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Best spring break value travel destinations: Los Cabos

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     (Los Cabos Convention and Visitors Bureau)

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     (Los Cabos Convention and Visitors Bureau)

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Regular tabloid magazine readers will recognize Los Cabo as a favorite of glamorous Hollywood stars like Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox. Only two hours from LA, its white beaches and luxury resorts are among Mexico’s finest and most pristine, making it seem out of the reach of non-celebs. However, Cabo has a wealth of great-value resorts and all-inclusive packages, making it one of Mexico’s most genuinely surprising values.

What’s colloquially known as “Cabo” is actually two cities 20 minutes apart collectively known as Los Cabos: Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Cabo San Lucas is where the party people flock, while San Jose del Cabo, a colonial town dating from the 1600’s, has an elegant flair more suited to families and couples, with boutiques, galleries and cafes.

No trip to Cabo is complete without a visit to the distinctive Lands’ End “El Arco de Cabo San Lucas,” an arched rock formation at the southern end of the Baja Peninsula that’s one of the most photographed and recognizable sights on the planet.

Beyond just lazing on the beautiful beaches, daytime activities in Cabo are plenty: sport fishing, parasailing, windsurfing, hang-gliding, and whale watching, to name but a few.

Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo is something of a Spring Break mecca and, before it gets too dark, is popular with younger tourists and families alike. For a wilder Spring Break drinking destination (read: don’t bring the kiddies), there’s El Squid Roe, where whistle-blowing bartenders pour shots as the music thumps.

Royal Solaris in San Jose del Cabo offers excellent all-inclusive deals for as little as $59.99/night.

Fly directly to Los Cabos (SJD) airport from several major hubs, including Los Angeles, Houston, New York and Chicago. At the southernmost point of Baja, it’s not as close as other