The Essentials: Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas is famous for being a celebrity hot spot. You really can’t watch a reality TV show without someone taking a trip to Cabo during the season. With a very different, almost desert like vibe, compared to the resort beach hot spots on the east coast of Mexico, Cabo San Lucas offers the perfect place to relax and unwind, while eating all the amazing guacamole and tacos you can!


Baja California, Mexico

Time Zone

Mountain Standard Time GMT -7

Getting There

The closest airport is SJD Los Cabos International Airport. You can find direct flights from many major airports. The airport is located about a 45 minute drive from Cabo San Lucas. You can either rent a car on arrival at the airport or grab a shuttle (private a little more expensive than shared) to your hotel. I would recommend also booking a return trip with your shuttle company, as catching a taxi from Cabo San Lucas back to the airport can be 2 to 3 times more expensive.


Primarily Spanish, but you will find that many people in the tourism industry will speak English. You might find a bit more of a language barrier in local restaurants and shops or market stalls.


Cabo has a desert climate, with a dry heat most of the year.

Getting Around

You can pretty much walk around everywhere in Cabo. The main town is small, close to the beach and marina and within walking distance of most of the major hotels. If you plan to get out of Cabo you can rent a car either at the airport or downtown.


Currency is Mexican Pesos $. USD are also widely accessible and accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere, offering both USD and Mexican Pesos. Credit cards are accepted widely, as is US cash.

Internet Access

Excellent. Internet offered in almost all restaurants, cafes and bars around Cabo. Check with your hotel for wifi offers and connections.

The Main Streets

Lázaro Cárdenas for the most authentic food & Blvd. Paseo de la Marina for clubs, souvenirs and local shopping.

Best Time To Go

Cabo is a great destination all year round, with hot summers and warm winters. Shoulder season – May to June and October to November – are great times to visit because the weather is perfect and the summer and winter holiday crowds are dying down.

Can’t Miss

+ Take a relaxing boat cruise out to The Arch, Lovers Beach, Divorce Beach, Scooby Doo Rock and all unique attractions in the sea around Cabo
+ Jump on a whale watching to get up close and personal with these gentle giants as they jump out of the water and chase each other in the ocean
+ Try your luck on a fishing charter – some of the best fishing in the world is in Cabo
+ Dance the night away at El Squid Roe with slushee cocktails taller than you are
+ Eat your weight in guacamole, tacos and margaritas – you will definitely find some of the best Mexican food in the world right here in Cabo
+ Explore the near by town of Cabo San Jose
+ Hang out around the marina at sunset to watch the fisherman bringing their boats in while the hungry seals swim around looking for snacks

Good To Know

You will find March and April are extra busy months, as spring breakers from USA flock to Cabo to enjoy the sunshine and tacos. If you’re not into the party scene I would reconsider visiting at this time.

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Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started A Make Believe World to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.

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