Plan Your Vacation with this Complete Guide to Cabo
South of the border, a dream beach destination awaits. Beautiful white sand beaches, oceanfront bars and restaurants, and luxury vacation homes all make Los Cabos the perfect escape. Whether you prefer a peaceful day on a secluded stretch of sand or a bustling beachfront with plentiful activity options, you’ll find it all along Cabo’s coastline. This complete guide to Cabo will ensure you hit all of Cabo’s top sights on your summer or fall getaway!
Stay & Play in Cabo
One of the factors that makes Cabo stand out from other beach destinations is the luxury vacation rentals that are prevalent on the vacation rental scene. In Cabo, you’ll find highly desirable communities located along the oceanfront or tucked away into cliffsides above the sea, offering stunning views and a wealth of amenities. These luxury homes are designed to provide all the comforts you may miss from home along with all the luxuries you desire on a vacation. Ample square footage, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, breezy great rooms that overlook the ocean, and a fabulous backyard entertainment space complete with a private pool, hot tub, and cabana furnishings are all to be expected in the luxury homes you’ll find in Cabo. And if you want to take the pampering up a notch? Simply add on personal butler and chef services to your stay, and you’ll never have to lift a finger. This is Cabo living at its finest!
Must-See Cabo Sights
Cabo is known for its postcard perfect white sand beaches, top-notch golf courses, and beautiful natural scenery. There is plenty to see and do when enjoying a vacation in Cabo! As a beach town, many of Cabo’s best sights are centered around the waterfront. Head offshore to The Arch, a beautiful natural stone sea arch located in the Cabo San Lucas Bay. Due to its location, The Arch can only be reached by sea. However, it’s easy to catch a glass-bottomed boat from the shores of Medano Beach or the Marina, and many boat charters make a stop at this famed site as well. A colony of sea lions has laid claim to the rock outcroppings nearby, so you’ll get an up-close look at some of Cabo’s sea life along the way.
Also located near The Arch is Lover’s Beach and Divorce Beach, two undeveloped beaches accessible only by boat. The two beaches are connected by a narrow swath of sand jutting between outcroppings, and the fact that there are no amenities here is a large part of their charm. Make a quick stop on your sightseeing journey or plan to have your boat return for a pick-up a few hours later, taking the time to soak in the views and the leisurely pace of life on the ocean. While Divorce Beach is good for observing interesting rock formations, Lovers Beach is the safer of the two for swimming.
While generally referred to simply as Cabo, Los Cabos is actually comprised of the two towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, along with the 20-mile coastal stretch in between the two towns, referred to as the Corridor. Long before San Jose del Cabo became a hot beach destination, it was first and foremost a local town filled with interesting architecture and history. Some of these elements are still present today, making downtown San Jose del Cabo a great place to explore. This quaint walkable town is packed with sights such as the intricate architecture found at the Parroquia San Jose, a historic church located in the town’s main square. The main square is also a destination in and of itself, surrounded by small local shops and art galleries. Thursday night art nights see artists and vendors spilling out into the square, creating a bustling atmosphere that is fun to take part in. You’ll also find many local restaurants tucked away throughout town!
Things to Do in Cabo
No two Cabo beaches are the same, and a favorite activity among Cabo residents and visitors is to beach hop up among the many beaches located in and between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Medano Beach is Cabo’s busiest, and here you’ll find the most opportunities for dining along the waterfront and participating in water activities. This two-mile stretch of sand located in Cabo San Lucas always offers some form of excitement and activity. For a more relaxing experience, consider heading to Chileno Beach or Santa Maria Beach, both located along the Corridor. Less developed than Medano Beach, you won’t find many amenities here, but you will find solace and impeccable views. Both beaches are great for swimming and snorkeling, so bring along the appropriate gear!
Cabo is also known as a world-class golf destination, and here you’ll find numerous public and private courses that make it clear why Cabo golf is on the map. The Palmilla Golf Club is a top choice and is the first Jack Nicklaus-designed course in Latin America. The Ocean Course is the star of the show here, with stunning views over the Sea of Cortes. For additional scenic landscapes, book your next tee time at Costa Palmas Golf Club. This stunning course is located on the East Cape of Los Cabos, meaning you’ll enjoy coastal views that extend as far as the eye can see. The added backdrops of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains add more drama to the scenery, and food stations located right on the course make pushing through the challenges of this terrain even more pleasurable.
From offshore excursions to off-road explorations, it’s easy to add adventures to your Cabo vacation that will make it even more memorable. Boat excursions are a popular option and can be as tranquil as a dinner sunset cruise or as thrilling as snorkeling alongside whale sharks. On dry land, you’ll find adventures such as ATV excursions that explore the desert and mountain terrain that characterizes Cabo beyond the waterfront, horseback riding, ziplining, and bungee jumping, among others. Your vacation in Cabo can be as relaxing or thrilling as you desire!
Where to Eat in Cabo
From local eateries with mouthwatering Mexican dishes to restaurants dishing up worldwide cuisine, you’ll find a large assortment of dining options in Cabo. Restaurants also cater to every budget, with inexpensive tacos and tropical beverages coexisting with lavish oceanfront fine dining. Be sure to add some of these top Cabo restaurants to your itinerary!
For a destination that more than delivers in both the experience and the food quality, booking a table at the Sunset Monalisa is a must. This exquisite restaurant situated seemingly right over the ocean boasts stunning views of the coastline and Cabo San Lucas Bay in the distance. Dining on the outdoor deck makes guests feel as if they’ve stepped into a magazine spread, with every detail perfected. Celebrate a special occasion here with their 3-, 5-, or 7-course menu, or simply relish in the fact that you’re enjoying another amazing evening in Cabo!
To fulfill a steak or burger craving, head to Jack’s Steakhouse or WTF Burger Bar. Both of these eateries are situated right on the Cabo San Lucas Marina, so you can watch the boats come in and out as you dine on excellent cuts of meat. Jack’s Steakhouse offers items such as surf n turf alongside live music, while you’ll find all-American favorites such as onion ring sides and milkshakes at WTF Burger Bar.
You may not expect to find top-notch Italian restaurants in Mexico, but Los Cabos is indeed home to its share of fine bistros. Invita Bistro is a favorite, and here you’ll find a nice blend of Italian and Mediterranean cuisines, along with a comprehensive wine list. This intimate restaurant in Cabo San Lucas offers homemade recipes, including many made with fresh seafood.
Where to Drink in Cabo
Beginning with the many bars and restaurants situated along the shores of Medano Beach, there is no shortage of places to find a cold beer or tropical cocktail in Cabo. Whether you prefer a rowdy crowd on the beach or a quiet table with a tall glass of wine, there’s a way for everyone to relax and unwind with a drink in Cabo!
The go-to place for a lively drink at most any time of day or night is Mango Deck, located right on Medano Beach. With a large stage situated right in the sand that frequently hosts live entertainment and games, the atmosphere at Mango Deck is always buzzing. This is the starting point for the Cabo party scene, complete with a large variety of food and drink options.
The Cabo Wabo Cantina is generally regarded as the best place to drink while enjoying quality live music. Owned by former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar, this restaurant and pub offers a variety of signature tropical drinks. The main draw here is the full live music event calendar, so be sure to check out who will be playing during your visit!
For a quieter, more romantic evening spent over drinks, head to Jazz on the Rocks at Sunset Point. Situated on top of the Sunset Monalisa restaurant, Jazz on the Rocks offers equally as stunning views over The Arch and Lands End. Feel as if you’re suspended over the ocean as you enjoy magnificent coastline views with daily live jazz music as the backtrack. With a smart casual dress code, this is the perfect place to toast to a special occasion. The comprehensive drink menu is several pages long, and you’ll find everything from signature cocktails to top-shelf bottles. They’re also known for their gourmet pizzas made in a traditional wood-fired oven.
Best Cabo Shopping
When it comes to shopping in Cabo, you’ll find everything from locally handcrafted wares to luxury brands that are known worldwide. For authentic locally crafted items, head to San Jose del Cabo’s Plaza Artesanos. Here, a variety of vendors sell wares such as jewelry, clothing, hats, tote bags, tequila, rugs, and ceramics. With high quality items and a low-pressure atmosphere, this is a great place to stock up on items to bring home as gifts or as personal keepsakes. While in San Jose del Cabo, also check out the Gallery District where you’ll find many art galleries featuring local and regional artists.
For a completely different shopping experience, head to one of Los Cabos’ luxury malls, such as Puerto Paraiso or Luxury Avenue. These malls sit side-by-side along the Cabo San Lucas Marina in what is known as the Marina Golden Zone. World renowned brands touting the latest swimwear, resort wear, accessories, and all the latest trends can be found within these malls, along with restaurant options to stay fueled while you shop.
Cabo Summer & Fall Activities
With daytime temperatures through summer and fall remaining in the 90s, both of these seasons are excellent times of year to take full advantage of Cabo’s beach scene. Beat the heat with a day spent along one of Cabo’s best beaches, feel the cool breeze in your hair as you embark on a boat excursion, or lounge the day away poolside at your luxury Cabo vacation rental!
Late summer and early fall are also the prime fishing seasons in Cabo, with August kicking off big fish season. Some of the most well-known fishing tournaments are held during the month of October. Big game anglers after catches such as black marlin, blue marlin, and yellowfin tuna will have their best luck during these months! A variety of Cabo fishing charters will get you out onto the water to land that dream catch, whether you’re a beginning fisherman or an experienced angler.
At Sun Cabo, we offer luxury vacation rentals throughout the best areas of Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, and all along the Corridor where you’ll find many of Cabo’s best beaches. Take your Cabo vacation to the next level by staying in one of these Cabo luxury homes! Book your vacation online or contact our friendly staff for more information.