Travel Tips: Things To Do In Cabo San Lucas

12/07/2016 Unknown 13 Comments

This past Thanksgiving I got a chance to visit one of my favorite places, Los Cabos, Mexico, for a short family vacation. Los Cabos is located at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula and includes Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. This was my second time visiting Cabo, and I enjoyed it even more this time around. I wanted to share with you some tips on things to do while visiting Cabo!

1. Stay at a nice hotel/resort

What better way to enjoy Mexico and all it's true beauty than to stay at a beautiful resort or hotel. I got to stay at two different hotels and both were amazing. Our first night in Mexico, we stayed at the newly built Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Los Cabos at the new Koral Center. I would definitely recommend this hotel for anyone not only looking to save some money on accommodations but at the same time still get spacious and updated rooms with a great rooftop pool and view. You can get rooms as low as in the $70's for a night.

An added bonus is that they recently built a shopping and dining district right there, so you can walk outside and experience all of it. You will love El Merkado, which features a wide variety of dining options that are reasonably priced to satisfy your inner foodie.

I kept going back to a taco bar called Lateral to sample many of their affordable tacos.

The second day we moved to hands down my favorite Hilton resort so far, Hilton Los Cabos Resort.

The service alone is worth the stay. Our additional bonus was that we got to experience staying in their Presidential Suite this time, which I can't say enough great things about.

Read more details on my stay at the Hilton Los Cabos here.

2. Try all the Mexican cuisine you can

Eat... a lot. That I did! I had everything from shrimp, fish and octopus tacos to fresh ceviche, empanadas, tamales and lots of guacamole and chips. My favorites were the tacos at Lateral and the ceviche at the Hilton Azul bar (above).

3. Swim and snorkel in the Pacific Ocean

One thing I love is being near water and swimming. Every vacation I take, I always take advantage of being able to take a dip in any nearby water. I got plenty of pool time in both the Hampton and the Hilton and also visited the beach.

While there I also decided to book an activity to get the most out of the trip and have some fun. I went with Cabo Adventures and their Snorkel and Sea Adventure. It was a great decision! The excursion lasted 3 hours on a Saturday morning. After being given a brief on safety and an overview of the day, myself and a small group set out to sail on a boat to a secluded bay about 10-15 minutes away. There I got to snorkel, seeing various species of fish, and use a stand up paddle board. I always enjoy using the paddle boards and had a nice laugh after I lost my balance and fell into the ocean (I got right back up of course)!

After swimming and soaking up the sun for over an hour, we were given snacks and made our way back to the city. Before making it back, we stopped at El Arco and were told about the history of the beautiful natural rock formations and about Lovers Beach. I was able to get some great photos.

The last time I had been out there was for my first parasailing experience years ago. Cabo Adventures also has many other fun activities to choose from.

4. Experience Tequila Tasting

Trust me, everywhere you go you will be offered tequila, so take advantage. If you try a tasting experience you will be educated on the history of tequila, how it's made and the difference between mezcal, blanco, reposado and anejo. I definitely learned some new things and discovered a few favorites.

5. Enjoy the View

Mexico has some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. Los Cabos is where the desert meets the ocean, and the beautiful blue water is a sight to see. Enjoy breathtaking sunrises every morning.

Definitely make sure you get a chance to visit downtown Cabo San Lucas to see El Arco, the famous arch.

You can view by land or take a boat out to get an up-close and personal view, and may even spot a group of sea lions!

6. Shop!

Downtown Cabo

When visiting Mexico, you may notice the low exchange rate from US dollars to pesos. This makes for great shopping in some areas. Of course in heavy tourist spots you will tend to spend more, but in local shops you may notice yourself coming across some great deals! On our way leaving the airport and heading into San Jose Del Cabo, we found a local Walmart where items were priced very low. Liquor was extremely inexpensive and everyday items were priced well below what you normally pay in the states. I'm sure the low liquor prices could be attributed to Mexico being the birthplace of tequila.

If you get a chance to visit any local stores and bring home any souvenirs, please do so!

I love Cabo and can't wait to visit again and try other Mexican destinations!

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