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Plan Your Cabo San Lucas Holiday: Best of Cabo San Lucas

About Cabo San Lucas
When R&R is at the top of your to-do list, Cabo delivers. You could easily spend your days hotel-hopping (or never leaving your own): From family-friendly all-inclusives to luxury stays with infinity pools perched above the Sea of Cortez, there’s about a thousand ways to kick back. But venture away from the polished resorts and you’ll see Cabo’s adventurous side—it’s a place where the desert meets the sea meets the mountains, and local flavours come alive. Hike to a waterfall in the desert at Canyon of the Fox, take a dip in the El Chorro hot springs, or discover some of the best marine life at Cabo Pulmo. And when you need a break from thrill-seeking, head downtown to fuel up on Bajan specialties like chocolate clams, fresh seafood tostadas, and ridiculously good fish tacos. Whether you want to chill out or go all out, we’ve got ideas on how to do it, below.

Travel Advice

Essential Cabo San Lucas

The perfect three days in Los Cabos

From beach to nearby natural wonders
Read on

Adrenaline-revving adventures in Los Cabos

I’m a total adrenaline junkie, so my idea of a good time is jumping out of a plane, swimming with sharks, and off-roading wherever (and whenever possible). Basically, any activity that gets my heart rate up and lets me experience a destination from a unique angle, I’m in. And Los Cabos has tons of options as I’ve discovered from my many trips there over the years.
  • Monster Ziplines Adventure in Los Cabos
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    I’ve been ziplining all over the world, and what I like about doing it here is that it’s one of the largest courses in all of Baja Mexico. I especially love the aerial views of the canyons and the Sea of Cortez.
  • Half Day Cabo Snorkel Adventure with Lunch and Open Bar
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    You can’t go to Los Cabos and not get in the water. This half day snorkel tour is great for children to get out and explore the crystal clear sea, too. (My two middle-school-age boys are decent swimmers, but there were other families with beginners when we tried this, and they enjoyed it, too).
  • Outdoor Ziplining and UTV Adventure from Los Cabos
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    Trotting on my horseback ride on a sandy trail along the beach is one of my favourite ways to take in nature while still being active. I especially love being able to see the stark sand and cacti landscape roll down into the turquoise water from my elevated perch.
  • Bonanza Horseback Riding
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    I got certified in diving two years ago and now scuba diving is one of my most favourite adventure activities, especially in Los Cabos which has some great underwater experiences. We went diving in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park and spotted myriad marine life including sea turtles.
  • Cabo Pulmo Divers
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    I swam with the whale sharks in Belize years ago and it was one of the best experiences of my life. When I found out these gentle giants migrate to the Los Cabos region during certain times of the year, I had to sign up for a whale shark tour. Experiencing their immense size and grace up close is definitely a life highlight.
  • OZEAN DREAMER SAFARI
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    Okay, so normally a relaxing sunset sail is not technically considered an adventure activity, but this was still one of my favourite activities of a recent Los Cabos trip. Watching the sun dip below the area’s iconic stone arch while sipping a chilled glass of wine is a great way to unwind after a heart-pounding day.

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Seize the day

Adventures for the ultimate adrenaline rush

If you're feeling fancy-ish

Luxury experiences that are totally worth it

Cabo on a dime

Eats and activities that won’t break the bank

Spend the day at sea

Boat tours, snorkelling—the ocean’s all yours

Take a detour from the resorts

A new side of Cabo, away from the crowds

All about that view

The best spots to catch an epic sunset

Take a hike

Nature, wildlife—these trails bring it

Go on an art crawl, Cabo-style

Check out galleries, street murals, and more

Make a day of it

Nearby day trips to under-the-radar towns

Cabo for couples

Date-night spots that set the mood

Cabo San Lucas Travel Guide

Travelers' pro tips or experiencing Cabo San Lucas

hutchie69

Bring lots of small bills. It's not necessary to convert your dollars to pesos. Just bring plenty of $1, $5 and $10 bills so you can bargain better and pay with exact change.

Dave_in_Cabo

The fishing is fantastic year-round but especially good in the fall. In the late winter, you can catch tuna and dorado and watch the gray and humpback whale migration.

IndySig

Walk around and just get lost and remember: A taco a day will make you very happy.

Michael Mattos

I have never been to a place where every resort is so breathtakingly beautiful. I have visited many places in the world, but Cabo San Lucas is by far the best resort lifestyle living — period!!! There are places to visit for vacation, and there are places to live, Los Cabos offers both…

D Viaje

Cabo San Lucas is a safe and beautiful beach destination in Mexico. However, there is more than beaches for you to enjoy. "Los Cabos" downtown has very good restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

Julio G

Cabo is where I go with my wife to relax, enjoy the warm sun during the day and delight on the local food at night. It is a true relaxation vacation.

What is the best way to get there?

flying

Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) has more than 250 flights to/from many destinations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Nearby Cabo San Lucas International Airport (CSL) is smaller and mostly for private planes.

Do I need a visa?

Americans do not need a visa to visit Mexico, just their passports, but citizens of certain countries may. Find more information on visas.

All visitors need a tourist permit (FMM) from the Mexican government, which is easily obtained upon arrival in Los Cabos.

When is the best time to visit?

May and June: For the ideal mix of quiet beaches and warm, sunny days, head to Cabo San Lucas in May or June, when wintertime crowds have dispersed and the summertime storms are yet to descend. You can expect average daily temperatures this time of year to be highs around 90 Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) and lows of 66 Fahrenheit (19 Celsius).

Get around

walking

Both Cabo San Lucas and nearby San Jose del Cabo — collectively known as Los Cabos — are very walkable.

taxis

Taxis are everywhere in Los Cabos, but rates can be high, especially when jaunting to/from Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

bus

A cheaper option is buses, which run along the tourist corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo frequently and will stop pretty much anywhere you ask unless they’re express buses, which will stop at designated areas.

water taxis

Water taxis are readily available around the marina to take you to most beach destinations. Rates are typically $10-$12 per person.

ridesharing

Uber is available in Los Cabos and can be booked via its app on your smartphone.

On the ground

What is the timezone?

Mexican Pacific Standard Time

What are the voltage/plug types?

As in the U.S., the standard voltage in Cabo San Lucas is 110V to 115V, 60Hz AC. Outlets accommodate two-prong flat (not grounded) plugs or grounded three-prong plugs.

What is the currency?

Peso, but USD are widely accepted, too.

Are ATMs readily accessible?

Yes.

Are credit cards widely accepted?

Yes.

Is it easy to find a bank?

Somewhat.

How much do I tip?

Tipping in Cabo San Lucas is similar to that of the U.S., and it’s acceptable to tip in U.S. dollars (only bills, no coins) or pesos, which is usually preferred.

Bar

At least $1 or 24 pesos per drink.

Restaurant

10-20% of your bill is sufficient, more if you were particularly pleased or well taken care of.

Hotel

Between 30-50 pesos is customary for bellhops who assist with your bags, while 25 to 50 pesos per day of your stay is standard for the housekeeping staff.

Spa

It’s standard to tip between 15 and 20% of your treatment.

Taxis

It’s not standard to tip cabbies unless they help with your bags. In that case, 10 pesos per bag will suffice.

Are there local customs I should know?

Drinking

The legal drinking age in Cabo San Lucas is 18.

Drugs

Drugs are illegal in Mexico.

Greetings

“Hola” (hello), “Buenos dias” (good morning), “buenas tardes/noches” (good afternoon/evening), “adios” (goodbye).

Timeshares

Keep an eye out for timeshare hawkers near the airport’s taxi area.

Water

Though bottled water is widely available, many resorts, hotels, and restaurants provide purified water.