Located at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos is actually two towns. San Jose del Cabo, a 200-year-old town, provides visitors with a look at traditional Old Mexico, and Cabo San Lucas is modern and bustles with activity day and night. The two towns are connected by a resort area known as The Corridor, where some of the Baja's most beautiful beaches are located.
Anglers should be sure to try their luck in the Sea of Cortez, famous for marlin and sailfish. Golfers will want to check out the wide selection of championship courses. Shoppers should visit the open-air markets where crafts, pottery, and rugs are available.Package Includes:
- Choice of accommodations
- Hotel taxes and maid and bellman gratuities
- Roundtrip transfers between airport and hotel
- Luggage handling
- Assistance of a local destination representative
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should go?
Choose from a variety of 18-hole courses designed by golf’s best course designers.
Stroll along sandy beaches and charming cobblestone roads while enjoying a beautiful sunset.
Take a whale-watching photo safari and enjoy the many kid’s clubs.
What's the climate like?
Year-round average temperature is 78°F.
How do I get around town?
Roundtrip transfers between airport and hotel are included with your air and hotel vacation package.
The fare from the airport to San José del Cabo area hotels is approximately $15 each way. The fare from the airport to the Corridor or Cabo San Lucas area hotels is approximately $40 each way. The fare from the Corridor to Cabo San Lucas is approximately $20 each way.
Footpower is the locally preferred mode of transport around San José del Cabo, due to the town’s small dimensions and the relatively short walk (30 minutes) between Plaza Mijares and the hotel zone. If you’re heading out of town to one of the nearby beaches, you’ll need to choose between catching a bus or taxi.
With a growing population, the streets of Cabo San Lucas are often packed with cars and parking can be difficult. There is a free public car park at the southern end of Blvd Marina, where you can leave your car and explore the city on foot. A rental car is a good idea for regional excursions and/or day trip travel.
Buses run between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas for approximately $1.50 per person.
What kinds of dining and nightlife are available?
Dining in Los Cabos tends to be a bit more expensive compared to other Mexican destinations as they must import almost all of their food, except seafood. For a great dining experience, try these great restaurants:
- Alexander's Restaurant
Perfect for the special occasion, Alexander's Restaurant boats an eclectic menu featuring Continental, Mexican, Swiss, and Asian flavors. Cabo San Lucas.
- Brasil Steak House
There are no menus, but instead you'll say "yes" or "no" to the servers roaming the dining room with long skewers of various roasted and grilled meats. Cabo San Lucas.
- El Chilar
Excellent Mexican dishes that feature bold flavors that can be paired perfectly with a bottle of wine from their extensive wine list. San José del Cabo.
- Don Emiliano
Traditional pre-Hispanic and colonial Mexican cuisine with a lovely outdoor dining area. San José del Cabo.
- Morgan's Restaurant & Cellar
An award-winning, upscale Italian-Mediterranean restaurant featuring only the freshest ingredients. San José del Cabo.
For your night out on the town, Cabo San Lucas has plenty of action for you. For dancing, head to Cabo Wabo, The Giggling Marlin, Kokomo, or Squid Roe.
Where should I go shopping?
As Los Cabos has become more popular as an American tourist destination, it has added a wider range of boutiques, gift shops, and galleries. Many stores in San José del Cabo are located in old Colonial buildings within a short walk from the Zócalo. In Cabo San Lucas, visitors can browse dozens of shops including designer boutiques and souvenir shops. For shopping malls, check out Plaza Bonita, Plaza del Mar, or Plaza de la Danza. El Callejon is a great spot for arts and crafts while the Golden Cactus Studio is the place to view art in a gallery setting.
When are the local events?
New Year’s Day
January. This national holiday features festivities, parades, and fireworks throughout the country and agricultural fairs in rural areas.
Gray Whale Festival
February. Celebrates the migration of the California gray whale.
Benito Juárez’s Birthday
March 21. National holiday honoring this former president and leader of the 19th-century Reform movement.
Cinco de Mayo
May 5. Celebration commemorating Mexico's defeat of the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Annual Yamaha “Bulls Only”
June, Father’s Day weekend. Get a taste of Mexican culture in this bullfighting event.
East Cape Big Game Blow Out
July. Two-day fishing tourney with more than $20,000 in prizes.
September 15 & 16. Festivities commemorating Mexico’s independence.
Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament
October. The best big game fishers in the world come to this annual event.
Los Cabos Tequila and Mariachi Festival
Mid-late October. Festival full of, what else, tequila and mariachi bands.
Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament
The biggest tuna fishing tourney in Baja with more than $600,000 in prizes.
Cabo Jazz Festival
December. Delight in the soothing sounds of Jazz.
What are my golf and recreation options?
Los Cabos has become one of the premier golf destinations in Mexico due to its stunning vistas of the Pacific Ocean and numerous golf courses designed by today’s best course architects. There are five champion ship golf courses. The Palmilla and Cabo del Sol courses are designed by Jack Nicklaus, the Cabo San Lucas Country Club was created by Roy Dye and the Cabo Real Golf Resort was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. There is also an excellent nine hole public course at Campo de Golf San Jose.
Los Cabos has the best deep-sea fishing in the world according to many experts. Its location where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortés combine, sets the scene for one of the most prolific fishing grounds on the planet. The biggest prize, blue and black marlin, are usually caught between June and December. Other fish can be caught year round, including wahoo, rooster fish, sword fish, yellow tail, and sailfish.
Of the world's approximately 21,000 gray whales, an estimated 11,000 make the journey of more than 10,000 miles to bear their calves and frolic in Pacific Coast lagoons to the north of Los Cabos. January through April is prime gray whale watching season. In the waters around Los Cabos, you’ll also see blue whales and humpback whales.
For one of the most fascinating views you'll ever see, head to El Faro de Cabo Falso (The Lighthouse of the False Cape). Built in 1890, the lighthouse has been guiding ships around the Cabo San Lucas peninsula from its perch 500 feet above the water. Access to the lighthouse is via horseback, ATV, or 4-wheel-drive vehicle.
See the Native Wildlife
Make a trip to Estero de San José, where the Rio San José flows into the sea. The resulting estuary has been designated a protected reserve. Here you can see hundreds of species of birds, and in June the beach is a great place to spot sea lions.
Los Cabos is one of the premier sportfishing destinations in the world due to its location where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet. There are many charter boat operators to take you to catch marlin, sailfish, roosterfish, yellowtail, dorado, and more.
Ocean Swimming Not Recommended
By all means soak up the sun, take a stroll, play volleyball, or enjoy any of the other beach activities, but it is best to heed this advice. Ocean swimming is not recommended in some areas of Los Cabos due to a strong current and steep drop-offs located close to shore. But never fear, a swimmable beach is never far away.
The premiere time for observing the annual 6,000-mile migration of the gray whale in Los Cabos is between the months of January through March. During this time, an abundance of whales can be seen spouting just offshore.
Good to Know:
|San José del Cabo International Airport
|November – May
|Spanish; English is understood by most employed in the tourism industry
|Pacific Standard Time, two hours behind Central Standard Time
|Government legislation requires all people traveling via air to and from the United States and Canada to have a valid passport. For details on passports, visas, and health requirements, see Entry Requirements.
|15-20% in resort areas, but make sure it hasn’t already been added to the bill.
|Casual dress is the norm in all but fine dining restaurants.