The Best Time to Visit Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas. This Mexican coastal town on the southern tip of the Baja California Sur Peninsula is a trendy vacation destination sure to excite. Just the name brings up images of beautiful beaches, authentic Mexican food, the Arco de San Lucas, and incredible marine life. Cabo San Lucas has plenty of exciting entertainment for couples and families alike, but when should you go? Well, that depends on what you are looking for in your vacation.

If you are traveling with children and/or families, the best time to visit is May through

July. The beaches are enjoyable and there will be exciting activities for everyone. If your children are older you might choose to be adventurous by kayaking to El Arco or riding an ATV. For younger children or a slower pace, building sandcastles on the beach or going on a marina stroll might be just what you’re looking for.

The best time to avoid crowds is during the rainy season which is August through September. But with only an 18% chance of rain daily, there are still many sunny days. Beaches will be nearly empty and restaurants and bars will be quiet. Often hotels will have discounts available. You might actually be happy if it rains as you will now have the perfect excuse to visit one of Cabo’s world-renowned spas.

If you enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving, plan your vacation from early October to early November. The water is warm and visibility will be at its highest point for the year. You are likely to see bull and hammerhead sharks and sea turtles. A true highlight to diving in Cabo San Lucas is the sea lions which frequent dive sites. These playful pups never fail to amuse divers with their antics.

The best time for whale watching in Cabo is January through March. Not only will you get to see humpback and gray whales, but you may also see whale sharks. Schedule early morning tours for calmer water and less chance of seasickness. Afternoon tours usually find the animals more active, but the boat ride will be more choppy later in the day.

Sportfishing is available throughout the year. If you’re wanting to hook a marlin, go September through January. The tuna run from June through January. Grouper and snapper are most abundant from May through September. If you’re feeling competitive and want to participate in a tournament, check the calendar and plan to visit in October to early November. One fishing trip to Cabo and you’ll be hooked!