The resort at Rancho San Lucas
communities like the Dunes course at Diamante, ranked
#36 on GOLF Magazine’s prestigious 2018 Top World
Rankings. Diamante is also home to the Tiger Woods-designed El Cardonal. As mentioned, they’re very private.
But, there also are glorious and accessible courses like
Palmilla, Cabo’s original championship course built in
1992, which o;ers 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus brilliance.
Nicklaus also shines with the ocean course at Cabo del Sol
and the jaw-dropping Quivira 18 overlooking the Pacific.
Green fees roughly range from $100-$400, depending on
the course and season.
In and On the Water
Los Cabos is renowned for its coral reefs and
unimaginable diversity of aquatic life in the Sea of
Cortez. Snorkeling and scuba diving are most popular at
the sheltered Santa Maria Cove and the Chileno Reef –
both just o;shore of the Corridor – plus the Cabo Pulmo
Marine Life Preserve, located 60 miles up the coast. In
the winter, pods of grey whales can be seen breaching
the surface of the Sea of Cortez, where they bear their
young after migrating 6,000 miles from the frigid waters
You’ll have every imaginable watercraft available to rent
from glass-bottom kayaks and jet skis to water taxis and
ocean-going catamarans. Los Cabos is a legendary surfing
destination. And, every October, Cabo San Lucas hosts
the highest-paying marlin tournament in the world, called
the “Bisbee’s Los Cabos O;shore.”
It should be noted that many of the waters o; Los
Cabos need to be viewed with caution as currents can be
very strong and treacherous. Some beaches are designated
If you kept going up the east coast from Cabo Pulmo
Marine Preserve, you would reach the capital of Baja
California Sur at La Paz, a captivating colonial town
founded by Hernan Cortez in 1535 and now regarded as
a vital eco-tourism and research center.
Travel an hour up on the Pacific side and nestle in
to the town of Todos Santos, an oasis in the desert.
Literally an oasis with underground springs creating a lush
environment and unique Hexagon Caves (a smaller version
of the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland). Todos Santos
has a sweeping coastline popular with surfers, an old
town awash in galleries, colonial architecture, and even
the alluring 11-room Hotel California that has absolutely
nothing to do with the iconic song from The Eagles.
On your way back from Todos Santos, about 10
minutes before you reach Cabo, is a sensitively developed
oceanfront residential community and resort called Rancho
San Lucas. The 834-acre property o;ers a rich variety of
villas and oceanfront estates set along a stunning 1.2-mile
beach framing the Pacific. A Greg Norman golf course,
with seven holes on the ocean, is due to open toward the
end of 2019.
The resort at Rancho San Lucas is called The Grand
Solmar and is a sister to the Grand Solmar Land’s End
Resort and Spa, tucked literally at the tip of the peninsula
and right next to the legendary Arco de Cabo San Lucas.
El Arco is an arched rock formation set tight against the
beach that has been eroded away by the churning currents
where the Pacific and Sea of Cortez meet and tangle. Have
your boat captain bring you as close as you dare for the
selfie of a lifetime!
Los Cabos and the surrounding areas o;er an abundance
of festivals during the year with themes of jazz, art, food
and wine, kite boarding and surfing, fishing, and even the
festival of mangos at Todos Santos. The headliner is the
Fiestas Tradicionales, celebrating the patron San Lucas
in October, although Sammy Hagar’s Birthday Bash that
month runs a close and raucous second place. Check with
www.visitloscabos.travel for all the naturally stunning,
perpetually enchanting, and sun-drenched details.