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Most Romantic Things to Do in Cabo San Lucas

Cabo for Couples: 10 Best Romantic Things To Do in Los Cabos

Los Cabos’ well-earned reputation as a world-class romantic getaway destination is sustained by three major contributing factors: 1) a gorgeous setting on the southernmost rim of the Baja California peninsula that boasts year-round sunshine and over 100+ miles of scenic coastline; 2) a magnificent array of luxury resorts from some of the world's most prestigious hospitality brands (including Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, and Waldorf Astoria); and one-of-a-kind seasonal adventures like whale watching and swimming with whale sharks that, in combination with the spectacular vistas and extraordinary resort amenities, help to create an “only in Cabo” style allure.

The region’s wealth of beachfront luxury resorts not only offers couples in the mood for romance an abundance of attractive options, but it has also launched something of a love-inspired “arms race,” as properties vie with one another to offer the most romantic amenities, the best onsite restaurants, and the most pampering onsite spas.

But the heart of romance of Los Cabos is found in the region’s breathtaking outdoor settings and the myriad opportunities for amazing shared experiences.

Playa del Amor (in English, Lover's Beach) is, as the name suggests, a perennially popular destination for visiting couples. The picturesque beach is most easily accessible by water taxi, and is an excellent spot for sunning, swimming, snorkeling and romantic picnics.

Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas is definitely a must-visit, either by water taxi to Lover’s Beach or via tandem kayak tours from High Tide Los Cabos. Kayaks launch near the old cannery and paddle out for up-close views of El Arco, with a restful stop at Lover’s Beach before the paddle back. Or, alternatively, couples can simply sail around the famed headland, enjoying the views with Champagne in hand from the deck of a private sailboat.

Cabo Adventures’ dolphin swims may not occur in the wild like whale watching expeditions or swimming with whale shark experiences. Nonetheless, there is something magical about spending time up-close with these remarkable creatures.

There are two great arts centers in Baja California Sur, and both offer abundant opportunities for romantic perambulations. The historic Art District in San José del Cabo features weekly Art Walks during the tourist season, after-hours showcases when galleries display regional paintings, sculptures and other creative works.

The artists' colony of Todos Santos also boasts a thriving gallery scene, but the seaside pueblo mágico is worth a day trip for its other charms too, which include lovely brick architecture that’s a legacy from the town's days as a sugar capital, as well as boutique shops and eateries.


Dolphin swims are among the most popular tickets in town. The encounters occur in shallow water and so aren't very physically demanding, as the dolphins do all the work; most memorably, giving rides to visitors, who hang on to their pectoral fins. The pool is quite cool, as it has to be maintained at a temperature comfortable for the dolphins. But wetsuits are provided, and this is hands down one of the best local activities for couples and families with small children (ages 4 and up). Swims are done in small groups, and last for 30 to 40 minutes, with a photographer assigned to all groups. Conveniently, Cabo Adventures maintains dolphin centers in both Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Dolphin swims are popular with people of all ages, and a great experience to share with your spouse or significant other.

Chris's expert tip: All Cabo Adventures tours are assigned a photographer, and dolphin swims and encounters are exhaustively and professionally photographed.

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Todos Santos
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Pueblo mágico, which translates as magical village, is a designation given to Mexican towns of major historical or cultural significance, and/or great natural beauty. There are three pueblos mágicos on the Baja California peninsula, the first of which was Todos Santos, a community located on the Pacific Coast, just north of Pescadero. Once a thriving sugar capital, Todos Santos retains many beautiful brick buildings from its 19th century prominence. Since the mid-1980s, however, the town has been best known for its arts scene. There are many great galleries in the downtown area, as well several excellent restaurants and hotels, including the historic Hotel California. Todos Santos is a popular day trip destination from Los Cabos, only about one hour by car from Cabo San Lucas.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Todos Santos is a popular day trip destination from Los Cabos, and perfect for romantic getaways.

Chris's expert tip: Todos Santos offers many excellent restaurant options, including Jazamango, a beautiful al fresco eatery from acclaimed Tijuana chef Javier Plascencia.

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Surf lessons at beginner-friendly breaks at Playas Costa Azul and Los Cerritos may be the most sought-after water-based activities option from High Tide – at least with kids – but the company's most iconic offering is a tandem kayak paddle out to Land's End and the Arch, with a stop at Lover's Beach for sun, sand, snorkeling, snacks and superb photo opportunities. Stand up paddle boards are also available on this tour, which is a great option for visiting couples. "Two Bay" snorkel tours are also offered by High Tide, as are hiking excursions in picturesque Fox Canyon. Less active pursuits include private off-road jeep explorations of Todos Santos and East Cape sites like Cabo Pulmo.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Tandem kayak trips to Land's End and Lover's Beach are an excellent outdoor activity choice for couples.

Chris's expert tip: High Tide's private jeep explorations of Todos Santos and scenic East Cape destinations like Cabo Pulmo and Santiago are also great activities options for visiting couples.

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Cabo Adventures is among the top activities companies in Los Cabos, with an impressive array of outdoor excursions that include dolphin swims, scuba dives, whale watching outings, outback camel tours, mountain biking and zip lining through a UNESCO protected biosphere in the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range. For adrenaline junkies, the zip line tour is the one most likely to set the heart racing, with a series of lines criss-crossing rugged terrain in the Boca de Sierra. The longest line, dubbed Superman, stretches for nearly a mile and requires riding face down at speeds up to 60 mph. The views are spectacular, from the elevated launch point to exhilarating stretches where you seem to be flying just above the tree (and cactus) line.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Obstacle challenges and the country's longest and fastest zip line make this an exhilarating experience for adventurous couples.

Chris's expert tip: This is an amazing introduction to the Sierra de la Laguna, the mountain range that runs up the center of Southern Baja California Sur, from Los Cabos to La Paz.

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Cabo San Lucas has excellent sailing conditions outside its protected bay, and Cabo Sails is one of the top local options for charters, tours or sailing lessons. Available sailboats range from 30' to 44' feet in length, and can accommodate up to 20 guests for snorkel, whale watching and sunset tours, as well as private and overnight charters. The sunset tours are one of the best romantic activities in Los Cabos, with chilled Champagne, fresh sea breezes, and the unforgettable sight of the sun sinking beyond the evocatively shaped granite rock formations at Land's End. Catamarans and trimarans provide smooth rides, and Cabo Sails excels at service-oriented touches, from wrapping towels around deck cushions to providing things like roses or birthday cakes for special occasions. They even offer dog-size life preserves for those traveling with pets.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Private sailing tours are among the most romantic sunset activities in Los Cabos.

Chris's expert tip: All vessels are rigged with lifeline safety netting, a family-friendly feature that makes sailing stress-free for parents with small children.

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The Thursday evening Art Walk is one of highlights of any visit to San José del Cabo, running weekly from 5 to 9 p.m. during high tourist season (November through June). Sip wine, sample cheese, wander the area's beautiful cobblestone streets, and interact with some of the top artists and gallery owners in Baja California Sur. Of course, most paintings, sculptures and the like are for sale to those with a discerning eye or an interest in regional art, but it should be noted that this event can also be enjoyed at no cost whatsoever. And the pleasures of Art Walk extend beyond the boundaries of the Gallery District. The historic church is close by, as is Plaza Mijares, the town square, and City Hall, with its historic clock tower and colorful interior murals that trace the history of México.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Art Walk is a great early evening activities option for visiting couples.

Chris's expert tip: Several excellent bars and restaurants are located in the Art District, including the original location of Baja Brewing Company.

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Cuadra San Francisco is one of the Los Cabos area's hidden gems, offering virtually every equine-related activity imaginable: trail rides over local terrain, romantic rides along secluded beaches, carriage rides for weddings or special events...even polo lessons. The late Francisco Barrera trained under Nuno Oliveira, the Portuguese legend considered by many to be the most outstanding horseman of the 20th century, and his son Valente excels at teaching dressage, and the traditional techniques of Mexican vaqueros. The stables are located in the Tourist Corridor, just off the Cabo Real golf course, and maintain over 60 horses. Pony-sized horses with special saddles are available for kids, who can take riding lessons, as well as studying dresssage, reining, Western pleasure, and other equine arts.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Romantic carriage rides are a Cuadra San Francisco specialty.

Chris's expert tip: Guided riding tours are available over multiple terrains, from beach to desert.

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Long considered one of the benchmark spas in all of Latin America, The Spa at Esperanza is particularly noted for its romantic couples' treatments, but also boasts signature therapies like the Pasaje de Agua, a water based experience that combines a warm-spring soaking pool, steam caves and a cool waterfall rinse. For couples, however, there are three primary "rituals": Rites of Passage, Couple's Clay Bake, and Romancing the Stone. The latter is the must-try for first-time visitors, and begins with an outdoor soak in your own private pool, refreshed by seasonal aguas frescas. This relaxing interlude is followed by sensual, mood-enhancing body oils from Lola's Apothecary prepped and put to use during intensive hot stone massages. The finale to this pampering shared experience is an "Auberge Head to Toe", featuring rejuvenating foot exfoliations and seaweed or hot oil based hair and scalp treatments.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The Spa at Esperanza is not only a benchmark wellness center in Los Cabos, but is renowned for its romantic couples treatments.

Chris's expert tip: Gym and yoga facilities are also available, and the integrated wellness program now includes approximately 35 classes per week. Well-known fitness instructors from the U.S. and Canada are featured several times per year.

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The 144' luxury catamaran Caborey is the premier cruise ship in Los Cabos, best known for its popular margarita and dinner cruises. The premier sunset dinner and show cruise is one of the great local dining experiences, particularly for those who are in town for a short time and want to get a feel for the local landscape, culture and cuisine. Enjoy romantic sunset views of Cabo San Lucas Bay, Médano and Lovers' Beaches, and the unique rock formations such as El Arco that stretch out towards Land's End. There are two below-deck areas for dinner, depending upon your ticket preference. There is a buffet on the middle deck, and a sit-down dinner on the lower deck with a choice of entrées. After the sit-down dinner, there is a rousing Las Vegas-style floor show featuring Mexican and Latin American singing and folk dances, headlined by a passionately romantic Argentine style tango.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Caborey's romantic dinner cruise offers fine dining and drinks, a rousing floorshow featuring Latin American dancing, and spectacular Land's End views.

Chris's expert tip: One of the highlights of the dinner cruise is the floor show featuring Latin American song and dance. The performers are available for photos after the show, an opportunity often missed by those lining up to leave the ship.

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Lover's and Divorce Beaches are as close as you can get to Land's End, the peninsula's southernmost point, without a boat. However, visitors will need to hire a water taxi or other water-based transportation to access them. Lover's Beach is on the Sea of Cortés side, and offers safe swimming and very good snorkeling conditions. It also features spectacular views of the bay, and is the area's most famous site for romantic picnics and wedding related photo shoots. Neighboring Divorce Beach is accessible through a break in the rocks, and is distinguished by crashing Pacific Ocean waves (Warning: avoid swimming on the Pacific side due to strong rip currents and occasional rogue waves). There are no vendors or services on either beach, so pack accordingly.

Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Playa del Amor is one the Los Cabos area's most beautiful beaches, and a perfect spot for a romantic picnic.

Chris's expert tip: Swimming and snorkeling are very good from Lover's Beach.

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Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is the Cabo San Lucas local expert for the USA Today travel website 10 Best, writer of Fodor's Los Cabos travel guidebook, and a contributor to numerous websites and publications,...  More About Chris