Cabo is a beautiful place between its sandy beaches, drought-friendly agriculture, and natural beauties. It also happens to be my FIRST TRIP OUT OF THE U.S.!!! I’ll be sharing all kinds of tips, tricks, safety hazards, and must-do adventures, all of which I covered in less than 48 hours!
The weather met my expectations precisely. It was warm and dry, when I went in the beginning of Spring. The first day, it was relatively overcast, but the sun there is strong, so lather up on sunscreen PLEASE! The last thing you want is to be burnt the first day.
Bring summer clothes! I spent most of my time in a bathing suit, but we walked around town in shorts and t shirts comfortably. The temperature doesn’t change much from day to night, so expect dinner to be warm.
It’s really dry there, the sun evaporates all the water out of your system. Make sure you travel with a bottle of water, everywhere and hydrate as much as possible. Drinking lots of water the day before often helps aid your body’s adjustment to the arid climate. We drank from the hotel tap water because it was a resort and a reliable source, but if you go into town, be careful! Since Mexico is a Third World Country, you may want to buy bottled water just in case or even better, bring a filtered water bottle like a Berkey or Brita and save the environment while you’re at it!
Since our time was limited and we didn’t have a car to drive, we had to choose one spot to go to for the day. We went to Marina, Cabo San Lucas a great destination if you’re looking to do sight-seeing, whale watching, shopping, etc. We walked around the shops there and got to know the culture. We went on one tourist attraction, the water taxi, and it was WORTH IT! There are solicitors everywhere offering rides, but we went to an established company for safety reasons. The water taxi was a 45-minute boat ride which visited 9 attractions including The Arch, Lovers Beach, Divorce Beach, Scooby Doo Rock, etc. It was gorgeous and extremely affordable at only $10 a person!
The part you have probably been waiting for! The food there is good, but traveling around is really expensive because they don’t have Uber, and taxis are $$! We stayed at the hotel for meals which had a small selection of different restaurants. When we went to Marina, we ate snacks all day instead of formal meals including fruit bowls from a local deli (which are way cheaper than here!), gelato, chips and guacamole.
Only advice–order MEXICAN food. I’m sure you already know this, but don’t order Chinese food in Mexico. It’s not a good idea. Trust me.
The best part (my personal favorite part) about Mexico is that you can BARGAIN! None of their prices are set in stone, so be careful when you make purchases. If they know you are a tourist, they will increase the prices drastically. Evaluate the item yourself and realistically determine how much you’re willing to spend on it before you ask for the price. They usually counteract your question with “How much do you want to pay for it?”, so be ready! We brought U.S. dollar bills in small increments ($10 and $20 bills) and when we negotiated, we took out a bill and put them in a “take it or leave it” situation, and trust me they don’t want to leave it…
Staying safe is your #1 priority. We made sure that all of our taxi rides, water travels, etc. were all stemming from an established company. At Marina, they had a tourist support center, where they recommended some companies to use for the water taxi and cab ride, and although the ones they recommend are usually more expensive, your safety is worth it.
There are people constantly soliciting products or boat rides up and down the streets. They often try to lead you into back rooms of stores or onto boats for god-knows-what. Make sure you always travel with a friend and have easy access to a way outside. I can’t even begin to tell you how many people offered us rides “for free” and tried to lead us down to their boat. Say NO!
So there you have it! How to do Cabo San Lucas in less than 48 hours. If you have any questions, please reach out and I’d be happy to help you! Please leave any favorite spots/activities in Cabo in the comments below. I’d LOVE to hear about your favorite places!