What Not To Do In Cabo: 10 Things You Should Pay Attention To - Updated 2022

What Not To Do In Cabo

Nestled in Baja California Sur in Mexico, Cabo San Lucas is a place to stop and enjoy. Also referred to as Cabo in short, the resort city boasts the best and most beautiful beaches along with all-inclusive hotels, resorts, luxury rentals, and a myriad of entertainments. Playa del Amore and Divorce Beach are definitely a must-visit. You should scuba dive at Cabo Pulmo as the site is endowed with over 300 fish species. Cabo San Lucas does sound like paradise, doesn’t it? However, this paradise may turn into hell if you break its rules. Or, you may not have the best time of your life if you miss doing the must-do things. To make it easy for you, we’ve compiled a list of what not to do in Cabo San Lucas. Scroll down to find out more.

1. Staying at your room all night long

CaboWabo Cabo San Lucas 2008
Source: Photo by Flickr user Kirt Edblom used under CC BY-SA 2.0

If you are planning to stay in your comfortable room after the sun goes down, you are missing out big time. There are plenty of entertainment options to light up your nighttime in Cabo San Lucas. The El Squid Roe and Cabocrawl are among the most popular bars and clubs in the resort city. There are plenty of places to eat as well. You can have a peaceful sleep in the morning after having some fun time the night before because the city is rather quiet in the morning.

2. Missing a boat ride to El Arco

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You cannot say you have traveled to Cabo San Lucas if you forgot to visit El Arco, which is one of the most popular landmarks in Cabo. Situated at the southern end of Cabo San Lucas, El Arco boasts a stunning rock formation in the form of an arch. Take a boat ride to enjoy this golden arch, which is also popular by the name of the Land’s End.

3. Forgetting to lock personal & important belongings in a safe

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Of course, you are traveling to Cabo to explore the city and attractions it boasts. Since you will be outside most of your time, you should remember that it is best to keep personal and important belongings in a safe at the hotel room you are staying. Do not take everything with you, especially important items such as cash, passport, and other documents.

4. Making yourself an easy target for crime

Girls just wanna have fun
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Cabo San Lucas is not your hometown, you may not be familiar with the safety level, which places are dangerous, which places are safe. Therefore, one of the things that you must not do in Cabo is to make yourself an easy target for crime. For example, avoid driving alone at night and going to places that are not crowded. And, bring your phone with you wherever you go.

5. Putting yourself in danger near the water

Lovers Beach Cabo San Lucas 2008
Source: Photo by Flickr user Kirt Edblom used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Who does not want to swim or surf the pretty beaches of Cabo San Lucas? You are free try the surf spots or simply relax and get a tan for as long as you want. But, you need to make sure that you are safe around the water. Some beaches have very strong currents and the currents have drowned many people. It is advisable to ask around about the best beaches for surfing or swimming. You need to also be careful about the existence of jellyfish. Always bring a cream or lemon juice with you in case you are unlucky and get stung by these creatures.

6. Forgetting to watch out for dangerous animals

Giant wood spider, Mawlynnong village, Meghalaya
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If near the water, you have to watch out for jellyfish and you need to be careful about other dangerous animals when you are not in the water. Giant-sized spiders are known to be crawling in many places across Cabo. You should also watch out for other animals such as rattlesnakes and scorpions that sometimes make an appearance in the city.

7. Driving a car without insurance cover

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During your vacation in Cabo San Lucas, you surely want to have peace of mind, don’t you? If you are looking to have a relaxed and peaceful vacation, you need to make sure that you have liability insurance if you are planning to drive a car in Mexico. It does not matter if it is your own car or a car you rent upon arrival in the country. What matters is the liability insurance because the law says so. This insurance is to cover any damages you may cause, not to your own car, but to the public or other people’s properties.

8. Blowing the chance to play some golf

Cabo Golf Ocean View
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You may think that Cabo is all about beaches and enjoying some outdoor things to do such as surfing and swimming, but there is more to Cabo than just the fantastic beaches. You should know that the city features some incredible golf courses for all kinds of players. Among the best golf courses that you can find in Cabo, are Cabo Real and Puerto Los Cabos. So, don’t blow your chance to enjoy some golfing time for yourself.

9. Bringing guns

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You are not allowed to bring guns to Mexico, regardless of the purpose. Mexico takes everything related to guns very seriously. Unless you want to be detained, you better make sure that you do not bring any guns with you before crossing the border. Even if you say that you have a gun with you because you want to protect yourself or you want to hunt, they will not care.

10. Bringing drugs to and from Cabo

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When you are entering a country, you are required to comply with the country’s laws. It’s the same with Mexico, not to mention that bringing drugs is generally illegal no matter where you are. Bringing drugs to and from Cabo is not recommended as you will breach the laws if you get caught of drugs possession. In case you don’t know, Mexico has much stricter laws when it comes to drugs use and possession compared to some other countries.

Follow all the rules and you’ll have a great time

El Arco, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur (16638939645)
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We do wish you a superb time while in Cabo and one way to make sure it happens is by following all the rules of what not to do. As you join in amazing tours and dine in the best restaurants, stick to all rules and don’t do anything that breaks the law. It is that simple!

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