The spring break party-‘til-you-puke mentality may be waning (or at least when there are cameras around, if the New York Times is to believed), but the desire to escape from frosty locales and cut loose for a week is one that never goes away. In fact, if there were any group that most needed a mid-season break from the daily grind, it would be those who have long since graduated.
Is it possible to take the classic spring break experience and make it a bit more grown-up? We headed down to Cabo San Lucas, traditionally a favorite amongst wild co-eds, to see what sort of fun could be had without nursing a hangover or taking off our tops. Turns out, there’s more to spring break than just Girls Gone Wild—think luxury desert oases, organic markets, and jewelry that you’ll want to wear long after your tan has faded.
Instead of spending an afternoon tanning on the beach…take a Temazcal steam bath:
Leave behind the raucous partiers stationed downtown with a visit to Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa, a desert-zen retreat tucked away on its own spit of land facing the Pacific Ocean. The award-winning Armonia Spa offers ocean-side massages, but for an authentic Mexican experience try the Temazcal steam bath, which promises to cleanse the body of toxins. If you do opt to lounge in the sun—and forget to re-apply the sunscreen—the spa can help with that, too; the After Sun Tepezcohuite Body Treatment soothes scorched skin.
Instead of a wet T-shirt contest…go whale-watching:
Cabo is prime territory for spotting these massive mammals—both humpback and gray whales travel down to the peninsula to give birth and raise their babies in warmer waters before making the trek up the Pacific coast. Cabo Expeditions offers two-hour tours on small boats, allowing you to get much closer to the whales in their natural environment than the many booze cruises that circle the bay.
Instead of endless tequila shots…sip on an all-natural juice:
The Saturday morning hotspot—at least, among locals—is the Cabo San Lucas farmers’ market. In addition to homemade tamales, fresh seafood, and crates overflowing with ripe produce, there’s Penny Lane Café, a bustling, mostly organic eatery whose “Jump Start” juice (a refreshing blend of apple, orange, celery, carrot, and ginger), is the perfect antidote to a late-night at El Squid Roe.
Instead of buying a souvenir sombrero…pick up a handmade necklace:
Ignore the beachside vendors peddling factory-produced ponchos and wrestling masks and opt for one of Arte Iraca’s one-of-a-kind macramé pieces. For seven years Flavia Pozzi and Facundo Ullmann have been making their intricate precious stone necklaces, pendants, and cuffs, which are so labor-intensive that some take three days to finish