suggested for those who plan to experience Cabo’s vibrant nightlife.


Most hotels offer moderately priced shuttle service into town, where visitors can purchase handmade items for friends and family back home. Silver jewelry is especially cheap in Mexico; but watch out for the exchange rates—which can be confusing—especially after a few daiquiris or shots of tequila.


Sun and sand are great, but nothing makes a trip to Cabo more memorable than a four-wheeling adventure on the Baja peninsula. Group rates are available through different companies. So grab your friends, strap on your helmet and goggles and follow a tour guide along a winding path through the desert to the beach, where you can test out your wheelie or donut-making abilities on an ATV in the hot sand.


After a day on the beach, go for some tasty dinner. Restaurants serve up a delicious array of fresh seafood options and traditional Mexican fare. And while it would behoove visitors to skip the more recognizable and familiar American food chains, a quick visit to musician Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo will secure you a delicious bottle of blue agave tequila.


Night owls can opt to take a cruise that begins at sunset from a pier downtown; and while the food on board isn’t five-star restaurant quality (the food is buffet style and the drinks may remind some of their college frat party days), the view is stunning— and the live music on board frames the evening perfectly. Party animals should visit the Giggling Marlin, where patrons are greeted by waiters who tempt them into playing musical chairs or doing shots while suspended upside-down.


A trip to “the office,” a stretch of beach where a hearty breakfast is served right on the sand and waiters serve lounging patrons piña coladas as they relax on chaise lounges can soothe the roughest hangover. Water activities are easy to find here—rent jet skis at a fair price, or ride on a banana boat or private party boat.

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