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by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 16, 2018
What is the best time of year to visit Los Cabos?
The best time to visit Los Cabos is from May to June (after Spring Break and before the rainy season), and in October (after the rains but before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays). Expect sunny warm weather with water temperatures especially pleasant in October. Crowds are smaller and there are often good deals on flights and hotels, except during the October fishing tournaments.
- Best Time for Good Weather: The best times to visit for sunny days, warm water, and comfortable temperatures are from June through mid-July and from mid-October through mid-December. Los Cabos is dry and warm most of the year, with a short rainy season in late summer and early fall. Most of the rain hits in August and September. April and May are the driest months with almost no rain at all. Temperatures are hottest from July through October, hovering around 30°C during those months. December through February are the coldest months, though still quite comfortable around 23°C. Ocean temperatures are warmest from late July through early November, around 25°C surface temperature; February through April the water is coldest.
- Best Time for Families and Kids: The best times for family travel are May through July, after Spring Break and before the rainy season. Los Cabos has great weather and family-friendly activities going on almost all year long, but there are two times of the year families might want to avoid, the first being the rainy, hot season in August and September. Not only is the weather muggy and rain likely (in addition to the occasional hurricane), but many attractions simply close to the public during these months. The second time to avoid family travel is during Spring Break, which usually falls from March through early April. Spring Break means lots of crowds and lots of noise late at night, especially if your hotel is near Downtown Cabo San Lucas. San Jose and the Corridor are usually mellower over Spring Break than Cabo San Lucas, but they can still get wild especially at hotels with their own nightclubs attached or bars that stay open late.
- Best Time for Avoiding Crowds: The best time for avoiding crowds is during the rainy season in August and September. These two months see the most number of cloudy days and a slight chance of hurricanes. But with an average of only 18% chance of rain, there are still many sunny days to be had. Beaches will be nearly empty, bars and restaurants will be quieter, and hotels will often have discounts available. May and June are also good months will fewer people around, just after Spring Break and before the rainy season, but not quite as calm as during the August and September, as these are popular months for family travel. Do not visit during March or April, the height of Spring Break season, or during the winter months, December through February, which is the peak season for holidays and snowbirds.
- Best Time for Great Deals: The best time to find travel deals in Cabo is from May through September, with the absolute best rates coming in May, August, and September. May through mid-July are the best weather months during the summer season, not as hot as late summer and just before the rain comes. August and September will offer the best discounts, even at the most luxe resorts, but there will be rain to consider and the rare possibility of a hurricane.
- Best Time for Snorkeling and Diving: The best time for snorkeling and diving runs from early October and through early November. The water is warmest from late July through early November, visibility is highest from early October through the end of November, and waves are generally smaller September through November. October and November are some of the best months for encountering whale sharks that begin to flock to the area as winter approaches. Snorkeling and diving in Cabo is great any time of the year, if cooler temperatures are not a deterrent. Flying manta rays are here most in May; December through March is great for spotting whales, guitarfish, and octopuses. Colorful reef fish and sea turtles are here year-round.
- Best Time for Whales and Whale Sharks: The best time to see whales and whale sharks is from early January through March. Whale Shark season runs from October through March. Most whale shark tour operators are based out of La Paz, around a two-hour drive from Los Cabos, so visitors will need to provide their own transportation there. Whale Shark tours offer freediving and snorkel opportunities to get very close to these huge fish, but scuba tanks are not allowed. Humpback whale season runs from mid-November through April, with most babies born from late December through January. The babies start getting more playful in February. Gray whales have the shortest season in Cabo, from early January through late March. They are less abundant than Humpbacks, though not uncommon. Schedule early morning tours for smaller waves and less chance of seasickness. Afternoon tours find whales at their most active, but the boat ride is usually choppy later in the day.
- Best Time for Surfing:The best time for surfing in Los Cabos is from June through August. Thanks to Southern Hemisphere swells, waves are consistent at most beaches on both the Sea of Cortez and Pacific sides. Good surfing for Los Cabos’ Sea of Cortez beaches, including Old Man’s, Zippers, and The Rock, can be found anytime between April and October. On the Pacific beaches, such as Todos Santos or Cerritos, the best surf is found in the winter months, from December through February. Great winter surf here, but the water is definitely chilly.
- Best Time for Exploring the Outdoors: The best time to explore the Los Cabos outdoors is from mid-December through May. High temperatures are between 23- 25°C most of the time and rain is unlikely, with April and May being especially dry. This is the best time for visiting Sierra de la Laguna for hiking and camping, for zip lines and ATVs at the adventure parks, or for cycling through the San Jose Estuary or the San Jose Art Walk, which goes on Thursday nights from November through June.
- Best Time for Sportfishing: Sportfishing is great all year long, with almost 100% chance of catching something, though different fish bite at different times. September through January is best for all types of marlin. Tuna is most common from June through January, while yellowtail bites from January through April. Grouper and snapper are most abundant from May through September. Several major competitions with huge cash prizes take place here, most notably Bisbee’s Black and Blue. Most tournaments take place in October and early November with a couple of smaller events in the summer months.
Los Cabos Travel Seasons
- High Season (December-April): Winter and spring are the most popular travel seasons in Los Cabos. The winter season, from December through February, offers lots of sunny days and mild temperatures with highs around 23°C. Humpbacks are calving, while Gray Whales and Whale Sharks are also migrating through the area. This is a popular time for family travel and for snowbirds. March and April usher in the party crowd as U.S. and Canadian students arrive en masse for Spring Break. Expect to contend with large crowds and to pay top dollar for flights, hotels, and tours during these months.
- Low Season (July-September): Summer is usually a quiet time to visit Los Cabos, excellent for finding outstanding hotel deals and for avoiding crowds. Weather during these months, though, is the hottest, rainiest, and muggiest of the year. Temperatures rise over 30°C most afternoons. Odds of a hurricane are slim, but higher at this time of year than any other. About 20% of the days will have some rain, especially in August and September.
- Shoulder Season (May-June and October-November): The best times for good weather, fewer people, and fair hotel rates are during May, June, October, and November. May and June are great months for finding discounts post-peak season and before the stormy summer. High temperatures are in the upper 20s, with May being the driest month of the year. October and November also offer great weather and warm ocean temperatures. Fishing tournaments and the arrival of the first whales make this a busier time of the year than May and June, but still not as busy as the coming months. Book early to score the best deals for Fall travel.
Los Cabos Weather by Month
Temperatures in Los Cabos are warm all year long with Cabo San Lucas being slightly hotter and drier than San Jose del Cabo. August is the hottest month, while late January/early February are the coolest. Rain is most common in August and September; April and May are the driest. Water temperatures are warmest from late July through early November, peaking in September. Surf is always rough on the Pacific coast beaches, while the Sea of Cortez side is generally milder, though still with strong currents.
- Los Cabos Weather in January: January is one of the coolest months of the year, though still quite comfortable with highs usually around 25° and dipping to around 19°C in the night. Rain is unlikely, occurring only once or twice a month. Most days see very few clouds. It’s a good idea to pack a light sweater or jacket for the chilly desert evenings. Water temperatures are on the cold side, though the lower temperatures have the advantage of attracting the first Gray Whales of the season. (Average High 25°C, Average Low 19°C, Water Temperature 23°C, Rainfall 12mm.)
- Los Cabos Weather in February: February remains fairly cool with highs and lows holding steady from January. Rain occurs once or twice a month, though in a smaller amount and with even less cloud cover than in the previous month. Pack a light jacket or sweater in case of cooler nights. Water temperature falls slightly in February compared to January. Baby Humpback Whales will be active right now. (Average High 25°C, Average Low 19°C, Water Temperature 22°C, Rainfall 10mm.)
- Los Cabos Weather in March: March begins to warm up and dry out. Temperatures are balmy, around 26° in the late afternoon. Rain is very rare, only happening once a month if at all. Days are mostly clear, even more so than in January or February. While the outside temperatures rise, the ocean surface temperature falls to 21°C, the coldest month of the year, though still swimmable for the brave. This is the last month to snorkel with whale sharks until the next winter season. (Average High 26°C, Average Low 19°C, Water Temperature 21°C, Rainfall 1mm.)
- Los Cabos Weather in April: Day and nighttime temperatures in April continue to rise. Afternoons continue to remain comfortable, maxing out around 27°C, while nighttime highs reach an average of 20°C. April is one of the driest months of the year, usually with no rain at all and less cloud cover than in previous months. Water temperatures remain chilly this month, the last month of Humpback Whale season. (Average High 27°C, Average Low 20°C, Water Temperature 21°C, Rainfall 0mm.)
- Los Cabos Weather in May: May is the driest month of the year, with no rain at all and clear skies. Sunscreen is a necessity! Humidity begins to rise, though most days remain comfortable, especially in the first half of the month. Days are warm and evenings are perfect, no jacket necessary for most nights. Water temperatures begin to rise and the first good surfing days of the year come to the Sea of Cortez. (Average High 29°C, Average Low 21°C, Water Temperature 23°C, Rainfall 0mm.)
- Los Cabos Weather in June: Temperatures continue to rise in day and night. This is the last comfortable month before the summer hits. June offers the clearest skies, almost entirely without clouds until the tail end of the month, though the air is a little muggy. Don’t forget your sunscreen! This is one of the drier months, usually without rain. Ocean temperatures begin to rise and swells from the Southern Hemisphere bring consistent good surfing conditions. (Average High 30°C, Average Low 23°C, Water Temperature 24°C, Rainfall 3mm.)
- Los Cabos Weather in July: July is the first real month of summer here. Heat becomes oppressive, with highs averaging well above 30°C, and nearly every day is muggy. Rainfall is still infrequent, though more than half of the days are cloudy. While chances of a big storm are slim, July marks the beginning of hurricane season. Water is very comfortable now, and surf is at its peak quality. (Average High 34°, Average Low 26°C, Water Temperature 26°C, Rainfall 15mm.)
- Los Cabos Weather in August: August officially kicks off the rainy season, with 44mm of rain on average and about 75% of cloudy days. Los Cabos is still a desert, though, so it only rains about four days on average this month. Muggy days combined with the highest temperatures of the year, around 34°C, makes this the most uncomfortable month. August is squarely in the hurricane season, but big storms are rare. Ocean water is very warm for swimming, and surf is still great, but many tour operators close during this month. It’s a good idea to plan some rainy day activities, just in case. (Average High 35°C, Average Low 27°C, Water Temperature 28°C, Rainfall 48mm.)
- Los Cabos Weather in September: This is the rainiest month of the year, with most precipitation falling during its first two or three weeks. September averages four rainy days, the same as August, but with almost double the amount of rainfall. Temperatures and humidity both continue to run high, keeping the outside conditions uncomfortable. Ocean temperatures are the warmest they’ll be all year. This is the last month of the hurricane season, though chances of one landing here are slim. Make some rainy day activity plans, just in case. (Average High 32°C, Average Low 27°C, Water Temperature 29°C, Rainfall 92mm.)
- Los Cabos Weather in October: October remains hot and muggy, topping 31°C regularly. But rain showers become increasingly unlikely as the month goes on, usually occurring only once or twice at the beginning of the month. The first couple weeks are generally cloudy. Ocean temperatures are very warm and visibility is high, making this the best month for snorkeling. The first whale sharks of the season begin to arrive now. (Average High 31°C, Average Low 26°C, Water Temperature 28°C, Rainfall 24mm.)
- Los Cabos Weather in November: Weather begins to cool down slightly in November, while humidity drops to a comfortable level most days. Rain is infrequent, with maybe one brief shower this month. Ocean temperatures are still warm very warm and visibility remains high for great snorkeling. The first few Humpback whales show up now. (Average High 29°C, Average Low 24°C, Water Temperature 27°, Rainfall 11mm.)
- Los Cabos Weather in December: Comfortable day and nighttime temperatures and low humidity return in December, the busiest month for travel here. Rain is rare, usually once this month, though about half of the days will be overcast or partly cloudy. Water temperatures cool down slightly, but the ocean remains very comfortable for swimming. The first few baby Humpbacks will be born at the end of the month. This is the first month for surfing on the Pacific side. (Average High 26°C, Average Low 21°C, Water Temperature 24°C, Rainfall 10mm.)
Los Cabos Events and Festivals
Los Cabos in January
- Feast Day of San Antonio de Abad: San Antonio de Abad is the patron saint of animals. On this day animals are allowed into churches to receive a blessing. Hundreds of people participate, dressing their pets or working animals in ribbons and bows, for the priest to bless. Expect all types of animals to be in attendance, but especially dogs, cats, horses, and chickens.
- La Ventana Classic: Five days of competitive kitesurfing, windsurfing, and SUP racing, plus a variety of clinics where participants learn from the pros. Proceeds benefit schools in La Ventana, El Sargento, and Los Planes.
Los Cabos in February
- San Jose Jazz Weekend: Two evenings of live jazz, featuring local, national, and international artists. This popular and growing concert series takes place at Plaza del Pescador in the San Jose Hotel Zone from 5-11pm. Admission is free.
- Todos Santos Open Studios Tour: Todos Santos, one of Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos, is best known for its charming, boho style and art galleries. For two days every year, artists of all mediums open their studios to the public and invite them into their creative spaces. It is free to attend with any purchasing proceeds going to support Palapa Society’s Children’s Art Program.
- Carnaval: This huge six-day celebration is traditionally the last hurrah before the fasting weeks of Lent. Unlike Brazil’s Carnaval or New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, this is a family-friendly event, featuring parade floats, dancing, food stalls, and cultural events. There is a small Carnaval event in downtown Cabo, but the largest celebration in the area is about two hours north in La Paz, attracting crowds in the hundreds of thousands.
Los Cabos in March
- Festival of San Jose: An eleven day festival in honor of San José, the city’s patron saint. Festivities begin with parties and music, then increase to include parades, carnivals, and rodeos on weekends. Expect a fun street party with amazing food stalls, dancing, and rides.
- Festival de Cine de Todos Santos: Since 2004, the Todos Santos Film Festival has screened the best new dramas, documentaries, and short films from Mexico and Latin America with a special focus on local, Baja filmmakers. Screening during this six-day event are held at Teatro Marquez de León.
- Gala de Danza: This annual performing arts event brings together elite dancers, choreographers, and musicians from around the world. Artist collaborations showcase the best in classical ballet and ballroom styles, as well as contemporary Latin Dance. Get ticket early! Tickets have previously sold out in under an hour.
Los Cabos in April
- Paws ‘n Claws Open Golf Tournament: Annual golf tournament and barbecue benefitting Los Cabos Humane Society. Teams may register to play 18-holes on the Palmilla Golf course, followed by barbecue at Acre, an upscale farm-to-table restaurant, or supporters may choose dining only.
- Día de los Niños: Celebrated on April 30 every year, this holiday honors the importance of children in society. This is a fun day for kids, who get the day off from school, and are treated to special events, activities, and gifts. Events take place all over town, with music, shows, and magic. Many water parks and amusement parks offer discounts on this day.
Los Cabos in May
- Cinco de Mayo: This is a celebration of Mexico’s victory over France during the Battle of Puebla – not Mexican Independence Day. Outside of Puebla itself, this holiday is not celebrated in Mexico. However, some hotels and bars in Cabo host fiestas aimed at American tourists with drink specials, music, and food.
- GastroVino Food and Wine Festival: This annual, three-day festival in Todos Santos includes special events at the city’s best restaurants, working alongside Baja’s best wineries. Events include wine tastings, an elegant ball, tapas and wine pairing, and a silent auction benefitting a local charity.
Los Cabos in June
- Los Cabos Open of Surf: The most prestigious men and women’s surfing competition in Mexico, drawing huge local and global crowds. The six-day event includes free concerts after sunset by major international bands, and an accompanying food festival.
- Fiesta de la Música: This is a live music festival taking place every year on the solstice, June 21, in 120 countries worldwide. This free event takes place at various locations in San Jose’s Art District. All musical styles and experience levels are welcome to participate.
- The Stars & Stripes Tournament: Annual deep sea fishing (striped marlin) and golfing tournament combined with music festival. Proceeds benefit seven chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Mexico and California.
Los Cabos in July
- Fiesta of the Virgin of Carmen: This day-long festival celebrates the Virgin Mary as protector of Mexico. The event begins with cultural craft vendors in the morning, followed by an afternoon parade of children, their mothers, and puppeteers. The Cabo San Lucas marina holds a fishing tournament, while bullfights are held near downtown (toned down versions, no animals harmed).
- Festival of St. James: This festival celebrates St. James, the patron saint of Spain credited with bringing Catholicism to Mexico. The saint is often depicted in art riding a white horse. The festival begins with a parade, including riders on white horses, who reenact battles in the towns’ squares. Street parties continue late into the evening.
Los Cabos in August
- Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore Tournament: A laid-back, five-day fishing competition out of Buenavista, an hour north of San Jose. The event includes three days of deep sea fishing for marlin, tuna, and dorado.
- Los Cabos Open (Abierto Mexicano de Tenis): This is one of the most prestigious men’s tennis competitions in Mexico. It takes place over 6 days, on outdoor hard courts, with $800,000USD in prize money at stake.
- Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: This holiday celebrates the ascension of the Virgin Mary to heaven, and is celebrated in both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose. Churches will be overflowing with flowers, and processions will wind through the downtown areas with floats and live music. There will be many street food stalls, plus buffet feasts at local restaurants. Festivities continue late into the evening.
Los Cabos in September
- Charro Day: The morning begins with parades of charros, Mexican cowboys, wearing traditional clothing with their horses groomed and decked out, too. Festivities with great food continue throughout the day with rodeos, bullfighting, calf roping, and dancing into the night.
- Mexican Independence Day: Beginning on September 15th at night, expect huge crowds in both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose. Cabo has a wilder party vibe, while San Jose has a more traditional fiesta. Celebrations at both locations will see the plazas decked out, mariachi, folk dancing, beer, fireworks, and street food. The “grito,” shout of independence, is called out around 11 that night. The following day is a national holiday with a giant parade and continuing celebrations.
Los Cabos in October
- Los Cabos Billfish Tournament: A five-day event including three days of competitive deep sea fishing. Boats leave from both the Cabo San Lucas Marina and the Puerto Los Cabos Marina in San Jose.
- Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament: This is the largest fishing tournament of the year with millions of dollars up for grabs and drawing huge crowds in Cabo San Lucas. Teams compete for three days, and spectators watching the enormous fish as they’re weighed in on the pier.
- Fiesta de Cabo San Lucas: This holiday on October 18 celebrates St. Luke, patron saint of Cabo San Lucas. Downtown streets will be closed off to traffic to make way for the parade, food vendors, dancing, and musicians.
Los Cabos in November
- Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead): Celebrations are scattered around the Los Cabos area on November 1-2 in remembrance of deceased family and friends. Expect gatherings in the main town squares and in cemeteries, where altars are set up, plus costumes, face painting, music, marigolds, and special candy sugar skulls. Los Cabos’ celebration is not as large as in most central and southern areas; San Jose has more traditional festivities than Cabo San Lucas.
- Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament: Four-day event with two days of competitive fishing. Evenings include cocktail parties, mariachi, and festivities. Big money jackpots for the winning teams.
- Revolution Day (Día de la Revolución): Festivities on November 20 celebrate the start of the Mexican Revolution in 1910. Parades in the morning are followed by food, fiestas, and rodeos.
Los Cabos in December
- Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe): This is an annual Mexican Catholic feast on December 12, celebrating an apparition of the Virgin Mary on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City. The holiday is celebrated throughout Los Cabos with parades, masses, street fairs, and fireworks, and it marks the start of the Christmas Posadas.
- Christmas Posadas: A nine-day period from December 16-24 commemorating the Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Candlelit processions and reenactments go from house to house each night with parties, food, and piñatas after guests are allowed entry to the “inn.” This culminates in the biggest celebration on Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) with the birth of Christ celebrated at midnight, followed by mass, food, and presents. Many hotels and restaurants will offer special dinners and events for travelers.
- Sabor a Cabo Restaurant and Food Festival: The area’s largest food festival with over 50 restaurants involved. The annual celebration features local and international chefs, food, wine, music, tequila, and mezcal. Proceeds benefit several local charities.