The best times of the year to visit Cabo San Lucas
Published Date: August 8, 2023
With warm weather, ocean breezes and an impossibly beautiful coastline, it’s hard to go wrong with a trip to Cabo San Lucas. But the very best time of year to visit this popular destination on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula depends on what you’re looking for. Here’s our breakdown of what to expect in Cabo during each of the four seasons.
The whole Los Cabos area (which includes both Cabo San Lucas and neighboring San José del Cabo) is a popular wintertime destination. Many people from colder climates in the United States like to spend the holidays in Cabo, where wintertime temperatures hover around the mid-70s. While you’ll want to bring a jacket for evening beach strolls and morning whale-watching expeditions, you can expect generally mild and comfortable conditions. And speaking of whale watching, winter is the peak season for spotting humpback whales. Between December and April, thousands of whales migrate from the cold waters of the Arctic to the warmer waters surrounding the Baja Peninsula to mate and give birth. Whale-watching expeditions are a popular activity, with guided tours leaving Cabo’s downtown marina throughout the day. Those interested in scuba diving may want to avoid winter travel to Cabo, as the water is its coldest during these months. Dive tours are available all year, though, so you may just want to pack a wetsuit.
Spring in Cabo San Lucas brings warmer temperatures … and spring breakers. Especially during the months of March and April, the town’s many resorts are absolutely packed with revelers, driving up hotel prices and making it more challenging to get into your favorite restaurants, shops and tours. The spring months are also popular with families, as temperatures peak in the mid-80s and storms during this time of year are rare. Family-friendly activities include horseback riding, surf lessons, visiting a turtle conservation center and — of course — plenty of beach time. After the spring break crowds have subsided and before the hot summer weather arrives, savvy travelers can enjoy this idyllic shoulder season, where temperatures are warm but not too hot and accommodations are more affordable.
Some like it hot, and if that’s you, summer might just be the best time to visit Cabo. Temperatures peak in July and August, with daytime highs regularly exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The pace of life is a little slower in the summer, which many visitors like. Days are more likely spent lounging by (or in) the pool or splashing in the ocean. Visitors in late July and throughout August should be prepared for the occasional summer rainstorm. August and September are typically peak hurricane season in the Pacific. While it’s rare for a hurricane to make landfall on the Baja Peninsula, the area does get the occasional tropical storm. Luckily, there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy while you wait out the rain — time for a spa day?
Summer heat and unpredictable rainfall taper off in fall, making it a perfect time for outdoor activities like hiking, four-wheeling, diving, sailing, golfing and more. Fall is also considered the best time of year for sportfishing. Anglers from all over the world arrive in Cabo in search of tuna, blue marlin, wahoo and sailfish. In October and November, the town plays host to multiple fishing tournaments. While weather at home may be turning cold and rainy, Cabo offers a picture-perfect destination for a sunny fall getaway. You’ll beat the holiday rush and be more likely to snag that perfect patch of sand at Lover’s Beach or find the perfect lounge chair overlooking the pool.
Enjoy year-round adventures in Cabo
When you co-own a luxury second home in Los Cabos, there’s no bad time of year to visit. In fact, you’ll have ample days to relax in your professionally designed and decorated vacation home, while enjoying the best of the picturesque Baja Peninsula.