A full guide on this magnificent destination in the Baja Peninsula, only a few hours away from many American cities. Find out where to eat and stay, what to do, when to come, we will prepare you for your next weekend in Cabo.
Los Cabos is a rare blend of beach and desert, offering breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. Ideally located at the end of the Baja Peninsula, this magnificent destination is a haven for a wide range of adventures including: golf, fishing, surfing, hiking, water sports and it even offers hidden gems in the outskirts of its coastline.
Type of Destination
Beach and Adventure
Mexican Peso, although US Dollars are widely accepted. Expect to receive your change in Mexican Pesos though.
Spanish, although English is widely spoken.
November-April are the best months weather-wise. July-September may have highs of 94°F/34°C. Hurricane season generally goes from May-November, with higher chances of rain in August and September.
What to do
Where to stay
Where to eat
When to travel
How to move around
Sail at Land’s End
Immerse yourself into the unique and beautiful panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez, sailing through the iconic Arch of Cabo San Lucas. This is a “must-do” while visiting Los Cabos. Navigating through the pristine waters of Cabo is perfect for every occasion. You may enjoy it in a private luxurious yacht, or in a modest boat that allows you to experience the marine life up close.
Throughout the day, you may smoothly sail to the famous Lover’s beach where you get to admire the Arch of Cabo San Lucas and you may even stay to enjoy the beach for the day. If you seek the ultimate sunset landscapes, this is one of the best alternatives to appreciate the unique palette of colors that the Baja has to offer. If you are lucky enough, you may even be accompanied by the vast marine life of the area, including: whales, dolphins, sea lions and stingrays.
San Jose’s Art District
Downtown San Jose offers an authentic Mexican experience with a touch of folklore and lively atmosphere. From November-June you may enjoy the legendary Art Walk every Thursday evening from 5:00-9:00PM. The streets are closed for traffic, live music takes over to enjoy the sunset and strolling through the art galleries with a glass of wine in your hand, proves to be a must-have in your to-do-list for your visit to Los Cabos.
This is the perfect time to enjoy a drink and dive into the local culture to meet exquisite pieces of art. Additionally, you may select from the diverse gastronomic offer at Downtown, with a tasteful collection of cuisines and renown chefs. Be sure to make a reservation at your favorite spot though, some restaurants have their agendas fully booked for weeks.
Only 45 minutes away from Cabo San Lucas, Todos Santos proves why it is part of Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos (Magical Towns). This noteworthy village located in between La Paz and Los Cabos, hosts a striking combination of culture, history and gastronomic journeys that crafts an ideal day tour. You may heard about the Hotel California that supposedly inspired the legendary Eagles’ song. Nevertheless, we assure you that there is a lot more that this beautiful village has to offer.
For the travelers with a passion for art, you should certainly pay a visit to galleries like Mangos, Indigo, Logan and Gabo Art Gallery and Studio. As soon as you step foot into this beautiful town, you will notice and embrace its microclimate. When Cabo may be hot and slightly humid during the summer, Todos Santos is sublimely allocated in a privileged weather. This climate acts as the perfect fertilizer for the local farms and agriculture, which elevates the rich gastronomic collection of the area. Additionally, Todos Santos is conveniently close to Cerritos Beach, a fantastic spot for surfers.
The one and only Jacques Cousteau declared this Marine National Park, The Aquarium of the World. For those who seek eco-touristic experiences, Cabo Pulmo should certainly be in the top of your list. Offering a tranquil and relaxed vibe, Cabo Pulmo is located roughly around 90 minutes from San Jose del Cabo. This magnificent destination acts as the habitat for a vast collection of marine species.
With one of the most diverse coral reefs in North America, Cabo Pulmo emerges as a haven for snorkeling and scuba diving. Five of the world’s seven endangered species of sea turtles find a sanctuary in Cabo Pulmo along with the largest selection of sharks, including bull sharks, tiger sharks, hammerhead sharks, blacktip and white tip sharks. Expect an unspoiled and preserved atmosphere that compensates the lack of luxuries, with unrivalled and transformative connections with nature.
Considered one of the most iconic properties not only in the area, but also in Mexico, One&Only Palmilla is the homeland of an exquisite blend of lush vegetation with breathtaking panoramas of the Sea of Cortez. Perfection is redefined at this tastefully designed property, alluring to all kinds of travelers. Featuring family and adults-only pools, ensures that you will find the experience you seek.
The gastronomic selection at this beautiful resort is one of its most precious treasures. Within its collection you may find true culinary experiences that will satisfy every palate. One&Only Palmilla is gracefully located in one of the few swimmable beaches of the region, featuring water activities and private cabanas for a true dose of vitamin sea.
The history and legacy behind Palmilla, perpetuate the Mexican heritage found in every corner of this majestic resort. A real must-add to your bucket list.
Montage Los Cabos
Without a doubt, one of our favorite resorts in Los Cabos, Montage has developed the jewel in their crown at this magnificent destination. Still one of the newest hotels in the area, Montage has swiftly become a unique contender for the title of best resort in Cabo.
Enclosed in the Santa Maria Bay, Montage is one of the rare resorts to offer a swimmable beach for their guests. An unparalleled oasis in the Baja Peninsula, that surely matches their exquisite design with graceful service. With a distinct collection of accommodations, Montage offers breathtaking rooms, suites and residences within their complex, adapting to needs of all kinds of travelers. A true ensemble of tasteful décor and unforgettable views of the ocean.
For all the traveling foodies, Executive Chef Xavier Salomon has masterfully crafted with his team, a distinct assortment of culinary experiences for you to delight your palate. Mezcal, a true Mexican gastronomic offer where traditional recipes take a modern twist. Marea, a beachfront restaurant with a cuisine based on the freshest ingredients of the area.
Talay is a fantastic pop-up restaurant, with authentic Thai cuisine, featuring dishes that will make you feel like you are at a market in Bangkok. Find out more about this soon to be legendary property in the Baja Peninsula.
Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
The new kid on the block, Zadun arrived to Los Cabos on October 2019, and has already created a powerful impression in the guests that have already stayed in this immersive resort. It is only the 4th Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the world, and as soon as you step into the property, you can tell that you are in for a truly authentic and unique experience.
The rooms and suites are perfectly distributed in 42 buildings around the property, that provide unrivaled views of the Sea of Cortez. Ideally set in a private region of San Jose, Zadun allows you to enjoy an endless coastline of its pristine beach. For all traveling foodies, Zadun has crafted an unparalleled gastronomic collection, including an authentic Mexican restaurant, a cevicheria, and a latin-american grill. The cocktails tailored by the incredibly talented mixologists, are another delicacy you may enjoy throughout your stay.
But the true treasure at Zadun, is the luxurious yet seamless service provided by their Tosoanis (Butlers). Their delightful storytelling, anticipation and intuition, will make you feel like royalty. Without a doubt, you should add this incredible property to your list. Learn more about the suites and amenities provided at Zadun by contacting us.
The Cape, a Thompson Hotel
Do you seek a breathtaking view? The Cape, a Thompson Hotel is the undisputed champion in that area, hands-down. Majestically located in Cabo San Lucas, with a privileged view of Land’s End and the famous Arch, The Cape meticulously designed a property that crafts timeless panoramas for every occasion.The atmosphere and vibe at this fantastic resort, creates the ultimate experience for the distinct traveler. The Cape is very close to the feel of Thompson Hotels, with a fresh yet sophisticated environment provided by the facilities and experiences found within its premises.
Every room and suite has been masterfully put together to embellish your stay, and impeccably create a comforting and pampering haven. For those seeking a more discrete and intimate accommodation, be sure to consider the villas available here.
The culinary offer at The Cape, features one of the most acclaimed Mexican chefs: Enrique Olvera. His creations have rewarded him with one of the best restaurants in the world in Mexico City, and now he came to Los Cabos to sublimely include Manta in the gastronomic journey of The Cape.
The nightlife at this incredibly resort will not disappoint, when you join The Rooftop for a cocktail with a view, and enjoy the perfect blend of music and a blissful sunset. Be sure to catch the brunch at The Ledge on Sundays, to allow your palate to taste the exquisite French toast deliciously made every morning.
Grand Velas Los Cabos
A majestic paradise for families, Grand Velas Los Cabos, is a luxury all-inclusive resort, ideally located between the towns of San Jose and Cabo San Lucas. The experiences crafted in this unique resort, will surely be ones you remember for a lifetime. All-Inclusive has been revamped by Grand Velas, and they bring the service to a completely different level. You may take your palate through an exquisite gastronomic journey during your stay by visiting their 5 a-la-cárte signature dinner restaurants.
In addition, Grand Velas tailored programs for both kids and teens, where they may enjoy authentic and exhilarating experiences that range from making piñatas and kites, to spending some time at the splash area in the pool. Meanwhile, the adults are welcome to join SE Spa for a transformative and soothing top luxury treatment. Their unique collection of massages and rituals, is a distinct signature that will confidently be a highlight of your stay at Grand Velas.
La Lupita Taco & Mezcal
Open for: Lunch and Dinner (Closed on Mondays) Cuisine: Mexican Vibe: Casual
La Lupita is without a doubt, one of the most iconic restaurants in the area. They possess a unique blend of exquisite Mexican tacos, a lively atmosphere, perfectly combined with the best Mezcal from different regions of Mexico. La Lupita represents Mexican cuisine with the traditional al pastor tacos in its different presentations (try the cheese crust pastor for sure!). But for those who are not familiar with the impressive diversity a taco can bring to the table, La Lupita allows you to try delicacies that include seafood, beef, chicken, duck and even vegetarian alternatives.
Be sure to stop by at any of their locations (San Jose and Cabo San Lucas), especially on their Taco Tuesday where all pastor tacos are 2×1 during the evening. Top off your evening with a couple Mezcalitas or do a proper Mezcal tasting to learn more about this ancestral Mexican drink. We highly recommend making a reservation in advance as it is one of the most popular options both for locals and tourists.
SUR Beach House
Open for: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Cuisine: Baja Seafood Vibe: Casual
Looking for a spectacular view? Look no further, SUR is the option. Ideally set right on Médano Beach, SUR is an authentic spot that evolves throughout the day. Breakfast includes a tasteful selection of dishes with a twist that has become the signature of SUR’s cuisine. Their French toast is a must-have, and for those who seek healthier alternatives, you may go for the avocado toast.
Lunch is when most of the fun begins, mixing the natural wave sounds with an on-site DJ that creates perfect beach vibes. Blend that with savory fresh seafood and a worthy collection of wines and cocktails, and we promise you will not want to leave. You may enjoy SUR’s beach and spend the day at one of their lounges, or simply stop by the restaurant and allow the unrivalled view to sink in.
At night, the atmosphere is relaxed and the gastronomic journey acts as the perfect closure. Executive Chef Andres Bracamontes truly excels himself with this menu, that perfectly accentuates the flavors of the Baja Peninsula.
Open for: Lunch and Dinner Cuisine: Refined Farm to Table Vibe: Smart Casual
Acre is not only a restaurant, the project is much more ambitious than that, and that is precisely what makes it so authentic and unique. The complex includes tree houses, residences, and of course the farm where local products are grown. Acre has a community feeling that has become legendary not only for tourists, but also in the local market.
The cuisine is influenced by international flavors using the freshest and locally grown foods resulting in an exquisite journey for every palate. Moroccan Chef Larbi Dahrouch recently joined in 2019 to elevate even more (if possible!) the cuisine of this magical place. The relaxed but refined ambiance, is the perfect ingredient for the ultimate gastronomic experience.
Flora’s Field Kitchen
Open for: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Brunch Only on Sundays, Closed on Mondays) Cuisine: Homemade Farm to Table Vibe: Casual
A true icon in the area Flora’s Field Kitchen is a must-have in your list. Flora’s was a pioneer in the Farm to Table concept in Los Cabos, and perfectly described by the owners as “handmade food using our farm fresh ingredients”. Executive Chef Guillermo Tellez is responsible for creating the unique and delicious dishes created with organic ingredientes only.
The vast selection of ingredients is brought from their 150-acre ranch where animals are raised through diets that avoid hormones, even avoiding beef due to the lack of sustainability that this entitles. The outstanding cuisine is ideally matched with a fantastic collection of mixology that will prove to be an explosion of flavors and perfect for any occasion.
Open for: Dinner (Wednesday through Sunday) Cuisine: Thai Vibe: Casual
Located in the noteworthy Montage Los Cabos, Talay (meaning sea in Thai) began as a pop-up restaurant at the end of 2019, bringing an authentic culinary team all the way from Bangkok. The success arrived instantly, and Talay is now part of the permanent repertoire. Their menu and cuisine is a true breath of fresh air, a much needed addition to the prestigious gastronomic collection of the area.
Talay offers a food truck elevated concept, that transports you with its flavors all the way to the streets of Bangkok. The urban inspired menu will gracefully blend Thai flavors with a cozy ambiance that is ideal for every evening.
Open for: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Cuisine: Mexican Vibe: Casual
The main restaurant of Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, El Barrio is certainly and up-and-coming contender in the area. With each of their menus, El Barrio will take you on a true culinary journey through different dishes and regions of Mexico. Breakfast is offered with traditional family recipes, thought as a family-style as it would be in many Mexican household.
Lunch brings you tasteful Mexican delicacies inspired in street food found in different areas of Mexico, such as the “Tlayudas” from Oaxaca. Finally, you may top your evening with more elevated and modern Mexican recipes for dinner. As soon as you set foot in El Barrio, you will be welcomed by its bright-colored and traditional Mexican decoration, ideally located with a breathtaking view of the Sea of Cortez. Without a doubt, you must not miss a visit to this magical restaurant.
Toro Latin Kitchen
Open for: Dinner Cuisine: Latin Cuisine Vibe: Smart Casual
Toro means bull in Spanish, and “tuna belly” in Japanese, showcasing the unique diversity and flavors of their menu. Acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval is responsible for the concept of the exquisite gastronomic offered at Toro. Ideally matched with the beautiful surroundings and an impressive selection of cocktails and wines.
Menus include a fantastic raw bar that crafts tasteful dishes with the freshest seafood of the area. Ceviches, sashimi and sushi are a great way to begin your evening. If you seek tacos with a twist, you must certainly try the short-rib or the crispy soft crab tacos. The menu has so many great dishes to choose from, so our suggestion is to try them all!
Open for: Dinner Cuisine: Baja Recipes inspired by Mexican, Peruvian and Japanese cuisines. Vibe: Smart Casual
The signature restaurant of The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Manta is an absolute gem inspried by the renowned Mexican chef, Enrique Olvera. The name has an ingenious double meaning, connected to its seafood inspiration with Manta Rays and the Spanish word for canvas, which embodies the concept of creative freedom.
Seafood is certainly taken to the next level in this magical venue that blends in with the stunning views of the arch of Cabo San Lucas. If you truly want to elevate your experience at Manta, a chef’s choice tasting menu is the proper way to go.
Seared by One&Only
Open for: Dinner Cuisine: Steakhouse Vibe: Resort Elegant (No Beachwear, shorts or sandals allowed)
The jewel in the crown of One&Only’s unique gastronomic collection, Seared was created in collaboration with world-known chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. With the finest selection of steaks, perfectly combined with the freshest ingredients of the area, Seared results in an inviting and timeless experience.
Paired with one of the best wine collections in the country, and with the impeccable touch that One&Only offers, Seared is a tasteful choice for every special occasion. Their black truffle pizza is certainly a noteworthy option, and the steak selection includes Kobe and Wagyu alternatives for the finest palates.
November – April
Absolutely one of the best times to visit Los Cabos and its gorgeous surroundings. Weather wise, you will avoid high temperatures of the summer, and the chance of rain is practically minimal. Although some days may be slightly windy, the warmth of Cabo’s sun allows you to enjoy outdoor adventures. Whale watching season is also around this time of the year, although January and February are the prime months for this experience.
Sea temperatures may be colder than expected for some, but definitely warmer than the chilly waters of California. Whale Shark season is also in these months in La Paz, which should definitely be included in your schedule for all those marine enthusiasts out there.
As these months include major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, it is very common to see elevated rates in hotel rates and other services, therefore it is ideal to book in advance with your travel expert. For Festive season, some people book with almost a year in advance, so take this into consideration.
April – June
A fantastic time to travel to Cabo as well. You may begin to experience warmer temperatures, and chance of rain is still minimal here except for June. It is still considered a prime time to travel to the Baja peninsula, although you will notice rates tend to decrease in these months.
If you are not one for a crowd, avoid Easter week and holidays like Memorial Weekend. Other than that, you will notice a great balance between a relaxed atmosphere and a not so crowded season. This a great time to visit Cabo Pulmo if you seek diving or snorkeling experiences. The sea temperature begins to warm up and winds are not as strong, making ideal for sailing and water activities.
July – October
This season begins with 4th of July celebrations that are definitely widely included in many hotels and resorts of the area. The weather is certainly warmer than the rest of the year, with August and September being the hottest months for sure. Hurricane season runs through these months, so although you may enjoy sunny days, there will be a chance of rain or major weather setbacks.
If you have flexibility with your dates, this might be a great destination for your summer vacation. Rates for accommodation and other services are definitely lower than other months in the year, so although it may be a gamble due to the weather conditions, it could pay off very well. Sea temperatures are near perfect around this time of the year, and the hot and sunny days will be a perfect match with a day by the beach/pool.
One of the most convenient and affordable options to move around Los Cabos. Driving is fairly easy, considering there is only one main highway to take you from San Jose to Cabo San Lucas, and parking is not a hassle in most areas of town. The majority of hotels will offer complimentary parking, be sure to ask prior to your arrival.
We recommend booking in advance, as there may be limited availability at the airport and rates may also be higher. Although picking up and dropping off the car at the airport is the best way to go, most rental car companies may deliver the vehicle to your hotel. Definitely go for this alternative if you intend to move around to different areas of Cabo or go as far as Cabo Pulmo, Todos Santos and La Paz on your own.
If you seek comfort and luxury, Cabo offers a unique selection of transportation services that may accommodate every need. Upscale vehicles paired with an outstanding level of service, create a pampering and unrivalled experience. The opportunities to use these services are truly endless. You may select them for your airport transfers, or simply arrange transportation to any activity outside of your resort.
Additionally, a private tour or day trip may be arranged for the convenience and privacy of the members of our group. You may admire the beauty of Los Cabos, while indulging yourself with the comfort of your own luxurious transportation.
Uber has been active in Los Cabos for a couple years now. At the moment though, there are a few restrictions that have created some conflict that affect all Uber users, especially travelers. Currently, an Uber may drop you off at the airport, but they are unable to pick you up at the same location, so be sure to take your precautions.
Just as in many other destinations, Uber has experienced friction with local taxi groups and representatives. Local authorities have favored taxi leaders, and in some areas, specifically near Cabo San Lucas’ downtown area, Uber drivers have been harassed by both of the mentioned groups. In general, we would suggest confirming with your hotel their policies about using Uber services, in order to avoid any inconveniences.
An alternative that may be efficient and cost-effective for some travelers. There are two main modes of public transportation: Taxis and Public Buses. The former is widely used and quite easy to find in popular areas of town. They are mostly safe and although there are several groups depending on the area, they all respond to local authorities and have very similar regulations.
Prices vary depending on your destination, and we would definitely encourage you to always confirm the price prior to beginning the trip. Service may be inconsistent, especially because not all drivers possess a great English level. If you are planning to move around popular destinations, it should not be a problem.
As far as the public buses go, it is a good alternative if you have time in your hands. The famous “Ruta del Desierto” are the purple and orange buses that may take you from one town to the other in approximately 30-45 minutes. The cost is significantly low compared to the previous alternatives, with a maximum price of roughly $37MXN (2USD). You may even take this bus to and from the airport for an estimate of $85MXN (4USD), although you will have to walk a short amount of time to the terminal.
The first town that is closest to the International Airport is San Jose. A very quaint and folkloric area with a true Mexican vibe. Downtown San Jose embodies a spectacular collection of art galleries where local artists have gained an outstanding exposure. We highly suggest visiting San Jose on Thursdays when you may enjoy the Art Walk (November-June) every evening from 5PM-10PM.
Downtown is the perfect spot to walk around and embrace the local culture. The gastronomic selection offered here is noteworthy. The exquisite mixture of food, art and drinks available in San Jose is hardly matched by any other place. Although you may find nightlife, it has a much more sophisticated vibe than other areas in Cabo.
Los Cabos Corridor
San Jose and Cabo San Lucas are separated by a beautiful highway featuring sublime ocean views. This area embodies several accommodation alternatives and a few public beaches that should definitely be added to your list. This is the list of public beaches we suggest you visit in order of appearance on the highway:
Playa El Tule
Playa Santa María
We suggest this area for two type of travelers. For those who would like to enjoy both San Jose and Cabo San Lucas, the corridor allows you to be in between these towns. On the other hand, if you rather enjoy the amazing facilities of your resort and you may go into either town once or twice, the corridor is a great alternative as well.
Cabo San Lucas
Located 20 miles or 32 kilometers away from San Jose, Cabo San Lucas is where all the action is located. Cabo is well-known for a lively and active atmosphere throughout the entire day. During the day, the Marina is very active, as most sailing and fishing trips will begin their journeys here. Also, Playa el Medano is one of the most popular areas within the local and tourist community. A great selection of hotels around this area offer a direct access to Medano Beach, otherwise we suggest spending the day at one of the beach clubs available (SUR is our favorite).
When the sun goes down, the nightlife is concentrated near downtown Cabo San Lucas. Most nightclubs and bars are located within a strip that allows you to hop from one place to another throughout the night. Currently most businesses have restricted times, mostly closing around 12:00AM.
My name is Salvador, and I am a world traveler who has lived in countries like Switzerland, Thailand and now Mexico. As a former member of the hospitality industry for over 9 years I developed a detailed and exclusive network, allowing me to use my expertise to craft travel experiences with an insider knowledge.