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Mexico Tours & Holidays

Travellers laughing and smiling leaning on a yellow wall in the the yellow city in Izamal, Mexico

Peel back the lucha libre mask and you’ll find a patchwork of cultures and customs mixed into one flavour-filled country.

The gregarious locals are just as likely to pull you up for a dance at one of Mexico City ’s hip-shaking salsa clubs as they are to show you the way to one of the country’s many ancient ruins , all with a casual ‘hola’ and an inviting smile. While   our tours   get you up close with locals, they also show you the best sights from on and off the gringo trail. You can party until dawn in Playa del Carmen , eat your way into a food coma in colourful Oaxaca , or, best of all, kick back with a horchata in the lazy seaside port of Merida .

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Mexico at a glance

Capital city.

Mexico City (population 8.7 million)

129.9 million

(GMT-06:00) Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey - New



Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin) Type B (American 3-pin)

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Best time to visit mexico.

Mexico is generally most pleasant in the cool, dry season between September and June. July and August can be very hot and humid, but perfect for swimming, snorkelling and lazing on the beach. These are, however, the busiest months for travel as this is the time of the North American school holidays. Highland areas such as Chiapas and Oaxaca tend to be cooler year-round, with cold nights.

Read more about the best time to visit Mexico

Culture and customs

Mexico lays claim to one of the richest and most historic cultures in the world. Characterised by their strong regional identity, locals are affiliated directly with the region they hail from, with each region having its own unique customs, cuisine and even dialect.

Despite this, national identity is still strong, with all Mexicans sharing common bonds over their love of sport, dance, food and religion.

With most of the country belonging to the Roman Catholic religion, religious festivals and celebrations are plentiful in Mexico. Parades, street fairs and parties held in honour of local saints are commonplace and offer travellers the chance to witness the customs and rituals of this vibrant culture.

Eating and drinking

One of Mexico's biggest drawcards is its food and drink. From Oaxaca's indigenous staples to the sizzling street food of Mexico City, there's almost too much choice for the hungry traveller. By the end of your Mexico tour, you'll know your tacos from your tamales, your enchiladas from your elote and your tequila from your mezcal.

Eat your way through this vibrant country on our 9 day Mexico Real Food Adventure.

Read more about what to eat in Mexico

Read more about what to drink in Mexico

Geography and environment

Mexico shares land borders with the   United States ,   Belize   and   Guatemala , and has an extensive coastline that runs along the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Featuring a wide variety of natural environments, Mexico is home to tracts of tropical rainforests, vast areas of low-lying plains and deserts, volcanic mountains and temperate beaches and lagoons.

Mexico's capital and major cities are typically built up, busy and lively – with a vast network of public transport, highways and roads. Rural areas, on the other hand, are distinctly less developed, with small-scale housing, unsealed roads and rustic farms.

History and government

Early history.

People have been living in Mexico for more than 13,000 years. Mesoamericans occupied the area early on, with archaeological evidence pointing towards Mesoamericans leading a hunter-gatherer existence. Maize farming is thought to have become commonplace by 1500 BC, which led to the farming of other commodities as well. A variety of cultures contributed to the early history of Mexico, with the Olmec, Toltec, Maya, Teotihuacan and Aztecs all bringing unique cultural, religious and artistic styles to the region, with the Mayan and Aztec Empires having the greatest (and most enduring) impact on the region. 

Mayan society can be traced back to 300 BC, while the Aztecs enjoyed prosperity from 1325 to around 1521 AD. Many ancient ruins and constructions from these periods are still standing all throughout Mexico and can be visited and viewed today. By the 16th century, the Spanish had arrived in Mexico, what followed was a period of colonialism that lasted nearly 300 years. 

During this time, Mexico was seen as a part of ‘New Spain’ along with Cuba and Puerto Rico. This was not a particularly good time for Mexicans who (under colonial law) were generally not allowed to travel outside of Mexico and were denied access to education. Mexico achieved independence from the Spaniards after the War of Independence (1810-1821), but peace was short-lived as two decades later, the Mexican-American War brought more confrontation and armed conflict to parts of Mexico.

Recent history

Mexico’s Revolution of 1910 - 1921 was a period of instability, marked by political turmoil and bloodshed. More recently, Mexico has enjoyed an economic resurgence after decades of economic hardship, which lasted from the 1970s to the mid-1990s. The earthquake of 1985 didn’t help matters, with wide-scale damage and loss of life compounding the economic problems and political uncertainty of Mexico. Currently, Mexico is benefiting from a period of improved economic conditions, although the gap between the wages earned by Mexicans and their northern neighbours continues to widen. Mexico is now operating in a free market economy and the growth of tourism, agriculture and industry has ensured an improved economy for the country, although financial inequality still exists within.

Memorable moments of Mexico

1. ramble among the ruins.

A visit to the famed ruins of Chichen Itza reveals history, ancient architecture and wildlife in equal measure. Walk through the complex and hear jungle animal calls as colourful birds fly among the canopy. This is a stirring experience to treasure.

2. Bittersweet bites

The cult of chocolate is well and truly alive in Oaxaca! The flavours here are simply phenomenal and unlike mass-produced chocolate in the Western world. Spiced with chilli, cinnamon and cloves, you won’t soon forget the taste of Oaxacan chocolate.

3. Sunshine and snorkelling

Mexico’s Caribbean coastline showcases expanses of clear blue water, white sand beaches, vibrant reefs and plenty of sunshine. Snorkelling over colourful fish and sun-lit coral is simply unforgettable.

4. Mountain majesty

The cooler climate and fresh mountain air of San Cristobal de las Casas provides some respite from the city heat. Chilling out in this relaxed and visually stunning area is a magical Mexican moment.

5. Bus buddies

Catching a local bus in Mexico is a never-ending source of amusement. Overcome the language barrier and make friends with local commuters to pass the time.

6. Tequila!

No visit to Mexico is complete without downing a little bit of the national drink. While you may not remember every detail the morning after, good times and memorable holiday snapshots are guaranteed when tequila is involved.

7. Volcanic splendour

Mexico’s volcanic landscapes are photo-worthy and awe-inspiring. Hiking past rocky escarpments and surreal scenery is a rewarding travel experience to remember.

8. Village people

Sharing smiles and laughs with locals while strolling through the rural villages of Mexico is a simple, yet memorable way to see the real heart of Mexico - its people.

9. Mariachi melodies

Sway to the unique sounds of Mexico’s mariachi music in the streets and cafes of Mexico. The rhythms and beats will live in your heart for years to come.

10. To market, to market

Witness Latin America’s time-honoured commercial traditions unfold in Mexico’s well-patronised markets. Hear the banter of stallholders, smell the fragrant scent of sizzling meat and admire the colourful array of wares on offer.

Top places to visit in Mexico

This coastal town is well-known for its incredible cliff-top Mayan temple ruins with expansive ocean views. But outside of architectural wonders, Tulum also has quite a few natural wonders. Spend some time exploring Tulum's numerous cenotes and caves for unforgettable snorkelling and diving.

Explore Tulum on our 8 day Yucatan Peninsula Adventure or on our 8 day Premium Mexico Yucatan Highlights tour.

Numerous significant architectural sites, baroque churches and impressive cultural displays may have landed Oaxaca the badge of Unesco World Heritage Site, but in recent years, the city has gained notoriety as a culinary destination. Make sure to try regional specialties like tlayudas, mole and mezcal.

Get a taste of Oaxaca on our 9 day Mexico Real Food Adventure.

3. San Cristobal

Set in a valley surrounded by pine forests, San Cristóbal de las Casas has a bright yellow cathedral, pastel houses and buildings draped in deep pink bougainvillea, making it one of Mexico's most colourful cities. Stop by the local markets to browse locally-made handicrafts with colours that rival those of the city itself.

Explore this colourful city on our 15 day Best of Mexico tour.

Travellers will be delighted with the range of good quality shopping available in Mexico. As usual, the markets offer some of the most cost-effective and fun ways to shop, although Mexico’s cities also showcase some excellent boutiques and galleries for more costly purchases. 

It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.

Things to buy in Mexico

1. Tiles, ceramics and earthenware

Mexico has a longstanding tradition of creating good-quality pottery. Hit the artisan markets for colourful pots, vases and jugs. Don’t forget to pack carefully.

2. Bright textiles

Woven textiles can be found almost everywhere in Mexico. Hand-woven rugs, blankets, scarves, and ponchos are great reminders of your time in Mexico.

3. Jewellery

The silver in Mexico is among the world's best. Rings, necklaces and bracelets featuring bold Aztec designs are popular choices.

4. Lucha Libre masks

This Mexican wrestling phenomenon is growing in popularity worldwide, so grab a colourful wrestling mask - it’s a great souvenir for kids (and big kids) at home.

Festivals and events

Mexico is the land of the fiesta and the locals will find any reason to party. Whether they're celebrating independence, the saints or the dead, you can expect vibrant colours, lively music and a whole lot of dancing. One to keep an eye out for is the Autumn Equinox, when crowds gather at Chichen Itza to witness the sunlight and shadows play tricks on this ancient relic. During the autumn (and spring) equinox, the sun moves across Chichen Itza, illuminating parts of the temple to reveal the moving body of a snake. Not seen on any other days, this natural spectacle draws thousands of pilgrims.

Read more about festivals in Mexico

Public holidays that may impact travel include:

Constitution Day

Benito Juarez’s Birthday Memorial

Independence Day

Revolution Day Memorial

Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe

Please note dates of  Mexico's public holidays  may vary.

Further reading

Mexico travel faqs, do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

When is the best time to visit Mexico?

Mexico is a country of varied landscapes and altitudes and the best time to visit depends on a variety of factors, the first of which is where you actually want to go.

Is it safe to visit Mexico?

Mexico has long been a popular tourist destination and most travellers do not run into any trouble. There are, however, areas that experience high levels of violent crime as a result of lawlessness and drug trafficking. That said, you can rest assured that Intrepid would not take you anywhere unless we were convinced it was safe.

Do I need a visa to travel to Mexico?

All tourists travelling to Mexico need a tourist permit, but not all need a visa. Citizens of the US, EU, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand are among those that do not need a visa and can obtain a tourist permit on arrival.

Is tipping customary in Mexico?

Tipping is expected in most parts of Mexico. The service workers typically earn a low wage and rely on tips to earn a decent living. We recommend leaving 10–15 per cent at restaurants (if the service charge is not already included), 5–10 per cent of your room cost for housekeepers, and a few dollars for porters, bartenders and guides.

What is the internet access like in Mexico?

Internet access is good in Mexico with wi-fi available in most accommodations, bigger restaurants, airports and in some public spaces. It’s also easy and affordable to buy a local SIM card for the duration of your Mexico tour.

Can I use my mobile phone in Mexico?

If you wish to use your mobile phone while in Mexico be sure to activate global roaming before leaving your home country. You should also check with your provider regarding any charges you may incur when overseas.

If you wish to purchase a local SIM card in Mexico, your phone must first be unlocked. For more information on local SIM cards, please read about   internet access in Mexico .

What are the toilets like in Mexico?

It's likely that you will encounter different types of toilets while travelling in Mexico. Western-style flushable toilets are commonly found in high-end resorts, hotels and restaurants, while squat toilets are common in rural areas and homes. Be prepared by carrying your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren't always provided.

Can I drink the water in Mexico?

We do not recommend drinking the water in Mexico.

For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottle water and fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found; some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available, often boiled to use for tea or coffee.

It’s also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and to peel fruit and vegetables before eating.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Mexico?

Credit cards are generally accepted in Mexico at large stores and most mid- high-range hotels. Some cafes, bars and restaurants may accept card too, but the places with real character – and the best local food – tend to be cash only.

What is ATM access like in Mexico?

ATMs are available across towns and cities in Mexico. Travellers should not encounter trouble finding an ATM but be wary of international transaction fees. For your own safety, try to use ATMs in daylight hours.

What is the weather like in Mexico?

Mexico’s renowned for its sunshine and sandy beaches, but the weather can vary depending on the region you’re travelling to and the time of year.

Is Mexico safe for LGBTQIA+ travellers?

Mexico is becoming increasingly more accepting of same-sex relationships and has laws in place to protect those that identify differently, but it remains a country of strong Catholicism that has historically been hostile towards the local LGBTQIA+ community.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting  Equaldex  or  ILGA  before you travel.

If you are travelling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly. A single supplement is available on some tours for travellers who do not wish to share a room.

Is Mexico accessible for travellers with disabilities?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

Tourist destinations in Mexico, including Mexico City and the resort areas on the Yucatan Peninsula, are seeing an increasing number of hotels, restaurants and tourist sights fitted out to accommodate travellers with limitations. That said, it can still be difficult for those with mobility issues and visual and hearing issues, particularly on public transport. We recommend using taxis to move around locally and flying between cities if possible unless, of course, you are on an Intrepid Mexico tour.

If you do live with a visual, hearing or other impairment, let your booking agent or group leader know early on so they’re aware and suitable arrangements can be made. As a general rule, knowing some common words in the local language, carrying a written itinerary with you and taking to the streets in a group, rather than solo, can help make your travel experience the best it can be.

What should I wear in Mexico?

What you pack for your Mexico tour will depend on where you are travelling to. Mexico City, for example, will be much cooler than the coastal areas of Playa del Carmen or Tulum, thanks to its high altitude. In the winter, it can drop down towards freezing at night while reaching 23°C during the day, so it’s important to be prepared for both ends of the spectrum.

What's the accommodation like in Mexico?

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in Mexico you may find yourself staying in a basic hotel.

Intrepid prefers smaller character-filled hotels and guesthouses than hotel chains. When on vacation in Mexico, enjoy staying in small hotels owned and run by friendly locals.

Does my trip to Mexico support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveller. Trips to Mexico directly support our foundation partner, Gastromotiva Mexico.

Gastromotiva Mexico

Gastromotiva Mexico is tackling food scarcity and homelessness while promoting a sustainable food movement. Donations help them provide nutritious, balanced meals to community shelters for vulnerable people such as women affected by domestic violence and refugees.

Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

How do I stay safe and healthy while travelling?

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: Smart Traveller

From Canada?

Go to:  Canada Travel Information

From the UK?

Go to:  UK Foreign Travel Advice

From New Zealand?

Go to:  Safe Travel

From the US?

Go to:  US Department of State

The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

What is it like travelling on a small group tour?

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or you’re about to embark on your first trip, travelling can be as intimidating as it is exciting. That's the beauty of a small group tour. From handling the logistics and organising amazing cultural activities to local leaders who know each destination like the back of their hand (like which street has the best markets and where to get the most authentic food), travelling on a small group tour with Intrepid will give you unforgettable travel experiences without the hassle that comes with exploring a new place. Plus, you'll have ready-made friends to share the journey with. All you have to do is turn up with a healthy sense of adventure and we’ll take care of the rest.

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20 Exciting Things To Do in Cabo San Lucas

T ravelers from around the world are drawn to the aquamarine waters and pleasant year-round temperatures of Cabo San Lucas. Unfortunately, it sometimes gets a bad rap because of it’s party reputation. And yes, it might be a bit more touristy than some other beach destinations like Puerto Vallarta or La Paz , but don’t count it out.

Cabo’s unique location surrounded by water, on the Baja Peninsula, makes it one of the best places to visit in Mexico. I’ve been traveling south of the border since I was 15 and fell in love with Cabo a long time ago. So, if you’re headed to Cabo then bookmark this list of the best things to do in Cabo San Lucas. It’s ideal for first timers, repeat visitors and even someone who’s only in town for a day on a cruise.

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Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

1. visit land’s end.

One of the most recognizable places in North America is Land’s End and Cabo’s iconic Arch, or el Arco. You can see the Arch from most of the beaches and many of the hotels in Cabo but getting up close on a boat tour is definitely best.

Whether you prefer an organized tour on a catamaran or a smaller panga (boat) with one of the many guides offering tours on Medano Beach, getting to the Arch is just a short ride across the Sea of Cortez. This should be at the top of your best things to do in Cabo San Lucas list.

A boat tour to the Arch will take you along the stunning coastline of Land’s End and provide awesome views of the rugged cliffs and crystal-clear waters. Along the way, you might spot sea lions lounging on the rocks at the Reserva de Lobos Marinos and possibly even see whales breaching in the distance.

Want to see the Arch in a different way? Then book a kayak tour to the Arch or a glass-bottomed boat .

2. Stroll Lover’s Beach

The tip of the Baja Peninsula forms two of the most gorgeous beaches in Cabo San Lucas – Lover’s Beach and Divorce Beach. Because of Baja’s shape, Lover’s Beach, or Playa del Amor, faces the mainland of Cabo so it’s somewhat protected and calmer.

Divorce Beach, on the south side of the peninsula, faces the open waters of the Pacific with rougher surf and bigger waves. In fact, it it’s not already obvious, the two names come from the differences in the two beaches.

You can access both beaches on a boat tour and most of the Arch tours drop passengers off for a chance to explore Lover’s Beach. From there you can easily walk over to Divorce Beach. Just remember that swimming is not recommended on Divorce Beach because of the rough water and currents.

There are no vendors or facilities of any kind on the beach so if you want drinks or snacks or a towel to sit on, then bring it along. A drybag to keep your phone from getting wet or a backpack for your stuff also isn’t a bad idea. I like these towels or now you have a reason to purchase something local.

3. Go Deep Sea Fishing

I could list plenty of reasons why I’m not a huge fan of deep sea fishing but the main one is because it usually means getting up before the sun to get to your fishing spot. Not my idea of fun on a vacation.

However, turns out that deep sea fishing in the Pacific Ocean is one of the most amazing things to do in Cabo San Lucas. Even though it’s deep sea fishing, the tour we were on only went a few miles out so there was always land in sight and that was very reassuring.

Of course, the best part of the experience is the catch if you’re lucky. On our last trip, we not only reeled in mahi mahi but also a marlin. Cabo is known for sportfishing so you are almost guaranteed to catch something. And if you are lucky, you might just spot other sea life like turtles and whales.

4. Meet Pancho the Sea Lion

As you return to the marina from deep sea fishing, tell your captain you’d like to meet Pancho the sea lion. Pancho has become quite a celebrity in Cabo San Lucas.

He likes to greet the boats as they return with their catches because he knows they are good for a quick easy meal. Pancho jumps on the back of the boat for his handout. I suspect there is more than one Pancho but it’s still a fun thing to do in Cabo San Lucas.

5. Try Paddleboarding

Stand up paddle, or SUP, is a popular activity in Cabo San Lucas. With its (usually) calm, clear waters and stunning coastal scenery, Cabo is the perfect place to enjoy this fun water sport. SUP enthusiasts can paddle along the shoreline, admire the rock formations and interesting marine life.

If you’re a first-timer, the calm waters at Medano Beach are the ideal place to learn. Plus, it’s super convenient to rent a board from your hotel or a tour operator on the beach. Many of the resorts have protected, roped-off areas so you’ll feel comfortable and safely tucked away from boats and jet-skis.

Generally, rentals are available by the day or by the hour. However, if it’s your first time, I suggest starting with an hour to see how you like it. You can always extend your time or try again on another day.

6. Check Out San Jose de Cabo

For as much as Cabo San Lucas has a party vibe, its sister city, San Jose de Cabo, is the complete opposite. Quieter, more laid back and totally chill, it’s a different, welcome experience from the much livelier Cabo San Lucas.

Just a short drive, or bus ride over, San Jose del Cabo is about an hour away from Cabo San Lucas and 20 minutes from San Jose del Cabo Airport (SJD). You actually drive through when you arrive by airplane.

Get a taste of authentic Mexico culture in the colorful historic center and attend the weekly art walk focusing on local artists and vendors. Or check out some of the beachside hangouts or the marina for the day.

7. Set Sail on a Sunset Cruise

Some of the most incredible sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life have been in Baja. Experiencing a sunset on a boat makes a vacation in Cabo that more memorable a way to experience the end of the day. There are several tour companies that offer sunset cruises but Cabo Blue’s catamaran sail tour is one of a kind.

Instead of a bigger party type boat, the vibe on the catamaran is is more peaceful. Just a bunch of people drinking beer and watching the sunset. Many of the tour companies serve dinner but the Cabo Blue tour we chose was strictly appetizers that included ceviche and other snacks, served along icy cold Pacificos. It was the perfect way to end the day.

If you can only swing one tour in Cabo San Lucas then I recommend booking a sunset sail like this romantic one or this luxury yacht and chef dinner cruise . Sunset on the water is truly an unforgettable experience and one I would do again and again.

8. Get Off-Road

For a bit of off road excitement on your Cabo vacation, get the adrenaline flowing is with an ATV trip to the desert. The tours guide you through the surrounding desert landscapes and you’ll get a chance to see some of the rural parts of the city. Plus, terrific ocean views.

Most tour agencies offer half-day and full-day excursions with varying levels of difficulty and terrain. Some include a beach stop so you can cool off in the surf. Remember to check the reviews and policies on things like helmet use and insurance coverage. Dress appropriately for the activity and wear closed-toe shoes.

Julio, a local from Chilango Store Tours , took us swimming with whale sharks on our very first trip to Baja Sur, offers any kind of tours you could want in Cabo as well as in La Paz.

9. Relax at a Beach Club

If you came to Mexico to relax, there’s no better way to do that than by spending a day lounging by the ocean and having someone else serve the drinks. Medano Beach has several beach clubs where the only thing you have to do all day is pick out your chair and let someone else do the rest.

One of the more popular one is Mango Deck . Just know that some of their entertainment and events can be a bit bawdy. If that’s not your thing they do have some quieter areas and actually have a pretty good breakfast buffet.

Depending if you are visiting in high or low season, most beach clubs will give you a lounge chair for free as long as you eat and drink there. Understandably, they want to make sure it’s worth their while for you to take up space in their club, so there’s usually a minimum of two drinks, as well.

10. Experience Whale-Watching

Cabo San Lucas is known for the whale watching. During the winter months, primarily December to March, humpbacks, gray whales and other species, migrate to the warm waters surrounding the Baja Peninsula. During that time of the year it’s not unusual to see whales right from the shore but for the best views, book a whale watching tour.

Tours include knowledgeable guides who know where to go and will help you spot the whales, plus give information about their behavior and habitat. Tour operators provide everything you need to enhance the experience and some tours include food and drinks.

When looking for a tour, it’s important to choose a reputable and responsible operator that follows local regulations to minimize disturbance to the whales and their environment.

11. Chill at a Brewery

I usually reach for a Pacifico when I’m in Baja, or Mexico in general, but for those who have a more sophisticated taste, Cabo has a thriving craft beer scene, with a handful of local breweries serving delicious brews.

With its warm and sunny climate, Baja is ideal for growing hops and other fresh ingredients needed for beer making. And even though it’s the desert, there’s plenty of access to fresh water, which is essential for high-quality beer.

Baja Brewing Company is one of the most well known breweries in Cabo San Lucas, and offers a range of craft beers. Not to mention they provide some of the best views from the rooftop of their restaurant located in Cabo Villas on right on Medano Beach. Land’s End Brewing Company – love the name – and Yenekamu Brewing Co. are a couple of other breweries to try.

12. Play Golf

You might be surprised to find out that Cabo San Lucas is a golfer’s paradise and features a number of world-class golf courses in the area. The courses cater to all skill levels and are known for their gorgeous ocean views among the desert landscape.

In addition to the courses, many of the resorts often provide luxurious accommodations and top-notch amenities like spas, fine dining options and, depending on the location, access to beautiful beaches. If you choose not to overnight, several resorts offer golfing day passes.

Diamante Cabo San Lucas is one of the popular resorts. This property, located on the sand dunes along the southernmost tip of Cabo San Lucas, is most famous for featuring a top-100 ranked course co-designed by Tiger Woods.

13. Eat Delicious Tacos

Okay, it’s Mexico so you probably don’t need too much arm twisting to eat tacos. If you’re going to do it then Cabo is the place. For me, besides Mexico City , Baja rates second on the best taco list. Especially fish tacos. The best ones I’ve ever eaten have been in Cabo at Taco Gardenias .

This popular restaurant has been around for over 20 years and is known for serving delicious tacos. The menu features a variety of traditional tacos, with handmade tortillas and all the toppings like cilantro, onions and a variety of fresh salsas. Of course, you can get the always popular al pastor (spicy marinated pork) but it’s the fried fish and fried shrimp tacos.

Not a taco fan? Tacos Gardenias serves other Mexican specialties, including burritos, quesadillas and tostadas. And for more taco experiences, check out a food tour while in town.

14. Go Snorkeling

With its crystal-clear waters and marine life, Cabo San Lucas is ideal for snorkeling. Explore popular spots like Land’s End or Lover’s Beach, right in Cabo, or venture out a little further on the tourist corridor to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Beach. Both of these beaches offer sheltered coves that provide calm waters ideal for snorkeling and first-timers.

There are plenty of tour companies that offer organized outings and packages, providing all the equipment you need or depending where you are staying, you can simply rent some equipment on your own and snorkel right from the beach.

15. Enjoy a Farm to Table Experience

Farm-to-table restaurants have become a popular way to experience local Baja products. The sunshine, fertile soil and mild climate allow for year-round cultivation of fresh fruits and vegetables, making Cabo the ideal destination for this type of dining due to the farms in the area.

The nearby Sea of Cortez provides plenty of fresh seafood so restaurants in the area can easily source high-quality, locally caught fish and incorporate them into their menus.

Los Tamarindos , a farm-to-table restaurant, located on a historic 17-acre farm in San Jose del Cabo offers you the opportunity to sample some of Baja’s freshest food.

16. Catch a Sunrise

We’ve already established that I don’t like getting up super early on vacation but getting up early for a Cabo sunrise is one exception to that rule.

Because of its geographical location and the unique natural shape of Baja, Cabo San Lucas is an excellent destination for sunrises. The east-facing coastline provides unobstructed views of the horizon, allowing for clear views during sunrise.

The way the light plays on the water and the reflection of the sun, the colors are some of the most vibrant colors I’ve even seen at sunrise. It is so vivid it looks like sunset! Totally worth it. And, you can always just go back to sleep afterwards.

18. Hang Out in the Cabo Marina

Cabo’s marina is a lot of fun and strolling its pedestrian boardwalk is one of the best things to do in Cabo San Lucas day or night. With countless shops, including the huge Puerto Paraiso shopping mall, and over 50 restaurants and bars, you can find just about whatever you want.

A couple of my favorite restaurants in the Cabo San Lucas marina are Lorenzillo’s, for its patio and lobster and La Galeria , with their fresh seafood menu and friendly staff. Be on the lookout for roving Mariachi bands to serenade you for the complete Mexico experience.

19. Try Tequila

Tequila wasn’t invented in Baja. Jalisco state, where Guadalajara is located, was the birth place of tequila. But as the national beverage of Mexico, most other destinations offer some kind of tequila tours or tastings.

And Cabo San Lucas is no exception. Santos Destilados , a liquor store in downtown hosts a tequila and Mexican spirits tasting and workshop. If you’ve never done a tequila class, now’s your chance. Most people equate tequila with shots but it’s so much more than that and I promise you will walk away with a new appreciation of this beverage.

During the tour you’ll pair 9 different beverages with traditional snacks and foods and learn the ins and outs of tequila making. And conveniently, the shop stocks all those beverages so you can take some home.

20. Take Day Trip to Todos Santos

Baja California Sur is perfect for road tripping and one of the most incredible day trips from Cabo San Lucas is to Todos Santos, a cute, laid back village about an hour north. Known for its picturesque streets, colorful buildings and the infamous Hotel California, Todos Santos couldn’t be any more different than Cabo.

Full of unique experiences and a chance to learn more about Mexican culture, Todos Santo’s interesting history can be seen in its historical landmarks, including the 18th-century Mission Santa Rosa and the plentiful art galleries found around town.

If you have your own car, don’t miss one of the most popular beaches in the area, Playa Los Cerritos. You can surf, swim, or simply relax and soak up the sun. And catch a gorgeous sunset.

Cabo San Lucas FAQ

How many days in Cabo is enough?

My rule of thumb for just about anywhere I have to fly to is a week but if you live on the west coast then 5 days in Cabo is a good start for relaxing and a few tours or activities.

What is Cabo San Lucas best known for?

Cabo San Lucas is known for Land’s End, its beaches and water activities. It also one of the best places in Mexico for sport fishing, hosting several tournaments and events year round.

Can you swim in the ocean in Cabo?

Yes you can but only at designated beaches and when the conditions permit swimming. Cabo San Lucas beaches are notorious for large waves and fierce currents. Remember, never turn your back to the ocean.

Final Thoughts on Things To Do in Cabo San Lucas

There are so many fun things to do in Cabo San Lucas. You could easily spend several weeks in part of Baja California Sur exploring the area. And for even more Cabo experiences, there’s also ziplining, skydiving and even camel rides. Cabo San Lucas is sure to have you busy from sunrise to sunset and every hour in between.

See you on the road!

Author: Lori Blalock

A girl raised in the south, Lori is the founder of Southerner Says and has driven over 100k miles of solo road trips. A lover of public lands, sunsets and good BBQ, Lori spends her time in Georgia when she isn’t on the road or in Mexico.

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