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While there are plenty of high-end offerings and luxe resorts in Los Cabos, this gem on the Baja Peninsula still offers a lot of options for fun on a budget. Here are a few of our favorite ways to spend time, but not tons of money, in this sunny spot where the desert meets the sea.

Hit the Beach

Even with unruly waves on much of the coastline, there are still a few protected areas in Los Cabos that are safe for swimming. Lay out on golden shores or snorkel among tropical fish at one of the area’s free beaches, and you can soak up the sun without spending a dime.

Sail to El Arco


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Making a trip to El Arco, Cabo’s stunning natural rock formation, is a must in Los Cabos. The best way to get up close is through a boat tour, which can be economical when split between a few friends. (Roger’s Glass-Bottom Boat Tours, for example, charges $50 for a private tour with two people or $100 for a group of up to eight).

Cook a Farm-to-Table Meal


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You may be surprised to find organic farms full of green in the middle of Los Cabos’ desert, but they’re well worth a visit. While Flora Farms is the more well-known spot, we loved Los Tamarindos, a 17-acre farm where you can spend an afternoon helping to gather fresh fruits and veggies for a meal you’ll help cook. Choose a two-hour cooking experience and you’ll tour the grounds, make your food, and enjoy your four-course meal — ours included fresh ceviche, tuna steaks, cilantro rice, and sweet potato tamales for dessert — on the patio with a view of the farm ($95 for four hours for a minimum of four people).

Stroll through Art Galleries

Every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. between November and June, the colorful streets of San José del Cabo open up to pedestrians for San José del Cabo Art Walk. You can stroll through 15 galleries in four blocks and mingle with local artists. Check out Ivan Guaderrama’s playful interactive art — it plays music to the touch.

Sip Cool Cocktails

A favorite of spring breakers, Cabo San Lucas has a lively beach bar scene where you can sip margaritas well into the night without breaking the bank ($7 to $10 USD at Monkey’s Cave Bar). But if you’re looking for something a little more laid-back and sophisticated, head to the artsier of Los Cabos’ two towns, San José del Cabo. At La Revolucion, you can sit on the patio under a string of lights and order a creative cocktail. Try the Perro Callejero, a refreshing gin and coconut water drink that comes served in a Campbell’s soup can ($8 USD) or El Jardin, served in a watering can ($9 USD).

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