Your Guide to Cabo, Mexico in December

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Lauren Ruehl

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A view of the famous Arch of Cabo, a rock formation in the ocean taken in Cabo, Mexico in December
Curator’s statement

When you're looking for a coastal escape this Holiday season, I recommend setting your sights on Cabo, Mexico in December. Cabo is a wintertime haven, with mild weather and clear skies, ideal for lounging on pristine beaches, taking in the sights from the sea or adventuring in the desert. December in Cabo offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in both the traditional local celebrations and the extravagance of their Holiday parties. It's also the beginning of whale-watching season, providing a rare chance to witness their migration. With its iconic blend of luxury and adventure, along with special seasonal delights, Cabo promises an unforgettable holiday.

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Things to do in Cabo

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Celebrate the holiday season in Cabo, Mexico in December with events like the Cabo Christmas Boat Parade, where luxury yachts adorned with festive decorations light up the night along the Cabo San Lucas Marina.

Take advantage of the mild weather and set out on an ATV adventure through the stunning desert landscape, followed by a picnic lunch with breathtaking views.

Experience the thrill of camel riding along the serene beaches of Baja California Sur, with private tours offering the opportunity a special opportunity to interact with these gentle giants.

Embrace prime whale-watching season with a luxury yacht excursion led by expert naturalists, providing unparalleled views of migrating humpback whales.

Rejuvenate for the year ahead with seasonal spa treatments at Spa at Esperanza, where you can indulge in massages infused with warm spices and essential oils.

Explore the vibrant art scene of San Jose del Cabo during the annual Art Walk, where you can browse galleries showcasing works by local and international artists - all while enjoying complimentary wine and live music.

Immerse yourself in the local festivities of Cabo, where the streets come alive with colorful decorations, traditional posadas fill the air with music and the aroma of festive tamales and buñuelos greets you at every corner.

Join in exclusive holiday-themed activities such as sunset champagne cruises, private beach bonfires with live music and sought-after nightlife venues, for an unforgettable December experience in Cabo.

Day trips

Venture beyond Cabo's shores, explore the picturesque town of Todos Santos, known for its charming colonial architecture, art scene and delicious local cuisine. Alternatively, embark on an excursion to the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve, where you can hike through lush forests, swim through waterfalls and enjoy the refreshing temperatures of Cabo in December.

Places to eat & drink in Cabo

An outdoor restaurant with brown wicker chairs with ocean views in Cabo

You're in for a culinary treat when you visit Cabo, Mexico in December - many of the best restaurants and bars feature special menus where you can sample the flavors of the season from breakfast to your final nightcap.

Breakfast or Brunch

Flora's Field Kitchen: Indulge in farm-to-table delights, including a seasonal menu featuring specialties like pumpkin spice pancakes and cranberry-orange scones.

The Ledge: Enjoy panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez while savoring the breakfast spread at this chic cliffside restaurant, with December featuring festive additions such as eggnog French toast and spiced apple compote.

Café des Artistes: Enjoy a sophisticated brunch experience at this elegant eatery, where French-inspired cuisine meets Mexican flavors in dishes like chilaquiles with poached eggs and truffle hollandaise, accompanied by seasonal fruit mimosas and gingerbread waffles.

Lunch or Dinner

Sunset Monalisa: Take in the sunset from atop the cliffs, while dining from a menu featuring Mediterranean-inspired dishes with a Mexican flair, such as their seasonal seafood paella and grilled octopus with chorizo, paired with festive cocktails like cranberry margaritas.

Hacienda Cocina y Cantina: Immerse yourself in the flavors of Mexico at this beachfront restaurant, specializing in traditional dishes like ceviche, tacos al pastor and mole poblano, with seasonal highlights including roasted chestnut soup and tequila-infused hot chocolate.

Edith's: Indulge in seasonal specialties from a menu that expertly blends festive classics with the flavors of Mexico, like roasted turkey with mole sauce or pumpkin flan.

Cocktail Bars

The Rooftop at The Cape: Sip on expertly crafted cocktails while taking in iconic views of Cabo's coastline from this stylish rooftop bar, featuring December specials like spiced rum punch and cinnamon-infused mezcal cocktails.

Baja Brewing Company: Sample locally brewed beers and creative cocktails at this vibrant brewery and rooftop bar, offering a laid-back vibe, with seasonal brews like gingerbread stout and festive cocktails such as candy cane martinis.

Mandala Nightclub: End the night by experiencing some of Cabo's best nightlife in a glamorous setting with live DJs and energetic crowds, featuring holiday-themed drinks like sparkling pomegranate martinis and champagne cocktails with cranberry garnishes.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Cabo. For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Daniel Goldstein's guide, Master the Art of Multigenerational (“Multigen”) Travel: A Family Reunion in Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico.