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6 Travel Tips For Cabo San Lucas, Baja California

6 Travel Tips for Cabo San Lucas, Baja California

I spent a week in Cabo San Lucas and while I had a great trip, I was truly surprised at what I learned once I got down there. I wanted to share that information with you as it could make a real difference in how you plan a trip.

Here are 6 travel tips for Cabo San Lucas that you probably don’t know but should before you go.

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There are two Cabo’s but only one Cabo San Lucas

There are two Cabo’s. That was news to me. There’s party and touristy Cabo – aka Cabo San Lucas and artsy Cabo, known as San José del Cabo. They are about a 35 minute drive apart.

If you’re into drinking and adventures head for Cabo San Lucas. But if you want authentic culture and a laid-back vacation choose San José del Cabo. It’s also closer to the airport, just as an FYI.

In between the two there are a huge number of resorts. I loved my stay at the Sheraton while others in our group had lots of nice things to say about the Marquis Los Cabos (great views and the Dallas Stars hockey team was resting there.)

Travel tips for Cabo San Lucas - note the harbour in Cabo San Lucas
The harbour in Cabo San Lucas
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Don’t miss the Thursday night Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo

Travel tips for Cabo San Lucas – beaches line the coast but most have dangerous undertows!

What I learned is that most of the beaches have a dangerous undertow and you’re taking your chances to swim. (If there is a red flag you shouldn’t be swimming at the beach.)

All the resorts have pools but if swimming in the ocean is something important to you, be sure to ask before you book if your hotel offers ocean swimming. (As an example the Hilton Hotel has a great beach for swimming and in Cabo San Lucas, Medano Beach is a good one for swimming.)

All beaches are beautiful and clean. And many like ours at the Sheraton are perfect for a long walk especially if you’re prepared to do a little rock hopping. In Mexico beaches are public up to the high tide line.

View of the beach from the Sheraton
View of the beach from the Sheraton
Wild surf and powerful waves on the Pacific Ocean side of the Baja Peninsula
Wild surf and powerful waves on the Pacific Ocean side of the Baja Peninsula

It’s expensive for Canadians to visit Cabo as most everything is based on the US dollar

Taxi rides are a case in point. From our location at the Sheraton (almost midway between the two Cabo’s) it cost $US25 to take a taxi one way into Cabo San Lucas and $US35 to take it into San José del Cabo.

There are buses that run between the two towns that will set you back somewhere between $US 2 and $US 3 per person. We used them once and can definitely recommend them.

Your hotel may have a shuttle for a fee but in our case the departure times never worked out. Meals are equally expensive when denominated in US dollars. An all-inclusive vacation may be the most economical way to go – though perhaps not the most interesting way to visit.

The food is downright awesome

Night after night I was blown away with the quality and creativity exhibited. The Sheraton had a couple of good restaurants, should you happen to stay there. But if you want to venture out from your hotel – and you should then I can personally recommend these four restaurants. Flora’s Field Kitchen at Flora Farms is a short, bumpy drive from San José del Cabo.

Expect locally grown, organic food creatively prepared in a spectacular setting.

In San José del Cabo there are two other must visit restaurants – La Lupita in the art district for the best tacos you’ll ever eat – served up with some great music and Casianos – where the chef will surprise you as there is no menu! In Cabo San Lucas head for Nick-San for gourmet sushi with a Mexican flair.

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Tacos from La Lupita in San Jose del Cabo
Looking out from the mango orchard
Looking out from the mango orchard

There are a lot of whales in the Cabo area in winter

In fact I saw so many whales I started to get a bit blasé about seeing them – which isn’t like me at all. I’d be drinking my morning coffee and look out to the ocean and quite literally see spray in several places on the horizon – and even a breeching whale.

I do recommend going on a whale watching or snorkeling tour to see them up close.

Travel tips for Cabo San Lucas - go on a whale watching tour
One of the many humpback whales we saw on a whale watching tour

El Arco or The Arch is touristy but worth the visit

It’s a beautiful area where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean at the tip of the Baja Peninsula. As cheesy as it may sound, I think it’s definitely worth taking a sunset cruise to appreciate these rocks during the golden hour.

Travel tips for Cabo San Lucas - visit El Arco on asunset cruise
El Arco seen on the sunset cruise
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Another view of the rock pillars around El Arco
A sunset cruise is a beautiful way to spend the late afternoon
A sunset cruise is a beautiful way to spend the late afternoon

For more information about Los Cabos visit their tourism website.

Further reading on things to do in the Baja

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Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. A great and informative post, Leigh! I love your photographs. We’ll be visiting Cabo for one day only in mid-March, and I’ve been struggling with what excursions to plan. Any tips or recommendations would be very appreciated. Thanks and cheers!

    1. Hi Claudia,

      On the snorkeling/kayaking trip we saw lots of whales so though you spend more time looking for whales and listening to them I think snorkeling was a great way to roll two trips into one. As much as I thought my perch on top of a camel was cool, I think it’s a tad touristy for my liking. Loved the mountain biking – not too hard, incredible scenery and a great lunch after. (Go in the AM if you do it). With this one you also get a fun tequila tasting. I didn’t even have any but still learned a lot. WE really enjoyed a late afternoon cruise with wine and snacks – and more whale and dolphin sightings.

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