Can I be honest?
Cabo San Lucas was the hardest city in Mexico to make local friends. It wasn’t because they were rude or impolite, but it was because it was so hard trying to find them.
80% of the approximate 70,000 residents in Cabo San Lucas come from the U.S.! It’s quickly becoming the prominent vacation hotspot for numerous tourists while the rise of timeshares is increasing, meaning, more foreigners.
However, on a positive note, there are still vast opportunities to intermingle with the locals while being able to visit the must-sees of Cabo San Lucas.
Here’s how to meet locals in Cabo San Lucas and the best things to do in Cabo.
Arch of Cabo San Lucas
This distinctive rock formation, known as “El Arco,” is the number one thing to do in Cabo San Lucas.
When people think of Cabo, they think of this grandeur natural feature. This is more than just a great tourist attraction. This is what the natives distinguish as a staple to their city’s past. Once you come face to face with this magical, picturesque interest, you will instantly feel the magnetism between you and El Arco.
Interacting with locals while visiting El Arco is pretty difficult considering you are in the ocean. Although, since you are in a boat with a local tour guide, you are able to talk to them and ask them questions. Riding on a panga is the best way to get a more interactive experience with the local tour guide.
Beaches…Beaches…and More Beaches!
Medano Beach is the most popular beach in Cabo San Lucas. It’s known by the locals as “Mango Beach,” for numerous vendors sell yummy mangoes on sticks or in cups that make for an amazing treat!
While this may be a hotspot for tourists to enjoy the warm, crystal clear waters, it’s also filled with many locals looking to have fun. Parties continue day and night which makes this destination perfect for those young at heart.
Many vendors are found here trying to sell you things, however, this creates an opportunity to talk to them. Contrary to what many people regard vendors to be, I appreciate them coming forward even if it’s to sell me something. The fact that they begin our interaction makes it one less step away from conversing with the locals and getting to know their true authentic culture.
Another way to mingle with the locals is by attending the many contests and parties that are held at the Playa Médano. The laughing and the overall “turn-up” environment is what makes it the easiest way to approach the locals.
Lover’s Beach is as romantic as you can imagine. However, it’s not romantic because it’s full of ‘lovers’ or because it’s completely quiet, but it exposes its romantic appeal by housing happy locals and offering warm waters and pristine white sand.
The best way to converse with the locals at the Playa del Amor is to approach them while you are taking a dip in the clear waters. Since the shoreline will be crowded, you can just hop into the warm ocean and slowly approach a local. A good tip on getting the conversation started is to compliment how beautiful the beaches are.
This is probably the only beach that isn’t focused on the water and sand, but rather it’s focused on the opportunities you have to interact with the many locals. The parties that are held at the hotels allow you to have fun with locals and create a long-lasting memory that you’ll never forget. Joining one of these parties will surely guarantee a new local friend!
There are many pretty beaches in Cabo San Lucas! But there is nothing interesting about these pretty beaches. What’s interesting about these pretty beaches is what it stands for and that is connecting with the locals.
Marina Cabo San Lucas
Besides housing numerous boats belonging to the wealthy class locals, it’s the main shopping district in all of Downtown Cabo. It’s completed by a range of shopping, from local vendors to high-end brand names such as Rolex, restaurants that serve authentic Mexican food, and most importantly, it’s bustling with locals. The locals walk around the Marina, sit on the curb, and unload boats at the loading dock.
To create the best memory connecting with locals at the Marina is to approach them near the docks. One way you can talk to the locals is by approaching the guys who are feeding the pelicans and seals. While they let you feed them, for a tip, you can start asking them questions about fishing or ask them why they choose to feed the wildlife. The Marina is where it’s at for meeting new friends.
Iglesia de San Lucas & Town Square
If you feel like you want to get away from the chaotic, entertaining beaches then you should head over to the Iglesia de San Lucas which exposes the calmer, authentic Cabo life. This location is perfect for those who are interested in learning Cabo’s history, absorbing its architecture, and exploring local traditions.
Advancing toward making local friends, hanging around the church is the best way to expedite the process. Speaking to them about religion and how the Saturday Mass’s are are great questions to consider.
Making friends in Cabo San Lucas is not as hard as taking the SAT, but it is a challenge when you see more tourists than locals. It might be an overstatement, but I found it holds my argument pretty well. However, I have showcased the few places in Cabo that’ll fulfill your needs and wants on visiting and experiencing the city’s jewels; the people and the notable sites.
As though I have provided places to visit, I have also offered tips on how to mingle with the locals in those specific locations.