Cruise to Cabo San Lucas

Sunsets near El Arco in Cabo San Lucas.

Top 5 things to do in Cabo San Lucas

  1. Party at Medano Beach by day
  2. Go on an intense whale watching tour
  3. Photograph the El Arco rock formation and the sea lions at Land’s End
  4. Go deep sea fishing for big game fish like marlin, tuna and sailfish
  5. Explore San Jose del Cabo for authentic Mexican culture and charm
Known for: FishingPartiesBeachesNatural WondersTequila

Cabo San Lucas is one stylish vacation paradise. The once-sleepy fishing village at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula is now known as the quintessential beach party town. Packed with visitors on holiday, loud with hawkers and beach bar revelry, sun-baked and sandy, and centered around the ocean with its many adventures. This is a tender port, which can be a challenge for some people who want to squeeze every drop of fun (and/or tequila) out of their time in Cabo San Lucas, and especially if it’s a half-day stop, the extra time tendering to and from the ship can be frustrating.

Regardless of how long you’re staying, there are a lot of activities here and a general sensation of sensory overload. Powerboat excursions, extreme water-based sports, ATV riding and deep sea fishing are all popular. Even just going to the beach is probably going to be an adventure, because of how packed it is and how many bars host tequila-drinking contests for passers by and customers alike. If that isn’t your scene and you have a full day, definitely look into an excursion to quaint little San Jose del Cabo (the historic town that comprises the other half of “Los Cabos”) or even Todos Santos. But if you’ve been there and done that, here are 4 things you should do if you're looking for a unique experience in Cabo San Lucas.

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Cabo San Lucas Highlights


  • Land’s End, including the rock formation El Arco and Playa del Amor
  • Gray whales migrating from December through end of March
  • Baby sea turtles hatching at El Faro Viejo


  • For authentic quality handicrafts and art from local vendors head to Plaza Artesanos in San Jose del Cabo.
  • Watch artists create blown glass at El Cactus Blown Glass Factory and purchase a one of a kind piece.
  • Stop at Minerva’s Baja Tackle for fishing gear and cool apparel.


  • Order authentic Mexican tacos at Tacos Gardenias, a hit with locals and savvy tourists.
  • Try chocolate clams either raw or stuffed at Mi Casa.
  • Observe Mexican independence by trying the official feast dish, Chiles en Nogada, at La Cantina de los Deseos.

Shore Excursions

  • Sail or kayak and snorkel to Land’s End to see El Arco and the sea lions
  • Go whale watching in the Sea of Cortez
  • Zip line and rappel with Cabo Adventures


  • Playa Medano – a super-busy party beach in centralized locale
  • Playa del Amor – popular scenic beach on a tiny island
  • Chileno Beach – natural beauty, uncrowded
  • Playa Acapulquito – in San Jose del Cabo; one of the best beginner-friendly surfing beaches in the area


  • Take a surfing lesson at Playa Acapulquito
  • Get up close with dolphins at Cabo Dolphins
  • Go on an open-air 4x4 tour followed by a camel ride at Wild Canyon

Solo Exploration

  • Get airborne on the water with a jetpack strapped to your back with Cabo Flyboard
  • Hit the open seas in pursuit of game fish
  • High-energy whale watching in a speedboat


  • Stroll San Jose del Cabo’s historic art district
  • Spend the day at the picturesque Playa del Amor (translated to Lover's Beach)
  • Spend the afternoon at The Spa at Esperanza and sip on aphrodisiac cocktails


  • Walking food tour of San Jose del Cabo
  • Take an ATV to La Candelaria village
  • Wander around one of the local markets