Things to Do in Cabo San Lucas for Cheap (and Other Ways to Travel on a Budget)

If you’re looking for things to do in Cabo San Lucas for cheap, you’re in luck. This resort town is full of affordable options that won’t compromise the fun.

There are lots of ways to make your upcoming trip to Cabo San Lucas more affordable, but here are a few of our suggestions for cheap things to do in Cabo San Lucas:

  • Visit the Beaches

  • Look for Excursions or Tours Online Before Your Trip

  • Find Cheap Flights

  • Book Affordable Accommodations

  • Keep Transportation Costs Down

  • Barter With The Locals

Below you will find more information on each of these tips to help you get the most out of your money!

Cheap Things To Do In Cabo San Lucas

cabo arch is affordable

Cabo San Lucas, located at the tip of the Baja California peninsula, is a gorgeous resort town in Mexico and is known for its incredible beaches, ideal scuba diving, and picturesque coastline.

If you're traveling on a budget, you may think you have to skip the glamorous Cabo scene, but the popular city has plenty to offer those looking for a budget-friendly trip.

Check out this list of tips on how to save money on your Cabo vacation, as well as things to do in Cabo San Lucas for cheap.

1. Frequent the Cabo San Lucas Beaches

cabo beaches are affordable

If money is tight, head to the beach. Cabo has beautiful beaches to enjoy that don't cost a thing. Spend a day or two exploring the coastline and hit some beaches along the way, just remember that not all the beaches in Cabo are suitable for swimming because some have strong currents. 

We have put together a list of the best swimmable beaches in Cabo. Take a look at it and spend your days there relaxing in the sun and splashing in the water for a few bucks.

2. Look For Excursions or Tours Online Ahead Of Time

whale watching is affordable if purchased ahead of time

Shopping for your activities on vacation is a good way to lower the cost of your entire trip. If you know the price ahead of time it can help you be sure that you have the best price.

From traveling on a tour to The Cabo Arch, past Lover's Beach, or charting a sunset cruise, if you purchase early and keep an eye on sales, you can easily find affordable Cabo adventure tours perfect for fun, all the while, saving you money.

If you arrive on your trip and find yourself looking for more activities you may overpay to experience Cabo San Lucas due to not having enough information early on. Here are a few tours that we suggest on a budget:

3. Find Cheap Flights

Airfare is bound to be one of the most expensive parts of your trip, so this is an important area to seek savings. Flights vary drastically depending on the season, and you can find some deals if you travel outside of peak months.

May, July, and September are excellent times to look for affordable flights. July and September are hotter months in the city, making May the most ideal time to travel since it is after spring break but before summer travel.

4. Book Affordable Accommodations

affordable hotels in cabo

The next most expensive part of your travel is typically your hotel or other accommodations when you visit Cabo San Lucas.

So, if you're looking for affordable Cabo San Lucas vacations, all-inclusive resorts could be a great option. All-inclusive resorts include your meals and other vacation activities in the cost of the stay, so you'll know how much you'll be spending upfront and there won't be any surprises.

Use travel sites like or Expedia to find other great deals on accommodations or check out Airbnb or VRBO for rental condos and apartments.

5. Keep Transportation Costs Down

If you're traveling by taxi to get around Cabo, you'll quickly rack up an expensive transportation bill. Instead, consider walking or using the bus as much as possible. You'll see more of the city on foot, and burn calories while you're at it. Walking will allow you to discover nooks and crannies of the city you may not have otherwise encountered if driving.

Rent bikes as another fun way to travel and cover ground more quickly, or check out Uber or other ride-sharing options. Another great way to save is to look for tours or activities with round-trip transportation included.

Take a look at the number of options offered by Cabo Adventures, all of which include this benefit.

6. Barter with the Local Merchants

bartering with a local merchant

Bartering is common all over tourist areas of Mexico, so take advantage of this norm to save on souvenirs while in Cabo. Practice your bartering skills in advance to gain confidence.

It's an acquired skill that could greatly help you manage your budget. Don't be afraid to negotiate, but be prepared to respect the asking price if they stand firm.

Experience Cabo San Lucas - Book Your Trip Today

If you're looking for other cheap ways to travel, consider booking your activities with Cabo Adventures. We have cost-efficient deals and tour packages so you can stick to your budget and still make the most of your trip. Contact us today to learn more about the services we provide.

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