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.

Weather

Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 59°F to 94°F and is rarely below 53°F or above 98°F.  The warm season lasts from May 11 to October 23 with an average daily high temperature above 91°F. The hottest day of the year is August 11, with an average high of 94°F and low of 80°F.  The cold season lasts from December 4 to March 12 with an average daily high temperature below 82°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 59°F and high of 79°F.

Airport

The airport for Cabo San Lucas is Los Cabos International Airport.  You will need to take a shuttle or Taxi to Cabo, which is going to take around 35 to 40 minutes.  I have always reserved my transportation online before heading to Cabo.  This is the safest and the cheapest.  Note:  Ignore offers of transportation from solicitors in the terminals, and ignore non-uniformed persons offering to assist with baggage.  These people are Timeshare representatives, and they will hit you hard to go to a timeshare presentation.  I don’t think my time is worth the freebies that they offer you, and typically you can be at the presentation for a good portion  of the day.  To create a fair watch, go to AirFareWatchDog which will alert you when the flights are going down in price.  Also check my airfare tips on how to make sure you are getting the lowest fare.  For finding the lowest fare, go to CheapFlights.  I find them to be the best for flight comparison, and getting the best deal if you are ready to purchase.  Once you have your airfare, make sure you reserve your airport parking ahead of time.  You can  Save On Airport Parking and not have the last minute hassle (been there) of trying to get parking reserved.

Los Cabos International Airport

Car Rental

Renting a car is easy.  There are numerous car rental agencies at the San Jose Airport and in town.  It is very important to understand that car insurance is different (and expensive) in Mexico.  Personal Liability Insurance is mandatory.  If your own auto policy or credit-card insurance benefits cover collision damage “in Mexico”, you can pass on Loss Damage / Collision Damage Waiver.  But keep in mind, if you are in an accident, YOU are responsible for paying for any associated costs and getting reimbursed from your Insurance or Credit Card Company.  The rental agency in Mexico will not accept the fact that your insurance or Credit Card Company will pay them.  In the most drastic of cases, you could find yourself in jail until you have covered these expenses.  Driving in Mexico isn’t as difficult as you might think. Sure, there are a couple of minor obstacles that you’ll want to be aware of but probably no more obstacles than driving in a big city in the United States.

I recommend reserving your rental car before you go, and then make sure you keep a copy of the reservation with the car rental price handy, as they can and will try to rent you a car for more.  The best, most reliable rental car company to use is Cactus Rent-A-Car.  They have the best prices and selection of cars. Driving your own rental car does have it’s benefits:

  • You don’t have to pay for a taxi or shuttle to and from the airport
  • You can easily drive to a grocery store for food and bottled water (otherwise quite expensive at hotels)
  • You can take short day trips to secluded beaches or nearby towns that are a bit quieter than Cabo San Lucas

Airport Transfers

I have been to Cabo at least 15 times, and never have I rented a car.  I have always taken the shuttle bus from the airport to my hotel.  If you are staying right in Cabo, you can walk almost everywhere.  You can walk to the grocery store, and then catch a taxi back to your resort.  The good thing about taxis in Cabo is the fact that they all charge the same, and you know what that rate is ahead of time.  So you won’t find yourself paying more than you should…they are all the same.  With airport transfers, I strongly recommend reserving them online before you leave for Cabo.  You can reserve both to and from the airport.  The shuttle buses get really packed, and you’ll find yourself stuck at the airport without a previous reservation, or paying for a private taxi, which is much more expensive.  The shuttle bus is an experience all in its own, and worth doing.  They will stop for beer, and it can be quite fun.  Here are the best airport transfer companies to use:

Cabo Airport Transfers, Cabo San Lucas Airport Transfers, Cabo Airport Shuttle Bus, Cabo San Lucas Travel GuideCabo Transfers

In Cabo, airport transfers are the most common transportation service. The sooner you get to your hotel, villa or condominium, the sooner your trip can begin. The few extra hours at the pool or beach can make your holiday that much more memorable. Avoid any hassle! They offer one-way & round-trip Cabo airport transportation services. Our transfers are fast, reliable, and comfortable.  A downtown Cabo two-way transfer runs $34, it will vary depending on which resort you are going to.   For more information, and for reservations click here.

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Super Shuttle

Reserve an airport shuttle or black car to and from SJD or around town! Their service is more convenient than lugging bags through public transit or driving and parking at the airport, with prices that are generally more economical than a taxi or limo. Contact their local team to inquire about additional vehicle options.  For more information, and for reservations click here.

TransCabo, Cabo San Lucas Airport Transfers, Cabo Airport Shuttle Bus, Cabo San Lucas Travel GuideTrans Cabo

A ride from the Airport to any hotel in the area can take from 25 minutes up to 1 hour to some hotels on the Pacific side, however no matter the distance, your trip will be comfortable and you will enjoy the great view on your way.  You can take a private vehicle and make up to a one hour shopping stop.  The round trip fare with Trans Cabo is $45.  For more information, and for reservations click here.

Sunset Cruises

An evening in Cabo is surely no ordinary evening, especially aboard a sunset dinner cruise. If you want to try something different for your next trip to Cabo, then a dinner at sea is the right way to go. Experience an evening full of magic as you dine in style and take in the beauty of Cabo San Lucas.  From all-you-can-drink cruises to those with dinner and entertainment, there’s a sunset cruise for every traveler. Catamarans and sailboats are most common for cruising around Cabo. Tickets range anywhere from $25 to $89 US depending on whether dinner is served. Reservations may either be made at most hotels or at the Cabo marina.  Here are the best sunset cruises in Cabo:

Fiesta Cabaret Sunset Dinner Cruise Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas beachesFiesta Cabaret Sunset Dinner Cruise

Aboard the Fiesta Cabaret, the premier entertainment vessel in Cabo San Lucas, you’ll be treated to gourmet hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, beer, wine, or liquors from the all-night open bar as you watch the sun set over the beautiful Pacific Ocean, illuminating the horizon with dazzling displays of color and light, as the silhouettes of El Arco and Land’s End dance in the flickering light, creating fabulous photo opportunities.  Then take it inside, as you gather to watch the evening’s main event – the Fiesta Cabaret, as the colorful costumes and lively traditional displays take t-he floor, offering you a unique insight to the cultures and traditions of Latin America, including Spain, Argentina, Cuba, and of course Mexico.  A fun event for the whole family to enjoy!  For more information call 1-866-348-6286 or reserve your tickets here.

Cabo Mar Fiesta Dinner Cruise, Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas BeachesCab Mar Fiesta Dinner Cruise

Cabo Mar combines sightseeing with first class service as a delicious dinner is freshly prepared right on board. Sip margaritas and enjoy our authentic Mexican Taco Buffet, featuring carne asada, marinated chicken, quesadillas, grilled vegetables, beans, rice, homemade tortillas, guacamole, chips and salsa.  The tour includes an open international bar (Wine, Beer, Vodka, Tequila, Rum, Whiskey, Gin, Kahlua, Blended Cocktails, Mixers, Sodas, Juices and Bottled Water).  The salty ocean breeze and unparalleled beauty of the Cabo San Lucas Bay make it the perfect setting for cruising. Enjoy the hospitality of our crew as you admire the famous Arch, the Sea Lion colony and Land’s End. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!  For more information call 619-446-6339 or visit Cabo Mar Fiesta Dinner Cruise to book now.

CaboRey Luxury Dinner CruiseCaboRey Luxury Dinner Cruise

If you are looking the best tour in Los Cabos, whether you prefer to see the spectacular sites of Cabo San Lucas from the upper deck of a 144′ catamaran, simply relax and sunbathe on your way to the best beach in Cabo San Lucas or tap your feet to the rhythm of their live band, Caborey has a tour for you.  For more information call 1-866-460-4105 or visit CaboRey Luxury Dinner Cruise.

 

La Princesa Catamaran, Cabo San Lucas Mexico, Cabo San Lucas beachesLa Princesa Catamaran

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Cabo san Lucas Bay and watch an amazing Sunset over the Pacific Ocean on this 2hrs tour on board of La Princesa Sunset Cruise, Experience the incomparable blue expanse that is Cabo San Lucas Bay and the Pacific Ocean while you enjoy an ice cold corona beer or delight yourself with their traditional fresh margaritas. During the whales season you might be able to see this magnificent mammals swimming next to the boat. What a delightful and wonderful departure from the ordinary to embark on your Cabo experience.  For more information visit La Princesa Catamaran.

Deep-Sea Fishing

Cabo San Lucas is found at the Southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. With great weather and a great variety of game fish available, where the warm temperature of the waters of the Sea of Cortez blends with the currents of the Pacific Ocean to offer the perfect combination for the offshore species, which include Marlin of the Black, Blue and Striped species, Sailfish, Dorado, Tuna, Wahoo and more, with incredible fishing year round.  Cabo San Lucas holds numerous world records, and over 40,000 bill fish are hooked each year (nearly all of which are released) and 800 different species of game fish are caught, including Dorado, Tuna, Wahoo, Yellowtail, and Rooster fish.  Here are the best and most reputable companies to charter a boat with:

Sushi Time, Cabo San Lucas, Deep Sea Fishing Cabo San Lucas MexicoSushi Time

They offer a variety of Packages, including lunch, transportation, licenses and live bait to make your fishing trip a carefree excursion.  Their fleet includes six Super Pangas, all of them with knowledgeable, experienced, bilingual, native captains, and full equipment that will guarantee an unforgettable experience.  Sushi Time Pangas are 24ft. in size and have a simple fighting chair as well as extra seating for 2 to 4 passengers and just one crew member (Captain).  Most Sushi Time Pangas have a “head” on board and a canopy that will provide a shade. A regular trip is for 5 hours & usually close to shore, though you may travel anywhere from 4 to 10 miles parallel to the coast, generally up the Pacific side or the Sea of Cortés, depending on the fish availability.  For more information, or to reserve your charter, click here.

Winner 7 Sport Fishing in Cabo, Cabo San Lucas Deep Sea FishingWinner 7 Sport Fishing in Cabo

Providing sport fishing Cabo tours for all your fishing needs in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Experienced Owner / Operator Dave Carter and Captain Miguel can help you find your sport fishing dreams with our signature boat, “Winner 7” and many other boats and yachts of varying sizes available.  For more information call 928-293-0526 or visit Winner 7 Sport Fishing in Cabo.

Pisces Sportfishing, Cabo San Lucas Mexico, Deep Sea Fishing Cabo San LucasPisces Sportfishing

If you’re a serious fisherman, you’ll want to go fishing with the most reputable and longest established charter company in Cabo San Lucas. If you’re new to fishing then you couldn’t be in a safer pair of hands. Most people can only go big game fishing once or twice a year. They often travel thousands of miles to do so. That makes it crucial that everything goes to plan.  When the result is as important as that you need to be sure that you will have absolutely the best chance to catch the fish of your choice: be it a specific species or a bigger fish or just big numbers. So you need your charter company to listen to what you want and deliver on that.  Pisces are a charter company who will do just that.  For more information call 1-877-286-7938 or visit Pisces Sportfishing.

Water Sports

There’s one thing for sure… to fully enjoy your vacation in Cabo San Lucas you need to get wet and while your at it, why not make it getting wet and wild? Everything from wave runner rentals to kayaking, to banana boat rides and glass bottom tour boats are easily arranged. The center of the action is on Medaño Beach in front of the hotels that line the shore. You’ll find activities centers with agents on hand to assist you up and down the beach. I strongly suggest you deal with folks that work for licensed tour providers, and in most cases, you’ll save yourself some money booking online in advance.

Cabo Flyboard, Cabo San Lucas Mexico, Watersports Cabo San LucasCabo Flyboard

If you are looking for things to do in Cabo, look no further, Flyboarding is the coolest of all activities and tours in Los Cabos. Cabo is the perfect location to try this new water sport, the weather is always pleasant and Cabo Flyboard has the most experienced instructors to help you fly like Ironman and dive like a dolphin. They provide a personalized experience offering 100% private lessons for your group and we are in a convenient location by the main hotels and restaurants at Medano Beach, Cabo San Lucas.  For more information call 624-143-0146 (in Mexico) or visit Cabo Flyboard.

Baja's Watersports, Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas WatersportsBaja’s Watersports

Feel the Adrenaline Flying over the Cabo San Lucas Bay! On your visit to Los Cabos, don´t forget to add in your Activities List the Parasailing with your friends of BAJA’S! Get ready for 45 minutes full of Emotion!  Enjoy this snorkeling in the Crystalline Waters of Pelicanos Beach!  The Arch of Cabo San Lucas is a rock formation, a natural arch, at the south end of Cabo San Lucas, which is itself the Southern tip of the Peninsula of Baja California, at a point near the beautiful Pelicanos Beach. This is perfect for snorkeling in the crystal waters, observing the variety of fish that live there, and just enjoying an unforgettable experience.  Rent a wave runner and cruise around enjoying the beautiful sun, surf  and scenery.  Or enjoy one of their whale watching tours.   Baja Watersports has it all.  For more information call 624-144-3688 (in Mexico) or visit Baja’s Watersports.

Aries Water Sports Cabo San Lucas MexicoAries Water Sports

Looking to go parasailing in Cabo San Lucas or searching for a Medano Beach jet ski rental? Look no further than Aries Water Sports on Medano Beach. They have been operating since 2002 in Los Cabos. They are watersport veterans and offer jet ski rentals, parasailing rides, glass-bottom boat tours, water taxis and guided whale watching excursions.  Owned by best friends, Dan and Fidel, Aries Water Sports is dedicated to providing exciting vacation adventures for you and your family. Your unforgettable Los Cabos watersports experience begins under their orange Aries tent! For more information call 303-808-733 (from USA) or 624-119-6731 (in Mexico) or visit Aries Water Sports.

Whale Watching

If you’re traveling to Cabo from January through March, this is your chance to see the whales. Whales are the biggest and most powerful animals on the planet. During this period they migrate to the southern half of Baja California all the way from places like Alaska and Siberia 6,000 miles away. Along the lagoons of southern Baja are the calving grounds of these massive creatures. Their summer homes are north of the Arctic Circle, but in winter it’s far too cold for them there. That’s why even the whales like to come to Cabo!

Whale Watch Cabo, Cabo San Lucas Whale WatchingWhale Watch Cabo

Whale Watch Cabo is Cabo San Lucas’s very first premier Guaranteed Whale Sighting company. They literally do go the extra miles for our guests. Between December – April the chances of seeing Whales is 95% or better, but if you don’t see any whales, they invite you back on complimentary tours until you see whales! They go above and beyond for every whale watching tour, maximizing guest satisfaction, overall comfort and delivering the ‘Wow Factor!” Every boat has onboard hydrophones so you can listen to the Whales sing.  For more information 1-800-650-0564 or visit Whale Watch Cabo.

Cabo Trek, Cabo San Lucas Whale WatchingCabo Trek

The only educational whale watching tour in Los Cabos. Perfect for families, you’ll be inspired by the endless knowledge their university trained marine biologist, boasts as he shares all there is to know about whales. Rest assured that you’re tour will be nothing short of the experience of a lifetime and their professional photographer is there to capture every moment of your trek. Would you like more information?  For more information call 1-844-851-8942 or visit Cabo Trek.

Off Road Tours

Cactus ATV Tours, Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas ATV toursCactus ATV Tours

Explore the natural beauties of Los Cabos. Enjoy it from the seat of an off-road vehicle, such as Honda ATV, Polaris RZR, Polaris RANGER and Polaris Sportsman ACE.   Off-Road vehicles allow access to places where few people go. In fact, these sure-footed machines can take you places that even a horse fear to tread!  Whether you are a beginner wanting an easy ride or an expert looking for a challenge, or you classify yourself somewhere in between, Cactus ATV Tours offers to Los Cabos’ tourists a wide variety of great trails, spectacular scenery, and lots of fun!   In their tours, they will take you over trails and back roads into the desert, mountains, canyons, streams & small Indian villages to enjoy breathtaking views of majestic beaches & sand dunes on the Pacific Ocean.  For more information call (33) 50 04 0780 (in Mexico) or 213-221-2812 from the U.S or visit Cactus ATV Tours.

Baja Buggies, Cabo San Lucas MexicoBaja Buggies

Explore Cabo San Lucas’s magical transition from desert to ocean as you travel through mountains and canyons at Migrino sandy river bed making your way to Half Moon canyon and Tree Rock.  After a refreshing break, continue to La Candelaria; a 300 year old aboriginal village.  Here your guide will enrich your experience with the knowledge of local history.  Step on the gas, enjoy a thrilling ride until you reach river’s delta where the desert merges with the Pacific Ocean before you make your way back to the starting point.  For more information 624-105-9318 (in Mexico) or visit Baja Buggies.

Restaurants

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Prepare yourself for a gourmand’s delight. The competition, creativity, selection, and, yes, even the prices are utterly beyond comprehension. From elegant dining rooms to casual seafood cafés to simple taquerías, Los Cabos serves up anything from standard to thrilling fare. Seafood is the true highlight here.  Local lobster, shrimp, and octopus are particularly good. Fish grilled over a mesquite wood fire is perhaps the most indigenous and tasty seafood dish, while the most popular may be the tacos de pescado (fish tacos): traditionally a deep-fried fillet wrapped in a handmade corn tortilla, served with shredded cabbage, cilantro, and salsas. Beef and pork—commonly served marinated and grilled—are also delicious. Many restaurants import their steak, lamb, duck, and quail from the state of Sonora, Mexico’s prime pastureland, and also from the United States, though many of the high-end spots are only using local ingredients.  There are many restaurants in Cabo, here are the top picks:

$$  Hacienda Cocina y Cantina

Hacienda Cocina y Cantina, the signature restaurant at the Hacienda Beach Club & Residences at Medano Beach, merges traditional Mexican architecture with casual beachfront dining for an elegant, laid back experience. Perched on the most beautiful quarter-mile of beach and overlooking the iconic rock formations of Land’s End, Hacienda features open air indoor dining, outdoor dining on the terraza, a beachfront palapa bar and the ever popular “tables in the sand”.  For more information call 415-259-4170 (from USA) or 624-163-3144 (in Mexico) or visit Hacienda Cocina y Cantina.

$$$  El Farallon

Tucked into the cliffs of The Resort at Pedregal and stocked daily with bounty from local fishermen, El Farallon is the most sought after dinner location in Los Cabos. Meaning “a rock that comes out of the ocean”, El Farallon has become a hallmark of exquisite dining at our luxury resort. Situated overlooking the Pacific Ocean, their Executive Chef, Gustavo Pinet sets only the best selection of local catch on mounds of shaved ice. Their fish experts will guide your selection with an old-fashioned scale that weighs each choice.  For more information call 1-844-733-7342 or visit El Farallon.

$$$$  Edith’s

Edith’s is a vivid combination of the Cuisine of Baja California with a Guerreran flair, featuring a regional fusion of steaks and seafood with local ingredients.  A loving, privileged view of Medano Beach and the world famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas, candle lights and palapas set the atmosphere for an unforgettable culinary experience.  Prime cuts of upmost quality imported beef and freshly-caught local fish and lobster, chicken breast, Caesar salad, Chile Poblano and hand-made tortillas are just a few expressions of the culinary celebration of life in Baja.  For more information call 624-143-0801 (in Mexico) or visit Edith’s.

$  Burrito Surf

A warm, friendly, and welcoming environment that serves amazing food, with fresh healthy ingredients at a reasonable price and a free smile.  They use the best and freshest hand picked ingredients, and have an unrelenting love for making yummy food and putting a smile on everyone’s face.  They hope to share their one of a kind mouth watering burritos with you.  So the first thing you want to do when visiting Cabo San Lucas is go and feast your eyes on the greatest burrito ever made. You won’t be sorry you did.  For more information call 624-143-0098 (in Mexico) or visit Burrito Surf.

$$  The Office on the Beach

It’s easy to see why this palapa-topped bar and restaurant is packed all-day, every day. The Office is a great place to sit back and watch the waves roll in, with a full bar and a large array of menu options, from breakfast favorites such as omelets and smoothies to lunchtime comfort food specialties like American style hamburgers. For dinner, sample traditional Mexican dishes, as well as seafood and custom-cooked steaks. The best time to visit is on Thursday nights, when The Office hosts a Gran Fiesta Mexicana with pre-Colombian folk dancing, waiters’ shows, audience participation, piñatas and candy for children, free tequila shooters and other treats.  For more information call 624-143-3464 (in Mexico) or visit The Office on the Beach.

Bars & Nightlife

Baja Brewing Company, Cabo San Lucas Mexico, Cabo BarsBaja Brewing Company

Located on the ground floor of the Puerto Paraiso Mall right on the Cabo San Lucas Marina. You can’t miss them, especially with the large donkey statue. There’s a large outdoor patio where you can watch the Marina action and an air conditioned indoor area with TV’s and every game possible.  They offer original beers and recipes.  Open Mon. – Sun.: 8AM – 1AM for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.  Live Music: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.   For more information call 624-146-9995 (in Mexico) or visit Baja Brewing Company.

Cabo Wabo, Cabo San Lucas Mexico, Cabo bars 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.  For information call 624-143-1188 (in Mexico) or visit Cabo Wabo.

El Squid Roe, Cabo San Lucas Mexico, Cabo barsEl 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.  For more information call 624-143-0655 (in Mexico) or visit El Squid Roe.

Hard Rock Cafe, Cabo San Lucas Mexico, Cabo Bars
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!  For more information call 624-143-3779 (in Mexico) or visit Hard Rock Café.

Mango Deck, Cabo San Lucas Mexico, Cabo barsMango Deck

If your looking for the typical beach bar-spring break experience that just screams CABO VACATION, then Mango Deck’s the place for you. Sit on the beach, drinking margaritas under an umbrella, a full service bar overlooking it all. Many of the visitors to the bar go by sea, so the shoreline can end up a bit crowded with boats of all types. The fun never stops and don’t forget to get your turn on the mechanical bull.  For more information call 624-143-0901 (in Mexico) or visit Mango Deck.

The Giggling Marlin, Cabo San Lucas Mexico, Cabo bars
The Giggling Marlin

The Giggling Marlin is a very popular bar-club, well located in downtown Cabo San Lucas close to the Marina on the Marina Boulevard. One of the oldest bar clubs in the city. It offers a fun nightly dance show, you have to get your photo taken hanging like a marlin from the roof, have a shot of their signature drink called “Skip & Go Naked”, drink some beers and enjoy their food. Notice their motto on the website too “If our food, drinks or service aren’t up to your standards, please lower your standards”, makes you wonder eh?  For more information call 624-143-0606 (in Mexico) or visit The Giggling Marlin.

Top Cabo San Lucas Hotels

The Cape – a Thompson Hotel

Offering two swimming pools and an outdoor spa, The Cape offers accommodation in Cabo San Lucas area. Guests can enjoy a tasty meal at one of the 2 restaurants available on-site. Free WiFi access is available in this resort.  Other facilities at The Cape – a Thompson Hotel include a Jacuzzi, fitness center and a bar. A tour desk and luggage storage are offered for guests’ convenience, and venues, rooms for weddings, celebrations, conferences, events and meetings are also available.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit The Cape – A Thompson Hotel.

Casa Bella Hotel Boutique

Showcasing an outdoor pool and hot tub, Casa Bella Hotel Boutique is located in San Pedro Sula, just 25 miles from Puerto Cortes. The bed and breakfast has a year-round outdoor pool and barbecue, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Casa Bella Hotel Boutique.

ME Cabo – Adults Oriented

This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. With its privileged location on the Medano Beach of Cabo San Lucas, ME Cabo features 5-star amenities in Los Cabos, one of Mexico’s fanciest destinations.  Guests will find themselves surrounded by unique designed aspects, and a Yin & Yang balance physically and philosophically represented in every aspect of the memorable experience.  Guest accommodations at Melia Cabo ME are furnished with all the latest technologies, including iPod docking stations. Private balconies along with rain shower head and Aveda bath amenities are also provided.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit ME Cabo.

The Ridge at Playa Grande

This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Set between impressive rock formations, Ridge in Cabo San Lucas offers views of the Sea of Cortez and access to the private Solmar Beach. Close to the marina and Land’s End, it features a spa and 4 restaurants.  The Ridge at Playa Grande features 3 infinity swimming pools, tennis courts and mini-golf. There is also a coffee shop, and staff at reception can arrange butler services and car rental. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit The Ridge at Playa Grande.

Breathless Cabo San Lucas All Inclusive- Adults Only

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Located 1,000 feet from Marina Cabo San Lucas in Cabo San Lucas, Breathless Cabo San Lucas All Inclusive- Adults Only features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has an outdoor pool and water sports facilities, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site.  For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Breathless Cabo San Lucas All Inclusive.

34 Comments

  1. 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 🙂

      Reply
  2. 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!

      Reply
  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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