Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas and nearby San Jose del Cabo have been luring Texans for decades, as they’ve morphed from sleepy fishing villages to international golf and recreational resorts.
The region, on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, is now totally reopened in the wake of COVID-19. The timing was perfect for my recent visit, with two spectacular resorts opening just in the last year or so.
The stunning Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas, situated on the overlooked and unspoiled East Cape side of the region, marks the brand’s Cabo debut. It’s the first from Four Seasons to include a marina and offers more than two miles of untouched beachfront on the Sea of Cortez—offering a swimming experience that’s much calmer than beaches on the peninsula’s wave-pounded western side. There are also six resort pools and upscale spa and fitness facilities.
The resort’s on-site dining also shines. Estiatorio Milos has already gained a reputation as one of the finest Mediterranean seafood restaurants around, led by global chef Costas Spiliadis. Trust me, there is nothing better than looking over the day’s local catch, selecting the one you want, and telling the chef how you’d like it prepared, as I did. Other great food options include the casual Casa de Brasa all-day eatery and Limón, farm-to-table al fresco dining, surrounded by a lemon tree grove. Poolside dining also is available.
For big golf fans like me, the resort offers access to a Robert Trent Jones II-designed, 18-hole championship golf course. It takes advantage of the natural surroundings and offers spectacular desert and ocean views. I opted for a golf package that included food and beverages from Lucha Libre cantina and Bouchie’s Café, which sits next to a pro shop and Jones’ expansive 30,000-square-foot putting green.
Another 18-hole course, Rancho San Lucas, also takes advantage of Cabo’s terrain. Designed by golf legend Greg Norman, its layout is a brilliant examination of the massive dunes, towering mountains, and sparkling ocean. Although the region has no shortage of opportunities for first-rate golf, this newcomer quickly rises to the top of the list. The course also offers a luxury residential community, in addition to an exclusive resort.
For accommodations, check out the seaside suites at Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas, which range in size from 828 to 2,038 square feet. And for in-house dining, you can’t go wrong with the fresh catch or ceviche at Anica; named after the first settlement of Baja California Sur, it incorporates traditional tribal cooking techniques. The more casual Bacari has several “theme” nights throughout the week and rotates its menu accordingly.
If you want the full 24/7 Cabo party experience, Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort is the place to stay. Situated near the region’s coastal rock formations, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, and Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach), it’s also within walking distance of the city’s entertainment district.
It’s clear that Mexico’s best golf region has gotten even better, and that’s an excellent problem to have.