We get asked all the time, “What’s the difference between Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas?” It can get confusing with all the different Cabos, so we thought we’d shed some light on the region and our main tourist areas to help you out. If you’re visiting Los Cabos (which we’ll explain more in a second!), we would love to take you out for an adventure in our beautiful region.
Now, let’s dive into the differences between Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, and Los Cabos…
Is Los Cabos the Same as Cabo San Lucas?
Los Cabos is the region at the southern tip of Baja California Sur. We have tons of ideas for fun things to do on the Baja Peninsula, which includes Baja California in the north and Baja California Sur in the south.
Within Los Cabos, you’ll find Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. These two towns are the two Cabos, or Los Cabos.
It’s easy to see how it gets confusing for visitors! To top it off, many people refer to Cabo San Lucas as simply “Cabo” even though there’s another Cabo just up the road. Typically, Cabo refers to Cabo San Lucas while Los Cabos could mean the whole region or the two towns: Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.
There is definitely a difference between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. While Los Cabos includes both, it’s important to know which one better suits your vacation preferences before you book your accommodations. Lucky for you, our High Tide adventure tours run from both towns and cover all of Los Cabos!
Which is better: Cabo San Lucas or San José del Cabo?
The two Cabos are very different and appeal to different types of visitors. Of course, we offer tours from both locations, so we’re open to visitors of all types! To give you an idea of locations and activities, take a look at this map of Los Cabos showing the difference between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo:
As you can see, San José del Cabo is located about a 20-minute drive along the coast from Cabo San Lucas. The Los Cabos International Airport is located in San José del Cabo, which is where most tourists arrive.
In San José del Cabo, you’ll find a quaint, traditional Mexican town with architecture reflecting the Spanish colonial era. Family-owned restaurants and lots of boutique art galleries make San José del Cabo an idyllic stay for culture enthusiasts and those seeking a quiet getaway in beautiful surroundings.
Cabo San Lucas, on the other hand, is known as a party town with lots of resorts and bars catering to the late-night crowds. If you want to let loose and dance until your feet hurt, Cabo San Lucas is your spot!
If you hear someone say they’re going to Cabo, they probably mean Cabo San Lucas. It’s taken on the shortened version over the years even though there’s more than one Cabo.
As we mentioned, it’s only about a 20-minute drive between the Cabos, lined with hotels along the coast. You could absolutely see both towns during your visit to Los Cabos, so don’t worry about having to choose between the two! But you don’t want to spend every day traipsing back and forth by car. So it’s best to choose Cabo San Lucas or San José del Cabo to spend the majority of your time and then just visit the other to see the differences for yourself.
Why visit Los Cabos?
Now that you know the difference between Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, and San José del Cabo, let us tell you all the reasons why you should visit!
Los Cabos is a beautiful region offering desert and sea all in one small space. You can go hiking in the canyons and finish your day with a cold cocktail on the beach at sunset. You can go surfing in the morning and drive a 4×4 through the desert in the afternoon. Los Cabos really does offer something for everyone!
If you’re seeking Mexican culture and local traditions, stay in San José del Cabo and take advantage of the locally-owned establishments there. You could spend your mornings at the beach or paddling out in a kayak and then dig into a local dish while dining al fresco for a relaxing evening.
If you want to party all night in Cabo San Lucas, give yourself extra time in the morning to ease into your day. And definitely take advantage of an afternoon siesta! That still leaves plenty of time for snorkeling, kayaking, or trying your hand at stand-up paddle boarding (SUP).
Whatever interests you most, choose the best place to stay in Los Cabos that suits your needs. Whether you’re in San José del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas, we have pick-up locations for all our awesome adventure tours. Join us for some fun in the sun at High Tide Los Cabos! If you still have questions about the differences between the two Cabos and where you should visit, feel free to reach out and we’d be happy to help.