The Best Time to Travel to Cabo

Planning a trip is hard. Between figuring out vacation time and deciding where to go, something meant to be stress-free can turn into an incredibly stressful issue. As someone who has traveled to Cabo San Lucas multiple times over different seasons, I’m here to give you the pros and cons of picking which season is right for you!

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Peak Tourist Season

My first trip to Cabo was in mid-January. This is prime travel season, and you could tell by how full the resorts, clubs, and excursions were. During the day, it was perfect weather. The sun was out, averaging 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. The sand wasn’t too hot, you could go walking on the beach with ease. You could dip in the water that was decently chilly, however quite nice after getting used to it.

The mornings were cool. It didn’t get too hot until around 11 AM, which was great for someone like me, who starts their mornings with a workout or with a strong cup of coffee on the patio. By noon, it was perfect vacation weather. You could lay outside from 12 PM to 4 PM and catch a perfect tan with the UV averaging around 9. By 6 PM, the weather would start dropping drastically. It went from around 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, down to 60 degrees Fahrenheit by 9 PM, when you’d need a sweatshirt or long sleeve to walk around.

Another disadvantage to going to Cabo during this season was that the sun set pretty early – around 7:15 PM. Personally, my family and I would get ready around 5 PM and then sit on the beach, watching the sunset before going to dinner. We made the most of it. I didn’t mind how cold it got during the night because it was good sitting weather. I’m the type of person who doesn’t like to be hot when they are lounging. I like to be comfortable, even if that means I have to put on another layer. The night temperature in Cabo is perfect for this type of person. I enjoyed sipping on some tropical drinks while watching a live show on the resort patio. It gave my body a break from the hot days.

The most important thing to remember is that December to April is peak tourist season in Cabo. As nice as the weather sounds, resort prices are up and tours and restaurants are pretty crowded, so you’ll probably need to make reservations in advance. However, if you’re social and love to meet new people, this is the time to go. There are people from across the world on this small peninsula and it can lead to some great friendships and memories! On the other hand, if you’re someone who cherishes privacy and intimacy, expect to pay more for things like private tours and secluded luxury hotels.

Hurricane Season

My second trip to Cabo was in mid-August and let me tell you, this six month difference does wonders. August through October is peak hurricane season, but don’t let that scare you off! It typically only consists of heavier winds and rain. The week I was there, it only rained one night and into the next day. After that, it was blue skies. Tourist companies are also aware of the weather changes and are very flexible with your tours. Our tour had rain and thunderstorms just beforehand, but we waited it out for 30 minutes and then hopped on our sailboat to enjoy the rest of the day with perfect weather.

The main disadvantage of going to Cabo during this season was the heat. The average temperature during my stay was 100 degrees F and it was unrelenting. I am a young, avid traveler in good shape, and I could barely stand walking around outside for more than 10 minutes. It’s consistently hot and humid, and tends to drop to higher 70’s at night. This is when the weather is the best, especially for outdoor dinners and activities. The heat is so strong, even the ocean feels like a heated pool when you jump in. If you’re at a resort pool, expect that thing to feel like a big hot tub. I know this may seem overwhelming, but I believe the pros outweigh the cons.

Although the weather may be hot, there were barely any tourists in the city. This meant we had hardly anyone around us on the beach, the resorts felt more personal, and we got to mingle with a lot more with the locals and actually see the city for what it was, rather than a tourist mosh pit. If you’re an early riser, don’t expect the sun to be up right away, however it was pretty much all the way out by 7-8 AM. On the bright side, wink wink, the sun stays out pretty late, and doesn’t set until about 9 PM – perfect for sitting out side on a patio, sipping some wine, and playing some cards while enjoying the view. The best thing about this season was how green everything was. Since it’s so rainy, the palm trees, shrubbery, and grass is a gorgeous, breathtaking vivid green–A color you don’t fully get during peak tourist season, and the sunsets are killer.

Cabo Sunset

At the end of the day, Cabo is Cabo. It is a gorgeous vacation destination year-round. If you’re someone who likes to party, mingle, and really get the full tourist experience, then December to April is the perfect time for you. If you’re someone who doesn’t mind the heat, loves the greenery of the land, and loves a more intimate feel, then August to November is great for you. No matter what season you choose, you will have a great time seeing the famous arch, the gorgeous landscape, and the beautiful beaches that Cabo San Lucas has to offer.

The Best Dinner Spots in Cabo

It’s no secret that Cabo San Lucas is a haven for seafood lovers. Many of the restaurants have relationships with local fishermen, providing only the best of the best to be served upon your tablecloth each night. However, there is so much more than just seafood in Cabo. From carnitas de chamorro to banana flambé, we hope you enjoy this exclusive list of the best dinner spots in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

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1. El Peregrino ($$)

El Peregrino is a hole in the wall with authentic Mexican Food. Being a land and sea spot, they serve up shrimp fettuccine, bone-in filet mignon and sea bass that’s to die for. If you’re lucky, you may get to experience one of their specials, like the 12-hour braised pork shank. Don’t forget to snag a bite of creme brûlée for dessert!

2. Serrano ($$)

Serrano is the perfect place to enjoy a family-style meal, They offer plenty of char-grilled veggies and meat, as well as mouth-watering sides like the baked potato or fresh-made guacamole. If you’re a wine drinker, Serrano is a MUST, as they also host an entire wine bar.

3. Hacienda Cocina y Cantina ($$$)

Hacienda Cocina and Cantina is one of the most gorgeous places to dine on the peninsula. With a beachfront view, you’ll probably want to head here for a sunset equipped with a tangerine margarita. For dinner, order the Molcajete to share. You won’t regret it.

4. Los Tres Gallos ($$)

At Los Tres Gallos, you’ll be dining in the courtyard under a sea of colorful string lights. From here, you’ll be able to see the kitchen dicing away at your dishes and watch in excitement as each presentation leaves its doors. You really can’t go wrong with any choices here, but the carnitas de chamorro are not to be missed.

5. Edith’s ($$$)

Dining at Edith’s is a complete culinary experience. Be prepared to enjoy some smoky lobster and a scrumptious banana flambé that looks too good to eat. Make sure you do a reservation in advance for Edith’s, as it definitely gets busy!

6. La Lupita ($)

La Lupita is a casual dinner spot with live music and gourmet tacos. If you’re looking for a reasonable place to dine with a great ambience and even better drinks, this is it. Hang out outside under the string lights and watch the bands perform above you with a Volcano Lo Lupita in hand.

7. Tacos Guss ($)

Tacos Guss is another hole in the wall taco stand that will take your tastebuds on a cultural rollercoaster. With spectacular prices and a location among many other great food spots, you really don’t have an excuse not to pop into this mom and pop.

8. The Office ($$)

The Office is a great place to end up if you’re hungry. With big portions and fresh ingredients, you won’t be going home after work hungry. If you’re looking for a more known location with tequila shots and photo props, The Office should be on your itinerary.

9. Outpost ($$)

Outpost is a nice farm to table dinner restaurant a bit away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Cabo. This is a great option for vegetarians, although they serve more than just veggies, too. Once you walk inside, you’ll feel as if you’re dining in a treehouse with your tapas. Pro Tip: Order the Margarita Trilogy to get a taste of each of their festive flavors on a flight.

10. Campestre ($)

Last, but not least, is Campestre. This flavor-filled restaurant is one of the many off-the-tourist-track-but-well-worth-it stops. With easy parking, incredible prices, big plates and awesome service, you can go all out for any meal of the day. Don’t forget to try one of their fresh margaritas with your shrimp quesadilla.

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We hope this guide to the best dinner spots in Cabo San Lucas gave you a good idea of where to begin your food journeys. If you have any other restaurants you love, please feel free to comment them below!

About the Founders

Who are they? What is their background?

Two travel enthusiasts, Alissa and Raven, met at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during their part-time jobs as waitresses. Naturally, they became fast friends due to their common interests in exploring the world and entrepreneurship. Graduating with combined bachelor degrees in Economics and Retail & Consumer Behavior, they decided to put their passion for business to use and begin a start-up. In the Fall of 2021, they decided to launch their first company: Anchors Away.

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Why Cabo?

They visited Cabo for the first time together in January 2021 and fell in love (I mean, who wouldn’t?). From the gorgeous views of the arch, to the vast array of day and nighttime activities, there were a ton of reasons to come back. On top of that, Alissa met her current partner on the trip and they have been together ever since. Needless to say, it was a no-brainer that they decided to base the company out of Cabo considering all of the great rewards it has reaped them thus far.

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Why tourism?

As previously mentioned, business is their strong suit. So as much fun as it would have been to open a restaurant, the experience just wasn’t there. Because of combined lack of cooking skills, they decided to focus on what they know best: people, business, and tourism.

Being avid travelers and experiencing a variety of different tours – all ranging from horrible to super great – the Anchors Away team mastered the art of delivering quality to customers just as they would have liked to see it done for themselves. Since they did all the hard work of traveling around the world and taking tours for you (okay it wasn’t that hard, but they saved you a lot of time and money), they compiled all their favorite things and decided to bring them to you, so you can ensure the best of the best when you sail with our crew.

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Why Anchors Away?

People go on vacation to let go of all the stress and pressure put on them by school, work, parenting (to name but a few), and take a few well-deserved days to themselves to relax. Anchors Away was derived on the notion of physically untethering that anchor that is holding one down, and letting them be free from all worries and stress in their current lives. And as long as you are sailing upon one of our vessels, we can ensure that you will feel free from all responsibilities for a few, cherish-able hours.

So, come sail with us . . . and see for yourself all we have to offer.