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Where to stay in Cabo San Lucas

Many people preparing to visit Cabo San Lucas for the first time imagine golden sand beaches lined with opulent resorts, and guests frolicking in infinity pools perched just above the Sea of Cortez. In many cases, it’s a fairly accurate portrayal. Medano Beach boasts a succession of  first-class resorts, and the Marina and Pedregal neighborhoods possess some pretty spectacular hotel properties as well. But there are many more types of accommodations in the area, and savvy shoppers can find quality lodgings at a wide variety of affordable price points.

All-inclusive packages have become an extremely popular way for vacationers to enjoy time at one of the top Medano Beach resorts without breaking the bank. After all, why leave the resort when not only your accommodations are included in the nightly cost, but also all of your meals, the margaritas by the pool, the wines at dinner, and perhaps even the couples massage at the spa? Rates for these deals vary, but regardless of the season, it’s always possible to find luxury hotels offering excellent prices on all-in stays.

Poolside views of the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Image: Marina Fiesta

Poolside views of the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Image: Marina Fiesta

Budget-minded travelers have many choices in the downtown area of Cabo San Lucas, with a number of smaller hotels, inns, and B&Bs offering accommodation at rates as low as $40 U.S. per person, per night. Rates can spike a bit during the high season (October through May), but even during peak weeks there are very nice rooms available for well under $100 U.S. per night.

Most economy lodgings in the city have their own swimming pools, and they typically provide free wireless internet access as well.

For those who have braved the roads of Baja and arrived in campers or recreational vehicles, there is a nice park, called Vagabundos del Mar, located just outside the city, with water and electric hook-ups, as well as a host of other amenities. In addition to a bar and restaurant, the RV park also features a heated pool with a palapa shaded party area, laundromat, purified water, bath and shower facilities, and a boat storage and maintenance yard. At $18 U.S. per night, it’s a great value.

Looking out over Solmar Beach to the Pacific Ocean. Image: Solmar

Looking out over Solmar Beach to the Pacific Ocean. Image: Solmar

If you are traveling with family or friends, condominium and villa rentals are a terrific way to enjoy luxurious amenities and gorgeous seaside views at a much reduced cost. A beautifully appointed villa in Pedregal that sleeps eight people goes for a weekly rate of about $2,000 U.S., or roughly $35 per person, per night. That’s less than you would pay for even the most budget-friendly of hotels, and for much nicer surroundings.

And of course, as most travelers discover when they land at the airport in San Jose del Cabo, timeshares are big business in Los Cabos. Virtually all the major resorts offer fractional ownership opportunities, and for those who love the area and like to visit on an annual basis, buying into a hotel or residential property for one to two weeks every year can be a relatively affordable long-term option, especially when prorated over the duration of the contract.

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