JWM MAGAZINE 54 JWMARRIOTT.COM
Among its many charms, Los Cabos’ climate is the star. The region averages 340 sunny
days a year and temperatures that stay
around 70 degrees; the JW MARRIOTT
LOS CABOS BEACH RESORT & SPA
takes full advantage of the conditions.
I arrived awestruck to the grand
open-air lobby, which perfectly frames a
massive infinity pool dropping down into
the Sea of Cortez below. Panama-hatted
waiters buzzed around ten cascading
swimming pools, carrying fresh cocktails
and snacks from Nak Grill & Bar. I learned
that every room and suite boasts wide
balconies with unobstructed sea views—
the perfect places from which to sip the
resort’s tasty welcome cocktail, a spiked
riff on the classic Arnold Palmer.
My first night, I headed to the chic
Café des Artistes, where I sat on the
outdoor patio and listened to the waves
break as I enjoyed Chef Thierry Blouet’s
fabulous soft-shell crab appetizer and
classic pumpkin soup. Most mornings I
had made-to-order omelets al fresco at
Úa Culinary Artisans, surrounded by the
property’s perfectly manicured pool area.
In the spirit of staying outside, I
booked two day trips though the in-house Tamaral Adventure Center. Marco
Larios, from High Tide Sea Expeditions,
was my boundlessly energetic guide.
On day one, we kayaked to the famous
Arch, the most photographed natural
phenomenon in Cabo San Lucas, then
stopped for a snorkel where I watched
schools of clown fish swim around me
and saw a sea lion twirling underwater
like a thick-bodied ballerina. But the
real excitement happened the next day,
when we went paddleboarding at Santa
Maria beach. As we headed out of the
beach’s natural cove, Marco pointed to
a rare sight—a blue whale had surfaced
about 200 feet away, and I watched as
it flipped back into the water, sending
up its tail as goodbye. I thought it would
be the most miraculous thing I could
see in one day until Marco’s second
sighting: a huge sea turtle. I followed
that graceful ocean relic as well as my
plastic flippers allowed, watching it use
its large front arms to spin from side to
side as tropical fish darted all around.
Only in the majestic warm waters of
Los Cabos could I encounter so many
sea creatures in just two days. Marco
and I had become quite the team by the
time we wrapped up our last snorkel and
split a granola bar on the beach. As he
dropped me off for the last time he said,
“I don’t want you to leave.” And when it
came to the people, the hotel and the
natural splendor of this incredible place,
the feeling was completely mutual.
This page: The JW MARRIOTT LOS CABOS
BEACH RESORT & SPA’s infinity pool faces the
Sea of Cortez. Opposite page, clockwise from
top left: An inspired presentation at Café des
Artistes. Snorkeling below Cabo’s iconic Arch.
An oceanside libation from Nak Grill & Bar.
Boating at the tip of the Baja Peninsula.