15 essentials to pack for your Cabo vacation

So you’re ready to head to Cabo for sunny beaches, waterfront restaurants, and an exciting nightlife scene. Besides the usual suspects, here’s a few key items you shouldn’t forget to pack.

  • Athletic shoes: While you can go anywhere in town in flip flop, the Cabo area is known for great hiking and other activities. In case you decide to search for waterfalls, climb Mount Solmar, go ziplining, or ride horses or ATVs, or even just hit the gym, you’ll definitely need a pair of closed-toed shoes in your suitcase.
  • Waterproof phone case: At some point during your trip, you’ll be on, near, or most likely in the water. A simple waterproof phone case will protect you from splashes as well as get right in the action for that perfect photo or video. You’ll want to bring it with you and not pay local tourist pricing.
  • GoPro: Kayaking, snorkeling, swimming with Dolphins, fishing, surfing, ATVs, ziplines, or any other action activity is honestly just better in the baja. You’re going to want a great video to remember it. A waterproof, shockproof GoPro camera is the perfect tool for capturing those Cabo moments. Don’t forget the accessories and proprietary charging cable as well.
  • Battery packs: A full day at the beach and your phones and tablets will be spent. Throw one of those portable juice packs in your bag to stay in the action.
  • Bluetooth speaker: If you like having your own music (at the beach or in your suite), think about bringing a decent speaker with you so you don’t have to pull the old “phone in a glass” trick.
  • Multi port usb charging station: With your days being spent out and about (even if it’s just at the pool), you’re going to need to charge up all your electronics every night. One of those charging stations will really come in handy.
  • Multiple swimsuits: You days will likely be spent lounging by the beach or at resort pool. Bring a few swimsuits so that you will always have one ready to go when your others are hanging to dry. This will also make your pictures more interesting instead of wearing the same outfit in every one!
  • Microfiber beach blanket: If you plan on exploring outdoors to soak in the amazing Cabo views, bring one of those new microfiber beach blankets. They roll up small in your bag and will come in handy no doubt.
  • Loose, lightweight clothing: Cabo weather is pretty hot and humid year round. You’re going to want a bunch of versatile options and you won’t need jeans or tight dresses for dinners or night clubs. This is a casual town, enjoy it!
  • Sandals or flip flops: Suitable footwear is a must for your Cabo getaway. Think about bringing one pair for day at the pool or beach and a second pair for going out.
  • Hats or visors: No matter your complexion, at some point you’ll want a little shade on your face. Even a brief break can be a lifesaver in the Mexico sun.
  • Beach Bag: You’re going to need a decent bag to carry everything to the beach or pool. Bring a versatile one, that can get sandy or wet, to haul around your sunscreen, shades, hat, electronics, books and more.
  • Sunscreen: Speaking of sun protection, you’re going to want to bring your own as the local tourist prices are exorbitant compared to prices you’re used to at home. If you aren’t checking luggage, buy the 3 oz bottles on Amazon. You’ll thank me later!
  • Aloe vera: If you get a sunburn, you will be glad you brought the aloe – the tried and true remedy. Even if you don’t over do in the sun, the aloe vera is fantastic for hydration and rejuvenation of your skin from a long day at the beach.
  • Activated charcoal pills: Even if you’re extremely careful, you might get an upset stomach from the local cuisine. Bring some activated charcoal pills with you to boost your digestive system.
  • Vitamin B complex pills: If you’ve never heard of the magic of vitamin B supplement, this could just be the best tip of your life. Your body uses vitamin B to process alcohol, so you easily end up deficient in this essential nutrient. This shortage cause of the fatigue, dizziness and even memory loss you experience the morning after drinking. Take some before drinking and after – and in the middle if it’s a marathon. Your body will thank you.

Three things: Getting married in Cabo

If you’re considering a destination wedding in Cabo, here a are a few key considerations to help plan accordingly.

1. There are two types of ceremonies – Symbolic and Civil

Symbolic Ceremony:

  • This is the most common type of wedding in Cabo and as the name suggests it is purely symbolic
  • A Non-Denominational minister or officiant performs the ceremony
  • You can customize the ceremony to your specific preferences with the minister or officiant
  • Afterwards, you sign a marriage certificate with your two witnesses and the minister or officiant; this certificate is not in itself legal binding
  • In order for the ceremony to be legal, you need to file your paperwork in the US at your local clerk’s office

Civil Ceremony:

  • This is a legal ceremony recognized in the eyes of a municipal court house.
  • A Judge must preside and perform the ceremony
  • You must have blood tests taken in Cabo a couple days prior to the ceremony
  • You must provide 4 witnesses, your tourist visas from immigration, passports for both the groom and bride, and death and divorce decrees (if applicable)

2. Timing

Cabo has pretty amazing and warm weather throughout the year but some months may be more desirable than others.

  • November through April is considered peak season and has pretty optimal weather during the day and night
  • May, June, and July are part of the off-peak season as the weather starts to warm up even more
  • August and September are in Cabo’s rainy season and hurricanes might even be a concern; storms can last anywhere from 12 hours to multiple days and the weather is generally hot and humid during this period; resorts may offer incentives and deals during this slow season
  • October is a “shoulder” month and one of our favorite times to visit Cabo. After rainy season and before peak season, it’s generally not too crowded (except for the week of the Bisbee fishing tournament); the weather is hot but rain isn’t usually a concern

3. Plan in advance!

Be sure to give yourself and your guests’ ample time! Nine months is a general rule of thumb to allow for securing decent group rates at resorts [Hint: Cabo Direct can help with this!], arranging air travel, and booking locations, venues, vendors, and associated activities. You can pull it off in tighter timeframes, but rates could be higher or your options might be diminished; your ability to react to surprises along the way will be tested as well. You might also strongly consider leveraging a professional wedding planner. If you’re intending to use a resort venue, you’ll be sharing their on-site coordinator who might be supporting a number of other parties concurrently. There are many specialized wedding planners in Cabo who know really the lay of the land to help pull off a truly special day (and perhaps even find a private beach away from the crowds!).

What does the Blue Flag mean at the beaches in Cabo?

You might have noticed the Blue Flag classification on certain beaches in the Cabo area and wondered what it meant. In short, its a tremendous program to help recover, restoration, and maintain coastal ecosystems. 

The Blue Flag program is international network of beaches and marinas around the world. To display the Blue Flag, it signifies that a location has met a set of very specific international quality, safety, and environmental standards.

Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Blue Flag program is an international project directed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). To be eligible, a beach must meet the program’s 33 requirements. After filing an application with the National Operator, a national jury evaluates the applicants for compliance with the Blue Flag criteria.

The 33 criteria that each beach must meet before approval cover a diverse range of issues, including:

  • Environmental education and information
  • Water quality
  • Environmental management
  • Safety and services
  • Environmental education and information
  • Environmental management
  • Safety and service
  • Water quality

For example, beaches must hold environmental education activities for the public on a regular basis. They must also comply with the water quality sampling and frequency requirements. Camping and unauthorized motor vehicles are restricted from operating on the beach. They must also provide bins for waste and recyclable materials. And maybe most significantly, they restricting access of pets. A full list of the criteria is available at http://www.blueflag.global.

There are 4,154 Blue Flag beaches and marinas in 49 different countries. Once a beach or marina has earned the Blue Flag certification, it must be renewed annually.

There are 53 total Blue Flag beaches in Mexico, including 17 in the Cabo area:

  • Acapulquito
  • El Chileno
  • El Corsario
  • Hacienda
  • Las Viudas
  • Palmilla
  • Santa María
  • La Ribera
  • Médano Breathless
  • Médano Casa Dorada
  • Médano Club Cascadas de Baja
  • Médano ME Cabo
  • Médano Pueblo Bonito Cabos
  • Médano Pueblo Bonito Rose
  • Médano Riu Palace Los Cabos
  • Médano Riu Santa Fe
  • Médano Villa Del Palmar
  • Médano Villa El Arco
  • Médano Villa La Estancia

For all of us Cabo lovers out there, the above beaches which maintain Blue Flag status further signifies that they provide and maintain a clean, safe, and sustainable experience for everyone. Hope to see more go this direction in the future!