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Iconic Los Cabos Bar Destroyed By Fire 

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Los Cabos is known for several things, beautiful beaches, luxury all-inclusives, exciting water activities, and its party scene.   

In Cabo San Lucas specifically, there are several bars and clubs that are well-known among tourists.   

One of these iconic Los Cabos bars, The Giggling Marlin, was sadly recently destroyed by fire.   

Marina Area in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Details About The Fire 

The fire at The Giggling Marlin broke out in the early hours of this past Saturday morning, June 15th.   

Approximately 40 emergency and firefighter units, as well as volunteers, were deployed to the location.   

Road closures followed for the next four hours until just before 11:00 a.m.   

The cause of the fire is currently unknown, and an investigation is underway. 

Fire Truck in a Mexican City

The Extent Of The Damage 

After working tirelessly to put out the flames, the fire at The Giggling Marlin Bar & Grille still caused extensive damage to the building.   

Although finalized reports have not been issued, sources are determining that it appears as if the fire has caused a total loss.   

Locals are surely devastated, and visitors have lost a popular watering hole that so many enjoyed on their Los Cabos vacation.  

Fire Truck in Mexico

The Location of The Giggling Marlin 

The Giggling Marlin is located in one of the most buzzing nightlife areas in all of Los Cabos.   

Situated just steps from the marina in Cabo San Lucas, its location is in the perfect place to attract tourists visiting the area.   

The location in the popular tourist area required the roads to be shut down, and nearby buildings were evacuated as well.   

View of the Marina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The Giggling Marlin’s History 

The Giggling Marlin Bar & Grille has been an institution in Los Cabos for many years.   

It opened in 1984 and was the first bar to be located in Cabo San Lucas’s marina area.  

It quickly grew in popularity and has maintained that popularity for decades.   

This is not the first fire to affect the beloved bar.   

Early in its history, a fire broke out as well at a time when no fire department existed.   

Some say that that fire is what actually led to the formation of a fire department in the destination. 

Marina of Cabo San Lucas on a sunny day

Why The Bar Is So Iconic 

In addition to being a popular hangout for both locals and tourists for decades, there are a few other things that have made The Giggling Marlin the iconic establishment that it has been over all of these years.   

It’s recognized by so many due to its giant marlin statue that sits out front sipping on a beer bottle, and its spot where customers could hang from to guzzle down their shots of choice.   

Additionally, the bar itself is known for its huge drinks. 

Tourists Walking Around the Marina Area in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The Future Of The Giggling Marlin 

While the predictions are that the fire has caused a total loss, final reports are still to come, but at the very least, extensive renovations would need to be done before The Giggling Marlin could operate again.   

It’s more likely that the owners would find a new location.   

Many fans have expressed their hopes on social media that the famed bar and grill will come back better than ever.    

Small Colorful Cabo Sign at Cabo San Lucas Marina

Other Iconic Los Cabos Bars 

The Giggling Marlin has been the best of the best in Los Cabos and was at the forefront of the creation of a world-famous nightlife.   

Many super-popular bars and clubs followed in its footsteps and became icons of Los Cabos.   

Places like El Squid Roe, Cabo Wabo Cantina, Bar Esquina, and the Jungle Bar all have the same kind of fun spirit that The Giggling Marlin was known for.   

A visit to one of these is a great way to remember why Los Cabos is known for its nightlife.

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Senior Scott

Tuesday 18th of June 2024

The fire sounds Fishy to me!