When you’re planning your Cabo vacation, it’s entirely possible that some of the costs will make you cringe. Luckily, there are plenty of cost-effective activities to choose from!
Let’s face it: vacations can be expensive. After paying the cost of flights, it may seem nearly impossible to have a trip that is as fun as the one you’ve been dreaming of. However, there are plenty of ways to have a memorable, luxurious vacation without breaking the bank. From free museum visits to cheap boat cruises, here are some of the best ways to spend your Cabo trip on a budget.
1. Eat All of the Tacos
You can’t go to Mexico without trying some of the local cuisine. Cabo, being an oceanside destination, is known for its seafood, but not everyone has the cash to sit down at a fancy restaurant for a full fish dinner. The good news is you don’t have to! Hit up one of the taco stands you’ll see around town and get yourself a few fish tacos. Not only are they delicious, they are also about $1-2. If tacos aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other street vendors offering mouth-watering dishes for only a few bucks.
2. Take a Glass-Bottom Boat to Lover’s Beach
Don’t be fooled by its name. Lover’s Beach may have a romantic name, but it isn’t the secluded getaway you are imagining. Instead, Lover’s Beach is a fun destination on a small island next to Land’s End where you can swim and soak up some sun. Right next door is also Divorce Beach, but you won’t want to swim there. With its turbulent waters and rip currents, this side of the island is better for simply looking at. To get to Lover’s and Divorce Beach, take a glass-bottom boat for $10 roundtrip for a quick ride and the chance to see a couple other sites as well.
3. Walk Around the Marina
Vacation is all about relaxing and slowing down. Take a stroll around the marina and browse some of the local shops at sunset for a scenic, free activity. Not only is there lots to see on land, but there are often impressive yachts parked in the water and plenty of pelicans searching for food to keep you entertained.
4. Take a Shared Cruise
You do not need to win the lottery to be able to sip wine while sailing around the tip of the Baja. Before throwing out the idea of boat cruises entirely, consider booking a shared cruise. While private boats can be a bit pricey, shared cruises are less than half the cost while still including the all of the perks: an experienced crew, free snacks and food, and an open bar. It also gives you the chance to meet a few new people while taking in beautiful views and ocean breeze.
5. Hike Costa Azul Canyon
If you enjoy nature and good scenery, drive to the trailhead or take the bus to the Costa Azul stop for less than $2. The hike itself is good for all skill levels and offers hikers the chance to see wildlife. There are even some wild horses and cattle roaming the canyon! If you’re looking for a quiet, nature-filled activity, this is a great option.
6. Snorkel with the Tropical Fish
Snorkeling is an absolute must-do activity when in Cabo. With hundreds of tropical fish living right off the beach, there is no excuse for not doing some scenic floating. You can book a snorkeling tour or simply rent gear and swim out at the beach of your choice without spending too much.
7. Watch the Whales
Every year from mid-December to mid-April, thousands of whales migrate south through Cabo and offer visitors the chance to see nature’s largest creatures in the wild. There are plenty of whale watching tours available to get you up close and personal with the whales, and many are shared tours to help make the outing more affordable.
8. Take a Walk at the Estuary of San Jose del Cabo
Years ago, this estuary served as a fresh water stop for Spanish ships. Today, it is a bird and wildlife sanctuary that hundreds of kinds of birds call home. From ducks and coots to pelicans and hawks, this is one of the most beautiful places in Cabo. If you enjoy nature or simply need a getaway from the busy beaches, spent sunrise or sunset here to see some colorful feathered friends.
9. Visit the Museum of Natural History in Cabo San Lucas
It’s hard to miss this free museum on Plaza Amelia Wilkes with its large whale skeleton in front of it. It includes exhibits on archaeology, geology, local wildlife and culture and more, but the biggest attraction is the 2 million-year-old zebra jawbone fossil that was found in the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range nearby.
10. Hang Out at the Art Walk San Jose del Cabo
From November to June, every Thursday night the galleries in San Jose del Cabos art district open their doors for locals and tourists alike to view art from Baja California Sur. Complete with wine and cheese, this is the perfect way to spend an evening without having to spend any money — though if you want to spend a little something, there are plenty of great bars and restaurants in the art district.
With all these great activities available, there’s plenty for you to do in Cabo without spending a whole lot of money. Whether you’re more interested in the great outdoors or art and culture, there are plenty of options for you to choose from!