You imagined a Mexico that was cheap and lively, with wandering Mariachi bands, beach vendors and strong drinks. Then you arrived in Cabo San Lucas and were served overprice drinks in a fancy hotel, playing elevator music, gated to keep out the riffraff – you could just as easily be in California. If you long for a traditional Mexican beach experience then TRY THIS - pack up your rental car and drive 20 minute outside of La Paz to El Tecolote Playa. Dotted with beach restaurants, bars, and rental companies this narrow white sand beach is where the locals go. The water is warm, the food is good, the staff only speak Spanish and everything is sold in Pesos, you're a long way from Cabo. We rented a table at one of the larger busy local restaurants, we asked for the daily specials and went for the Almejas Naturales, and were served 4 amazing live and freshly chopped delicacies. With a side of ceviche, Pacifico beer, sand and sun this was the Mexican beach you're looking for.