If you have a fishing boat anchored in Fort Lauderdale or Shinnecock, it’s expensive and a long way through the Panama Canal to get it to Cabo San Lucas, where massive amounts of marlin and sailfish make the Sea of Cortez one of the best fishing destinations in the world. But why bother? The One&Only Palmilla can arrange an expert captain and fishing boat during your stay for catching marlin, sailfish, dorado, and maybe even the rare roosterfish—and facilitate a proper recovery regimen between day trips.
Located on 250 oceanfront acres, the bright, white colonial buildings house oversize accommodations and five restaurants, including Seared by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, where the signature dish is A5 wagyu beef. There is also Suviche for expertly prepared sushi overseen by Kazuki Takubo. A native of Ichihara, Japan, he worked for Michelin-starred Toshikatsu Aoki for more than 15 years.
The water around Cabo San Lucas can be treacherous, thanks to rocks and the strong undertow, but One&Only Palmilla is known for having one of the few calm, swimmable beaches in the area and is great for snorkeling, paddleboarding, and kayaking.
Large oceanfront suites feature private infinity pools, and the largest, Villa Cortez, is a 10,500-square-foot traditional Mexican hacienda with four bedrooms right on the beach and a 12-seat cinema—the perfect spot to watch GoPro footage of your personal fishing tourney after a day on the water. oneandonlyresorts.com