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
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.
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.
MY FAVORITE EATS
Cabo San Lucas
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Miguel Hidalgo 1240, colonia centro histórico, 23400 San José del Cabo
You’ll walk into what feels like your friends 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
San Jose del Cabo
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.
Find more information on activities you can’t miss while in Los Cabos click over to this post.
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