If you’ve shied away from traveling to Mexico because of what you’ve heard in the news, your FOMO alarm should be kicking in right about now. Because you are missing out—on some of the best bang-for-your-buck adventures in the world.
Mexico’s Baja California Sur is best known to Americans for the tourist traps of Los Cabos. But the peninsula has much, much more to offer. These five trips are my favorites.
1. Do the Cabo thing… for a day
Take it from me: you’ll want to GTFO of Cabo San Lucas as fast as you can. San José del Cabo is a bit less tourist-infested, but a day is plenty of time to see both cities if you plan accordingly.
Start by hopping aboard a glass-bottom boat in Cabo San Lucas and heading to the most-photographed point in southern Baja: the famous El Arco (The Arch). The waters will be crowded with boats, but the arch’s magic is undeniable.
Have the boat drop you off at Playa Médano, and lounge on the beach with a margarita for a while before hopping in your rental car and heading to San José del Cabo’s main square for a hearty meal and some evening mariachi.