From Dusk Till Dawn (And Beyond)

Mango Deck on Médano Beach dazzles all day long – Los Cabos Magazine Issue #33

mangodeck-girlsMango Deck is a jewel with many facets. Best known for its premium Médano Beach location and anything-goes ambience—this is the party central come spring break, after all—Mango Deck has one of the area’s finest restaurants, as well as a sushi bar, an outdoor grill, and an on-site beach club that offers water-based activities and rentals that range from wave runners and stand-up paddle boards to banana boats and parasailing rides. Come to think of it, the special place Mango Deck occupies in the hearts of longtime Los Cabos residents and yearly visitors may very well be due to the fact that, barring sleep, there is never really any reason to leave.

Morning is perhaps my favorite time to visit Mango Deck. The Cabo San Lucas Bay comes to life with pangas, yachts, and kayaks, and Médano Beach is a sea of lounge chairs and colorful umbrellas. This is the perfect place to start your day. Stop in for Sunday’s all-you-can-eat buffet or any day for hearty fare like steak and eggs, and that renowned Mexican hangover cure of chilaquiles. My go-to is the Two, Two, Two: You get two eggs any way you like them, two strips of bacon, two breakfast sausages, and a choice of two pancakes or two slices of French toast. Fresh fruit is also included, and, if you need an extra energy burst, skip the coffee and try one of Mango Deck’s fresh-squeezed juices or smoothies.

Mango Deck RestaurantAfter finishing off the morning repast, grab a lounge chair for a bit of tanning time and a front-row seat for all the beachside action. Or, you could dive into one of the beach club’s water-based activities options. Wave runners provide perfect vantage points from which to glimpse all the Land’s End attractions like the Arch, Lover’s Beach, and the sea lion colony. Parasailing adventures offer spectacular aerial views of the Cabo San Lucas Marina, downtown Cabo, and the place where the Sea of Cortés meets the Pacific Ocean.

At this point, you’ll undoubtedly be hungry again. So dig into Mexican specialties such as nachos, fajitas, tacos, and quesadillas, or sample American favorites like burgers, BLTs, and club sandwiches. Or, for lighter fare that won’t slow you down during the afternoon or evening hours, belly up to the sushi bar for superb selections of the fresh local seafood, from ceviches and shrimp cocktails to oysters, clams, squid, and scallops.

Mango Deck is, if anything, even better after dark: Moonlight plays upon the sea, and live music gives the restaurant and bar the party-time atmosphere for which it is justifiably famous. What could possibly make this picture any more attractive? Well, few things are better than barbecue on the beach. In addition to the regular restaurant offerings, Mango Deck’s talented grill master serves up delicious ribs and other hearty entrées. Afterwards, once you’ve had your fill of fine foods, it will officially be time to concentrate on drinks with umbrellas. You’re on vacation, and that means tropical cocktails like piña coladas and margaritas are practically mandatory.

Eventually you’ll have to leave, of course, but Mango Deck will still be there when you get up the next morning. Mango Deck, Médano Beach, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 144-4919, www.mangodeckcabo.com. Daily 8 a.m.–11 p.m. AmEx, MasterCard, Visa, and Vouchers accepted.