How Safe Is Cabo San Lucas for Travel?

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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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


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


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


There is a high risk of pickpocketing in Cabo San Lucas, so make sure that your valuables are in the 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, put the passport and bigger amount of money there, and only take the necessary things with you.

Natural Disasters Risk


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


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. Their aim is to take 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


Cabos San Lucas is not a place where 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


Be watchful of people who offer you help, since they might ask 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 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 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 due to the fact that Thus, Cabo has been largely free of the 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, depends on the country you are coming form. 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 form 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 airports 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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10 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.


    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.

  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

  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.

    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.


    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.

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