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Welcome to Los Cabos

Located at the tip of Mexico’s Baja California Sur peninsula, Los Cabos—primarily known for its two main towns, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo—never fails to deliver on a good time, but the Mexican municipality is more than just tequila shots and beaches (although you’ll find both in abundance). Journey to San Jose del Cabo, Los Cabos’ lesser-known resort town, which offers both action-packed and laid-back adventures and city tours. Go on a scuba-diving or snorkeling tour to get an under-the-sea look at the local marine life, set out on a whale-watching cruise to spot humpbacks, or gallop on horseback across the sandy coastline. Aside from its party-heavy nightlife, Cabo San Lucas is actually perfect for relaxation, recreation, and water activities. If you’re craving outdoor recreation, Cabo is home to multiple golf courses with unbeatable views of the surrounding area. Or you can skim across the water on a charming sunset cruise to see where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. For a more thrill-focused jaunt, bump up your adrenaline with an off-road ATV tour or desert-canyon zipline tour. Once you’ve had your fill of adventure, relax on Playa del Amor, also known as Lover's Beach, and catch sight of El Arco’s distinctive rock arch from afar. And music fanatics can’t miss a visit to Todos Santos (roughly an hour drive from Cabo) to see the Hotel California that inspired the Eagles’ 1976 hit song.

Top 15 attractions in Los Cabos

Arch of Cabo San Lucas (El Arco)

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A signature landmark of Los Cabos, El Arco de Cabo San Lucas—known locally as simply “El Arco” or “the Arch”—is a limestone arch carved by time, tide, and wind. The natural attraction runs runs down to the water’s edge at Land’s End, the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas (which itself is at the southern end of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula) and into the Sea of Cortez. From a distance, the rock formation looks like a dragon; up close, the arch frames sky, sea, and sand for prime photos.More

Lover's Beach (Playa del Amor)

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With white sand and jade-colored water, it’s no surprise that this postcard-ready beach has a reputation for inspiring romance. Rock formations frame the beautiful scene, and, since Mexico’s Playa del Amor faces the relatively calm waters of the Sea of Cortez, it’s ideal for snorkeling right off the shore.More

Isla Espiritu Santo

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Isla Espiritu Santo, off the coast of La Paz in the Gulf of California, is part of the national marine park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. This long narrow island is abundant in wildlife, both above and below the ocean’s surface, and a popular destination for travelers looking to experience some of the best of Mexico’s outdoors.More

Balandra Beach (Playa Balandra)

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The untouched shores of Balandra Beach are some of La Paz’s most beautiful. With calm waters sheltered from the Gulf of California and a shallow sandbar stretching from one side of the bay to the other, it’s the perfect beach for swimming and wading. It’s also part of the national marine park and one of La Paz’s last undeveloped beaches.More

Medano Beach (Playa Médano)

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The waters of Cabo San Lucas may be wild elsewhere, but at Medano Beach (Playa el Medano there are miles of safe, calm swimming, along with beach fun for the whole family. Los Cabos’ most popular beach becomes a long stretch of sand filled with towels, sun umbrellas, volleyball, pleasure boats, and bars, while resorts and high-rise apartment buildings line its coast.More

Santa Maria Beach (Playa Santa María)

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Stretching around a secluded cove, Santa Maria Beach (Playa Santa María) is a protected marine sanctuary and an excellent spot for snorkeling or sunbathing. Santa Maria’s serene setting offers a nice alternative to the noise and excitement of Cabo San Lucas’ beaches, and snorkeling with a variety of colorful fish is just a short swim from shore.More

San Jose del Cabo Church (Parroquia San José)

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Located in the heart of the old town, San Jose del Cabo Church (Parroquia San José) was founded by Jesuits in 1730. This iconic Catholic church, with brilliant white bell towers and a striking interior, pays homage to Jesuit priest Nicolas Tamaral, who was martyred on the site where the building now stands.More

Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park

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Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park (Parque Nacional Cabo Pulmo) contains the oldest living reef on North America’s Pacific coast, home to corals, colorful fish, and larger species such as whale sharks, dolphins, manta rays, and sea turtles. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this marine park is a rich destination for reef snorkeling and scuba diving.More

Chileno Beach (Playa Chileno)

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Protected by the Chileno Bay, the waters at Chileno Beach (Playa Chileno) are calm, warm, and clear, while the reefs just offshore act as a home to an abundance of sea life. The beach, considered one of Los Cabos’ best-kept secrets, mimics the feel of Caribbean shores. Sun-seekers will enjoy the seclusion and the top-notch snorkeling opportunities.More

San Jose Estuary (Estero San José)

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Located between San Jose del Cabo and Los Cabos Marina, the San Jose Estuary (Estero San José) is home to hundreds of species of birds and colorful wildlife and is a prime destination for bird-watchers. Nature lovers also flock to this sanctuary for sunrise kayak journeys and relaxing sunset hikes.More

Palmilla Beach (Playa Palmilla)

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Calm water, roped-off swimming areas, and soft sand make Palmilla Beach one of the most family-friendly beaches in Los Cabos. Snorkelers, swimmers, and anglers will all find something to love here, but not everyone is quite so active. Score a free-standing palapa, and you’ll have a shady place to lounge with picture-perfect views.More

Sierra de la Laguna

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Cabo San Lucas may be known for its beaches, but the seaside town also offers adventure options that involve more land than sea. The Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, with its abundant oak and pine forests, is a rugged escape for those looking to explore the great outdoors. The Tropic of Cancer dissects the range; in other words, the area is tropical, but its elevation helps keep it relatively cool.More
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Cuadra San Francisco

Cuadra San Francisco

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Tucked away in the sandy scrubland of Baja California is Los Cabos’ only professional equestrian center, Cuadra San Francisco. Giddy up and explore the Baja countryside with the popular ranch and stable’s range of horseback riding options. Cuadra San Francisco is also known for its “dancing horses,” which pop up at local weddings and parties.More
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Land's End

Land's End

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Located at the southern end of Cabo San Lucas, Land’s End features dramatic rock formations jutting out into the sea, hidden beaches, and a rich variety of sea life. Here you can seek out the remote stretch of sand known as Lover’s Beach, admire sunbathing sea lions, and see the picturesque El Arco, or archway.More
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Hotel California

Hotel California

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Hotel California is a boutique hotel in Todos Santos, a town near Los Cabos, Mexico. Ideal for those looking to escape into the Baja California countryside, the hotel is decorated in a colonial Mexican style, while its 11 luxurious suites contains furnishings from around the world.More

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How to Spend 1 Day in Cabo San Lucas

How to Spend 1 Day in Cabo San Lucas

Top activities in Los Cabos

Los Cabos Luxury Sailing, Snorkel and Lunch Cruise
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Camel Outback Adventure and Eco Farm from Los Cabos
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Los Cabos Reef Snorkeling Cruise

Los Cabos Reef Snorkeling Cruise

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Outdoor Ziplining and UTV Adventure from Los Cabos
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Cabo San Lucas: Private Boat Tour, Snorkel, SUP, and Fun Water Mat
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Snorkeling Tour in Cabo San Lucas

Snorkeling Tour in Cabo San Lucas

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Eat Like A Local Cabo Food Tour

Eat Like A Local Cabo Food Tour

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Sunset Cruise from Cabo San Lucas

Sunset Cruise from Cabo San Lucas

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Pirate Ship Sunset Dinner and Show in Los Cabos
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Recent reviews from experiences in Los Cabos

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What an amazing experience!
Diana_L, Oct 2022
Small Group Tour of Los Cabos
It was awesome that they got to see both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo The boat ride to the Arch was beautiful.
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Well worth the trip
Eithan_M, Aug 2022
Camel Outback Adventure and Eco Farm from Los Cabos
They spoke very good English and Spanish.
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Amazing experience
Armando_F, Jul 2022
Half-day Wild Desert Polaris Razor UTV Tour
Many do the shorter half hour tours or one hour tours but I would recommend to do the half day as you get to see much more.
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Tour guides were very...
Angela_L, Apr 2022
Los Cabos Arch and Playa del Amor Tour by Glass Bottom Kayak
Would definitely recommend to others that want to see Los Cabos Arch
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MARIAMICHELLE_B, Aug 2021
Los Cabos Arch and Playa del Amor Tour by Glass Bottom Kayak
Our favorite of all activities in los cabos!
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Beautiful views, excellent crew
Wyatt_H, Jul 2020
Jazz and Wine Sunset Cruise in Los Cabos
The boat was nice, a lot of room to roam to see different views.
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Great Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour of the Los Cabos Arch
Hannah_P, Jan 2022
Private Los Cabos Arch and Playa del Amor Tour by Glass Bottom Kayak
No better way to see the arch of Los Cabos and the ocean as well!
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Good short boat trip to the Arch
Rosalie_C, Oct 2021
Shared ride to the arch of Cabo San Lucas
We got to see pelicans, sea lions and scooby doo, the dragon and the upside down Los Cabos map :D.
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Stuart_H, Mar 2020
Luxury Private Boat, Cabo Bay, Land's End Arch, Swim or Snorkel its your time!
We recently took a trip out to see the sights around Los Cabos and of course the Whales too Our Captain was Manuel, he was great, very welcoming from the start.
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Kathryn_T, Jan 2018
Los Cabos Snorkeling Tour to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Cove
Sergio also told our kids exactly where to snorkel to see the best sights on the coral.
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The Los Cabos Combo Tour was very...
Ulysses_G, Jun 2018
Small Group Tour of Los Cabos
Anyone going to Cabo for the first time to see the arch I definitely recommend this specific tour.
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Fantastic tour - one of the best ones...
Cat, Nov 2014
La Paz Whale Shark Snorkeling Tour and Lunch From Los Cabos
It took some searching for the whale sharks since it's early on in the season and there are fewer around, but we were able to see 4 of them and swim alongside them (no touching!
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JEFFREY F N, Feb 2008
Los Cabos Deluxe City Tour: San Jose, San Lucas and The Arch
The guide, who spoke flawless English, was extremely informative and helpful.
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People Also Ask

What is Los Cabos known for?

Located on the tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, Los Cabos boasts plenty of sunshine and beachy scenery, thanks to its position along the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean. In addition to relaxing on the sun-soaked beaches, travelers to Los Cabos hit the water: snorkeling, whale watching, and parasailing.

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What should you not miss in Cabo San Lucas?

The rock formations known as Land's End (El Arco) and found at the southern end of Cabo San Lucas serve as one of the most iconic images of the area, so have your camera ready. Hop aboard a water taxi or boat tour to get the best view from the azure waves.

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What is there to do in Cabo at night?

From laid-back beach bars to thumping clubs, you’ll find something of interest within Cabo San Lucas’ thriving nightlife scene, most of which is on the two main streets: Lázaro Cárdenas and Paseo de la Marina. Two nightlife mainstays—El Squid Roe and Cabo Wabo Cantina—remain tourist favorites for their colorful, lively atmospheres.

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Are Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas the same?

No. Cabo San Lucas is one of the main towns (the other being San Jose del Cabo) in the Los Cabos municipality, which stretches across Mexico's Baja California peninsula. In the 1970s, the government made Cabo San Lucas into a tourist destination; due to its popularity, it became synonymous with Los Cabos.

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Is Los Cabos expensive?

Yes. Compared to other Mexican destinations, Los Cabos is pricey. Like most beach locales, there's both high-end luxury resorts and less costly options. Transportation and meals tend to be more expensive than in other vacation spots like Cancun. Flights to Los Cabos can be expensive, especially in peak season.

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Is Los Cabos safe for tourists?

Yes. Los Cabos is safe overall, but travelers should remain aware of their surroundings. That’s because petty crimes such as pickpocketing, cell phone theft, and purse snatching can still occur. If you go out at night, it’s recommended that you take a taxi back to your accommodations instead of walking.

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