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5 Must-Visit Mexican Destinations

Take your family south of the border to score sweet deals and have some fun in the sun.

By Laura Manske

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Los Cabos

Situated on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos is actually two unique towns: Cabo San Lucas, a lively hub for shopping and eating, and San José del Cabo, a mellow pueblo with the historical Misión of San José del Cabo Añuití at its center. Stretching over a 20-mile tourism corridor, the area offers families two distinct vacation vibes.

Los Cabos is known for water sports: kayaking, waterskiing, windsurfing, and parasailing. But because there are no lifeguards—and many beaches have strong undertows and steep drop-offs—kids should swim only in designated safe spots. Playa El Médano, near downtown Cabo San Lucas, is popular with families; it has musicians, food stalls, and pick-up volleyball games for tourists and locals. The town is also a prime spot for sport fishing—particularly for mega marlin—but you can snorkel with hundreds of species of fish at the eco-reserve Cabo Pulmo Marine Park. For teens who surf or want to learn, the biggest waves hit during the summer, especially at Playa Acapulquito. Boating is also a must: Meet other mates aboard the pirate ship-inspired Buccaneer Queen, which anchors in Chileno Bay, or sail on La Princesa, a catamaran that glides past the Sea Lion Colony and the iconic arched rocks of El Arco ( The vendors in Los Cabos sell embroidered clothes, pewter earrings, and aromatic vanilla extract, among other local goodies.

Where to Stay
The 375-room Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, with its open-air hacienda courtyard, has two free-form infinity pools, tennis courts, a spa, beach yoga, and a kids' club. Protected by a rocky point, the crescent-shape beach offers safe swimming. Regular rates from $249 a night (; see below for the FC deal. The family-run Siesta Suites Hotel near the marina in the heart of Cabo San Lucas is a low-cost option for travelers who don't care about frills. It has a restaurant, pool, and free Wi-Fi (, from $64).

Must-Do Freebie
Everyone raves about the sunsets. But be sure to get up early at least once during your vacation to catch a spectacular sunrise.

FC Deal at the Hilton Los Cabos
$179 per night (excludes tax and gratuities)
-- Accommodation for 4 people (2 adults and 2 kids under 18 in the same room)
-- Last night free with minimum stay of 4 nights
-- Private Mexican cuisine cooking class
-- Free kids' menu meals for children 12 and under when dining with paying adults
-- 20% off kids' spa treatments
-- Valid through October 15, 2010

Reserve at or by calling (877) 354-1399 and requesting code FC. Subject to availability.

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