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Itineraries for Your Trip to Los Cabos

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3 Days in Los Cabos for First Timers

Curated by Jen Rose SmithVermont travel writer Jen Rose Smith covers adventure, remote places, and traditional cuisine from a home base in the Green Mountains. Her articles have appeared in National Geographic Adventure, American Way, Nexos, Condé Nast Traveler, Backpacker, AFAR, Rolling Stone, USA Today, and Outside Online.

With three days in Los Cabos, you have time to enjoy some laid-back beach time and dive into the party scene, then throw in taco tastings, shopping, and adventure. The gorgeous coast offers many ways to get out on the water, whether you’re snorkeling coral reefs, sailing, or spotting humpback whales. Here’s how to make the most of your time.

Day 1

There’s a reason Los Cabos postcards are all about sun, sand, and salt water; with access to reefs, beaches, and rock formations, this is a fabulous place to enjoy the water. Take advantage of the sun to swim, snorkel, kayak, scuba dive, or cruise the reefs in a glass-bottom boat. That direct sun means the colors of the fish and coral appear extra bright, with sparkling beams dropping straight to the sea floor.  

After a relaxed afternoon on the shore, head back out for an entirely different look at the Los Cabos waterfront in the evening. Bring a camera, as early evening is among the best times to snap photos of El Arco, a natural arch that’s a popular backdrop for souvenir shots. Sunset cruises in Los Cabos range from floating parties to dinner cruises and kid-friendly shows, so choose what suits you best.

Day 2

Devote your second day in Los Cabos to shopping, eating, and nightlife. If you’re searching for souvenirs, the shops overflow with colorful crafts from all over Baja. For a large collection of boutiques and brand names, head to the Puerto Paraiso Mall. To go straight to the best shopping spots with a vehicle to shuttle your finds, shopping tours are a convenient option.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head back downtown to enjoy the traditional recipes that make Los Cabos food memorable. Dine at a local restaurant, take a tour of small eateries, or join a cooking class to whip up lunch from scratch. When the sun goes down, enjoy a night on the town; clubs and bars line downtown streets and go until sunrise. If you’re looking for VIP perks such as skip-the-line access or comped drinks, consider a nightclub tour.

Day 3

Los Cabos is a winter home to migratory gray whales and humpback whales, who hang out off the coast between mid-December and mid-April. If you’re visiting during that time, spend your last day taking in local wildlife. Don’t miss the chance to see the marine mammals as they swim and blow; you can even slip in the water to swim in an area known for whale sharks. During the rest of the year, animal-related opportunities in Los Cabos include helping with sea turtle release, spotting pods of dolphins, and even hopping a camel for a ride into the sand. 

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