5 Must-Do’s While Vacationing in Cabo San Lucas

Written by Mariah Hoefle
March 13, 2019

Last Updated on January 13, 2022 by Boatsetter Team

It’s that time of year again—spring break! Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, a popular year-round destination for all vacationers is Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Known for its incredible beaches, there is no shortage of adventures to be had in this southern city. To make the most of your trip, consider renting your own boat with Boatsetter and tackling these must-do activities.

Snorkeling & Beach Hopping

When you think Mexico, it’s natural to think: sun, sand and salt water. You would be doing yourself a disservice if you vacationed in Cabo San Lucas without taking advantage of the countless number of beaches and the breathtaking snorkeling opportunities. Some of the best locations for enjoying a day on the beach paired with snorkeling just offshore include:

  • Playa Chileno
  • Pelican Rock and Playa del Amor (better known as “Lover’s Beach”)
  • Cabo Pulmo

Before you head out, be sure you’re ready to snorkel by reading our Snorkeling experience guide.

Sight-Seeing at El Arco & Pelican Rock

Cabo San Lucas is beautiful beyond belief—from its sandy beaches to the bright blue waters and epic rock formations. Block off some time in your schedule to take in the local scenery. One of the area’s most well-known attractions is The Arch of Cabo San Lucas, also known as El Arco, which is located in the Land’s End area on the southernmost end of the Bajo California Peninsula.

If you’re a thrill seeker or an adrenaline junkie, you’ll also want to head slightly back up the coast to find Pelican Rock at Pelican Beach. Known to be another good area for snorkeling, Pelican Rock’s claim to fame is focused on cliff diving and cliff jumping.

Wildlife Spotting: Whales & Sea Lions

During your journey to take in the sights, you just might just come across some wildlife along the way. Sea lions are known for hanging out near Land’s End, while whales have also been known to frequent local waters. It’s rumored that between January and March, you may even have an opportunity to spot a baby whale. You can learn more about whale watching in our experience guide.

Deep Sea Fishing 

If you’re traveling to Cabo San Lucas in hopes of catching your trophy fish, you might just be in luck. Plan your own fishing charter and navigate offshore for a classic deep sea fishing experience. Local anglers love to cast a line in hopes of catching a roosterfish, striped marlin, dorado, snapper, or Pacific jack crevalle.

Be sure you rent a fishing boat that is up for the task, and it wouldn’t hurt to hire a local captain with your rental that knows the area.

Explore Seaside Bars & Restaurants

Like any tropical paradise, Cabo San Lucas has a long list of beach bars and oceanside dining establishments to explore. If you’re a foodie, you won’t be disappointed. Tie up at one of the docks and enjoy some local authentic Mexican food and drinks at one of these popular locations:

  • The Sand Bar
  • Don Manuel’s
  • Mango Deck Restaurant, Bar & Beach Club
  • Baja Brewery
  • Baja Cantina Cabo

You know what they say—una cerveza por favor!

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