How Safe Is Cabo San Lucas for Travel?

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Safety Index:
68

Cabo San Lucas did not use to develop fast from the very beginning of its foundation, but later it grew into an amazing spot for sport fishermen and tourists who wanted to explore other parts of Mexico.

Cabo is the destination for travelers who are looking for outdoor adventure.

San Jose has old Mexico charm and some shining new resorts with many bars and nightclubs.

When in Cabo San Lucas, tourists can enjoy perfect resorts, try professional golf courses and various outdoor activities.

There are some areas, like Land’s End, the tip of the peninsula, where the beaches are not safe for swimming due to the currents.

Warnings & Dangers in Cabo San Lucas

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Cabo San Lucas has a medium crime level and pickpocketing and telephonic extortion are frequent criminal acts happening in crowded areas of the city. Drug-related violence becomes more often in Cabo San Lucas and the Mexican government makes a lot of effort to stop the crime and protect major tourist destinations from thieves and other criminals.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

When it comes to transportation in Cabo San Lucas, there have been reports of people being robbed by the unlicensed taxis. Also, taxis are not metered, so always negotiate the price before the ride. There are many car rental agencies where you can rent a car, but it is not advisable to drive there, due to aggressive drivers and traffic jams. The public transport is not safe since theft on buses is common and buses have also been hijacked in conflict areas.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

There is a high risk of pickpocketing in Cabo San Lucas, so make sure that your valuables are in a safe place. The risk is especially high for foreigners because thieves usually target them regarding the fact that they have either money or expensive items with them. If there is a safe in your resort, but the passport and bigger amount of money there, and only take the necessary things with you.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Some of the natural hazards in Cabo San Lucas are hurricanes between July and September, earthquakes and volcanoes, so if any of these happen, tourists need to follow the advice of authorities.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Virtual kidnapping is very common, so it is advisable not to share any personal information while in Cabo San Lucas. Also, criminals tend to kidnap people who wear expensive jewelry or watches and who show off with their latest gadgets. They aim to take out money from your credit cards, so victims are forced to withdraw money and then they are released. In case this happens to you, do not resist in order not to be hurt.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Cabos San Lucas is not a place where a terrorist might attack, but it can never be said for sure. Although Mexico does not report recent attacks, you should always be watchful.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Be watchful of people who offer you help, since they might ask for money for that. Tourists should be very careful when renting skis or water vehicles and never leave their food and drinks unattended in bars and restaurants.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Women can feel free of trouble in Cabo San Lucas, but only if they are attentive and alert. There have been reports of sexual harassment in bars and nightclubs and assaults when traveling on public transport. Females should take care of even in areas close to hotels, especially after dark.

So... How Safe Is Cabo San Lucas Really?

Cabo San Lucas is a tourist destination very popular with foreigners, especially because Cabo has been largely free of drug-related violence, unlike many other holiday destinations.

Tourists can feel trouble-free while in the safest parts of Cabo, such as Avenida Lazaro Cardenas, Boulevard Paseo de La Marina, and Paseo de La Marina.

It is very well known that Cabo’s water and beaches are stunningly beautiful, but bear in mind that they are also extremely dangerous, due to the riptides and strong waves.

There have been reports of some shooting in Cabo, but the threat of terrorism is very low.

Tourists only need to monitor local advice, remain vigilant as they would do anywhere in the world and follow the advice of the local authorities in case of emergencies.

Useful Information

  • Visas - During your stay in Mexico, you need to have a valid passport with you and whether you will need a visa or not, it depends on the country you are coming from. All the entry requirements can be found on websites on the Internet.
  • Currency - Mexico is not considered an expensive country and the official currency is the Mexican Peso. It has to offer accommodation for not so rich tourists, as well as for those who want to spend more money on their vacation. You can exchange US dollar traveler’s cheques and notes into local currency and credit cards are widely accepted for payment.
  • Weather - Mexico, as well as Cabo San Lucas, are mostly visited from December to April, while the peak season in Cabo is between October and March. Rain is rare and humidity is low, except in the late summer. Cabo is a paradise for suffers. The only climate issue is that Cabo is prone to hurricanes.
  • Airports - When coming to Cabo San Luca, tourists can use the regional airport, Los Cabos International Airport, which is located outside of San Jose del Cabo. Another major Mexican airport can also be used.
  • Travel Insurance - Even though you might consider that a travel insurance policy is not necessary for you, if you are in good health condition, it is better to reconsider that, since accidents and medical problems can never be predicted.
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Cabo San Lucas Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 20° C
Feb 20° C
Mar 21° C
Apr 22° C
May 24° C
Jun 26° C
Jul 29° C
Aug 29° C
Sep 28° C
Oct 27° C
Nov 24° C
Dec 21° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

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252627283031333332322926
Low
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141415161820242524221815
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777981828688919190908479
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575759616468757775726459

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30 Reviews on Cabo San Lucas

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    Lexie A says:

    My experience was horrendous on this “beautiful place”. I was victimized and had a very traumatic event happen with me and my friends. Cabo San Lucas is not safe and won’t be. I’ll make sure everyone knows.

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      Anonymous says:

      Hi, what and when?

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      Andre w says:

      Lexi, can you share how your robbery happened for context? Did you go out late at night clubbing, or get robbed on the streets while shopping in broad daylight? Was is on an excursion? I realize it may be hard to think about it. But the context will truly help others much better.
      Thank you for considering sharing more detail.

      1. PLEASE SHARE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED…WE NEED TO BE READY IF WE
        VISIT……THANK YOU……N

    3. Cabo very unsafe

      That’s according to an annual study by a Mexico City-based advocacy group, the Citizen Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice (CCPSCJ), which tracks murders in cities around the world that are not at war.

      Its findings show that in 2017, Los Cabos had a higher per capita homicide rate than any other city in the world, increasing by 500 per cent from the previous year to 365 killings. While last year’s figures are expected to see a fall from 2017’s record high, El Universal newspaper reports this may be down to local businesses contributing millions of pesos towards housing federal police now deployed in Los Cabos.

    4. Question on where was bad experience.

      Thanks Lexi. Please fill us in on a few details …like did you go clubbing or was it at a resort etc? Very sorry for you bad experience.

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      Jennifer Trice says:

      It’s a review of Lexie

      Lexie,
      Why have you given Cabo SL 4 out of 5 stars and why haven’t you’ve expounded upon your experience? If you want to inform other travelers,
      I’m sure it’s for their safety. Please fill in the details and answer travelers’ questions.

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      Gwendolyn says:

      LOVE CABO

      WE LOVE CABO we have been 5 times , we stay downtown and walk everywhere . Day and night.

    7. but you gave it 4 stars…..weird

    8. That's Lame ~ We Have Fun!

      Wow! I’m so sorry to hear this. 🙁 We’ve been going to Cabo almost yearly for over 20 years and have never had a real negative experience. Hopefully you will return one day and find some peace there.

  2. Cabo is great

    I have been visiting cabo for 23 years. I have enjoyed bringing my whole family. 3 girls and my beautiful wife. I have been there 6 times. We leave tomorrow for cabo for a family get together. I have always had a feeling of safety there. The locals are the nicest people I have met. You are treated like royalty. I have traveled many places as my wife was a travel agent for over a 10 years. I love cabo! I do live in Alaska though. Anyways that’s my 2 cents

    1. Hi Dan. I’ll be going to Cabo in Nov. Any recommendations for family activities? I wanna move to Homer in 2022. How do you like it in AK?

  3. We have been going to Cabo San Lucas every year since 2007 for 1 to 2 weeks.
    The marina and areas within 3 to 5 blocks of the marina are safe.

    We walk the areas, both during the day and at night, without any incidents.
    Like any city, one always needs to be aware of his/her surroundings.

    Recommendations:
    1) do not drive a rental vehicle.
    2)if you want a taxi, have your resort get one for you.
    3) do not wear expensive jewelry and watches (better not to even wear them).
    4) be respectful of Mexico’s culture — do not be loud or abusive.
    5) avoid wading on the Pacific coast – strong undertow – very dangerous.
    6) use sunscreen and,
    7) most importantly, relax and have fun.

    Based on personal interests, great shopping opportunities.
    A few restaurants worth enjoying (there are several):

    El Farallon (around $200 per couple but outstanding location in Pedregal on the Pacific – great food – this is a must location.

    Baja Brewing CO located on the 9th floor roof top of Cachet Beach Club overlooking the Arch and entrance to the marina (beautiful views) – another must location, Salvatore’s Italian Restaurant (located off one of the side streets – get a table in the balcony area) – large servings, Squid Roe — fun place in the evening – good food – set back and enjoy the servers and, if you want, dance on your chair or the area behind your booth, Cabo Wabo for dancing and live entertainment — the crowd changes throughout the evening.

  4. Cabo is absolutely AMAZING

    My husband and I flew to Cabo San Lucas Nov 2018 for a week. Had a fabulous time. Stayed at the Marina Fiesta Resort all inclusive. Very secure resort. Staff was wonderful. They work hard to make sure all your needs are met. Tip , Tip and Tip. Walked around the Marina during the day and evening, did not feel threatened. Will be heading out there again in Nov 2019 with our family and grand-children. If you stay aware of your surroundings , use common sense and if you feel like something isn’t right than chances are it’s not. Enjoy, be smart and most of all relax.

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    Anonymous says:

    We are going to Cabo in August this year, it will be our 9th year. We have walked around downtown Cabo at night and have never felt scared or threatened. The people in general are nice. Will keep going back.

  6. LOVE CABO, DON'T HESITATE TO GO

    We have been going to Cabo since about 2006. Never had any problems there regarding safety or crime. We stay in the corridor and have traveled freely to San Jose, Todo Santos, Cerritos Beach, and LaPaz. No trouble anywhere and we do always rent a car. We are not prone to just sitting in a resort, so we do move around the area frequently to experience more than our excellent resort. We find the people there very pleasant and friendly. We will be returning in 2020 again without any concerns (at least at this time). Surely there is crime there, but from what we have seen, it is no different, and probably better, than any city in California.

    1. Reply question

      Hey Mdzee, what insurance did you buy when you rented the car? Thank you

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    Peter R says:

    Cabo is great

    I have been frequenting Cabo since 1989. I travel there at least once a year. I have never seen nor had a problem in 30 years. I went down w my kids for many years. No issues. The worst I saw was kids selling Mota (weed) downtown. For me, it’s a very safe destination, certainly for Mexico.

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    Johnny B says:

    Love Cabo

    Been going to Cabo for at least 15 years….almost every year. Bought in to the Villa Group and usually stay at Del Arco. I have been fishing there at least 15 times. I have walked back several times at 1 or 2am from Cabo Wabo’s without any incidents. Sure I’ve been asked if I want to buy drugs and kids trying to sell you stuff. So far….no problems.

  9. We both loved it!

    It was perfect! The weather was just right and the resort was everything I had hoped for. If you don’t do well in scorching heat opt for May-June, the weather is spot on. Everyone is so friendly and helpful, we will come back for sure.

  10. Car rental company extorted money, about $160, by saying a factory blem/bubble on a tire was caused by us as we drove from our hotel to Cabo airport to return to states. Even one rental worker tried to tell boss it was factory defect. He would have none of it. Had us cornered because we had plane to catch. Also a lady in our group of four had money extorted from her married daughter’s family in Cabo or Vallarta. Getting off excursion boat, parents and kids, the dad was quietly threatened, told his family to get off the boat and he stayed behind to pay the bribe/extortion fee for the families safety. Maybe was only family on that boat. I would say Cabo is probably safe in resorts and daylight main down town areas and hopefully on large group excursions. Just be warned, better safe, than sorry. You are always safe, until you are not, and then it is too late. I have traveled to the main tourist spots in Mexico and stayed in Morelia Mexico with a Mexican family once for 5 weeks. I love the humble Mexican people and the beauty of their beaches and resorts. But with the influences of crime, murders, drugs, cartels, zetas, bribery, corruption, there are reasons you see signs that say ” Pray for Mexico”.

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      Anonymous says:

      Good advice.

      I don’t rent from local companies anywhere, regardless of the cost differential.

      Even then, I was extorted by car rental companies in Barcelona, and years ago, in Italy.

      Not surprised this happens in Mexico, too.

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      Ben Leymen says:

      Same with me! They said they would keep my 15 year old daughter as collateral until I came back with $440!!!! Be very careful renting a car out here they are cartel owned.

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        Sam Fisher says:

        Why?

        They held your 15 year old daughter for a $440.00 ransom and you gave four stars? Why four stars and what’s your guess as to why they didn’t go for $450 or even $500?

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    who's Joe? says:

    Joe Mama

    not funny. didnt laugh

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    Beatrice Y. says:

    BE CAREFUL

    Hi there. I advise you to stay in the resorts for your own safety. I went there for vacation and stayed in cheap AirBNBs. I ended up getting extorted and trafficked there by many of the locals. I was stuck there for four months before finally going to the consulate located on the marina. Be wary of the folks on the marina offering you ‘special prices’ for various activities, such as fishing, water taxis, glass bottom boats, tours of the city, camel riding, etc. Most of them are just trying to get your cash and rarely show up for the tours and activities that they are offering you. Also, if you on the market for any all-inclusive packages with resorts or timeshares, please be careful not to disclose that information to the activities salesmen on the marina, they will offer you a number of different resorts with the promises of cash or free activities, but it is just another way for them to get to know you and extort you. Stay away from the restaurant called The Sleepless Lobster, the folks there are particularly good at getting tourists to buy girls and drugs from them by luring you in with free tequila shots and the promise of a good time.
    If you want to go to Cabo, chances are you will be safe if you stay at a resort and utilize the amentities those places offer. There are plenty of good people there who will treat you well and who will not extort you. However, do be aware that there are plenty of people who are actively trying to get use you, too. Keep your phones and valuables close to you or keep them in safes at the resorts. Do not trust any of the activity sellers on the marina even if they are the smoothest talkers and stellar salesmen. Many of them are very good at it, and even though they may show you pamphlets and magazines with legitimate-looking activities to sell you, if they are giving you extremely lower prices than what those pamphlets say, chances are that they are not actually working for the companies on those pamphlets and are just trying to get as much cash out of you as quickly as possible. Please be careful, and enjoy your vacation.

  13. My wife and I have gone to Cabo for at least one week each of the past 13 years. We walk anywhere and everywhere, and other than a few of the locals trying to sell trinkets, we have never been hassled or made to feel unsafe, anytime of the day or night.

  14. Love Cabo

    We have a timeshare in Cabo. Watched the city grow from a small town with sandy streets to what it is today. When we first went to Cabo you could know just about everyone in the city by the second day and the people treated you like family. Never had a problem. We go out at night and walk back to the timeshare. Most people very kind. We rent a car in the states and and pick it up at the airport. We have traveled outside of Cabo to La Paz, Todos Santos, Los Barriles, Cabo Pulmo and San José del Cabo. Never had any trouble driving. Driving from the airport to Cabo is a lovely drive with an ocean view. You pass through many small towns. Now, it also has a lot of US stores. Walmart, Builder Square etc. Like any where you need to use common sense.

  15. We have gone to Cabo for many years and have created many relationships with people there and have never had a problem, not saying that it can’t happen but it never has . We don’t go clubbing at night , we do go to the marina and we eat there , we also use the same boat owner every time we rent a boat . People have been wonderful and fun .

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