With US Airways now offering a direct flight to Los Cabos, getting to Mexico's Pacific coast has never been easier
Just over a decade ago, there was a pair of quiet Mexican cities situated at either end of an undeveloped road that wound its way through the mountainous desert terrain on the tip of the Baja peninsula. Today, the cities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo are connected by a corridor filled with world-renowned golf courses and dozens of luxury resorts. This booming Baja paradise has always been at least one layover away for Charlotte travelers—until now. Ready to get away? Your direct flight to Los Cabos is waiting.
Developed on the property of an existing hacienda estate built in the 1950s for the son of Mexico’s president, One&Only Palmilla (from $575 per night, oneandonly.com/palmilla) has more than ten different room types on its property overlooking the Sea of Cortes (some come with their own private infinity pool). The lofty per-night price tag includes perks like 24-hour butler service, complimentary pool-side foot massages, cocktail snacks delivered nightly, and aromatherapy turndown service.
Dine by the light of a lantern in a romantic outdoor courtyard at La Panga (lapanga.com) in nearby San Jose del Cabo and order flavorful seafood dishes like Ahi tuna glazed with honey and rosemary. Get a taste of Italy in the heart of Cabo San Lucas at DOC Wine Bar (docwinebarcabo.com). The menu is composed of elegant, traditional Italian recipes, which make use of locally grown ingredients. Back on the One&Only property, there are two signature Jean Georges restaurant concepts—Euro-Asian inspired Market, or Japanese mixed with traditional Mexican at Suviche—to choose between.
Want to get up close and personal with some of the ocean’s greatest creatures? Then sign up for a whale-watching excursion with Aereocalafia (aereocalafia.com.mx). The all-day tour ($400 per adult) is the best in the area for getting visitors within touching distance of endangered and recovered species of whales. You’ll also want to save time to explore the narrow, charming streets, cafés, and art galleries of the historic mission town of San Jose del Cabo. Thursday nights are especially enjoyable as the town hosts a weekly Art Walk, with galleries and craft artisans opening their doors and providing wine and nibbles to passersby.
When you’ve soaked in your fill of Mexican sun and had every muscle in your body pampered at One&Only’s spa, it’s time to explore the terrain of the Baja peninsula. Zoom over the desert mountains in the back of a Mercedes four-by-four during a Cabo Adventure (cabo-adventures.com) safari excursion (four hours, $76 per adult). Expert guides will introduce you to local plants, take you to spots with incredible sea and desert views, and fix a Mexican feast for lunch. For an underwater experience, book a day on One&Only’s forty-three-foot yacht ($2,500 for four hours for up to six adults), which will take you straight to some of the best snorkeling waters in Mexico in the bay of Cabo Plumo.
Direct flights are offered from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to San Jose del Cabo by US Airways (usairways.com) on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.