Nestled in the heart of Los Cabos, a treasure trove of benefits awaits those who call this paradise home. Beyond the perpetual sunshine and pristine beaches lies a tapestry of delights, including a culinary scene that tantalizes the taste buds, vibrant cultural festivities, and a plethora of outdoor escapades. Amidst these riches, a hidden gem often overlooked by locals and seasonal residents is the seamless access to world-class beachfront hotels and resorts, elevating the Cabo San Lucas experience to new heights. And the key to unlocking this luxury isn’t reserved solely for tourists – all it takes is a day pass!
In Los Cabos, these day passes open the doors to a realm of relaxation, offering indulgence in swimming pools, hot tubs, and sun-kissed beaches. Culinary delights and refreshing drinks await, and for those seeking the epitome of rejuvenation, some day passes even include spa services. Essentially, it’s the resort experience without the commitment of overnight stays and exorbitant price tags. Although the landscape of day passes has shifted in the wake of pandemic-induced health guidelines, there remain excellent options for locals and seasonal residents yearning for a daycation.
While the allure of popular settings like Médano Beach in Cabo San Lucas commands attention, the rates reflect the high demand. However, veer away from the well-trodden paths of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, and discover hidden gems that offer picturesque pleasures at surprisingly affordable rates. Embrace the luxury of Los Cabos, not just as a destination but as a daily escape, with Cabo San Lucas day passes unlocking a world of leisure and indulgence for those in the know.
With that in mind, here’s a look at some of our favorite Cabo day pass options in 2024.
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Escape to a chic, adults-only contemporary haven at Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort and Spa, overlooking the marina and perfectly situated on swimmable Medano Beach. Soak in the sights and sun from one of the two pools, a private daybed, gourmet restaurants and bars, and an award-winning rooftop lounge and open-air lobby. Become captivated by the Unlimited-Luxury® life with a daycation at Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort and Spa.
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Enjoy sand, sun, and fresh air on one of Cabo’s only cove-protected beaches. The focal point of activity around the resort beach, Enclave Beach Club features a boardwalk and loungers scattered among the white-sand beaches. Relax under an umbrella with craft cocktails and tapas from the waterfront bar.
Take in breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortez and enjoy direct access to one of the only swimmable beaches in Los Cabos. Relax poolside in a comfy lounge chair or cushioned daybed with a drink in hand or in one of four iconic infinity pools overlooking the beach while kids splash and play. From fine dining to poolside bites, enjoy culinary delights such as fresh-from-the-water seafood, grilled to perfection over a live fire, tangy ceviches, house-baked breads, tropical fruit smoothies, tasting flights of tequilas and rare mezcals and more from the onsite restaurants and bars led by Executive Chef Mauricio Lopez. End the day snuggling up in front of the fire pit in the plush loungers along the lively boardwalk while enjoying hand-crafted cocktails and tapas from the Enclave Beach Club bar. An unforgettable daycation awaits at Hilton Los Cabos.
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Spoil yourself for the day!
Spend a day in blissful awareness, indulging in all of the beauty Rukhsana’s Wellness & Heavenly Retreat has to offer. Day passes are offered daily from 7am-1pm and includes access to our salt water pool, mini library, walking labyrinth and lush gardens. All passes must be reserved at least 24 hours prior to the start of the day pass.
Includes Mantra Meditation, Hatha Yoga and 10:00am Brunch.
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Cabo San Lucas – Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa
Corazón Cabo’s grand opening in May came on the heels of a $100 million dollar rebuild and rebrand of the old Cabo Villas. The new property offers plenty of great features, from balcony hot tubs in many rooms to the highest rooftop bar in Cabo San Lucas, the spectacular Rooftop 360. The resort’s best feature, of course, is its central location on the city’s largest and most popular beach, Playa El Médano.
The former Cachet Beach Club is now Corazon branded, with everything from lounges and cabanas to fresh seafood and cocktail service. Corazón actually offers several day pass options through resortpass.com, including a beach pass that includes a reserved lounge chair and umbrella.
VIP packages include the “Heart of Cabo”, which boasts a beachfront cabana and 30-minute massage, plus assorted F&B credits at resort-based restaurants (including the beachfront Aleta) and watering holes.
Cabo San Lucas – Hotel Tesoro Los Cabos
This property has a long and tangled history in Cabo San Lucas. There are still a few grizzled expats who refer to it as Plaza No Glorias after one of its previous incarnations (and there have been a few, from Costa Real and Plaza Las Glorias to a brief period of Wyndham branding after it became El Tesoro).
That said, the central marina-front location is hard to beat, and the views of the marina and bay beyond from the rooftop Skypool are objectively gorgeous. The swim-up bar and hot tubs here are pretty sweet, too.
Day passes have gone up in price in recent years, but still remain an incredible value. They’re now available in either 4- or 7-hour versions, and include access to the pool and hot tubs, plus cabanas, lounge chairs and towels, as well as free Wi-Fi and basically all the food and drinks you can handle (unlimited national drinks and breakfast buffet for the 4-hour version; all that plus lunch for the 7-hour ticket).
It’s definitely a top Cabo day pass option. Children under 12 aren’t eligible, however, and guests will need to check in at reception and leave an ID card as a guarantee against damages.
Blvd. Paseo de la Marina, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 173-9300, Tesoro Los Cabos.
San José del Cabo – Barceló Gran Faro Los Cabos
The name doesn’t lie. Gran Faro means great lighthouse, and this all-inclusive San José del Cabo resort certainly has one, along with a sushi bar at its top that offers spectacular wraparound views of the city and Sea of Cortés. The property’s most notable asset, however, is the beach. Barcelo is set along the Zona Hotelera – the city’s prime hotel zone – which is framed by a wide stretch of glorious golden sand.
The day pass offers access to the beach and outdoor swimming pools (there are three), with sun lounges and towels included. Yes, unlimited food and drinks are included as well, but the resort recommends checking in at reception to find out which restaurants or bars are included in the package for that day. The Kids Club is also open to day pass purchasers, and since tickets are half-price for kids, this is a great family-friendly option.
Paseo Malecón San José 9, Zona Hotelera, San José del Cabo, (624) 142-9292, Barcelo Gran Faro Los Cabos.
Cerritos – Cerritos Surf Town Beach Hotel & Spa
If you love surfing in Los Cabos, then you know the best wintertime breaks are off Pacific side beaches like Los Cerritos, San Pedrito and La Pastora. The first, commonly known as Cerritos, is a long-time favorite of locals; not just for the surfing, but as a tranquilo weekend getaway from Cabo San Lucas. The surfing is excellent here, however, and it’s the inspiration for Cerritos Surf Town Hotel & Spa – the best day pass destination on the beach.
Like many “Cabo day pass” options, this one comes with a food and drink credit ($20), plus access to the swimming pool and hot tub. Shaded tables overlook the beach, and extras like surf lessons and board rentals are available for those who don’t mind leaving the comfort of the pool for more active pastimes in a far larger pool (AKA, the Pacific Ocean). Bring your dog if you like. This is one of the best dog-friendly beaches in the area, and the resort welcomes four-legged guests.
The sunsets are amazing here, so don’t leave too early.
Hwy. 19 Km. 67, Playa Los Cerritos, El Pescadero, (624) 160-0881, Cerritos Surf Town.
East Cape – Hotel Buena Vista Oceanfront & Hot Springs Resort
Those who’ve spent time on Los Cabos’ East Cape may already be familiar with this benchmark family-owned property, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021. Certainly those who follow the local fishing scene will know the name, since the resort plays host to Bisbee’s annual East Cape Offshore each August.
But if you don’t know it, here’s why you should get acquainted. Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort is built on underground thermal hot springs, which fuels the excellent “must try” onsite hot tub. This beautifully landscaped resort has much more to offer day pass visitors, however, from the secluded beach and large pool area to picturesque seating at El Navegante – the onsite restaurant – where menu items are likely as not made from family recipes handed down for generations.
A $20 credit on food and drink is included with the day pass price, and kids will appreciate the gazebo-set pool (billiards) and ping pong tables. Speaking of kids, everything is half price for those ages 11 and younger ($15 for the day pass/$10 food and drink credit).
105 Hwy. 1, Spa Buenavista, Buenavista, East Cape, (624) 142-0099, Hotel Buena Vista Resort.
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