Los Cabos, Mexico
Located on the popular Médano Beach is the Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort and Spa. A short walk from restaurants and boutiques, the suites-only hotel opened its doors quite recently in 2008. Colored by cool desert tones, the suites come equipped with kitchenettes, 220-square-foot porches or balconies, and as many as five closets (depending on you suite). It can all be yours for as much as $300 a night. While you’re there, take a walk on one of Los Cabos's beautiful beaches or take a short walk to one of the many restaurants offering native Mexican cuisine. WikiCommons

In a victory for environmentalists, Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Friday canceled the construction of a planned resort in Baja California.

The resort, dubbed Cabo Cortes, would have occupied 9,400 acres, according to the BBC. Spanish development company Hansa Urbana was preparing to build several hotels, condos and housing units, as well as a jetport, a marina and other tourist attractions.

But environmentalist groups have protested the development for years, and Hansa Urbana was unable to prove that their work would not cause irrevocable damage to the surrounding area, which includes the Cabo National Marine Park and is home to 226 species of fish and a remarkably well-preserved coral reef.

Canceling Cabo Cortes is a triumph for Mexicans who raised their voice to demand that the president ... stop favoring the interests of plundering businesses, said Patricia Arendar, head of Greenpeace Mexico, to the Miami Herald.

Calderon's decision came two days ahead of the G-20 summit, which gathered at the very southern tip of Baja California on Monday. The loss of Mexico's contract won't help the Spanish economy, which is struggling to stay afloat and will be a major subject of discussion at the summit.