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San Jose Del Cabo vs. Cabo San Lucas

Prior to making reservations in Los Cabos, you should first decide what type of vacation you want to have and plan accordingly.If you are looking for sun, fun and fiesta and do not want to deal with the hassles and expense of transportation, then Cabo San Lucas is for you. Cabos San Lucas is a fiesta town with an abundance of activity options such as snorkeling, kayaking, diving, dolphin swims, fishing, boat tours, parasailing, sunset cruises and glass bottom boat rides as well as restaurants and places to shop. If you are traveling with a group, into water activities, sports or have children you are probably better off staying in Cabo San Lucas. There are many package deals to Cabo San Lucas, many of them all-inclusive, available online through websites such as Travelzoo.com and Expedia.com.This variety of activity is part of the downside of staying in Cabo San Lucas. Because there are many tourists the view of the ocean is often ruined with an abundance of human activity. Local vendors peruse the beaches setting up stands of goods and approach, even sometimes harass, tourists to buy their goods—making relaxing on the beach somewhat of an effort. Because the drinking age is 18 in Mexico the town tends to attract groups of 18 to 21 year old party-goers and the nightlife is loud and runs rampant in pure drunken debauchery.Many visitors coming to Los Cabos stay in what is called the "Tourist Corridor", the line of resorts on the beaches skirting the Sea of Cortez northeast of Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo. Transportation within Los Cabos, including to Cabo San Lucas, is made possible by the main route Highway 1, which follows the corridor. (See my review "Getting Around in Los Cabos")If you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation, or to be pampered in an exclusive resort then consider staying in San Jose Del Cabo or in the "tourist corridor". Most of the resorts here have all the elements for you to achieve a relaxing beach vacation: multiple restaurants, spas, a pristine beach view, nearby activities, concierge activity planning, comfortable beach chairs, swim-up beach bars and cafes, etc. Also, the vendors found on the beaches of Cabo San Lucas do not often peruse the beaches in the corridor because there are further out and not as crowded.Note that while many activity vendors do provide transportation to activities outside of Cabo San Lucas you will be hard pressed to find vendors that will bring you into Cabo San Lucas free of charge. While the transportation back and forth between Cabo San Lucas and the Tourist Corridor may be more expensive and hassling, the peace and quiet you find on the beaches and at the resort may be worth this choice if you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation.

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