MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS IN CABO
Planning a trip to Cabo? We made a list of must-see attractions, just for you. While Los Cabos offers gorgeous beaches and vibrant nightlife, it’s also full of rich culture and history. In this blog, we’ve combined the best beaches, activities, and historical sites you’ll want to add to your itinerary!
The Arch of Cabo San Lucas, also known as El Arco or Land’s End, is an iconic landmark and must-see for anyone visiting Cabo for the first time. Globally recognized for its beauty, El Arco is a 200-foot granite rock formation created from the rough winds and currents of the southern Baja Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.
This impressive attraction is only visible by boat, so whether you hop on a water taxi from the downtown marina, are on a whale-watching tour, a sunset yacht charter, or renting a kayak or even a stand-up paddle-board, you can easily reach this site. The Arch makes for a great photo-op and a memorable experience. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the sea lion colony that lives by the formation!
Playa Del Amor
Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach) is by far Cabo San Lucas’ most popular beach. It’s located right near the iconic El Arco and is perfect for sunbathing, relaxing, and swimming. There are no roads to reach it—you can only get there by sea—but it’s easily accessible by water taxi from the marina. This famous stretch of shoreline has plenty of gorgeous snorkeling spots and is great for picnics, just make sure you bring your own food and water; there are no beach bars here.
While the Sea of Cortez side of Lover’s Beach is ideal for swimming and snorkeling, make sure to avoid getting in on the Pacific Ocean side, also known as Playa del Divorcio (Divorce Beach), which has strong and dangerous rip currents.
San José Del Cabo
San José del Cabo is about 20 miles northeast of downtown Cabo San Lucas and is the oldest Spanish colonial town in the area. Originally founded in the early 1700s, this historic center is lined with authentic colonial buildings and holds traditional Mexican charm. Make sure to visit the town square—Plaza Mijares—which holds the city’s mission church and town hall.
While it may be known as the “Old Town,” San José del Cabo offers new luxurious resorts, restaurants and shops, as well as excellent golf courses. There is also a great beach nearby with unique snorkeling opportunities and beautiful waters for swimming. The town holds popular Thursday night Art Walks from November to June, which is a fun way to socialize
and explore the culture.
El Faro De Cabo Falso
Built in 1890, El Faro de Cabo Falso (Old Lighthouse of the False Cape) is one of the oldest buildings in Cabo Falso, just 3 miles from Cabo San Lucas. It stands on a cliff that’s 500ft above sea level, where there are also remains of an old shipwreck. This lighthouse is locally known as “El Faro Viejo” and was used to signal ships from 1895 to 1961. Now, abandoned and surrounded by sand dunes, it can only be reached by 4×4 vehicle, riding horseback, or by hiking. If it’s turtle egg-laying season, you’ll have the best view as many turtles lay their eggs on the beach below.
Playa El Médano (Medano Beach)
Looking for the best beach for water activities in Cabo? Head to Playa El Médano, or Medano Beach. Although it’s often crowded, its crystal blue waters and soft sand makes it a great spot for tourists and locals alike. Perfect for sunbathing, beach volleyball, kayaking, parasailing, and boogie boarding, this is where all the action happens. There is also a nearby boat port to hop on a snorkeling tour, sunset cruise, or boat to see El Arco. Not to mention, the beach is surrounded by restaurants, bars, and vendors, so you don’t have to worry about getting hungry or using the restroom!
Misión San José del Cabo de Anuiti
The original Misión San José del Cabo Añuiti, or the Church of San Jose, was established in 1730 by Father Nicholas Tamara and was a landmark for English privateers and Spanish navigators for close to two centuries prior. In 1735, this mission moved locations to the coast, then was re-established about a mile inland in 1753. In 1795, the mission was transferred to San Jose del Cabo and was abandoned in 1840.
Today, the current San Jose Church stands in Plaza Mijares—close to the place of the original mission. It was built in 1940 and features a beautiful mosaic that honors the history of the original Misión San José del Cabo Añuiti.
Come to Cabo from December to April for the best whale watching! This is when thousands of humpback whales migrate to the waters of the Baja Peninsula to mate and give birth. There are also blue whales, gray whales, and Orca whales to spot. And if you want to see baby whales, make sure to visit from January to March. Most official tours are roughly 2 ½ hours, and we recommend going on an early morning tour for the calmest waters.
Whale watching is extremely popular and can be done on a private yacht charter with our crew at Cabo Yacht Charters! We love guiding our guests through the warm Cabo waters and pointing out the beautiful whales that call it home.
Iglesia de San Lucas
Iglesia de San Lucas, or Church of Saint Luke, is the main church in Cabo San Lucas and is definitely worth a quick visit if you want to better understand local traditions and view beautiful architecture. This Catholic church is located close to the marina and near a charming town square on Calle Cabo San Lucas that has numerous shops and restaurants. Constructed by a Spanish missionary in 1730, it remains relatively unchanged since the 19th century and offers rich history to tourists.
What’s better than watching the Cabo sunset on a luxury yacht charter? Nothing! Whether you’re looking for a quiet evening or a romantic escape, a sunset cruise is the perfect way to relax while watching the Cabo sky turn pink and orange.
At Cabo Yacht Charters, we offer all-inclusive luxury sunset cruises for couples and groups of all sizes. Let our dedicated yachting crew guide you through the warm, open waters for a memorable evening full of music, food, drinks, and dancing, and learn what it truly means to experience luxury at sea.