A Cabo Honeymoon for Every Type of Traveler

You'll never want to leave this romantic paradise on Mexico's Baja Peninsula.
Aerial view of the Arch (El Arco) Los Cabos, Mexico
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Heather Bien - The Knot Contributor.
Heather Bien
Heather Bien - The Knot Contributor.
Heather Bien
The Knot Contributor
  • Heather contributes wedding, honeymoon, travel and relationship content for The Knot and WeddingWire.
  • Heather also writes for publications including Apartment Therapy, StyleBlueprint, MyDomaine, HelloGiggles and The Everygirl.
  • She holds a degree in Art History and Architectural History from the University of Virginia.
Updated Feb 21, 2024
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The wedding is over and you're ready to sit back and relax on your Cabo honeymoon. Whether you're looking to unplug for a trip of complete restoration or you prefer a vacation that jumps from one thrilling adventure to the next, this piece of paradise is a top honeymoon spot because it offers something for everyone—all with a side of stunning ocean views, incredible sunsets and delicious Mexican food.

You can book your stay at a secluded luxury spa resort or plan your days around excursions like scuba diving and boating. Whatever you decide, a Cabo San Lucas honeymoon in Mexico means dazzling golden sunsets, incredible marine life and jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean.

When it comes to honeymoon planning, let us be your guide.

Cabo Honeymoon Tips in this Article:

Water activities in Cabo San Lucas
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Best Time to Visit Cabo

With a tropical desert climate, you're rarely going to find a chilly day in Cabo. Most honeymooners prefer to visit during late spring (May to June) or late fall (October to November), which is when you'll find the best weather (after the rainy season of August and September has subsided). You can go during the winter, but if you're craving 90-degree temperatures, a crisp 80-degree day might not do it for you.

If you're eager to see humpback whales, then December to April is your best bet. This is when their annual migration draws them to Cabo's mild waters.

Best weather: May and June, October and November.
Festival highlights: The Fiesta de Cabo San Lucas is celebrated mid-October to honor the patron saint of Cabo San Lucas (Saint Lucas) with parades, food and parties.

Cabo Honeymoon Planning Tips

While Cabo may conjure up spring-break vibes for some, this city on the Baja Peninsula has a sophisticated side that's perfect for honeymooners. You'll find an upscale ambiance at many all-inclusive resorts, as well as water and land activities geared toward active couples looking to test their propensity for risk-taking.

You and your new spouse will be in a beach honeymoon destination that blends relaxation and adventure. There really is something for every type of traveler here.

Cabo is also an easy trip from the US, with many major airlines flying directly into San José del Cabo International Airport (SJD). It may be slightly easier for those on the West Coast and throughout the Southwest since they're less likely to have a connection, but even for those traveling from the East Coast, there's typically just one stop en route to Cabo San Lucas.

Keep in mind that not all of the beaches are great for swimming or relaxing. This is why the all-inclusive resorts in Cabo are so fabulous—many have infinity pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

You'll also want to consider that it can be quite touristy. It's not going to feel like you're exploring a small Mexican town, because you're not. Much of the economy here is geared toward tourists and English speakers.

Entry requirements: A valid US passport.
Spanish, but English is widely spoken.
Cabo San Lucas is located at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico.
The Mexican Peso (MXN).
Flight time to Destination:
From Los Angeles, California, you can expect a short 2 to 2.5 hour flight. From New York, flights are typically 5 to 6 hours.
Getting around:
Car, taxi, bus, bicycle, by foot.

Pro tip: Invite a honeymoon planning expert to join your vendor team. Browse travel agents near you on The Knot Marketplace for Cabo honeymoon expertise, reviews, testimonials and more.

Best Cabo Honeymoon Hotels & Resorts

Booking a honeymoon hotel or resort in Cabo San Lucas can provide newlyweds with a memorable and romantic experience, thanks to the destination's stunning natural beauty, luxurious accommodations and plethora of activities designed for two. Here are our top recommendations.

Villa Group of hotels on Medano Beach, Cabo San Lucas
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Waldorf Astoria Pedregal

With stunning views of the ocean and Lovers Beach, the Waldorf Astoria Pedregal offers unparalleled luxury. You can book a villa, casita or home with a private plunge pool and ocean view. Each stay is kicked off with a bottle of Clase Azul reposado tequila. Make sure you book a reservation at El Farallon, which offers some of the best seafood in the region.

5.0 Star Rating | Read Reviews

Esperanza Resort

Book your five-star luxury stay at this private beach resort in Los Cabos. With six restaurants, secluded cabanas on the beach, and the sights and sounds of waves crashing along the coast in the background, Esperanza Resort is the ultimate beachfront stay. Book one of their oceanfront villas or haciendas for a truly private getaway.

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Grand Velas Los Cabos

Stay in one of the spacious oceanfront suites at Grand Velas Los Cabos and you'll enjoy a private balcony perfect for a romantic honeymoon. Spend your days visiting the spa, playing a round of golf or dining at the new Cocina de Autor.

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Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos

This Mediterranean-style, adults-only spa and golf resort is hidden away on the Sea of Cortez with spectacular views of Land's End. Each booking at Pueblo Bonito includes a spa credit, making it perfect for couples looking to decompress on their honeymoon.

4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

Secrets Puerto Los Cabos

Located on the Pacific coast of Cabo, Secrets is an adults-only resort surrounded by impressive views of both the water and the Baja desert. Book "Unlimited Luxury" for an all-inclusive experience or add a "Love Unlimited" honeymoon package for a couples massage, a mimosa breakfast in bed, and an in-room welcome gift.

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Grand Solmar Land's End

If you want to stay close to the heart of the action, Grand Solmar puts you within walking distance of downtown Cabo San Lucas. You'll find infinity pools overlooking the ocean, swim-up bars for relaxing poolside, and an oceanfront spa. The property's renowned restaurants work with local sources to bring the freshest seafood and produce to your table.

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Chileno Bay

This Auberge Resorts Collection hotel is on a protected cove, offering calm waters for swimming. Plus, a short jaunt out to sea reveals an underwater paradise full of tropical fish and sea turtles. This resort is like no other, with private terraces in each room and a design aesthetic that is truly one with nature.

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Pro tip: If you're looking for Cabo San Lucas honeymoon stays that'll provide you more privacy or lower prices, consider staying at a romantic Airbnb or VRBO.

Things to Do in Cabo for Couples

Whether you spend your time lounging on Cabo's beautiful beaches, indulging in couples' spa treatments or trying out some water activities, you'll find plenty of things to do together. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Whale breaching in Cabo San Lucas
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Relax in Post-Wedding Bliss

We'd be remiss if we didn't put this front and center. After a busy wedding season, you're probably craving a beachfront getaway where you do nothing but order cocktails and sit poolside. Your only activity may be cruising over to the swim-up bar. We won't judge.

Go Whale Watching

If you're feeling adventurous, plan a whale-watching excursion. From mid-December to mid-April, humpback whales migrate through the area. For those who are feeling even more courageous, you can snorkel amongst dozens of whale sharks.

Stroll Along White-Sand Beaches

Lovers Beach, one of Cabo's most famous beaches, may not be swimmable, but it's still an iconic destination with incredible views. Santa Maria and Palmilla Beach are better options for those who want to take a dip in the Pacific Ocean.

Explore San José del Cabo

A colonial downtown city on the Sea of Cortez, San José del Cabo has a main plaza with art, shopping, dining and more. You may be staying at a beach resort, but this town is worth a stop.

What's a vacation without some time on the green? Take in views of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range from the Cabo Real Golf Course or play the renowned Jack Nicklaus-designed ocean course at Cabo del Sol Golf Club.

Go Snorkeling

Dive into the calm waters on the bay side of Cabo and discover the diversity of marine wildlife near Pelican Rock. There are water taxis running all day long to take you to this popular snorkeling area.

Take a Cruise to El Arco

At the area known as Land's End (named for pirates believing it was the last stop before Antarctica), you'll find El Arco. A giant rock formation sweeping out of the water, it's made of limestone that's been chiseled away by water and wind over thousands of years.

Spend a Day at the Spa

After a busy year (or more) of wedding planning, newlyweds deserve at least a day of pampering at a spa. Indulge in a massage or a facial, and let yourself revel in a slower pace of life.

Enjoy the Nightlife

Every night is a fiesta in Cabo. Go out in the city and you'll find a vibrant and rowdy nightlife that makes for a fun evening out on your honeymoon. Saddle up to a beach bar, take a shot of tequila, go dancing or check out live music.

Pro tip: Add Cabo honeymoon experiences to your gift registry so that loved ones can give you one of these fun couples activities. Don't forget to post honeymoon photos to your wedding website and social feed for your guests to see.

What to Pack for a Cabo Honeymoon

Panoramic Aerial View of Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.
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Remember: You're at the beach. You only need to pack dressy items to the extent that you feel like dolling up for dinner at the resort.

Your packing checklist should mainly include swimsuits, coverups and lots of sunscreen. Dinners out are mostly casual, so bring your white sundresses and lots of lightweight fabrics in your honeymoon luggage.

Brittany Barber contributed to this article.

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