Perched on the southern tip of Baja California, the resort city of Cabo San Lucas and the wider area that surrounds it emerges as an extraordinary travel destination that seamlessly blends natural beauty, pulsating culture and luxurious indulgence. With an endless array of things to do, Cabo San Lucas promises an unforgettable experience for every visitor!
The beaches of Cabo are one of the top attractions. Medano Beach is the main hub of activity. Boasting a large stretch of golden sand and azure water, travelers can do everything from sunbathing to paragliding here. For something more unique, beach-lovers have access to the secluded coves and pristine shores of Lovers Beach which is only reached by boat.
Beyond its beaches, Cabo is also close to a tapestry of natural wonders. The iconic Arch stands majestically at Lands End where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. This awe-inspiring rock formation, carved by wind and sea over centuries, is a testament to the region’s geological marvels. It’s here where Lovers Beach is located, as well as Divorce Beach.
For a thrilling adventure, visitors to Cabo can embark on a boat tour to swim with peaceful whale sharks. In fact, the Sea of Cortez as a whole is a playground for marine life. Vibrant coral reefs, playful sea lions and graceful manta rays are but a few of the creatures that call this part of the world home. For this reason, joining a snorkeling or diving tour is a must-do.
The number of water and land-based activities to choose from is simply incredible. Surfing is another popular activity with locals and tourists alike, particularly at the renowned surf spot called Costa Azul. There are even rugged desert landscapes to discover on an exhilarating ATV ride or on a thrilling hike. And the best things to do in Cabo San Lucas don’t stop there!
It’s impossible not to mention the food of Cabo San Lucas. Gastro-tourists can savor fresh seafood, including shrimp and lobster, prepared with traditional flavors. Indulging in the signature dish, fish tacos, bursting with zesty flavors and accompanied by homemade salsas, is too good to pass up. For a romantic evening, couples can dine at a cliffside restaurant.
Once you have seen it all in Cabo, a plethora of other amazing destinations located one to three hours away are waiting to be explored. Whether it be the UNESCO Espiritu Santo or the pueblo magico of Todos Santos, Cabo San Lucas acts as the perfect base to uncover the gems of Baja California. So, without further ado, below are the best things to do in Cabo San Lucas!
Best Things To Do in Cabo San Lucas
1. Cruise to the Arch of Cabo San Lucas at Sunset
A sunset cruise – be it in a small group or private – can take you to the landmarks of the Arch, Lovers Beach, Pelican Rock, Neptune’s Finger, Pacific Window and Sea Lions Colony. Guests will be able to enjoy drinks aboard the catamaran and take photos of a magical sunset. Be sure to check out the sunset cruises by Cabo Day Trips for this special occasion.
2. Try the Signature Dish of Fish Tacos
No matter where you choose to eat – from 5-star restaurants to humble taco stands – wrapping your lips around the signature dish of fish tacos is mandatory in Cabo. Imagine a warm flour tortilla that houses lightly battered and breaded white fish, infused with lime and herbs, topped with red cabbage and jalapenos, and dressed with spicy sauces and salsas!
3. Stroll Along the Cabo San Lucas Marina
Taking a wander along the marina is a great way to spend the afternoon or evening. Not only can you gaze at the luxury yachts moored in the water, but you can also shop around high-end boutiques, and grab some tacos and ceviche at world-class restaurants. The spacious boardwalk makes it a relaxing place to go for a stroll in the sun and soak up Cabo’s atmosphere.
4. Take a Day Trip to Espiritu Santo Island
The Espiritu Santo La Paz Tour with Cabo Day Trips starts with hotel pick-up in Cabo before getting transported to the capital of Baja California Sur. From here, the small group joins a scenic boat ride across the bay to the UNESCO site of Espiritu Santo. The day involves snorkeling with sea lions, enjoying a traditional Mexican lunch on the beach and admiring nature.
5. Enjoy a Cabo San Lucas Private City Tour
A Cabo San Lucas Private City Tour, like the one run by Cabo Day Trips, offers first-time visitors the perfect introduction to the city. An expert guide leads you to the top attractions and hidden gems such as the main square, churches, a jewelry store and glass blowing factory, tequila tasting, the Arch via a glass bottom boat, and the option to go shopping in local markets.
6. Watch the Sunset at Los Cerritos Beach
If you plan on visiting Todos Santos (which you should), stopping by Cerritos Beach along the way is a no-brainer! Situated just 10 minutes south of the pueblo magico, this particular beach is blessed with great surf and some unique photo-ops – none more classic than the mustard yellow hotel called Hacienda Cerritos. Go at sunset for an elevated experience!
7. Explore the Colorful Streets of Todos Santos
Exploring Todos Santos on a day trip is one of the best things to do in Cabo San Lucas. The town is bursting with colorful architecture, art galleries, jewelry shops, cute cafes and courtyard restaurants. For those on a budget, consider the Todos Santos City Tour by Cabo Day Trips as the small group nature of the trip reduces the price without compromising on quality.
8. Venture to the Sol de Mayo Waterfall
An hour and 30 minutes drive from Cabo San Lucas brings you to the epic Sol de Mayo waterfall. This place can only be described as a desert oasis, because it features impressive canyon views and a massive jump into a natural pool (for those brave enough). The trail to the waterfall is well marked and traverses 0.35 miles, something the whole family can do!
9. Swim and Snorkel with Whale Sharks
The Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour with Cabo Day Trips is an activity not to be missed. These gentle fish can grow up to 30 feet in length and swimming by them is a once in a lifetime event! Cabo Day Trips equips you with snorkeling gear and guides, so you can swim in the pristine waters of the Sea of Cortez and have close encounters with the whale sharks safely.
10. Ride Dune Buggies on the Beach
Go cruising off the beaten path across desert trails, dry riverbeds and remote beaches on this exhilarating Cabo Dune Buggy tour with Cabo Day Trips. The four-wheel-drive buggy you will be handling allows you to accelerate to high speeds and navigate a range of terrain. Of course, a guide accompanies the group to ensure everyone stays safe and has fun!
11. Have Lunch at Flora Farms
Flora Farms is nothing short of an institution in Cabo, tucked away in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountains. The 25-acre organic farm grows flowers, vegetables and herbs, in addition to offering a cool farm-to-table concept. Fresh produce is sourced from the fields and cooked with recipes like lemon chicken, zucchini pasta and burrata cheese salad.
12. Book the Hidden Secrets of the Baja Tour
Combining natural beauty, rich history and secret villages – the Hidden Secrets of the Baja tour with Cabo Day Trips has it all! Authentic culture is a big part of this six hour journey, as you have the opportunity to immerse in the local way of life. Some of the villages you visit include Los Barriles, Miraflores, Santiago and Buena Vista – all captivating destinations!