25 Splendid Best things to do in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

by Battam Bang Traveller
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Beaches with a flurry of activity? Check.

Resorts with jaw-dropping views? Check.

Stunning views of the coast? Check.

We’re talking about Los Cabos, the elegant desert-meets-sea resort town on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, where Jennifer Aniston, Selena Gomez, and George Clooney spend their vacations.

And we’ve pretty much done all there is to do in Cabo San Lucas!

Activities CaboThe rock Arch (El Arco) at Land’s End is an iconic landmark of Cabo San Lucas

To put things in perspective, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are the two main cities in Los Cabos.

“Cabo” is a term frequently used to refer to the entire area, and sometimes only to Cabo San Lucas, but we use it here to refer to the overall destination.

Cabo is our family’s favourite vacation spot, and we go there at least once or twice a year. (Except a couple of months, most of the year is an excellent time to visit Los Cabos.)

Between December and March, there’s whale watching, sailing, championship golf, sportfishing (Cabo holds the world’s wealthiest marlin fishing contest), amazing scuba diving, and so much more…

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

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So, what should you do in Cabo San Lucas (and Los Cabos in general)?

Which Cabo trips (and tour operators) are the best?

Continue reading!

Check out these 25 wickedly fun things to do in Cabo from our enormous list below, whether it’s your first visit (or you’re a return Cabo traveller like us).

1) Go whale watching

Humpback whaleWhat to do in Cabo in winter? Go whale watching!

Humpback whales are the most common sighting in Cabo. They’re the busiest and most enjoyable to observe.

Spouting and jumping off the beach are common sightings.

Whale WatchingA whale watching tour is the best way to see whales in Cabo

However, a whale-watching boat excursion is the best way to see whales up close. It’s undoubtedly one of the top winter activities in Los Cabos!

There’s a good chance you’ll see whales.

We’ve gone whale watching in Cabo at least six times now, and all but one of our trips have resulted in great sightings.

Tour providers will generally give you a free second tour if you’re unlucky. (They don’t want you to be dissatisfied!)

Take this top-rated small group tour on a Zodiac boat with skilled guides. (We went whale watching the most recently with this firm (Cabo Expeditions) — they’re excellent and environmentally conscientious.)

See this trip if you’d rather go out on a larger boat (and enjoy breakfast while you’re at it!).

2) Snorkel at Santa Maria Bay

SnorkelingSnorkeling is one of the most fun Los Cabos activities!

Santa Maria Bay is one of the three best places to snorkel in Cabo. You might even see whales!

A snorkeling boat excursion is a popular method to get there.

Perhaps you’d want to go kayaking there?

We went on a kayaking and snorkeling vacation with Cabo Outfitters, where we kayaked to both Santa Maria Bay and Chileno Bay and snorkeled there – it was fantastic!

However, you may beat the crowd by driving (or taking the bus) to Santa Maria Beach first thing in the morning, when the bay will be empty.

3) Visit Flora Farms

Cocktails FloraFarmsAn artisanal cocktail at Flora Farms

Although it has been around for several years, Flora Farms continues to reinvent itself, becoming bigger and better.

It’s a 25-acre organic farm hidden at the end of a rocky sand road near San Jose del Cabo, growing all kinds of flowers, veggies, and herbs.

Flora FarmsA farmer works the fields at Flora Farms

On-site, Flora Farms features a field kitchen and a farm-to-table restaurant.

Joining a free walking farm tour (reserve here) followed by lunch is one of the best ways to explore Flora Farm.

Flora Farms (1)A pretty place to dine

Dinner is also fantastic.

Perhaps lemon chicken, zucchini and fresh herb pasta, wood-oven pizza, and an organic salad with burrata cheese prepared from scratch? To get the most taste, serve everything family-style.

5) Hike up the Pedregal

View from PedregalFrom the top of the Pedregal, you can see cruise ships and fishing boats in San Lucas Bay

Walk west on Lazaro Cardenas and cross Miguel Hidalgo to reach there from town. You must pass through a security gate with a guard to enter the Pedregal gated community.

The road continues to climb shortly after; you aim to reach the peak near the white spherical observatory.

6) Chow down on seafood tacos

GardeniasInside Gardenias, our favourite taco joint in Cabo

There are ho-hum tacos, one of the amusing facts we’ve uncovered about Mexican food.

Then there are the tacos, which are quite delectable!

After trying a few other establishments, we’ve discovered that Gardenias serves the greatest tacos in Cabo San Lucas.

This taco shop, which used to be a true hole-in-the-wall, has cleaned up over the years and now attracts taxis of high-heeled, mini-skirted, 20-something visitors who come for a snack before going dancing.

However, “Mama” (the founding grandmother) continues to work in the kitchen and receive taco orders.

Shrimp TacoFresh shrimp tacos with all the fixings at Gardenias

We occasionally switch things up and get fish tacos. Our favourite tacos are still the fresh shrimp tacos.

All of the fixings are served on the side, and you can choose between corn or flour tortillas.

Oh, and they’re cheap, too – some are as low as $2 or $3 USD per item, depending on what you order.

Drink a big margarita to wash it down.

MargaritaBack home, tacos (and margaritas) will never be the same…

This Cabo taco tasting tour may entice you if you have a strong desire for tacos.

7) Swim with whale sharks

Swim with whale sharksMust do in Cabo? Book a day tour to swim with whale sharks in La Paz

Whale sharks aren’t whales or sharks; they’re the largest fish in this world. Growing up to 40 feet long and eating plankton with cavernous mouths spread wide open!

Every year, a rare event happens when you can swim among these gentle giants during migration season (October-February).

Whether it’s a one-day all-inclusive tour from Cabo San Lucas OR an 8-hour shore excursion into La Paz Bay, your Experience Mexico vacation will not be complete without snorkeling amongst majestic Whalesharks at Todos Santos Island–sometimes called “The Grand Canyon of The Pacific.”

You may think that the best way to see whale sharks is on a boat, but what about when they’re feeding?

Whale sharks aren’t whales or even actual fish. They grow up to 40 feet long and feed only by eating plankton and krill with their cavernous mouths wide open!

If you want in on this amazing experience, though – all-day tours leave from Cabo San Lucas, so do your homework before going there (because people go crazy for these creatures).

8) Splash out on a splurgey hotel

Splash out on a splurgey hotelThe One & Only Palmilla is a posh place to stay in Cabo

Cabo is full of luxurious resorts that make your skin feel like silk. It has more uber-luxe hotels than Puerto Vallarta and offers an experience not found anywhere else in Mexico!

We’ve stayed at many of the swankiest hotels in Cabo over many years. There’s One & Only Palmilla – it was once an exclusive getaway for Mexican President son but now spoils privileged guests with its beachfront suites and drop-dead gorgeous (virtually private) beach plus Michelin-starred restaurant run by the world-renowned chef!

The Thompson Hotel is a great place to stay if you want an all-inclusive experience with luxurious suites and incredible food. We would recommend staying at The Cape, which has some of Cabo’s best views – think about how 200 feet high the rock arch looks from there!

You can enjoy this hotel without worrying about transportation because everything in town is within walking distance or an Uber ride away (including booze).

For those seeking more adventure than just lounging by pools day after night while sipping cocktails on sunny days, head down south where Los Cabos offers up its brand new luxury suite destination: Grand Velas Luxury. Suites Resort & Spa !!!

9) Go on an art walk

Go on an art walkAn art gallery in San Jose del Cabo

Don’t miss this week’s Art Walk! On Thursday evenings in the high winter season (November to June), you can stroll through San Jose del Cabo on a free cultural event.

Dozens of art galleries stay open until 9:00 pm. There are lectures organized by some that will surely interest any art lover or history buff alike with their diverse range of topics such as wine tasting from different regions around Baja California Norte state – all while witnessing amazing sculptures being displayed before your eyes at every corner… it doesn’t get much more exciting than this!!

The atmosphere here definitely lives up to its reputation, so if you find yourself anywhere near the town during these times, be sure not to hesitate to grab an invite-friend along too because what goes best together must!

10) Fly on a zipline

Fly on a ziplineWho wants to go ziplining in Cabo?

Ziplining is one of the most adrenalin-charged activities in Cabo San Lucas. It’s like being a bird, flying through the air on an elastic cable – just waiting for you at each end!

You’ll strap yourself into your harness and step off from either platform high up above ground near cliffs with nothing between but pure blue skies or deep green forests below as far as these eyes can see…

It’s not just about the thrill of ziplining in Los Cabos. You get to see another side of this beautiful city away from its beaches, with their dramatic mountain views and canyons that make for a unique experience unlike anything else on offer!

The three options range drastically between price-range (from $30/person), adrenaline level (beginner or expert), so everyone should find one they are comfortable doing before making any final decisions as it will be difficult if you arrive at your destination only half-ready after having done some research but unable to go through with what was planned because there were too many other things waiting around).

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