Visit Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – A 3 day getaway itinerary

Want to escape the hustle and bustle and just get away for a quick 3 days trip from the west coast? Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos is the perfect place to rejuvenate.

Cabo Arch


Cabo San Lucas is a city at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. It is known for its beaches, scuba diving locations, balnearios, the sea arch El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, and marine life. Despite concerns over the general safety for tourists traveling to Mexico, Cabo San Lucas remains one of the safest tourist destinations in the world.


Day 1:

  • Early morning flight from SFO (San Francisco Intl. Airport) to SJD (Los Cabos International Airport. Landed by noon.
  •  35-40 min shuttle ride from San Jose Del Cabo (the airport) to Cabo San Lucas (We had SuperShuttle pre-booked)
  • Walk around the Marina.
  • Exploring Playa Grande (the resort we stayed in).

Day 2:

  • Medano Beach
  • Laying in the pool at Playa Grande
  • Walk around the Marina
  • Amazing dinner

Day 3:

  • Glass Bottom Boat ride to the Lover’s beach and the famous Cabo Arch
  • Fly back from SJD to SFO

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Took an early morning flight from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). After finishing immigration and customs we were ready to start our vacation already. The first room you go through is full of timeshare salespeople offering ‘deals’ if you’ll attend a timeshare presentation.  They will offer FREE rides to your destination but DO NOT ACCEPT!  They are NOT licensed transportation providers and are trying to aggressively sell vacation or timeshare packages. My advice: Don’t look and just keep walking to and out the door on the right. That’s where you will find your pre-booked taxis/ licensed transportation shuttles waiting for you. If you have already made a shuttle reservation you’ll find a representative from the provider who will note down your name and will ask you to wait until they find more passengers or until the shuttle is fairly full. We had pre-booked SuperShuttle.

The shuttle ride from SJD to Cabo San Lucas is around 40-45 min depending on the traffic and the number of stops your shuttle driver will make.

Walk around the marina on day 1. Do plenty of that and soak in the culture. Relax by the pool.

Day 2: We took a cab to Medano Beach. Walked around and spent some time amongst the crowd. We visited Cabo in August which according the local people was not a very touristy season. Medano beach was by far the most active/vibrant place we came across in our trip, the close second being the Marina.

Spent the afternoon relaxing in the pool at Playa Grande sipping on Pinadas. Heaven!!!!

Come evening and we went for a stroll at the Marina, window shopping for good souvenirs to take back home.

The highlight of the second day was our dinner at Captain Tony’s.

We ordered the pesto pizza and guacamole with chips. The pizza was amazing and so was the guacamole. It is freshly assembled/made at your table. The pinadà was yummy. We came back for some chips and salsa as well as the pinadà again on the next day. Their service is excellent especially Gabrielle. Would definitely revisit on our next trip there.

Here is what the place looks like.

Captain Tony's Cabo San Lucas

Day 3: Did the glass bottom boat tour to the Arch. The pacific waters were rough and it was a bumpy ride. But out boat operator was funny and hilarious which made things a lot more smoother than it seemed.

Here is a pic of our little boat that we took to go into the crazy pacific waters and a pic of the Zaida’s booth on the marina.

Glassbottom boat


While doing the glass bottom boat ride to the Arch, if you wish to get off at the Lover’s beach, let your boat tour guide know. They’ll drop you off at Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach) on the way back from the tour. Request them to pick you up in a hour or so. Beware that current are really strong on some days so be careful.

Walked on the beach near Playa Grande. Going into the water is prohibited since the current are very strong.

Things you absolutely CANNOT miss:

  • Pinadas (virgin Pina coladas) – We gulped down almost 10 pinadas in our 2.5 days there.


  • Dinner at Captain Tony’s at the Marina – Try out their Pesto Pizza and their Guacamole. They make the guacamole at your table which is a pleasure. Cheers to Gabriele. His service was awesome. We ended up going here twice.

  • Glass Bottom Water Taxi ride to the Arch ~ Land’s End ~. As scary as it was for me (generally afraid of ocean waters), I am glad I did it. We did the tour with Cabo Zaida’s company. Our guide was awesome and super funny. We didn’t get off at Lover’s beach since we were short on time. The sea is too rocky throughout the boat ride.
  • Land’s End

  • Walk around the Marina.
  • Relax at the resort pool.
  • AVOID the timeshare people. Seriously!!! Waste of time.
  • Visit the local market on the marina and bring back some Mexican souvenirs.

Local market


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