Cabo as Beach City :

The main area of concern for safety in Cabo San Lucas is in regards to beach safety.  Swimming, fishing, kayaking, diving, snorkeling, boating, and whale watching are all happening at the same time in a relatively small beach area, as well as the surrounding open water area in Cabo San Lucas.  Because of this, it is important that everyone watchout for themselves and those around them during all activities.

Medano is the main beach which should be used for swimming because the areas around this beach are roped off in order to protect swimmers from watercraft.  This creates an extremely dangerous situation, especially for kayakers attempting to cross open water.  Note also that many tour guides do not follow basic safety practices, such as using a spotter AND driver in their banana boat operations - this not only can cause injury and death to those involved in the operations, but represents an EXTREME hazard to paddle boarders, kayakers and anyone else attempting to navigate open water.

Standard water safety rules which should always be observed include:

  • Do not swim out further than you are capable of swimming back.
  • Do not swim alone.
  • Do not drink alcohol before or during water activities.
  • Keep an eye on the weather, especially during the late summer storm season.
  • Do not attempt to kayak or paddle board across open water.
Cabo as Party City :

Many people who travel to Cabo San Lucas are going for the party life.  It is safe to drink and dance in Cabo San Lucas, but visitors should follow standard precautions.  These include:

  • Don’t go anywhere alone at night, especially if you are drinking.
  • Do not accept drinks from strangers.
  • Do not leave drinks unattended.
  • Keep limited amounts of cash on your person.
  • Always carry identification.
  • Make sure to stay hydrated.  Bottled water is recommended although drinking water is said to be safe.
On the streets of Cabo:
The streets are relatively safe, just watch out for the uneven sidewalks. Pickpockets are an occasional problem in the area so wallets should be kept in front pockets and purses should be held on to tightly.