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These days, travel is all about the photos — if you didn't get awe-inspiring pics to post on social media, did the trip even happen?
We've compiled a list of our top 10 best Instagram locations in Cabo San Lucas, the southernmost resort town on the 750-mile-long Baja California peninsula.
Here is where stark, dramatic desert meets blue seas — where you can spend the afternoon on a Jet Ski or escape from the hubbub on a peaceful canyon hike. With the Sea of Cortez to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, there's also plenty of opportunities to scuba dive or snorkel.
With so many options, you'd better get snapping. Here are a few of the best spots to Instagram Cabo San Lucas — and inspire envy among all your friends and followers.
1. The Infinity Pool at Cabo Azul Resort
Of course, our pick for the most Instagram-worthy hotel in Mexico goes to Cabo Azul Resort, which commands a prime oceanfront location in resort town San José del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas' quieter cousin just 30 minutes to the northeast. Your first stop at the resort (after changing into your swimsuit) should be the spectacular tri-level infinity pool.
Speaking of San José del Cabo, make sure to wander the walkable streets of this authentic, artsy town. Begin at Plaza Mijares, stopping first at the Mission San José del Cabo de Añuití, first established by the Jesuits in 1730. Then, head west into the gallery district, where quiet side streets are bursting with opportunities to pick up some hand-crafted souvenirs.
3. Flora Farms
Picturesque and organic, 25-acre Flora Farms looks as though it fell out of the pages of a lifestyle magazine — we'll go so far as to say it's one of the most Instagrammable spots in Cabo San Lucas. Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains in San Jose del Cabo, the farm provides locally grown, organic produce for many local restaurants. Sign up for a cooking class and learn to make fresh regional salsas, roasted vegetable tacos or tamales — because what would a vacation be without at least one picture of your food?
4. Beach Time
When you're ready to move from the pool to the beach, Cabo Azul Resort's got you covered there, too. Twelve sparkling white, oceanfront acres await, where you can soak up the sun or seek shade under a thatched-roof cabana.
Some of Baja's prime attractions are underwater, and the best place to check them out is Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, about 60 miles north of Cabo San Lucas. Rampant overfishing in the 1980s led local fishermen and stakeholders to urge protection of this area, which became a national park in 1995. If you're a certified se diver, a trip to the park is an absolute must.
6. A Room With a View
Even your room will be Instagram-worthy at Cabo Azul Resort, where you'll be in one of 326 luxurious suites or villas. Choose a one- or two-bedroom ocean-view villa, or venture out on the 2,638-square-foot penthouse suite for the most killer views.
Tear yourself away from the water for an afternoon to explore the nearby desert and mountains. Around 35 miles north of San José del Cabo, Cañon de la Zorra (Canyon of the Fox) offers a 20-minute hike to a waterfall, during which you'll pass through quintessential Baja scenery. Although it's not a long hike, you'll still want close-toed shoes or boots, as there may be snakes and spiders about.
8. Land's End
One of the best Instagram locations in Cabo San Lucas is surely the iconic Arch of Cabo San Lucas, an unmistakable rock formation at the southern tip of the peninsula. Locally called “El Arco," nearly every Cabo tourist makes a boat trip out to the arch. There are plenty of ways to secure a photo op, from private guided tours to glass-bottom boats or quiet kayaks, all the way up to party cruises.
9. Get Hitched
Cabo is perfect for a destination wedding. You'll be spoiled for choice at Cabo Azul, which offers multiple options for the ideal venue to walk down the aisle, including an oceanfront patio and penthouse terrace. One of the most spectacular venues is the El Corazon open-air wedding chapel, overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Candlelit water-walls set the mood as you say your “I dos" in front of up to 125 guests. Opt for a dusk ceremony and infuse some of that golden-hour glow into your images.
Finally, if you're not certified to scuba dive but you'd still like to see some of what makes the waters around Baja so spectacular, check out Baja Shark Experience, where you can snorkel or free-dive with a variety of shark species, including silkies, makos and blue sharks. While they may look intimidating, the sharks are not aggressive, and you'll surely get some unbelievably brag-worthy shots.
About the Author
Rebecca Strauss has been a travel writer and editor since 2008, focusing on scuba-diving travel content. She's written for outlets such as Marriott, USA Today, Caribbean Travel + Life and Sport Diver magazines.
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