Los Cabos is comprised of the two towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo plus the 20 mile stretch of beach resorts that join them. The former is the more touristy of the two and therefore there are plenty of things to do in Cabo San Lucas, especially if you like outdoor activities and partying.
Located at the very tip of the Baja California Peninsula is the magic combination of desert and ocean offering all kinds of water and land sports and active pursuits. However, if you’re looking for down time on the beach the white sands and clear waters are also perfect for relaxing. When the days activities are over the party begins at any of the lively bars and restaurants in town and beachside.
If you’re looking for a combination of beach paradise, fun activities , good food, shopping, and a lively nightlife then Cabo San Lucas is a perfect vacation spot for you.
Things to do in Cabo San Lucas
1. Relax at Chileno Beach
Eventually the time will come when you want to get out of the resort pool and into the warm, salty water. Chileno beach is the perfect spot, with its calm, shallow waters and user-friendly amenities you can spend the whole day here with the family. It has an easy access paved parking lot to leave your rental car, onsite washrooms, and a change area to slip into some beach clothes. You might want to bring your own snorkel gear too, as the water is pristine for floating around spotting tropical fish.
2. Go Diving
When you run out of things to do on land, you can turn your sights under the sea. With the temperate, clear, and calm waters around Cabo, it is an underwater playground teaming with fish and an abundance of sea-life. If you have never been diving before you can book yourself into a beginners course and learn the ropes. For those who have certified experience, you can hook up with one of the many PADI boats and get back into the water where you feel most at home.
The magic of a romantic sunset coupled with the elegance of a sailboat is the perfect combination to wind down an evening or get one started. These limited seating boats make for a great way to see Cabo from the sea. Onboard you can enjoy a liquid buffet of cocktails alongside other guests, while you are given some information on the history and landmarks of the area.
4. Explore Land’s End
Land’s End, at the very southernmost tip of the Baja, is home to the iconic “El Arco”. This Arched natural formation is also a great place to see some of the areas most interesting wildlife. For birdwatchers, you can often see pelicans fishing the area, in the water you might catch a glimpse of a sea lion. Hop on a boat tour or kayak or SUP out to this pretty spot that is the most famous and visited place in the area, you’ll be happy you did.
5. Fly High on a Helicopter Tour
If you think the area is pretty from the ground, you will absolutely love it from the sky. A once in a lifetime opportunity to see this majestic part of Mexico via helicopter is just what the vacation Doctor ordered. With knowledgeable pilots who can inform you of the area and show you some of its hidden gems, a company like Avispa Aviation can show you things you never knew existed.
6. Try Deep Sea Fishing
The coast off Cabo San Lucas is some of the most populous waters in the world for fishing. Whether you have no experience or all the experience in the world, it doesn’t matter, the guides can help you learn or let you loose. There are plenty of fishing options under the water, be them fun fighters like Dorado or Yellowtail, or full-day fighters like the massive Billfish. A day of fishing will cast memories you’ll never forget. Just remember it’s called fishing, not catching.
Lover’s Beach is on a little island in a pretty bay. The clear, calm waters making it a perfect spot for swimming in the Sea of Cortez. There will be plenty of boats going back and forth offering rides for about $10 return trip. Just down from Lover’s Beach is Divorce Beach where the water is very turbulent and not really safe for swimming.
8. Drink at Señor Frog’s
For memories blurred with green frogs and high-octane cocktails, you can hop on down to Señor Frog’s. An incredibly popular tourist stop on the margarita and taco circuit, here you can get your party on and take home the t-shirt to prove it. They even have nightly promotions and if you time it right, you can get tickets to one of their crazy glow parties.
9. Party at Cabo Wabo
When the ultimate fiesta-night is the night you deserve, look no further than Cabo Wabo. With live music and a reputation to party all night long, this is your go to spot for all things entertainment in Cabo San Lucas. Great food, cold drinks, and an atmosphere that insures you have the Mexican vacation fiesta-feeling running through your veins. A stop here is a must for those who think they know tequila and want to prove it to one hundred of their newest friends.
10. Catch the Whale Migration
The sheer awe of spotting a massive whale as it gradually makes its way across the waters surface will leave your jaw dropped and your senses stimulated. From roughly October to March thousands of Grey whales make their way around the Baja’s tip and many swim past the shores of Cabo and into the Sea of Cortez. On one of the many boat tours, or if you are lucky just by watching the water, you might be able to see these creatures of beauty enjoying their natural habitat.
11. Ride the Waves
Some of the areas around Cabo have ideal waves for catching the perfect wave. If you are eager to get into the water and on to a board, you might want to check the area around Mile-17 on the Cabo Corridor. More of a spot for the experienced, the southerly swell is going to get you the best results from your time riding out around here.
Many peoples fond memories of tequila revolve around a shot glass, some salt, biting a lemon, then taking bets on who’s going to eat the worm at the bottom of the bottle. Well, there is certainly a lot more to tequila than this college pastime. Taking atequila tour with a knowledgeable local who can walk you through how the process from blue agave plant to tequila production is done. Then have you sample some of the white, silver and gold varieties, along with some flavored options that will leave you impressed and inspired to look at this drink in a whole new light.
13. Water Sports at Medano Beach
Within easy walking distance to town is Cabo’s main beach named Medano. This is the place to go if you want to try some water sports. Here you can jet ski, parasail, kayak, or paddle board right off the beach and then relax at one of the many beachside bars and restaurants.
14. Explore the Marina
The Cabo San Lucas marina is always buzzing with activity. The many shops, bars and restaurants can keep you busy for hours and also make a great place to sit and people watch. In the evening the fisherman return from their day at sea and watching them pull in with their haul is a fun way to pass some time.
Born in England, Sarah developed her wanderlust at a young age as she traveled around Europe with her parents. As a young adult she spent every penny she could on experiences as opposed to possessions. Eventually she found a way to earn a living doing what she loved: traveling, writing and capturing images of the wondrous world we live in. When not on the go Sarah enjoys time in her “sometimes home” of Vancouver.