The sunny beaches of Cabo San Lucas may have gained popularity as a spring break destination, but it’s also a great place to plan a couple’s getaway. Check out the best things to do for two on your trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
I’d previously labeled Cabo San Lucas as just a crazy college party scene, so I didn’t think much of it as a place to plan a trip for our 10-year anniversary. But Aaron had been wanting to visit a few other places down in Baja California like Todos Santos and La Paz, so we decided to stay a few days in Cabo San Lucas at the start of our trip.
I grew up in Arizona, and Baja California is the desert-meets-sea landscape that I used to dream about. Instead of a mirage appearing in the distance, the stunning ocean blues here are real. Cabo San Lucas is located on the very tip of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, surrounded by the Sea of Cortez on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. With almost 365 days of sunshine, warm desert air, and an endless supply of ocean views, Cabo San Lucas is the perfect place to plan a relaxing and fun couple’s getaway. This part of Mexico is an incredible destination if you’re traveling with family or friends too, but we’ve got a few ideas of things to do in Cabo San Lucas that are perfect for two.
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1 Book a Hotel Room with your own private plunge pool
We booked a room at the newly opened Solaz Resort, located on the beachfront corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. I was initially confused about which Cabo was THE Cabo. When people say Cabo, they’re usually referring to the more touristy Cabo San Lucas. San Jose del Cabo is about 30 km up the road, closer to the airport. The area is collectively referred to as Los Cabos, and the stretch between the two towns is lined with beachfront resorts.
Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, is located right in the middle of this hotel zone, situated between two natural rock beds which makes the ocean calm enough to swim. Both the architecture and the location of this resort are absolutely stunning. The sleek modern buildings highlight the views of the Sea of Cortez while the landscaping looks like a beautiful desert botanical garden.
Our room included a private back patio with a plunge pool, so we could take a morning (or evening) dip without leaving our room. We still spent our fair share of time at the pool though, with 100 meters of infinity edge overlooking the sea.
2 Relax on a Sunset Sail with Cabo Adventures
A romantic sunset sail might sound like a bit of a cliché for a couple’s getaway, but it’s the best way to enjoy the sunset views in Cabo San Lucas. We hopped aboard one of Cabo Adventure’s beautiful sailboats for a tour around the bay. Our captain opened up the sails and we glided past some of the most famous views in Cabo San Lucas, like El Arco and Lover’s Beach.
This tour by Cabo Adventures is billed as a luxury sunset sailing adventure, and it lived up to that label. Our guide, Pepe, made everything run so smoothly from beginning to end, including the drinks and the food. The delicious hors d’oeuvres turned out to be enough for a light dinner, which included chips and guacamole, pasta salad, and Caprese salad.
As we sailed back into the harbor, we chased the sun, so we saw the sun set three different times.
Note that this is an adults-only cruise. While this is a pretty smooth ride, if you do tend to get seasick, I would take some Dramamine before coming onboard. You can book your sunset sail with Cabo Adventures here.
3 Visit Lover’s Beach (and Divorce Beach)
Visiting Divorce Beach on a honeymoon or couple’s trip might sound like a bad omen, but these connected beaches are one of the prettiest areas in Los Cabos. Lover’s Beach (Playa del Amor) and Divorce Beach (Playa del Divorcio) are on the rocky peninsula right before you reach El Arco and Land’s End. Lover’s beach is usually calm enough to swim and snorkel, while the rough waters and riptides on Divorce beach mean it’s not safe to hop in.
Most people get to these beaches by the water taxis that leave from Medano Beach. Once you’re down on Medano Beach, lots of vendors will walk by trying to sell you water taxis, jet ski rides, and deep sea fishing trips. Water taxis to Lover’s Beach usually cost about $5 to $10 a person, depending on your negotiation skills and how many people are in your group. You can usually have them drop you off at the beach and then set a time to pick you up. If you don’t want to spend time on the beach (or if the water is too rough to land), you can do a little 30-minute glass-bottom boat tour of Land’s End that includes buzzing by Lover’s Beach and El Arco for about the same price.
Don’t forget to bring your own water, snacks and beach gear if you’re spending a few hours here. We usually bring these microfiber beach towels to most of our beach trips since they’re so compact and lightweight.
4 Jet Ski through Chileno Bay
When Chileno Bay is calm, it’s a great place to go jet skiing! We rented a jet ski from one of the vendors along Medano Beach, the main beach in Cabo San Lucas, and had a blast! Rates are around $40 for a half hour and $65 for a full hour. If you’re looking for more adventurous things to do in Cabo San Lucas, there’s also parasailing, kayaking, and those crazy water jetpacks.
5 Get a Couple’s Massage
There’s no better way to relax than a couple’s massage. If you’re looking for luxury, opt for the hotel spa. If you want something convenient and cheap (think in the $20 for 90-minute range), there are a few spots along the beach that may not have the amenities of a hotel spa, but still, give a pretty good massage.
6 Snorkel in the Sea of Cortez
You’ll find the best snorkel spots starting from Cabo San Lucas going up the coast along the Sea of Cortez. You can bring your own snorkel gear (we usually pack this $30 ProDive snorkel set with us) and check out places like Playa Empacadora, Playa del Amor (or Lover’s Beach), Playa Santa Maria, and Playa Chileno. If you’d rather book a boat tour, Cabo Adventures has several options that take you to great snorkeling spots around Los Cabos.
Planning a Trip to Cabo San Lucas
Getting to Cabo San Lucas – Los Cabos International Airport is located just outside San Jose Del Cabo, or the Old Town. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes to drive from the airport to Cabo San Lucas. We caught a Southwest flight from Orange County down to Los Cabos using points and our companion pass. If you’re looking for a travel rewards credit card, I highly recommend the Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card.
Car Rental – The most convenient place to rent a car is at the Los Cabos Airport. Check RentalCars.com to compare prices of the world’s biggest car rental services, including Hertz, Avis, and Budget. Note that you will have to purchase third-party liability insurance when renting a car in Mexico.
Hotels and Airbnbs in Los Cabos – As a popular tourist destination, there are plenty of hotel and Airbnb options in Los Cabos. You can opt to stay in San Jose del Cabo, a smaller, more traditional Mexican town that is closer to the airport. Between the Cabos, there’s a 30 km stretch of highway running along the Sea of Cortez with dozens of large, waterfront resorts called the Corridor. Cabo San Lucas is the new, more touristy town at the very tip of Baja California.
We opted to stay right in the middle of the Corridor, at the recently opened Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort. This was one of our favorite hotel stays ever. You can check rates and availability on booking.com.
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Thank you to Cabo Adventures for hosting us during our time in Cabo San Lucas. Next time we’re in the area, we wouldn’t hesitate to book another tour with them!