Los Cabos is what most people from Oz think of when they think of Mexico.... cactus, desert, beach hot and dry. In actual fact this is an isolated area of Mexico separated by the Sea of Cortez.
Los Cabos, the once tuna cannery turned holiday Mecca with only 10 inches of rain a year and 300 to 350 days of sunshine. Making it a very hard place to grow crops, so the people that lived here prior to European arrival were nomadic.
Los Cabos means 'The Capes', And is made up of 2 towns; Cabo San Lucas (the more touristy nightlife town) and San Jose del Cabo, a more sleepy historic town.
Cabo San Lucas started out as a tuna cannery and if you like sport fishing this is the place for you. They hold the biggest fishing tournament in world with a first prize of $3.5m USD (it's a 50k buy in). It's also home to the famous arch; a rock formation that separates the calm Lovers Beach and the rough Divorce Beach.
In San Jose you will find a much slower pace with lots of art and beautiful streets to walk.
Both towns are only now just fully recovering from the 2014 category 5 hurricane Odile, you can still see some evidence of the aftermath with restorations taking place on buildings here and there.
After a couple of beach and beer days we went on a food tour of San Lucas. Taking a 40 min bus ride from our hotel in San Jose we met our guide Issy and to my surprise the tour started in the touristy shopping mall Puerto Pariso at the Marina!
Issy wanted to show us that you could still get good affordable Mexican meals there in the mall. We had a steak Torta.
*A torta is Mexico's version of a sandwich and usually comes with; meat, cheese, lettuce avocado, peppers, and whatever salsas you want to add. Costing around $4 AUS, it was a great start to the tour.