Cabo San Lucas in Mexico is a top tourist destination that draws lots of visitors who adore its pleasant climate and beautiful beaches. Whether you are in the mood for relaxation or adventure, there is something for everyone to enjoy. There are incredible restaurants ranging from upscale gourmet fare to authentic Mexican cuisine. Shoppers will enjoy perusing the local arts and crafts as well as designer brands. If you want to get out of Cabo for the day and explore neighboring towns, here are our top 5 choices for fun Cabo day trips.
Cabo Day Trip: #1 Santiago
Cabo Day Trip #1 is to Santiago, a quaint farming community just 23 miles north of the Los Cabos International Airport. Originally founded as “Misión de Santiago el Apóstol” in 1723, Santiago has a small rustic museum located next to the church with interesting exhibits including colonial artifacts and local fossils. Open from Monday through Friday from 8 am to 1 pm, admission is free to the museum. Visitors will also enjoy the colorful agriculture farms, fruit orchards, and thousands of palm trees that surround the town. The palm trees are grown for their palm leaves which are used in the construction of palapa roofs. The fruit orchards are primarily consistent with mango, orange and grapefruit trees. Make sure you also enjoy some of the local cuisines from one of the local family-run restaurants. In addition to authentic Mexican food, plan time to stop at one of the hot springs just south of town which includes Agua Caliente, El Chorro, and Santa Rita springs.
Cabo Day Trip: #2 La Paz
La Paz is the capital city of Baja California Sur with about 250,000 residents. It is also an important regional commercial center. Since the 2000s, the population of La Paz has grown greatly and it boasts one of the highest standards of living and security in all of Mexico. Get an early morning start from Cabo and you can visit several coastal villages along the way to La Paz. Once you arrive at La Paz, explore the historical center and stroll along the town’s Malecón boardwalk. Visitors are impressed by the town’s interesting architecture and beautiful Bahía de La Paz views.
Cabo Day Trip: #3 Miraflores
Miraflores is a quaint and laid back village situated 30 miles north of the Los Cabos airport. This sleepy pueblo is surrounded by organic farms and ranches at the base of the Sierra Laguna mountains. Plan to visit some of the old leather works Talleres, or workshops, that line the road as you enter the town as Miraflores is a great spot to find unique handmade leather goods. Peruse a variety of fine leather wares including purses, wallets, belts or even a leather horse saddle for your favorite cowboy or cowgirl. Is relaxation on your mind? There are nearby hot springs located just outside town near the base of the mountains that are an ideal spot to destress and get away from it all for a few hours.
Cabo Day Trip: #4 Todos Santos
Todos Santos is a small town located at the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains 1 hour north of Cabo. Recently, there has been a large increase in tourism to the area and many new real estate developments are currently under construction. The town boasts numerous handicraft shops, art galleries, upscale restaurants, boutique hotels and restored colonial buildings. In addition, there are regular festivals that draw large crowds including the Festival de Cine and the Todos Santos Music Festival. Visitors to Todos Santos can’t miss the Hotel California, a favorite landmark in Todos Santos.
Cabo Day Trip: #5 San Jose Del Cabo
Situated 25 miles north of Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo was the only community at the tip of the Baja California peninsula for hundreds of years. Its freshwater and palm-lined lagoons were the locations for Native Indian communities that prospered in the area for hundreds of years prior to Spanish colonization. Later, it was also a water and provision stop for Spanish sailing trading vessels traveling from the east carrying silks and spices.
Which of these top 5 Cabo Day Trips do you want to try first?