Cabo San Lucas, Mexico


Ships anchor offshore beside the famous arches and tender passengers to the marina, which is a pleasant 10-minute waterfront walk to the heart of Cabo San Lucas. If it is hot you might want to take a taxi.

Studies are under way for the possible construction of a cruise ship dock.


At the tip of Mexico’s 1,000-mile long Baja California peninsula Cabo San Lucas & San Jose del Cabo is one of the destinations with a perfect combination of great weather, exotic and spectacular scenery.

Cabo San Lucas, with its large marina and beautiful bay where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, is famous for its casual atmosphere and exciting nightlife. Long a favorite for anglers out to land the big one, Cabo San Lucas also has great beaches, lots of shopping and restaurants, and a variety of hotels and resorts for any budget. CS Lucas is also known for its famous stone arch, called El Arco, a magnificent natural rock formation at Land’s End. Cabo San Lucas’ long sandy main beach, El Medano, is the place for swimming and water sports, with lots of fun restaurants in the sand, golf and postcard perfect views. A popular Cruise Port for cruise ships along the Mexican Riviera, CS Lucas is also a popular destination for Spring Break and a hideaway for the rich and famous.


A car is certainly not essential in Cabo, but if you want to explore the area (rather than stroll the Marina district and/or take water taxi to Medano) a car is a good option. Depending how long you will be in port.

You can also take a water taxi to the arches or the short trip across the marina to Medano Beach.

Take a tour boat to a snorkeling beach (there are dozens of them right at the tender drop off area)

The Pez Gato Whale Watch tour is also a popular excursion.

Swimming with the dolphins. Truly an awesome memorable experience. It is a very quick 5 minute walk from where the tender drops you off.

Nearby Places:

A fun and affordable way to see the underwater world, that’s also great for families, is on a glass bottom boat ride out to the arch in Cabo San Lucas Bay. You’ll marvel at the amazing variety of fish, bird, and marine life and visit the sea lion colony near Pelican Rock.

Snorkel tours depart daily from the Cabo San Lucas marina to Santa Maria or Chileno bays in the Tourist Corridor. These popular excursions are suitable for all ages, and snorkeling is easy to master, even for beginners. These three to four hour tours combine cruising, snorkeling, and lots of fun with gear and instruction, beverages and snacks, and plenty of good times. Boats range from stable catamarans to pirate ships and luxurious yachts.

Sunset cruising is another fantastic way to experience the best of Los Cabos, whether you take a lively party boat or a more romantic option for couples. And kids will have a memorable time on the pirate cruise, recreating the days of old when the coves and bays around Los Cabos were a hideout for notorious buccaneers.

Shopping and Food:

When you get off the tender, to your left is a flee market, to your right is the board walk. You can walk along & there are places to eat.

When you exit the dock, walk to your right toward the big hotel that is across the end of the marina. You will see a wide opening with a structure that resembles a lighthouse. Go through that opening and you will be on the main street with lots of shops.


The currency of Mexico is the peso (MXN). The symbol for pesos is the same as for US dollars, which can be slightly confusing. Prices in dollars (in tourist areas) are labeled “US$” or sport an S with a double stroke. There are about 10 peso to 1US$.

As US dollars are widely accepted in Cabo San Lucas, you don’t have to change your dollars into pesos. If you’re using dollars alone, make sure to bring smaller denominations to pay for incidentals and taxi rides.

Credit cards are not as widely accepted as in Europe or the USA. Some companies make an extra charge of around 5% on such transactions.


There are a number of internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots to be found in Cabo San Lucas.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Mon-Sun 1000/1100-2000/2200 (big towns and cities); Mon-Fri 0900-1400/1600 (rest of the country). In Cabo San Lucas some places already open at 8 am.

  • January 1st
  • February 2nd: The Candelaria Virgin Day, celebrated in many places around the country
  • February 5th: Constitution Day(1917)
  • February 24th: Flag Day
  • March 21st: Birth of Benito Juárez (1806). 2006 was the bicentennial year.
  • May 1st: Labor Day.
  • May 5th: The Battle of Puebla against the French army, 19th century. (Not an official holiday)
  • September 1st: Dia del Informe. Although no longer official, it is still important as it is the day in which the Mexican President addresses to the Nation of the progress his administration on a yearly basis. Every President makes six Informes
  • September 16th: Independence day (from Spain – 1821).
  • October 12: Discovery of America (Descubrimiento de America)
  • November 2nd: Day of the dead (Not an official holiday)
  • November 20th: Revolution day (1910)
  • December 12th: Guadalupe Virgin Day. Unless is not official, is one of the most important Mexican Holidays
  • December 25th: Christmas

Easter is widely observed nationwide, according to the yearly Catholic calendar (the first Sunday after the first full moon in Spring.


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