How to Spend 1 Day in Cabo San Lucas
One of the two resort towns that make up Los Cabos—the other is San José del Cabo—Cabo San Lucas is a never-ending party with a picture-postcard setting. If you have one day in Cabo San Lucas, you can wake up to coral reefs, hidden beaches, and bright blue water, then roll right into a night of tequila and dancing. Here’s where to start.
Morning: Saltwater Sightseeing
Start the day by getting out on the water, checking out Cabo San Lucas from above or below the waves. If you’re looking for the biggest things afloat, humpback whales luxuriate in these coastal waters from November through April, and relatively calm water makes the morning a great time for a whale-watching cruise. To take in Cabo’s undersea treasure trove, options include snorkeling trips, scuba diving outings, and cruises by glass-bottom boat that let you peek at the reefs without getting wet.
Afternoon: Cabo San Lucas Sunset
Late-afternoon light is the perfect time to see—and photograph—Cabo San Lucas’ rock formations, which turn rosy when the sun gets low. It’s a great excuse for a stroll on the beach, but sunset cruises ensure unobstructed views of the coast. If you’re heading out on the water, choose between basic, budget-friendly boat trips and luxurious cruises that feature premium drinks and snacks. You can also make a night of it by booking a sunset dinner cruise with included entertainment—these can be a fun way to enjoy an evening with kids.
Night: Paint the Town
With everything from laid-back beach bars to all-night parties, Cabo San Lucas nightlife is anything but one-size-fits-all. Take it in on the two main bar streets, Lázaro Cárdenas and Paseo de la Marina, ducking into venues to sip fresh margaritas or check out the dance floor. To experience the scene with a ready-made party crew and an insider guide, nightclub tours are a fun way to ensure you find the most happening spots, and some include VIP perks such as free drinks and priority entry.