Cabo in Mexico is a mindblowing mix of wildlife and living the high life on the beach

THE water glitters, the engine cuts out and the chatter falls
silent.

We gasp as a humpback whale rises from the Sea of Cortez, off
Cabo, Mexico.
The sight is exhilarating — terrifying, even.

WhalesEnjoy whale watching off
the coast of CaboAlamy

Then a smaller hump appears. The proud mum is showing her baby
the ropes.

Awestruck, we watch them dive gracefully back into the depths.
The whole group is left grinning.

When the boat’s engine finally starts back up, I know I will
never forget this.

The view of Cabo from the sea shows off everything great about
this place, at the most southerly point of the Baja California Sur
to the west of mainland Mexico.

PoolSwimmers at the pool at
luxury hotel the Riu Palace

Don’t miss El Arco, the famous rock arch leaning over the sea,
pleasingly described by our guide Beth as like a dragon drinking
from the ocean.

There is an enticing long, white beach dotted with bars and the
harbour at the end is the beating heart of the resort.

It is January when I visit and even now the place is buzzing.
Jet skis skim the waves in 27C heat, while lively restaurants are
packed with American tourists and Mexicans enjoying a cool beer in
the shade.

Captain Tony’s seems as good a spot as any to soak up the
atmosphere in the marina and the food there is my first true taste
of Mexico.

Boat tripSpectacular boat trip off
the secluded isle of Espiritu SantoCorbis – Getty

I order a molcajete, an enormous bowl made from local volcanic
rock that is said to soak up the flavours of everything served in
it.

Inside is chicken with a rich, smoky tomato sauce featuring
heaps of paprika, onion and chilli, to be scooped up with
nachos.

All of a sudden I am not looking forward to hitting the beach in
my bikini . . .

If you like street food, taco stalls are ten-a-penny in nearby
Todos Santos, an arty little place decorated with the
Day of the Dead
paper flags and home to the famous
Hotel California
(although it is a myth that The Eagles ever
stayed there).

Sea lionSea lions hop onto the back
of little fishing boats before diving into the seaGetty –
Contributor

Meat eaters should seek out a barbacoa taco with juicy pulled
lamb for the equivalent of £1.20. You will not regret it.

Aside from the food, what really sets Cabo apart is its
breathtaking natural wildlife, which will surprise you at every
turn.

Locals do not seem fazed as a hungry sea lion hops on to the
back of a little fishing boat like a friendly Labrador.

And it is not unusual to see an iguana just waddle off into the
sea to cool off as you sunbathe on the sand.

Zip lineEmma zip lines over
Miraflores, hitting speeds of 40mph

To get even closer to the action, I recommend a boat tour to the
secluded islands of Espiritu Santos, off the coast of La Paz.

An hour’s drive along cactus-lined roads from Cabo, and a
further hour sailing the boundless blue (while sinking a mimosa or
four), there you will reach the second-largest sea-lion colony in
the world.

Lolling on the rocks, tame enough to swim with, the sea lions
are enough to take your breath away . . . literally.

Their pungent smell hits you like a wall — and you will want
to steer clear of territorial males.

BeachRelax on the beautiful
beaches with a cold beerAlamy

Snorkelling round the colony is like something from Finding
Nemo.

But if you don’t fancy a swim, you will come across some of
the world’s best beaches on the voyage — and have them more or
less to yourself.

If you haven’t yet hit the margaritas, Cabo is home to the
highest zip line in Mexico.

I surprise myself by agreeing to test it out — strapped in
tight — to plummet a kilometre over a dizzying canyon in
Miraflores at speeds of up to 40mph.

SnorklingSnorkle in the beautifully
clear waters and explore the wildlife

I stagger off at the other end with shaking knees, feeling
completely alive.

For a good middle ground between idleness and thrill-seeking,
take an electric bike for a spin along the Pacific coastline.

Try not to laugh out loud like a child as you whizz along,
dodging cacti.

If the excitement gets too much, make the most of the incredible
weather by the pool back in Cabo, which is lively and luxurious
with four pools to choose from.

The Riu Palace offers
all-inclusive cocktails and people-watching

If you are looking for peace and quiet, head to the beach just a
few steps away.

When you are done with the all-inclusive cocktails and
people-watching, rooms at the Riu Palace Baja California are
absolute oases.

Mine had a huge oval tub in the middle of the room, a rainfall
shower and the biggest bed I had ever set eyes upon. Beyond the
rooms, the hotel has loads to offer — five restaurants, an
outdoor bar and a huge entertainment area.

But for a night on the tiles, Cabo comes into its own. This is
where Americans take Spring Break, after all.

Start somewhere civilised such as Vas que Vuelas, a bar
dedicated to mezcal — like a smoky, very strong tequila.

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From there, Cabo is your oyster, with offerings from the mad
open-air club La Vaquita to the eye-popping, multi-storey mayhem of
El Squid Roe.

Cabo offers an incredible first taste of Mexico, with amazing
nature, glorious weather and an infectious party atmosphere.

Where better to nurse a tequila hangover than on those beautiful
white beaches?

Go: Mexico

GETTING/STAYING THERE: Seven nights’
all-inclusive at the 4H Riu Palace Baja California in Cabo is from
£1,153pp based on two sharing. Price includes return flights from
Gatwick departing November 4 and transfers. Find out more at
tui.co.uk.

Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News2
Cabo in Mexico is a mindblowing mix of wildlife and living the high life on the beach