Cabo San Lucas is a resort city located on the southern tip of Baja, California. It is the place where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet, offering all sorts of spectacular beauty that has been enjoyed for decades.
But do know up front that the city is NOT RV-friendly and there are no campgrounds within a reasonable distance of Cabo San Lucas to make staying in the city an option.
The city was once a sleepy fishing village, but the abundance of game fish made it one of the top tourist destinations in Mexico. It is known for its incredible sportfishing, scuba diving, buzzing nightlife, beautiful beaches, delicious food and abundant marine life.
Cabo San Lucas became the most successful beach resort in Baja. A once sleepy fish village now has 5-star resorts along the pristine beaches, world-class restaurants, wild nightclubs, golf courses, unrivaled fishing facilities, cruise ships and lots of international flights each day.
In short, the resort city has everything for everyone. It has adventure sports for adrenaline junkies, incredible food for foodies, romantic beaches for couples, and tons of game fish for fishing enthusiasts. Making it an excellent spot for couples, groups of friends, and families.
Moreover, the moderate weather attracts visitors at all times of the year. The average temperature is 78 degrees, which gets a little cooler or warmer depending on the season.
Golfers from around the world have also added a layer of recreation to Cabo San Lucas. It has ten world-class golf courses designed by the best in the business, including Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent, Tom Weiskopf and Greg Norman.
Quality and affordable meals are trademarks of Cabo San Lucas and the city has quietly become a place for food lovers. Almost every cuisine in the world is sold on street food stands, beachfront and posh cliffside restaurants. Moreover, fresh seafood is the signature item of Cabo San Lucas.
In addition to city activities, the beaches are also one of a kind. Playa Medano is an excellent spot to sunbathe. As is Playa del Amor (the Lover’s beach), a romantic and peaceful place for couples. Moreover, the city is surrounded by stunning and quiet coves on both Pacific and Sea of Cortez shorelines.
Water activities in Cabo San Lucas are truly endless. From scuba diving, kayaking, surfing, jet skiing, boating, whale watching, boat cruises and parasailing – if you can name it, the city has the facilities.
Quad buggies, ATVs, and mountain bike rides in the nearby desert are excellent activities to spend a non-soggy day in Cabo San Lucas. You can also race in go-karts or rent bicycles to explore the city’s streets.
Sportfishing is unparalleled in the waters around Cabo San Lucas. It is considered one of the best all-around fishing locations in the world due to the mixture of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean keeping the water warm throughout the year.
From landing your first marlin to catching any number of bottom fish, Cabo San Lucas is nothing less than a treasure for fishing lovers.
Things to do in Cabo San Lucas
Filled with natural landmarks, the city of Cabo San Lucas has a lot of character, particularly on its coastline. It has plenty of entertainment for couples and families alike.
So if you’re looking to make a day trip out of Cabo San Lucas, or feel like renting an Airbnb or hotel for a few nights to give camping a break, there is plenty to keep you entertained.
Here are things to do in Cabo San Lucas.
Cabo San Lucas is very well known for its incredible sport fishing. The city is in a perfect location where diverse ocean life thrives throughout the year. The bay has Blue, Black, and stripe Marlins, sailfish, dorado, tuna, wahoo, roosterfish and an endless variety of bottom fish.
Fishing tours are available throughout the city. If hiring a private charter is too expensive, you can choose a fisherman from the local panga fleet. Moreover, surf fishing is also quite productive here.
Visit Land’s End Arch
Land’s End Arch is a beautiful rock formation on an island located at the southernmost end of Cabo San Lucas. It is arguably the most identifiable landmark in Cabo San Lucas, if not all of Baja, and is a peaceful spot to see the sunset with sea lions.
The island is only accessible by a water taxi from the downtown marina. Moreover, it is the point where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet, so currents are strong, and swimming is not encouraged in the area.
Head Out Whale Watching
Like many other Baja cities, whale watching is also a popular attraction in Cabo San Lucas. The visiting time of grey and humpback whales is between December and April.
Boats a readily available in the city and along the marina offering tours varying from 2 hours to an entire day.
Cabo San Lucas has some of the best watersports facilities in the entire Baja. Medano beach is the busiest beach, which makes it an excellent place for parasailing, windsurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and jet skiing.
Moreover, snorkeling on hidden beaches and coves like Playa del Amor is favorable because of the smaller crowds.
Similarly, Cabo Pulmo marine reserve just to the north is a great area to dive or snorkel with marine life.
And Zipper Beach is another excellent location for surfing. The rocky outcrops maintain ideal conditions for surfing throughout the year – though this should be for intermediate and expert surfers. Moreover, locals also conduct a surfing competition every summer.
Catch a Sunrise or Sunset at Mount Solmar
Mount Solmar is the best spot to see the sunrise and sunset in Cabo San Lucas. The hill is the highest spot in the city and provides exceptional views of downtown Cabo San Lucas and beaches.
The trail is relatively easy to complete, but remember your sunscreen and pack some water and snacks to keep yourself fueled for the hike.
Campgrounds in Cabo San Lucas
At the time of writing, there are no formal campgrounds in Cabo San Lucas. This makes visiting the city a challenge unless you plan to camp in nearby areas and have a separate vehicle you can use to make trips into the city.
However, there are quite a few informal camping spots as you head toward Cabo Pulmo at the beaches near San Jose del Cabo. Similarly, camping in El Pescadero and Los Cerritos leaves you close enough to make a short trip down to Cabo San Lucas if you want.