In Cabo San Lucas—part of Los Cabos, right on the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula—the beaches are beautiful, the weather is hot and spring break draws almost as many partygoers as Cancún. Not here to party? Worry not! There are plenty of other fun things to do in Cabo San Lucas. The contrast between the desert and the ocean makes for a striking scenery, which can best be viewed by hiking Mount Solmar at sunset or by getting out on the water. And be sure to make the most of the ocean: snorkel with tropical fish, try your hand at deep-sea fishing then eat delicious seafood. Are you ready?
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 too.
Whale Shark Snorkeling
What is it? Your chance to meet the biggest fish in the world up close in one of the only places in the world 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.
Cactus ATV Tours
What is it? Head out to see a different side of the Los Cabos region as you head through 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-riding options.
The Office on The Beach
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 started booming through Los Cabos. Visit the restaurant on Medano Beach for Baja-style shrimp, burritos and Mexican steaks, plus gorgeous views and live entertainment in the evenings.
Deep Sea Fishing
What is it? Hop on a boat and try catching a marlin or mahi-mahi.
Why go? Cabo San Lucas is the place to be for deep-sea fishing and the marina is very active. Head down to the marina and negotiate your own charter for the day, or hire one through Seashine Adventures.
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, visit La Coyota, a multi-room shop that sprawls through a converted hacienda and once belonging to Edith Jiménez, the founder of The Office on The Beach. The quality and diversity of items are much better than what you’d find near the beach and staff take a no-pressure approach.
What is it? A gorgeous hike and sunset spot overlooking Los Cabos that takes about 30 minutes to make it to the top.
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 parts.
Cabo Snorkel & Sea Adventure
What is it? Cabo Adventures has a snorkeling tour for $89 per person that will take you to Land’s End and El Arco, Lovers’ Beach and the sea lion colony.
Why go? The marine life and coastal landscapes here are stunning and you can’t come to Cabo San Lucas without getting in the water. Cabo Adventures will give you the snorkel gear, or, if snorkeling isn’t your thing, choose to go kayaking or paddle boarding.
What is it? Mexico’s longest, fastest, highest zipline is aptly named the Superman.
Why go? You’ll have to abseil from sheer rock walls and traverse a bridge to get there before the Superman shoots you along a 4,000-foot line over a Unesco protected biosphere reserve at 60 mph.
Photograph: Jake Riding
The Sand Bar
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 of the resorts and come 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.
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 definitely go for the people-watching (including dancing on the tables). They also have a full menu and lots-o-tequila.