Some travelers head to Los Cabos to soak up the Mexican sun, others are more interested in the region’s famous nightlife. Those of you who fall firmly into the “here to party” camp will appreciate our list of the area’s top party-centric properties, which was compiled by our reporters after staying at nearly 60 hotels throughout Los Cabos.
ME Cabo is working on bringing sexy back at this party-infused resort. With Passion Club & Lounge and Nikki Beach (a global restaurant and nightlife hot spot), this trendy, 155-room property keeps the celebration going constantly. Its excellent location near downtown Cabo San Lucas means even more fun is close by, and the property offers direct (and private) beach access. The rooms are spacious and chicly decorated with colorful, modern furnishings, and feature private balconies. Outside, guests can park themselves at trendy poolside cabana beds (complete with music), or at the swim-up bar. The resort is clearly geared toward young adults, and families might be turned off by the provocative artwork and youthful crowd.
Boasting scenery in every direction, this 250-room cliffside resort has enjoyed icon status ever since Keith Richards wed Patti Hansen here in 1983. Sandos has undergone expansion and renovations since then, but one thing didn't change: the panoramic views of the sea, the bay, and rugged mountains in between. The property attracts a mature party crowd, and the action starts early -- right after breakfast, really -- with pumping music and thirtysomething couples and parents enjoying poolside margaritas. Those who seek more solace can snag a beach palapa or pool chairs further away from the bar. At night, the mature party vibe continues and the resort's spacious layout helps ensure that one area never gets too crowded. For instance, guests can stick to the beach bar after dinner, or head to the top for the Rolling Stones-themed bar. All guests have unlimited access to multiple bars and restaurants, as well as 24-hour room service.
Open nearly 30 years, this 152-room resort is a solid value option on the Sea of Cortez in San José del Cabo. All-inclusive packages offer decent food and basic liquors with nightly entertainment. It’s certainly a lively adult party scene -- many seem to be regulars, or traveling together in large groups, and dinner starts with a traditional shot of tequila at the host stand. Dinner turns to live music and dancing (which can often occur between guests and the musicians themselves). Simple rooms have balconies (all have partial ocean views) and mini-fridges, although bathrooms could stand some updates. When not using the outdoor pool with swim-up bar, guests can take long walks on the pristine beach, or hit balls on the putting green.
This spacious 286-room hotel sits in the heart of downtown Cabo San Lucas along the bustling harbor (great for those who want to be in the thick of things). The property used to be a Wyndham and there are aging signs of the former; that being said, Tesoro's signature piece-de-resistance is a modern outdoor pool with two raised jetted tubs, a swim-up bar, and drink service. There's a sound system with upbeat party music, along with tropical plants and day beds overlooking the harbor, with rugged mountains in the background. The hotel has three restaurants and three bars, but most guests tend to hit the town for dinner and nightlife. The hotel is practically taken over by young partiers in March and April.
Location is one of the all-inclusive Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa's strongest assets, particularly for those in town to party. The hotel sits right on Cabo San Lucas' bustling marina, so staying here puts you a few minutes' walk away from popular Medano Beach, shopping at the Puerto Paraiso mall, myriad dining options, and vibrant nightlife. The 155 mid-range rooms are nautical-themed, pleasant, and clean, though the dated bathrooms are disappointing. With two pools and a swim-up bar, mature couples mix with bachelorette parties and small groups of friends creating a lively -- but generally not wild -- vibe. There's also a modern gym with a trainer and a dated spa. Dining is varied, with almost every restaurant in the hotel's Golden Zone -- a seaside promenade with options ranging from Japanese to Italian -- partaking in the all-inclusive Dine Out plan.