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Your Guide to an Ultimate Weekend in Cabo San Lucas

Updated: Nov 13, 2023

Welcome to Cabo San Lucas, a paradise at the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez! This vibrant destination perfectly blends natural beauty, water activities, and cultural experiences. Whether you are visiting for the first time or have been before on a cruise stop, this Cabo San Lucas Itinerary will help you make the most of your weekend getaway in Cabo San Lucas. Let's take a close look!

First Day: Exploring Cabo San Lucas

Best Way to Start Your Trip

Aerial view of Cabo San Lucas

Begin your adventure by landing at the Los Cabos International Airport, which offers direct flights from select airports. After arrival, head to your chosen boutique hotel or all-inclusive resort to drop off your bags, grab a refreshing drink, catch a breather, and enjoy some ocean views.

Need help finding the best flight from your nearest international airport to Los Cabos? Google Flights is an incredible resource for finding the best flights anywhere! Check out our blog post: Mastering Google Flights: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding the Best Flights - it has all the details you need to learn how to use this resource to book future trips!

Best Places to Visit

Aerial View of Cabo San Lucas

Spend your first day exploring the heart of Cabo San Lucas and the iconic Cabo San Lucas Marina. These areas are a popular spot in Cabo and are home to many of the best restaurants and shops. Specifically, Plaza Puerto Paraiso and Plaza Bonita Mall are two centers containing many stores, including international brands and souvenir shops, a casino, and plenty of restaurants offering authentic Mexican cuisine, burgers, sushi, steak, and Italian! A fun and touristy place to visit is Cabo Wabo Cantina, a great place for live music, dancing, and Mexican cuisine. Moreover, this area has a vibrant nightlife scene at night - perfect for a fun first night out!

Best Things to Do

Arch of Cabo San Lucas (El Arco) in Cabo San Lucas

If you are looking for something more romantic to do in the evening, embark on a sunset cruise to witness the stunning Arch of Cabo San Lucas (El Arco), a majestic rock formation in the shape of an Arch, and enjoy a delicious meal at Las Rocas restaurant, boasting magnificent views of the coast as it sits right on the coastline. For a more "elevated" evening, check out Sunset Monalisa, about 20 minutes from the Cabo San Lucas Marina, serving delicious delicacies perched on a cliff!

Second Day: Enjoying the Beautiful Beaches

Best Way to Experience Natural Beauty

Sea Lions in Lover's Beach (Playa del Amor) in Cabo San Lucas

Take a boat tour to Land's End, where you can enjoy Lover's Beach (Playa del Amor) - home to incredible rock formations. Lover's Beach is on the side of the Sea of Cortez and is known for its calm waters. It is a great spot for snorkeling and swimming. It is also a spectacular spot for spotting sea lions! These sea lions have made Lover's Beach their home due to its calm and warm waters. Do not worry - these sea lions are used to tourists, and you can even book a tour to swim, snorkel, and/or dive with them!

Moreover, on the other side is Divorce Beach (Playa del Divorcio), which is significantly bigger than Lovers Beach and a great relaxing spot for sunbathing. However, it is not safe for swimming. Land's End and its related beaches are only accessible by boat. You can take a boat ride from the Cabo San Lucas Marina to reach Land's End.

Best Places to Explore

Santa Maria Beach near Cabo San Lucas

Check out one or a few of Cabo's beautiful beaches! Head to Medano Beach for water activities like snorkeling, jet skiing, or paddleboarding. If you are visiting during the winter months, do not miss the opportunity to go whale watching and spot humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean. Another great beach to explore is Chileno Beach because of its clear, calm waters and golden shores. Close by is Santa Maria Beach, a horseshoe-shaped bay great for diving, snorkeling, and swimming!

If you decide to check out other beaches in Cabo, make sure it is one you can swim in before you enter the water. Not all of the beaches in Cabo are swimmable due to rip tides, steep drops, and an overabundance of dangerous marine life.

Best Things to Do

Diver in the ocean with a school of fish up ahead

On top of swimming, snorkeling, and diving, you can also ride a Glass-Bottom Boat in Cabo and play golf. Cabo San Lucas is home to world-class golf courses with stunning ocean views. In early November 2023, a Professional Golf Association Tour will be hosted in Cabos San Lucas at the El Cardonal golf course!

Last Day: A Taste of Culture and Adventure

Best Way to Immerse in Culture

Road and sidewalk in Centro Marina Cabo San Lucas

Take a day trip to San José del Cabo, known for its colonial architecture and art galleries. The charming town is just a short drive away from Cabo San Lucas.

Best Places to Explore

Landscape in San José del Cabo

Wander through the historic streets of San José del Cabo, visit the organic farm at Flora Farms, and explore the vibrant arts scene. The Tourist Corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo offers the perfect opportunity to take in the surrounding area's natural beauty. While visiting Flora Farms, grab a delicious and fresh bite to eat at Flora's Field Kitchen. It is a farm-to-table dining experience in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains! As you enjoy your fresh and authentic meal, you will see unique flora and fauna within the mountain range.

Best Things to Do

Stingray on the ocean floor and fish swimming above in Cabo Pulmo National Park

Visit Cabo Pulmo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-visit for its pristine coral reefs. Dive into the crystal-clear waters for scuba diving and witness the vibrant marine life, including sea turtles, tropical fish, and even whale sharks. It is about a 2-hour drive from Cabo San Lucas.

​Time to Spare?

Todos Santos an hour north of Cabo San Lucas

If you have more time to explore the State of Baja California Sur, check out the surrounding areas of La Paz and Todos Santos. La Paz has various beaches and hiking trails to explore and is about 2 hours and 15 mins North of Cabo San Lucas. Meanwhile, Todos Santos is a coastal town about an hour North of Cabo San Lucas. This area is perfect for surfers and those looking for a more relaxed atmosphere.

Time to Book that Flight!

Cabo San Lucas from Hotel Riu with a Carnival cruise ship in the distance

Cabo San Lucas is a perfect place for a weekend escape, offering a wide range of great things to do for travelers of all interests. From the natural wonders of El Arco and Cabo Pulmo to the cultural richness of San Jose del Cabo, this destination has it all. Whether you seek adventure or relaxation, Cabo San Lucas is a treasure trove of unforgettable memories.

Note: Remember to check the best time to visit Cabo San Lucas to make the most of your trip, as the rainy season may affect some activities. Enjoy your 3-day Cabo itinerary, and explore the best parts of this beautiful destination.

Cabo San Lucas

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