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The Top 7 Free Los Cabos Activities To Enjoy As The Destination’s Costs Rise

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With the cost of a Los Cabos vacation rising consistently year on year, even travelers with dynamic budgets are beginning to feel the financial pinch.

The bad news is that there doesn’t look to be a quick fix around the corner that will bring costs down, with the global economy still experiencing worrying signs of recession.

a view of Los Cabos marina during sunset

However, travelers who choose Los Cabos for their next vacation can have an awesome experience without breaking the bank, thanks to these free activities.

San José Art Walk

an art gallery in los cabos at night

Held every Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm between November and June, the San José Art Walk is a truly eye-opening insight into the strong artistic heritage of Los Cabos.

For travelers unfamiliar with San José del Cabo, it is one of the two cities that jointly makes up Los Cabos, and is also the more relaxed, artistic, and culturally authentic half of this globally loved destination.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the colorful backstreet galleries while sipping on a delicious glass of wine. Even for travelers normally uninterested in art, the cultural experience of this free tour is not to be missed.

Sunset Over Los Cabos

sunset over los cabos from the water

Due to the geographical location of Los Cabos, it is a perfect location to watch a colorful sunrise and sunset that dances off this stunning destination each day.

One of the best ways to enjoy these events is by taking the short 2-mile hike up Cerro de la Z, a manageable but rewarding mountain that overlooks the city of Cabo San Lucas.

From here travelers can watch the sun pass over the famous El Arco (The Arch), creating a masterpiece of color across the Pacific Ocean.

Breathe In The Marina

Aerial view of Cabo Sun Lucas Marina

The super-popular marina in Cabo San Lucas is home to endless restaurants, bars, and shops. However, travelers don’t need to spend cash to enjoy the superstar atmosphere of this beautiful corner of Los Cabos.

A stroll around the marina, admiring the many wonderful yachts and pleasure boats, as well as taking in the sights, sounds, and smells, can be a magical and cost-free way to spend an evening.

Browse The Markets

woman looking at items in outdoor market

Mexico is famous for its mercado’s and tiangui’s, informal places not unlike a good flea market in the U.S. where many travelers go to find souvenirs to take back home.

While it can be easy to get carried away and end up with baggage full of handmade sugar skulls and “I Love Cabo” t-shirts, travelers don’t need to spend a cent to enjoy browsing the many artisanal handicrafts on display.

Three of the best-reviewed mercados travelers can spend an afternoon browsing are:

  • Mercado Mexicano
  • Mercado Municipal
  • Marina Mercado

Viva La Plaza

los cabos plaza at night

While San José del Cabo has its art walk, Cabo San Lucas entertains its visitors every Friday from 6 pm to 10 pm when a whole host of artisans show off their handmade wares.

However, where Viva La Plaza shines is in the atmosphere it creates; travelers are treated to live folk performances from local groups keen to share the music and culture of this corner of Mexico, a fantastic free experience that costs nothing but gives travelers a lot in terms of experience.

Whale Watching

Whale Near a Zodiac Whale Watching Tour Boat with Tourists On It in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Throughout Los Cabos, there is a large number of reputable, licensed, and educational whale-watching tours available for travelers to book and enjoy.

But, for travelers who want to keep costs down during the day to keep the cocktail budget healthy in the evenings, it’s possible to enjoy a spot of whale watching from the beaches and rocky outcrops of Los Cabos.

Taking place each spring, whale watching season regularly ranks as one of Los Cabos’ most popular activities, and with some local investigation e.g. asking around at the resort reception or local street vendors, travelers can get the inside scoop on the best places to spot whales from land.

Playa El Médano

Aerial view of Medano Beach

A list of free things to do in Los Cabos could be easily populated by its beaches alone; the destination is rich in relaxing and scenic stretches of sand for travelers to enjoy without cost.

With that being said, the top dog among all of Los Cabos’ beaches is, without a doubt, Playa El Médano.

Stretching just over 2 miles along the front of Cabo San Lucas, this is the hub of much of Los Cabos’ activity. During spring break the beach becomes an electric place for parties, but during the rest of the year, it’s the number one spot for travelers to relax and soak up the Cabo vibes.

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