Cabo San Lucas Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Cabo San Lucas

The best time to visit Cabo is from May to June, when the wintertime crowds have gone home and the summertime storms have yet to hit. October and November are also nice months for a vacation, but you'll need to begin your hotel search early if you want to save money. It could be that your motivation for visiting is not the beach: If you're into whale watching, plan to visit between mid-December and mid-April. If you like to fish, look to come in the late summer or fall. Keep in mind: Pacific hurricane season runs from mid-May to November. Though Cabo typically only experiences tropical storms during the hurricane season, the city has seen hurricanes make landfall in the region, most notably Hurricane Odile in 2014.

Weather in Cabo San Lucas

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0.48
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

December-April

Vacationing now will mean contending with high prices and heavy crowds. The season usually comes with average temperatures in the mid-70s and toward the end of the season, the mid-80s. Room rates range from $300 to $600 a night at some of the popular resorts. What's more, in March and April, spring breakers descend on Baja California, which can make it difficult to find lodging in downtown Cabo. If you're interested in whale watching, this is also the best time for a trip.

Key Events:

  • Todos Santos Art Festival (February)
  • Festival of San Jose (March
  • Spring Break (mid-March-early April)
  • Semana Santa (March-April)
May-June

Early bookers will be treated to some of the best discounts during this short shoulder season as the area recovers from a busy winter and preps for a potentially stormy summer (begin your hotel search by late winter to score the sweetest deal). Plus, the springtime weather is comfortable, with temperatures hovering in the mid-80s.

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July-September

There's a slight chance of hurricanes in summer, and rainy days are a sure thing, especially in September. Cabo's temperatures are also less than ideal ... that is, unless you like sticking to your beach chair (highs are in the 90s). But perhaps you'll be seduced by summertime discounts – even the swankiest resorts will offer some deals. Keep in mind that the worst of the Pacific hurricane season is over by late September.

Key Events:

  • Mexican Independence Day (September)

October-November

Hotel rates begin to climb as the area prepares for its peak season; if you want to experience Cabo at this time it's best to book at least a few months in advance. Otherwise, you could face room rates that are just as budget-busting as in winter. There are also quite a few fishing tournaments in the fall; this is the season to find tuna, wahoo, blue marlin and sailfish swimming in Cabo's waters.

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Popular Times to Visit Cabo San Lucas

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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