Cost-Free Cabo: A Guide to Free Attractions in Los Cabos

One of the most attractive things about Cabo San Lucas is that it offers memorable activities at every price point. Yes, you can drop quite a lot of money chasing blue marlin or pars at one of the area's many championship-level golf courses, enjoying your personal butler at One&Only Palmilla, or dropping the price of an economy car on magnums of Champagne at one of the high-end downtown nightclubs. Then again, there are plenty of activities that don't cost a thing. With that in mind, here are a few ways to spend a budget-free day in Los Cabos.

The Natural History Museum in Cabo San Lucas offers an excellent introduction to regional history – the wraparound murals in the lobby are, in fact, a visual representation of that history – as well as its traditional culture and incredible natural biodiversity. The museum is also conveniently located near the Land’s End city’s oldest house of worship, the 1950s era Parroquia San Lucas Evangelista. The most popular gathering places for cost-conscious travelers, however, are beautiful area beaches like Playas El Médano, Chileno and Santa María.

Sister city San José del Cabo is home to an even greater number of notable (and admission free) sites, including a beautiful old church that's located near the main square, Plaza Mijares. While you're in the neighborhood, explore the many galleries in the historic Distrito del Arte (Art District), visit City Hall and the Casa de Cultura, learn about local heroes at the Jardin de Cabeños Ilustres, or see how many avian species you can identify at the estuary and bird sanctuary.



Whale Watching season in Los Cabos traditionally stretches from mid-December through mid-April, and sees an estimated 10,000 whales migrate south to breeding grounds at Magdalena Bay and in the Sea of Cortés. Grays and humpbacks are the most...  Read More



Playa Santa María is not quite as popular as Tourist Corridor neighbor Playa Chileno, but this exquisitely lovely horseshoe-shaped beach is definitely worth a visit. The protected bay includes a marine sanctuary, and there is an colorful array...  Read More

Parroquia San Lucas Evangelista
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Parroquia San Lucas Evangelista is among the oldest buildings in town, and one of the few places in Cabo San Lucas of historical importance (the old lighthouse and the abandoned cannery are also notable). It's located just off the town square,...  Read More



Once a fresh water stop for Spanish ships plying the Manila - Acapulco Galleon Trade, San José del Cabo's estuary is still an important local water source (it's fed by the San José River), but is now best known as a bird and wildlife sanctuary...  Read More



The new Tropic of Cancer monument is located just outside of Santiago, and celebrates the northernmost of earth's three important lines of latitude. This monument replaced smaller, less impressive markers that had previously denoted the 23.5N...  Read More



Playa Chileno is one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, and has been consistently "blue flagged" for excellence by the IMNC (a Mexican regulatory agency) for its water quality, safety and services. As one might imagine, Chileno Beach is...  Read More



The Thursday evening art walk is one of highlights of any visit to San José del Cabo, and runs from 5-9 p.m. during high tourist season (November through June). The participating galleries are all clustered together in the city's historic...  Read More



This beautiful old church is set amid San José del Cabo's historic downtown area, a stone's throw from City Hall, the Casa de la Cultura, and the Distrito del Arte (Art District). Originally founded as a mission in 1730 by Jesuit priest...  Read More



Playa El Médano is ground zero for the Spring Break madness in March, and remains busy throughout the year. In many ways, it's the center of social life in Cabo San Lucas. The beach is huge, about two miles long, and filled with restaurants,...  Read More

Museo de Historia Natural de Cabo San Lucas
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The local natural history museum is located on the town square, Plaza Amelia Wilkes, and is easily identifiable by the whale skeleton out front, although a distressing number of bones were blown away during Hurricane Odile. The museum is free...  Read More


Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is co-founder of CaboVivo, co-writer of Fodor's Los Cabos travel guidebook, and a contributor to 10Best at USA Today, as well as other websites and publications. His specialty is...  More About Chris