Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is a real treat. This place will feed your need for adventure and relaxation at the same time, it really has something for everyone. You’ll spend one day swimming with dolphins and snorkeling with sea turtles, the next day hiking oceanside mountains, and the next day kicking your feet up on the beach with a margarita or 3. Here is your guide to everything you need to do on your next trip down to Cabo.

Cabo sunrises are stunning, the sky is painted different colors each morning, day, and night

Start every day with a walk on the beach (if you can, get there for sunrise). The sky changes colors as the sun rises for another hot Cabo day, and you do not want to miss it. You’ll walk by fishermen casting the beach and sailboats cruising the shores; this stroll on the Pacific is one of the best sunrises the world has to offer. If you’re lucky, and you get there at the right time, you can see the release of a hoard of baby sea turtles into the ocean. There is nothing quite like watching these tiny turtles make their way from the beach to the surf.

Baby Sea Turtles making their way to the Pacific!

Adventure

While in Cabo, you ABSOLUTELY have to make a trip to the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas. You’ll have to get there by boat (taxi, charter, adventure trip, etc) but this is worth the trip. You might even convince your guide to take a detour to the Sea Lion habitat for a glimpse of these loud (but stinky) bad boys.

The Arch of Cabo. If you look closely, it looks like a dragon taking a sip from the Sea of Cortez

You have got to try snorkeling on your trip. I’ve had a few disappointing snorkeling experiences, but Cabo was sure as hell not one of them. From the second we jumped in, there were schools of fish everywhere, eels, and if you’re lucky a sea turtle or two. We even saw a few skates/rays swimming around and jumping clean out of the water! We booked our trip through Cabo Adventures, which I’d highly recommend. Our guide was fantastic and we got to make use of kayaks and stand-up paddle boards on the trip as well.

Fish, eels, sea turtles, rays, skates, and more for your snorkeling adventure

La Playa

Another item on your Cabo bucket list is Lover’s Beach and it’s nemesis, you guessed it, Divorce Beach. These two are connected, but you do not want to mistake one for the other. It is illegal and dangerous to take a dip in the Pacific (Divorce Beach) but HIGHLY encouraged and fun to swim in the Sea of Cortez (Lover’s Beach). You get there early enough and you might have the beach all to yourself… Maybe even see why this beach got its name!

Lover’s Beach and Divorce Beach from above. Lover’s Beach is on the Sea of Cortes (near side) and Divorce Beach is on the Pacific side. Best not to go swimming on the Divorce Beach side…

 

At the tip of Cabo stands Mt Solmar, a stunning hike that yields a breathtaking view at the crest of Cabo San Lucas, the Sea of Cortez, and the mighty Pacific Ocean. There are hiking trails beginning and the beach that take you straight to the top, and you’ll definitely see a few lizards or geckos on your ascent. I recommend taking this hike in the morning, after you take your sunrise stroll on la playa.

A stretch of Cabo resorts from above. In the distance is Mt Solmar, which makes for a great morning hike

Last but not least, a trip to Mexico would not be complete without kicking back on the beach or at the pool with a few cocktails. My personal favorites are tequila sunrises and margaritas. I mean, if you didn’t throw back a few of these with a side of chips and guac, did you really go to Mexico?

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