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Spend Less, Live More: The Ultimate Guide to Budget Cabo Vacations

Going on a dream vacation to Cabo San Lucas is on everyone’s list. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico, known for its beautiful scenery, incredible water sports, amazing nightlife, and luxurious accommodations.

But as much as we love spending quality time with family and friends and indulging in all the luxury and adventure Cabo has to offer, the cost can be a little steep for most of us.

Lovers Beach, Cabo San Lucas

So, how do you vacation in Cabo on a tight budget? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Cabo without breaking the bank, and here’s how.

1. Timing is Everything

Cabo’s peak season is between December to February, with an influx of tourists looking to escape the cold. If you want to save some money, consider traveling off-season.

The best months to score some good deals in Cabo are May and June, as well as September and October, when there are fewer tourists, and hotels rates and airfares are significantly lower.

2. Choose a Budget-Friendly Accommodation

Staying in the luxurious resorts is great if you have deep pockets. But if you want to save some dollars, there are plenty of budget-friendly hotels and hostels in Cabo. They offer clean, comfortable rooms, free Wi-Fi, friendly staff, and some even include an outdoor pool and complimentary breakfast. You can also consider renting an Airbnb condo or apartment for your stay, which can be a much cheaper alternative to hotels. Check out my review of the Riu Palace, which is one of the best budget friendly all-inclusive resorts in Cabo San Lucas.

3. Explore Cabo’s Beautiful Beaches for Free

One of the main draws of Cabo is the beautiful beaches. Fortunately, you don’t have to pay a fortune to enjoy them. Some of the best beaches in Cabo, like Medano and Chileno Beach, are public and accessible for free. You can spend your day lounging on the beach, swimming, and snorkeling in the clear blue waters, without paying a dime.

4. Take Advantage of Happy Hour and Discounted Meals

Cabo has a thriving food and drink scene, and it’s not too hard to find great deals on drinks and meals. Many restaurants and bars offer happy hour discounts on food and drinks between 3 pm to 6 pm daily. Also, consider shopping at local farmer’s markets and grocery stores rather than eating out for every meal.

5. Book your Tours Online in Advance

Lastly, if you plan on doing any tours or excursions, make sure to book them online in advance. You can save up to 30% if you book online, and many travel companies offer seasonal promotions and discounts. From sunset cruises and scuba diving to whale watching and ATV riding, there’s something for everyone in Los Cabos on a budget.


There’s no doubt that Cabo can be incredibly expensive, but with a little planning and some insider tips, you can still vacation in Cabo on a tight budget.

By traveling off-season, choosing budget-friendly accommodation, exploring the public beaches for free, enjoying happy hour and discounted meals, and booking tours online in advance, you can still have the time of your life in Cabo without spending a fortune.

Happy Travels!



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