72 Hours in Los Cabos: The Ultimate Itinerary

Restaurants, shops, and many boats at the Marina in Cabo San Lucas at dusk
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Located at the very tip of the Baja California Peninsula, Los Cabos is one of Mexico’s most popular beach destinations. Here, mountains, desert, and sea come together to provide stunning natural scenery. You’ll also find top-notch resorts, fantastic food, and both a hopping party scene and a thriving cultural scene. To help you make the most of your time, we’ve put together an itinerary that features some of the best experiences and activities.

01 of 09

Day 1: Morning

Nobu Hotel Los Cabos Pool Cabanas

Courtesy of Nobu Hotel 

10 a.m. Upon arrival at the Los Cabos airport, find your transportation to take you to your accommodation. There are many excellent hotels in Los Cabos, at a variety of price levels. Hotel Nobu, a brand new hotel next door to El Diamante Cardonal golf course designed by Tiger Woods, is a good choice for a relaxing stay. The food here is top-notch and you can enjoy a jalapeño margarita by the saltwater infinity pool. Or, if ocean swimming and snorkeling are your pleasure, Chileno Bay Resort on the Tourist "Golden" Corridor separating Cabo San Lucas from San Jose del Cabo, has privileged access to Playa El Chileno, one of the best swimmable beaches in Los Cabos and also offers great snorkeling opportunities.

11 a.m. Take some time to settle in, unwind after your flight and enjoy a welcome cocktail as you soak in some sun, and get ready for the day’s activities.

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02 of 09

Day 1: Afternoon

stretch of sand and Arch of Cabo San Lucas photographed from the water
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2 p.m.: When you’re ready to start exploring, it’s a good idea to get out on the water. One thing that every visitor to Los Cabos needs to do is get a close look at the iconic Arch at Land’s End, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. Seeing this famous rock formation in photos just doesn’t do it justice. If you’re feeling energetic, get in touch with Cabo Outfitters to take a kayak or stand-up-paddleboard excursion out to the Arch, or if you’d rather get there with less effort, hire a glass-bottom boat for a quick tour.

4 p.m.: Make a stop at Lover’s Beach on the Sea of Cortez side for a dip, and walk across to Divorce Beach on the Pacific side to enjoy the view—the water is much rougher on this side, and swimming is not advised. 

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03 of 09

Day 1: Evening

Cabo San Lucas Marina at Night

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6 p.m.: After your time on the water, take a stroll around the Cabo San Lucas Marina. As you walk the wide boardwalk, you’ll see tourists and locals at outdoor eateries serving ceviche and tacos, and mingling at lively bars and nightclubs. Do some window shopping in the high-end boutiques and pick up a souvenir or two.

8 p.m.: When hunger strikes, stop at the Baja Lobster Company for a delicious dinner of fresh seafood. Get a table on the deck, order the catch of the day or some lobster tacos, and take in the happening scene as you sip a margarita.

10 p.m.: If you still have energy, it’s time to experience some of Los Cabos’ famous nightlife. Head to El Squid Roe or Cabo Wabo to dance the night away, or if you’re in the mood for more mellow entertainment, head to Two for the Road for some live jazz music.

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04 of 09

Day 2: Morning

SUP stand up paddle boards and kayaks on the beach ready to be used
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8 a.m.: Shake off any fatigue you may be feeling and grab some coffee and a light breakfast at your hotel before heading to San Jose del Cabo, the other city that makes up the dual destination of Los Cabos. Start with a morning surf lesson at Mike Doyle Surf School on Playa Acapulquito, one of the best surfing beaches in the area. This spot is a favorite of surfers from around the globe, but it’s usually uncrowded, with long ride waves. Even if you’ve never been on a board before, the patient and experienced instructors will put you at ease, giving you some pointers on the sand before you head into the water.

If surfing is a bit more adventure than you can handle first thing in the morning, an alternative is to do some birdwatching. On an excursion with Los Cabos Birding, you can head out to the San Jose del Cabo estuary, a freshwater oasis where you’ll have the opportunity to spot some endemics such as Xantus' Hummingbird, Gray thrasher, and Belding's Yellowthroat.

11 a.m.: Make your way to Flora Farms for a cooking class. You’ll begin with a tour to explore the property. This 25-acre working organic farm was a pioneer in Cabo’s farm-to-table movement with the restaurant Flora’s Field Kitchen. Besides the farm and restaurant, Flora also has a bakery, a farmer’s market stand with fresh produce for purchase, several boutiques, and a spa. 

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05 of 09

Day 2: Afternoon

From street level, the white gazebo and church in the Central Plaza (zocalo) in San Jose del Cabo.
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1 p.m. During the cooking class, you’ll gain an appreciation of the effort that goes into preparing Mexican staples such as tortillas, salsa, guacamole, and maybe even some tamales, but then you’ll appreciate that it was worth it as you enjoy a delicious lunch of the dishes you helped to prepare. 

4 p.m. When the main heat of the day has passed, it’s the perfect time to head over to the main square of San Jose del Cabo for a walking tour so you can check out the historical monuments, art galleries, and souvenir shops.

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06 of 09

Day 2: Evening

round bar on an outdoor patio overlooking the ocean

Courtesy of The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

6 p.m. If you’re here on a Thursday between November and June, you can take part in the weekly Art Walk when streets are closed off to traffic so visitors can stroll the town, browse the art galleries, and enjoy live music. Many of the galleries have artists in attendance to speak about their work.

8 p.m.  Have a casual Mexican dinner of tacos and craft beer or mezcal at La Lupita. Try the tacos al pastor, as well as their house specialty of cheese crust tacos. Finish off your meal with decadent churros with ice cream and chocolate sauce, or the scrumptious flan.

10 p.m. Enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail and amazing views at The Rooftop, the swanky cocktail lounge on the sixth-floor rooftop of The Cape, a Thompson Hotel.

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07 of 09

Day 3: Morning

people lounging on a beach with sail boats in the water

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10 a.m. Take it easy this morning and after sleeping in, head to Mama’s Royal Cafe for a filling brunch. At this Cabo San Lucas mainstay, they serve great coffee along with Mexican favorites like chilaquiles and huevos rancheros, as well as delicious French toast stuffed with cream cheese and topped with fruit. 

12 p.m. Work off your meal with a leisurely stroll along El Medano beach to enjoy the views of jet skis zipping across the bay and parasailers flying overhead, as vendors offer their wares along the sand.

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08 of 09

Day 3: Afternoon

Suspension bridge at Wild Canyon, Los Cabos

 Courtesy of Wild Canyon Los Cabos

2 p.m.: After a leisurely morning, you’re probably ready for an adrenaline rush. Head to Wild Canyon adventure park located in the Tourist Corridor where you can take your pick of a variety of activities and extreme sports. This 284-acre park is home to a picturesque canyon with a suspension bridge that is over 1,000 feet long and 160 feet high at its lowest point. Admission to the park includes access to the suspension bridge, a wildlife sanctuary with rescue animals, and a water park with pool, water slides, and lounge chairs. You can explore the Baja outback on ATV or on a camel’s back. There’s also an eight-part zip-lining circuit, or the most adventurous visitors can bungee jump off a glass-bottomed góndola suspended 300 feet above the bottom of the canyon. 

5 p.m.: Make your way back to your hotel for a relaxing spa treatment, such as a hot rock massage or chocolate body wrap before heading out to dinner.

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09 of 09

Day 3: Evening

fisheye-view of a outdoor restaurant overlooking the ocean

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6:30 p.m.: For your final evening in Los Cabos, enjoy a memorable dinner at Sunset Mona Lisa. This fine-dining restaurant is built into the side of a cliff and offers sweeping views of the ocean and the Arch at Land’s End. Time your reservation so you arrive just before sunset, so you can sip an aperitif as you watch the sun slip behind the rock formations. Order the shrimp and corn ravioli or the fresh sea bass, and your mouth will be as delighted as your eyes.

9 p.m.: After dinner, continue the fun by heading out on the town. The Blind Boar Cantina is a sophisticated speakeasy-type establishment offering a twist on traditional cocktails.

11 p.m.: If you’re not ready to turn in, make your way to Mandala Los Cabos to move to the beat of EDM and hip-hop until you decide to call it a night.