Ultimate Cabo San Lucas Travel Guide
One of my favorite places in the world is Cabo San Lucas! My family and I go every other year and it never gets old! There’s always exciting things to do and see so I can’t wait to share them with you in this article!
How to get to Cabo San Lucas
When going to Cabo you’ll fly into Cabo San Lucas intentional Airport. From here, the drive into downtown Cabo is about an hour. You’ll either need to take an airport transfer service or rent a car. We have never rented a car, but if you plan on leaving the main downtown area often, it could be something to consider. Most taxis around town are inexpensive and often you can negotiate the price with the driver!
Airport shuttle options
It’s important to book your transportation ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about it when you arrive. At the airport you will be bombarded with men offering you an (overpriced) taxi or a time share. Just ignore them and continue to wherever your shuttle company instructed you to go.
Below are a few options for shuttle services. Most of these will have water and beer in a cooler available to you for the drive too! Prices will depend on where you are headed, but here are some options going into the main Medano Beach area.
Cabo Transfers – $21 p.p. for a one-way shared airport transfer – or $85 for a private transfer (for a group of up to six passengers)
A grocery stop costs $40 for one hour of shopping at a supermarket close to your resort. (Costco and Walmart are on the way if you’re staying in Cabo San Lucas.)
Cabo Airport Shuttle: $22 p.p. for a shared shuttle to Cabo San Lucas hotels. $75 for a private shuttle to Cabo San Lucas hotels (for up to 6 people)
TransCabo – Starting at $16 per person
Where to stay in cabo
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach – We stay at sunset beach every time we visit Cabo so I might be biased but I love it! There are 8 pools, great restaurants, a beautiful spa and they even host fun events like water volleyball! And I can’t forget to mention happy hour from 11am to 1pm everyday at all of the pools! Unfortunately you can’t swim in the ocean at this resort because it is too rough, but the 8 pools more than make up for it!
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica – Just a short walk from sunset beach is Pacifica which is an adult only resort. You can always use the amenities at Sunset Beach and then come back to Pacifica when you’re in the mood to slow things down. Either are great options depending on what vibe you are going for! Again, you cannot swim in the ocean here.
Pueblo Bonito Rosé – Rosé is situated right on the most popular beach in Cabo San Lucas, Medano Beach. You can literally walk from the sand to the pool! This also means it’s also just a short walk into the main downtown area and the marina. So really, the location is prime!
If you stay at Sunset Beach or Pacifica they offer a free shuttle to the Rosé so you don’t have to worry about taking a taxi everytime you want to go into town. Pueblo Bonito Rosé is gorgeous, but it is always packed! Like, probably never get a chair by the pool packed. So, if you’re going to Cabo for the party vibes I suggest here, but if you ever want something more chill, I suggest staying at Sunset Beach and taking the shuttle over when you really want to party!
Where to eat and drink in Cabo San Lucas
Okay I could go on and on about great places to eat and party in Cabo, but I narrowed it down to some of my absolute favorites.
The Office – The office is right on Medano Beach so your toes never have to leave the sand! The food is some of my favorite and we make sure to visit every time we are in Cabo San Lucas. I love the shrimp quesadilla with a mango margarita!
Mango Deck – Right next to the Office you’ll find Mango Deck. The food is pretty good, but you mostly come here for the drinks and the party. There are competitions throughout the day where you can win money and free drinks. Though some of it does get a bit raunchy so I would skip Mango Deck if you are easily offended or traveling with kids.
Cabo Wabo – This iconic bar has live music daily and has housed some top celebrity musicians ranging from live bands to DJ’s. They offer happy hour 2 for 1 from 9 am to 6 pm at the bar and on their rooftop.
The Giggling Marlin – This bar / restaurant also has a live MC throughout the day and night. They do fun challenges to win free drinks and might even hang you upside down for a free shot.
El Squid Roe – With 3 floors and 5 full bars, this place might be my favorite in Cabo San Lucas. A live MC will guide you through the night and have you up dancing in no time. The decor of this place is also super fun with hilarious posters, street lights, a minivan, and other silly things. Head here for dinner and stay for a few drinks!
La Vaquita – This club is cow themed! COW THEMED. It’s more of a night club than a bar and doesn’t even open until 8pm. So if you’re looking to party the night away, La Vaquita might be your place!
Mamas Royal Cafe – This brunch spot is famous for their eggs Benedict. I got the crab Benedict and thought it was delicious!
Cabo Coffee Company – If you need an afternoon pick me up, head to Cabo Coffee Company. I found it to be some of the best coffee I’ve had in Cabo!
La Lupita – Tacos and Mezcal are their speciality and let me say, they do it damn well. Here are my recommendations for tacos. 1. Santo Pastor (Marinated Pork, Cilantro, Onion, Pineapple, Yellow Corn) 2. Chipotle Shrimp (Shrimp, Chipotle Cream, Fried Parsley, Flour) 3. Cheese Crust Pastor (Marinated Pork, Asadero Cheese Crust, Cilantro, Onion, Pineapple) You really can’t go wrong with any of them!
Salvatore G’s – Let’s be honest, eventually you’ll need a break from tacos and margs. So, head to Salvatore G’s for some amazing Italian food!
Alexander – Located in the marina, Alexander offers great food for any meal. We mostly had seafood and thought it was great, but they have something for everyone on their extensive menu. Many of the items on the menu are made table side which adds a fun flair to your meal.
Nick – San – Another great alternative if you don’t want Mexican food. Nick- San offers Japanese cuisine. Their menu is mainly seafood and sushi.
Must do activities in Cabo San Lucas
Booze Cruise – You’re doing Cabo wrong if you don’t do a booze cruise! We usually do two during our trips, one during the day that includes lunch, snorkeling and drinks and then one at night that includes dinner and a party. Either way it’s called a booze cruise for a reason so you’ll have endless amounts of alcohol and fun!
There are tons of different options, but to start I would look into PezGato, who offer snorkeling, whale watching, jazz and wine and even more different cruises. We most recently did the one with a live band and dinner and had a blast! Or if you’re into a sailing cruise check out Cabo Adventures.
Medano Beach – This is the most popular beach in Cabo. You’ve probably seen pictures of it because it is right across from the famous Cabo Arch. You’ll find restaurants, bars, hotels and more lined across the entire beach. You can rent jet skis, try a banana boat, take a glass bottom boat over to the arch and more! Just be sure you are getting the right price for your activity, you can almost always negotiate the price! There are also many people on the beach selling hand crafted items, politely decline or negotiate the price if you are going to buy!
Lovers & Divorce Beach – Lovers beach is on the Sea of Cortez side which means the waves much calmer and you are able to swim. On the other side (the pacific) is Divorce Beach which often has high winds and large waves making it much more dangerous to swim. I guess decide if you’re in love or not and pick your beach that way? Just kidding! Being in love or being divorced isn’t a prerequisite for either beach lol.
You can take a water taxi over to lovers beach and enjoy a day of snorkeling, swimming and tanning. There aren’t any restaurants so be sure to bring any water, food and drinks you might want. Talk with your taxi driver and set up a time for them to come and pick you up. Be sure to set the total price before you go to lovers beach.
Snorkel – A few great places for snorkeling is over at lovers beach, Chileno Bay or Santa Maria Bay. Chileno Bay is my personal favorite. I know some boat tours with PezGato will take you over there, so look out for it!
Whale Watching – Early December to mid – April is peak whale watching season. Cabo Adventures offers a variety of whale watching opportunities from luxury cruises to swimming with whale sharks!
The Marina – The marina is a great place to walk around and get lunch, shop or look at some of the fishing boats. All boat tours leave from this marina (obviously? lol)
Tequila Tasting at Panchos – This 45 minute tequila tasting is one of the best in Cabo. You’ll get to try 4 different tequilas and one mezcal while your guide teaches you all about it. This tasting is very informative and not necessarily meant for those just looking to take shots haha.
Take a day trip to Todos Santos – An hour drive from Cabo San Lucas is the city of Todos Santos. You can take a day trip and drive up the coast, visit the famous hotel California, grab lunch at Jazamango and more! If you want everything to be taken care of for you, look into doing a guided tour.
Alrighty, there you have it. Your ultimate Cabo San Lucas travel guide. If you are planning your vacation then first of all, please invite me and second I hope you can make it to one of these places. They won’t disappoint!
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