Seeing the Sights in Cabo San Lucas

Much of the Los Cabos tourist activity takes place at or near the Cabo San Lucas Marina and along a wide boulevard that wraps around the harbor. Author Nikki Goth Itoi points you toward the best sights at the Marina and elsewhere in the city.

Where should travelers go for the gourmet experience of a Puerto Vallarta lifetime?

Dine at Café des Artistes, a few blocks up the hill from the Malecón in downtown Puerto Vallarta. It’s similar to a first-class, gourmet dining room in New York or Paris. If you want to go the cheaper and more ethnic (and some would say better) route, get a shrimp burrito from Tacos Marlin—there’s one across the pedestrian bridge at the airport and another downtown. One burrito is big enough to feed two people!

Can you recommend a must-do activity in Los Cabos?

One of the most memorable experiences you can have in Los Cabos is the opportunity to watch a baby sea turtle hatching. This takes some advanced planning with local conservationists, as well as a little luck on the timing. Olive ridley hatchlings can be seen from August through January, from Todos Santos to Los Cabos and along the East Cape.

Maya Archeaological Sites on Isla Cozumel

Isla Cozumel played a deeply significant role in the Maya world. The island’s primary site—known as San Gervasio today—was dedicated to Ixchel, the Maya goddess of fertility, the moon, childbirth, medicine, and weaving. Read on to discover more about archaeological sites on the island.

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling around Isla Mujeres

Snorkelers can enjoy encounters with whale sharks or visit the remarkable underwater sculpture park near Manchones reef, and beginner divers and veterans alike will find plenty to explore as well. Learn more about the amazing underwater experiences available around Isla Mujeres.

Do you have any recommendations for making the most of a trip to Puerto Vallarta?

I have two suggestions. 1. Go on a whale watching trip during the season (November through May), in a fast boat, and with a real whale scientist, such as Nico Ransome at Vallarta Adventures or Oscar Frey at Ocean Friendly Whale Watching. With an expert as your guide, whale behavior—all that jumping and tail thumping and splashing—begins to make sense, and knowing the meaning of whale behavior deeply enriches the experience. 2. Learn how to paddle a stand-up paddleboard while you’re here, in either Bucerias, Sayulita, or Punta Mita. It’s super fun, super healthy, easy to learn in an hour, and a great way to experience the ocean.

Renting Cars or Mopeds on Isla Cozumel

Renting a car is a nice way to get out of downtown and see the rest of the island. It is virtually impossible to get lost, and you can visit all the main spots in a day or two. Read on to learn about the average costs and how to avoid tourist scams.