It's easy to see why Cabo San Lucas is such a popular stop for cruise ships. The convenient location of the city's cruise ship terminal allows visitors easy access to the many water-based activities companies headquartered around the marina boardwalk, as well as quick and affordable water taxi transportation to beautiful local beaches like Playa El Médano and Playa del Amor.
Playa El Médano is approximately a 30 minute walk from the terminal, but water taxis cut the travel time to about 5 minutes, and generally cost only a few dollars per person. Médano Beach is definitely worth a visit. This two mile stretch of sand hosts many of Los Cabos' best resorts, restaurants and cantinas – including popular stops like Mango Deck and The Office – and is the go-to spot for jet ski rentals and parasailing rides.
Cabo San Lucas' other iconic beach, Playa del Amor (more commonly known as Lover's Beach), is also a highly recommended stop for first-time visitors. Water taxi rides to this picturesque playa are easily arranged, but more satisfying excursions are available through High Tide Sea Expeditions, which offers three hour tandem kayak trips to Land's End, with a leisurely stop at Lover's Beach for snorkeling and snacks. Best of all, the tour starts a very short distance from the cruise ship terminal.