Destination Showdown: Cabo San Lucas vs. San Diego

It's the city of motion vs. the beauty of Baja as San Diego and Cabo San Lucas battle it out for the title of "Best Pacific Paradise."

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It's the city of motion vs. the beauty of Baja as San Diego and Cabo San Lucas battle it out for the title of "Best Pacific Paradise."

Round 1: Where to Eat Round 1: Where to Eat
Don Manuels
Camino del Mar 1, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The true gem of Cabo, Don Manuels is arguably one of the best restaurants in Mexico, with seaside tables and top-tier cuisine.
Lucha Libre
1810 West Washington St, San Diego, CA
Serving the classic San Diego burrito, Lucha Libre has been a city staple for decades. Noted for their admiration of Mexican wrestling, they also have some of the best food in the area.  
Hacienda Restaurant
Valentin Gomez Farias Ampliaction Juarez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
With amazing food for a great price, Hacienda is a great place for a meal if you’re running low on pesos.
Tioli Crazee Burger
4201 30th St, San Diego, CA
The name says it all, as Tioli Crazee Burger takes burgers to a whole new level. This place serves everything from ostrich to buffalo burgers.
Pepe’s Tacos
Main St, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
A quintessential Mexican taco shop, Pepe’s is open well into the evening and is the perfect spot to cap off a night at the bars.
611 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
Taking full of advantage of San Diego’s port, Searsucker is a top-notch seafood joint, serving up some of the freshest catches and most unique dishes around.
Round 2: Where to Stay Round 2: Where to Stay
Me Cabo Hotel
Playa el Medano, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Paradise has a name, and it is Me Cabo. Located right on the water with its own private beach, this hotel offers incredible luxury to its guests.
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
One of the hottest hotels in California, the San Diego Hard Rock is the perfect place to stay like a star.
Siesta Suites
Emiliano Zapata, Centro, Cabo Lucas, Mexico
Looking for comfort? The Siesta Suites is a great place to rest your head in Cabo without breaking the bank.
The Bristol Hotel
1055 First Ave, San Diego, CA
Not looking to shell out too much on lodging? The Bristol Hotel offers 4-star accommodations at budget prices. It’s perfect for anyone looking to save their dough for Sea World.
Round 3: What to Do Round 3: What to Do
Wide Open Excursions
Paseo De La Gaviota, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Race across the Mexican desert at Wide Open Baja Car, where you can rent dune buggies and traverse the desert with your friends.
Wave House
3125 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA
Looking to catch some waves in San Diego? You can’t beat the Wave House, where the wave machine churns out perfect barrels all day long.
Manta Scuba Diving
Blvd Marina #7D, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Looking for a thrill? Go scuba diving with Manta, and get a look at the whale sharks that frequent the bays near Cabo.
Sea World San Diego
500 Sea World Dr, San Diego, CA

Take the whole family to Sea World San Diego for a glimpse of Shamu -- the world’s most famous killer whale!
Cabo-Adventures Zip Lining
Blvd Paseo de la Marina Lote 7, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Tired of the water? Go ziplining with Cabo Adventures!
San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA
One of the largest zoos in the world, the San Diego Zoo is home to thousands of species, including the rare Chinese giant panda.
Happy Ending Cantina
Boulevard Marina 20, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Happy Ending has some of the best drink deals in town, and it’s the perfect place to start your wild night.
Mission Beach
Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA
A southern California gem, Mission Beach is the perfect place to lie out, catch some rays and hit the surf.
Cabo Wabo Cantina
Vicente Guerrero Centro, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Party like a rock star at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina. The party goes all night, and they even make their own tequila!
Gaslamp Quarter
In the heart of San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter offers a wide array of restaurants, shops and bars -- all within a few square miles.
  Fluxx Night Club
500 4th Ave, San Diego, CA
Fluxx is the spot to be seen sipping champagne with San Diego’s beautiful people.

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