Visiting Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Visiting Cabo San Lucas, situated at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, is an unforgettable experience. This captivating destination offers an enticing blend of natural beauty, adventure, and relaxation. With its iconic Land's End arch, pristine beaches, and abundant marine life, it's a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and water lovers.

The town's vibrant nightlife, world-class golf courses and rich culinary scene provide endless entertainment, making it a favorite among travelers seeking excitement. Yet, Cabo also offers opportunities for tranquil moments, where you can unwind in luxurious spas or simply soak in the breathtaking desert landscapes.

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Where to stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

A new addition to the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, with a winning mix of Japanese minimalism and Mexican craft heritage, plus knockout cuisine.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Grand Velas Los Cabos

Luxe beachfront property with contemporary rooms and suites offering views of the Sea of Cortez.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

The Cape, A Thompson Hotel by Hyatt

Ascend to a stylish oasis with panoramic views, where contemporary elegance, crafted cocktails and stunning sunsets create an unforgettable experience in Los Cabos.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Things to do in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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This captivating destination offers an enticing blend of natural beauty, adventure and relaxation. With its iconic Land's End arch, pristine beaches and abundant marine life, Cabo is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and water lovers.

The town's vibrant nightlife, world-class golf courses, and rich culinary scene provide endless entertainment, making it a favorite among travelers seeking excitement. Yet, Cabo also offers opportunities for tranquil moments, where you can unwind in luxurious spas or simply soak in the breathtaking desert landscapes.

Outdoor Adventures:

One of Cabo's biggest draws is its array of outdoor adventures. Begin with a visit to Land's End, where the meeting of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean presents an extraordinary spectacle. Book a boat tour to get up close to the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas, a striking natural rock formation. Consider snorkeling at Pelican Rock or Lover's Beach, where you can explore the mesmerizing underwater world, encountering tropical fish and colorful coral.

Between December and April, whale watching is a must-do activity. The annual migration of humpback whales and gray whales is a breathtaking natural phenomenon. Numerous tour operators offer guided whale-watching excursions that provide an opportunity to witness these majestic marine creatures in their natural habitat.

For a deeper immersion into the aquatic wonders of Cabo, try snorkeling or diving. Cabo San Lucas is a haven for underwater enthusiasts, with Santa Maria Bay, Chileno Bay and Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park offering vibrant coral reefs and a diverse array of marine life for exploration.

Sportfishing enthusiasts will find paradise in Cabo, often referred to as the "Marlin Capital of the World." Booking a fishing charter allows you to target marlin, dorado, tuna, wahoo and other trophy fish in the rich waters surrounding the area.

For a more serene experience, consider renting a kayak or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) to paddle along the coastline. This activity allows you to explore hidden coves, caves, and enjoy the tranquil waters of the Sea of Cortez.

If you're seeking an adrenaline rush, embark on ATV or off-roading adventures through the rugged desert trails and mountainous terrain. These thrilling excursions offer an exciting way to immerse yourself in the desert landscapes surrounding Cabo.

Nature enthusiasts can explore the scenic desert landscape by hiking or taking nature walks in the Sierra de la Laguna mountains or the surrounding areas. Guided tours are available for various skill levels, and you can learn about the region's unique flora and fauna along the way.

Cultural and Historical Attractions:

While Cabo is renowned for its natural beauty, it also boasts cultural and historical attractions worth exploring. The historic district of Cabo San Lucas is home to the Mission San Lucas, an 18th-century Spanish mission with captivating architecture and a serene atmosphere that provides insight into the region's colonial history.

In downtown Cabo, the Cultural Arts Pavilion hosts art exhibitions, concerts and performances that showcase Mexican culture. It's worth checking the schedule to see if any cultural events align with your visit.

For a change of pace, consider taking a day trip to San Jose del Cabo, a neighboring town with a more relaxed vibe than Cabo San Lucas. Explore its art galleries, colonial architecture, and sample local cuisine at one of the town's charming restaurants.

Golfing:

Cabo San Lucas is a golf lover's paradise, offering world-class courses designed by golf legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. These courses provide a breathtaking backdrop of coastal landscapes, making each round of golf a memorable experience.

Beach Escapes:

Cabo San Lucas offers several stunning beaches, each with its unique appeal. Medano Beach, the most popular in Cabo, bustles with activity, offering water sports, beachfront dining and an ideal spot for swimming, sunbathing, and people-watching.

If you prefer a more tranquil escape, Playa Solmar, with its serene atmosphere and gentle waves, is perfect for relaxation.

For a bit of adventure, consider visiting Divorce Beach, located near Land's End, known for its powerful waves and suitability for experienced swimmers.

Nightlife and Entertainment:

Cabo San Lucas is renowned for its lively nightlife and entertainment options. The iconic Cabo Wabo Cantina, founded by rock legend Sammy Hagar, is a hub of activity. Here, you can enjoy live music, great drinks and soak in the vibrant atmosphere as you dance the night away.

Another nightlife hotspot, El Squid Roe, is famous for its energetic dance floors, DJs, and a lively party atmosphere that's perfect for revelers looking to let loose and have a memorable night out.

Shopping:

Shopping in Cabo San Lucas offers a diverse range of experiences. Explore luxury boutiques and designer stores in the Puerto Paraiso Entertainment Plaza and Luxury Avenue Mall, where you can find high-end fashion, jewelry and more.

In the Cabo San Lucas Marina, you can stroll through shops offering local crafts, souvenirs and artwork, making it an excellent place to book water activities.

Adventure Parks:

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Wild Canyon Adventures, located just outside Cabo, offers a range of thrilling activities. From zip-lining through desert canyons to bungee jumping and off-road tours, this adventure park promises exhilarating experiences in a stunning desert environment.

Events and Festivals:

Cabo San Lucas hosts various events and festivals throughout the year that provide a glimpse into Mexican traditions and culture. Keep an eye on the local calendar for celebrations such as Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Mexican Independence Day, both of which offer unique cultural experiences.

Practical Tips:

  • Stay Hydrated: Cabo's desert climate can be hot and dry, so ensure you stay well-hydrated, especially when engaging in outdoor activities.

  • Currency: While US dollars are widely accepted, the official currency is the Mexican Peso (MXN). It's advisable to have some cash on hand for small purchases and tipping.

  • Travel Insurance: Consider purchasing travel insurance to cover unexpected events or emergencies during your trip.

Day Trips:

Cabo San Lucas offers a plethora of exciting activities and attractions, but a well-planned day trip can provide a refreshing change of scenery and new experiences. One fantastic option for a day trip is exploring the charming town of Todos Santos and its surroundings.

Located about an hour's drive from Cabo San Lucas, Todos Santos offers a delightful blend of art, culture, history and natural beauty. In this day trip itinerary, we'll take you on a journey to discover the highlights of Todos Santos and the stunning coastline along the way.

Morning: Depart from Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos

  • Early Departure: To make the most of your day trip, start early in the morning, preferably around 7 a.m. Rent a car or book a guided tour for a comfortable journey to Todos Santos.

  • Scenic Drive: The drive to Todos Santos takes approximately one hour along Highway 19. The route offers breathtaking views of the Baja California Peninsula's desert landscape and the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean.

Late Morning: Explore Todos Santos

  • Historic Downtown: Begin your exploration of Todos Santos by strolling through the historic downtown area. This charming Mexican town is known for its well-preserved colonial architecture, vibrant art scene, and friendly atmosphere.

  • Cultural Stops: Visit the town's cultural gems, such as the Todos Santos Mission (Mission Santa Rosa de Todos Santos), a beautiful 18th-century church with a serene courtyard. Nearby, explore the galleries and boutiques showcasing local art and crafts, including the famous Hotel California, which inspired the Eagles' song.

  • Café Todos Santos: Enjoy a leisurely brunch at Café Todos Santos, a cozy café offering fresh Mexican cuisine and delicious coffee. The courtyard setting provides a relaxing ambiance to savor your meal.

Afternoon: Beach Time and Nature Exploration

  • Todos Santos Beaches: Spend your afternoon exploring the beautiful beaches near Todos Santos. Playa Las Palmas and Playa Los Cerritos are popular choices. These beaches offer opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, and even surfing. If you're new to surfing, you can take a lesson from one of the local surf schools.

  • Sierra de la Laguna: For those seeking a nature adventure, consider a hike in the nearby Sierra de la Laguna mountains. The area is known for its biodiversity and scenic trails. If you prefer a less strenuous activity, explore the oasis of El Triunfo, where you can see the towering El Triunfo waterfall.

Late Afternoon: Refreshments and Souvenirs

  • Todos Santos Brewing: Head back to the town center and relax at Todos Santos Brewing, a local craft brewery. Enjoy a refreshing beer and some snacks while you unwind and chat with fellow travelers.

  • Shopping for Souvenirs: Before leaving Todos Santos, take some time to shop for souvenirs. The town's boutiques offer unique items, including handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and traditional Mexican crafts.

Evening: Return to Cabo San Lucas

  • Sunset at the Mirador: If time allows, make a stop at the Mirador on your way back to Cabo San Lucas. This viewpoint offers panoramic views of the coastline and is a perfect spot to watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

Places to eat & drink in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Certainly, here are detailed descriptions of eight restaurants in Cabo San Lucas, each offering a unique dining experience:

Edith's

Location: Camino a Playa El Medano, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Nestled in a charming, rustic setting, Edith's is a Cabo institution that seamlessly combines traditional Mexican cuisine with a touch of seafood brilliance. The restaurant's welcoming atmosphere and attentive staff create an unforgettable dining experience. Edith's is known for its mouthwatering dishes, such as the "Cochinita Pibil" (slow-roasted marinated pork) and the fresh seafood platters. Don't forget to sip on a margarita while enjoying the ocean breeze on their open-air terrace. The restaurant's enchanting ambience and delectable dishes make it a must-visit in Cabo.

Flora Farms

Location: Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 30, Las Animas Bajas, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Located in the nearby town of San Jose del Cabo, Flora Farms offers a unique farm-to-table dining experience set against a picturesque organic farm. The restaurant's innovative cuisine focuses on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Diners can enjoy dishes like wood-fired pizza, roasted chicken, and seasonal salads in a lush garden setting. Flora Farms is an oasis of tranquility, making it a perfect escape from the bustling streets of Cabo San Lucas.

Sunset Monalisa

Location: Carretera Transpeninsular KM 6.3, Misiones del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean, Sunset Monalisa offers a romantic and breathtaking dining experience. The restaurant specializes in Mediterranean and Italian-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood. As you savor your meal, you'll be treated to stunning views of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. The combination of delectable dishes, impeccable service, and a mesmerizing backdrop makes Sunset Monalisa a top choice for couples seeking a memorable dining experience.

The Office on the Beach

Location: Playa El Medano, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

The Office on the Beach is an iconic beachfront restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a casual and enjoyable meal. Located right on the sand of Medano Beach, this eatery is known for its seafood and Mexican fare. Diners can dig their toes into the sand while savoring dishes like fish tacos, ceviche, and shrimp cocktails. The lively ambiance, friendly staff, and proximity to the beach make The Office a popular choice for those looking to enjoy a laid-back beachfront dining experience.

Mi Casa

Location: Blvd. Paseo de la Marina, Marina Cabo Plaza, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Mi Casa offers a delightful dining experience that combines authentic Mexican cuisine with vibrant décor. Located in the Marina Cabo Plaza, the restaurant's colorful and welcoming atmosphere sets the stage for a memorable meal. Mi Casa's menu features a wide range of traditional Mexican dishes, including mole, enchiladas, and flavorful salsas. The restaurant often hosts live music and cultural performances, enhancing the overall dining experience and immersing diners in Mexican culture.

Tacos Gardenias

Location: Ignacio Zaragoza 437, Centro, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

For an authentic taste of Mexico, head to Tacos Gardenias, a beloved local eatery known for its mouthwatering tacos and salsas. This humble taco stand, located in the heart of downtown Cabo San Lucas, serves up an array of delectable options, including grilled carne asada, tender al pastor, and flavorful fish tacos. Tacos Gardenias offers a casual and budget-friendly dining experience that allows you to savor the essence of Mexican street food.

El Farallon

Location: The Resort at Pedregal, Camino del Mar 1, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

El Farallon is an upscale seafood restaurant located at Waldorf-Astoria Resort Pedregal. It boasts an exquisite dining experience with its cliffside location overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The restaurant's menu focuses on seafood caught daily, ensuring the freshest and most delicious dishes. Guests can select their catch of the day, which is then prepared to perfection and served with a variety of sauces and accompaniments. The combination of impeccable service, breathtaking views, and delectable seafood makes El Farallon a top choice for a luxurious dining experience.

Acre

Location: Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 19.5, Animas Bajas, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Located in the serene town of San Jose del Cabo, Acre is a unique farm-to-table restaurant nestled in a lush, tranquil setting. The restaurant offers a dining experience that emphasizes locally sourced, organic ingredients. Diners can indulge in dishes like wood-fired cuisine and seasonal specialties in a garden oasis surrounded by palm trees. Acre's combination of sustainable dining, natural beauty, and inventive cuisine provides a memorable and eco-conscious dining experience.

Need to Know

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Mexico. Looking for more travel inspiration? In need of further inspiration? Check out Kris Weir’s trip report, Tours of Mexico.

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