I was recently lucky enough to visit Mexico for the first time, and instead of heading to the typical hotspots of Cancun and Tulum, we headed over to the far west coast of the Baja California Sur, to Los Cabos! Not long before I went, I discovered that Los Cabos is actually split into two towns , San Lucas, and San Jose – both of which are worth a visit! Mexico has been long awaited on my list of places to visit, and Los Cabos did NOT disappoint! It was beautiful, and I saw the best sunsets and sunrises I’ve ever seen in my life. So, I decided to put together a list of 6 things you absolutely have to do if you are lucky enough to visit Los Cabos.
Eat all the amazing food!
Obviously Mexican food is amazing, so where better to fill up on tacos, nachos, and mezcal? There are loads of all-inclusive resorts in Los Cabos, but there are too many amazing food spots to eat at your hotel every day! One of my favourites was Mercabo, which is a selection of food spots with benches in a cute little outdoor garden:
Experience the nightlife in San Lucas
Think ‘Magaluf strip on an 18-30s holiday’ and you will
pretty much be able to picture the nightlife in San Lucas. You can tell it’s a
popular spring break hotspot, and for good reason! A strip full of lively bars
and clubs, with cheap drinks and loud music until the early hours, a night out
in San Lucas is not for the feint hearted. I’m not a huge party animal, but we
did roll in at 6am one night.. and we didn’t even go out until 2:30am. I
recommend heading to El Squid Roe for a unique bar experience…
Take the time to visit San Jose
I was gutted we arrived to San Jose so late and were leaving
the next morning – when we went out for dinner it was dark, but the town looked
so nice! I was really sad we didn’t have more time to explore, so I’d
definitely recommend spending a day or two here. There’s also a great taco
place here called La Lupita (they also have one in San Lucas) that does really
good food and has live music playing in the evenings.
Go on a sunset cruise
Cabo Adventures tour company in Cabo does pretty much any
tour you’d want to do, from snorkelling, to whale watching, to sunset cruises. As
mentioned previously, Cabo treated us to the best sunsets and sunrises we’ve
ever seen, so a sunset cruise was a must. This way, you also get to see the
famous arch, you also get dinner and a free bar on the boat – what more could
you want. Plus you get to see sights like this:
Take a trip to Lovers / Divorce beach
Where the arch is located, there is also a beach that is split into two. Humorously named ‘Lovers beach’ and ‘Divorce beach’, it is split where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, so one side is calm and the other side is extremely rough and choppy – can you guess which is which? You can get to these beaches by water taxi from the Marina in San Lucas, just find yourself a taxi, he’ll take you over there for about $10 round trip and you can let him know when to come and pick you up. Whether you plan to stay for a few hours, or make a day of it, pack plenty of suncream, as there isn’t a lot of shade! Be careful to take note of where you can and can’t swim too, swimming on the side of Divorce beach is not recommended, due to the current and the waves.
Swim with Whale Sharks
This is my biggest recommendation on the list, and was my favourite day of my life to date! I’d never really thought about swimming with whale sharks before, and if I’m honest, the thought of it terrified me a little, but I’m so glad we did this. We booked through Cabo Adventures and it was roughly $200 each, but worth every penny. It is a long day though, I think we were gone for about 13 hours in total as you actually travel up to La Paz (2-3 hours from San Lucas) to swim with the whale sharks. I’ll be doing a separate post all about this trip, so stay tuned for that!
Cabo (and Baja California Sur in general) has so much to offer, from beautiful beaches, food and people, to so much to see and do, so if you’re planning to visit Mexico in the future, it is definitely worth heading over to the west of Mexico for a visit!
Check out my recent video on YouTube to see a little bit more of our trip to this amazing place.