Equipped with vibrant marine life, impressive resorts, and thrilling water sports, the Mexican city of Cabo San Lucas continues to be known as the water sport enthusiast’s greatest dream. Home to lively waters, distinct landscape, savory cuisine, and rich culture, it’s no wonder visitors from around the globe continue to flock to its shores each year.
Although you may not be a water sport fan yourself, Cabo San Lucas and the entire Los Cabos region is a stellar spot for guests of all types. Known as the world’s aquarium, this popular Mexican get-a-way offers guests not only the best underwater excursions, but also a chill, relaxing beach scene where locals and guests alike can enjoy the warm, soothing sun, a cold beer, and a night of delicious eating.
Furthermore, Cabo San Lucas’ ideal location in the Mexican state of Baja California gives visitors access to some of the country’s most spectacular national treasures – including vibrant biosphere reserves such as Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, and jaw-dropping landscapes such as the Sierra La Laguna and Sea of Cortez. All of these factions create an atmosphere unlike any other, where a list of fun things to do in Cabo San Lucas is nearly limitless.
Whether visiting the animated waters of it’s famous Sea of Cortez, riding on camelback alongside the turbulent Pacific, or exploring the tropical island of Isla Espiritu (Spirit Island), Cabo San Lucas is a destination sure to leave you in awe. With an infinite list of things to do and places to see, you’ll need some inside info to help plan for your unforgettable stay. Here is a list of 15 tips to take into consideration when exploring the remarkable Cabo San Lucas. We hope this acts as both a great Cabo San Lucas travel guide and start to your journey.
1. When To Go
Although the cheapest time of year to travel to Cabo San Lucas is during the months of July through September, this is also the region’s rainy season – and yes, that means the possibility of experiencing tropical storms – not exactly the sunshine you have in mind. While it’s understood that you want to keep your trip budget friendly, you may want to consider visiting this lovely, sea-side resort town during the months of April through June.
With pristine weather conditions usually come larger crowds. However, Cabo San Lucas actually tends to see a peak in visitors during the winter and early spring. Visitors who look to escape the cold weather back home flock to its sunny shores starting in as early as January and through late March and early April. If you plan your trip just right, you will choose to visit during the months of late April through late June. This allows you to escape the crowds of winter and early spring, yet reap the benefits of sunny skies prior to the start of storm season in early July.
During this time prices tend to drop, crowds diminish, and the beaches open up, leaving you with a comfortable amount of space to spread out and relax. As usual, try to book a trip that has you arriving mid-week – this allows you to take advantage of cheaper hotel rates. After all, every penny counts and you’ll be able to save more money for the all the exciting opportunities that await you in stunning Cabo San Lucas.
2. Entry & Exit Requirements
I know – Cabo San Lucas is a truly enticing place to visit and you want to get to its lively shores as soon as possible. However, anyone traveling from outside of Mexico’s borders will have to pass through Customs, which requires taking into consideration a few entry and exit requirements.
If you are a U.S. citizen and the visa process is what has you stressed, don’t worry – the process is quite easy. U.S. natives visiting Mexico for less than 180 days do not need a visa to enter Mexico. However, you will need to have a valid passport. Mexico generally requires that your passport be valid for at least 90 days upon your return. It is recommended that your passport be valid up to six months after returning to the U.S.
One additional form you must complete prior to entry is the “visitor’s permit” (or FMM). This form will be provided to you by your airline, travel agency, or by Mexican customs upon entry to Mexico. Laws and regulations that guide immigration policies are constantly changing, so be sure to review up-date-date rules are regulations prior to travel. You can find answers to additional questions by visiting the U.S. State Department website.
3. Going Through Customs
Whenever you travel internationally, you get to experience the wonderful security check known as Customs. While the security check may seem intense and a bit chaotic at times, the process is actually pretty simple. As long as you remain patient, follow the crowd , and eye the shortest line, you should be out of there in no time! It’s common for them to search your bag(s) – so don’t panic if they pull you aside. Remain calm, answer their questions, and you will be all set to go.
It’s important to remember that Mexico has specific rules about what you can and cannot bring into the country. If you have any forbidden items, you will either have to get rid of them (or they may do that for you) and/or you may have to pay a fee. Dangerous or illegal items can even result in arrest. In order to get through customs problem free, review which items are allowed to enter and exit the country on the Mexican U.S. Embassy website.
4. Getting Around
Prior to your arrival, it’s important to know what local transportation options will be available to you during your stay. Upon arrival to the airport, it is best to have your hotel arrange for transportation to the resort – this is often done free of charge or for a decent price, considering its a private shuttle service. Once you arrive at your destination, traveling to and from surrounding areas is extremely tourist-friendly. Mexico has a highly functioning public transportation system, making transportation in Cabo San Lucas, and to and from nearby towns, relatively cheap and easy.
While private shuttles and rental cars are great ideas for those looking to travel to nearby destinations outside Cabo San Lucas city limit and along what’s known as the Tourist Corridor – or Transpeninsular Highway 1 – local buses continue to be the quickest and cheapest option available to visitors.
In Cabo San Lucas the buses are cheap, run regularly, and provide an easy method of moving back and forth between different portions of the city and all the way to the city of San Jose del Cabo on the north end of the Tourist Corridor. An excellent way to explore beaches and other activities along the Tourist Corridor (Transpeninsular Highway 1) is via the local buses, which usually run for a cost-friendly price of $27 MXN ($1.30 USD) one way. While prices vary depending on the destination, local buses shouldn’t cost more than $40 MXN-$80 MXN ($2 USD – $4 USD).
Although there is no set bus schedule, services usually begin around 5:00 AM and end at around 10:00 PM. To be on the safe side, however, you should get to a bus stop by 9:30 PM at the latest. Buses will come by the main stops about every 20 minutes and generally sit idle for about 5 to 10 minutes before departing. That said, there’s no need to sprint full force towards the bus when you see it sitting there. All buses have their itineraries written on the windshield, however, trying to figure out where a bus is going can be difficult when it’s in motion. The best solution – wave first, ask later. While buses may take a bit more of your time, they are definitely the most cost-friendly option.
Taxis in Cabo San Lucas are not cheap. Unlike at other Mexican destinations, taxis in the Los Cabos region can cost visitors anywhere between $30 USD – $70 USD ($580 MXN – $1,360 MXN). Youch! If you decide that taking a taxi is the best option, understand that the taxis run with no meters – fares are fixed. Be sure to agree on a price prior to climbing into the cab. It’s not uncommon for local drivers to overcharge riders unfamiliar with their surroundings.
Sometimes taxis are the most convenient and time friendly public transportation option. If you feel more comfortable taking a cab – no worries! Just keep the above information in mind. Most hotels are connected to taxi companies and post the rates at the front desk. They can help you decide the quickest and most economic method of travel.
If public transportation isn’t your style, car rentals are also available and are even recommended when visiting the Los Cabos area. According to the U.S. State Department, U.S. driver’s licenses are valid in Mexico. The only catch – you’ll need to purchase Mexican car rental insurance. When you arrive to pick up your rental, be prepared to overwhelmed by stickers. Mandatory personal liability and Mexican-based insurance could triple the original price. Be sure to have your valid license plus registration and insurance papers on you at all times – you may experience checkpoints on the highway connecting Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. It might be a bit more costly, but renting a car is a great option when traveling in-between different destinations along the Tourist Corridor, especially if you wish to explore on your own timeframe, rather than that of an organized tour.
Whichever method you choose, getting around Cabo San Lucas and the surrounding area is relatively cheap, safe, and easy. The choice is yours!
5. Getting Oriented
It won’t take long to realize that the beauty of Cabo San Lucas extends far beyond its city limits. In fact, visitors to the city often stay in luxury hotels dotted along what is known as the Tourist Corridor, or Transpeninsular Highway 1. Linking Cabo San Lucas in the south with San Jose del Cabo in the north, the Tourist Corridor runs along the Sea of Cortez for approximately 20 miles (33 kilometers). Between the highway and lively, sea waters visitors will find pristine, tropical beaches, vibrant marine life, upscale resorts, restaurants, and water activities. Also known as the Golden Corridor, or simply The Corridor – this stretch of paradise is what draws in visitors from near and far.
Starting with San Jose del Cabo in the north, guests will find some of the region’s most stunning beaches and nature parks, such as Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach),Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, and the San Jose del Cabo Estuary. Heading south down the Tourist Corridor towards Cabo San Lucas visitors can experience tropical beaches of every kind – active, lazy, calm, and rough. Destinations such as Santa Maria Beach, Medano Beach, and Chileno Beach tend to attract the most visitors with their stunningly blue waters, diverse marine life, water sports, and white-sand beaches.
At the southernmost tip of the peninsula, where Highway 1 comes to an end, visitors will find the famous city of Cabo San Lucas and the iconic stone arches (Los Arcos) found just off its shores. Home to famous beaches such as Playa del Amor (Love Beach) and Playa del Divorcio (Divorce Beach), Los Aros is one of the most well-known natural structures in the region.
Whether you begin your journey up north in San Jose del Cabo, or down south in Cabo San Lucas, you are sure to experience all the remarkable beauty that this Mexican destination has to offer. Within close proximity to both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, how can you not be left feeling mesmerized?
6. Where To Eat
One of the greatest things about Cabo San Lucas is the cuisine. With not one – but two – large bodies of water grazing its borders, seafood in the Los Cabos region is truly unique. Home to exquisite seafood, traditional mexican dishes, and international cuisine, Los Cabos makes it easy for guests to find the perfect meal regardless of their unique pallet. Obviously, where you choose to eat is often based on where you are staying: within Cabo San Lucas or along the Tourist Corridor. Luckily for guests, most locations offer a range of dining options. If you are located at a hotel that has a limited offer, you are only one quick ride from an amazing meal at a nearby destination.
With prices fluctuating along the Tourist Corridor and in the two main cities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, guests will find a bit of everything regardless of where they choose to stay.
If a fine wine and dine is your style, famous restaurants like Huerta los Tamarindos and Habanero’s Gastro Grill are sure to suit your fancy. Experience an incredible organic farm & restaurant at Huerta los Tamarindos, located just one mile away from the Sea of Cortez and San Jose Del Cabo estuary. Located in a farm house dating back to the 19th Century, here you can enjoy splendid Mexican and Mediterranean dishes such as pork shank in green mole, pesto penne, or the savory catch of the day, baked with fine herb oil and grilled farm vegetables.
For guests looking to really experience Mexico’s “sazón” – flavor – then a trip to Hola María is a must. A family owned business that serves impeccable, Mayan cuisine, its most popular dishes include cochinita pibil (pork marinated in achiote), relleno negro (chicken and pork stew), and pollo en escabeche (chicken in vinegar and onion). With excellent prices and flavor, this makes for an excellent family outing and is even considered one of the top spots to grab a quick street taco made with authentic ingredients.
Speaking of tacos, El Gran Pastor is by far the best option for your traditional taco de pastor (pork taco). A small taco joint with a storefront window that overlooks an array of condiments, including various kinds of chili sauces, cabbage, guacamole, onion, and cheese, just walking by is sure to have your mouth watering. The locals really love Las Guacamayas, a taco place that offers a full menu of quesadillas, sopes, and chilangas (fried quesadillas). Lastly, we can’t forget Taqueria Rossy – the fish tacos in town! Here, you can choose from breaded and fried shrimp, scallops, or flounder, and then hit the condiment bar to jazz up your order.
Other regional favorites include the farm-to-table restaurant of Flora’s Field Kitchen, the taco joint Las Cazuelas del Don, the seafood favorite of Mariscos Pesca, and the Italinan restaurant- yes, Italian – known as Cafe Santa Fe.
With limitless options, there are simply too many to list. Just know this – either way you go, you are sure to be raving to everyone you know about all of the incredible food you experienced during your stay. As they say in Mexico, ¡Buen provecho!
7. Where To Shop
Let’s face it – for most people, it isn’t considered a successful vacation if you come home empty handed. Luckily for Cabo San Lucas visitors, there are plenty of spaces for you to shop ‘till you drop. A good amount of Cabo’s shopping complexes are considered high in both design and quality. If luxury shopping isn’t your gig, not to worry – the true gems lie in the region’s family-owned shops, mini-markets, and street stands.
Boutiques in Cabo – just like restaurants – line the streets and range from posh designers, world-class jewelers, and gourmet cuisine, to hidden trinkets and exotic bargain souvenirs. The shopping plazas in Cabo San Lucas all offer a distinct variety of goods and each provides a unique ambience and exotic shopping environment.
Upscale shopping and fine dining collide at Puerto Paraiso Shopping and Entertainment Plaza and the adjacent Marina Cabo San Lucas. Puerto Paraiso are hard to miss – its structure is massive and is impossible to ignore. Other locations are quietly tucked away within the picturesque, side streets in the centro – or downtown – of Cabo San Lucas. Luckily, these are easily spotted when you are out and about walking the beautiful city streets.
If you find yourself in San Jose del Cabo, check out The Shoppes at Palmilla, an international shopping center and dining experience for those who look for the very best and sophisticated shopping experience. Additional, less upscale shopping can be done at local shopping centers and plazas such as Chedraui , Luxury Avenue, Marina Cabo San Lucas , Plaza Copan, City Club, and Plaza San Lucas.
While international brands have their place, it wouldn’t be an authentic visit to Cabo San Lucas without a trip to the many traditional markets located in and around town. The local Flea Market at the Marina is a great place to start. Home to handicrafts, silver goods, and other traditional Mexican trinkets – this is one of the local favorites. This is also a great spot to escape the restaurant scene and enjoy some delicious street food. Other favorite markets in the region include El Merkado in San Jose del Cabo, the Cabo San Lucas Farmer’s Market, and the Mercado Municipal de San Jose (San Jose Municipal Market). These markets, locally known as “mercados”, are as traditional as is gets – don’t miss out on this unique shopping experience.
As a world-class destination, Cabo San Lucas and the surrounding area boasts itself on its vibrant nightlife, upscale shopping centers, and exquisite regional cuisine. However, its greatest draw remains its unique location set against the turquoise blue waters and white sand beaches of both the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean. The region known as the Tourist Corridor offers visitors nearly 20 miles (33 kilometers) of stunning tropical beaches home to some of the most vibrant marine life the world has ever seen. Whether you look for peace and quiet as you dive into a new read, or look to partake in exciting water sports and to get your feet wet, Los Cabos’ spectacular beaches have it all.
The most popular beach – and hence, the most populated – in Cabo San Lucas is Playa Medano (Medano Beach). Ground zero for the Spring Break madness in March, Playa Medano remains rather busy throughout the year and basically serves as heart of Cabo San Lucas’ social life. Large in size – nearly 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) long- – and bordered by restaurants, bars, and street vendors Playa Medano is hard to beat. Not to mention, you can partake in a number of water sports just off of its bustling shores. Wave runner rentals, kayaks, parasails, water taxis, and calm, warm waters make this the ideal spot for those looking for both sunshine and action. In addition, the water taxis located here offer trips out to famous spots like Land’s End where you can see the famous stone “arcos” (arches) and their hidden beaches known as Playa del Amor (Love Beach) and Playa del Divorcio (Divorce Beach).
Speaking of which, these two beaches are a must see. These two beaches are so close together that you might as well visit both. As mentioned above, visitors will need to hire a water taxi or other water-based transportation to access them. With Lover’s Beach located on the Sea of Cortez side, it offers guests excellent swimming conditions ideal for snorkeling. With calm waters surrounded by draw-dropping rock formations, the views here are truly unparalleled.
Divorce Beach is accessible through a break in the rocks, and is distinguished by crashing Pacific Ocean waves. Due to being located on the Pacific side of the peninsula, swimming is highly discouraged. The water here tends to be rough, with strong rip currents and occasional rogue waves. Its best to take in the beauty of this beach safe and sound on the sand. There are no vendors or services on either beach, so pack accordingly.
On the north side of the Tourist Corridor near San Jose del Cabo visitors will find the incomparable Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach). This remarkable beach is one of the best in the entire Cabos region for swimming and even hosts the swimming leg for the annual Ironman Los Cabos half-triathlon. A protected cove home to the tranquil Sea of Cortés waters, Playa Palmilla is great for snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, sunbathing, and for taking your daily scenic walk along the shore.
Other beaches worth visiting are Playa Chileno (Chileno Beach) and Playa Santa Maria, both located along the Tourist Corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Playa Chileno is known for being one of the most beautiful in the area, and has been consistently certified as a “Blue Flag Beach” for its water quality, safety and services. Playa Santa Maria is a little less popular, but equally striking. Home to a lovely horseshoe-shaped beach, this protected bay includes a marine sanctuary, stunting a colorful array of sea life visible to guests.
Whichever location you choose, it is important for visitors to pay attention to the flags being displayed on the beaches. Different colored flags represent specific water conditions. A black flag is the highest warning level, cautioning guests not not swim. A red flag indicates dangerous conditions, and for guests to swim with caution. A yellow flag indicates there is no immediate danger, but for guests to use caution while swimming. Finally, a green flag indicates that it’s safe for all guests to swim. Some more remote beaches may not have flags, so it’s especially important to swim with caution in those areas.
Be sure to hydrate throughout the day and to use plenty of sunscreen – nothing ruins a vacation like the side-effects of dehydration and severe sunburn. That said, load up on the sunscreen, grab your bottle of water, and get ready to enjoy some of the world’s most incredible shores. Known as the “world’s aquarium”, the Sea of Cortez and its many beaches offer visitors an experience like no other destination around the world.
9. Get Up Close and Personal with Nature
With such a large number of diverse tours available to guests in the Cabos region, you are guaranteed a unique opportunity to explore everything this remarkable region has to offer. Some of the best activities in the region are those centered around the Baja Peninsula’s innate beauty. Home to mountain deserts, tropical biosphere reserves, vibrant marine life, and hundreds of species of flora and fauna, Los Cabos nature tours are truly one of a kind.
During your stay, it is highly recommended that you plan for at least one day trip to remarkable sites such the lively waters of the Sea of Cortez, the remote Island of Isla Espiritu (Spirit Island), and to the region’s numerous beaches and nature parks such as Playa Santa Maria (Saint Mary Beach) and Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, just to name a few. Activities range anywhere from swimming with the sea’s diverse inhabitants to exploring the region’s natural beauty by foot, boat, camelback, and even atop an ATV. Whichever type of adventure you crave – Cabo San Lucas and the entire Cabos region have you covered.
Splash into the crystal clear waters of Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park and discover its amazing underwater treasures on our Cabo Pulmo Snorkel Expedition. The incredibly marine life and living reef (estimated to be 20,000 years old) are sure to leave you feeling one with nature. Only by exploring life below the surface can you fully appreciate the region’s world-renowned beauty. Come witness the truly spectacular sea life on this Cabo Pulmo snorkeling experience.
If snorkeling among the Sea’s smaller inhabitants doesn’t quite sooth the urge to get up close and personal with nature, then try our unparalleled Dolphin Encounter – the ideal introduction to the anatomy, physiology, and history of the ocean’s most inspiring mammals. Learn all about the world of the Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin alongside knowledgeable trainers before moving to the shallow waters of the seawater pool where you’ll get closely acquainted with these friendly and curious characters. It doesn’t get much more up close and personal than this!
For those looking to enjoy nature, but don’t wish to interact with its inhabitants, the Private Espiritu Santo Island Adventure is a great option. Enjoy a mesmerizing boat trip to the island of Espiritu Santo – home to clear turquoise blue water, white sand beaches, multi-colored geology, and wonderfully abundant and colorful sea life. Whether you wish to snorkel in its vibrant waters or witness its beauty from aboard the boat or by laying out on its soft beaches, this tour will leave all nature lovers in awe of the region’s truly stunning natural landscape.
Safe to say – these nature adventures will leave you feeling alive and connected with nature like never before. See for yourself!
10. Experience a Rush of Adrenaline
Sometimes when you go on vacation – even to a place with a sea as immaculate as Los Cabos – you simply want to experience a good dose of adrenaline. Luckily for the adventure junkies, there are plenty of action packed activities available to guests looking to spend a day (or two) of doing more than lying on the beach. This doesn’t mean that you have to leave the beach all together – in fact, many adventures take place right off their sunny shores.
Did you ever see the Ironman movies? Remember the scene where he flies above the ocean waters at rapid speed? Well, get ready to do just that. Now, one of the most exciting water sports available to guests, flyboarding is taking over the beach scene – just not in the traditional sense. As a part of our Flyboard activity, participants will experience what it is like to blast out of the water and hover in place in complete control. This easy-learn-sport is available for all ages and will leave all of those who participate wanting more.
For those looking to get a dose of adrenaline away from the waters edge, our Offroad Polaris Adventure is the perfect touch. Experience the power and excitement of the brand new, sporty Polaris UTV vehicles as you explore the Baja California outback. These safe, easy to drive vehicles allow you to take your adventure to the next level. As you maneuver through breathtaking canyon trails, mountains, and alongside the Sea of Cortez, you are sure to be left feeling more alive than ever.
However, if this still doesn’t give you the rush you desire, then look no further. Our Whale Shark Encounter is sure to do the trick. Without any doubt, snorkeling alongside these magnificent creatures is sure to get your heart racing. As a slow-moving, filter feeding shark and the largest known living fish species, it is impossible not to be hypnotized by their enormity. While they feed mainly on plankton and are considered harmless to humans, getting so close to one of the ocean’s largest creatures is sure to have your adrenaline racing. Come experience the best that Cabo scuba diving has to offer – you won’t regret it.
With endless adventure tours available to guests, Los Cabos is the ideal location for anyone looking to experience a little thrill during their stay. Get some rest on the beach – you’ll need it – and then prepare yourself to be truly blown away.
11. Immerse Yourself in Local Culture
Not all tours and activities center soley the region’s impeccable nature, however. A trip to Mexico calls for getting to know the local culture. With opportunities to understand what makes this region such a special destination, visitors are able to add a little depth to their stay.
With multiple opportunities to experience local nature, cuisine, and culture, visitors are guaranteed a full circle experience when visiting Los Cabos. Amazing beaches, traditional Mexican dishes and drinks, and access to nature that only the Los Cabos region can offer are a few examples of what awaits visitors.
When you decide to visit Los Cabos, it is surely because you have heard of the region’s uniquely vibrant marine life. The Sea of Cortez, after all, is known around the world as one of the most lively and diverse bodies of water found around the globe. Discover why the famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau called the waters around Cabo “the world’s aquarium” as you participate in our Snorkel and Sea Adventure. Journey beyond the hotel zone to secluded coves and isolated beaches on an Apex high-speed boat ride and witness some of nature’s most spectacular beauty above and below the surface. Once you witness the Sea’s hidden treasures, you will fully understand what makes Los Cabos so special.
For those who look to experience local culture at its finest, our Sierra La Laguna Mountain Hiking Tour is the perfect excursion. Travel by jeep into an incredible world filled with interesting natural and regional history, and experience firsthand the local ranchero culture that has been kept alive through century old artisanal traditions. Looming above the desert south of the city of La Paz is the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve. Hike the trails alongside a local guide and prepare to not only experience local ranchero culture, but to take in the striking desert mountain landscape – quite a different scene from the tropical beaches found below.
Looking for an unforgettable eco-adventure? Look no further. Try out Outback Camel Safari and travel off-road via Mercedes Benz Unimogs trucks that take you deep into the heart of the Baja outback. A voyage full of discovery, spectacular views, delicious cuisine, and an exciting beach camel ride in Rancho San Cristobal, this excursion is one not to be missed. It is the perfect combination of activity and culture all wrapped into one. The best part – enjoy a delicious Mexican lunch and tequila-tasting session to finish up the day. As they say in Mexico, “Salud!” or “Cheers!”
All our tours offer a unique immersion experience that will leave you with a great appreciation for the ancient and present-day Mexcian cultures.
12. Practice Your Spanish
Remember all those language classes you took back in high school and perhaps college? Well, it’s time to put your knowledge to the test! When traveling to Los Cabos, where the native spoken language is Spanish (although English is extremely common), it’s important (and respectful) to at least attempt speaking the basics during your stay. After all, your vacation to Los Cabos is the opportune moment to perfect your Spanish skills. Not to mention, the locals will love and appreciate your efforts. You might even save a buck or two, as you are less likely to look like a tourist, and therefore get a better deal by negotiating prices in Spanish (even if your Spanish is a little rusty). This includes negotiating prices with taxi drivers or at the local market.
A few helpful terms to reminder on your trip are ones such as “Buenos dias” (Good morning), “Buenas tardes” (Good afternoon), Buenas noches (Good evening / night), “Hola” (Hello), Adios (Goodbye), “Como esta?” (How are you?), “Bien” (Good), and the most important, “Gracias” (Thank you).
Mexican culture is kind, warm, and friendly. After leaving your fears aside and practicing your Spanish with native speakers, you will return home not only feeling accomplished, but repeating phrases like “Órale” (right on), “Qué chido” (How cool), and “Salúd” (Cheers). Immersing yourself into the native language only enhances your overall experience. Not only will you leave with incredible memories and stories to tell, but with newly gained knowledge and appreciation for the local culture.
13. Identify Available Medical Services
While it’s not something we love to think about, it’s always smart to know where to go and who to call in case of an emergency. Mexico is equipped with very clean, safe, and efficient emergency personnel and clinics, ranging from local pharmacies, urgent care clinics, and top-notch hospitals.
Hospitals such as Amerimed (with locations in both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo) and AMC American Medical Center are located within the Los Cabos region and come highly recommended in case of an emergency. Understand that you may be required to pay medical expenses out of pocket up front – you should be reimbursed by your medical insurance company at a later time. This will vary among individual insurance policies. Be sure to contact your insurer prior to travel so that you know what type of coverage you qualify for while abroad.
If you are experiencing minor aches, pains, or the very common “Montezuma’s Revenge” – commonly known as an upset stomach – a trip to the local pharmacy should do the trick. Local pharmacists are very accustomed to the minor bugs that visitors are likely to experience during their stay. Usually stomach issues related to food, water, or other germs can be cured simply through over the counter medication.
Play it safe – be sure to avoid tap water, as local water sources can sometimes be a source of minor bugs that irritate the stomach. It’s smart to purchase a probiotic prior to travel or upon arriving to your destination – this will help prevent any unnecessary stomach issues. Be sure to consult your doctor prior to your trip about the correct kind of probiotic and dosage you should consider. If you can’t handle spicy foods – don’t eat them! Nothing upsets a foregin stomach like the spicy, Mexcian chile used in many local dishes (although, it is quite delicious).
Be safe. Be smart. You are sure to have a great time free of any aches and pains, but it never hurts to be prepared. Oh, and just in case, consider practicing the phrases “Donde esta el bano?” (Where is the restroom?), “Donde esta el medico?” (Where is the doctor?), and “Me duele aqui” (It hurts here). You shouldn’t have to use these, but learn them just in case. Have fun and be safe!
14. Keep a Travel Log
While taking photos of your various trips can be extremely rewarding, especially when visiting places as beautiful as Los Cabos, one thing to consider keeping during your stay is a travel log. I know, I know… not everyone is a writer. However, we aren’t talking about a novel here, yet simple details describing what you did, what you ate, and what you saw. Simply put, keep a log that describes what you experience. These details, however small, are sure to bring a huge smile to your face as you remember the specifics that surround an incredibly tasty meal, thrilling excursion, or friendly face.
Far too often we forget the small things, which can be some of the greatest memories. So, jot down the name of your friendly bartender, the name of your favorite restaurant, what you ate, what you saw on your favorite tour, where you stayed, who you met, or how Los Cabos is the best place to swim with dolphins. These are things that you will forever cherish and that will help to make this journey a truly unforgettable experience.
15. Live in the Moment
Los Cabos is sure to leave you feeling blessed and wanting to experience more. During your stay, you are sure to bring along the modern camera – your cell phone. I get it – pictures speak a thousand words and we want to try our best to remember every detail of every moment during our trip. However, the most critical element of maximizing your experience isn’t the perfect Instagram photo, SnapChat video, or tweet on Twitter. The most critical element to maximizing your experience is to live in the moment.
We so often focus on capturing the moment on screen that we forget to take in the present as it happens right before our eyes. The best way to experience the local culture, underwater adventures, and stunning sunsets is by being fully focused on the now. Not only will this enhance your overall experience, but you will return home with renewed energy as you prepare to dive back into the day-to-day grind. On your final night, leave behind the camera, turn off your cell phone, and experience Los Cabos the best way possible – with your own two eyes.