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How To Enjoy Los Cabos On A Budget

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Los Cabos is famous for celebrity visitors, beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts, and exciting nightlife. However, it’s easy to blow through your budget quickly while on vacation here, especially if you aren’t staying in All-Inclusive accommodation, and are paying for food and drinks daily. If you’re planning a trip to Los Cabos and want to save money, there are plenty of ways to enjoy all the area has to offer without breaking the bank.

How To Enjoy Los Cabos On A Budget

Eat Like A Local

One of the easiest ways to save money in Los Cabos is to eat like a local. Search out the street vendors and small family-run restaurants and Taquerias. These places offer delicious, authentic Mexican food at much lower prices than in restaurants. A good way to choose which vendor to eat at is by how busy they are, some may look more professional than others, and may do a better job with their marketing, but that isn’t always a sure sign of food quality in Mexico. Ask around, other visitors and locals alike are normally happy to recommend great vendors.

Additionally, you could also save money by cooking your own meals, a lot of hotels and vacation rentals have kitchens, and local grocery stores offer fresh ingredients at reasonable prices. Consider taking one of the many traditional cookery classes on offer in Los Cabos, and start putting the newly acquired skills into action, while at the same time-saving money.

Street food stall Mexico

Shop For Less

Los Cabos is home to many high-end boutiques and designer brand outlets, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money to find unique and affordable souvenirs and gifts. Visit local markets and artisanal shops like those found in Marina Mercado, where you can find handmade crafts and clothing. With a little exploration, you will find many less formal stalls, where you can also save money by haggling with vendors. Almost 60% of Mexicans are employed in this informal economy, so it’s also a great way to really invest in the locals of Los Cabos while on your trip.

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Street vendor by the beach

Amazing Snorkeling Tours

Los Cabos has a lot of activities for visitors to enjoy, one of the most popular of which is snorkeling. The Cabo San Lucas Marine Preserve is famous around the world for its crystal-clear waters and protected marine life. And it’s located just a short boat ride from the shore, where it is home to a wide variety of fish, turtles, rays, and other marine life. There is no shortage of tours on offer, many of which are reasonably priced. So, if you’re planning a trip to Los Cabos and love the ocean, be sure to add snorkeling to your list of activities.

Couple snorkeling with fish in view

The Famous Médano Beach

Another great free activity in Los Cabos is relaxing on the famous Médano Beach. Located in the heart of Cabo San Lucas it is extremely popular year-round with locals and tourists alike, especially during spring break when it becomes one of the biggest party spots in the world. Whether you want to work on your sun tan, go for a swim, or just watch the world go by, Médano Beach is the perfect place to do it.

Medano beach

Stay In A Vacation Rental

Instead of booking a hotel or resort, consider staying in a vacation rental. You can often find apartments, villas, and other rental properties at much lower prices than hotels. And they may come with extra amenities like kitchens, pools, and outdoor spaces. This can be a great choice if you’re traveling with a large group, as it can be more cost-effective to rent a larger property and split the cost among everyone.

Colonial buildings in Cabo

Travel During The Low Season

Prices for flights, hotels, and activities in Los Cabos can be lower during the low season, which is accepted to be from May to October. This is a great time to visit Los Cabos as the weather is still warm and sunny, but there are fewer tourists. If you’re flexible with your travel dates, consider booking your trip during the off-season to save money and avoid the high-season crowds.

Quiet marina in Los Cabos

Take Public Transportation

For those with wanderlust, Los Cabos has a reliable and affordable public transportation system which includes the famous Colectivo buses (also known as combis or peseros), and taxis. By using public transport, visitors can explore Los Cabos and the state of Baja California Sur for much less than the cost of renting a car.

Public bus in Los Cabos

No matter what way you choose to spend your vacation, Los Cabos has something for everyone, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy it. A tight budget doesn’t have to hold you back, there are plenty of ways to have a great time in this beautiful destination without breaking the bank.

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