Cabo San Lucas is located at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, and it is a famous city for its beautiful beaches, varied marine life, and exciting nightlife. Surrounded by the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, this is the paradise that millions of tourists travel to each year.
If you are visiting Cabo soon, you must know a few things to plan the perfect trip and don’t miss anything important.
This guide will cover all you need to know about Cabo San Lucas, including travel tips to enjoy the city to the fullest.
What is the best time to go to Cabo San Lucas?
To establish what is the best time to visit Los Cabos for you, it is best to think about what temperatures are you comfortable with and what type of activities you want to experience while visiting.
If you love the summer and the heat, and you want to take in all the sun that is possible, then we definitely recommend coming between June to August.
Be aware that temperatures can reach 90 ºF. A lot of tourists will skip this season, so you can find lower prices.
Fall is also a slow month, so you won’t find many people and it is still fairly warm. This season goes from September to November, and temperatures move around 75 ºF.
Winter months (December to March) attract a lot of people because it is not so cold. Temperatures hop around 70 ºF, and the lowest temperatures can be 65 ºF. It is a great season for taking a whale-watching tour.
Lastly, the Spring months are the busiest and prices tend to go up. Temperature is around 75 ºF, and it is a great season to go on a snorkeling tour, like the ones offered by La Isla Tour.
How is the weather in Cabo San Lucas?
Los Cabos is a tropical paradise that has the blessing of always being sunny and just a short rainy season. It has an average of 360 days of sun, so regardless of your traveling date, you can be sure that you will enjoy nice weather.
If you want the best possible weather, we recommend avoiding the rainy season and hurricane season, which goes from June to November.
Even though hurricanes almost never touch Los Cabos, it is best to check the weather conditions before traveling.
What is the best place to stay in Los Cabos?
Without a doubt, the best place you can stay in Cabo is The Corridor. It is a 20-mile coastline where Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo meet. You can find here the best hotels, restaurants, golf courses, and beaches.
Most people choose to stay close to Medano Beach, Chileno Bay, and Santa Maria Bay.
However, no matter which one you choose, the tourist corridor is the ideal place to find all tourist attractions and services. You are even close to the sister city, San Jose del Cabo, so you can visit it too.
What is the difference between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo?
Both cities are located in Mexico’s Baja peninsula, and the main difference is the touristic activities you can find in each.
Cabo San Lucas is the main attraction and where most tourists go, while San José del Cabo is a slow-paced city where most locals live.
You can visit San Jose del Cabo and explore its downtown, architecture, restaurants, and more. It is a picturesque place with its own charm that is great to escape the crowded streets of Cabo San Lucas.
The best beaches in Los Cabos
Cabo San Lucas has many beautiful beaches, but some of them are not safe to swim. You will see that safe beaches for tourists will have a blue flag.
On the Pacific Ocean side, the waves are stronger and tend to have strong undercurrents too, so it is best to check first if it is a safe-to-swim beach.
This is people’s favorite since it is calm and safe, and you can find all types of services and activities right there. It has all you can ask for, including hotels, restaurants, water sports activities, and street vendors.
Lover’s Beach and Divorce Beach
Lover’s Beach and Divorce Beach are next to each other and offer stunning views.
Lover’s Beach is on the Sea of Cortez side, so it is safe to swim, while Divorce Beach is on the Pacific Ocean side, so it has strong waves. You can reach both of these sandy beaches in a short boat ride from the bay.
Located on the tourist corridor, Chileno Beach is a calm and safe beach to swim. It is a great option if you want to go snorkeling and discover the wonderful sea creatures.
If you want to escape crowded beaches, then you need to visit Cannery. This is also known as the local’s beach, and it tends to be a great spot to relax and go swimming.
What are the best activities to do in Cabo San Lucas?
Los Cabos is a popular destination due to its varied activities. No matter if you want a relaxing vacation or an upbeat time, Cabo San Lucas has options for everybody.
These are just some of the best activities that you can do in the city:
Snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas
Los Cabos has one of the most diverse ocean life, and it has wonderful spots to explore underwater. If you want to swim along some beautiful sea creatures, like sea lions, sea turtles, tropical fish, stingrays, and more, then you cannot miss snorkeling in Cabo.
The best way to explore the Sea of Cortez is with a private snorkeling tour, like the ones we offer in La Isla Tour. We cruise around the best hotspots to snorkel and we even include all the needed gear to do so. Also, we include paddle boards and water mats to enjoy the water to the fullest!
If you want to dive deeper, then you definitely need to go scuba diving in Los Cabos. It is a great experience and the Sea of Cortez has many great spots to do so.
You can find beginner locations, but there are also options for experienced divers. Beginner locations can be similar to Cabo Pulmo, and advanced locations can be similar to Gordo Banks.
We recommend that for this activity to go with a local professional instructor to guide you and help you if needed.
In case you are visiting between mid-December and mid-April, you are in luck!
This is whale watching season, and you have the opportunity to spot these marvelous giant creatures in their natural habitats. If this is your first trip to Los Cabos, this tour is an unmissable activity.
At La Isla Tour, our whale-watching excursion cruise around the city’s landmarks and also visit the best locations to spot humpback whales, blue whales, shark whales, and more. Our tour includes snacks and drinks, so you only worry about making memories!
Hiking, trekking, and outdoor activities
Los Cabos has different trekking trails and routes that are great to explore the city from another perspective. If outdoor activities are your thing, then you cannot miss going on a hike and catching the beautiful sunset from one of the hills.
We advise that, if you are coming in the summer, always pack enough bottled water and sunscreen, and even wear clothing that protects you from the sun.
Explore downtown Cabo San Lucas
Even though beaches are the main attractions of the city, downtown has a lot to offer.
Not only you can explore all the incredible restaurants, bars, and pubs, but you can also discover the local architecture, go shopping, visit museums, and more.
Visit downtown Cabo San Lucas in the daytime and also at nighttime since you can find different activities, and we also recommend visiting and exploring San José del Cabo downtown.
What should I be aware of when traveling to Cabo San Lucas?
Before you visit Cabo, there are a few important things that you should keep in mind that can make your experience better and safer.
What’s the closest airport to Los Cabos, Mexico?
Los Cabos International Airport is located at the southern tip of Baja California Sur, and it is only 8 miles away from Cabo San Lucas. This is the main airport where local and international flights operate.
Cabo San Lucas International Airport is a smaller and private airport that mostly welcomes private flights, and it is located only 4.5 miles away from downtown Cabo San Lucas.
What’s the best way to get to your Cabo hotel from the airport?
From Los Cabos International Airport, the best way to get to your hotel is with a taxi or a private service.
Taxis in Cabo are shared vans, and you can find them right out of the gate.
Private services are also found at the door or you can make reservations before your arrival.
There is also the option of the public bus, but be aware that most routes might not leave you right at the door of your hotel.
And, of course, there is the option of a car rental, which is a great option if you want to drive and explore the city on your own.
How do you pay in Los Cabos?
Since Cabo San Lucas is used to the tourist traffic, most stores and services will accept either Mexican peso or U.S. dollars, if you are paying in cash.
Of course, all classic and well-known credit cards are accepted, and the bank will do the exchange rate for you.
If you want to save money while traveling, we recommend checking previously the exchange rate, and see what option is more convenient: making the exchange to pesos or holding your dollars.
Is it safe to drink tap water in Los Cabos?
To stay safe, it is best to not drink tap water in Los Cabos. Even though the water is pure, the best recommendation is to drink bottled water. Like with any other trip, it is best to exercise caution to prevent disturbing your stomach.
What documents do I need to travel to Cabo San Lucas?
You don’t need many documents to visit.
If you are flying from Canada or Europe, you will need a valid passport. A visa is not required, but it is needed a tourist card.
If you are visiting from the U.S., you won’t need Visa or passport. You can enter with just an ID, like your driver’s license.
Is Los Cabos Mexico safe for travelers?
Cabo San Lucas is mainly a tourist city, especially around the tourist corridor, so you will find people like you, tourists.
Los Cabos is a safe city, but as always, like in any other place that is out of your comfort zone, it is best to use common sense on all occasions.
Luxury sailing tours in Cabo San Lucas with La Isla Tour
At La Isla Tour we have the best sailing tours to explore Cabo San Lucas from a different perspective.
With 18 years of experience, we know what is the best way to enjoy the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, and we are proud to offer unforgettable excursions to all of our passengers.
With us, you can customize your time in Los Cabos and choose what to do. Go on a snorkeling tour, a sunset cruise, or a whale-watching excursion.
We add snacks, drinks, and water activities equipment, so you only worry about having fun and making memories!
Celebrate all your events in Los Cabos with La Isla Tour
Celebrate birthday parties, reunions with friends, weddings, proposals, vow renewals, bachelor or bachelorette parties, romantic escapades, cruise parties, and so much more!
Our luxurious sailboats adapt to all your needs, and it doesn’t matter if you want to celebrate with just your family or if you want to bring all your friends.
To delight your guests and make this an unforgettable experience, you can choose to have an open bar and gourmet food prepared by an onboard Mexican chef. All of this while cruising around Los Cabos landmarks, like The Arch, Land’s End, Pelican Rock, and more.
Book with us now for your next Cabo adventure, and we will welcome you with free Margaritas!