In a rollicking whirlwind of tequila-doused party nights, Spring Break blowouts, fashion shopping, dolphin watching, beach lazing, and spicy Tex-Mex cuisine, the king of the Baja's rambunctious vacation scene still knows how to impress. A Cabo villa offers you your own little space between the happening marinas and craggy headlands, for extra comfort, romance, and class.

What town areas have top Cabo villas

Your trip to Cabo can transform depending on what part of the town you opt for. A Cabo villa wedged into the vibrant streets of the main marina means having all those buzzing bar strips and eateries on the doorstep. Venture further out to the Baja coast and they're replaced by visions of wave-spattered coves and cliffs.

All along Playa El Médano

The long and wide arc of golden sand that is Playa El Médano is the hub of life in Cabo, at least during the day. It is where post-party folk go to laze and sunbathe and sizzle off the hangover. But most of all, it's got powdery sand, water-sports outfitters, and sky-blue Pacific Ocean to swim in. A Cabo villa to its back means you can be the first laying down your towel in the morning – provided you're able to get up, of course.

By the marina

The Cabo marina has it all. There are mariachi bands playing double time in the piñata-swinging cantinas, tacos and tortillas sizzling on open grills, and chic shopping outlets beckoning in the Golden Zone. It's the center of the city's nightlife, dining, and – crucially – the place to go for dolphin tours and whale watching. If you love being in the thick of it all, a Cabo villa here is perfect.

A Cabo villa along the Corridor

In many ways the opposite of the marina's buzz and energy, the so-called Corridor stretches out eastwards from the heart of the resort, eventually connecting up with the cobbled streets of colonial San José del Cabo. Along its length are five-star hotel resorts and clusters of opulent villas. They tend to have extra square footage, big swimming pools, and views over quiet inlets and headlands.

The types of Cabo villas you can pick from

From top-quality pads fit for A listers to simple affairs that are sure to leave more pesos for dolphin tours and tequila parties, villas in Cabo San Lucas come in all shapes and sizes. Read on for pointers on just a few of the types you can choose from this year.

The most deluxe Cabo villas of all

When it comes to luxury villas, Cabo really knows how to do things well. Minimalist homes with whitewashed walls and gardens sprouting giant cacti blooms are available. Some places rub shoulders with prestigious golf courses, or spill down to lonely beachfronts on the Corridor. Others come with private Mexican chefs or their own glistening swimming pool overlooking the Pacific.

Oversized Cabo villas for groups

Bringing the whole crew? Have friends and family who want to see the whales and rugged cliffs of Cabo? Perhaps it's a Spring Break get-together? Whatever the reason you're coming in numbers, villas in Cabo can oblige. You might need to venture to the coast to the east of town, but you're sure to find rentals with several separate bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, and enlarged kitchens and living rooms.

Cabo villas in complexes or resorts

There's one type of Cabo villa that comes with all the seclusion of a standalone home but the added comforts of being part of a vacation complex. Shared facilities are common – expect game rooms and swimming pools and more. And these places sometimes even offer good links to the heart of town, with shared shuttles or public transport connections to take you straight from your front door to the taquerias and yachts.

Affordable Cabo villas

There's no need to break the bank on that jaunt to Cabo villas. There are oodles of ways to save on the cost of your home by the frothing Pacific, the bobbing marinas, and shimmering beach of El Médano…

Dodge the Spring Break and vacation rushes

Cabo goes into super-stellar overdrive during Spring Break, when 1000s of revelers descend for good-time living by the beaches. Summer's pretty similar, with vacationers filling the villas to bursting. Winter, meanwhile, is a magnet for snowbirds after some December sun. That leaves fall – a season with balmy weather but fewer people and lower rates.

Head away from the marina

With its haute fashion shopping and fine-dining, Cabo's marina is the epicenter of the high life in the city. That also makes it one of the most coveted corners for villas in town, which means you'll often save buckets if you're willing to stray to outer neighborhoods or to the long Corridor region.

Book early

Don't be in any doubt as to how popular villas in Cabo are. These are a ticket to one of the most happening resorts in all of Mexico, where bucket-list-busting dolphin tours mingle with wild nights and lethargic beach days. That means it's really important to secure your place as early as you can, as the top deals will certainly go fast.