Up early to reel in a marlin?
Heading out on a sailing or Cabo whale watching tour?
Catching a water taxi to Lover’s Beach or Medano Beach?
It all happens at the Cabo San Lucas Marina!
Cabo San Lucas Marina
The marina in Cabo San Lucas has 380 slips for yachts and luxury vessels up to 200 feet.
Lining the marina are countless bars, restaurants and shops, including the grand Puerto Paraiso shopping and entertainment mall and the newer Luxury Avenue shopping complex.
Snaking all around the marina’s edge is a pedestrian-only waterfront boardwalk.
In the early mornings and late afternoons (when it’s cooler), this boardwalk is the perfect place to join the spandex-suited joggers and Nike-shod walkers for a bit of exercise.
Indeed, strolling around the marina is one of the best things to do in Cabo San Lucas!
It’s fun to gawk at the sleek white yachts. (Wonder who owns that beauty!)
And you often see pelicans dive-bombing for fish and snoozing on the docks too.
It takes about 30 minutes to walk around the whole length of the marina from one end to the other.
The Cabo San Lucas marina is also where cruise passengers set foot on dry land after tendering in from their ships, which anchor a mile or two away in the Cabo San Lucas Bay.
Cabo San Lucas Marina map
See this link to a map of the Cabo San Lucas Marina.
The pedestrian promenade around the marina winds all the way from the Medano Beach side at one end to the Cabo San Lucas Cruise Port at the other end.
Cabo San Lucas Marina restaurants
You’ll find some 50 bars and restaurants on and around the marina.
Many have outside patios facing the water. When walking by, you can check out the restaurant menus on outside stands.
If we’re being totally honest and you’re thinking mainly of the food, you won’t necessarily find the best restaurants in Cabo on the marina.
For example, Flora Farms dishes up yummy farm-to-table dining, but it’s tucked away in rural countryside near San Jose del Cabo.
The marina is prime real estate, and you really go to bars and restaurants there for the views.
That said, we’ve eaten at many places along the marina – and always had a good time!
Some of the best Cabo marina restaurants and bars?
Lorenzillo’s serves up fresh lobster and has an attractive waterfront patio. (Lobster Thermidor is a fave pick.) Lorenzillo’s gets good reviews on TripAdvisor and received a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2020 award.
Just note that Lorenzillo’s is expensive.
Solomon’s Landing has a solid reputation for serving tasty fresh seafood at reasonably affordable prices. It has a breezy, casually-pleasant setting under a thatch palapa roof.
If you take your own fish that you’ve caught, they’ll prepare it several ways for you (e.g., blackened New Orleans style and grilled). Check to see how much notice they need.
The fish tacos and Mexican margaritas are good too.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House:
The Ruth’s Chris Steak House chain has an upscale eatery in the Puerto Paraiso mall. You can sit inside (air-conditioned) or outside on the terrace.
USDA Prime beef steaks, sizzled on a 500-degree grill, are the specialty (ka-ching, ka-ching).
Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream:
Got a sweet tooth?
Satisfy your craving for caramel Belgian waffles or chocolate brownie crepes at the always-popular Haagen-Dazs ice cream parlor.
Or get a lemon sorbet or mango-and-raspberry ice cream cone to go.
And if a fruity ice cream isn’t your thing, the parlor has more than 20 flavors of ice creams to choose from. Maybe try macadamia nut brittle?
Great restaurants in the Cabo San Lucas Marina area:
If you move just a block or so away from the marina, you’ll find some of our favorite restaurants in Cabo San Lucas.
Hacienda Cocina y Cantina:
Hacienda Cocina y Cantina is right on Medano Beach, a block or so behind the marina (at the Medano Beach end).
With a lovely Mexican-style beachfront setting, it offers tasty Mexican dishes.
Make sure you order the sugar-crusted churros for dessert – dip them in chocolate sauce!
We love Nicksan! This resto is all about Japanese tapas, tweaked with a Mexican touch.
The sushi is always incredibly fresh, and just thinking about their lobster rolls, pan-fried fish in a spicy Cajun sauce and tuna tostadas makes us drool.
You’ll find Nicksan just steps behind the marina (on Paseo de la Marina), near the Hotel Tesoro Los Cabos.
Cabo San Lucas Marina shopping
Whether you’re looking to pick up inexpensive Mexican souvenirs or museum-quality art, Cabo has a shop for you.
Silver is big here.
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.
Among the best places to shop in Cabo San Lucas are the two side-by-side shopping malls on the marina: the Puerto Paraiso and Luxury Avenue shopping malls.
Note: The prices are fixed in these malls. You can’t bargain like you can bargain with the beach vendors.
Bring a credit card (or two). You need plastic at this giant shopping, dining, and entertainment complex.
The Puerto Paraiso mall is a classy shopping experience. Inside the peach-colored, colonial Mexican structure, floors have inlaid marble mosaics. Outside, cascading waterfalls invite you to rest awhile on a bench.
Some 200 shops and boutiques tempt you to part with your money.
Find everything from Kenneth Cole clothes and Maui Jim sunglasses to cigars, jewelry and unique handmade Mexican arts and crafts.
If you need some beach wear, check out these shops:
Pink hats, blue hats, lemon hats, cute hats – Cabo Hats is full of eye-candy for anyone who wants something a little more stylish than a Tilley topper. (No offence Tilley! You make great hats.)
The Scala label is showcased, and there’s a huge selection in raffia, crocheted cotton and other materials.
Find cowboy hats, big-brimmed white-and-black hats that make you look like a movie star, packable and crushable hats, and caps and straw boaters for men.
If you forgot your hat – or just want to add to your collection – check out Cabo Hats.
Your dermatologist will thank you.
Find swimsuits and snorkeling rashguards at the Fullsand clothing shop.
This chain store sells all kinds of trendy and designer sunglasses. So if you forgot yours, you can pick up a pair here.
Puerto Paraiso movie theater:
Watch the latest blockbusters at the Puerto Paraiso Cinemex, located on the third floor of the Puerto Paraiso mall
Choose movies in English (with Spanish subtitles) and go for the VIP showings in theaters with reclining seats.
Ooh la la.
Carolina Herrera fashion and accessories. Longchamp bags. TagHeuer watches. Montblanc pens. Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, perfumes and watches. And all under one spiffy roof too!
Following the success of its Cancun location, Luxury Avenue opened a Cabo location with drool-worthy designer boutiques.
Lavish touches like quartz columns, fountains, and marble and granite floors add to the privileged shopping experience.
Of course, there are VIP services, such as a shopping concierge.
Cabo San Lucas Marina hotels
Several hotels are perched right on the marina:
Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort and Spa:
Located at the end of the marina by the Medano Beach side, Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort and Spa is the newest and most upscale of the marina hotels.
It’s one of the best hotels in Cabo.
For adults-only, this all-inclusive hotel has 169 modern suites, all with balconies offering fabulous views of the Cabo marina.
There are two infinity pools – a quiet one overlooking the Marina and another lively one overlooking Medano Beach on the other side of the hotel. That rooftop pool has a DJ and foam parties, and you can go topless there.
Marina Fiesta Resort, Cabo:
Located next to Luxury Avenue, the pleasant 4-star Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa has suites with kitchenettes overlooking the pool or marina.
(It’s also a timeshare resort, so you’ll be asked if you want to experience a time share presentation when checking in.)
Hotel Tesoro Los Cabos:
The older 3-star Hotel Tesoro Los Cabos is right in the heart of Cabo, located in the middle of the marina. It has 286 clean rooms and a rooftop sky pool with great marina views.
Cabo water taxis from the marina
The marina is the main place for finding water taxis and glass bottom boats.
They can whisk you out to see Land’s End, or drop you off at Lover’s Beach or Medano Beach for a few hours of fun in the sun.
The water taxis in Cabo San Lucas are cheap and plentiful.
Cabo San Lucas cruise port terminal
If you’re on one of the 400 cruise ships that visit each year, welcome to Cabo!
Ships anchor offshore, and you’re tendered to the Cabo San Lucas Marina dock. That’s where you meet the tour operators if you’re going on an excursion.
Visiting Cabo on your own from the ship? Again, you start from the dock.
Cabo is very walkable, and it’s a pleasant 10- to 15-minute stroll from the dock at the Cabo cruise terminal, along the marina waterfront, to the heart of town.
Fish filleting station
Ever seen pelicans fighting over fish? Or a sea lion steal fish from a pelican?
It’s a colorful comical sight watching the Cabo San Lucas pelicans down at the fish cleaning and filleting station, located near the cruise terminal side of the marina.
Tourists mill around, snapping pics, adding to the melee. Have your camera ready too, as there are some great photo opps.
The scene is not for the squeamish though – expect to see blood, guts and entrails.
“Poncho” and the pelicans:
Fishermen take their fish to the boat ramp on the marina dock, where fish cutters strip the skins from the fish, cut up the fish meat and baggie up the raw fillets.
The guts and skin are thrown out for pelicans and gulls to grab – they end up playing a tug-of-war with their beaks.
But they all lose when “Poncho,” the marina’s resident sea lion, lumbers up the ramp to steal their prizes. (We think there have been a few “Ponchos” over the years.)
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Photo credits: 2, 7, 9, 11, 16 to 18 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Hotel and restaurant photos courtesy the respective businesses