Los Cabos 2018: Moving Up List of Best Destinations on Planet

Presented by Palace Resorts

By Juan Sempere

It can't be said often enough: You have to experience a Cabo vacation. Yes, we know, it's only natural for us to tout this destination as an ideal spot to get some well-deserved R&R, but you also have to consider the fact that the editors of Travel + Leisure just named Los Cabos as one of the 50th best places to travel in 2018. Tempting, right? 

Here are some of the things you can experience if you decide to drop by:

Six of Mexico's 11 Blue Flag beaches are located in the Los Cabos area. What's a Blue Flag beach, you ask? Only the highest certification for guaranteeing top standards in terms of water quality, safety, environmental culture, and general services.

The Edge of the Ocean

Seaside fun under the sun. The dry desert air meets the fresh sea breeze to bathe the Baja California Peninsula in near-perfect weather during most of the year, and with over 100 miles of coastline between Todos Santos and Cabo Pulmo, you'll have your choice of sandy strips of land to choose from.

In fact, six of Mexico's 11 Blue Flag beaches are located in the Los Cabos area. What's a Blue Flag beach, you say? Only the highest certification provided by the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education), guaranteeing top standards in terms of water quality, safety, environmental culture and general services. So slather some sunscreen on and catch some rays over here, it sure beats that lame tanning booth at your local mall. 

Exclusivity and Activities

Luxury vacations just got a whole lot better. That's because Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos just opened shop, and this luxury, adult-only all-inclusive resort is widely considered the new "must stay" spot in the Baja Peninsula. Where do we begin describing this unique experience? The breathtaking views from its sumptuous suites, the gourmet dining, the sun-kissed beach, and a spectacular spa where relaxation and pampering is the order of the day are but a few staples of this oasis of opulence, from the same people that operate Cancun's #1 rated all-inclusive resort (according to TripAdvisor). 

A fishing and golfing mecca. The two most popular activities in Los Cabos have plenty of reasons for you to schedule a vacation. There's great fishing year-round, but you can measure yourself against the big boys in tournaments like the Stars & Stripes (late June, which also includes a golf tourney), the East Cape Dorado Shootout (mid-July) or at Bisbee's International Black & Blue (late October).

Avid golfers will also find plenty of links to hit in the area, with award-winning courses designed by legends like Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones II, Tom Fazio, and Roy Dye. And let's not forget PGA great Fred Couples: The Masters winner will debut his much awaited course in 2018. 

Art and Adventure

Artist feel right at home here. There's plenty of room to cultivate your sensitive, artistic side in the region. Get your groove on at the annual San Jose Jazz Weekend (February 16-17), catch some movies at the Todos Santos Film Festival (March) or at the Los Cabos International Film Festival (November), where a lot of Academy Award contenders hold their Latin American premieres. And if you visit us between November and June, don't forget that Thursday evenings belong to the San Jose del Cabo Art Walk, a leisurely stroll through the budding art district's unique galleries, open-air exhibitions and alluring nightlife. 

Everyday adventures. Whether it's whale watching, off-road racing at the iconic SCORE Baja 1000 (November), or two distinctive surf seasons (one for the Pacific, one for the Sea of Cortez), thrill-seeking never takes a day off in Los Cabos.

Horseback riding, ATVs in the sand dunes, scuba diving and snorkeling at a coral reef, or trekking through the desert landscape are just a few of the invigorating experiences on the menu. 

There you go: You have barely begun to scratch the surface of what makes this destination a must. Start planning your trip, we'll be glad to welcome you. And if you have a hard time leaving, well… We can't blame you, can we?