With its sugary white sands lapped by turquoise waters, world-renowned hospitality, lively nightlife and bustling shopping streets, Cancun is unequivocally the most popular resort zone for Americans heading to Mexico.

That’s not to say it’s the best pick year-round, particularly in summer when it’s invaded by the foul-smelling sargassum, and humidity is so oppressive you start sweating profusely as soon as you step out.

Fortunately, not all Mexican beach destinations are the same.

Not only is Los Cabos entirely seaweed-free this season, but it is home to some of the most luxurious beachfront all-inclusives in the world, and it’s perfectly safe to visit:

Why Should You Pick Cabo Over Cancun This Season?

The El Arco Arch at the Land's End rock formations on the Baja Peninsula, at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

For decades now, Los Cabos has been every Californian’s go-to sunny getaway.

Now, it is slowly achieving international notoriety, drawing in growing numbers not only of East Coast Americans (who have historically preferred Cancun) but also Latin Americans and Europeans.

It is the fastest-growing destination in Mexico right now, and while it still pales in comparison with the Caribbean giant, pertaining to tourism figures, it’s closing in on Cancun every passing year, boasting one of the best connectivities out of all Mexican aviation hubs, and sweeping tourism awards.

But what exactly makes Cabo so special?

Scenic panoramic aerial view of Los Cabos

Beautiful Nature

For starters, it is dual destination, comprised of the sister towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo, that both straddle the southernmost edge of the Baja California peninsula—not to be confused with the state.

The coastal strip between both ‘Capes’ is a rapidly-developing hotel zone lined by the azure waters of the Pacific, interspersed with maritime reserves and long sandy beaches.

Nature is abundant here, and that’s part of the reason why Cabo is so popular with tourists.

Mexico coastline with beautiful view over ocean in San Jose del Cabo

It lays claim to some of the most beautiful natural landmarks in Mexico, with Arco de Los Cabos, a rock formation jutting out of the Pacific, and wildlife haven Cabo Pulmo to name a couple, and when it comes to beaches like Lovers Beach, Medano and Palmilla, they see no sargassum even in summer.

The number one enemy of vacationers in the Mexican Caribbean, sargassum is an algae that has the power to proliferate disorderly in warm Atlantic waters, but that’s not at all a common occurrence on the Pacific side, where Cabo is.

Playa Medano In Cabo, Mexico

This means beaches here remain their pristine, honey-colored self year-round, and there are no unappealing black spots on the water anywhere.

If you’re swimming off the Cancun coast these days, you may not be so lucky in avoiding getting tangled up in underwater seaweed.

Local Resorts Are Far More Peaceful

Additionally, the guest profile is generally the complete opposite of Cancun’s: it’s far more peaceful and family-friendly, lacking the Mexican Caribbean’s unruly party scene and daily humdrum, and it’s somewhere you go for relaxing, first and foremost.

View of Cabo arch from a hotel

As the wellness capital of Latin America, it is the proud home of a host of landmark properties, 9 of which feature among Mexico’s top 25 best, most notably the Waldorf Astoria, the best-rated hotel in the country, distinct for its privileged coastal location.

Other noteworthy resorts include Garza Blanca, a celebrity-frequented five-star listing in the heart of Cabo San Lucas, Pueblo Bonito, near the famous El Medano Beach, and Grand Velas, recognized for its fine dining and spa facilities.

Couple Relaxing By The Poolside In A Los Cabos Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico

On average, tourists spend a whopping $600 on Cabo hotels per night, but it’s not like they mind it when they’ve saved up all year to splurge on an all-inclusive getaway, and they’re certain they’ll be pampered rotten, and treated like royalty from check-in to check-out.

In sum, choosing Los Cabos is the guarantee of a stress-free vacation, and it’s no wonder local resorts have the highest occupancy rate in Mexico this summer, surpassing Cancun, Tulum, Puerto Vallarta, and all other coastal areas.

Cabo Is Very Safe For Tourists

Police Officer In Mexico Pictured From The Back, Latin America

Besides the gorgeous nature and the incredible amenities and service offered at resorts, tourists love Cabo for how safe it is compared to other parts of Mexico: time and again, it’s featured among the safest beach destinations south of the border, and that’s due to its unique location.

As it sits at the very tip of the Baja California peninsula, hundreds of miles away from the crime hotspots of the northern half, and with equally-peaceful La Paz as the closest neighbor, it enjoys higher levels of safety.

Mexican Police Officers Patrolling Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Roads into and out of Cabo are under permanent surveillance, and the downtown zone of both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo are strictly patrolled by local security forces; even those annoying illegal vendors who can be very insistent, and pester beachgoers are being chased out of sight.

The Capes pride themselves in being a tourist-friendly resort with high security of standards, and it’s not planning on losing its hard-earned Level 2 status anytime soon.

300 Weekly Flights Into Cabo

Woman looking out of a plane

Finally, Cabo is one of the easiest spots for Americans to travel to in Mexico, with over 300 weekly flights currently offered from the United States.

Regardless of where you live, even if it’s not a major urban zone, you’re likely to be a short one to two-hour drive from an airport hosting outbound Cabo flights, sometimes for as cheap as $78 one-way.

The full list of departure points, provided by our sister site, The Cabo Sun, the leading source for all things Los Cabos, can be seen below:

  • Atlanta (ATL)
  • Austin (AUS)
  • Baltimore-Washington (BWI)
  • Charlotte (CLT)
  • Chicago (MDW)
  • Chicago (ORD)
  • Cincinnati (CVG)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Denver (DEN)
  • Detroit (DTW)
  • Houston (HOU)
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Kansas City (MCI)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Minneapolis (MSP)
  • New York (EWR)
  • New York City (JFK)
  • Oakland, East Bay (OAK)
  • Phoenix (PHX)
  • Portland (PDX)
  • Sacramento (SMF)
  • Salt Lake City (SLC)
  • San Diego (SAN)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • San Jose (SJC)
  • Santa Ana (SNA)
  • Seattle/Tacoma (SEA)
  • St. Louis (STL)

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