What are the hot things to do in Los Cabos? Which are the best airport transfer companies? Where should you stay when you visit Cabo? (Is it even safe to to go?) Fab Italian restaurants? Best snorkeling spots? Is there Uber?
We’re Janice and George Mucalov, travel writers who’ve visited Cabo dozens of times - we love Cabo! So carry on reading, because our Los Cabos travel guide dishes the inside scoop on how to have a fabulous Cabo holiday.
Los Cabos travel guide: Contents
Practical travel tips
What to do in Los Cabos?
Can you drink the water in Cabo? Can you eat salad?
Where to stay in Los Cabos
Shopping in Cabo San Lucas
Yes, you can ride the local bus
Best restaurants in Los Cabos
Is Los Cabos safe to visit?
Practical travel tips for Los Cabos
Mexican peso (18 to 19 pesos are equivalent to about $1 USD)
Spanish (but Cabo is “Mexico light” – so virtually all locals in the hospitality biz speak English)
What to pack?
In winter, pack a sweater or jacket. Evenings can be cool.
How to get from the airport to your hotel?
Within Cabo San Lucas, there’s Uber.
Best time to visit Los Cabos?
Most people holiday in Los Cabos in winter, starting just before the Christmas holidays through to April. The average temperature is about 68 to 75 F. Days are sunny and dry, and you can expect great Cabo weather.
But the best time to travel to Los Cabos is May and June and then again in the fall from October to November. The weather is warmer (better for swimming!) and the crowds have gone. Average temperatures are 24 to 29 F; the air is more humid.
Avoid visiting in September, the hottest and stickiest month.
Hurricane season in Los Cabos
The hurricane season in Los Cabos officially runs from June to November, but August and September are the most risky months.
What to do in Los Cabos?
Do beachy things:
Chill on your favorite beach.
Watch whales. Take a sunset cruise. Go surfing. And more...
On Thursday nights, check out the free Art Walk in San Jose del Cabo. It’s loads of fun! Meet the artists over a glass of wine handed out at many of the art galleries. And check out eye-catching paintings and sculptures.
If you can only golf once on your Cabo holiday, the Cabo del Sol Ocean Golf Course is the course to play.
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the renowned championship course hugs the Sea of Cortez. The views are so breathtaking, it’s hard to concentrate on your shot – except if you don’t, you’re in the sand or a rocky ravine.
The Golden Bear himself praised the layout for having the “three finest finishing holes in all of golf.” The signature 17th hole – one of the greatest par-3’s in the world – has you teeing off over the water to a postage-stamp size green on a granite rock outcropping.
18 holes, par 72
7,075 yards from the championship tees
Go scuba diving:
See our video on swimming with whale sharks in La Paz!
Can you drink the water in Cabo?
The southern Baja Peninsula has never really had a problem with its water quality.
Most of the fresh water comes from the tall Sierra de la Laguna mountains, drains into underground aquifers, and is then piped to local towns, with little opportunity to become contaminated.
That said, most hotels and resorts have their own water purification systems.
It’s probably ok to drink the tap water, but to be safe, drink bottled water.
The good hotels provide bottled water. If you’re staying at a condo-style resort with kitchen facilities, you can stock up on bottled water very cheaply at one of the large grocery stores.
Restaurants will serve you bottled water if you ask for water. Ice is typically made from filtered water.
Can you eat the fruit and veggies?
Most visitors eat salads, fruit and uncooked vegetables with no problems.
Where to stay in Los Cabos
There’s no shortage of luxury hotels in Los Cabos.
When booking, know where your resort is located to avoid disappointment, however. Cabo San Lucas is at one end, San Jose del Cabo is at the other end, and the Corridor is a 20-mile stretch connecting the two towns.
So we’re talking about a fairly large geographical area.
Most luxury resorts are beachfront, but not all beaches are swimmable.
Some specific hand-picked recommendations?
Cool boutique hotel in San Jose del Cabo:
El Ganzo – Artist Hangout With a Rooftop Infinity Pool
Deluxe condos with kitchens:
Pueblo Bonito Resorts – Which One is Best?
Grand Velas Los Cabos
See all our Los Cabos hotel reviews!
The Los Cabos Grand Velas has upped the wow factor with $25,000 gold-flaked tacos and $2 million teen parties. For pure luxe, this is the best of the best all-inclusive Cabo resorts!
Shopping in Cabo San Lucas
Silver, tequila and Mexican crafts – don’t go home without it!
Whether you’re looking to pick up inexpensive souvenirs or museum-quality art, Cabo has a shop for you.
What to buy?
Silver is big here, from bargain-priced bracelets hawked by beach vendors to unique fine jewelry sold in stores. Cuban cigars are also popular (but don’t take them back to the U.S.), as are Mexican blankets, Talavera pottery and even over-the-counter prescription meds.
For decorative housewares (silver, Mexican glass), try Artesano’s (at Km 4.1 on the Corridor, just outside of Cabo town.)
Where the shops are:
Many shops are found on Marina Blvd and side-streets. Open-air and outdoor flea markets abound too – be sure to bargain!
And of course you can’t miss the Puerto Paraiso or Luxury Avenue shopping malls.
Where to buy groceries?
As soon as we arrive in Cabo, we like to make a stop at La Comer supermarket in San Jose del Cabo. It’s on the highway as you drive from the airport to Cabo San Lucas (and convenient too if you’re staying in San Jose del Cabo).
Good fresh produce can be hard to find in Cabo – at La Comer, you can usually get crisp red apples (not bruised ones) and lettuce that isn’t limp.
Riding the local bus
Don’t be afraid to take the public bus from Cabo to San Jose del Cabo, or anywhere along the Corridor.
Buses operate every 20 to 30 minutes between the two towns. They’re fairly modern and clean, and you’ll see many American residents and tourists using them. Some are express buses, but they often let passengers off anyway at non-designated stops.
There are bus stops, where you can wait for the bus, with seats and roof protection (the main stop in Cabo is in front of the Puerto Paraiso shopping mall). But the buses also usually stop if you wave one down, and they’ll let you off where you want.
Tell the driver your beach or destination along the Corridor when you board.
Restaurants in Los Cabos
You’ll find plenty of good restaurants in Los Cabos, both in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Of course, seafood is often on the menu.
Here are some restaurants we like:
Gardenias – the best seafood tacos in Cabo, mean margaritas, casual and cheap
NickSan – creative fresh sushi, expensive
For toes-in-the-sand dining:
Cascadas Beach Grill (at Club Cascadas de Baja) – beachfront, friendly service, 2-for-1 drinks until 6:00 pm, very romantic at night, moderately-priced
And don’t miss beautiful Flora Farms for made-fresh-from-the-garden cocktails and farm-to-table dining!
Is Los Cabos safe?
We’ve holidayed in Los Cabos at least 20 times over the years, and we’ve never felt unsafe.
Many Americans and Canadians have time-shares and go on vacation here.
Check government travel advisories before going.
United States: Mexico Travel Advisory
Canada: Mexico (Safety and Security)
Where is Los Cabos?
You can scroll in or out on this map of Los Cabos.
More Cabo travel information
Forget taxis! There are 4 Cabo airport transportation shuttles we like and use. Or try the Ruta del Desierto bus (cheap). Uber in Cabo? Unfortunately, you can’t use Uber to and from the airport.