Cabo San Lucas Travel Guide

In Cabo San Lucas, or Cabo, the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re on a family vacation, or on a honeymoon, there is plenty of fun and relaxation for everyone. And with the all-around party atmosphere, having a good time is never a problem.  Located in the southern tip of beautiful Baja, Cabo is home to breathtaking views, luxurious resorts, and pristine white-sand beaches. Once a little known fishing village, it is now exploding with tourists from all over the world.  Without a doubt, many who visit Cabo seek relaxation. How about some action as well? Cabo offers countless ways to have fun daily, under the sun, and nightly, under the stars. It’s like being in another world — literally. During the day, activities include jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing, diving, snorkeling, and ATV and horseback riding.  As the sun begins to set, the party has only just begun. Streets get busier by the minute as most people are already changed out of their bathing suits and out for dinner. By night, the center gets congested with traffic from all corners as Cabo’s rich nightlife heats up. The clubs radiate with energy brought by loud music, flashing lights, and people having a good time. In Cabo there’s always something for everyone at any time.  Our Cabo San Lucas Travel Guide will give you the best of the best places to go, whether you are on a tight budget, or have a loose budget to work with.  There is something for everyone in Cabo.  Visit the beautiful beaches of Cabo here.

Cabo San Lucas Weather – When to Visit

The best time to visit Cabo is from May to June, when the wintertime crowds have gone home and the summertime storms have yet to hit. October and November are also nice months for a vacation, but you’ll need to begin your hotel search early if you want to save money. It could be that your motivation for visiting is not the beach: If you’re into whale watching, plan to visit between mid-December and mid-April. If you like to fish, look to come in the late summer or fall. Keep in mind: Pacific hurricane season runs from mid-May to November. Though Cabo typically only experiences tropical storms during the hurricane season, the city has seen hurricanes make landfall in the region, most notably Hurricane Odile in 2014.

Cabo San Lucas Attractions

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is El-Arco-300x215.jpgLands End (El Arco)

Located at the southern end of Cabo San Lucas and sandwiched between Playa del Amor and Playa del Divorcio, these rock formations were created from the rough winds and seas of the southern Baja Peninsula. Sea lions frequent the area (especially along the Los Frailes rock formation), and Land’s End remains excellent for couples looking for a romantic spot to see the sunset.

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is San-Jose-Del-Cabo-300x205.jpgSan José del Cabo

Many say San José del Cabo is Cabo San Lucas’ more elegant twin sister. Separated by the Corridor and situated just south of the airport, the city is commonly known as the “Old Town,” exuding traditional Mexican charm while also impressing with its luxurious new resorts. If you’re seeking respite from the party-laden streets of Cabo, take a ride out to San José where you can stroll around a lovely plaza, tour a beautiful church, feast on the sea’s bounty, or shop till you drop.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Lovers-Beach-300x200.jpgPlaya del Amor (Lover’s Beach)

Located right near the famous Land’s End rock formations, Playa del Amor, or Lover’s Beach, is one of Cabo’s most famous stretches of shoreline. It sits south of Cabo’s downtown area, but remains easily accessible by water taxi from the marina.  This stretch of sand is relaxing, providing a nice view of the blue water and a great spot for sunbathing.

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Chileno-Beach-300x169.jpgChileno Beach

Chileno Beach’s calm, shallow waters make it the go-to spot for snorkelers. But the real reason travelers love Chileno’s cream-colored shore is the lack of noisy bars and restaurants that plague other Los Cabos beaches. However, this does mean that you’ll have to come prepared with your own snacks and drinks and rely on public facilities. Most travelers don’t seem to mind these small inconveniences and say the impressive snorkeling conditions (and variety of colorful fish) make a trip here well worth it. Chileno Beach is easily (and affordably) accessible by bus from both Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. 

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Medano-Beach-300x200.jpgPlaya Médano (Medano Beach)

Playa Médano is Cabo’s most crowded beach, with crystal blue waters and plenty of beachside watering holes attracting hordes of sunbathers. In addition to taking it easy with a drink, Playa Médano also offers some active attractions, including beach volleyball, jet skiing, kayaking, boogie boarding and parasailing. From the nearby boat port you can also take snorkeling tour or a panga (boat) out to the iconic El Arco.  Despite the crowds, Playa Médano and its waters remain very clean.

Cabo San Lucas Tours & Activities

Los Cabos Luxury Sailing, Snorkel and Lunch Cruise

Sail across the shimmering seas of the Cabo coast on a luxury snorkel and lunch cruise from Los Cabos. Soak up the Mexican sunshine on board a yacht, sipping cocktails or sparkling wine from the open bar. Snorkel in the ocean to discover troves of tropical fish and coral reefs before feasting upon a lunch of international specialties.   Read more about Los Cabos Luxury Sailing, Snorkel and Lunch Cruise 

Los Cabos Combo Tour with Free Photos: Boat Ride, City Sightseeing and Shopping

Enjoy a combination of natural and cultural offerings with this unique Los Cabos tour. Begin your day riding aboard a glass-bottom boat to the landmark rock formation known as El Arco, watching schools of tropical fish swimming beneath you as you go. Back on land see a glassblowing demo at a Cabo San Lucas glass factory, then travel along the spectacular Tourist Corridor to San José del Cabo where you can taste tequila and embark on a sightseeing walk through the historic city center.  Read more about Los Cabos: Glass-Bottom Boat, Shopping

Los Cabos Arch and Bay Kayak Adventure

Discover the natural splendor of Los Cabos’ blissful bays on 3.5-hour snorkel and kayak adventure. Kayak in the pristine bays of Santa Maria and Chileno with an experienced guide, discovering tropical fish and coral gardens as you plunge into the water with snorkel equipment. No previous kayaking experience is required for this small-group tour, upon which a personalized and intimate experience is guaranteed.  Read more about Los Cabos Arch and Bay Kayak Adventure

Los Cabos Reef Snorkeling Cruise

Experience Cabo San Lucas’ wild[life] side on this family‐friendly snorkeling cruise! Sail upon the crystal waters of Chileno Bay with expert guides who offer insight about the surrounding area. At the diving location, don your snorkeling gear and hop into the water to spot brilliantly colored coral and tropical fish. Maybe even see a passing whale pod! Your trip includes an open bar and a sumptuous lunch.  Read more about Los Cabos Reef Snorkeling Cruise

Los Cabos Sea Adventure: Snorkeling, Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Sail, snorkel and swim in the shimmering seas of Los Cabos on a sea adventure tour from Los Cabos. Cruise to a secluded cove and choose from a variety of adventurous activities. Perfect your paddle boarding technique; soar over the waves on a motorized sea scooter; kayak over the serene surface of the ocean; or discover an underwater wonderland by snorkeling. Listen as your guide directs your attention to dolphins, whales and rays on this amazing ocean adventure.  Read more about Los Cabos Snorkeling, Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard Adventure

Best Cabo San Lucas Restaurants

Comal  $31 – 60

Here’s where to find Cabo’s most innovative takes on regional flavors and traditions like braised short rib with cacao broth—set against a contemporary indoor-outdoor space spread across three levels, and dramatic Sea of Cortez backdrop.  Telephone:  624 104-9751 Web:  Comal

Acre Restaurant & Cocktail Bar  $31 – 60

Taste it in their food, a marriage of global influences and local ingredients that evolves with the seasons. Savor it in their innovative cocktail program, where award-winning compositions are elevated by produce grown just beyond the confines of the bar.  Telephone:  624 171-8226  Web:  Acre Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

Flora’s Field Kitchen  $11 – 30

Flora’s Field kitchen is about handmade food using farm fresh ingredients. Their goal is to create a healthy family meal with a sense of place.  Their menu is seasonal, with some permanent classics. All meats served at Flora’s Field Kitchen come from their nearby 150-acre ranch where animals are humanely raised on diets that do not include hormones or antibiotics – and they do not offer beef on the menu as it is not sustainable and there is not enough water in Baja. Telephone:  624 142-1458 Web:  Flora’s Field Kitchen

Toro Latin Kitchen & Bar  $31 – 60

Overlooking the beautiful surroundings of Punta Ballena, the restaurant serves ceviche bar, small plates for sharing, grilled entrees and an impressive selection of signature cocktails and Latin wines. A common location for winter whale sightings, the restaurant’s patio boasts an artfully designed whale fountain for guests to enjoy while taking in the ocean views.  Telephone:  624 104-3184 Web:   Toro Latin Kitchen & Bar

Manta  $31 – 60

Inspired by the views from one of the area’s most desirable and secluded playas, chef Enrique Olvera conceived Manta with an intriguing double meaning: The manta ray symbolizes the kitchen’s focus on seafood, while manta, the Spanish word for blanket, conveys the chef’s emphasis on comfort.  Telephone:  624-163-0000  Web:  Manta

Best Cabo San Lucas Bars & Nightlife

Nowhere Bar

Nowhere is exactly where you want to be. That’s the motto of the bar, and it’s often true, particularly on Tuesdays, when Nowhere Bar hosts Cabo’s best ladies’ night. Ladies drink for free from 8-10 p.m., and single men might also want to take note, although they’ll have to pay for their drinks. The DJs are great, not only for Ladies’ Night, but just about every night, and the location is fantastic – on the Marina at Plaza Bonita – with great views of the pleasure yachts and fishing boats. People watching is also a popular pastime here, as you can watch the world go by along the scenic marina boardwalk. Telephone:  624-143-4493  Web:  Nowhere Bar

 Cabo Wabo

Cabo Wabo is the now famous cantina opened by Sammy Hagar in 1990, you should not miss it while in Los Cabos.  Sammy Hagar is sometimes to be seen there, he even plays live on stage at times, mainly on his birthday, with his current band Chickenfoot.  The place is both a restaurant and a night club-bar that caters to a wide age group. There’s a dance floor, music and live music with the best local bands share the stage at the Cantina with top celebrities and musicians from all over the world.  This is one of the (if not the best) places in town to enjoy live music with a different band each week. There is always lively dance club action.   For night action it’s best to arrive at 9PM, and things take off around 10PM. The restaurant serves excellent food for lunch and dinner every day of the week.  Telephone:  624-143-1188  Web:  Cabo Wabo.

El Squid Roe

El Squid Roe is a very popular bar-nightclub in downtown Cabo San Lucas, an Andersons Group bar that is in charge of some of the best bars-nightclubs all over Mexico. You’ll have a great time, drinking, dancing and just having fun here. There are no dress codes, barely any rules at all there, anyone is welcome and the fun is guaranteed.  The Billy Kitchen is in charge of feeding you and making sure you don’t blackout instantly when the waiters come around “sharing” drinks. Just as the Cabo Wabo, El Squid Roe is one of the most popular nightclubs in town and should not be missed on your trip to Cabo. There are three floors for dancing, on the roof there’s an open balcony so you can enjoy the view and the sky.  Telephone:  624-143-0655  Web:  El Squid Roe.

Hard Rock Café

The Hard Rock Café is located right there on the main street of town in Plaza Bonita a few steps from the Marina, there’s no missing it, the typical design plus the large cacti show the place. Great food, great music as is to be expected in any HRC around the world but with Mexican influence in this case. You’ll also find live music here, the walls are covered with rock music memorabilia. So the sum up: loud rock music, great food, and spectacular scenery, just what your doctor ordered!  Telephone:  624-143-3779  Web:  Hard Rock Cafe

Baja Brewing Company

The beers are excellent, either in a bottle or on tap, and you can order flights of the draft beer for a sudsy overview of their offerings. If you can only visit one of their locations, check out the rooftop brew pub at Cachet, which offers gorgeous views of Playa El Médano and the spectacular granite monuments at Land’s End. Telephone:  624-143-9199  Web:  Baja Brewing Company

Pink Kitty

A chic and sexy downtown nightclub with boutique boudoir décor and lots of high-end bottle service, Pink Kitty has, for at least seven years now, been among the premier places to see and be seen in downtown Cabo San Lucas, and a landmark of the local late night scene. Once a popular stop for visiting celebrities, it remains one of the few places visitors can really show off their upscale tropical wardrobe. It’s also a great place to dance the night away, thanks to a rotating cast of great international DJs.  Telephone:  624-143-5500  Web:  Pink Kitty

Best Cabo San Lucas Hotels

The Resort at Pedregal

Your journey begins as you emerge from Dos mares Tunnel, carved through a solid mountain, to discover paradise. The Resort at Pedregal welcomes you with familial Mexican charm. The check-in desk, located below the azure blue sky, illustrates the endless possibilities. 115 rooms and suites, each with a private plunge pool with stunning ocean views, personal assistant service, fireplace, LCD television, iPod docking station and complimentary wireless internet, and complimentary refreshments allow you to rehydrate and renew.

Esperanza – Auberge Resorts Collection

At the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Esperanza is located within the private enclave of Punta Ballena in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Overlooking the Sea of Cortez, this highly acclaimed luxury Auberge resort offers an incomparable natural setting on 17 lushly landscaped acres. Fifty-seven guest casitas and suites cascade down a gentle hill affording spectacular ocean views from every room. Resort amenities include an oceanfront infinity-edge pool, private beach, award-wining spa, yoga studio, fitness center, art gallery and world-class dining—all with spectacular 180-degree vistas of sky and sea, for a perfectly private resort escape.

Montage Los Cabos

Montage Los Cabos is located on the sweeping shores of Santa Maria Bay in Los Cabos. With spectacular views and direct walk-in access to the finest swimming, diving and snorkeling in the region, the resort is set on 39 premier beach front acres. Montage Los Cabos features 122 expansive guestrooms, suites and casas designed to celebrate traditional indoor-outdoor living. Guests enjoy signature resort amenities including an oceanfront pool with cabanas, full service Spa Montage and our renowned children’s programming, Paintbox.

Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa

The Grand Solmar is the new standard of luxury in Cabo San Lucas. Thoughtfulness and thoroughness are the trademarks of this grand resort. Every detail was considered right down to the intricate designs in the walkways, the stone entries to the rooms and the construction of subterranean passages so the busy staff does not interrupt relaxing guests. The award-winning design combines the grace of old world architecture with carefully crafted modern style. And the location will leave you speechless. A natural cliff forms the backdrop and guides guests to a lobby complete with a spectacular view of the mighty Pacific Ocean. From here, you can see pelicans soaring over golden sands and sailboats scooting across blue waves. Just feet away is the very tip of the Baja Peninsula in all its sun-drenched glory.

Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, an Auberge Resort

Voted the #1 Resort in Los Cabos in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017, the newest contemporary resort in Cabo is a stunning luxury property, located on the most coveted year-round swimmable beach on the Sea of Cortez. This Auberge resort, consisting of 92 guestrooms and villas, brings a fresh contemporary experience to Los Cabos embracing an active, social and engaging environment. The unique design of three zero-edge pools, spanning 138 meters/150 yards, serves as the centerpiece of the resort and creates a gathering place for interaction among the guests. Each of the experiences including the restaurants, spa, H2O cave and activities center embraces a casual and energetic escape with exceptional service for guests of all ages.


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36 Comments

  1. Amrani Chauffeurs

    The Bes Beach holidays Destination. It,s no wonder that millions of us flock to the beach for our holidays.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I agree. I think going to the beach is relaxing. So taking a vacation to somewhere tropical on the ocean, where you can feel the sand between your toes and the salty breeze….well all troubles seems to float away and one becomes totally relaxed. I personally love Cabo and the beach.

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  2. Helen Vella

    Great review, love the images and I will put this on my list of places I need to visit, you have convinced me. Your in depth detail is very motivating.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Helen, I hope you enjoy and please let me know if you need any further information 🙂

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  3. Kevin McNamara

    Leahrae I love your post and your website.

    I had never heard of Cabo but you have made it feel like home haha! I live on the beach in Australia and love it but I want to check out Cabo!

    It sounds really hot which is what I love. I am going to read it again and start visualise being there.

    Thanks so much,

    Kev

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are so welcome Kev, and yeah I love hot too, and the beach! Cabo is awesome. I have not been to Australia, but I have been to Cabo, many many times. Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Greg

    Hi,

    Thanks for the article. I have 2 kids and I’m thinking about ‘Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa’ as they have the kids club.
    Just wondering if you can recommend any other place from your list, which would be focused on families and kids or you think it would be great for us?

    Thanks in advance;)

    Greg

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh boy Greg, you would be surprised at how many have kids clubs. I know off the top of my head that the Grande Solmar, Playa Grande, and the Marina Fiesta all have kids clubs. I would not be surprised if they all didn’t have one. These are also time share resorts where families come every year. I know that my son has participated in kids clubs on my visits. They have wonderful activities for the kids.

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  5. a.habil

    Hi, may I know the visa requirement and its price?
    Thank You

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      No Visa is required, only a passport. Let me know if you need any further information.

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  6. Steven Varley

    This place is gorgeous! This is ideal for me and the misses.

    She loves relaxing holiday whilst I love the action so I could be jet skiing and at whilst she rests on the perfect beach.

    We both like wildlife and noticed there is whale watching is there anything else?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      There is LOTS of sea life and you can take boats and see seals, dolphins, marlin (as well as many other big fish), different varieties of rays, and many more. You will not get bored in Cabo, and your wife will love Cabo beaches!

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  7. benomilam

    Wow. I have been looking into making a trip to a Mexico beach somewhere but I never really knew much about Cabo. It sounds incredible!

    I hear endless things about Cancun, Cozumel, and Acapulco – but never about Cabo! In your experience, does Cabo seem to be less touristy as compared the aforementioned more popular Mexico beach destinations? I love finding hidden gems like this.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Cabo is MUCH less touristy than any of the places you listed. I had a girlfriend and her son go with me once, and they had only every been to Cancun. They both agreed that Cabo was much less built up and a lot better choice for vacationing in Mexico.

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  8. Diana

    This is a great guide to visiting Cabo San Lucas; especially for a newbie like myself. Cabo seems like the perfect place to vacation with almost anyone. It’s a perfect getaway for friends, a great place for family vacations, and excellent for honeymooners.

    I think I’m gonna try to convince my family to visit Cabo this year as our family vacation destination. There’s lots to do and the food on those dinner cruises you mentioned sound delicious.

    Thank you for share by your wisdom,

    Diana

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Diana and you would all love it there. Cabo beaches are wonderful and there is so much to do!

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  9. Chadd

    Wow. This place really sounds like a paradise.
    Cabo San Lucas. I’ve never heard of it, but the variety of things to do there is amazing.
    If I ever want to go there this site is where I’ll do my research.
    Regards,
    Chadd.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Chadd 🙂 I can’t believe you haven’t heard of Cabo, it is really paradise. Thank you for visiting Beach Travel Destinations.

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  10. Ben

    I love how you lay everything out, from hotels to cruises to all attractions to car rentals. It’s like a one stop shop for all your travel information. I can’t believe you’ve been there like 15 times, that awesome! I hope to be able to go there myself 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Ben 🙂 I was one of those people who let a guy at the airport get my luggage to my bus….long story short I ended up at a Timeshare presentation, bought one and went every year for many years 🙂

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  11. Dinh

    I have heard lots to good things about Cabo and it seems like the place to go. It looks like it offers everything and will suit everyone.
    I have 5 in total for our family and 3 are kids- I am on a tight budget so would you recommend a resort or a B&B as a starting point in checking out the vacation?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I would still stick with a resort, and there are many. The Marina Fiesta has probably some of the best rates with good size condo rooms. So you can cook some meals in and save money that way. Thanks for visiting Cabo San Lucas Travel Guide.

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  12. Graham

    Wow, you got me. Cabo sounds fantastic, I can imagine myself there already. I will definitely have to look at making this our goal of a dream holiday. The evening dinner cruises sound amazing and my wife would absolutely love them. I don’t think she will take much persuading after she read this. Thanks for sharing such a great guide.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Graham. I have been there many, many times and absolutely love the place! Take your wife, she will love it! Cabo San Lucas is one of those beach destinations, everyone needs to experience 🙂

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  13. StephenPayne

    Hi Leahrae,

    I’m so glad I came across your website! Cabo has been on my “bucket list” for many years and so it was refreshing to be able to read such great information on this holiday destination!

    I certainly hadn’t realized just how hot it gets there!

    Thanks again –
    Steve

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      But Cabo is so great! I have been there like 15 times, so if you need any information, please let me know. Thanks for reading!

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  14. ArtByHeart

    Hi, what a wonderful review! The pictures and the movie are amazing. What really got me interested, besides the dinner cruises, which are my absolute favorite way to dine during holidays, are the whale watching tours! I have participated in many around the world and have never been left disappointed with the awesome display or joy and beauty that the whales put on display! Do you know if the educational one offers a new tour, in case you get unlucky? I think it’s time for me to take the kids with me to experience this magic and learn about our oceans!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am telling you the whale watching tour is great! They come right up to the boat, and they do stink! Yes, there are actually a variety of tours 🙂

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  15. Brent

    Another awesome post on vacation spots. I really like all the details you provide(on all your vacations). Cabo looks like a fun place to visit with lots of things to offer. Even Whales!! That is awesome. I had no idea!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The whales are awesome. They do stink though, LOL. Cabo is a great place to visit and I am sure you would enjoy!

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  16. Melissa Bennett

    There’s so much great information on here! I want to go to Cabo San Lucas so bad and this really helps to figure out what activities to do while there.

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  17. mel

    Wow! You have a lot of great information here. I love all the different ideas of things to do. This will help me plan my trip. My husband and I are planning a 20 year anniversary trip! Thanks.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Melissa! You will enjoy Cabo and it is a great place for an anniversary!

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  18. Jasmine Ungaro

    I have always wanted to go to Cabo, it’s been on my vacation destination list for years, and my husband and I have been thinking about going on a vacation this year… you’ve persuaded me to choose Cabo! Thanks so much for all this great information! Hotels, transportation, activities, and (most importantly for a foodie) restaurants! I don’t need to do any more research! This is the perfect guide to Cabo! And I definitely want to try one of those sunset cruises! I’m bookmarking this page if I need any more info, lol. Thanks! 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I have been there over 15 times, so I all the things to do and places are GREAT! You will enjoy 🙂 Thanks for reading about Cabo San Lucas Travel Guide.

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  19. Furkan

    I really like homemade tortillas and salsa. I think Cab Mar Fiesta Dinner Cruise is just for me. Do you think they prepare hypoallergenic foods as well if I order? Obviously I don’t want to get allergy when I go to travel if they can’t, do you have any recommendation?

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