Los Cabos is basically a resort town & a party town. You can quite easily stay to the refines of your resort, which are basically huge hotels with pools, restaurants, entertainment and a space to relax. Or you can venture into town where there is a marina and market style shops and bars. This is all very touristy and there are touts everywhere. You will find watered down drinks and cheap food options though. If you’re up for a party, there’s plenty of clubs. We’d recommend sticking to your hotel but venturing out for a walk around at some point.
Where to stay
We selected this hotel because it looked amazing in photos, very relaxing and plenty of pools. It is a picturesque location and extremely clean and immaculately groomed. We got a great room down near the ocean end. It’s massive with a huge balcony, lounge dining area as well as a kitchenette if you want to buy groceries and eat in. Check in is quite late (4pm) which is super late since check out for other guests is 11. If you’re early like us, they’ll let you sit by the pool and have a towel. The pools are great and there is even a separate adult one with swim up bar.
Waiters will take your order for food and drinks and bring it without too much wait. Everything can get charged to your room. If you’re doing an all inclusive package – this might save you lots of money because we spent a lot of money on food and drink. A grocery store and coffee cart sells your daily needs and there’s also a fitness centre ($11 a day). The internet is also $13 a day. You can get taxis and shuttles easily from the front of the hotel. It’s also an easy walk to the marina and restaurants nearby. Staff here have extremely good English, they are all super polite and helpful. Entertainment staff provide pool and beside pool activities for families.
Where to eat and drink
For a cheap local feed you can visit here for 4 tacos (meat of your choice, with toppings) and a beer for only $8. Bargain. Not far from the Marina.
A fairly seedy bar selling plenty of drinks and tequila. Grab some nachos, burgers or fried food and you’re set. Tacos are more American style than traditional Mexican ones, ie with the melted cheese. It is also home to the pink taco, which we ordered for amusement value.
This is apparently the worlds smallest bar. 4 bar stools and the walls are covered in 1 dollar bills which people have written on. They only serve beer and tequila. The tequila is a bit expensive but it is a cool little bar.
We were craving some Japanese and found this on Yelp. A quaint little restaurant with cool water features outside in a small garden. The food was excellent and served extremely fast. We had thin salmon sashimi, gyoza, ramen and shrimp teppanyaki. The cocktails we also very good. Our waiter Victor provided excellent service and even offered to show us the wine cellar at the end. The prices are quite expensive and we didn’t quite have enough money with us. They kindly gave us a ten percent discount which we greatly appreciated.
If you are after some quality local cusine in the main tourist precinct of Cabo San Lucas, Mi Casa is the place. It is a little cheaper to eat here for lunch and they do great shrimp Tacos, but be warned the portions are on a Grande scale, just like the fish in the area. At night it is a little more costly, it is busier and the restaurant has a great atmosphere. When we visited, they had a clown making cool hats out of balloons. There was also a mariachi band, allowing you to choose songs of your liking. For mains, the steak and pork were both superb, very tender and succulent. Most definitely our favourite dining experience in Mexico. Be sure to make a booking as this place gets busy.
We didn’t find any good coffee here, it may be hidden somewhere. We ended up drinking at Starbucks, their cold brew suffient for our caffeine fix whilst in Cabo.
What to do
Massage – Destiny spa pacific
The resorts are selling massages for approx $220 USD or more. Whilst that might be nice for a once off and a very comforting experience, we don’t justify that price. We found a massage place selling 70 minute massage for only $19.99!! It was a nice and relaxing massage and they adjusted the pressure when asked. They do also do cheap manicure and pedicures.
Dolphin Discovery (In Cabo San Jose)
There’s a few different dolphin encounters available. I went to the one in Cabo San Jose because it’s the only one offering the foot push experience. I bought my ticket online but I would recommend researching a lot and maybe even buying in town, but never pay full price because they’re always offering discounts. You can choose from three different experiences and I selected the encounter with memories. This was super. The shuttle will pick you up from your hotel, as well as a few other people. I had a wonderful driver called Diego. After an hour we arrive at the location on the ma
There are plenty of places to surf in Cabo San Jose which has some fun reef breaks, beware there is some localism, show respect and you will be ok. We also surfed Cerrito, which has some fun beach breaks to surf, Cerrito is a good spot to learn to surf and the locals are friendly. We hired a board from Costa Azul surf shop in San Jose for $20 a day, which seems to be the going rate. They also have a shop in Cerrito Beach.
Sara who works in the San Jose storestore is really helpful and friendly. Hire a board for less than the intended amount of time as there are no refunds, but they will give store credit, allowing for some souvenirs like shirts, singlets etc…
Although we didn’t do any fishing, there’s plenty of people selling fishing trips to catch some big fish including marlin.
We hope you have a great time if you go to Cabo – feel free to ask any questions.