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Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas

One of the best things about living in California is getting to go on weekend trips to Mexico! Cabo San Lucas is about a two hour flight from LAX, making it a perfect 3-day getaway for warm ocean water, beaches, amazing nightlife, and awesome diving. Below is a day-by-day itinerary to help you plan your trip!

Day 1: Arrive Cabo San Lucas

There aren’t that many flights that arrive and depart at convenient times for Cabo, so try to get there as early as possible! Unfortunately the customs line can be horrifically a couple hours of waiting (make sure you don’t even look at your cell phone, otherwise officers will catch you and send you to the back!) and the airport is about 45 minutes from the actual city. 

When you rent a car online, you might see deals through big rental companies like Hertz or Budget that only have you pay $2 per day for the car, so of course you’re thinking, wow what a steal! Unfortunately what they don’t tell you is that you’re required to pay for Mexican car insurance, which is actually about $40 per day. 

The best places to stay are near the marina since it’s the closest to all the nightlife! There’s tons of shopping in downtown, and make sure you always try bargaining since they give you extremely high prices if you’re not a local. Some of my favorite places to hang out at during the night are the Giggling Marlin, where they can hang you upside down and give you 3 shots for $10 while spinning you around, Squid Roe, which is the ultimate dance scene, and lastly Cabo Wabo, an older crowd but they have the best live entertainment and drinks rather than 16 year olds running around.

Day 2: Diving

If you’re an avid diver, Cabo is perfect for warm waters, 85 degrees during the fall and the best time to go is September through November. One of my favorite dive companies is called Cabo Trek, found at El Tesoro Resort right on the marina! The dive shop is run by a foreigner that has quality equipment and you can even get the boat all to yourself so you don’t have to worry about other divers getting in the way. 

Some of the best dive sites are the Arch at Land’s End, of course, where you can see colonies of sea lions. They act like dogs since they’re so curious and will tug at your equipment and try to mess with you. Another favorite is the Sand Falls, where you can dive down to about 90 feet and see a bend in terrain, like the horseshoe in Niagara Falls, and sand falls off the very edge into the abyss. 

Day 3: Heading back home

It’s awesome if you can get a flight later in the day back to the states, but unfortunately for us the cheapest flight available was early in the morning. Remember to take into account the extra 45 minutes it takes to get to the airport if you’re renting a car. And have a blast!

Below is my latest vlog on YouTube of Cabo San Lucas. Enjoy!

Cabo

Cabo

One of my favorite hobbies is diving, both scuba and free diving, but the water is incredibly cold here in California. On the plus side, California is very close to Mexico and you can do some spectacular warm water diving in places like Cabo!

Only a two hour flight from Southern California, Cabo is a great weekend trip to dive and party. We spent the first full day doing early morning dives and they’re all right outside the harbor so the boat ride is only ten minutes. The first dive site was “The Sand Falls,” in which you dive down to almost 100 feet and it’s like you’re watching Niagara Falls underwater.

Light is fading down at 100 feet and you come to a horseshoe-like bend of a cliff where sand gushes off the sides like a waterfall into the abyss. The sand just continues to fall hundreds of feet down into darkness. Having the skills of neutral buoyancy is crucial so you don’t float down without noticing how far you’re going.

The second dive site was the iconic¬†Arch “At Land’s End.” Back flipping off the end of the boat, I tumbled into a large¬†gathering of tuna. It was like those pictures you see of the scuba diver looking so insignificantly small next to a giant sphere of fish circling around. And as I moved towards the fish they morphed into a tunnel for me to go through, and after passing it became a giant sphere once again. It was incredible seeing so many sea lions playfully chasing each other around, only arms length away.

Later that day, we decide to drive out to La Paz to swim with the whale sharks since they’re in season October – March! It was a two hour drive to the other side of the peninsula and we spent the night out there to get up early the next morning. La Paz was a charming city, filled with original Mexican charm, untouched by tourism.

Swimming with whale sharks was one of the best experiences of my life. There’s something so humbling swimming with giant creatures, and it’s like everything else disappears and nothing matters. Check out my video on Vimeo!

Whale Shark 1