Best Things to do in Los Cabos, Mexico

The best things to do in Los Cabos. Where to eat, play, drink and stay in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Must do activities.Los Cabos, Mexico is made up of two cities and sits right at the tip of the Baja Peninsula. Don’t get me wrong, Cabo is a tourist spot and it isn’t easy to escape from, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good getaway to relax on the beach and get out on the water. The two towns that make up the area, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, have different feels and you can get some more on that here.

You’ll find a variety of things to do in Los Cabos. The beaches are breathtaking, and the water is definitely swimmable, for a California girl it actually feels warm. The food is delicious whether you’re enjoying the local Mexican spot or some international cuisines. Overall, it’s an easy beach getaway where you have a chance to explore.

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WHERE TO REST YOUR HEAD

Villa de Palmar

Camino Viejo a San Jose Km 0.5, El Medano, 23450 Cabo San Lucas

The Villa de Palmar is a beautiful property. It has gorgeous views and a beach you can jump right into, which is rare in Los Cabos. We did the “European plan” instead of the all-inclusive and even the day we stayed on property the whole time we didn’t spend the difference in cost. It’s probably worth it if you plan on drinking a lot and eating on site but it wasn’t worth it for us. The spa at the sister property is amazing. Overall, it was well worth it for the deal of $170 a night with taxes.

Do watch out, as they will try and get you to do their timeshare presentation, if you want to get them to throw in some free activities, it can be worth an hour or so of your time but just give them a hard no if you don’t want to go on the tour. They make a hard sell so stay determined to say no. unless it’s something you really want.The best things to do. Where to eat, play, drink and stay in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Must do activities.

Posada Real

Av. Paseo Malecon San Jose S/N, Zona Hotelera, 23400 San José del Cabo

A less luxurious property but my favorite of the two. We did the breakfast and drinks included for only $150 a night with taxes. Plus the include free internet. This property had a more relaxed feel and a beautiful beach where we could actually watch the whales from. While I was bummed I couldn’t get in the ocean, having a pool just off the sand helped that out. Overall, the hotel runs a little on the budget side but was still a great stay.The best things to do. Where to eat, play, drink and stay in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Must do activities.


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Above are a few of my favorite places I stayed in Los Cabos .
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MY FAVORITE EATS

Cabo San Lucas

Las Guacamayas

Jose Maria Morelos S/N Col. Juárez 23469 Cabo San Lucas

Tucked just up from the marina, you can find some classic street tacos and tasty margaritas. Sit down and relax and pick out a few you want to try. The fish tacos are delicious along with the scallops. A perfect spot for a casual lunch or dinner.The best things to do in Los Cabos. Where to eat, play, drink and stay in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Must do activities.

The Office

El Medano 23473 Cabo San Lucas

You can enjoy just about any meal with your toes in the sand. While it looks like a tourist trap the quality of food makes it well worth a visit. Stop by for breakfast. We enjoyed the Mexican eggs and quesadillas and the eggs and beef burritos. On top of this, they have free wifi if you’re joining them for a meal.

Nick-San

Blvd. Paseo de la Marlin 1 23450 Cabo San Lucas

Seafood is a must in Los Cabos and a great way to enjoy that is sushi. Stop by Nick-San for high-quality fish and a delicious meal.

Los Tres Gallos

20 de Noviembre S/N Col. Centro 23469 Cabo San Lucas

Another spot to grab casual street tacos. Enjoy some guacamole and relax with savory local food.

San Jose del Cabo

La Lupita

José María Morelos S/N Col. Centro 23400 San José del Cabo

The best meal we at in Los Cabos. This spot takes street tacos and elevates them to a level. Come hungry so you can try a few different types. We loved the roasted ribs and chipotle shrimp. On top of the good food, it’s a great place to grab a drink and hang out. They specialize in Mezcal and have a variety of types and cocktails to try.  You’ll also find live music out on the back patio most evening.

La Gabacha

Miguel Hidalgo 1240, colonia centro histórico, 23400 San José del Cabo

You’ll walk into what feels like your friend’s backyard. You can sit around a campfire and roast s’mores or you can grab a table by the jazz band and order dinner. This relaxing spot was rented out after the hurricane when the owner and her fiance cleaned up and designed the entire place. You’ll find live music on Friday and Saturday nights.The best things to do. Where to eat, play, drink and stay in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Must do activities.

Taqueria Rossy

Manuel Doblado Pescador y Highway KM 33 23450 San José del Cabo

A casual place you’ll find filled with locals. This is the place in town to get traditional fish tacos and is well worth a stop.

La Forchetta

Plaza Del Pescador | Zona Hotelera, San Jose del Cabo 23406

We were surprised that people kept recommending Italian restaurants but on our last night, we ended up giving one a try. We were so glad we did. If you’re looking for a change of pace having a flavor-packed Italian dinner on their patio is the perfect spot. From the exceptional bread they bring out to start your meal, to a wide range of pasta dishes you can choose from, the whole meal was delicious.

THE BEST PLACES TO GRAB A DRINK

Cabo San Lucas

Mango Deck Restaurant, Bar & Beach Club

Playa El Medano S/N, El Medano, 23453 Cabo San Lucas

Right on the sand, it’s a great place to relax during the day with a drink or party in the evening. They have live music and performances. as well as reasonably priced drinks. We stopped by in the afternoon and were able to enjoy the beautiful view of Lands End with a nice cocktail.The best things to do. Where to eat, play, drink and stay in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Must do activities.

Cabo Wabo

Calle Vicente Guerrero S/N, Centro, 23450 Cabo San Lucas

The token place to go in the evenings in Cabo San Lucas. They have live bands every night and you’ll often find celebrities stopping by to join them on stage. Sadly, no one did while we were in town but the night before we arrived John Mayer was on stage and the night we left Adam Levine dropped in. It can be worth a visit but this is a tourist spot and drinks are not cheap.

San Jose del Cabo

Baja Brewing Company

Calle José María Morelos 1227, Col. Centro, 23400 San José del Cabo

A casual spot recommended to us by locals. You’ll find tasty beers and a relaxing atmosphere. Unlike the clubs in Cabo San Lucas, this bar and others in San Jose del Cabo have a more laid back feel where you can grab a drink, listen to live music and enjoy a relaxing evening out.

La Osteria

Alvaro Obregon 1907 San José del Cabo

This outdoor venue looks as if it’s tucked into a fort. You’ll be drawn in by the music and the crowd, then want to stick around for the cocktails. It can get packed so it may end up a little rowdier than some of the other spots in the area.

ACTIVITIES AND ADVENTURES TO TRY

Cabo San Lucas

Whale Watching & Sunset Sailing

You can’t always catch a good sunset when you have Lands End in the way, so the best way to is hopping out on a sailboat and sailing into the Pacific. We took a trip with Cabo Sailing, and it was the perfect relaxing evening. Getting to see the sites along Lands End, then putting up the sail and heading towards the horizon. We saw whales breaching, enjoyed a few drinks and even a cheese plate on the ride home. Couldn’t have been any better of a trip.The best things to do. Where to eat, play, drink and stay in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Must do activities.

Snorkeling in Santa Maria Bay

Just a handful of miles east of Cabo San Lucas you’ll find the picturesque beach of Santa Maria Bay. While it’s pretty from shore, it’s even more exciting when you take a dip below the water’s surface. You’ll find dozens of different colorful fish swimming around the reef. The best way to get there is taking a sailing tour where you have the equipment, lunch and drinks provided while you get a lovely view along the way. We hopped on the catamaran Pez Gato, here we had a friendly crew, only a few other guests, and a beautiful ship to relax on. I love catamarans and relaxing on the net right over the water, one of the reasons we chose Pez Gato over other options.The best things to do. Where to eat, play, drink and stay in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Must do activities.

The Desert Spa

Camino Viejo a San Jose Cabo San Lucas Km. 0.5, El Medano, 23450 Cabo San Lucas

One of our days we never left the resort, it was our lazy beach day. The one things we did was visit the Desert Spa at El Arco, one of the sister properties of Villa de Palmar. While it’s convenient for those staying at one of the Villa Group properties it’s worth a visit even if you’re somewhere else. Going for a spa treatment gives you all day access to the facilities which include a gym, but more importantly, the locker and relaxation areas include three hot tubs of different temperatures, a sauna, a steam room, and different pressured showers. However you like to relax, they have it for you. On top of that, the massage was amazing and set in a beautiful room.The best things to do. Where to eat, play, drink and stay in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Must do activities.

San Jose del Cabo

Exploring the Art District & Thursday Night Art Walk

Right in downtown San Jose del Cabo you’ll find dozens of art galleries featuring local artists and more. Here you can get a better feel for the community and culture in the area. Wandering in and out of galleries, talking a little to the docents you can learn about the artist’s stories. On Thursday nights, they take it up a notch and local artists come and fill the square with art. You can meet them, grab dinner from food trucks and enjoy and evening wandering around the area.The best things to do. Where to eat, play, drink and stay in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Must do activities.

Find more information on activities you can’t miss while in Los Cabos click over to this post.

For more information about Los Cabos check out these great books on Amazon including Fodor’s Los CabosLonely Planet Baja California & Los Cabos, and 101 Coolest Things to Do in Mexico.

Did I miss any of your favorite spots? If so, let me know in a comment below. 

About Megan

Megan MacNee is the founder of Traveling Nine to Fiver. From nine to five she works in the political world in California, but on evening and weekends spends time exploring the West Coast and more. All while encouraging others to join in on the adventures.
  • Katie McGrain

    I don’t know anything about Los Cabos, just that people go there to party! I would be most interested in taking that snorkeling trip. I love boat trips that include lunch and drinks and relaxing on a boat and swimming!

    • So many people go down just to party but there really is so much to do.

  • Glad to see that they have two things that I always be on the look out for whenever I travel somewhere:
    Sunset sailing & whale (or dolphin) watching; and an art district and/or cultural walk. That effectively puts Los Cabos on my radar although the airfare from SE Asia might put it off the radar again, lol!

    • It’s a pretty long trip from SE Asia but would a visit if you ever make it out this way.

  • looks amazing somewhere we would love to go. Our kids would love the whale watching and dolphins for sure. I could see myself drinking margarita’s under the Mexican sky as that famous song says

    • It’s a pretty great place to just sit and enjoy!

  • That Desert Spa is gorgeous! It looks perfectly relaxing, and then wandering around the art district looking at local artists painting and drawing sounds like the best way to spend an evening.

    • I was so impressed by the spa, and while it wasn’t a steal it was very reasonably prices.

  • Wow, the food venues are plentiful and I’m sure quite spectacular. Haven’t been to that neck of the woods in such a long time, need to revisit soon.

    • Yes! The food was amazing. It was always hard not to order more even though I was full.

  • That looks like a fantastic spot to go! I loved the desert spa and the second hotel you stayed in. Looks so relaxing and it’s always nice to get some information where to go for dinner. I hate to use up all my time in vacation to check tripadvisor and it’s endless options 😉 Great post!

    • Thanks, Mafambani! You picked out two of my favorite things from the trip.

  • What a lovely place to relax and unwind. Nice write up of the area. I’m particularly intrigued by the Desert Spa! Looks like the perfect place for pampering!

    • It was so relaxing at the Spa! We spent a long while just relaxing.

  • Mags

    Cabo looks amazing. My college roommate has a place there and I’ve been waiting for an invite for almost a decade now. You may have just inspired me to go it alone!

    • You should! Buy your ticket and then reach out to say hi. Who knows maybe it will work out, if not there are some very reasonable places to stay.

  • Joe Ankenbauer

    Awesome post! I love cabo and try to get down as much as possible!

  • I keep hearing about Cabos, both good and bad. I heard so some bad stories food wise. Food prep, cooking etc. I also heard many wonderful things about the beaches. How did you find the food?

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