Los Cabos in the Beginning
Located at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, Los Cabos was at one time known as a remote and sleepy fishing town. It changed in 1977, when a nearby airport expanded and began accepting international flights. This small change was the impetus of a new resort city and gradually transformed Los Cabos into one of the most popular vacation destinations in Mexico.
The San Dieguito Indians are the earliest evidenced humans that habited the Baja. By observing cave paintings, tools and relics unearthed, scientists date this colony back more than 9,000 years ago. They lived off of the land by clamming and fishing. Still to this day, Indians travel from Mexico mainland to attend their annual clamming tradition.
In 1535, Hernan Cortez arrived with a Spanish fleet, following reports of “fabulous pearls to be found.” Cortez and his crew tried to establish a colony near La Paz, but were driven out due to hostile natives and a lack of supplies.
It is reported that Pirates pillaged passing ships for 250 years by using the rock formation of El Arco to provide cover for their coordinated attacks on the Manila Galleons. Sir Thomas Cavendish was the most notable Pirate enterprise, which looted the Spanish galleon Santa Ana in 1587. Following the attack, Sir Cavendish and his crew divided the plunder between their two English ships and set sail back to England. Only Cavendish successfully made the return voyage, while the other ship was never found.
In the 1960s, Cabo was visited by fishing enthusiasts who mostly arrived by sea-plane. Many of the well-known visitors were from Hollywood, such as Charlie Chaplin and John Wayne. To accommodate this demand, son of the former Mexican President, Abelardo Rodriguez Montijo, decided to build a hotel. Along with his Hollywood actress companion, Lucille Bremer, they created the original Hotel Hacienda in 1966.
In 1973, the Transpeninsular Highway 1 was completed. By connecting 1,000 miles, from the USA/Mexico Border in Tijuana to the tip of the Baja in Cabo San Lucas, the highway evolved the region by increasing modernization with new ability to drive goods and people. Before the highway, the 1,000-mile journey took close to 2 weeks and after construction was easily achieved in a matter of days. In less than a year, the population of Southern Baja reached 80,000 and Baja California Sur became Mexico’s 30th state.
By the early 1990s, Los Cabos was already a bustling hub for water sports, nightlife seekers, the handicraft industry (as some people call “chochkies”) and fishing tourism. When the popular white sand beaches in Cancun were obliterated in 2005 after Hurricane Wilma, tourism re-directed their travel and the popularity of Los Cabos grew exponentially.
Los Cabos Today
Today, Los Cabos is one of the fastest growing destinations in Mexico. What was once a small fishing village is now a favorite winter destination for those that live in colder climates, from November to February. The most popular areas of Los Cabos are categorized into three major areas: San Jose del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas and The Tourist Corridor. Known to many as “the old town,” San Jose del Cabo, is located near the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). Guests and Homeowners love this area because it maintains its old-world Mexico charm while also being home to new, award-winning resorts. San Jose del Cabo consists of golf, restaurants, swimming beaches, a marina and is the entrance to the East Cape.
The highest traffic area in Los Cabos is Cabo San Lucas, which hosts a plethora of restaurants, nightlife venues and beach bars, many thrill seekers and spring breakers consider Cabo San Lucas “the entertainment hub of the Los Cabos area.” The third area is called The Corridor, which is actually a highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. It hugs the stunning coastline which is bordered by resorts, condos, and golf courses. Until 2018, all transportation from the SJD airport to Cabo San Lucas would drive this highway. Now there is a toll-road that most transportation companies prefer to use. Unfortunately, visitors miss out on the incredible beach views that can only be seen from The Tourist Corridor. We always recommend our drivers to drive guests on the Coastal Highway so they don’t miss the sights that made Cabo what it is today.
Mexico Travel Tips
Things to Consider When Traveling to Cabo
So you have finally decided to book your trip to Cabo! Now it’s time to start thinking about the logistics of your travel. Traveling internationally is a little bit more complicated than domestically, but it doesn’t have to be too hard. Based on years of living and traveling in and out of Mexico, we have created this blog to help you with all of the little details so you can travel with complete confidence!
Whether you rented a beachfront villa, home on the golf course, or any other option, these tips will help put your mind at ease throughout this process.
1. Research Different Areas
Whether you want to travel to Los Cabos, Cancun, Tulum, Mexico City, or any other place in Mexico, we highly recommend doing research on the area. Do you want to stay in a hotel or in a villa? What activities are available? Is there anything specific you need to know before traveling to that area? The good news is if you’re coming to Cabo, we’ve got you covered! With our blog and informational pages, you will find everything you need to know about Cabo. On top of that, every reservation comes with a personal concierge, who will also be your destination specialist and a quality source of information.
2. Booking Your Flights
There are two airports in Los Cabos: Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo (SJD). Unless you are flying a small plane or a private jet, you will most likely be flying into SJD, which is the international airport in Cabo. While navigating through the Cabo airport is not particularly difficult, it is different than airports in the U.S. Read our guide for navigating through the Cabo airport. Depending on where you’re flying from, there will be a number of different airlines that make the trip. The airlines that fly here the most are American, Alaska, United, and Delta. There are also a couple of Mexican airlines that fly internationally such as Volaris and Aeromexico. To make sure you are getting the best price, try searching several different websites: Google Flights, Kayak, Skyscanner, Hopper, JetRadar, and more.
3. Make Sure to Bring Passport & Cash!
First and foremost, DO NOT forget your Passport!! If you don’t have your Passport, you will not make it to Mexico and if by some incredibly miracle you did get through, you will not be so happy about the results because you will not make it back home. Make sure and bring cash. While several places in Los Cabos accept debit and credit cards, others do not. It is always a shame to go to a shop and find the exact thing you’ve been looking for, but not be able to buy it because you have no cash.
4. Exchange Your USD for Pesos
While most places in Cabo will accept USD, it is almost always better to just pay with pesos. It’s confusing for many first-time Mexico visitors, but every store, restaurant, or bar can set their own rate of exchange. Therefore, even if the national rate of exchange is $20 pesos for every $1 usd, a particular store could make their exchange rate $15 pesos for every $1 usd, essentially making your dollars 25% less valuable. You also don’t have to try and calculate if you are receiving the correct amount in change. Lastly, DO NOT exchange your money at the airport. They offer the worst rate of exchange by a pretty large margin. You will get the best rate of exchange at your local bank, if they do currency exchange. If not, a bank or exchange in Mexico will work just fine. It is standard to have to provide a passport in order to exchange currencies.
5. Check Your Credit Card Terms & Conditions
We certainly recommend bringing cash with you to Mexico because many establishments run only accept cash. However, with that said, we don’t expect you to come with enough cash to purchase everything, give tips, etc. And while many businesses only accept cash, many of them also accept cards (especially in Cabo). Before coming, you should check with your credit card company to ensure your card won’t incur international transaction fees. It is also a good idea to turn on transaction alerts while you are here just in case your information gets compromised.
6. Check Your Cell Phone Plan
Does your plan include international calling, texting, and/or data? If you receive a text while you’re over here, are you going to get charged a ridiculous roaming fee? How much does a weekly or monthly international add-on cost? These are all things you should talk to your cell phone provider about before coming. Most international add-on plans are very affordable and we highly recommend it since phones can be a necessity, especially when in a foreign country.
7. What to Pack?
There is nothing special you have to pack when coming to Mexico, but there are a few things you might not want to forget. If you are coming to Cabo, remember your bathing suit(s)! You will also definitely want to remember sun glasses and sunscreen. There are several vendors in Mexico that you will be able to buy knock-off Ray-Bans, Oakleys, and more for around $10, but you will get what you pay for. A nice pair of polarized sunglasses will do you wonders while you’re suntanning on the beach or frolicking through downtown Cabo. Other than that, don’t forget your phone charger and warm-weather clothing. It’s also never a bad idea to bring a light sweatshirt to wear while you’re sitting around the fire and listening to crashing waves at night. All outlets in Mexico are the same as in America so you don’t need to worry about outlet adapters.
8. Save Your Immigration Papers
While on the plane to Mexico, your flight attendant will hand you immigration papers for you to fill out and present to the Customs agent upon arrival at your destination. The Customs agent will rip this paper on the perforated edge, take one side and leave you with other. DON’T LOSE THIS! Stick it in your passport, put it in your wallet, do whatever you need to do in order to save it. You will need this in order to board the plane to come home. If you do end up losing this piece of paper, you will be able to purchase another for around $30 at the airport before takeoff. However, several people have missed their flights because they didn’t realize they needed that paper. If you need another one, you must visit the immigration office in the airport BEFORE you go through TSA.
9. Learn a Few Spanish Words
While many people in Cabo speak English, that is not entirely true for the rest of the country. Certainly in tourist towns and areas, there is going to be a higher percentage of English-speaking people, but in non-tourist areas, most people will typically not speak Spanish. On our FAQ page, you can find a list of easy and helpful Spanish words and phrases that you can study before traveling here. Also apps such as Duolingo are great for learning some basic things to say.
10. Enjoy the Culture
Isn’t this the reason you want to travel in the first place!? Seeing and experiencing new things makes traveling one of the most rewarding things you can do. We highly encourage all of you to get out there and try new things when you are here in Mexico. Eat street tacos, try new dishes, talk with the locals, go on tours, and do things that might make you a little uncomfortable at first. We have chosen to make Mexico our permanent home and we want everyone to understand why and be able to experience the true magic and beauty of this wonderful country.
How To Navigate The Cabo Airport (SJD)
6 Tips for Navigating Through the Cabo Airport
Planning a trip to Cabo entails preparing for lots of sunshine, relaxing vibes, and time dedicated to yourself and/or loved ones. Vacationing in Cabo already places you down the path to paradise, but before you arrive at your luxury villa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, you’ll need to first get through the Cabo airport.
Navigating through any airport can pose a challenge for some. All airports are different, and it’s not difficult to get turned around while trying to find your way through SJD (San Jose del Cabo Airport code). Arriving in an airport in a different country only makes the navigation process that more difficult.
Before you arrive at the Cabo airport, you must do a bit of research on what to expect. Having a few tips in mind on navigating through the airport will make your arrival to Cabo a smooth journey with no surprises.
Continue reading below for everything you need to know!
1. Know the Terminals
If you’re traveling through the Cabo airport, then you should be familiar with the two terminals. Terminal 1 mainly deals with domestic flights located inside Mexico. There are a few international flights that arrive/depart, but not often. Terminal 1 is not properly equipped with Customs and Border Patrol officials or the shopping/dining variety that one can find in Terminal 2.
Terminal 2 is where mainly all international Los Cabos flights at the SJD airport are handled. If you’re flying into Cabo from another country, expect to fly into terminal 2. When your flight arrives, you could land and exit through a jetway, but you will almost always board a bus and be transferred to Terminal 2.
You might also need to go down a few stairs before arriving in the terminal. Once arriving in the terminal, there are some more steps you’ll need to take before getting into your Cabo airport transportation.
2. Exchanging Money at the Cabo Airport
No matter which terminal it is that you arrive in, there will be a money exchange office inside it. Each terminal also offers ATMs for your convenience. Keep in mind that many places of business in Cabo will accept American dollars.
All major credit cards are also accepted here. Because of this, you won’t have to worry about exchanging too much of your money into pesos. If you decide to use the SJD currency exchange, expect expedited service, but also know that you will pay a premium. This is true in almost all airports around the world–currency exchanges are more expensive at the airport and Cabo is no exception. Although currency fluctuates and prices vary, we’ve had some customers that claim to have paid a 10% premium on currency exchange at the airport.
If you plan on visiting small shops and restaurants while on your vacation, then expect to pay with pesos. It’s the small, privately owned businesses that give you an authentic Cabo experience, so you’ll want to visit them. You’ll also need a few pesos here and there for tipping your transportation services and other types of services while in Cabo.
3. Make Your Way to Immigration
Before you can make your way to your luggage, you’ll need to get through the immigration office. It’s a good idea to have all of your documents ready while you’re waiting in line. Luckily, this line tends to move quite quickly so get your documents out as soon as possible.
These important documents include your passport and your tourist card or immigration form. You most likely filled this form out while on the plane. If you weren’t given this card to fill out while on the plane, then be sure to keep your eye out for one as you disembark your plane. There is usually an official that will want to see a completed document before you advance to the customs area.
After passing through immigration, you’ll be given a form (or visa). Be sure to keep this form as you’ll need it when departing. If you lose it while in Cabo, then plan to arrive 20 minutes earlier than normal so you can purchase a new one. It will cost you about USD $30.
4. Grab Your Luggage at the Baggage Carousel
After getting through the immigration office, you’ll then need to grab your luggage at the baggage carousel. When arriving at customs, you’ll be asked to press a button. This button will give you either a red or green light.
If the light turns green, you’re free to grab your luggage and proceed to the next step. If the light turns red, then your bag will need to be inspected. A good tip to keep in mind is to not bring any agricultural products or fruit with you to Cabo.
After grabbing your luggage, you can then proceed to transportation.
5. Know the Los Cabos Airport Map
After passing through customs, know where you need to go. Although most transportation is located in a similar area, you will want to make your way directly to your destination. Chauffered Transportation will be waiting for you outside the building. If you’ve rented a car, then this is where you’ll go to get all of your car rental information. Know your SJD Airport map so you understand where these areas are located.
If you’ve opted for a private Cabo airport shuttle or taxi to take you to your villa or rental from the airport, then you’ll be able to find your driver just outside the airport doors. Your driver will most likely be holding up a sign with your name on it. If you booked with our company, your Concierge will give you precise instructions on how to find your driver.
Do keep in mind that there will be plenty of taxi options waiting at the airport for travelers in need. You always have the option of hopping into one of these taxis as well. Make sure you know the price of your trip before you get into the car. Although 90% of the time you’ll be fine, there’s always a small chance you pay more than expected.
6. Pass by a Few Sale Pitches
Don’t be surprised if you run into a few people looking to pitch you some great deals for exploring Cabo. These timeshare sales will be something you walk past upon leaving the airport. If you already have booked a package or have everything planned out for your stays, such as a villa rental, transportation, and activities, then you won’t need to purchase/negotiate any other offer. You can simply tell them, “no thank you,” and continue to your Cabo airport transportation.
It helps to mention that timeshare representatives will be offering you transportation the moment you pass through customs. They are known to tell people they will help find your transportation or even get you better-priced transportation. What sounds like an interesting trade almost always turns into a terrible ordeal. Push through them and proceed to your pre-arranged transportation. If you give them an inch, they’ll want to take a mile…
Navigate the Cabo Airport Like a Native!
When traveling to Cabo through the Cabo airport, be sure to keep these tips in mind. Knowing these tips will ensure you’re able to navigate the airport like a true native!
Are you ready to book your stay in Cabo? Begin by searching for a flight…
Year Round Cabo Weather Forecast
Using Cabo Weather Averages to Choose the Best Time to Come to Cabo
In 2017, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, had a record-breaking year for tourism.
Perhaps it’s the fantastic Cabo weather, the fabulous hotel accommodations, the beautiful beaches, or the array of wonderful food. Regardless, the city welcomed almost three million visitors in 2017 alone.
In fact, that was Cabo’s strongest tourism year since 2010, growing an astounding 16 percent, highlighted by a six-month-long growth streak.
So, what’s the best weather Los Cabos has to offer? If you’re planning an epic family trip, what months should you consider for your visit?
Here, we highlight the Cabo San Lucas water temperature by month, offer insight into the Cabo San Lucas hurricane season, and discuss the average year-round temperatures you can expect to feel.
Let’s get started!
The Average San Jose Del Cabo Weather
When’s the best time to plan the ultimate Cabo vacation?
Well, the good news is that Cabo’s weather is relatively predictable, and you can go by their yearly averages to plan a trip you’ll enjoy. The temperatures range, on average, from 61 to 91 degrees Fahrenheit. According to travel experts, the best time to enjoy outdoor activities in Cabo is from mid-March to late June.
During these months, the weather isn’t oppressively hot, and you can enjoy activities like fishing, swimming, and laying out on the myriad of Cabo beaches.
Of course, if you don’t mind dry heat (especially if you’re coming from colder environments), you can enjoy Cabo even in its peak hottest months, which range from mid-June to the end of October. You can expect average temperatures of about 89 degrees Fahrenheit during this period.
“Winters” in Cabo can hardly be called that! Cabo weather in the winter months, from early December to the last weeks of March, sits at an ideal daily temperature of about 81 degrees F.
The Cabo San Lucas weather in January is when you’ll see the most drastic dip, and even then, the temperature is a cool 61 degrees F (the lowest), with a high of 79 degrees F.
The Cabo San Lucas weather by month doesn’t change much, and because of this, it’s easy to plan and pack. Keep your clothing lightweight, show a little skin, and bring a light jacket for walking on the beach at night. You’ll likely never even have to unpack the coat!
The Typical Water Temperature By Month
Cabo’s water temperatures are just as delightful as the weather. Here, we’ll offer a breakdown of the average water temperature in Cabo San Lucas by month.
- January – 22.4°C / 72.3°F
- February – 21.5°C / 70.7°F
- March – 21.4°C / 70.5°F
- April – 21.5°C / 70.7°F
- May – 23.5°C / 74.3°F
- June – 23.1°C / 73.6°F
- July – 25.7°C / 78.3°F
- August – 28.4°C / 83.1°F
- September – 29.4°C / 84.9°F
- October – 28.9°C / 84°F
- November – 26.8°C / 80.2°F
- December – 24.1°C / 75.4°F
If the temperature does fluctuate a bit from morning to evening, it’s +/- about three degrees. This offers a nice reliable guide to the water temperatures so that you can plan a snorkel, diving, or swimming trip.
Top Water Activities You Must Try In Cabo
You’ll never be at a loss of things to do in Cabo, but especially not when it comes to the water. Whether you’re scuba-certified or not, whether you’ve got a large family or you’re there with your spouse, consider adding the following activities to your itinerary:
- Take a water taxi to Land’s End, a notable granite rock monument
- Go whale watching, where you may be able to witness humpback or gray whales in migration (in season)
- Scuba diving (or snorkeling) at one of the many hotspots
- Surfing, again, at one of the many coastlines Cabo has to offer
- Swim with whale sharks
- Take a sunset cruise
- Marlin fishing (a popular activity for residents and tourists alike)
- Charter a Luxurious Yacht or other sporty sea vessels
- And if you’re not into doing any of the above, no worries! Part of going on vacation is relaxing, right? Cabo has several beaches to choose from, all offering soft white sand and crystal-blue water.
Some of the best beaches in Cabo are:
- Medano Beach
- Playa del Amor, or Lover’s Beach
- Santa Maria Beach
- Chileno Beach
The reason these beaches stand out is because of their fantastic scenery. Medano Beach, for example, is a two-mile-long coastline that offers golden sand and is known for having some of the best swimming in the area. Because of that, it is pretty popular, so expect some larger crowds.
Other beaches, like Lover’s Beach, provide looming expanses of granite that frame the coastline. Boulders surround you and even jut out from the water, providing an exciting backdrop that you won’t find at every Cabo beach.
Santa Maria is known for great snorkeling and maybe a whale sighting, while Chileno is famous for its pristine water quality.
When Is Cabo San Lucas’ Hurricane Season?
The Eastern Pacific Ocean, where Cabo San Lucas is located, does have a hurricane season every year. Its timeframe is from May 15th to November 30th. The peak part of the season for both sides of the coast, however, is from August through October.
According to experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the coming years’ hurricane season should be near-normal. There’s a 30 percent chance the season could be above-normal, as well as a 30% chance it could be below-normal.
With that in mind, you can plan around the peak season if you’re concerned. Meteorologists track hurricanes days in advance, though, allowing people ample opportunity to prepare.
The Cabo Weather Is Beautiful: Time To Plan Your Trip!
After reading this article, we bet you’re ready to start vacation planning!
We’re here for you whenever you’re ready.
We offer high-quality, full-service villas that provide a local concierge who will manage your chefs, grocery delivery, yacht charters, activities, and much more. Not to mention—paired with the gorgeous Cabo weather—stunning, awe-inspiring views. You can’t go wrong.
Cabo Deep Sea Fishing Trips
Cabo Deep Sea Fishing – What You Must Know Before Booking
From stunning beaches to migrating whales, challenging surf to luxury beachside condos, Cabo San Lucas is an incredible destination. Travelers from all over the world come here for many reasons, but a common thread is to take advantage of the incomparable fishing in the crystalline waters of the Pacific and Sea of Cortez. Travelers interested in planning a memorable Fishing Charter must be sure to begin by selecting the right vessel from a variety of sportfishing boats.
However, in order to maximize the value of your sportfishing charters, anglers need to know a few things. In this guide, we will explore some of the most critical considerations to make prior to booking a berth on any of the sport fishing boats.
Cabo San Lucas Fishing Charter Ground Rules
The time of year plays a central role in the success of all fishing trips. It will dictate what species are available, and exactly how productive an angler’s trip might be. To secure an epic journey—no matter what time of year you are on the water—it is essential to secure several elements for the best success.
- There are a lot of boats to choose from so be sure you’ve done your research to ensure you’ve secured the best of the sport fishing boats. This will depend upon how many people in your group, the fish you are aiming to catch, the area you plan to target and the array of provisioning you are bringing along. The budget will also play a role, so be sure to know your limits as more money will buy more power and a better-equipped charter.
- Find a great captain with deep sea fishing experience. The right operator will know the right place to find the best fish. Always rely on your Captain to study the charts, keep an ear out around the marina and know the best areas that are providing the most reward. Although fishing is a hard sport to target, a good Captain will know how to find your prized catch.
- Be aware of your group and the timing of your charter. Although your vessel should be equipped with everything you need, it’s always best to bring items for your group. As an example, if you have kids, be sure to bring suntan lotion and seasickness tablets. Mineral water is also a good item in case kids get an upset stomach. If you’re with ‘the guys’ then be sure the boat has plenty of beer and snacks to keep everyone comfortable.
Is a Cabo San Lucas Deep Sea Fishing License Required?
Yes, anyone hoping to catch anything with Cabo fishing charters is required to have a license. In most cases, these can be purchased from the company itself. Anglers will need to pay cash and to present a valid ID. Some stores in the area, particularly in and around the marina, also sell licenses. The cost varies depending on how long the license is issued for but is under $60 USD for an entire year. Anyone 16 or over is required to have a valid license, and random inspections are conducted on the water. Don’t buy one without speaking with your trip organizer first – sometimes the boat will include them in your charter price.
What About Fishing Gear?
In most cases, any fishing gear required will be provided by the boat. Cabo San Lucas fishing charters offer everything from rods and reels to bait and guides with expert knowledge of the area’s waters, the richest fishing spots, and the places to avoid due to crowds. Note that the charter company captain will only provide fishing and safety gear, though. It’s recommended that all anglers bring some gear of their own, including:
- A hat with a brim or bill
- Ice chest to take fish home
- Gunny sack
- Motion sickness medication
- Cash to pay for any necessary services, such as fish cleaning, and for tipping
- Fishing license (if not purchased through the boat at the time)
- Comfortable clothing that can get wet (dress in layers that can be removed/added with changes in the weather)
How to Choose Cabo Fishing Charters
Prior to choosing a company from the sportfishing fleet, anglers should do some preliminary research into key considerations. These include the following:
- Boat Type and Size: One of the most critical considerations with the fishing fleet is the type and size of the boat in question. The sport fishing fleet is vast, with companies ranging from one-boat/one-skipper operations to companies with multiple boats. Two factors will affect a decision about the size of the boat – fish species/location and group size.
- Gear Types: Anglers should look for boat captains that offer high-quality gear. For instance, Seeker is a recognized name in the rod industry, while Avet is recognized for their reels. These are more just two options, of course, but it is important for anglers to ensure that the company they choose offers quality gear to support catching the desired type of sportfish.
- No Hawkers: A quick trip to the marina will expose visitors to hawkers – salespeople – that try to convince them to purchase a berth with a particular operation. It is important to realize that none of the reputable fleets use hawkers. These are almost always employed by timeshare companies and low-quality boats that lack experience or knowledge or attempt to save money by limiting fuel usage (and not getting their customers out to the best fishing areas). Anglers are recommended to book their charter direct with their concierge, rather than a hawker.
- Areas Fished: Anglers should understand that there are three large areas where sportfishing takes place. One is directly around Cabo San Lucas itself. Many charter companies operate in these waters. Following the coast northeast brings anglers to San Jose del Cabo, and there are many companies here, as well. Farther northeast is East Cape, a wilder, more rugged area with bigger fish, but more challenging waters. Fewer deep sea captains take their customers here, but it can be well worth the travel time and expense.
- Experience and History: While there is technically nothing wrong with hiring a new captain and crew, visitors are recommended to consider fishing captains with a significant history in the area and lots of experience on the water. Some companies have been in operation 10, 20, and even 30 years, and have in-depth experience with the waters around Los Cabos, the many species of sportfish, and the changes that each month of the year brings not just to fish species, but currents, weather, and more.
Accommodations For Offshore Cabo Fishing Charters
For anyone interested in booking a fishing trip, it will also be important to arrange for accommodations during a stay. Things to consider go far beyond proximity to the Marina, though. For instance, would it be preferable to stay in town? Would a beachfront villa be a better fit? Ultra-high-end luxury accommodations are available, as are villas well suited to weddings, bachelor parties, and even corporate trips. From the Pacific-side to Cabo San Lucas itself, the Corridor, San Jose, and East Cape, luxury villas deliver delightful comfort and easy access to charter companies and the area’s most productive waters.
For those who are visiting specifically for a sportfishing experience, our team recommends accommodations close to the marina. The following are the most accessible private housing developments near each marina. Give us a call and we will help you make these arrangements.
Fishing Charter Accomodations
Cabo San Lucas Villas
- Hacienda Beach Club & Residences
- Pedregal Cabo San Lucas
San Jose del Cabo Villas
- Puerto Los Cabos
- Villas del Mar in Palmilla
Cabo San Lucas Deep Sea Sport Fishing Charters
One of the greatest storytellers of all time, Zane Grey, described Cabo San Lucas sportfishing as being an unparalleled experience. His description sketches a sport-fishing endeavor from centuries ago, of nine tunas, the yellowfin variety.
Four of those nine fish weighed above a hundred and fifty pounds, while the remaining tunas weighed around a hundred. This is an average catch for every pair of anglers fishing within a radius of two miles around the shore. If this is what local sport fishing was like a century ago, one can only imagine how much more thrilling it would be now, thanks to various advancements.
The waters of the Sea of Cortez will leave you breathless with the variety of fish it contains, regardless of how seasoned you are as an angler. However, the region’s layout has undergone several alterations since Zane Grey’s frenzy of yellowfin from a century ago.
At the time, one could only reach the fishing grounds of Baja by getting aboard one’s own vessel, setting sail, and venturing south. Now, there is a complete network that includes airports, a maze of proper roads, and hotels as well. Mexico is today, one of the hottest vacation spots in the world, and for a good reason.
If one tries to compare Mexico of today to that of the 1920s, one will find very few similarities. However, if there is only one thing that remains unaltered today, it is the area fishing grounds.
Fishing is a timeless activity. The waters seem to promise that no matter how many schools of anglers gather to fish in the welcoming shores, they will never leave empty-handed. So what makes the Sea of Cortez an unparalleled fishing region? Read on to find out.
Cabo San Lucas enjoys an unbeatable international reputation of being a fishing haven. It sits at the meeting point of the sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. A few miles down the shore lay deep, magical waters, with multiple banks one can access during a day trip and several seamounts. Warm waters all through the year ensure that this area remains a hub for the most sought-after, giant game fish.
Whenever one thinks about Cabo Sportfishing, the image that instantly pops into mind is of grand Marlins leaping gracefully out of the water. This is not a surprising fact, considering that the city hosts a world tournament for the highest paying Marlin every year. Even today, this is perhaps the only place that has seen the most broken records for Billfish than anywhere else in the world.
The Sea of Cortez is not merely limited to Permit and Bonefish. It is home to much more than the humungous Billfish. A lot of reasons account for why people regard this area as among the all-rounder fishing destinations of the Pacific.
Cabo Sport Fishing Seasons
Cabo San Lucas sportfishing has no high or low seasons. So whether one is into offshore fishing or inshore fishing, the local waters always make sure there is something for everyone on the other side of the line.
There cannot be a better choice for every traveling angler. It not only offers quality but quantity, along with a breathtaking experience.
Deep Sea Cabo Sport-Fishing for Striped Marlin & Sailfish
For ages, people have referred to Cabo San Lucas as the world’s capital of the Striped Marlin, and one does not have to wonder why. The area really has the numbers to prove why it serves as the Marlin Capital.
Striped Marlin is among the most active fishing experiences one can ever experience. The peak season for striped Marlin is from November till March. However, there are fair chances of catching them through the rest of the year as well.
The best method for trapping some Striped Marlin is through live bait trolling. Most experienced guides also mandate using circle hooks. Circle hooks reduce the likelihood of damaging the fish and increase their chances of survival once those fishing release them.
Best Fish Species to Catch in Cabo San Lucas
From the month of October to December, the weather cools down to a certain extent, with the temperatures ranging between high 80’s to low 90’s and humidity in the high 60’s. The most important fact is that water temperatures are the most optimal for big fish during these months. However, anglers and fishers can catch one of at least five species of fish at almost any time of the year.
These colorful species jump and fight hard if someone hooks them, but have an exquisite taste. One can find them in large numbers because of their fast growth. These species live to a maximum of six years of age and do not gain more than 90lbs of weight.
Yellowfin tuna fish resembles a torpedo, with a silver belly, yellow sides, and bluebacks in dark metallic hues. This fish species can live up to seven years. Yellowfin tuna have a highly migratory nature, and one can find them in plentiful numbers throughout the Indian Oceans, Atlantic, and Pacific.
As already described in length, Striped Marlin is the signature catch of Cabo San Lucas. This species is in the super-fast category and can weigh anywhere between fifty to three hundred pounds. Fishers from all over the world consider reeling an IGFA-legal Marlin on a hook as a world-class achievement.
Sierra Spanish Mackerel
The area also refers to this fish species like the Pacific Sierra. People give great importance to this fish throughout the range. Sierra always makes a great catch on Cabo sport fishing trips. These fish splash on the surface using bait to make fishers aware of their presence.
Cabo San Lucas Fishing Fleet
As far as the Sportfishing fleet is concerned, an angler can avail of many options. Many anglers opt to trail their own boats to the local area, while others cruise all the way from San Diego. The most common preference among visiting anglers seems to be flying down and fishing from the local charters.
There is a fleet available to choose from, in the marina’s northwest corner, Picante. The options range from a Shamrock worth 24 feet tall to a Cabo Express worth 45 feet tall. If someone happens to visit Picante, they will find two custom yachts worth 68 feet tall, which are also available for parties or extending fishing ventures.
Fishing Grounds in Cabo San Lucas
The local area is blessed by nature with an ideal location in terms of fishing. On the left of the town, one has the gorgeous Sea of Cortez, ripe with teeming fish and warm waters. On the right lies the Pacific Ocean, which serves as a terrific venue for an exuberating angling experience. All in all, It’s a hot spot for fishing enthusiasts of the world.
There is hardly any other spot in the world where anglers can avail such perfect locations from one point. Although there is no physical line to differentiate between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, the disparities are glaringly obvious between both fisheries.
Each major hotspot features its own seasonality and species, which is why one must know where to go when heading out to wet their line.
People dub Gordo banks as “Wahoo Banks,” which is quite an appropriate reference. As per tradition, this has been Baja California’s most popular fishery. Gordo Banks is a fishing gem that lies a mere five miles away from the coastline. It sits on the southeast of Cabo San Lucas and is a combination of two fishing joints: the Outer and Inner Gordo Banks.
The Inner Gordo Bank lies within close proximity of the local pangas, which are the cheap and sturdy open skiffs, varying between 20 to 28 feet.
The most productive spots of the area are the Outer Gordo Banks. One can have their fill of Grouper, Pargo, Dorado, Yellowtail, Jacks, and Wahoo over here. Anglers with a taste for big game can also get their hands on some superb Marlin, Sailfish, and Tuna here.
Sea of Cortez
If one wonders where they can find the most diverse ecosystem in the world, the answer would be the Sea of Cortez. An alluring collection of baitfish, along with more than five thousand invertebrate species, lives in the temperate Cortez sea waters. Present in millions over here are herring, mackerel, sardines, squid, and shrimp.
Close to the shore, one can find plenty of Amberjack, Snapper, and Roosterfish. Further down, offshore stars like Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna, and Dorado are available.
Santa Maria Canyon
Santa Maria Canyon lies close to home territory, just nine miles away from the south of the town. The Canyon is where Billfish, Tuna, and Dorado commonly gather. Owing to the closeness of San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, Santa Maria Canyon is the perfect option for anglers and fishers when the tide gets rough.
For anglers who come looking for great stories to take back home, along with wonderful fishing experience, 1150 Bank is just the place. One can find this bank around twenty-five miles offshore, with a winning combination of baitfish and underwater structures. 1150 Bank is not only a hotspot for Tuna and Marlin, but one can also see several Shark species frequently visiting this bank. One popular visitor from the shark family is the Mako.
Places to Stay While Fishing in Cabo San Lucas
When one plans a local area sportfishing trip, they can choose from a host of fine villas and resorts. The villas hand-selected by Cabo Platinum’s team are among the best options available. Our villas are utterly luxurious and high-end, which ensures that an angler’s fishing trip doubles as a vacation as well.
All of our villas are in great shape, thoroughly inspected daily, with unparalleled hospitality and luxury amenities. Furthermore, we offer luxurious villas in all the prime locations.
Visiting anglers and fishers may also choose from private properties with a beach view for rentals. This also includes spaces such as spas, pools, tropical gardens, and other attractions for large family gatherings and other similar events. A fulfilling fishing trip with comfort and luxury is just what everyone needs, and this is where people can get it.
For every angling enthusiast, Los Cabos is a destination that tops their bucket list. Very few fisheries around the world provide such a wholesome fishing experience. With an abundance of inshore fighters and offshore monsters, no angler will ever have to make a choice between quantity and quality here. In Los Cabos, the local waters give you sufficient opportunities for open exploration and dreamlike fishing experience.
Marlin Fishing in Los Cabos
There is no denying the fact that fishing is a wonderful hobby, sport, and pastime activity. Choosing the right fishing destination is an often disregarded yet important part of the process. Though there are many great places to fish in the world, there is something special about Marlin fishing Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
It is considered to be one of the best destinations for fishing lovers and others who love to be near or on the water. In this article, we will learn more about Cabo Marlin Fishing. We will try and address the most common questions that come to mind from people who are planning for a blue marlin fishing Cabo San Lucas expedition.
Customers might wonder what the days will be like, will it be a fulfilling experience, will they catch fish, and more.
Here’s a quick overview of what we’ll cover:
● Getting Started with Cabo Marlin Fishing
● What to Expect when Exploring Marlin Fishing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
● Cabo Weather
● Live Bait
● Travel Time
● And more!
Getting Started with Cabo Marlin Fishing
How does it all start?
There is a multitude of pre-arranged tours that can be organized in the fishing destination of Cabo San Lucas.
Once anglers have picked the tour that is right for their group, they can expect the tour organizers and their experienced crew to ensure everything else is ready for their trip: licenses, bait and tackle, snacks, drinks, etc.
It is recommended that guests confer with their concierge before choosing the right tour operator. These experienced and professional blue marlin charter professionals will do all it takes to ensure that they have everything needed to go fishing and enjoy it to the fullest extent. However, each captain and crew is slightly different than the next.
Being upfront and honest with your concierge and tour operator about experience level and expectations is encouraged. The level of detail provided will provide the best results for a great day of fishing in Cabo. And once all of the logistics are out of the way, guests can board the marlin fishing Cabo boat and begin their fishing adventure.
What to Expect with Marlin Fishing in Cabo
As visitors, keep in mind that it is required to buy a fishing license.
During peak seasons there will be a rush of tourists and it’s not unusual to have to wait in the line to purchase the license so be prepared for a possible delay. These licenses are provided by the Mexican authorities and are purchased at the marina.
Most charter boats and travelers leave for fishing around the same time, which could increase wait times before the boat leaves the marina. We always recommend an early fishing excursion, which will position for the best opportunity and quickest launch ability.
The good news is when purchasing a chartered fishing package, a license, bait, tackle, and equipment is (usually) all included. Some packages even include food and drinks.
Your chartered fishing trip will leave early morning, usually by 7 AM and last 4 to 6 hours long. When your trip ends, it’s a nice gesture to tip a minimum of 15% to the crew. Depending on what you catch, you can refer to their better judgment as to where you should clean and bag your fish. If it’s a small amount, you might want to consider one of the many restaurants around the marina that offer catch and cook options. These restaurants will take your whole fish and make a meal, complete with side dishes, sauces, and multiple-course options.
How Does The Weather Impact Marlin Fishing?
Thinking about Cabo San Lucas seasonality and whether or not weather may play a role in your fishing trip is important. Weather can impact fishing, plain and simple.
It’s not uncommon for authorities to call off fishing due to unsafe weather conditions. These fishing bans can last anywhere from a few hours to a day or longer. Most cancellations are during hurricane season, which is August to late-September or early-October. When booking your trip during these months, make sure you know the refund policy.
Live Bait for Cabo Marlin Fishing
Live baiting is one of the most interesting and exciting features of Cabo fishing expeditions and charters.
Live bait is actually provided both for 1/2 day charters and also for the full day charters. The half-day charters offer consumers 5 live baits while you get 10 for full-day charters. This is the standard for all professional charter operators in Cabo.
The live bait usually will not be available after 9 AM because of the fish retreat deep into the water. Therefore, it’s best for consumers to arrive before 9 AM to ensure they get their pick of live bait and get the chance to enjoy the best catches.
Can You Keep the Fish?
Yes, you can. Each person is allowed to catch and keep 5 fish per day. If you go fishing with 4 people, get a good captain, and hit the right spots, you have the potential to bring home 20 trophy fish in one day.
Best Time to go Marlin Fishing in Cabo?
Wondering what the best time is for marlin fishing in Cabo?
Cabo San Lucas marlin fishing season does exist! And it’s in September!
Many fishermen find that Striped Marlin is available year-round while Black Marlin and Blue Marlin are available in the warmer months, leading into September.
Cabo is actually called the “Marlin Capital of the World!” In addition, anglers will get to experience fishing a variety of fish, including Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, and Wahoo.
Curious to see a month-by-month calendar of marlin fishing? Check out this awesome resource.
What’s the Travel Time Like?
It is also important to have a good understanding of travel time so that customers are able to make the most of their trip.
The entire fishing area is protected and it runs for a distance of around 2 miles. It starts from the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez. Therefore, fishing can only be done when located in designated areas and permitted locations. This is another important and vital point that must be considered before going in for that much-expected Marlin Fishing Cabo expedition.
The travel time would depend on the weather, and a few other factors, but in most cases, the customers will have enough time to fish once they have reached the permitted spot. You should expect your crew to require at least 20 to 30 minutes to get to a decent fishing location when trolling for Marlin.
Even if you don’t find a fish, you can count on the scenery to be breathtaking and very enjoyable. This is one of the beauties of fishing in Cabo. Additionally, the quality of the staff of the chartering companies usually is high quality and they go out of their way to ensure that your trip is a memorable experience.
Los Cabos Luxury Vacation Rentals
At Cabo Platinum, we know what’s required to ensure successful Cabo Vacation Rentals. Composed of World Travelers and trained Concierge professionals, we have perfected the art of Los Cabos Vacations. From a simple in-villa arrival greeting to a fully curated itinerary, and a lavish, all-inclusive Cabo custom-created Package; our team is committed to providing you with the best service in the Baja.
Could there be anything more luxurious than a white-glove dinner service on the beach, while listening to live music and the crashing ocean waves? Follow this with a tequila tasting and star-gazing…. You are now experiencing a Los Cabos luxury vacation. This along with many other extraordinary experiences will be yours when planning your trip with your Cabo Concierge. Your travel planner will create your itinerary that can include luxurious and memorable experiences such as beach dinners, star gazings, horse rides, mariachi and taco parties, and more. Enjoy the moment with your friends and family and leave the heavy lifting to us.
Cabo Vacation Rental Packages
We make it easier by providing you with a variety of pre-arranged Cabo packages. From deep-sea fishing to golf, to an all-inclusive food and beverage arrangement; our team has curated the ‘best of’ to help make your travel arrangements easier and ensure you don’t leave anything out of your planning. With a fishing package, we have selected the best value for boats and stocked them with the most requested products. The travel arrangements to and from your villa have been hand-selected to be the most efficient and reliable. And your chef that has been selected to prepare your catch is the most renowned in the area and will help make menu planning suggestions to ensure each meal is crafted to your liking.
Our Cabo Golf packages have been custom-created so that you can focus on the course(s). To begin, our team will help you select the best golf option from our portfolio of Cabo San Lucas vacation rentals. Depending upon which courses you choose to play (and your budget), our villa specialists will help target the best golf villa to compliment your golf package. From there, the Cabo Package will comprise transportation, in-villa chef and a round of foot massages, that you and your golfing friends can enjoy pool-side while sipping on refreshing margaritas. There is no better way to pamper yourself and ensure a successful Cabo Trip than indulging in a Cabo Golf Vacation Package.
In order to meet the demands of our clientele, Cabo Platinum has pushed the limits with the Cabo Package program and created the Ultimate Package. After determining which of our Cabo San Lucas vacation rentals is best for you, we will introduce you to the myriad of options that you can include to complete your Ultimate package. Beginning with around the clock in-villa care, you will have a staff of on-hand professionals: masseuse, hair and nails, driver, security and butlers. From there, you will have a selection of luxury yachts, choosing 2 different yachts that will be used on 2 different days. And based on your culinary requests and dietary restrictions, the Ultimate Package will provide a high-caliber chef that will prepare a majority of your meals. Trust in our Ultimate Package to ensure you experience the most exclusive Los Cabo luxury vacation.
Vacation Rentals in Cabo San Lucas
When choosing where to stay in Los Cabos, there is a myriad of options. Our team of villa professionals knows the area, the communities, the beaches, and the nightlife. We keep an inventory of construction timelines and road closures. Our Cabo Villa Specialists spend their nights reviewing our inventory, so you can spend your days enjoying your vacation.
We are happy to discuss all of these details with you and look forward to using our knowledge to assist with your vacation. We ask that you provide us with a few pieces of information so that we can help target the best match. Our discovery phase will require you to know the following:
- Travel dates
- Number of guests in your group (with age range and couples/singles)
- Any specific location or particularly requested area
With this information, we’ll be able to provide you with a few possibilities that will work best for your group. Please keep us updated and informed, in the event, you find alternative solutions. We have a Price Match Guarantee, which means we’ll match the price of the same unit in the event you find it priced lower on anywhere else.
Our team specializes in Corporate Groups as they will sometimes require the most particular requests. We also assist with bachelor and bachelorette parties, as these groups have grown to require a special skill-set. Unfortunately, many homes do not rent to all male or all female groups any longer as there have been noise complaints and damages in the past, thus preventing future Cabo San Lucas vacation rentals in those same houses. Therefore, our group of villa specialists will guide you to the villas that meet your needs, thus saving you time and increasing your villa hunting efficiency.
In the past 5 years, Cabo Vacation Rentals have become increasingly more popular. Whether it’s their first time in the Baja or it’s a returning guest that no longer wants to travel to Cancun, our team has created several programs to help navigate our client’s decision making and reduce the time spent on finding the right villa. Beyond our efficiency and honesty, our pinnacle mission is to help our guests realize the best option for their vacation rentals in Cabo San Lucas.
Connect with our team today and allow us to help you find exactly the Cabo Villa that will be a great home-base for your Los Cabos Luxury Vacation!
Luxury Cabo San Lucas Villas
Nestled at the sunny tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez at the iconic rock formations of Land’s End, Cabo San Lucas is one of the premier Mexican vacay spots. Albeit this buzzy beach resort town started out as a quiet Mexican fishing village… “quiet” is one thing it most definitely is not anymore! After all, the town has a legion of adventure activities such as golfing, fishing, surfing, horseback riding, whale watching, and parasailing to offer you an adrenaline-pumping trip of a lifetime.
With some of the most glorious white sand beaches you will ever lay eyes on, dramatic natural rock formations, world-class water sports, and a glittering nightlife, Cabo San Lucas will surely work up your thirst. So, after a long day soaking up everything this hypnotizing resort town has to offer, kick back with a margarita on the deck of your luxury villa rental.
Experience the Ultimate in Luxury Cabo Villas
Cabo San Lucas has had a longstanding reputation for a luxury vacation destination – and if that is what brought you here… well, you will not be disappointed! This Mexican wonderland has multiple upscale retreats and rentals for your exotic vacation, each one well-stocked with every luxury amenity you can think of. Offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, these luxury Cabo San Lucas villas boast expansive pool terraces, a range of unique features and the option of in-villa chef services, butlers, on-call concierge, and in-villa spa treatments. The ability to personalize each stay with a variety of exceptional extras makes a villa rental in Cabo San Lucas a truly bespoke experience.
Discover and Enjoy Five Star Experiences in Cabo San Lucas
Cabo Platinum delivers an unparalleled vacation experience for the elite traveler who enjoys the finer things in life. Whether you are hosting a family retreat filled with thrilling daytime activities, planning a week of laid-back beach days by the aquamarine Sea of Cortez, or wish to toss out your inhibitions in esteemed nightlife scenes of Cabo San Lucas, our team of luxury Cabo villas specialists will provide the perfect launch pads to rent for your next vacation.
Our fine selection of ocean view condos and vacation rental apartments in Cabo San Lucas represent only the most lavishly appointed and perfectly positioned villas in top-tier, gated communities such as:
- Pedregal – The “Beverly Hills” of Cabo San Lucas, Pedregal is one of the most requested and well-known communities in Los Cabos.
- Hacienda Beach Club and Residences (otherwise known as “Hacienda Cabo Resort”) – The Hacienda Cabo Resort is the pinnacle in beachfront, resort-style living, with an on-site restaurant, gym/spa, beach valet and guard-gated security.
- Puerto Los Cabos – A 2,000-acre, golf and marina resort community that provides unrivaled luxury and elegance.
- Cabo Del Sol – An esteemed resort community that provides its guests with a tranquil and accommodating golf and beach resort experience.
- Palmilla – A 1,000-acre community located within the stunning lavish gardens and beachside courtyard setting, complete with golf, resorts and a breathtaking beach.
- Quivira – One of the largest residential communities in all of Los Cabos, including award-winning Jack Nicklaus golf.
As your host, Cabo Platinum will manage everything for your ultimate Cabo San Lucas vacation and help secure your stay in one of our hand-selected luxury vacation rental properties.
Perfect for families and large groups traveling together, our luxury Cabo San Lucas villas are designed to seamlessly bring together lavish elegance with an environment that provides creature comforts that one would expect when staying in a home. This style of vacation allows you to revel in sophistication amidst the scenic surroundings of Cabo San Lucas, while also enjoying an ultra-comfortable stay. Think of our luxury villa rentals as your home away from home.
A perfect blend of exquisite design, quality craftsmanship, and modern convenience, our world-class villa rentals feature an extensive list of luxury amenities, with all villas boasting spacious floor plans, inviting lounge areas, gourmet-quality kitchens with commercial-quality appliances, plush bedroom suites, and comfortably elegant furnishings. Our vacation rentals are so wonderfully tranquil and exclusive that you will feel like you are miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still being a short drive to a wide variety of activities in downtown. Whether you are traveling with friends and family or are on holiday with your better half, you can find a villa that will suit your requirements.
Your Cabo Luxury Villas Are Complete With In-Villa Concierge
After securing one of our Cabo luxury home rentals, you will be connected with your personal concierge, who will assist with planning every facet of your Cabo San Lucas vacation. Your personal concierge will work with you to create a tailor-made itinerary for the duration of your stay, while also making sure that every detail–big or small–is in order, so you have a hassle-free and seamless experience while enjoying Cabo San Lucas.
Your Concierge will be your main point of contact: from determining the best logistical solutions for your Cabo vacation to ensuring you arrive in a fully stocked luxury Cabo villa, offering you hot stone massage on the terrace at the end of an active day, and everything in between…
Your personal concierge will take care of all arrangements so you can rest easy as you prepare to kick your vacation mode into high gear. Whether you are planning a spa party complete with massages and facials, a gourmet sunset cocktail party on your private terrace or a private yoga lesson at your villa, your concierge can manage it all!
Our team has been securing luxury Cabo San Lucas villas for more than a decade. You can count on our trusted staff to ensure your Cabo villa vacation is exceeding the expectations of your guests. Click below to speak with one of our Cabo Villa Specialists and let us help you determine which Luxury Villa is best for your trip.
Los Cabos Golf Courses
This is a short breakdown of our favorite courses throughout Los Cabos. Starting in Cabo San Lucas, moving to the Tourist Corridor, and finishing in San Jose del Cabo, we will cover close to every course in the area. For a more in-depth and informative breakdown of each course, it’s creation, and the development, we encourage you to take a look at our official Golf Page. This page was created and influenced by local experts who’ve called Cabo home for many years.
Cabo San Lucas Golf Courses
Quivira Golf Club
Designed by hall-of-fame golfer, Jack Nicklaus, this course combines championship design with one of the most stunning locations in the world. It is situated along the coast of Baja California Sur on the Pacific Ocean side. Running along the coastline, players are continuously impressed by the ocean views that frequently present migrating whales, when in season. All 18 holes feature ocean views while 7 of them run directly along the coast, which makes for a rewarding and challenging experience. Throughout this course, there are 4 comfort stations where you can cool off and grab a beer and bite to eat.
Quivira Golf Club is only available to people who are staying in the Quivira community. See Copala 3301, our beautiful and affordable 3-bedroom condo that gives you access to the world-renown Quivira Golf Course on our website.
Diamante – Dunes Course
The Diamante Dunes Course holds the highest accolades of any golf course in Cabo. Designed on a perfect golf landscape by famous golfer, Davis Love III, this course is ranked #35 in the world by Golf Magazine. This 18-hole course provides golfers with a challenging yet rewarding experience each and every time. Running along with cliffs of the Diamante Dunes, this course will test your ability to control your swing. Between sandy dunes and vast ocean views, this course has one of the most beautiful settings in the Cabo area. Players can enjoy complimentary smoothies and snacks before their round along with multiple mid-course comfort stations.
In order to play the Dunes Course, you must be staying in the Diamante community. See their incredible Golf Villas on our website.
Diamante – El Cardonal
While this course does not have the international rankings that the Dunes Course has, it is very special for another reason. It is the first ever completed golf course designed by Tiger Woods. Being a lover of Cabo and the Diamante landscape, he decided to put his footprint in the area. When designing this course, Tiger wanted to incorporate parts of the game that he loves: long fairways, natural obstacles, and a course that tests your game both mentally and physically. This course is located a little more in-land than the Dunes Course, but still provides spectacular Pacific Ocean views from almost every hole. This course provides the same amenities as the Dunes Course: complimentary smoothies and snacks before their round along with multiple mid-course comfort stations.
In order to play the El Cardonal, you must also be staying in the Diamante community. See another Diamante Golf Villa along with all of the spectacular amenities the community offers on our website.
Diamante – Oasis Par-3 Course
Another Tiger Woods designed golf course in the Diamante profile is the Par-3 Oasis Course. It consists of 12 holes and is perfect for golfers of all skill levels. Each hole is around 100 yards long with the longest being 143 yards. Get together with your group and go try and sink an unforgettable hole-in-one on your Cabo vacation!
Cabo San Lucas Country Club
The Cabo San Lucas Country Club is one of the most widely loved courses in the area. It caters to golfers of every skill level, provides incredible views, offers reasonable green fees, and is open to anyone who wants to play. Following Hurricane Lidia, the Country Club was renovated in 2018 by renowned golf course designer, Agustín Pizá. He wanted to keep the parts players loved and enhance the areas that needed some attention. By doing this, he created 7 brand-new holes and designed the course to maximize views of the Sea of Cortez. If you just want hit some range balls while in Cabo, this is the place to go. Their driving range is open to anyone and everyone and features the only after-hours practice range in Cabo so you can spend an evening drinking beers and hitting into the lights.
This course is centrally located and easily accessible from any of our Cabo San Lucas Villas.
Tourist Corridor Golf Courses
Cabo Del Sol Desert Course
Designed by the famous golf course architect Tom Weiskopf, this course features one of the most intriguing designs in Cabo. The Cabo del Sol Desert Course features some of the highest elevations in Cabo, which provides players with some of the most incredible views in the area. This course is perfect for players of all skill levels. It provides wide fairways, expansive greens, and an environment that will make you feel like you truly belong on the links. You can enjoy Sea of Cortez views from almost every hole and man-made lakes and waterfalls on several others.
Cabo Del Sol Ocean Course
While people who haven’t spent a lot of time on a Cabo golf course would say the Desert Course is stunning, the real winner of this battle is the Ocean Course. Designed by legendary golfer, Jack Nicklaus, this course has a championship ambience plastered all over it. According to Golf Digest, the Cabo Del Sol Ocean Course is one of the Top 100 Courses in the World. Before this course was built and Nicklaus was brought in to review the landscape, he was quoted saying this terrain was “the best golf property” he’d ever seen. This 18-hole, 7,100 yard course features spectacular ocean, desert, and mountain views, while 7 holes sit directly on the Sea of Cortez.
This course is one of the favorites in the area. Running along the Tourist Corridor, with holes on both sides of the highway, this course provides its players with several different landscapes and viewpoints. It was designed by legendary golf course designer, Robert Trent Jones Jr. This course is described as balanced and will test your long, mid, and short games. Cabo Real is a championship course and has been host to two PGA Senior Slam events in the past.
Chileno Bay Golf Club
Along with one of the most renown beaches in Los Cabos, Chileno also offers a beautiful golf course. It is designed by famous golf course designer, Tom Fazio. His main goal with this course was to provide a fun course that took full advantage of its stunning location. With views of the Sea of Cortez and the Sierra La Laguna Mountains, this course has one of the most unforgettable settings in Cabo. Players can enjoy signature comfort stations with snack bars or outdoor grills.
San Jose del Cabo Golf Courses
Puerto Los Cabos Golf
There are two golf courses in the Puerto Los Cabos community: the Mission Course and the Ocean Course. With a combined 27 holes between the two courses, players can choose which combination of 18 they would like to play. 18 holes were designed by Jack Nicklaus and the additional 9 were designed by Greg Norman. With challenging holes, breathtaking views, and a friendly environment, Puerto Los Cabos golf is loved by everyone who plays it. You can enjoy comfort stations that serve delicious tacos and burritos.
Palmilla Golf Club
Another Cabo golf course designed by legendary golfer, Jack Nicklaus, Palmilla is another top course in the area. It features three separate 9-hole courses: Ocean, Mountain, and Arroyo Courses. Each have a slightly different style of play, but they are all amazing in their own right. The Ocean Course has a couple holes that are just steps away from the soft sandy beach of Palmilla. This is an up-and-down course that features a 600-ft elevation change in the first six holes.