Cabo San Lucas, A Cruise Port

Cabo San Lucas, or simply just Cabo, is a popular resort city at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The population of the city is over 200,000 inhabitants but can easily be outnumbered by visitors. Because of its location where the waters of the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez meet it’s noted for its sport fishing and is often referred to as the Marlin Capital of the Pacific. The city boasts a number of luxury homes, upscale resorts and having its harbor full of expensive yachts. It is also a popular port of call for cruise itineraries out of California.

Where Your Ship Docks

Cabo San Lucas is a tender port as the harbor doesn’t have room to accommodate large cruise ships. Cabo provides a convenient tender dock and the marina area has plenty of good public facilities.

Wheelchair Accessibility

Disembarking – This is normally a tender port as large cruise ships cannot be accommodated at its piers. Wheelchair bound passengers will encounter challenges both in getting on tenders as well as disembarking at the pier.

Port City Characteristics – The marina area has an average wheelchair infrastructure but the town outside the port area can be a challenge for people in wheelchairs. Sidewalks can be narrow and intersection crosswalks may have curbs or other wheelchair obstacles.


The two main tourist areas in Los Cabos are the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, approximately 20 miles apart and the resort area in between is referred to as the Golden Corridor or just The Corridor. There is only one main highway in the area, Highway 1, which runs the length of the Baja Peninsula, ending in Cabo. Highway 19 travels the coast between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo

Renting a car in Los Cabos is generally on the expensive side but less than taking taxis especially if you’re looking to go any distance. A one way taxi trip between to the two towns will cost about US$60. Car rental agencies are located downtown.


The local currency is the Mexican Peso with an exchange rate of about 1 Dollar = 19 Pesos. Credit cards are welcome and there are ATMs but make sure you know the bank and charges before using one.


The southern Baja is noted for beautiful desert landscapes and gorgeous beaches along with the famous the Arch, often called “Land’s End”, where the Sea of Cortez & the Pacific Ocean meet.

Near the tender dock is a great area for strolling around the marina featuring great restaurants, cafes and bars. In Cabo San Lucas, the marina is Cabo’s central hub where you can people watch and check out the luxury yachts moored in the water.

While in port don’t pass up a snorkeling trip or going out whale watching. There are also a number of sunset and dinner cruises along with a glass bottom boat tour.

In the winter the area is a major feeding and mating location for humpback whales, so don’t pass up an opportunity for a whale watching boat tour. Rated as one of the best things to do in Los Cabos in season and you’re almost guaranteed to encounter whales.

Another attraction in Los Cabos is the Church of San Lucas, a 300-year old Spanish mission church.

Los Cabos has a lot to thank The Eagles for. The famous Cabo Wabo Cantina chain was started by Sammy Hagar of The Eagles. The Cabo Wabo Cantina was an enormous curiosity and success from the day it opened in 1990 even though Cabo San Lucas was a pretty small place for a big nightclub back then.

Another popular attraction is the Hotel California made famous by the Eagle’s recording. But The Eagles claim the song has actually nothing to do with that hotel Los Cabos. There was even a legal battle about claims made by The Hotel California regarding the song. The hotel was actually founded in 1948 by a Chinese immigrant and it’s located between La Paz and Los Cabos and was popular because it was the only place for miles around that sold cold beer. The hotel is about 45 minutes by car from Cabo San Lucas taking Coastal Highway 19 but keep in mind it isn’t what people claim.

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