Cabo Villas & Guide
With gorgeous beaches, abundant sunshine and a modern infrastructure, renting one of Exotic Estates’ Cabo Villas is a sure way to enjoy a – luxurious - dose of warm weather, all year long.
From the old-town charm of San Jose del Cabo to the buzzing nightlife of Cabo San Lucas, Exotic Estates has a collection of Cabo Villas that are perfect for your getaway.
Exotic Estates Villa Specialists have taken the time to explore our villas in Cabo, so you can trust that you will be connected with a vacation villa that is perfect for your group’s needs.
Our Cabo Villas range from $385-$8,000 per night, accommodating most budgets, and you can find the perfect abode for two or host your dream wedding or family reunion!
Los Cabos, Mexico offers vacationers a modern and unbelievably beautiful landscape filled with gorgeous villas and opulent resorts housing world-class spas and golf courses. Whether you are looking for a peaceful escape or an adventure-filled surf week, Los Cabos has something for you!
This world-class destination is located at the southern end of the Baja Peninsula in Baja California Sur. Los Cabos generally refers to two cites, Cabo San Lucas in the north and San Jose del Cabo to the south. The Los Cabos Corridor (a.k.a. “The Resort Corridor,” or “The Tourist Corridor”), is a 20-mile stretch of coastline that connects these two cities and that’s peppered with gated neighborhoods filled with spectacular private homes that can be rented for your holiday.
In this delightful area of Mexico, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, visitors will find a sunny, well-managed and safe vacation destination. In each area, you will find quiet beaches, beautiful villas, golf courses, world-class dining and restaurants, sport fishing, local art galleries and boutiques, and an exciting nightlife.
With our recent expansion to Los Cabos, you can now rent a luxurious Cabo Villa in San Jose del Cabo, the Cabo Resort Corridor, and the deep sea fishing and party mecca of Cabo San Lucas.
Our team of experts flew to Los Cabos to personally inspect all our villas and experience this destination first-hand in order to be able to offer you expert recommendations on where to stay, dine, and let loose on your vacation.
Considered one of Mexico’s premiere vacation destinations, we are pleased to be able to help you plan the perfect vacation to glorious Los Cabos!
Getting to Los Cabos
Los Cabos is easy to reach, at under three hours flying time from many western US cities. Moreover, there are more than 500 flights per week from over 40 cities, allowing for easy connections to Los Cabos from near or far.
The Airport – Los Cabos International in San Jose del Cabo
Your flight down to Cabo will most likely land at the large regional airport, Los Cabos International (SJD).
The airport is a hint of what you will find in the area, as it’s new and clean, and well-run.
Getting through the airport is a snap; our team arrived on a Saturday in October, at 4:45 PM and were driving out of the airport with their limo service by 5:08 PM.
Tequila Tasting - Duty Free
The duty-free shop in the baggage claim area has a tequila tasting table, so if you’re ready to hit the ground partying, you’ll be able to sample and purchase essentials before you leave the airport.
Rental car companies are located inside the airport terminal. So, if you’ve rented, you can take care the paperwork while still in the baggage area.
Note – there are lots of fees associated with rental cars in Mexico. You cannot go by the pricing you read on travel website because they do not reflect the cost of insurance – you can opt for just collision, but it’s not advised. For our team’s rentals, the total cost of the insurance, damage and liability, ran about $40 per day. As a reference, we rented a very basic four-door Camry through Avis, who delivered the car to our villa. In total, we paid about $90 per day.
We arranged a private transfer to our villa: Casa Cortez Beach Villa in the Resort Corridor, and Avis delivered the car to us the night we arrived.
Getting Out of the Airport – Running the Gauntlet of Drivers
Arriving can be a bit overwhelming because of all the people trying to "help" you find your transport. There are two rooms that you must pass through after customs; one room has a bank of kiosks where those on a vacation package can turn in their airport transfer voucher and be assigned a driver to take them to their resort.
Once you get through aggressive salesman, you will find legal taxis waiting, or your reserved driver should be waiting, holding a sign with your name. For more information on navigating through the Los Cabos Airport, see our blog Arrival in Cabo – Things You Need to Know.
Toll Roads vs. the Scenic Route
You can take a modern toll road into town or the old non-toll road a.k.a. the scenic route, which will add about five minutes to your ride and brings you through parts of San Jose del Cabo. We took the modern toll road and it was a breeze.
To take the toll road to the coast in San Jose del Cabo or the Resort Corridor, you’ll need some cash in hand. The highway system accepts Peso or US$, but no cards. The toll road to San Jose del Cabo cost our team around $US 1.50, while Cabo is about $3.60 (this equaled 70 pesos at the time of our team’s visit at around 19 pesos per 1 US$, in October 2016).
The drive time from the airport to our villa, which was near the Palmilla Resort on the Resort Corridor, San Jose del Cabo, was about 20 minutes.
If you drive directly to Cabo, the ride is about 40 minutes.
Like in other parts of the world, the best exchanges rates are gained by withdrawing cash from an ATM machine. Also, it’s helpful to remember that most places will take US$.
Familiar Stores on Way
You can pop into McDonalds or Starbucks along the way to your villa along the Los Cabos Corridor between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
We stayed at Casa Cortez Beach Villa – this villa is way more impressive than it appears in photos, which simply cannot capture the size and views adequately. It’s a large home in a gated community (24-hour guards) overlooking what is essentially a private beach for the homes located above its pristine sands.
Stock Up at Costco for Your Vacation Home
Bring your Costco card, because you’ll want to stock on supplies at Costco on the outskirts of Cabo. To learn more about how our team stalked up on, visit our blog Arrival in Cabo – Things You Need to Know.
Los Cabos Weather
The climate in Cabo is warm year-round. The water temps range from 72F during winter months to 84F during summer. The average high air temperature ranges from 74F during January to 96F during July. Los Cabos is on the same latitude as Hawaii and is only 1,000 miles south of San Diego.
Many Exotic Estates Cabo Vacation Villas have heated pools and hot tubs, so they are always at a constant and comfortable temperature.
Check out our helpful tips on planning a Cabo destination wedding at an Exotic Estates villa, and visiting Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.
Things to Do in Los Cabos
Exploring Cabo San Lucas
The town of Cabo San Lucas really took off as a destination starting in the 1970's and 80's. Then Sammy Hagar come to town, opened a bar and named a Tequila after Cabo, and things took off.
Still, Cabo San Lucas is in an enviable position, right on the tip of the Baja Peninsula, and its draw is understandable. From a few hotels clustered near “The Arches,” the famous stone arch and cliffs that jut out over the Sea at Land's End, Cabo has grown up as a world-class beach and sport fishing destination.
Other Mexican towns have a central piazza, but not Cabo, which has the marina as its center. The area is famed for marlin and game fishing and you can still enjoy some of the freshest seafood here.
Having come a long way from the remote fishing village it once was, Cabo offers incredible resorts and fabulous vacation villas.
The landscape is dramatic, and many of Exotic Estates’ Cabo villas are built into the rugged hillsides, offering staggering views of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific.
Cabo San Lucas Beaches
This is one of the most popular beaches in Cabo San Lucas and has a reputation as the safest swimming beach. Beginning at the east side of the harbor, this beautiful beach extends along the bay of Cabo San Lucas and into the Villa del Palmar.
This beach is known for all-day happy hours and has plenty of amazing beach vendors to fulfill any food craving. This is an awesome spot to people watch and there are plenty of water activities to enjoy year round.
Playa Medano is a great place to take the family to go for a swim in one of many designated areas. This is where people who want a more social beach scene come to enjoy beach days on their Cabo vacation. You will also find beach volleyball, as well as jet-skis and wave runners, kayaks, sailboats, and parasailing.
Land's End (Arch of Cabo San Lucas)
The Arch of Cabo San Lucas is also referred to as Land's End, and is named after a distinctive rock formation known as “El Arco.” At this point, the Pacific Ocean becomes the Gulf of California or the Sea of Cortez. This spot is a very popular place for local sea lions and is also a Cabo San Lucas favorite spot for watching sunsets! Many Exotic Estates Cabo villas in the Pedegral neighborhood look down towards Lands End and out to the ocean, offering guests a front seat to some of the most gorgeous sunsets on earth.
Playa del Amore
This beautiful beach is a vacationer’s paradise. You can swim and snorkel in the bay and admire the gorgeous sea-life. The Pacific side (known as Divorce Beach...lol) is where the waves come in strong, and is a must-see! Make sure to pack plenty of food and water as there are no services offered here.
This beach can only be accessed via water or by a glass bottom boat from the Cabo San Lucas marina. You can also paddle here by kayak from Medano Beach.
This recently improved beach is another local and tourist favorite, and features new palapas (providing shade), a wooden walkway, and signs. Weekdays are the best time to visit as the crowds can grow large during the weekends.
Families can enjoy one of the many taco vendors and the water provides a safe place to swim for children and adults. There is also a nearby reef that is great for snorkeling and spearfishing!
Tip: although there are restrooms provided, be sure to bring your own toilet paper.
For a complete list of Cabo San Lucas beaches visit http://www.cabosanlucasbeaches.com/
Cabo San Lucas Attractions
This boat tour is a must-do for families and groups! The Queen is a pirate ship built in 1968, and is the only theme boat that sails around the Los Cabos Bay area. You will have front-row seats while you sail past Cabo’s famous Arch, Lover’s Beach, and the coral reefs of Chileno Bay.
Running tours four times per day, you can choose between whale watching, a sunset tour, or you can even book a private tour for you and your group. For an entertaining perspective on Cabo’s hottest ocean attractions, take a tour with the Buccaneer Queen.
Experience a Cabo adventure on land or sea with Cabo Expeditions! From snorkeling and scuba diving, to zip lining and parasailing, Cabo Expeditions offers adventures for all abilities and ages.
Take the family to The Wild Canyon’s Kingdom, where you can interact with exotic species from around the world, or enjoy a kayaking and snorkeling tour in a clear-bottom kayak! The possibilities are endless!
Cabo Sky Tours
Take a tour of the beautiful skies of Cabo San Lucas in a powered hang glider. Get a true bird's-eye view of the landscape and Pacific Ocean while your trusted pilot flies your glider.
You don’t need any experience, just let the licensed pilot take charge and sit back and enjoy! Find out more about this adventure at Cabo Sky Tours.
Iglesia de San Lucas - Town Square
Get a taste of culture at the Church of San Lucas. This landmark is the main church of Cabo Can Lucas and is a great place to take the family to get to know the history of this beautiful town.
The Church has been relatively unchanged since the 19th century and you can participate in a Mass on Saturday evenings or Sunday mornings. Check out the architecture and learn about local traditions at this Catholic Church that was built by a Spanish missionary in 1730. Surrounded by a pristine plaza, you can enjoy lunch at one of the many nearby restaurants and take a tour of the shops.
Cabo Wabo Cantina
This chain of nightclubs in the perfect destination for your night on the town! Founded by rock musician, Sammy Hagar, this nightclub is one of the most popular destinations in Cabo.
At Cabo Wabo, you can enjoy live music and entertainment daily. The restaurants are open during lunch and dinner, seven days a week. From seafood to classic-Mexican dishes, and tequila’s to cervesas, this is the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy the Cabo Can Lucas lifestyle!
Learn more about Cabo Wabo
Besides great beaches, amazing seafood and beautiful vacation homes, Cabo is definitely the social and commercial hub for Los Cabos. Whether you want to party or enjoy a romantic dinner, or have a spa day, you’ll find plenty of options in Cabo San Lucas!
The town of San Jose del Cabo is joined with its popular neighbor to the southwest, Cabo San Lucas, via a well-maintained highway. Peppered along this 20-mile stretch are several high-quality, gated resort areas boasting fabulous luxury vacation villas and glorious resort spas.
One of these areas is the Del Mar Development, located just to the south of San Jose del Cabo. Exotic Estates vacation villas in Del Mar are ideal for those who want to be close to towns, but not in them. The homes are all well-appointed and offer modern and high-end conveniences, such as in-home technologies, private pools and Jacuzzis, and outdoor grilling and fire-pits.
The added benefit of these homes, is that, while they offer private vacation-villa living, guests have access to world-class resorts, including the Palmilla Resort, which offers golfing, spas and restaurants. The concept found here is similar to some of the private villas located in the resort areas on the Big Island of Hawaii, which come with the option of resort privileges and the benefit of gated neighborhoods.
Of course the beaches along this stretch are stunning and often much less-crowded than those around the main towns. If you are looking for a quieter, resort-like experience, renting a villa along the Resort Corridor is a great option.
San Jose del Cabo
The town of San Jose del Cabo has a historic center, with colonial-era homes and buildings, including a mission from 1700. It has avoided uncontrolled growth and tried to keep its historic small-town charm, opting for galleries, restaurants and shops rather than the big malls found in further down the road along the corridor or down in Cabo San Lucas.
San Jose del Cabo is not as large as Cabo San Lucas, but it is growing and becoming more popular as a destination. If you are looking for a more mellow and quiet historic area to enjoy your Cabo holiday, renting an Exotic Estates luxury villa in San Jose del Cabo may be a better option for you than renting in its more touristy and commercial neighbor to the west - Cabo San Lucas.
There are many beautiful neighborhoods around San Jose del Cabo along the coast, including the gated community of Fundadores, which is very upscale and equally secure. The homes found in this area are all unique, luxurious and some are exceptionally opulent, offering oceanfront living with a host of luxurious amenities and design features such as infinity-edge pools, theaters, elevators and seamless indoor-outdoor living.
Things to do in San Jose del Cabo
San Jose del Cabo is located 20 miles north of Cabo San Lucas and boasts 18-century colonial architecture and a laid-back vibe. Situated at the end of the Baja California Peninsula, San Jose was founded in 1730, when the San Jose del Cabo Anuti Mission was established.
This charming and relatively low-key town boasts beautiful beaches, a historical town center and an easygoing ambiance. Known as the artistic hub of Los Cabos, visitors can explore the picturesque architecture, murals, and vibrant art galleries.
Exotic Estates has added nine new vacation villas in San Jose del Cabo and we have compiled our list of favorite things to do in this culture-rich town. Take a tour of this lovely village and then select the perfect Exotic Estates villa for your next vacation!
San Jose Del Cabo Main Square (Plaza Mijares)
Get to know the living history of this Mexican town and pay a visit to the main square, where you will find art galleries, shops, and delicious local cuisine.
Check out the delicious eats available at a food cart, or enjoy the Thursday-night art walk. Dine alfresco and people watch. This adorable square is fun for everyone in the family!
This lovely beach is ringed with white sand and is perfect for an evening walk during sunset. Clean and well maintained, you will find an abundance of local families and children.
The rocks offshore break up the large waves, which make this a good beach for swimming. Be sure to bring your own beach toys and fishing gear. The beach is also a popular place to snorkel!
The Estero San Jose
Experience a beautiful nature walk along the estuary of the local river and bird sanctuary. This is a unique place, where the freshwater of the Rio San Jose meets salt water.
This trail extends 1.5 miles and is the perfect spot for bird watching, kayaking, and morning jogs. Conveniently located, this trail connects the beach hotels with the downtown district.
Tip: If visiting during dawn or dusk, bring bug repellent to keep insects at bay.
Mision de San Jose del Cabo Anuiti
Experience Sunday Mass at this historical Mission. Founded by the Jesuit Priest, Nicolas Tamaral in 1730, the Mission of San Jose is an important regional landmark.
Despite the damage from a hurricane in 1918, the Mission still holds the original structure and some of its walls, and inside you will find a unique mosaic. Rich in history, this is a great place to take the family!
Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery
San Jose del Cabo is home to a plethora of beautiful art galleries. This gallery was established in 2004 by artist and founder Ivan Guaderrama, with its original location in Chihuahua, Mexico. It is located at the end of Art Walk Street and offers different styles and genres, but fitting its history, specializes in contemporary Christian artwork, and expressions of love, faith, and music; italso features interactive art displays.
A local favorite, you will find colorful and uplifting art that will inspire!
Frank Arnold Gallery
Frank Arnold’s artwork is referred to as “Personal, yet Universal,” as it connects with each viewer’s emotions.
Frank Arnold works in oil on canvas and cast bronze from his studio, and you will see his love of light in each unique piece. The elegant gallery is full of modern art and paintings, and is also home to the artist himself.
If you need a break from the quiet atmosphere of this historical town, dare to go on an adventure!
Start with a Hydro FlyBoard, which is considered one of the top things to do in San Jose del Cabo. You can experience a personal flight lesson in the un-crowded marina at Puerto Los Cabos. This is the perfect place for your first jetpack experience and is sure to create memories of a lifetime for the entire family. Learn more here.
Soar through a beautiful nature sanctuary on a zip line! Check out the rugged forests of San Jose del Cabo from above, on this exciting thrill ride. One of our favorites is Canopy Costa Azul, where you will find only the safest equipment for your ride above the bush!
For a wide range of tours and activities, visit Transcabo. Choose from city tours, adventure tours, whale watching, golfing or sunset cruising. One of our favorite adventures is to take a deep-sea fishing day trip, for which Los Cabos is widely known. You will have plenty of fresh fish to grill at your private villa after a day out on the boat. Whatever your fancy, Transcabo will have the perfect activity for any family or group!
While you are in Los Cabos, you will have a variety of local restaurants serving locally sourced cuisine to choose from. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind, and a bit surprising, dining experience, you will want to make reservations at Flora Farms. Only a short drive from San Jose and about 20 minutes from Cabo San Lucas, this charming and unique place is worth the trip.
Flora Farms is an organic farm located in the hillsides of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains and has been farming without the use of pesticides or GMO’s for over ten years. This place would be right at home in Malibu, as it has a rustic yet upscale feel reflected in the architecture, shops and a relaxed yet chic restaurant vibe.
Using the fertile grounds alongside the Sea of Cortez, Flora Farms practices a growing season that corresponds with the local high season and the need for exported produce in the surrounding area. Flora Farms also has a ranch to supply the field kitchen, featuring humanely raised chicken, eggs, pork, and beef.
For more information or to make a reservation, visit http://www.flora-farms.com/
While San Jose del Cabo has a historic center with a grand plaza and mission church, Cabo San Lucas has its marina. All roads lead to the marina in Cabo, and the daily parade of boats going into and out of the harbor a testament to the ongoing popularity of sport fishing here.
Before you arrive in Cabo, you can arrange for a boat to take you and your party out for the day. There are many charter companies operating out of Cabo San Lucas. We chose to work with Pisces, which has an established name and large fleet; we rented a 31 ft. boat called the Rebecca. The boats have bathrooms and a table for covered dining if needed.
The waters here are loaded with good-eating fish including wahoo, tuna, snapper and area’s famed sailfish.
There are limits on the number of fish you can catch, and it is very popular to catch and release billfish. The fishing charter company will likely fillet your fish for you and/or pack them up in ice if you wish. If you want them to pack the fish and get them ready for transport home, they will take a day to prep.
For more information on our sport fishing trip, visit our blog Deep Sea Fishing in Cabo.
Find Your Los Cabos Vacation Home!
The area is designed to make it easy for villa renters, offering many of the same mega-stores that we know here at home in the US or Canada. There is a Costco, a WalMart and an amazing Mexican mega-store called La Comer, all of which are ideal for stocking up on supplies for your Cabo vacation villa.
In addition to the mega-stores, you will see plenty of familiar storefronts like Starbucks and OfficeMax in shopping centers that would be at home in any American or Canadian city.
We have gorgeous homes in each location, take a tour of our Cabo Villas today!
Exotic Estates Cabo Villas in San Jose del Cabo
Cabo Candlelight Villa
This lovely San Jose del Cabo villa is located in the gated community of Del Mar and is beautifully decorated with Mexican-inspired designs. The panoramic ocean views of the Sea of Cortez are spectacular and guests can enjoy over 3,200 square feet of living space.
Offering a private pool and Jacuzzi, the terrace is sure to be the most popular spot in the villa! Relax poolside with your favorite book in the shade, or take a dip in the heated swimming pool or unwind in the outdoor Jacuzzi. There is also a covered area with a fire pit and an outdoor barbecue, which is the perfect evening conversation spot.
At Cabo Candlelight Villa you are close to many shops and restaurants and Club Ninety Six, Del Mar’s private beach club. Guests will also have access to the private beach and restaurants, which are only a short walk or golf-cart drive away.
Offering four bedrooms, this villa can accommodate up to eight guests and is perfect for family vacations!
Villa Cabo Cielo
Villa Cabo Cielo, or Villa Cabo "Heaven", is a beautiful four-bedroom and five-bath villa located in the beachfront residential community of Punta Bella.
This two-story villa can accommodate up to ten guests and boasts incredible views of the Sea of Cortez from almost every room! Offering over 3,400 square feet, this San Jose del Cabo vacation home is the perfect escape for families and friends!
The panoramic ocean views are stunning and guests will create memorable moments at this Villa Cabo Cielo. Spend time in open living area or outside on the terrace, which floats above the landscape below. Guests can lounge poolside under the sun and then take a dip in the refreshing pool to cool off.
Come experience a Mexican paradise at Villa Cabo Cielo!
Exotic Estates Cabo Villas in the Resort Corridor
This San Jose del Cabo vacation home was built to perfection and overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
This gorgeous villa is located in the gated community of Palmilla Sur and Cerro Colorado. With 6,500 square feet of stylish Mexican design, Casa Cortez Beach Villa is large enough to accommodate multi-generational groups or a couples’ Mexican vacation!
You will love the spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez and the rugged coastline of Baja Mexico! Among the charms of this luxuriously private villa are five glorious master suites, an infinity pool and spa, a large terrace with stunning views, outdoor dining areas, a gourmet chef’s kitchen, comfortable sleeping accommodations and a state-of-the-art media room!
This home is perfect for your Mexican vacation!
Exotic Estates Cabo Villas in Cabo San Lucas
You can find rent many beautiful villas in Cabo San Lucas in a variety of exclusive areas. Take a tour of a few of our Cabo San Lucas vacation homes.
Cabo Hacienda 11
This Mexican vacation villa overlooks Medano Beach and boasts some of the best views of Land’s End. With a prime oceanfront location, you can experience all of the action in Cabo!
Offering four bedrooms, this villa can accommodate up to eight guests and offers a private pool, 3,500 square feet of living space, and spectacular views of the ocean. Each bedroom is outfitted with lavish linens and has its own private bathroom.
Guests staying at this Mexican retreat will have all the comforts of a luxury home and receive exclusive access to the Hacienda Beach Club and other facilities. If you are looking for an exceptional, one-of-a-kind vacation experience in Cabo San Lucas, this stunning oceanfront Mexican villa should be at the top of your list!
Villa Cabo Bellissima
This stunning eight-bedroom villa is located on the hillside in the private Pedregal community of Cabo San Lucas, in Mexico. This Exotic Estates Cabo vacation home displays the perfect blend of modern architecture, luxurious amenities and boasts unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean.
Featuring eight-bedrooms, eleven spa-like bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen and spacious living accommodations throughout, guests are sure to love this gorgeous Cabo vacation villa.
This exquisite property is a great choice for special events, and can easily accommodate up to 150 guests, making this villa a dream location for weddings, anniversary parties, milestone birthdays, IPO celebrations and cocktail parties!
Relax in paradise and experience haute Mexican living at this beautiful villa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!
Cabo Villa de Tres Hermanas
This Exotic Estates Cabo San Lucas vacation villa is the perfect rental for families and groups looking for a centrally located villa in Cabo. Offering four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, this home can comfortably accommodate eight guests and features a private swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
Guests will love being within walking distance to the marina and the beach, the perfect place to spend all those sunny Cabo days! This vacation villa is also close to downtown Cabo Can Lucas, where you will find shopping, dining, and an exciting nightlife!
Put Los Cabos on Your Must-See List!
Offering hundreds of miles of sunny coastline that stretches from the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific Ocean, Los Cabos provides almost 350 days of sunshine a year. One of Mexico’s favorite seaside getaways, the Baja Peninsula has something for everyone.
Whether you visit the eclectic San Jose del Cabo or the bustling Cabo San Lucas, put this first-rate destination on your vacation list this year!