Five Can’t Miss Activities in Los Cabos, Mexico

Sometimes all you need is a warm beach getaway that’s easy to get to. For those of us on the West Coast, Los Cabos at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula is Mexico is an ideal destination.  A wide variety of airlines fly there, including Southwest, and it’s only a two-hour flight from Southern California. Once you arrive you have an array of activities in Los Cabos from the beautiful beaches to delicious Mexican food and the opportunities to get out into the water.

You’ll have a lot of decisions when you plan your trip, like which of the two cities to stay in, but take a look at five activities in Los Cabos you should add to your itinerary.

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Take A Water Taxi

One of the simplest things we did was take a water taxi down to the marina in Cabo San Lucas. My hotel, Villa del Palmar, was a pretty long walk down to the marina and the activities that launch from there. I always seemed to be running late and it was a $9 cab ride to the marina. Not horrible, but when I realized it would cost us one more dollar to take that same ride on a glass bottom boat we changed our strategy. You can get the ride for $5 a person. Whether it’s a short ride down to marina or a trip out to Lover’s Beach, this affordable alternative is a well worth the effort.

Watch the Whales & Sunset in the Pacific

One of the things about both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo is that for the majority of places you’ll visit have Southeast facing beaches. You can get breathtaking sunrises (which you should add to your list) but the sunset is much harder to catch. A great way to do that is taking a sailing trip around Lands End, into the Pacific, where you can watch the sunset right into the water.Top things to do in Los Cabos. Must do activities in San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Sailing, snorkeling, tacos and more.

We took the sunset cruise with Cabos Sailing. Relaxing on the bow a beautiful sailboat, a small group of friendly travelers, a drink in my hand, whales breaching in the distance and the sun setting was as perfect of a night we could get. We left the marina and slowly cruised past Lovers Beach and Lands End. Next, we put up the sail and made our way out into the Pacific. We even got a nice cheese plate for the ride home. It couldn’t have been more relaxing.

Find Some Street Tacos & Mexican Breakfast

One of the can’t miss activities in Los Cabos has to be the food scene. There is a lot of higher end food, and not that you shouldn’t explore those spots, but the best food you’re going to find is something more simple and traditional. Make sure you get off your resort and head into town a little.Top things to do in Los Cabos. Must do activities in San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Sailing, snorkeling, tacos and more.

Street tacos are simple corn tortillas and meat, then you’ll have a series of fixings you can add yourself. And don’t miss the fish tacos, they have some of the best you can find. In Cabos San Lucas you can swing by Las Guacamayas for delicious tacos, and The Office, for breakfast. Get a breakfast burrito or chilaquiles to start your day.

Over in San Jose del Cabo, you can’t miss La Lupita, they aren’t your traditional street tacos but they take the concept and elevate it to the best meal we ate in Los Cabos.

Ride a Catamaran to Snorkel in Santa Maria Bay

You always need another excuse to get out on the water and going snorkeling is the perfect activity in Los Cabos. Ten miles or so East of Cabos San Lucas is Santa Maria Bay. It’s home to a reef and a wide variety of bright and colorful fish. While you can just rent or bring equipment and take a taxi, there isn’t much fun in that.Top things to do in Los Cabos. Must do activities in San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Sailing, snorkeling, tacos and more.

Instead, we hoped on the Pez Gato, a catamaran tour that involved more sailing, more drinks and making friends with our fellow passengers. We only had ten of us on the boat, other than the crew, so we had a chance to lay on the nets over the water as we sailed, chat and get to know where folks were from, and watch the beautiful coastline as we put up the sail. We saw a dozen whales before we even got to the snorkeling.

Then we had the chance to follow the guide in the water or wander off on your own. We spent a good while checking out the fishes and the different parts of the reef. After we were ready to head back on the ship there was a delicious lunch including fresh guacamole. Then we got a relaxing ride back to the marina. It was a perfect afternoon.

Visit the San Jose del Cabo Art Walk

After you’ve gotten in your beach time, heading over to the San Jose del Cabo art walk on Thursday night for another side of the area. Head to the main square and you’ll find local artists exhibiting their work. Wander the art district and you’ll find galleries staying open late for you to explore.

At this event, you’ll find travelers, expats, and locals hanging out around the area grabbing dinner from the street vendors or in nearby restaurants. The whole downtown has a great energy where you can get to know the community a little better.Top things to do in Los Cabos. Must do activities in San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Sailing, snorkeling, tacos and more.

The Non – Activities in Los Cabos

As much as you should take the time to explore and take part in all that Los Cabos has to offer it’s also the perfect place to do nothing. Lay on the beach with a margarita and/or book in your hand.Top things to do in Los Cabos. Must do activities in San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. Sailing, snorkeling, tacos and more.

Sometimes checking out on a beautiful beach is exactly what your vacation needs. Try and plan at least one day where you do nothing more than relax. Maybe add a trip to the spa or a tasty meal, but otherwise, just enjoy doing nothing in a beautiful place.

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.

Traveling to Los Cabos Soon?

Whether you stay in Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo you won’t want to miss these activities in Los Cabos. Learn more about and book more fantastic hotels in Los Cabos on Priceline and TripAdvisor.

What can’t you wait to do in Los Cabos? Exploring the food, art or beach? Did I miss your favorite activity? Leave it below in the comments.

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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.

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  • Lesley

    We love visiting Cabo. It’s a short flight from SoCal and there is so much to do. We haven’t gone on a sail there yet but we are avid sailors. Such amazing sunsets on this coast, right? We’ll need to get out on the water during our next visit.

    • Loved the sunset and the sunrises! It was so much fun to spend a couple days right on the water.

  • Nomadic Boys

    Guys this is a brilliant write up and were taking notes – we’re heading to Los Cabos later this year so working on research / planning tips. Did you see any scuba diving there as well as snorkelling?

    • I didn’t but I have getting certified on my to do list for this year so hopefully on the next trip down I will. I do believe there are some good spots to go though. Can’t wait to hear about your trip.

  • london_unattached

    Great tips! Hopefully I’ll get there one day – There’s so many places I want to visit

  • Serendipity Tess

    There are so many Mexico posts out there at the moment! I never even considered going – obviously I would miss out completely!!

    • This was my first trip (other than popping off a cruise ship). It made me want to go back and explore more of the area for sure.

  • Carol Perehudoff

    I’ve haven’t been yet. I have no excuse! It’s been on my list for ages, most for the beach, book, margarita combination!

    • That was what this trip was about! Hope you get to head down soon.

  • reddel

    Can’t believe we’ve never been to Cabo! I wish we were on the beach each some fish tacos right now. Then we’d have to have a quick nap and off to explore the art walk to work off those tacos. Sounds like heaven.

    • I pretty much always want to be on a beach with fish tacos 🙂

  • Laura Lynch

    Finding street tacos would be my #1 activity there. I remember running into some really great tacos stands when I was there last time.

  • Joe Ankenbauer

    I second Laura’s #1 activity haha! That or a mariscos place!

  • Elaine J Masters

    I love exploring Mexico and Cabo is a built on a gorgeous site. The quieter areas with fewer Western tourists usually draw me.