21 best things To do in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo are two cities that make up the area of Los Cabos. Although they might share a coastline, they are very different places. For such a small city, there are various fun things to do in Cabo San Lucas to keep you busy.
Found at the suggestion of Baja California, Cabo San Lucas is where the desert meets the ocean. It’s a place where no matter where you are, you’re only a block away from the water.
This is where you can experience various outdoor activities, shop ’til you drop, and drink, dance and party all night long!

I went to Cabo San Lucas as one of the first stops on my honeymoon. It was somewhere I added into our plans at the last minute, but this sleepy little town sure blew my mind. We didn’t want to leave, this is one of the best places to visit in Mexico.
Here are the top 21 things to do in Cabo San Lucas that you won’t want to miss during your holiday.
Table of Contents
1. Take a Whale viewing cruise (one of the most exciting things to do in Cabo San Lucas!)
2. Take a Swim On Lover’s beach (Playa del Amor)
3. get a cocktail & view The Sunset
4. Jet Skiing, Parasailing & Kayaking at Medano Beach
5. eat Your Weight in Tacos & Guacamole
6. dance The night Away at El Squid Roe
7. Take a cruise around Land’s End
8. view fishermen In The Marina
9. Take a Day trip to San Jose del Cabo (a quintessential Cabo San Lucas excursion)
10. Take a Sunset Sailing Cruise
11. Swim With Whale Sharks (one of the most memorable things to do in Cabo San Lucas)
12. head out On a fishing Charter
13. Take an Outback Camel Safari (& get a totally free Tequila Tasting)
14. Take a shopping trip to luxury Avenue
15. Go scuba Diving or Snorkelling at Cabo Pulmo
16. See The ocean While Helmet Diving
17. view the Seals jump around The Marina
18. Experience The night Life
19. learn to stand up Paddle Board
20. join a Tasty Food and walking Tour
21. join a Booze and Food trip (Tequila!)
Bonus! Volunteer With Dogs
Now You know What to do in Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas: resources & Recommendations

(Don’t forget to check out the traveller’s resources at the end of this post!)
Note: This short article has been updated to reflect the best attractions and things to do in Cabo San Lucas in 2022, including updated costs, excursions and activities. delight in your trip to Cabo!
1. Take a Whale viewing cruise (one of the most exciting things to do in Cabo San Lucas!)
The Sea of Cortez is one of the best places in this part of the world to get up close and personal with a mighty humpback whale, and you can jump on a whale viewing trip straight out of Cabo San Lucas.
The best time to go to Mexico for whale viewing is as early as November, but typically runs from December to April each year.
The waters the surround Cabo are known to be a hotspot for breeding and are also a migratory stop for humpback whales, so your chances of spotting one of these majestic animals are very high.
We were lucky enough to spot a pod of 4 whales playing with each other and jumping in and out of the water several times. Seeing these whales in the wild is one of the most amazing things to do in Cabo San Lucas.

Book yourself a spot on one of Cabo Adventure’s Whale viewing Cabo Safaris. starting from $89 USD for an adult, these men know how to find the whales from the sounds and vibrations of the ocean.
Not for the faint of heart, the boats are tiny to guarantee minimal disruption to the whales, so you will get wet! The day also includes round trip transportation from your hotel, light snacks and bottled water throughout the day. This is a Cabo San Lucas excursion you won’t want to miss.
If your budget is higher, or if you’re searching for a much more luxurious experience, you can book a catamaran trip to see the whales instead. learn much more here.
2. Take a Swim On Lover’s beach (Playa del Amor)
Lover’s beach and divorce beach are connected on their own little island along Land’s End.
Lover’s beach looks into the bay, and is a beautifully calm piece of water — ideal for swimming and trying out water sports.
On the other side of the island, divorce beach has hectic turbulent waves and you are recommended against swimming on this side due to the unsafe conditions.
Two beaches that couldn’t be much more aptly named.
Lover’s beach is the ideal place to take a dip and delight in the warm water of the Sea of Cortez. It’s a good idea to get there early, as the beach can get extremely busy and crowded during the middle of the day.
Many fishermen and boat operators will offer you a return ride across to Lover’s beach for a small fee (around $10 return). Make sure to work out a time for them to come and pick you up.
If you’re searching for another place to cool off, check out Santa Maria Beach, which is an easy Cabo San Lucas excursion. just 20 minutes up the east coast by bus or rental car and you’ll arrive at the beach. 

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3. get a cocktail & view The Sunset
There’s nothing better than enjoying a sunset with a cocktail in hand and your bare feet in the sand. I especially love beachfront bars, where the floor is made of sand and there’s no dress code.
There are numerous different bars and restaurants in Cabo San Lucas that line the beach and offer you a beautiful view of the sunset. To get away from the crowds, choose one of the smaller restaurants for friendly staff and very fast service.
Mangos On The beach is one of the most popular places to eat on the beach, well-known for its craziness and party atmosphere. We chose instead to skip the party and get a blue cocktail at Omega sports Bar next door where everyone sits outside.

This place has a sandy floor and joyful staff who were kind enough to offer us colourful blankets to keep warm when the sunset and the air got a little cooler.
Our dinner for two, including cocktails, cost us just 500 pesos at Omega (less than $25USD). viewing sunset with a cocktail is certainly one of the best things to do in Cabo San Lucas.
4. Jet Skiing, Parasailing & Kayaking at Medano Beach
Medano beach is the main beach in Cabo San Lucas. It’s within easy walking distance of the centre of town or the marina, and it also provides just about every water sport you could imagine.
Always wanted to try jet skiing? want to fly high above the land on a parasail? feel like taking a leisurely kayak to the archway? These adventurous things to do in Cabo can all be done at Medano Beach.
The beach is also home to numerous beachfront bars and restaurants, where you can kick back and unwind with a drink after a long day of adrenaline-pumping activities.
Prices for watersports differ along the beach, so it’s always a good idea to see if you’re able to haggle the prices down a little bit! Kayak and paddleboard rental start from between $25-$30USD for the hour, while jet ski hire and parasailing start from around $70USD.
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5. eat Your Weight in Tacos & Guacamole
Eating tacos is certainly on this list of best things to do in Cabo San Lucas…but it’s also one of the top things to do in Mexico as a whole!
You won’t find tacos or guacamole much more fresh or delicious than those in Mexico, and I’ll be truthful — Cabo San Lucas is where my love of Mexican food really took off. There are various taco fillings, but because Cabo is on the sea, it’s best to choose the fresh seafood tacos. They are tasty!
Just about every place in Cabo San Lucas serves tacos and guacamole, so you’re never far away from your next snack. pair your tacos with tequila, and you’ll feel like a local.
We found the best guacamole at Omega sports Bar on the beach, I certainly think that is where my guacamole addiction began. If you’re around the main town, head straight for Las Guacamayas for some delicious tacos (pictured below). Tacos in Cabo are often around the $1.50-$2USD price mark, so cheap and so delicious.

☞ SEE ALSO: If you’re planning a trip to the other side of Mexico, you won’t want to miss our complete guide to Playa del Carmen, our information on how to get from Cancun to Playa del Carmen, and our complete guide on where to eat and where to stay in Playa del Carmen.
6. dance The night Away at El Squid Roe
Get out of your comfort zone and get dinner and a drink at El Squid Roe. It’s a crazy combination of a restaurant, bar and live home entertainment venue.
With cocktails in glasses that reach a metre off the table, throwback music and a sparkly disco ball, this eclectic bar keeps everyone smiling and dancing all night long (even if you’re just dancing in your seat).
El Squid Roe can be found on Lázaro Cárdenas in downtown Cabo San Lucas. They’re open every night, serving dinner from about 6pm, with regular live home entertainment and themed nights.
Meal prices are probably a little bit much more than you would expect in Mexico – around $9 – $20USD for a main meal, depending on your order, and around $4USD for a cocktail – but the portions are very large and the atmosphere can’t be beat.
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7. Take a cruise around Land’s End
Visiting Land’s end is one of the most popular things to do in Cabo San Lucas. Land’s end (El Arco de Cabo San Lucas) is a well-known landmark in Cabo.
There are no cenotes in Cabo (like there are in the Yucatan), but there are still some fantastic rock formations to see and water adventures to have.
These natural formations are located at the suggestion of the Baja Peninsula, where the Pacific ocean becomes the Gulf of California. This is one of the top attractions in Cabo San Lucas, and for good reason.

Take a leisurely cruise around Lands end to check out some of the amazing rock forms, including El Arco and Scooby Do Rock.
You will find numerous companies in the marina selling their tours. They are all around the same price, but some of them will be open to some negotiations.
One thing to be aware of though – while you might be chatting and negotiating with someone on the docks who speaks English, they will put you onto a cruise with a helper that does not.
If you’re searching for much more of a guided trip and want someone who speaks English make sure you’re clear about this in your negotiations.
We paid around $25USD for our trip which cruised us around the bay for about an hour and a half. Each boat operator provides something a little bit different though, so it’s a good idea to compare prices and trip options. For a longer day trip around Los Cabos, click here.
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8. view fishermen In The Marina
One of the most interesting ways to spend the evening is by viewing the fishermen come back to the marina after a long day of fishing in the ocean.
It actually kind of made me feel like I was a local, and if you’re searching for unwinding things to do in Cabo San Lucas, viewing the fishermen is a good start.
At the end of each day, just before the sun sets, the fishermen return to the marina from their day on the water. They then clean and gut their fish on one of the metal benches around the docks. It’s not the easiest task due to the thieving pelicans from above, and the sneaky seals next to them!

9. Take a Day trip to San Jose del Cabo (a quintessential Cabo San Lucas excursion)
The quiet sister to Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo provides a much more laid back, authentic vibe to its wild neighbour. This cute little town is about half an hour from Cabo San Lucas, halfway back towards the airport.
As well as its own spectacular white sand beaches, San Jose del Cabo provides much more of a quiet shopping strip, a beautiful church, delicious restaurant and dining options, and an outstanding historic centre.
Take a day trip to experience a little much more of the Baja Peninsula and the local way of life. To embark on this day trip you have a couple of options:
Rent a car from the town centre (or online with Expedia) for a day (approx. $25USD for a one day car rental) and then drive down the Transpeninsular highway (Hwy 1) which connects Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. consider renting a car as one of the things to do in Cabo San Lucas, the freedom to explore at your own pace is incredible.
Catch the Subur Cabos bus service that runs between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo along the traveler Corridor. The bus runs every 20 minutes all day, starting at 5:20am in Cabo San Lucas until about 9:30pm, and costs around $2.50 – $3 a ticket.

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10. Take a Sunset Sailing Cruise
For an even much more amazing sunset experience, take a luxury 50-foot sailboat from the marina. These cruises take you out to the sea, where you can delight in sparkling wine, speciality cocktails, ice-cold beer and canapés while you view the sun sink into the horizon.
These cruises last for around two and a half hours, and also offer you a beautiful sunset view of Land’s end – The Los Cabos Arch and Lover’s Beach.
Tours start from around $89 USD depending on the company and can be booked either in advancement or down by the marina in Cabo San Lucas. This is one of the most luxurious things to do in Cabo San Lucas.
Click here to learn about the highly-rated sunset sail in Cabo San Lucas, complete with dinner and an open bar!

11. Swim With Whale Sharks (one of the most memorable things to do in Cabo San Lucas)
There are few things as amazing as swimming with whale sharks! Although these sharks are humongous (18-33 feet or 5.5-10m), these gentle giants are herbivores and will calmly swim around you, before continuing on their journey.
In Cabo San Lucas, whale shark season is between September and April as they make their way through the Sea of Cortez.
Swimming with whale sharks is an exper

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