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the complete Cabo San Lucas family trip guide

the complete Cabo San Lucas family trip guide

We’ve been to Cabo San Lucas with our youngsters load of occasions, like, we’ve spent the equal of three months in Cabo as a family. You may say it’s our favourite family vacation spot in Mexico. Since we’ve executed it a lot, we’ve determined it’s time we share our greatest ideas for visiting Cabo with youngsters.

I’ll say this immediately, Cabo with youngsters is usually about rest and swimming vs digging into Mexican tradition and nature. There are many alternatives for that, however Cabo San Lucas actually has constructed itself right into a luxurious vacation spot greater than journey. Should you’re in search of journey, take a look at our articles about Quintana Roo and touring the Yucatan Peninsula.

For these touring from the west coast, attending to Cabo San Lucas is fairly straightforward. There are direct flights from Seattle, San Francisco, Sacramento, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Diego. Denver and Dallas additionally supply direct flights, so know that even east coasters ought to have the ability to discover a good flight.  When flying into Cabo, the airport is SJD (San Jose del Cabo), Los Cabos Worldwide Airport. The airport is definitely fairly good now (thanks Hurricane O’dele) and so long as you arrive early in the day or in the early night, customs is fairly quick and clean.

Transportation into Cabo from SJD

We sometimes pre-arrange our transportation into Cabo San Lucas earlier than we’ve arrived. We’ll both rent a Suburban or one thing comparable that we will e-book on-line (take a look at good choices right here) or we’ll lease a automotive relying on our general plan for our time in Cabo.

Tip:  you possibly can pay money for direct transportation into Cabo San Lucas should you’re not renting a automotive. Have sufficient money available (about $80 USD for a family) to get into Cabo. Bonus: typically there’s a beer or two for the adults alongside the drive.

Taxis are available and lots of will permit a cease at the grocery retailer if requested. They provides you with a lot of nice details about their favourite issues to do in Cabo with youngsters or the place the scorching spots are. Use their information to type your trip plan in the event you haven’t accomplished it but!

In case you select to do a gaggle shuttle into Cabo, get clarification from the driver WHEN you’ll get to your lodge. In case you are at the finish of the line, you might be seeing a 3 hour tour vs 40 minutes. There are numerous motels between the vacationer hall of Cabo and Land’s Finish, so make certain that you’re not the final to be dropped off.

Battling the Timeshare Salespeople

Sure, that is truly one thing I’m going to show you about proper now. Whenever you land in Cabo, in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, anyplace, there are timeshare gross sales individuals in all places. You won’t even understand it, however you’re going to return in touch with someone in your first hour in Mexico making an attempt to promote you a timeshare.

Word:  we love our timeshare. We purchased it in 2006 and nonetheless use it fortunately yearly. Take a look at our article on timeshare possession right here.

As you undergo customs and exit, you’ll see individuals with clipboards and behind desks. Take a look at our article about successfully navigating timeshare gross sales pitches for extra info, however know that you could simply breeze by this crowd if you wish to.  Stroll instantly by means of the gross sales individuals to both your rental automotive company desk for those who’ve already organized one, or out to the curb to seize a taxi or shuttle.

As Cabo San Lucas has been our go-to Mexican vacation spot for our family for 13 years, we’ve stayed a number of locations and have our favorites. Relying on the sort of trip you’re doing, there are motels in Cabo to fit your wants.

Marina Fiesta

Beginning with a bit extra of the enjoyable, get together sort lodge, Marina Fiesta even has “party” in its identify. Situated ON the Cabo San Lucas marina, you’re centrally situated for eating places, bars, the docks excursions exit of, and also you’re even near the most important seashore space of Cabo.

The rooms of the Marina Fiesta are child pleasant with loads of area for a family of as much as 4. Suites are bigger and should accommodate for individuals, however the normal room is giant sufficient for a small family. Bonuses to the rooms are kitchenettes and balconies.

A spotlight for us was the swimming pool space. Whereas it’s not as grand as most of its neighboring motels, the swimming pools at the Marina Fiesta are perfect for households of all ages. There’s are medium depth areas in addition to a child pool and an precise deep pool. It’s truly fairly cool.

E-book Marina Fiesta right here.

Staying at the Grand Solmar

Previously the Solmar Suites, the unique Cabo San Lucas resort, the newly constructed up Grand Solmar is basically one thing. The rooms are all ocean dealing with and actually lovely. The property could be very nicely maintained always, from the room interiors to the desert-scape gardens.  There are a number of eating choices on property, together with a sports activities bar and swim up bars, and the swimming pools are lovely.

With a number of infinity swimming pools, scorching tubs, a child pool and infinite lounge areas, the Grand Solmar is right for a big group trip to Cabo San Lucas, notably for households of huge age variations.

Tip:  when reserving or upon examine in, see if you will get a floor degree room. Whereas it does compromise the view, the quick pool entry is invaluable. The massive patios are additionally nice.

E-book Grande Solmar right here.

Playa Grande for households

The Playa Grande is our favourite lodge/resort in Cabo San Lucas. We like it a lot, that is the place we purchased a timeshare… and we ALWAYS use it. We’ve by no means traded to go anyplace else.

Tip:  take a look at our full article on proudly owning and utilizing timeshares for nice family journey experiences.

The Playa Grande’s rooms are bigger than the Grand Solmar and far more snug. Once I say snug, I imply that the decor and fixtures are extra heat and welcoming than the trendy type of the Grand Solmar, regardless of being sister properties. We’ve got stayed in the junior suites, one bed room grasp suites, penthouses and presidential suites. We will inform you almost something you need to find out about Playa Grande.

The swimming pools are spaced out properly, offering two devoted child swimming pools, two grownup solely swimming pools and two swim up bars. There are two scorching tubs, day by day pool volleyball and water aerobics, and nonstop leisure in all places.

Along with being beachfront and chalked filled with swimming pools, the Playa Grande has nice packages for teenagers. We’ve despatched the youngsters to scheduled child events, finished youngsters membership, and loved many employees led video games in the pool space. We additionally all the time reap the benefits of the Mexican ceramics portray on website, recreation video games and outside eating.

Word:  when you do have any questions on the property or room varieties at the Playa Grande, please tell us. We’re comfortable to share all the particulars and make suggestions for every little thing from reserving to eating.

Guide Playa Grande right here.

Siesta Suites in downtown Cabo San Lucas

That is the sort of place you guide if you wish to add on a couple of additional nights in Cabo or in the event you would like to only be a small lodge vs an enormous resort. The workplace is small and simply off the road, with good employees prepared to assist. They also have a little space to relax and have a strong wifi sign (which nonetheless is an enormous promoting level for Cabo). The rooms at the Siesta Suites are good, however not luxurious, very clear however not palatial.

Rooms range from having one queen mattress and a single sleeper to 2 doubles. The views are of the city and the courtyard and being a number of blocks from wild spots like Cabo Wabo, it’s fairly quiet. The perfect factor about Siesta Suites is the restaurant under: Salvatore’s. That’s proper, the greatest Italian meals in Mexico is definitely this superior little gem hidden under the Siesta Suites.

Tip: as a result of it’s a must to eat at Salvatore’s, verify on the nightly specials board whenever you first get there so you’ll be able to decide when to dine. My favourite is Hen Saltimbocca night time.  See under for eating suggestions in Cabo.

Cabo San Lucas continues to be very a lot a city of events and seashores, however there’s far more than that and Cabo with youngsters is definitely very doable and really enjoyable.  Along with what we now have listed, there are festivals, particular cultural occasions and fishing tournaments. Take a look at the official Los Cabos occasions calendar for extra particulars.

Seashores of Cabo San Lucas

As an alternative of telling you about each seashore from San Jose to Guerro Negro, I’m simply going to direct you to our complete guide to snorkeling in Cabo. It’s obtained maps, notes on the fish and wildlife you’ll encounter and tricks to make snorkeling with youngsters enjoyable and protected.

If you need to solely go to the seashores immediately in Cabo San Lucas, you truly solely have three decisions:  Playa Medano, Lovers Seashore or the Cannery Seashore. Medano is the best to entry from most of Cabo San Lucas correct, however its waves is usually a bit tough and there are fairly a couple of seashore distributors strolling the sand. It’s not our prime decide, nevertheless it’s nonetheless nice and is definitely accessible.

Lovers Seashore can also be an choice, however once more, not our prime pic. This seashore is situated virtually all the method out by the Arch. It’s accessible solely by boat or climbing some treacherous rocks. From anyplace in the marina or alongside Medano Seashore you possibly can leap in a water taxi to get out to Lovers Seashore. The waves are fairly tough right here too because it’s so near Land’s Finish, so swimming isn’t beneficial. You possibly can stroll throughout the sand to the Pacific aspect, aka Divorce Seashore, however nonetheless it’s not swimmable.

The most effective seashore IN Cabo: Cannery Seashore

One of the best seashore instantly in Cabo with youngsters is the Cannery Seashore. It’s in an obscure spot, nevertheless it’s superior. Situated between the marina and Lover’s Seashore, the Cannery Seashore is accessible by strolling alongside the marina and previous the naval station. As soon as and this gem of a Cabo seashore, there are some distributors simply off the sand promoting some nice Mexican road meals, in addition to beer and seashore toys.

What makes the Cannery Seashore our favourite? The waves are all the time small, which is ideal in case you’re doing Cabo with youngsters, and the snorkeling is superior. There’s loads of area for establishing your family seashore spot, there are litter bins obtainable to maintain the seashore clear, and should you’re there mid-week it’s very quiet. Even on cruise ship days it’s a mellow seashore. That’s why we adore it.

Strolling the Marina and Downtown

Cabo is a very enjoyable place to go strolling and window buying. We’re very cautious about the souvenirs we deliver residence, however one thing particular about doing Cabo with youngsters helps them discover a memorable, worthwhile memento. We wish to stroll by means of the outlets two or three blocks off the marina and fundamental street for the most fascinating artwork, Mexican toys, devices and shirts. There are many nice spots to seek out tasty snacks, particularly churros, as the solar units and there’s music all over the place!

In case you are on the lookout for souvenirs, know that costs are costs. Whereas there’s an anticipated degree of bargaining if you’re shopping for one thing from a roving vendor and even in a retailer or artisan stall, plenty of sellers have leveled out their costs in recent times to assist restrict the haggling.

Tip:  for those who really feel that one thing is overpriced otherwise you simply actually are set on bargaining, be respectful of the vendor and recommend offers, like shopping for 2 gadgets for 75% of the worth tags or requesting one thing small to be added. Haggling shouldn’t be an artwork or a sport, so be sort and sensible.

Resort time in Cabo

I feel it’s a given that the majority households heading to Cabo San Lucas shall be staying at a bigger resort. Even the smaller, extra boutique resorts are going to have every little thing a family must chill out for every week. For those who’re like us although, we get antsy after a number of days and have to hold busy. We’re a type of households that leaves the resort for many dinners and a number of other enjoyable outings over the course of every week, however we’ll nonetheless have devoted time meant for rest.

When at the resort although we do like to combine issues up and have enjoyable along with enjoyable. Our favourite actions once we’re at a resort, particularly once we’re in Cabo with youngsters are:

  • Swimming pool time
  • Strolling the seashore in search of shells
  • Pool volleyball matches
  • Patio/yard video games (corn-hole, ring toss, ping pong…)
  • And simply hanging out

We additionally do some actions which are particular to our personal resort that we all the time keep at (love our timeshare!). We make time to go to the outside portray studio to do our personal Mexican ceramic portray, which the youngsters like to do, after which typically we’ll do the resort events, resembling the Mexican fiesta.

Resort Youngsters Membership: is it value it?

Relying on the place you’re staying there could also be a youngsters membership out there for greater youngsters (often four+) We’ve discovered this to be worthwhile once they have particular occasion nights, however not for entire day experiences. We like to make sure that our youngsters are being lively and artistic, and in the totally different youngsters golf equipment they’ve been to the leaders all the time appear to default to movies. The video challenge apart, the youngsters actually take pleasure in attending to go to youngsters membership.

Earlier than you add resort youngsters membership time to your plan, think about the following:

  1. Is youngsters membership included in your resort prices?
  2. What’s the time dedication for the totally different youngsters membership choices
  3. Are you visiting Cabo with youngsters to spend the entire time as a family or would you all take pleasure in/profit from a break.

Solar safety by the pool

Have you learnt considered one of the quickest methods to spoil a trip to Cabo with youngsters? Getting intense sunburns on day one. We’re fairly liberal with our youngsters’ solar publicity, however we’re additionally very sensible about it, making certain that it’s by no means for too lengthy and it doesn’t get to the level of burning. Households that aren’t used to the solar or have actually truthful skinned youngsters must be additional cautious visiting a spot like Cabo.

Our prime ideas for maintaining youngsters protected in the solar embrace:

  • Hats on always
  • Reef-safe, pure sunblock
  • Even stability of solar and shade for outside occasions

Take a look at our full article on solar safety for teenagers to see what else we advocate as an alternative of lathering your youngsters with chemical compounds.

Ecotours in Cabo

One factor we love about exploring the Los Cabos space with the youngsters is the abundance of wildlife. It’s really easy to share particular moments as a family watching whales, dolphins, sea lions and tropical fish. We do that two methods: family time at our favourite Los Cabos seashores and by way of accountable ecotourism.

There are lots of excursions out there as you stroll by means of the marina in Cabo San Lucas, however not all are both value your money and time or being operated responsibly. If you need to expertise the better of Cabo wildlife, make sure to select a tour operator that operates sustainably and with an environment-first philosophy. Do your analysis prematurely and guide with a guide that’s going that will help you have a low-impact, respectful expertise.

We even have written an ideal article about the many kinds of ecotours in Cabo, from swimming with whale sharks to mountaineering in the mountains of Los Cabos. We have now suggestions for distributors, dates for excursions and extra. Test it out!

Issues to observe for with vacationer actions

Listed here are the huge no-nos to observe for once you’re contemplating excursions and actions in Cabo (or anyplace). By avoiding this stuff, you’ll be making certain that you simply’re having a real expertise that’s good for animals, the surroundings, and people:

  • Caged animal photograph ops – even ones that say they’re for a superb trigger are sometimes a canopy for an inhuman animal tourism operation.
  • Swimming with dolphins – dolphin tourism could be very gray and never all dolphins are rescued and rehabilitated. Many dolphins are nonetheless captured in the wild and domesticated.
  • Keep away from excursions that aren’t explicitly stating what makes them accountable ecotours

By taking an additional second to think about how a tour is being operated or by researching and reserving your excursions prematurely, you are able to do a world of excellent to make sure the subsequent era has thrilling, accountable tourism experiences.

Wildlife tourism is amazing but choosing a responsible tour operator is important. These are the Dos and Don'ts of wildlife tourism.

We love a superb street trip, whether or not it’s a full day or every week. Doing Cabo with youngsters is a superb alternative so as to add a brief street trip into your journey plan. Baja California Sur is a fantastic state to discover, with some actually nice cities. Right here’s our primary plan to spend 1, 2 or three days doing a street trip out of Cabo San Lucas.

Tip:  if you wish to simply comply with our route that we do each different yr, take a look at our Baja California Sur street trip plan.

Someday journeys round Cabo

Till you’ve booked two weeks in Cabo, you don’t understand how worthwhile a day trip might be. We frequently stack up our timeshare weeks (we love our timeshare!) to have greater than every week of rest, however that may be a bit a lot relating to resort time or simply strolling round city. Our favourite day journeys take us to San Jose del Cabo for exploring the estuary and historic city middle, to Todos Santos to take a look at the Pueblo Magico and get a style of previous Mexico, and to La Paz for a enjoyable Malecon and the most mellow seashores in BCS.

Two day street trip from Cabo

Our two day street trip plan takes you as much as Todos Santos from Cabo for a enjoyable day at the seashore and exploring the city, together with the mission and precise Lodge California, after which persevering with onto La Paz. Whereas you are able to do La Paz as a day trip, including an in a single day in the city is the greatest means to have the ability to take pleasure in the sights, the seashores and to get out on the water (whale sharks!). Whenever you’re doing exploring La Paz, it’s a simple drive again to Cabo San Lucas.

Three day Baja California Sur exploration

Our three day Cabo street trip plan is all the things from the two day plan, however with a further in a single day in both La Paz or to the south at Cabo Pulmo Nationwide Park. You’ll have to plan for this by reserving a guide to discover the Nationwide Park, nevertheless it’ll be properly value it. From Mermaids Lagoon to the reef, Cabo Pulmo is a tropical cove paradise. The most important clam shells scatter the seashore, iguanas scurry throughout the rocks and sand, and the parrot fish are monumental. You’ll be so glad to have added this to your trip to Cabo with youngsters.

You’re considering proper now, “You mean Dia de los Muertos, right?” Nope, we imply Halloween. By some means we’ve discovered ourselves in Cabo San Lucas for Halloween most of the time. Right here’s how Halloween goes down:

All the native youngsters gown up and stroll by way of the vacationer areas close to the marina with buckets for sweet. They traipse round saying “Halloween, Halloween” and the vacationers are prepared for them with luggage and luggage of sweet. The top.

Due to the robust timeshare presence in Cabo San Lucas, many friends return to Cabo at the similar time annually. With that, a variety of the older visitors have been handing out sweet to the youngsters wandering by means of the open-air eating places for years. It’s each hilarious and superior.

Appreciating Dia de los Muertos in Cabo

Despite the fact that you don’t get the grand parades and colourful festivals in Cabo that you simply do in San Miguel de Alende or Mexico Metropolis, there are nonetheless some enjoyable actions to take a look at should you’re in Cabo for Halloween. Primarily, the plaza by the Pure Historical past Museum is the place to be. They arrange vendor cubicles and have all the greatest conventional sweets and road meals. There isn’t any scarcity of sugar skulls when it’s Dia de los Muertos in Cabo.

Tip: verify the Gringo Gazette or Los Cabos journal for a schedule of occasions should you’re doing Cabo with youngsters round Halloween / Dia de Los Muertos.

Eating places in Cabo San Lucas change as quick as the tide dashing previous Land’s Finish, however there are some which were round for years and that we’ve come to like. Once we take into consideration eating in Cabo with youngsters, we think about locations which are nice for adults with fascinating meals, but in addition which have good choices for non-adventurous youngsters. Our little guys will eat almost something, however we’ve traveled to Cabo with sufficient buddies to know the worth of versatile eating.

Straightforward meals to order in Mexico for teenagers

We’ll all the time advocate for immersing youngsters in tradition, and that features meals, however not each grownup feels this manner. The next dishes are straightforward to seek out and can make almost each choosy eater pleased. If these concepts don’t allow you to when eating in Cabo with youngsters, nothing will.

  • Quesadilla – might be completed with flour or corn tortilla, with meat or simply cheese
  • Tacos de pollo – primary tortilla with easy hen, fixin’s out there
  • Arroz y frijoles – primary rice and beans, can’t go flawed
  • Nachos – many locations this isn’t simply chips, however truly nachos loaded with meat and cheese
  • Grilled fish – very primary regionally caught fish is sweet for any palate, younger or previous

In terms of breakfast, we go for huevos rancheros or machaca burritos, however the youngsters may be much less into it. Straightforward breakfast decisions embrace:

  • Huevos revueltos – scrambles eggs
  • Frutas – fruit plates may be loaded with scrumptious recent fruit, however know that there could also be surprises like guyaba and papaya, that are NOT favorites of our youngsters
  • Chilaquiles – our favourite breakfast casserole of eggs, cheese, chips and sauce.

Actually, Mexican meals is fantastic for households as a result of it’s so widespread in the USA and never an excessive amount of is uncommon to most guests, however there are some nice new dishes and preparations we uncover with every go to.

Favourite eating places in Cabo with youngsters

Like I stated, eating places come and go, however these ones have been constant and a few of our favorites. We’re not tremendous fancy individuals, so contemplate our suggestions additionally a press release about family-budget pleasant eating in Cabo.

  • Guacamayas – between the carne on the spit to the stuffed potatoes and upstairs outside eating, we maintain returning right here for each family and enormous group dinners. It’s a prime favourite.
  • Maria Jiminez – Sopes. That’s all I can say. The environment is magical, the employees are so variety, and the meals is scrumptious.
  • Mariscos Mazatlan – their primary grilled catch is the youngsters’ favourite meals in Cabo. I really like the jaiba con ajo, blue crab with garlic. And all of us love getting ice cream served in orange peel bowls.
  • Salvatore’s – sure, we’ve a minimum of one meal per go to at Salvatore’s. It’s actually unimaginable Italian meals. I don’t care that it’s Cabo, this Italian meals is best than most we will get in Seattle.
  • Mariscos Tres Islas – once more, a go-to for fantastic recent seafood. My favourite dish: octopus tostada. Even for those who don’t like octopus, that is unimaginable.
  • Sushimaniaz – I do know, you’re considering that sushi in Mexico is bizarre, nevertheless it’s not. And Sushimanias is scrumptious, once more with exceptionally recent seafood. The environment is nothing to huzzah about, however the meals is nice.
  • Captain Tony’s – in case you are truly going to dine in the marina, Captain Tony’s is in step with good service, good location they usually have pizzas, so good for the choosy eater
  • Cafe de Ciudad – this spot is out of the means, relying on the place you’re staying, however it’s the most scrumptious breakfast. There isn’t a AC and should you sit outdoors, it’s a bit scorching, however the breakfast is scrumptious they usually make actually fantastic recent juices.

We try new locations all the time, so we encourage you to do the similar. In case you’ve obtained a favourite, tell us too!

I hope you’re able to plan and e-book Cabo with youngsters. It’s a complete hoot and is one among the few journeys we persistently make. We all the time come house refreshed and tan. Every time is extra enjoyable than the final.

If in case you have any questions on any facet of visiting Cabo with youngsters (or with out) we’re completely satisfied to assist. We’ve numerous associates who truly stay in Cabo San Lucas as nicely, so in the event you want further suggestions, tell us!

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