Los Cabos is one of the most expensive Mexican cities to take a vacation, more than double what it costs to visit many other popular destinations in the country, according to the Los Cabos Tourism Board. Managing Director of the Board, Rodrigo Esponda, pointed out that on average tourists spend around $2500 during their trips to Los Cabos, compared to an average of $1100 that visitors to many other cities spend. Because it costs so much more to visit Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, it’s important to consider the cost of everything you’ll have to pay for during your vacation.
Los Cabos Expenses
Typically the most expensive part of any vacation is accommodations, followed closely by airline tickets and ground travel expenses. Food and beverage costs take up another good portion of a vacation budget, particularly for those that enjoy fine dining, which Los Cabos has a lot of. And finally, the cost of activities can add up pretty quickly, too, especially when those activities involve a little traveling.
To help with planning a vacation budget that won’t get out of control, we’ll share a little insight into what these various things might cost. It is important to point out, though, that prices of some things are always changing, often based on the season. This is particularly true in the case of accommodations, as well as airline tickets, which vary dramatically.
Hotel or Resort Accommodations
There are approximately 100 hotels and resorts to choose from in Los Cabos, which includes San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. With that many accommodations, prices can vary considerably, as you might expect, but the biggest price variations will depend on the type of property you choose. You’ll find everything from hotels that are not all-inclusive that start at around $300 for four nights to small boutique hotels that may be even less, to luxurious all-inclusive resorts that typically start at as much as $1,000 for four nights, unless you’re lucky enough to find a deal.
Flight to Los Cabos Airport
At any given time, there are direct flights to Los Cabos International Airport from over 20 different U.S. cities, many of which are in the midwest and the southwest portion of the country. Roundtrip flights from a lot of these cities can be found for less than $300 if you do your research and set flight alerts for when prices go down. And the best part is that from many of these midwestern and southwestern cities, a direct flight only takes around three hours or less.
Food and Beverage
Out of all the vacation costs you’ll have, food and beverage costs probably vary the most because there are just so many options. You can enjoy street food in Los Cabos for a very minimal cost, usually well under $10 a meal, which is about what you’ll pay for a fast food meal as well. At a mid-range restaurant, you can expect to pay around $30 for a three-course meal, and fine dining establishments start around there and can go significantly higher. If you like to dine well, the best option may be an all-inclusive.
Entertainment and Activities
You’ll likely spend the least amount on activities for two reasons, one being the limited amount of time you’ll have to enjoy activities, and two being the fact that there are some pretty great things to do that won’t break the bank. Of course, it will cost nothing to enjoy some of the area’s beautiful beaches. But even if you want to get out on the water, you can find all different types of boat tours and other types of tours as well, for between $50-$100.
A vacation in Los Cabos may cost more than a vacation in many other places, but it’s well worth the money. And if you go into it with a budget in mind, it will be less stressful and all the more enjoyable.
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