The Best 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, or visit us on Pinterest.
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.
Best Cabo San Lucas Area Beaches
Santa Maria Beach
As you gaze out to the azure sea you will see the peaceful horseshoe shaped beach with sand the color and consistency of pink rice. Relatively secluded, Bahía Santa María is a protected marine sanctuary, so bring along a bag of bread or tortillas and feed the multi-colored creatures of the deep. This is an excellent spot for snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach.
Playa Bledito (Tequilla Cove)
A beautiful Los Cabos beach is the small cove in front of the Hilton Los Cabos. To chill in style, get a day pass at the Hilton’s new Enclave Beach Club. It features a boardwalk, beach chairs shaded by umbrellas and a waterfront bar serving craft margarita cocktails and tapas.
Playa 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.
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.
Playa 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.
Best Cabo San Lucas Restaurants
Nobu Los Cabos $31 & Over
Set in a stylish interior with Japanese wood and spectacular Pacific Ocean views, the restaurant’s menu includes chef’s signature black cod with miso. Yes, there are Nobu tacos here, filled with the finest king crab, lobster and wagyu beef. The wine list is lengthy, and the best in the region by a rather wide margin. Telephone: 624 689 0160 Web: Nobu Los Cabos
Comal $31 & Over
Enjoy a seafood focused Baja style approach, with dishes like grilled chocolate clam, totoaba ceviche and Baja mussels with chorizo. Lovers of traditional mainland Mexican cuisine, meanwhile, will also find plenty of favorites, although often in elevated fine dining form (duck carnitas, wagyu barbacoa, etc.). Telephone: 624 104 9751 Web: Comal
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
Los Tres Gallos $11 – 30
Enjoy old family recipes that have been perfected over time. You will enjoy their wonderful dishes, as well as the quaint, lovely, open-air courtyard full of fruit trees. Their staff is eager to please, and you will find this to be your favorite place in Cabo! Telephone: 624 130 7709 Web:: Los Tres Gallos
Acre Restaurant & Cocktail Bar $45 – 65
Here lies a foodie oasis, with dishes and drinks crafted around ingredients found on the 25-acre property’s farm, or sourced from local ranchers and fishermen. Telephone: 624 171 8226 Web: Acre Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
Best Cabo San Lucas Beach Bars
Mango Deck Cantina
Looking for a place with bikini contests? Sex position contests? Banana eating contests? A mustachioed Pancho Villa lookalike named Big Johnson who carries holsters filled with tequila bottles, and crisscrossed bandoliers packed with shot glasses? Check, check, check and check. Telephone: 624-143-0901 Web: Mango Deck Cantina Medano Beach
OMNIA is the unquestioned star, a beachfront club boasting private cabanas and plunge pools, plus two-story VIP bungalows. The dance scene at OMNIA warms up during the afternoons, when the latest celebrity DJ takes over. Telephone: 624-104-9743 Web: OMNIA Dayclub
Zipper’s Bar & Grill
Zipper’s offers excellent cantina fare and easy access to some of the area’s best surf breaks. Set on Costa Azul Beach – site of the annual WSL sponsored Los Cabos Open of Surf – this is the kind of place where you can enjoy a delicious Angus beef cheeseburger or a rack of BBQ ribs while watching the waves, and wave riders, roll in. Telephone: 624-172-6162 Web: Zipper’s Bar & Grill
The Sand Bar
Start your day at the beach with cocktails and fresh ceviche, the latter among several available menu items featuring fresh and delicious local seafood. Like many bars on Médano Beach, The Sand Bar also offers water-based rentals, including kayaks, wave runners- and stand-up paddle boards. The coolest and certainly the most relaxing of all the amenities, however, are the rooftop massages. Telephone: 624-144-3752 Web: The Sand Bar
Blue Marlin Ibiza
BMI boasts excellent poolside fare and ambiance by day before transforming into a delightfully decadent nightclub as sunset approaches. Its space is enormous, ranging from a beachfront chill space to an enormous pool deck surrounded by fashionable daybeds and lounges, and an indoor club that accommodate up to 200 revelers. Telephone: 624-145-7800 Web: Blue Marlin Ibiza
The Hard Rock Cafe is one of the greatest hotels in Cabo. Last time we visited there, it was an incredible experience. Very helpful Cabo guide! Thank you for sharing.
My favorite time to go to cabo is definitely February.
I would agree that the best time is February. I have been there at least 10 times and I have never stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel. Maybe I need to give it a try on my next visit! Thanks for stopping by.
The Bes Beach holidays Destination. It,s no wonder that millions of us flock to the beach for our holidays.
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.
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.
Thank you so much Helen, I hope you enjoy and please let me know if you need any further information 🙂
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,
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!
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;)
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.
Hi, may I know the visa requirement and its price?
No Visa is required, only a passport. Let me know if you need any further information.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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,
Thank you Diana and you would all love it there. Cabo beaches are wonderful and there is so much to do!
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.
Thanks Chadd 🙂 I can’t believe you haven’t heard of Cabo, it is really paradise. Thank you for visiting Beach Travel Destinations.
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 🙂
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 🙂
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?
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.
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.
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 🙂
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 –
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!
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!
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 🙂
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.
The whales are awesome. They do stink though, LOL. Cabo is a great place to visit and I am sure you would enjoy!
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.
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.
You are very welcome Melissa! You will enjoy Cabo and it is a great place for an anniversary!
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! 🙂
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.
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?