Although Los Cabos isn’t exactly the first place a lot of people consider to be a family-friendly location, that isn’t exactly true. The entire region accommodates visitors of any kind, and that includes families. Los Cabos is definitely a great place to go for a vacation in any case, as it has a lot of things to see and do, but in most cases it isn’t oriented towards families as much as it is towards parties, honeymoons, bachelor, and bachelorette parties.
However, it is more than enough family-friendly, including families that travel with children. There is also more than enough space, provided that you make reservations ahead of time. Luckily, there are some great Los Cabos house rentals to be found, and as long as you prepare ahead of time a bit, any family will have an amazing time at this destination.
One of the first things you should check for is where your accommodations are located. Not just in the normal sense for you to figure out how to navigate the area, but also on the type of activities that normally happen around it. If you’re staying a place that’s close to Cabo San Lucas, then you have to know that that’s the party town of sorts, and it’s possible that the area will be louder than usual. On the other hand, San Jose del Cabo and the surrounding region is quieter, and is generally more suited towards families. While it might vary from location to location, it’s always wise to check up on parties and late-night bars in your region. You wouldn’t want you and your family to lose any sleep.
Check the beaches ahead of time
Cabo is very well-known for its stunning scenery and topography, but because of that rocky landscape a lot of beaches aren’t exactly good for swimming. There are a lot of currents in the region which can make it difficult to swim in, and that can be a real hazard for children. If swimming is important to you always make sure to do extensive research on which beaches are good for swimming. There are quite a few hotel beaches that aren’t exactly good for swimming, so don’t immediately count on going to that sort of beach before informing yourself.
Arrange transport ahead of time
Transport is one of the most important issues that any visitor to Cabo should deal with ahead of time, especially families. Almost immediately after you’re out of the airplane you’ll be constantly pestered by a lot of locals offering transport. That type of transport will definitely cost you a lot more money that if you’ve arranged something ahead of time. A company that’s specialized in transporting you everywhere around Los Cabos will definitely come out cheaper in the end. Just say that you’re already taken care off and the people offering transport shouldn’t hound you anymore.
Consider renting a car
If you plan on moving around a lot when you’re visiting Los Cabos, then renting a car might be a wise investment. Getting around the area is generally very easy and fast, because the bus and taxi services are constant and pretty reliable. However, the bus isn’t very convenient for an entire family, and going everywhere in a taxi can get pretty expensive very quickly. To avoid unnecessary costs, it’s probably for the best to rent a car. Unless you don’t plan on moving around very much, this way you’ll save up a lot in the end.
Always have bottled water on hand
While the water in Los Cabos is generally pretty safe to drink, there are some areas where it’s not desirable. Unless you’re absolutely sure that the water you’re drinking comes from a clean source, try to buy and drink bottled water. The ideal would be to bring water with you everywhere you go, but some restaurants might not allow you to bring your own drinks. In that case the first thing you should order is bottled water. Tap water is generally fine in most places, though, so it’s not something to obsess about. In any case, fill up once you’re at a resort or your accommodations if you’re sure the water’s clean.
Be mindful of which currency you use
Street vendors and merchants in Los Cabos are generally famous for their bartering. The goods they peddle are often very nice, so you’ll naturally want to buy something. After you’ve negotiated on a price, which you should make sure to always do and never immediately accept the price, consider the exchange rate. If you’re paying in dollars then you should that everywhere you use them you’ll be slightly overcharged. If 1 dollar is 20 pesos, then everyone will charge you 21, for example. But also be mindful that a lot of ATM will dispense dollars too, as well as pesos, but you should do your own research because it varies from case to case. Sometimes there’s a significant transaction fee you probably want to avoid.
Everyone should wear comfortable clothing
While this definitely goes without saying, comfortable clothing is definitely a must for those visiting Los Cabos. The weather can get pretty hot most of the time, especially in high season, and lunchtime can be very scorching. Everyone should feel comfortable at all times, especially if you’re strolling around. The terrain and landscape are pretty rocky in the region, and potentially you’d want to explore it as much as possible. In those situations each member of the family should be able to easily walk anywhere. You don’t want anyone to feel restricted because of their clothing. This is something that’s quite easy to overlook, because light clothing doesn’t necessarily mean unrestricting. This also goes for footwear because you might end up walking everywhere, and wearing bad shoes will have bad consequences.
Los Cabos might feel suited towards party-oriented individuals at first, but it’s in fact a great spot for families. It’s one of those destinations that everyone should visit at least once in their life, and that also includes families with children.