Best Things to Do in Cabo San Lucas

The beautiful Los Archos, Cabo's soaring rock archway - Photo by Canva

Planning your next cruise in the Mexican Riviera? As you search through all the best cruise deals and itinerary options, it’s likely that many of the sailings you consider may include a port stop in the beautiful city of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Located on the picturesque Baja California peninsula, Cabo is a traveler’s paradise. 


Best known for its stunning beaches, crystal clear ocean water, and the soaring rock archway Los Arcos, Cabo is certain to have an activity to excite cruisers of all types. We’ve rounded up our picks for the top activities and tours to consider for your next port stop in Cabo San Lucas. 

1. Activities for Everyone 

Deluxe City Tour: This 5-hour guided tour of Cabo San Lucas will bring you to all the top destinations of the city. You will see Los Arcos rock formation via a glass-bottom boat tour, visit a glass blowing factory, tour the Arts District, and check out the Mission of San Jose. 

Whale Watching Cruise: The months of December through April are the perfect opportunity to see a variety of whales in the Baja region. The area is home to two world heritage sites that protect the whales and the surrounding environment. During the whale watching tour from Shore Excursions Group, you will spend 2-hours on a glass-bottom boat with a front-row seat to one of nature’s greatest shows. Watch as the whales come up to the top of the water for a breath, spouting to signify their presence. A close encounter with these majestic creatures is something everyone must experience!

Member Tip: We always have a blast here. We jump on a water taxi, ride around the arches, and take a ride over to the beach. Great food and entertainment. Spend the afternoon laying on the beach and swimming in the ocean. - SoCalGinger

2. Adventures for Couples

Sunset at Cabo San Lucas - Photo by Canva

Sunset Party Cruise with Open BarSail along the stunning Cabo San Lucas coastline and admire epic sea views as the sunset transforms the sky on this romantic 2-hour evening cruise across the Baja Sur Peninsula. Enjoy a cold local beer or a margarita from the open bar as you dance to the tunes played by an onboard DJ. 

Camel Safari: This tour is perfect for couples looking for a unique experience while in Cabo. Your tour will start at a secluded ranch overlooking the Pacific Ocean as a guide leads you on a short hike through the desert terrain. The highlight of this excursion is a 15-minute ride on a camel along a tranquil, scenic beach. 

Member Tip: We went to Breathless Resort. Booked through Resortsforaday. I highly recommend it! - dbsu58

3. Fun for Families 

Animal Sanctuary Experience: The fun, family-friendly eco-adventure park Wild Canyon is a hit for travelers and locals alike. Feed, pet, and bond with clever iguanas, colorful macaws, sweet love birds, cuddly guinea pigs, and camels while you learn about the animals and their natural habitats. Following the animal experience, you will have free time to walk across a hanging bridge, check out the water slides, and more. This tour is perfect for cruisers of all ages. 

4. Best Excursions for Thrill Seekers 

Aerial view of Cabo San Lucas - Photo by Canva

3 Bay Kayak and Snorkel: Adventure lovers will love experiencing the natural beauty of Cabo San Lucas on this water-centric excursion. Your day begins with a short instructional lesson given at Twin Dolphin Beach on the Sea of Cortez by a professional guide. Next, you will board your kayak and paddle into the beautiful horseshoe-shaped bay of Santa Maria. Here you will enter the pristine tropical waters for a snorkel amongst colorful and plentiful sea life. After the snorkel, your group will head to the white sandy beach of Chileno for relaxation and more snorkeling. 

Beach and Desert ATV Adventure: Looking for more thrills and less chill? This 3-hour guided ATV experience will bring you to Migriño Park, just 25 minutes from Cabo. Once there, you will attend a brief training session before mounting your own ATV and cruise along dirt roads. You'll travel through wild desert scenery, slowly making your way to the beautiful, undeveloped expanses of Migriño Beach.

Member Tip: We love Cabo! I suggest you go in February and take a zodiac out whale watching. One of the best excursions we ever did. - 2morecruisers

4. Best for Beach Bums 

Cabo is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches - Photo by Canva

Grand Fiesta Americana All-Inclusive Day Pass: Looking to park on the beach for the day? Your all-inclusive day of luxury awaits with admission to the Grand Fiesta Americana beachfront resort. This ultra-luxe resort property is designed with Spanish Colonial architecture and overlooks the picturesque waters of the Gulf of California. Amenities of the property include eight restaurants, five bars (including a cigar bar and a swim-up pool bar), indoor and outdoor pools, a kid's club, fitness center, and beach access. 

Snorkel by the ArchSome might say you can’t go to Cabo without seeing the beautiful Arch and Lover’s Beach. On this 3.5-hour guided tour you will head out by boat to the waters of Baja and learn about the area and marine life. The group will stop for a close-up look and photo opp at the famous Arch and Lover's Beach. Next, you will be anchored in a special area where you can swim and snorkel in the clear protected waters. 

Member Tip: We were on a mission to get to the beach by foot. We arrived at Medano beach about 20 minutes into our walk and it was well worth it. The water was next to clear and light blue, I dipped in and had a good time swimming with the tide. It was a well-maintained beach and extremely clean. - OhShipMatey

5. Top Tours for Foodies 

Taco Tasting Tour: Foodies can’t come to Mexico without trying the tacos! This guided walking tour will lead you through the vibrant flavors of Cabo San Lucas with one goal in mind - trying the city’s best tacos. Immerse yourself in the culture of Mexican cuisine, as you sample tacos from taquerias, street vendors, and local restaurants.

A Taste of Cabo: This is a wonderful opportunity for culinary enthusiasts to experience a unique excursion while learning to cook authentic dishes. Join your tour group and travel to Los Tamarindo, a 19th-century sugar cane-turned-organic farm nestled in the panoramic San Jose del Cabo. While touring the farm, you will learn about organic agriculture while you help harvest your own herbs and vegetables from the field. Next, a professional chef will teach you the secrets of Mexican cuisine as you prepare dishes made from your bounty.

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