Mexico Insider’s top things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Looking for things to do in Cabo San Lucas to add to your itinerary? You’re in the right place! When I moved to Cabo, I was able to explore this city slowly and I’m happy to share these explorations with you!

👋🏻 Hola! My name is Trisha and I currently live in Cabo. It has been a great 2 years living in a place where everyone goes for a vacation!

Expect water activities like sunset yacht cruises, paddle boarding, and snorkeling when you visit Cabo San Lucas. It is also located in the deserts of Baja California, so there will be outdoor sports like sand dune boarding and ATV rides.

Cabo San Lucas is known as party central in Los Cabos. This is a popular destination for bachelorette parties, weddings, and birthdays.

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All the bars and nightclubs are in one row in Cabo San Lucas downtown, blaring reggaeton and club music.

Aside from the wild nightlife, Cabo San Lucas is a resort town and is a sub-city of Los Cabos. It is very different from its neighbor, San Jose del Cabo (about 40 minutes away), which is a quiet neighborhood and is favored by resort vacationers who are traveling with families.

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All these things to do in Cabo cater to all ages and each activity will have a minimum age requirement for kids. Whether you are a couple traveling, a family with toddlers, or someone planning to do a bachelorette activity, check out these activities!

1. Visit the Cabo San Lucas Arch

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The arch of Cabo San Lucas is the biggest tourist attraction in Los Cabos. I used to have a condo at the marina with a view of the arch, and I never get sick of this view! Many boat cruises go around the arch.

The highlight of things to do in Cabo is here. You can’t visit Cabo without seeing the arch. Here, you can visit Divorce Beach and Lover’s Beach, snorkel around Pelican Rock, and see the sea lions colony on a boat tour (or a kayak).

🛥️ The most affordable way to visit Cabo San Lucas Arch is through a glass-bottom boat tour that starts at $49 USD.

2. Cabo Pulmo National Park

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As a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Marine Park, Cabo Pulmo houses one of the only living coral reefs in the Sea of Cortez, boasting abundant marine life.

Approximately a two-hour drive from Cabo San Lucas, Cabo Pulmo offers exceptional diving and snorkeling opportunities, with its clear waters providing visibility up to 100 feet.

Here, you can encounter large schools of jackfish, groupers, sea turtles, and even bull sharks during winter months.

Above water, kayaking, hiking, and bird watching are popular activities. Visitors can explore local life in the small, eco-friendly village, a testament to sustainable tourism.

The quiet beaches and unspoiled nature make Cabo Pulmo a perfect retreat for those seeking tranquility away from tourist hotspots. For lovers of marine life and natural beauty, a visit to Cabo Pulmo is an unforgettable experience.

🤿 Interested to see Cabo Pulmo for a day? Check out this day trip to Cabo Pulmo with snorkeling and lunch!

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3. The East Cape

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The East Cape of Baja California Sur, stretching northeast from San José del Cabo, offers a tranquil contrast to the bustling atmosphere of Cabo San Lucas.

It’s an unspoiled region with white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and abundant marine life.

An approximate 1.5-hour drive from Cabo, the East Cape is perfect for a day trip or longer stay. It’s a paradise for nature lovers, with excellent opportunities for snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, and world-class fishing.

🏜️ Another cool activity is sand boarding in the East Cape, best for families traveling with kids! This is one of the most unique things to do in Cabo!

4. Hike to Mount Solmar

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One of the most unique things to do in Cabo San Lucas is to hike Mount Solmar.

Mount Solmar is a picturesque hike in Cabo San Lucas, offering panoramic views of the city, marina, sea, and even the famous Lover’s Beach. This challenging but rewarding hike starts from a local’s residence near Solmar Beach Resort and requires permission to enter.

It’s a relatively short trek of around 1.2 miles but has a steep incline. The path is rocky and uneven, hence appropriate hiking shoes are recommended. Additionally, it’s best to start early in the morning to beat the heat and carry plenty of water.

The hike is FREE. You just have to tip the guide. To book, you can send a Whatsapp message to Enrique at +52 624 122 1316.

5. Cabo food tour

Cabo has a rich gastronomical culture but most of the things you see on the Internet are part of the touristy circuit. Many backstreets have the best street food for a cheaper price.

I lead this Cabo food tour myself and in this adventure, I will take you to the best food experience you will have in my city including cantinas, bars, tacos, and local street food joints!

🌮 Use the code INSIDER10 to get a 10% discount on my Cabo food tour! I am excited to have you so feel free to send a message if you have any questions.

6. Whale watching in Cabo (December to March only)

Cabo San Lucas is one of the world’s premier destinations for whale watching. Each year, between late December and April, thousands of gray and humpback whales migrate from the cold waters of the Arctic to the warm, calm waters of Baja California to breed and give birth.

This makes it a prime time to experience these magnificent creatures up close. The whale watching tours in Cabo is known for respecting marine life and maintaining safe distances to ensure the whales’ wellbeing.

🐳 Get on board a 26 ft sailboat with this Cabo whale watching tour! Tip: sign up for the 12:00 PM slot as you can see more whales at noon.


7. Tequila tasting in Cabo

It’s not just a drink; it’s an experience. Each tequila has its own story, flavor, and tradition. By tasting different kinds, you’re not just enjoying a drink, you’re diving into a rich cultural heritage.

Plus, the experts there will teach you the right way to taste tequila. Forget shots – this is about savoring the flavors, understanding the craftsmanship, and maybe finding a new favorite drink.

And don’t worry if you’re not a big drinker. It’s more about the experience and less about getting buzzed. The hosts of this activity are also from the original Cuervo family in Jalisco so this activity is guaranteed authentic!

🥃 Join the Cuervo family’s tequila tasting activity in San Jose del Cabo, just a 20-minute drive from Cabo San Lucas.

8. Mezcal tasting in Cabo

We all know tequila but how much do we know about mezcal? Mezcal is a traditional Mexican spirit made from agave plants. It’s known for its complex, smoky flavor, which comes from cooking the agave in pit ovens.

Unlike tequila, which uses only blue agave, mezcal can be made from over 30 types of agave, offering a diverse range of tastes. Each mezcal offers a distinct taste, reflecting the variety of agave and local production techniques.

You’ll learn about the intricate process of mezcal making, from harvesting agave to the art of distillation, and understand the deep-rooted traditions behind it. Plus, Cabo’s stunning backdrop adds to the ambiance, making it a memorable way to appreciate a key aspect of Mexican heritage.

🥃 Learn about this spirit by signing up for a mezcal tasting activity by a local family in Cabo San Lucas.

9. Cabo wine tasting

The wine regions of Mexico, particularly those in Baja California like the Valle de Guadalupe, have gained international acclaim for their quality and unique character.

The wines produced here often feature a distinct terroir, influenced by the unique climate and soil conditions. You’ll find a variety of wines including rich reds, crisp whites, and even some excellent sparkling wines.

Tasting these wines gives you a chance to explore flavors and varieties that might be less common elsewhere. This is not one of the common things to do in Cabo so this is a must-do!

🍷 Interested in exploring Mexican wines? From Aguascalientes to Baja California, this wine tasting activity in Cabo offers great value and highlights all the wine regions of Mexico!

10. Fishing in Cabo San Lucas

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Cabo San Lucas, often referred to as the “Marlin Capital of the World,” is a top fishing destination. Its waters, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, teem with marlin, sailfish, dorado, and tuna, providing exciting opportunities for anglers of all skill levels.

Various fishing charters offer experiences from deep-sea fishing to fly fishing. The annual Bisbee’s fishing tournaments held here draw participants from around the globe.

The main event focuses on catching black or blue marlin with specific weight requirements. More than just a fishing competition, Bisbee’s tournaments are celebrations complete with nightly parties and charitable activities.

🎣 Fishing charters in Cabo has group prices (up to 4 people) which includes all the necessary fishing gear. If you don’t want to be on the boat, you can opt to go on a surf fishing activity instead.

11. Cabo beach clubs

Beach Clubs in Cabo start at US$50 (consumable).

Beach clubs in Cabo offer a luxurious experience with comfortable lounges, cabanas, and often a range of amenities like pools, spas, and personal service. It’s the perfect way to relax in style.

The beach clubs are typically set on beautiful stretches of beach, offering breathtaking views of the ocean. It’s an ideal setting for unwinding and soaking in the natural beauty of Cabo.

Many beach clubs in Cabo have a lively atmosphere with music, entertainment, and socializing opportunities. It’s a great place to meet new people or enjoy a fun day with friends!

Expect high-quality, delicious food and a variety of drink options, including exotic cocktails. It’s a chance to indulge in culinary delights while enjoying the seaside ambiance.

Below are the best Cabo beach clubs that I always visit:

  • Rooftop 360 or Corazon Beach Club
  • Sur Beach House
  • Billygan’s Beach Club
  • Mango Deck (for those who prefer loud parties)
  • Taboo Beach Club (upscale beach club in Cabo)

Please note that you can’t go to a beach club in Cabo without a reservation so you have to call in advance.

12. Golfing in Cabo

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Cabo San Lucas has emerged as one of the world’s premier golf destinations, offering a unique blend of picturesque landscapes and championship-level golf courses.

Architects like Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, and Tom Fazio designed many of these courses.

The Cabo Del Sol, Quivira, and Diamante courses offer challenging play amidst stunning ocean views. With pleasant weather year-round, golfing in Cabo is always a delightful experience.

The region also hosts prestigious golf tournaments, attracting players from across the globe. The exceptional courses, luxury resorts, and unparalleled natural beauty make Cabo a golfer’s paradise.

13. Visit all the Cabo Beaches

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If you are already coming back to Cabo regularly, you’ll know that Medano Beach is where everybody’s at (including the beach club). But if you are looking for non-touristy beaches with a view of the arch, see our favorite beaches in Cabo list!

Please note that in Cabo San Lucas, not all beaches are swimmable due to strong currents and rough waves, but there are several beautiful beaches where swimming is generally safe and enjoyable:

  1. Medano Beach (Playa el Médano): This is the main swimmable beach in Cabo San Lucas. It’s a long, bustling beach with calm waters, ideal for swimming, water sports, and family activities.
  2. Santa Maria Beach (Playa Santa María): A lovely horseshoe-shaped bay with calm, clear waters, making it great for swimming and snorkeling. It’s a protected marine sanctuary, so you’ll find abundant marine life.
  3. Chileno Beach (Playa Chileno): Popular for its tranquil waters and excellent snorkeling opportunities, Chileno Beach is a great spot for families and those looking for a quieter swimming experience.
  4. Lover’s Beach (Playa del Amor): Accessible by water taxi, this beach is located near the famous Arch. The Sea of Cortez side of the beach is usually safe for swimming, but caution is advised as conditions can change.
  5. Palmilla Beach (Playa Palmilla): Known for its gentle waves and clear waters, Palmilla Beach is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. It’s also a great spot for families.
  6. Playa Bledito (Tequila Cove): This beach, located in the Tourist Corridor, has a man-made breakwater, making it a safe place for swimming and water sports.

Always pay attention to local advice and safety flags at beaches in Cabo, as ocean conditions can change rapidly. Red flags indicate dangerous conditions, while green flags mean it’s safe to swim.

🏖️ If you want to see local beaches where the tourists don’t go, you can sign up for a Cabo beaches tour (with lunch and pick-up). A local will bring you to all the secret beaches!

14. San Jose Art Walk

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San José del Cabo’s Art Walk is a vibrant cultural event in the city’s historic Art District. Held every Thursday evening from November through June, it transforms the district into a lively celebration of art, culture, and community.

Galleries throw open their doors, inviting visitors to explore diverse artwork from local, national, and international artists. It’s common to meet the artists, discussing their works ranging from traditional Mexican art, contemporary pieces, to sculptures and jewelry.

While the Art Walk is centered around visual arts, the experience encompasses much more. The cobblestone streets fill with musicians, dancers, and street performers, enhancing the festive atmosphere. Nearby restaurants and boutiques also join in, creating a night full of exploration.

15. Cabo snorkeling and kayaking

One of the top things to do in Cabo with kids, snorkeling, and kayaking is safe and is best for those who love to swim. Just be mindful of the winter months as the water can be cold!

This is usually done on a boat tour where you will also get to visit the Arch, Land’s End, Pelican Rock, and the sea lion colony. These spots are famous for their abundant sea life and clear waters.

Since Cabo is in between the Pacific Coast and the Sea of Cortez, weather conditions vary so some tour companies decide when is the best time to do this activity. They usually check the wind conditions to determine if it’s a go.

🚣‍♀️ You can rent a kayak yourself but it is safer to go with a guide. This guided kayaking tour in Cabo is spearheaded by local experts. They will take you around the good spots!

16. Cabo Zip Line activity

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Cabo’s landscape is diverse and beautiful, featuring desert terrains, canyons, and ocean views. Ziplining offers an exhilarating way to experience these vistas from above, adding a unique perspective to your adventure.

For those seeking a dose of adrenaline, ziplining provides an exciting rush. It’s a fun and safe way to experience the thrill of flying through the air at high speeds.

The zipline operators in Cabo are known for their professionalism and commitment to safety. They provide thorough instructions and high-quality equipment, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience.

Many zipline tours in Cabo cater to a wide range of ages, making it a great activity for families or groups with varying interests.

🧭 In between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, there is a canopy park where you can do this zipline activity. The minimum age to participate is 6 years old.

17. Learn salsa

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We live in Cabo San Lucas and every Friday, we have a group of locals who go to a salsa class and then go out to dance at the club together! The salsa class is taught by a local and only costs $10 USD.

If you’re looking for something more local things to do in Cabo San Lucas, you need to meet our salsa instructor because he’s the best! Feel free to send us a message if you want to join us on Fridays!

18. Cabo surfing lessons

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Cabo offers a variety of surf spots suitable for all levels, from beginners to experienced surfers. Whether you’re looking to catch your first wave or seeking challenging breaks, there’s something for everyone.

Thanks to its geographical location, Cabo has good surfing conditions throughout the year. The summer months bring the best swells to the Sea of Cortez side, while winter months are better on the Pacific side.

There’s a friendly and vibrant surf culture in Cabo. Local surfers and instructors are generally welcoming and eager to share their tips and knowledge about the best spots and techniques.

Many of the beaches offer gentle waves and safe conditions for beginners, making it an ideal place to learn how to surf.

🏄 The best beach to surf is not actually in Cabo but a 45-minute drive on the Southern Pacific Coast. Check out this surfing lesson in Cerritos!

19. Luxury sunset sailing in Cabo

Cabo is renowned for its spectacular sunsets. Watching the sun dip below the horizon from the deck of a luxury cruise offers an unparalleled, picturesque experience.

Luxury cruises provide a high level of comfort and service. You can expect plush seating, fine dining, and premium beverages, all designed to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

Depending on the time of year, you may have the opportunity to see marine life such as dolphins, whales, and sea lions, adding an extra element of wonder to your cruise.

It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people in a luxurious setting, making it ideal for socializing.

Sail on a 42-feet yacht with open bar and snacks with locals! This is my most recommended sunset sailing tour in Cabo. If you want a private charter, you can rent a yacht for less than $500 USD (6 travelers) and you can decide your own itinerary!

20. Hiking in Punta Lobos

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Punta Lobos, located near Todos Santos, is known for its natural beauty and scenic trails, making it a popular destination for hikers and nature enthusiasts.

It offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, dramatic cliffs, and unique desert landscapes. If you enjoy picturesque natural settings, this hike is likely to be rewarding.

Punta Lobos is also known for its historical and cultural significance, with ties to the local fishing community. This adds an educational aspect to the hike.

The hike is generally considered moderate in difficulty. It’s important to assess your physical fitness and hiking experience when considering this hike.

☀️ To get here, you can either rent a car or sign up for a Punta Lobos hiking tour (with beach hangout, transportation from Cabo, and food).

21. Cabo boat party and booze cruise (adults only)

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As the party capital in Baja California, Cabo is home to many boat party and booze cruises mostly booked by singles and/or for bachelorette parties.

These cruises typically offer stunning views of Cabo’s coastline, landmarks like El Arco, and possibly wildlife such as sea lions and whales. It’s a fun way to see the sights from the water.

Most booze cruises offer unlimited drinks and snacks so this is a great value for money. Please note that these cruises are crowded and noisy. If you prefer a quieter, more relaxed setting, this might not be the best choice for you.

🥳 If you are traveling alone, this is the best way to socialize and meet fellow travelers (and locals). My local friend does a cool and lively booze cruise and he only caters to small groups to deliver an intimate experience to travelers!

🌟 What is Cabo best known for?

Cabo is best known for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, vibrant nightlife, and outdoor activities. It’s a popular destination for fishing, golfing, diving, and whale-watching.

Cabo’s landmark, El Arco, a stunning natural rock formation, is another key attraction.

🧭 How many days do you need for Cabo?

A three to four-day trip can cover the main attractions like El Arco, Medano Beach, and the downtown areas. For more in-depth exploration, including water sports, golfing, day trips to nearby towns, and relaxation, a week would be ideal.

If you ever decide to come to Cabo, get in touch with me – I’d love to show you around!

🧳 Is 4 days enough for Cabo San Lucas?

Yes, 4 days is enough for a visit to Cabo San Lucas. You can explore the major attractions, enjoy beach activities, experience local cuisine, and indulge in the vibrant nightlife within this timeframe.

🚶‍♀️ Can you walk around Cabo?

Yes, you can walk around Cabo, especially in the downtown area. Many popular attractions, shops, restaurants, and nightlife spots are within walking distance. However, to visit more distant beaches, golf courses, or for trips like whale watching, transport may be required.

📅 What is the best month to go to Cabo?

From living here, I’ve observed that there aren’t low or high seasons for Cabo anymore. All year round is the best time to visit Cabo!

However, if you are looking for something more specific, October to November offers pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and is great for fishing. December to April is ideal for whale watching. For warm beach weather, July to September are good months, though they can be quite hot.

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