Cabo Travel Guide

There are two main towns when flying in to Cabo; Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Beautiful Hotels, villas, and golf courses line the coastline between the two cities. They are a short drive apart from each other and there are taxis and Ubers available to help you navigate between them both.

Aerial view of a private beach with clear blue waters

Cabo San Lucas is an amazing desert-esque beach town at the Southern tip of Baja California. This destination is a great location for the West Coasters as it is a short flight down the coast to year round warmth and relaxation. This town has whatever you are looking for, whether it is relaxation, adventure, or partying. 

Surfer standing and waiting to jump in the water

Places to See

You can't go to Cabo without seeing the iconic peninsula landmark, “El Arco”. The rock formations jut out along the coastline to be seen for miles. You can't walk or swim to this famous point but you can take a quick water taxi to get there. The downtown marina is located next to the main shopping area where you can find many of these water taxis and boats for hire. Really up your game by taking a sunset sail on a catamaran.

El Arco Arches in Cabo San Lucas

As you take the short ride you will notice hundreds of fish just beneath the surface. Many of the water taxis have glass floors for you to enjoy even more of the sea life. There are two beaches next to the Arches, Lovers Beach and Divorce Beach. You will quickly see how they get their names. Lovers Beach is in the calmer Gulf waters and Divorce beach is on the Pacific Ocean. Disclaimer, many of the beaches on the Pacific Ocean side are very dangerous for swimming as there is a very strong undertow due to the ocean shelf drop-off in addition to the large amount of rock formations. Many resorts won't actually allow you to swim in the ocean so be sure to check before you book!

The Marina and Downtown Cabo is a great place to get away from the resort. With large cruise ships arriving this area can be VERY touristy. There is a big shopping mall as well as tons of bars and restaurants here.

There is a swimmable beach, Medano Beach, where you can relax or rent jet skis and paddle boards.


If you are looking to escape the crowds, I would suggest staying away and just relax poolside at one of the many resorts that line the coastline.


[See my recommended Hotel List Below]


Things to Do 

Whales!

Cabo is known for that year round warm weather so it is the perfect getaway for the Winter months. An added Winter season perk is the welcoming of all the whales and marine life that Migrate South. During this peak mating season you may be lucky enough to see some breaching whales just a few hundred feet from your beach resort.

To see more whales up close, be sure to book a boat excursion. If you want to get closest and see the most, look for a smaller and quicker speed boat vs the boats.


Another great adventure is to go to La Paz (2 hour drive north) where you can even see and swim with the rare and harmless Whale Sharks that mate here every winter. 


Outdoor Adventures

Check out Cabo Adventures for other activities like snorkeling, ATVs, zip lining, etc if you are seeking more thrill and excitement.


Golf

There are so many golf courses so be sure to book a Tee Time.


Medano Beach

Take a trip to Medano Beach and visit the landmark Mango Deck restaraunt for your classic college spring break spot. The ambiance & food make for a good time.


If you are looking for something less rowdy, be sure to check out The Office restaurant next door. Be sure to book reservations here ahead of time!


You can rent water taxis here or at the main marina walking distance from the beach.


You can also find all kind of water sports and activities here for rent or hire.



Places to Stay 


Here are a few of my favoritre resorts in Cabo:


The Cape, A Thompson Hotel

The Westin Los Cabos - Hotel and Timeshare

Pueblo Bonito, Pacifica (Adults Only) - All Inclusive Option

Pueblo Bonito, Sunset Beach (Family friendly)  - All Inclusive Option

Hacienda Encantada - All Inclusive Option


Another great alternative to a resort is to book a beautiful villa. If you are traveling with a large group consider renting a multiple bedroom villa with a pool.

Property view of the Pueblo Bonito Pacific Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Aerial View of the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica
Sunset sky at the Cape Hotel overlooking the beach and palm trees
Sunset from The Cape Hotel
Aerial View of beach front Westin resort in front of desert mountain ranges
Pools and Beach at the Westin Los Cabos
View of a hotel sitting along the cliffs above the ocean
Infinity Pools Cliffside at the Hacienda Encantada
Pristine beach and pool view of the Cape Hotel Property
Modern and Classy Beach and Pools at The Cape
Lounging in a cabana at a pristine Mexican beach
Beachside Cabana at the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica
Aerial View of an infinity pool along the beach
One of the many set of infiinity pools and swim up bars at the Hacienda Encantada

Best Places to Eat / Drink


The Office ($$) - hands down my favorite restaurant in Cabo 


Manta($$$) @ The Cape Hotel is a more expensive dining location but the resort, views, and experience makes it worth every penny.


The Rooftop @ The Cape Hotel  - this is a great place for drinks at sunset. Live music and an awesome ambiance make this a must do.


Book an All Inclusive Resort and don't worry about making any reservations!