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12 fun things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Whether you prefer bar hopping or relaxing on the beach, here are the best things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Written by
Kelly Lewis
&
Lori A May
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Cabo San Lucas—part of Los Cabos, right on the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula—has a bit of a party-goer reputation. And while there are must-visit bars lining the downtown streets, Cabo has so much more to explore day and night. This Baja stretch is widely known for amazing fish tacos, iconic scenery, and adventures on land and water. Whether hiking Mount Solmar or snorkeling El Arco, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Refuel with grilled seafood and local roasted coffee, then embark on a scenic stroll to take in local art and architecture.

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Best things to do in Cabo San Lucas

What is it? A natural archway that has become a picture-perfect symbol of Cabo San Lucas – take a boat tour to see it from the water.

Why go? The rock formation is beautiful and you can usually spot sea lions at the base of it. The beaches nearby are called Lovers’ Beach and Divorce Beach: funny names, but the surrounding waters make for great snorkeling or glass bottom boat tours.

What is it? Your chance to meet the biggest fish in the world up close in one of the only places where a sighting is nearly 100 percent guaranteed.

Why go? From September to May, Dive Cabo offers whale shark swimming experiences that are out of this world. After two to three hours in the ocean, swimmers get a meal of fish tacos. Call to book your snorkel tour for the most up-to-date schedule and pricing. 

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What is it? Head out to see a different side of the Los Cabos region as you navigate its desert, mountains, and sand dunes.

Why go? If you’re looking for adventure, Cactus ATV (all-terrain vehicle) tours will get you out into some stunning natural scenery. Tours are roughly two-and-a-half hours and include all equipment. There are also horseback options and camel-riding beach tours.

What is it? A toes-in-the-sand restaurant with tables on the beach and fresh Mexican food offerings.

Why go? This restaurant has been serving delicious Mexican staples since the 1970s, before tourism even started booming in Los Cabos. Visit the restaurant on Medano Beach for Baja-style shrimp, burritos, Mexican steaks, and gorgeous views complete with live entertainment in the evenings.

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What is it? A shopping village full of hand-crafted glass, local art, and regional finds.

Why go? For hand-embroidered crafts, Mexican art, and beautiful ceramics, a visit to La Coyota is the perfect stop. The multi-room shop sprawls throughout a converted hacienda that once belonging to Edith Jiménez, otherwise known as The Office on The Beach's founder. The quality and diversity of items are much better than what you’d find near the beach and staff take a no-pressure approach.

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Mount Solmar
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7. Mount Solmar

What is it? A gorgeous hike and sunset spot overlooking Los Cabos that takes about 30 minutes to ascend.

Why go? Hike Mount Solmar for priceless views and photos of the Los Cabos area that’ll make your IG followers jealous. The hike is relatively easy but wear covered shoes, as it’s rocky in several parts.

What is it? A scenic snorkeling tour with an open bar that will take you to Land’s End and El Arco, Lover's Beach and the sea lion colony.

Why go? You can’t come to Cabo San Lucas without getting in the water—the marine life and coastal landscapes are too stunning to miss. This all-encompassing Cabo excursion will lead you on a snorkeling tour around must-see aquatic landmarks, and will even supply an open bar and picnic-style lunch onboard.

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What is it? A combination of zip lines, suspension bridges, and rappelling adventures.

Why go? Soar above cliffs and canyons on a series of scenic zip lines, then balance your way across a suspension bridge as you take in gorgeous flora and fauna. Rappelling options include descending a cliffside while instructors guide you along the way.

What is it? A bar and grill on Medano Beach that offers massages on its top deck, overlooking the ocean.

Why go? Escape the crazy spa prices found at most resorts and head to The Sand Bar for a relaxing massage. Listen to the waves crashing below while you relax, then go downstairs and grab a cocktail before hitting the beach.

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What is it? One of Cabo’s most famous bars, opened in 1990 by Sammy Hagar of Van Halen.

Why go? Cabo Wabo is a Cabo San Lucas staple with live music almost every night. Hosting musicians from around the world, it's one of the largest places for nightlife in town and, if nothing else, you should go for the people watching (it's not unusual to spot someone dancing on a table). They also have a full menu and lots-o-tequila.

12. The Cabo Coffee Co.

What is it? A locally loved independent coffee roaster with café seating.

Why go? Cabo Coffee roasts organic beans daily, exclusively serving coffee grown in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Oaxaca. In addition to smooth roasts, the café offers dairy alternatives and gluten free treats.

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