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Cabo San Lucas is the nightlife capital of Baja. After-dark fun starts with the casual bars and restaurants on Marina Boulevard or facing the marina, and transforms into a tequila-fueled dance-club scene after midnight. You can easily find a happy hour with live music and a place to dance, or a fiesta with mariachis.

Mexican Fiestas & Theme Nights

Some larger hotels have weekly fiesta nights and other buffet-plus-entertainment theme nights that can be fun as well as a good buy. Check travel agencies and the Solmar (tel. 624/143-3535) and Finisterra (tel. 624/143-3333) hotels. Prices range from $25 (not including drinks, tax, and tips) to $50 (which covers everything, including an open bar with domestic drinks).

Sunset Watching

At the end of the day, the place to be is Land's End, where the two seas meet and the sun goes down. Restaurant Sunset Da Mona Lisa (tel. 624/145-8160), located on the eastern side of Cabo San Lucas Bay, is Los Cabos's premier place for sunset watching. Spectacular Arch views, dramatic terraces, and a decent Italian and seafood menu make this the ultimate place for watching the sun dive past the horizon. It's open from 8am to 11pm daily. Another option is the Whale Watcher's Bar, in the Hotel Finisterra (tel. 624/143-3333). Its location at Land's End offers a world-class view of the sun sinking into the Pacific. Mariachis play on Friday from 6:30 to 9pm. The bar is open daily from 10am to 11pm. "Whale margaritas" cost $4, beer $3. Happy hour from 4 to 6pm has two-for-one drinks.

Happy Hours & Hangouts

If you shop around, you can usually find an hora feliz (happy hour) somewhere in town between 10am and 7pm. The most popular places for tourists to drink and carouse until all hours are still long-standing favorites like El Squid Roe and the Cabo Wabo Cantina, but insiders flock to newer joints like Nowhere Bar (Plaza Marina, on Marina Blvd.; tel. 624/143-4493; www.nowherebar.com) and Baja Junkie (on Lázaro Cárdenas where it splits off to Marina Blvd.; tel. 624/143/4740; www.bajajunkie.com).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.