Los Cabos Hotels

Expect high-quality accommodations wherever you stay in Los Cabos—whether at a huge resort or a small bed-and-breakfast. Much of the area's beaches are now backed by major properties, all vying to create the most desirable stretch on the sand. For the privilege of staying in these hot properties, you'll pay top dollar—and more for oceanfront rooms with incredible views. Prices at accommodations

off the beach reflect the popularity of the area and may surprise travelers used to spending much less in other areas of Mexico—even in the hot summer months which are, technically, the low season.

Sprawling Mediterranean-style resorts of generally 200 to 400 rooms dominate the coastline of Los Cabos, especially on the 29-km-long (18-mile-long) Corridor, but also on the beaches in Cabo San Lucas and San José (the town of San José is not on the coast, but inland just a bit). Near the marina in San José del Cabo, the area of Puerto Los Cabos has become a hot spot of development, with the 2014 Grand Opening of Secrets Puerto Los Cabos and a 2015 unveiling of JW Marriott. This upscale community is also home to Hotel El Ganzo, Wirikuta Cactus Gardens, Dolphin Discovery, and the Puerto Los Cabos Golf Course. There are rumors that a Ritz Carlton and Montage will follow suit along the coast.

Los Cabos resorts are known for their lavish pools and lush grounds in addition to their beachfront access, although the majority of beaches on the densely developed coastline, with the notable exception of Playa Médano in Cabo San Lucas, can have an oddly deserted appearance because of the dangerous currents in the water and the predominance of luxurious pools.

Many of the resorts along the Corridor offer all-inclusive plans if you want to check into your hotel and stay put for the duration of your stay. Choosing that option means you'll have little reason to venture out and taste some of the diverse and remarkable food available in this region. These huge resorts offer high-quality facilities and pleasant service, to be sure, but guests looking to get a feel for the local culture may find the generic, chain-hotel atmosphere frustrating. For those wanting less Westernized slickness, and a more intimate experience of Mexican hospitality, checking into one of the many excellent smaller properties is the way to go.

If you're inclined to go beyond the beach-and-party vibe of Cabo San Lucas, it's well worth spending time in Todos Santos and San José del Cabo. Both towns offer exceptional independent hotels and inns, as well as burgeoning art scenes, great restaurants, and ambience you won't find elsewhere.

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