Traveling to Cabo in the winter? You’re in luck! There’s plenty to do in and around Cabo during the winter months, thanks to a thriving tourism industry and the beautiful weather and scenery that keeps people coming back for more.
Despite the fact that many American families prefer to vacation during the summer when the kids are out of school, winter is actually peak season in Cabo. While that means you may have to deal with some crowds and pay a little more for your accommodations, that also means there is so much to do!
Whether you’re travelling alone, with friends, as a couple, or as a family, there are plenty of activities for you do to on your Winter vacation in Cabo San Lucas.
One of the most common activities to enjoy in the winter time in Cabo is whale watching. Many people have seeing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat on their bucket list, and with good reason — they are beautiful, powerful, and because they tend to live out in the deep sea, it can be difficult to see them. However, with a little timing and planning, you can enjoy seeing them from the comfort of a luxury yacht.
While whales generally stay in the cold, deeper waters of the ocean, they come in closer to the Baja bays to mate and birth their young.
That makes winter a prime opportunity for nature lovers to enjoy whale watching. Be sure to book your whale watching tour ahead of time to ensure you get a spot before they sell out.
If you love fishing, you’re in luck in Cabo — winter is when fishing is at its peak in the area. Everything from tournaments to casual line-casting is available, and you can even charter private boats for the day if you want to go out farther.
Deep sea sport fishing is popular in the area, with game like tuna, snapper, marlin, and more available.
Despite it being winter, Cabo San Lucas boasts a temperate climate year-round, meaning the area has ideal hiking weather in the winter. The Sierra de la Laguna mountain range is just outside of Cabo San Lucas, providing a beautiful landscape for nature lovers to enjoy while hiking. Biking, ATV trails, and horseback riding tours are also available as alternative ways to enjoy the mountains while you’re here.
Enjoy the Holidays
Just because there’s no hope of a white Christmas here doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holidays! The town of Cabo San Lucas decorates for the season and there are multiple holiday parties and festivals available around town.
There are also plenty of parties for New Year’s Eve, including lots of fireworks to enjoy. One local resort is even famous for its annual costume party on New Year’s Eve, though of course that would require some planning ahead when you’re packing!
Hit the Beach
Going to the beach may not seem like a winter activity, but in Cabo it can be! The temperature here is often in the upper 70s and 80s, making for perfect weather for enjoying the sand and waves. Whether you just want to relax on the dunes or prefer more active pursuits like surfing and snorkeling, there are options for every beach-lover here.
The most common tourist beach in the area is Medano Beach, so it will be lively and have plenty of shopping and a variety of food options nearby.
Chileno Beach is a great option preferred by many locals, as its calm waters make it ideal for snorkeling.
If you want a quiet, relaxing experience, Palmilla Beach may be more your speed, and its crescent-shaped beach provides a beautiful view. Be sure that you check that the beach you choose is safe for swimming, as the local waters do have some strong currents in certain areas.
If you enjoy an active, bustling location for your vacation that still offers some opportunities to relax, Cabo San Lucas in the winter may be perfect for you. Just remember, it is the busy time of year, so it is important to plan ahead and book any tours or experiences you may want well ahead of time so that you can get your spot before they sell out.
With a little planning and luck, you can take advantage of all that Cabo has to offer in the winter months, from exciting ocean experiences to relaxing on the beach.