Cabo San Lucas
"El Arco", Land's End, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Language and Currency
What is Cabo San Lucas Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
Spanish is the official language, but most residents speak some English. The currency is the Mexican Peso, but US Currency is widely accepted. If paying with a US dollar, you will most often get change in US currency and most merchants and taxi drivers will quote your price in US dollars.
Cabo San Lucas Marina and Beach Areas
Originally a sleepy fishing village with a few hundred residents, Cabo has been transformed into a major tourist Mecca with a population of over 10,000. The contrast of desert landscape and ocean backdrop is truly magical. Even with the influx of ultra-luxurious resorts, world class golf courses and modern shopping complexes, Cabo still has the feel and ambiance of a one stoplight town. Located at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, its natural beauty is mesmerizing. These two bodies of water meet at Land’s End, punctuated by a granite rock formation, El Arco (the arch).
Known as the marlin capital of the world, a modern marina has facilities for 250 fishing boats, and 350 private slips. Spectacular golf courses dot the landscape, charming beaches brush the shorelines and bars, nightclubs and restaurants keep the downtown area hopping until early dawn. Sun-filled days and enchanted nights await the visitors to this little taste of paradise. I have one note of caution, however, as you explore this otherwise marvelous picturesque port. Time shares and condos are major enterprises in Cabo, thus you will be approached by a number of entrepreneurs offering you great discounts on excursions, if you take a 90 minute tour. Smile and be armed with a polite, but firm “No, gracias”.
Weather is generally hot and dry, averaging well over 300+ days of sunshine. The average year round temperature is 78°F. Temperatures from October to April ranges from 80° to 60°F, while from May to September temperatures can top 100° and rarely dip below the 70’s. The average water temperature is 76°.
Cabo San Lucas Tender Wharf
Ships tender in the Cabo San Lucas Bay, very near El Arco. A 10 minute tender ride drops you at the marina which is about a 15 minute walk outside of town. Taxis, usually vans, are plentiful and a ride into town will cost US$3 per person. To venture outside of the downtown area it can become expensive. Although the center of town is within walking distance, the heat can be intense in Cabo and a pleasant alternative to a traditional taxi (if there is just one or two of you) is to hire one of the bicycle taxis. Numerous water taxis are also available at the marina for the short ride to Médano Beach for about US$2.50 per person.
Boulevard Marina in Cabo San Lucas
Boulevard Marina and the nearby streets that back up to the main square make up Cabo San Lucas’ main shopping district.
Arts and Crafts Market
Right at the foot of the tender wharf is the Arts and Crafts Market, You will find tons of shopping here and also in the Marina Mercado around the corner.
Shopping inside the Marina Mercado
Hand-crafted pottery, traditional Mexican artifacts, local arts and crafts, beachwear and silver jewelry are the mainstay of Cabos’ offerings. Although silver can be a great bargain, be careful to inspect your purchase for quality. A minimum .925 should be engraved on the back of any silver item. Tequila and cigars are also popular purchases.
Cabo San Lucas Looking at "Land's End"
If avoiding sand traps on an expertly designed golf course, or deep sea fishing in world renowned waters is not your idea of fun in this prime destination, then you have a wide variety of options.
The "Office" on Medano Beach (Note Ship at Anchor)
If a day at the beach, sunning, swimming, parasailing, kayaking, or jet skiing is tops on your list, then waste no time grabbing a water taxi from the marina to take you the short distance to Médano Beach (the best and safest beach in Cabo).
Typical Cabo Water Taxi
While there you can enjoy a beverage at one of the numerous all day long “happy hour” establishments on the beach, or sample fish tacos at “The Office”. Glass bottom boats depart regularly from the marina which circle around El Arco, at Land’s End, for a close peak at this landmark rock formation where seals, sea lions and pelicans bask in the sun. Then they will drop you off at Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach), sandwiched between El Arco, the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean where you can picnic.
ATV Touring in Cabo San Lucas
Take a guided ATV tour to ride the dunes, go whale watching (in season), or shop and explore the town. Cabo San Lucas comes to life at night; with parties lasting until it is time to go fishing in the morning. Unfortunately, most cruise ships spend a very short time in port, thus time constraints limit your activities and you may miss the best of what Cabo has to offer. This is one port that you may want to make sure you visit more than once.
Yes, no trip to Cabo is complete without an excursion to El Arco – a definite “must-see”.
Cabo's Giggling Marlin Restaurant and Bar
With Cabo San Lucas labeled party central of the Mexican Riviera, there are many establishments that qualify, but if I were to pick one place that should not be missed, it would be “The Giggling Marlin”. It is the only spot I know of, that people line up to be hoisted upside down. As for restaurants, I have two that fit this category. For outstanding authentic Mexican food, served in a marvelous open courtyard, visit Mi Casa on the town square downtown. A little off the beaten path, but well worth a cab ride, is the Original Trailer Park along the corridor. Seafood is exceptional and very plentiful (I highly recommend the option to share a meal).
The Shrimp Factory
Finally, for excellent local shrimp, don't miss the Shrimp Factory right on Boulevard Marina in the heart of town.