Cabo San Lucas Travel Tips
Keep in Mind...
- Cabo is great for sport fishers Local catches include marlin, tuna, and dorado. And remember, practicing "Catch & Release" is strongly encouraged in these waters.
- Cabo is great for foodies Obviously Los Cabos' strong suit is seafood. Try the delicious fish tacos—they'll change your life.
- Cabo is great for whale-watchers If you're visiting in winter, you should take a sunset catamaran cruise around Land's End. This is a great spot and time of day to spot gray whales.
Cabo San Lucas first beckoned to Hollywood's elite in the 1970s as a luxurious reprieve from the "dregs" of show business. The town's rather seedy reputation changed as world-class resorts took up residence here, in the neighboring village of San José del Cabo, and along the 18-mile stretch of highway that connects the two (known as "the Corridor"). The construction of an international airport in the 1980s made it easier for travelers from all over to hop a nonstop flight to the "Los Cabos" area.
Thirty years later, this destination on the southernmost tip of Baja California is still known for its decadence—just take a look at the sprawling golf courses or deluxe villas. But the elitist pretense has dwindled: Days in the spa are just as coveted as evenings at a beachside watering hole. And there's a good chance that you'll see celebutantes and college freshmen sunning themselves side-by-side on a Cabo beach.
How To Save Money in Cabo San Lucas
- Skip the all-inclusive While all-inclusives are normally a way to save money, this might not be the case in Cabo due to additional hotel taxes. You'll save money dining off-property.
- Inquire on the shuttle Some hotels offer airport shuttle service for an additional fee. The cost varies, but it will undoubtedly be cheaper than taking a taxi.
- Just say no Vendors often peddle their crafts in tourist areas. Learn to say a firm but polite, "No, gracias." If you think you'll be too tempted, avoid popular spots like Playa del Amor during the mid-day cruise-ship rush.
Cabo San Lucas Culture & Customs
Most workers in Cabo's tourism industry speak English, so you won't need much Spanish to get around the city. Many of the stores and restaurants have an Americanized feel, especially in the city center's chain restaurants. Nevertheless, it may be both helpful and respectful to know some basic Spanish vocabulary, such as hello (hola), goodbye (adios), please (por favor), and thank you (gracias).
Another important Spanish word to learn is siesta. Taking a mid-day rest is commonplace in Cabo San Lucas and throughout Mexico. Typically, stores and some restaurants close in the early afternoon and open two to three hours later.
And when it comes to dress code, keep in mind that standard beachwear is permissible during the day; dressy casual is preferred for the dinner hour or the nightclubs.
Cabo San Lucas Dining
Cabo San Lucas has a special affinity for seafood, but restaurants featuring European and North American cuisines also attract travelers. Dining is generally expensive, but you can find cheaper eats and more fascinating cultural experiences if you try some of the hole-in-the-wall taco joints (taquerias) located downtown or along the hotel corridor.