Los Cabos (a.k.a. The Capes) is one of Mexico’s most picturesque and popular honeymoon destinations. Set at the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula, Los Cabos is sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez (also called the Gulf of California).
The region was originally inhabited by nomadic groups, whose presence is noted in remarkable cave paintings that still exist today. It was later settled by religious groups; Jesuit missions are historic monuments that can be found throughout the state. In 1974, Baja California Sur became an official state of Mexico, during which time the two main tourist regions of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo were developed.
A 20-mile-long highway, called the Corredor Turistico, stretches from San Jose del Cabo to Cabo San Lucas. Along the highway, you'll find world-class resorts, which remain, since their initial development, popular among wealthy tourists, honeymooners, and celebrities (Los Cabos is less than a three-hour flight from Los Angeles).
The generally dry climate gives way to wholly unique landscapes: Deserts and mountain ranges, covered in sand and peppered with cactuses, meet the deep blue waters of the ocean and sea that surround Los Cabos. The area has fertile valleys, which are now utilized for local wine production and farm-to-table restaurants.
Los Cabos is also home to famous landmarks, such as Magdalena Bay (perfect for scuba diving, kayaking, and sport fishing) and El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (a rocky arch formation floating in the middle of the ocean). Its otherworldly terrestrial landscapes and thriving underwater marine life will captivate any honeymoon couple, while the world-class resorts and restaurants will provide the perfect amount of luxury and relaxation you need for a post-wedding escape. Here’s our official guide to the perfect Los Cabos honeymoon.
Los Cabos has a generally consistent climate, with a year-round average temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Late November to mid-May sees cooler nights, while summertime daytime temperatures can reach the high 90s. To avoid the tourist crowds, avoid peak holiday seasons, such as Christmas, New Years, and spring break. Likewise, if you don’t want to chance Pacific hurricane weather, skip August through late-October. During the winter in Los Cabos, you can admire one of the most beautiful natural phenomena to occur on the Pacific Coast: the courtship, mating, and birthing process of the gray whale.
The Los Cabos region is served by Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), Mexico’s seventh-busiest airport. Direct flights to SJD are available from cities such as Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Phoenix, Newark, and more. There are taxis at the airport, but we recommend scheduling a pickup through your hotel or a reputable local operator. Likewise, avoid walking around town late at night and exercise caution in downtown tourist areas.
Visit San Jose del Cabo - Los Cabos isn’t just about posh resorts and fun in the sun. Old Town San Jose del Cabo offers a cultural showcase for painting, sculpture, photography, and jewelry by artisans from across Mexico. Every Thursday (November through June), couples can stroll the Arts District’s “Art Walk,” lined with galleries that stay open late and are fronted by vendors selling food and wine. Arrive early to first visit the beautiful main square and historic Mission of San Jose del Cabo Church.
Go Kayaking - Due to dangerous rip currents, the beaches surrounding Los Cabos aren’t generally safe for swimming. However, outdoorsy couples can enjoy the Pacific Ocean waters by sea kayak. Paddle out on one of Cabo Outfitters' numerous guided excursions, which take you to secluded coves and cliffs, or even the famous El Arco or Lover’s Beach.
Book a Boating Excursion - No trip to Los Cabos is complete without some kind of water-based expedition. Head out from Marina Cabo on a fishing trip with reputable outfitter Pisces Sport Fishing. Or, book a whale-watching excursion with Whale Watch Cabo — from January to April, humpback and gray whales make their annual visit to the waters off Los Cabos, promising up-close encounters with these extraordinary mammals.
Day Trip to Todos Santos - The charming town of Todos Santos is located about an hour’s drive north of Cabo San Lucas. This hidden gem is generally regarded as a laid-back fishing village, but in recent years has become a hot bed for chic galleries, farm-to-table restaurants, design-centric shops, and world-class surf breaks.
Shop for Local Wares - - Los Cabos has its share of luxury malls and retail outposts, but to pick up handmade, uniquely Mexican souvenirs, check out shops such as Arte de Origen and Faces of Mexico.
One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos - There are a few reasons why celebs like Jennifer Anniston and Ryan Seacrest are regulars at Palmilla: The butler service is top-notch, two of the restaurants are helmed by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and the resort also has direct access to Playa Palmilla, one of Cabo’s few swimming beaches.
Hotel El Ganzo - This unique boutique hotel opened in 2013 and continues to stand out with its artsy offerings. There are in-house artists, performances by world-renowned musicians, and weekly movie nights on the roof. Located at Puerto Los Cabos, the hotel has a rare swimmable beach, two pools (including a rooftop infinity pool), four restaurants, and a spa. Rooms are cool and comfortable and each comes with either an ocean or marina view.
The Resort at Pedregal - It's impossible not to soak in the relaxing honeymoon vibes at a resort where every room and suite features an infinity-edge plunge pool, perfect for daily dips out on your private terrace overlooking the ocean. Other highlights include: treatments inspired by Mexican folk healing at the Luna y Mar spa, the carved-into-the-rocks El Farallón restaurant, and walkable accessibility to downtown Cabo San Lucas, accessed via the hotel’s private tunnel entrance.
Esperanza, an Auberge Resort - Design-conscious and outdoorsy couples will want to make Espernaza their honeymoon home base, if only for the layout of their room: Each has a wall that can disappear, creating an indoor-outdoor flow onto a private veranda with sweeping views of both the Sea of Cortez and Punta Ballena (“Whale Point,” past which humpbacks migrate in winter). Be sure to make time for various activities at the resort, such as tequila tastings, cooking classes, and fitness classes.
Montage Los Cabos - The newest kid on the block opened summer 2018 with 122 guest rooms and suites, plus 52 furnished residences. Couples can post up on the shores of Santa Maria Bay—a swimmable beach with reefs for snorkeling just beyond—or by one of the three idyllic pools. Unwind at the 40,000-square-foot full-service SpaMontage, or challenge one another to a round of golf on the Fred Couples-designed course. You can also expect healthy eats: The resort has a partnership with celebrity nutritionist Kelly LeVeque, who helped create balanced restaurant dishes using seasonal ingredients—so you can keep that wedding bod going through the honeymoon.
Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort - The name translates to “window to paradise,” which is exactly the feeling you get upon checking into your spacious suite or villa, each with a private patio. The resort takes romance seriously: There’s an entire department dedicated to the art of love. Whether you book a live musical serenade, surprise your spouse by cooking him/her dinner (under the supervision of a talented Las Ventanas chef), or take a sunset horseback ride down the beach, your stay is guaranteed to be unforgettable.
Flora Farms - An oasis hidden in the hills just outside of San Jose del Cabo, this organic restaurant/farm serves some of the best food in all of Baja California. Nearly every ingredient on the menu is sourced directly from the on-site gardens, be it for a caesar salad, oven-roasted chicken, or wood-fired pizza. Be sure to arrive early to experience Flora’s fantastic cocktail bar, shop, farmers’ market, and daily farm tour.
Las Guacamayas - - There are few better places for an authentic Mexican meal than at this low-key restaurant just outside the historic district of San Jose Del Cabo. Expect affordable prices and giant, mouth-watering portions of margaritas, enchiladas, and the house specialty, volcano bowls.
Acre - The latest scene-setting spot in Los Cabos, Acre Baja offers more than just dining. There are 12 pristinely designed treehouses where guests can spend the night, plus yoga classes, picturesque hiking trails, and 25 acres of organic farmland. It’s not just the basil and tomatoes in your fried tomatoes with sherry, honey syrup, and crispy basil that come from the surrounding area—the furniture, tableware, and lighting are also locally sourced.
Huerta Los Tamarindos - Farm-to-table cuisine is what’s on offer at this picturesque restaurant just outside San José del Cabo, located on a former sugarcane ranch. Ingredients are sourced from the 17-acre organic farm, which you overlook from the dining room, set in an 1800s-era stone house. Expect delicious bites such as pork shank with green mole and wood-oven-baked Rock Cornish game hen with achiote sauce.
Hacienda Cocina y Cantina - - Highlighted by authentic regional Mexican dishes, Hacienda Cocina y Cantina offers open-air dining in a laid-back atmosphere right on the beach. On top of breathtaking views of the iconic rock formations at Land’s End, newlyweds can reserve tables in the sand for the ultimate romantic dinner beneath the stars.