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12 Things to KNOW Before Going Scuba Diving in Cabo San Lucas

12 Things to KNOW Before Going Scuba Diving in Cabo San Lucas

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The sun-soaked Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas has it all – incredible beaches, tasty margaritas, and some of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous dive sites we’ve ever explored.

Located right on Baja California’s southern tip, Cabo sits on the doorstep of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. Although it’s been a Hollywood celebrity hotspot since the 1970s, you don’t have to be rich and famous to enjoy this scuba paradise! In fact, one of the reasons we love scuba diving in Mexico so much is because it’s one of the most affordable countries to try it, with loads of high-quality diving schools.

From honeymooners to families, friend groups to solo travelers, everyone flocks to Cabo for good reason. You’ll find some of the best beaches in Mexico here, plus it’s easy to reach with direct daily flights. But for the diving enthusiasts like us, or those of you interested in trying out scuba diving for the first time, you’re in for a HUGE treat.

If you could see me while I’m typing this out, you’ll probably wonder why I’m smiling so much! Well, Dan and I have always had such an amazing time whenever we’re in Cabo, and I’m sure by the end of your trip you’ll be smiling too. So, let’s take a deep dive into everything you need to know before going scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas.

Don’t have time to read the full article? Whether you’re a beginner to the world of scuba or lost count of how many dives you’ve done, this 4-hour scuba tour will be sure to leave a lasting impression. You’ll learn about local sea life and visit notable landmarks – we promise this tour is a must for your Cabo adventure.

1. About scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas

Bailey and Daniel look under a rock for fish while diving Cabo San Lucas
Me and Bailey looking for fish!

Famous for its rich marine ecosystem, Cabo San Lucas is part of the Sea of Cortez, also known as “the World’s Aquarium” thanks to how biodiverse the area is! This is all thanks to the fact that the waters near Cabo are the merging point between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. Surprisingly, not many divers know about this, making Cabo a highly underrated scuba diving destination!

You can dive here in Cabo almost year-round, with over 350 days of sunshine per year. Visibility is also pretty great too, thanks to the minimal currents in the area. Of course, Cabo does experience the dry and wet seasons like many of our other favorite diving spots in Mexico, which does affect things like water temperature and visibility (more facts below!).

When it comes to what types of creatures you can see here, it’s difficult to know where to even begin. You can swim with huge schools of tropical fish, watch turtles gracefully float by, and even embark on incredible shark dives if you’re feeling brave.

Many popular sites like El Arco, Chileno Bay, and the Sea of Cortez islands are protected by Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, which is actually Mexico’s largest marine reserve! Nowadays, local groups work hard to protect the ecosystem through education, monitoring, and enforcing sustainable tourism practices. By diving responsibly here, you can be a part of this too.

2. Why do I love scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas?

Scuba diver approaches a large school of fish while scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas
The schools of fish are huge!

We’ve visited a fair few incredible diving spots across Mexico, and have been lucky enough to enjoy some pretty magical moments along the way! From the cenotes of Tulum to the wreck of the Mama Viña at Playa del Carmen, the bar seems to get set a little higher every time we try somewhere new.

Here in Cabo, I’d heard before that there was a giant migration of mobula rays to the area twice every year, so I knew it was something I wanted to try out. When the stars aligned, and I was lucky enough to be in town come autumn (they also gather in the spring), I don’t think anything could have prepared me for how mind-bendingly epic the experience actually was.

The fact that THOUSANDS of rays migrate to these waters sure says something about how rich and well-protected these waters are. I absolutely love that many Cabo dive sites are protected marine reserves! It’s so rewarding to explore such vibrant, healthy ecosystems knowing that when we dive we’re supporting efforts to conserve these incredible diving spots. Unfortunately, back then, I didn’t have my underwater camera case with lights – oh well, I guess I’ll have to go back!

Speaking of diving sites, the sheer diversity of the spots here in Cabo means each dive feels totally different! Gordo Banks, Land’s End, Santa Maria Cove, Pelican Rock – each spot offers something unique (more about these later). From fluttering schools of tropical fish to whale sharks and everything in between, you’ll seriously want to bring a camera to capture every moment.

Another great thing about Cabo is that there are loads of excellent PADI-certified diving schools here. No matter your skill level, you can find top-notch guides and instructors who do a great job of making sure you have a safe and enjoyable diving experience. They know all the best spots, and don’t be afraid to ask any questions you might have!

3. When is the best time to go scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas? 

Bailey and Daniel scuba dive in Cabo San Lucas
Honestly, the main thing is good visibility which can be amazing!

One of the best things about diving in Cabo is that you can dive pretty much year-round! Water temperatures range from around 20°C (68°F) in the winter (dry) season up to around 27°C (80°F) come summer (wet season).

If you’re visiting in winter, I’d recommend wearing a wetsuit that’s at least 5 mm (about 1/4 inch) thick, as this will help take the chill off, especially as the water temperature can fluctuate a bit once you’re down there! Plus, you’ll be in time for the arrival of the humpback whales, which migrate here from late December through to April. Speaking to locals, I’ve learned that the best months for whale watching are December and January!

In the summertime, or wet season, you’ll most likely be fine without a wetsuit – the water is warm enough that it feels like you’re taking a nice bath. If you’re here between late May and August, I highly recommend you go scuba diving with the migrating mobula rays. Not only is this such a spectacle, but it’s also the largest ray migration on earth!

There are a few great dive schools around that offer a mobula ray tour – I’ve heard great things about this 5.5-hour mobula ray diving experience which includes brunch as well as the two-tank dive. Tickets for this tour cost $175 USD per person and if you don’t have your own scuba gear you can also rent this for an extra $35 USD.

Note: A bonus tip from me! If possible, try to book your scuba diving sessions for the morning, as sea conditions tend to be more favorable, meaning better visibility and a better chance of the dives going ahead!

Related Read: There are also great places to dive in Cancun or scuba near the island paradise of Isla Mujeres if you’re headed to Quintana Roo next!

4. What can you see when scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas? 

Whale shark swimming off the coast of Mexico
Even from afar, it’s a magical experience!

With Cabo being situated right on the meeting point between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, you’re in for a powerful and vibrant cocktail of marine life right on your doorstep!

One iconic sight is seeing whale sharks around Cabo – the largest fish in the world. These gentle giants can reach up to 40 feet (12 m) long and over 20 tons, yet they filter-feed on tiny plankton. Spotting the polka-dotted silhouette of a whale shark emerge from the blue is such an incredible experience! During the whale shark season in Cabo, you have a good chance of seeing migrating humpback whales too.

Two more energetic locals are the dolphins and sea lions that call the area home. There are no less than nine different species of dolphins here, including the bottlenose dolphin and the spinner dolphin, who are often super curious about divers – keep your eye out, and maybe you’ll spot them all.

You’ll probably also see a few different species of reef sharks too, like whitetips, nurses, and leopards, but these pay far less attention to divers! That said, they do look great on camera, so don’t forget to bring yours along.

Of course, I couldn’t forget to mention the beautiful rays that visit and migrate here, with manta, eagle, and mobula rays all swooping gracefully through the water – it really is an incredible sight.

Last, but definitely not least, the reefs are teeming with fish, including scorpionfish, sailfish, angelfish, pelagic fish … the list keeps going! No matter when you visit, you’re in for a real treat, and I’m sure you’ll savor every moment of it.

5. What are the best dive spots in Cabo San Lucas? 

Scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas with marine life
So many fish!

Gordo Banks

Situated just eight miles (12 km) offshore, Gordo Banks is a legendary dive destination that’s world-famous for frequent visits from gentle whale sharks, massive manta rays, and hammerheads galore. This dive site is perfect for divers with an advanced open water certification searching for the best of the best in town.

This blue water oasis is a must-visit site for adventurous divers ready to tango with ocean titans. The bank itself is actually a lot like an underwater mountain, with the summit stopping just 110 feet (34 m) short of the surface. So don’t forget your wide-angle lens!

Land’s End

Ok, the name “Land’s End” might sound a bit like something out of the next Pirates of the Caribbean film – I mean, there’s even a shipwreck here too!

In a true only-in-Cabo moment, Land’s End allows you to dive where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean converge. It’s a popular spot for both beginners and pro divers alike, with tons of marine life taking center stage, like barracudas, sea lions, tuna, marlin, and much more.

This 2-tank dive for certified divers lasts around 3.5 hours, giving the perfect deep dive into seeing the local wildlife, exploring hidden caves, and stopping by the underwater wreck of the Nürnberg. Tickets cost $129 USD per person, and you can also rent out scuba equipment for $40 USD if you haven’t brought your own.

Pelican Rock

For a dive bursting with color and life, head down to the slopes of Pelican Rock, which is full to bursting with coral and tons of other aquatic life, including angelfish, parrotfish, Mexican goatfish, and more. There’s quite a large shallow area which is perfect for beginner divers, and there are also some deep walls that make for great exploration material for advanced divers!

One tour I know often visits Pelican Rock is this 4-hour beginner discovery tour, which as the name suggests is perfect for those who have never touched a flipper before in their life. You couldn’t ask for a better place to learn, with biodiversity as rich as this, it’ll be tough for your second dive to live up to the first. Unless of course, that second dive is in Cabo too!

You can grab a spot on this tour for $125 USD per person, and if you’re renting scuba gear you can get this for an extra $38 USD.

Santa Maria Cove

This intermediate site overflowing with life is an endless source of inspiration for underwater photographers! So if you’re one yourself and fancy a go at one of the most picturesque diving spots in the area, you’re in luck here. Santa Maria Cove reaches depths of around 40-70 feet (12-21 meters), so it’s also good for both beginners and advanced divers.

Neptune’s Finger

True to its mythical name, Neptune’s Fingers is home to some truly out-of-this-world underwater scenery and marine life! Coral reefs give way to a sheer 500-foot (152-meter) wall, perfect for drift diving. And where does it get its name from? Well, the sea god’s “fingers” point outwards from the shallow depths down into Cabo’s endless blue. But what exactly are they pointing at? That’s up to you to decide!

6. Is scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas safe?

Bailey swims past a huge school of fish on a scuba diving trip from Cabo San Lucas
We are experienced but even beginners should feel safe!

Absolutely – scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas is one of the safe activities in Mexico. Diving here is just as safe as anywhere!

Many of the most popular dive sites are located in protected marine parks, with minimal currents and good visibility. As long as you dive with a reputable, PADI-certified operator, you’ll be under the watchful eye of an experienced guide at all times, who provides thorough safety briefings and closely monitors all divers.

So as long as you stick to your training and listen to your guide, you can have a blast exploring Cabo’s underwater world with confidence and total peace of mind!

7. What is a Discovery Dive in Cabo San Lucas? 

A turtle swims past while scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Discovery Dives are shallow dives for beginners.

Discovery Dives offer the perfect opportunity to try scuba diving for the first time in Cabo! They’re specially designed scuba experiences for people without certification who want to get a taste of diving before committing to a full course.

You’ll start with a quick theory and pool session to learn the basics. Then head out for an open water dive, often one-on-one with an instructor, so you can go at your own pace without being rushed!

The dives stay relatively shallow, so you can get comfortable breathing underwater. But Cabo’s excellent visibility and calm protected reefs still offer a great glimpse at the local marine life. It’s common to see tropical fish, rays, sea turtles, and more on your first dive!

This discovery scuba dive for beginners is the perfect first step on your journey to being a diving pro. It’s around 4-hours long, so you’ll still have plenty of time to explore Cabo in the afternoon and tell your friends and family how it went once it’s wrapped up. With a maximum of four people per group, you’ll have tons of one-on-one time with your PADI-certified instructor.

You can book this tour for $125 USD per person, which includes all fees and tuition. However, if you need to rent out scuba gear this costs $38 USD per set. You can check out dates and reserve your spot online here.

8. What are the best scuba diving tours in Cabo San Lucas?

Large fish swims past while Scuba Diving in Cabo San Lucas in Mexico
This one got so close!

Private Beginner Scuba Diving Experience

This 2.5-hour personalized Discover Scuba tour is perfect for beginners looking for an easy introduction to diving in Cabo! It’s a private tour for just you and your diving buddies by some super knowledgeable instructors. You’ll master scuba basics during a briefing and then head out to stunning reefs teeming with tropical fish and other marine life.

The tour includes one unforgettable dive, with extra tanks available if you want more time to explore underwater! Tickets for the tour cost $175 USD per person and include scuba equipment as well as snacks and bottled water. You can check dates and book your slot online here.

3-Tank Combo Dive (Certified Divers)

Whether you’ve recently earned your open water diving certification or you’re a seasoned veteran, this action-packed 6-hour, 3-tank tour is for you! Stopping at two unique dive sites, this is a dive to remember.

The first stop is Cabo San Lucas Marine Park, where you can find tons of tropical fish, sea lions, and all kinds of gorgeous sea life. Once you’ve had your fill, you’ll head across to dive the Corridor site, which is full of pristine coral reefs and even attracts migrating whales!

With a knowledgeable guide leading the way, this tour is one of the best ways to experience Cabo’s incredible biodiversity in just one day. It’s two awesome ecosystems, three unforgettable dives, and tons of underwater adventure! Tickets for this tour cost $180 USD per person and can be booked online here. If you need to rent out gear, you can also do this for $38 USD per person.

2-Tank Tour in Cabo San Lucas Reserve (Certified Divers)

Here’s another one for the certified divers! This epic 2-tank guided tour lasts around four hours and is one of the best ways to explore the biodiverse waters of the Sea of Cortez without needing a full day. From the towering underwater cliffs to graceful mantas and turtles, there’s a lot waiting for you in one of the planet’s most diverse marine habitats!

Between dives, you’ll also get to explore some of Cabo’s iconic sights like Lover’s Beach and El Arco from the water. It’s also capped to a maximum of 12 divers, so you’ll have plenty of space to stretch out and explore without feeling cramped.

Tickets for this tour cost $125 USD per person, however, this doesn’t include an extra $38 USD if you need to rent out scuba gear here. You also have the option of booking a morning or afternoon tour – I’d personally recommend the morning one!

4-Hour Scuba Dive at Land’s End

As an avid diver, I’m always looking for the best underwater adventures around, with great reviews and an action-packed itinerary. This 4-hour Land’s End scuba tour turned out to be one of my favorites in Cabo!

Land’s End is a must-see while you’re here in Cabo, and as you’re joined by your PADI-certified guides, you’ll learn all about the wildlife and scenery you visit. You’ll feel like an expert in no time! This tour is ideal for divers of all skill levels, from beginners all the way to pros. So don’t be intimidated if you’re a new diver, the guides do an awesome job of making sure everyone is comfortable and goes at their own pace, no matter their skill level.

You can grab a spot on this tour for $129 USD per person, however this does not include the use of rental equipment. As one of the most popular tours in Cabo, it does sell out quickly, so make sure to book your spot ahead of time to secure your date.

9. Can you learn to scuba dive in Cabo San Lucas?

Fish swim around us while scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The fish are curious!

Yup! Cabo is a fantastic place to become a certified scuba diver, with loads of excellent dive schools packed with highly skilled instructors who know the local waters like the backs of their hands. Plus, beautiful dive sites like Land’s End and Santa Maria Cove are the perfect training grounds to earn your fins. If you don’t feel inspired after diving here, your goggles must have been fogged up!

The most widely recognized certification here in Cabo (and anywhere else in the world) is PADI. Their standard open water course takes just 3–4 days of classroom, pool, and open water training. Once certified, you can dive up to 59 feet (18 m) anywhere on the planet!

With Cabo’s beautiful dive sites, friendly teachers, and welcoming dive community, training is an absolute blast. By the time you’re finished, you’ll want to go back and do it all over again just to get those extra dives in!

Dive Ninja Expeditions run this 3-day PADI open water course which is everything you need to grab your official PADI certification. It’s full of positive reviews from beginner divers like yourself who made the jump to scuba diving and came out with a whole new skill set! The course itself costs $580 USD per person, which includes all training, scuba gear, as well as plenty of snacks to keep you going.

10. Is scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas suitable for children? 

A school of fish underwater in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Exploring the deeper reefs!

110%! Cabo is one of the top destinations I recommend to families with kids who fancy trying out scuba diving. In fact, here in Mexico kids as young as 10 can start diving under supervision – it’s such a great way for them to develop their confidence and get interested in the underwater world!

Kids aged 10 to 14 can also join Discovery Dives or gain a PADI Junior Open Water certification, which might well be the first step in a long future of awesome dives! Kids aged 10 or 11 can dive up to 12 meters (39 feet) with a junior certification, while 12 to 14-year-olds can go up to 18 meters (59 feet), which is actually the same depth as a certified adult.

The warm water and calm currents make it a lot easier for kids to get to grips with their equipment and navigate their way under the waves. Under the guidance of an expert diving instructor, they’ll be able to master their new skills in no time!

Related Read: A cool experience for all ages is seeing ancient Mayan ruins lit up at night with the Chichen Itza Night Show!

11. Scuba diving vs snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas

Scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Once you scuba dive, snorkeling just isn’t as good anymore!

In my humble opinion, scuba diving comes out on top when compared to snorkeling – but I might be a little biased! Don’t get me wrong – snorkeling can be fun for quick surface-level views. But diving opens up a whole new underwater world of adventure and wildlife encounters not visible from above.

When you’re out on a scuba dive, you get to explore deep reefs, as well as navigate interesting rock formations, walls, and swim-throughs! The fact you can see everything in 3D as opposed to just a surface view means you feel so much more immersed and a part of the scene rather than simply an observer.

There’s no feeling like being weightless and breathing underwater! The sensation and accomplishment after a challenging dive is exhilarating. No wonder scuba diving gets people hooked.

That said, I can totally see the appeal of snorkeling! It requires far less gear, training, and general fitness, plus it’s generally much more affordable than snorkeling, so perfect for budget travelers and those looking to save on activities. If you think you’d prefer snorkeling in Cabo to scuba (or fancy a go at both), then you’ll be pleased to know that there are tons of awesome snorkeling tours here too.

I’ve mentioned whale sharks earlier in this blog, and this full-day whale shark snorkeling tour is your ticket to see them for real! Swimming with whale sharks in Cabo should be on everyone’s bucket list, and you’ll have the chance to do so while enjoying a stellar sightseeing tour with lunch and snorkeling equipment included. Tickets cost $259 USD per person and can be booked online here.

This 3.5-hour snorkeling tour is one of the most popular cruises in Cabo, and for good reason too! Aboard your trust trimaran, you’ll get to enjoy unlimited alcoholic and soft drinks at the boat’s open bar, with lots of chances to snorkel and paddleboard as you cruise around famous spots near Cabo. You can grab a spot on this tour for $74 USD.

12. Is scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas worth it?

A turtle swims past while Scuba Diving in cabo San Lucas, Mexico (2)
Yes!

Scuba diving through schools of fish, turtles, and mobula rays in Cabo ranks among my all-time favorite experiences in Mexico, and I’m sure you’ll love it too! This is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime activity that creates memories that last forever, so don’t leave Cabo without taking the scuba plunge! The marine life and scenic dive sites make Cabo an absolute must-visit.

Other Activities to do While You’re in Cabo San Lucas

A whale breaches the water on a whale watching tour Cabo San Lucas
This was a surreal experience!

Once you’ve surfaced from those epic dives, the fun’s not over yet – there are lots of exciting things to do in Cabo. From trying out Baja’s delicious craft beers to going on a magical tour to see whales, there are so many epic adventures waiting for you above and below the sea here in Cabo San Lucas!

  • Relax on a sunset cruise – Need a relaxing way to wrap up an epic day in Cabo? We highly recommend trying out this sunset cruise on a trimaran boat! For just $60 USD a person, you’ll sail past Cabo’s top sights while enjoying an open bar and snacks galore. There’s no better place to cheers the day’s adventures than on deck with a cocktail in hand as the sun dips down over the horizon. It’s easily among the top cruises in Cabo!
  • Eat authentic Mexican food – If you’re craving some tasty Mexican food, you’re in the right place! This 3-hour walking culinary tour is one of the best ways to try the city’s tastiest local eats. With an expert guide, you’ll discover hidden foodie gems and sample everything from traditional tacos to quesadillas. It’s a delicious way to experience authentic Cabo flavors!
  • Try camel riding – For a one-of-a-kind Cabo adventure, saddle up and ride a camel along the coast! This unique beach safari takes you to an oceanfront ranch where you’ll meet your new camel friend. I was really surprised by just how relaxing it was, it’s a whole new perspective from up there! Your guide will dish on all the sights as you make some seriously cool Cabo memories.
  • Go whale watching – If you haven’t had any luck seeing humpback whales on your dives so far, I highly recommend trying this 2.5-hour whale watching cruise. With groups limited to 10 and guides who are marine biology pros, you’ll get epic up-close views of these gentle giants in their natural habitat.
  • Drink some craft beer – If you’ve read a few of our blogs, you’ll know that we’re nuts about craft beer! So, if you’re a crafty like us, then make sure to stop by Baja Brewing Company on the rooftop terrace of Corazón Cabo Resort and Spa. With tons of great-tasting beers, this spot also has one of THE BEST sunset views, so I’d highly recommend giving them a call to reserve your spot in advance.

Where to Stay in Cabo San Lucas

Breathless Cabo San Lucas - Adults Only
Photo credit: Breathless Cabo San Lucas – Adults Only

Cabo has lodging options galore! From hostels to swanky resorts, and everything in between, you can find the perfect place to rest your head after a day of epic diving. If you’re watching your pesos, no worries, I’ve included some of my favorite budget options below. Or if you’re splurging for that special celebración, I’ve also included some great luxury options too!

Mayan Monkey Hostel Los Cabos – $

Located in downtown Cabo, Mayan Monkey Hostel keeps you in the action and party atmosphere Cabo is famous for while being easy on the wallet. It’s only five minutes from the beach or there’s an outdoor swimming pool to cool off in. There’s entertainment and activities like DJs in the evenings or ping-pong tables, and it’s a fun place to meet new people.

If you’re okay with sharing a room, you can stay here for SUPER cheap. You can find a bed in a dorm-style room with 6 to 12 beds for around $20-30 USD a night, or there are private rooms in the $100 USD range. You can grab your spot on Booking.com or Hostelworld.com.

Playa Grande Resort – $$

Located on a private beach in Cabo and close to the marina, you’ll love the feel of Playa Grande Resort. There’s a spa, three outdoor pools, and beautiful Mexican décor and tiled floors. You’ll also have a kitchen or kitchenette and a balcony. This resort has the option to be all-inclusive if you want meals taken care of, or you can enjoy all the local food in the area.

Rooms here are around $200-300 USD a night for just the room and $400-500 USD a night for the all-inclusive package. Check prices and book Playa Grande Resort online here.

Cabo Vista Hotel (Adults Only) – $$

If you’re planning to rent a car while in Cabo, then Cabo Vista Hotel is a great mid-range option. It’s a little out of the way, but still within walking distance of the city center and the beach. My favorite part of this place is that every room is a mini-suite, so you have lots of space and your own kitchen! You’ll also get free breakfast daily and complimentary towels and umbrellas for the beach.

The nightly rate here is around $100-200 USD a night. You can book online on Booking.com.

Grand Velas Los Cabos Luxury All Inclusive – $$$

Looking to go all-out on accommodation? One of the most luxurious resorts in Cabo San Lucas is Grand Velas, which even has its own private beach. This all-inclusive property also features three infinity pools, a spa, and every room has a view of the sea. There are also five restaurants on-site including Mexican, Italian, and French cuisine, so you’ll never get tired of the selection!

This is an upscale property, so rooms start at around $1,500 USD per night. You can check availability online here.

Breathless Cabo San Lucas – Adults Only – $$$

Location is a huge plus with Breathless Cabo San Lucas as it’s located right in front of El Medano Beach. You can walk out the doors of the hotel and be on the beach in under a minute! This is an all-inclusive property, so all your meals and snacks are included, along with 24-hour room service. There are also fun theme parties here!

It’s an average of $500 USD per night, but can be a bit more or less depending on when you book. You can easily check prices and book on Booking.com.

Renting a Car in Mexico

Bailey and Daniel take a selfie while driving around Mexico
A rental car means freedom to go to the beach whenever you want!

Undoubtedly, one of the best ways to get around Mexico is in a rental car. 

I struggled to get around by bus and taxi for the longest time. But after renting a car in Cancun in 2023, I never looked back. It allowed me to explore the country without worrying about tours or taxis. It was why I fell in love with Mexico and eventually decided to live here periodically. 

I refuse to use local services whenever I rent a car in Mexico. The truth is they sometimes can’t be trusted or come with hidden fees (or costly insurance that doesn’t make sense.) There are even rental car scams! So instead, I use Discover Cars, the company most experienced travelers or ex-pats in Mexico recommend. 

The rates on Discover Cars are cheap, too, with the average rental costing around $25 USD per day. Full coverage insurance can be added for an extra $10 USD a day too. 

Driving in Mexico also only requires a driver’s license using the Roman alphabet. If yours uses another like Japan and China, you simply need an international driving permit. 

Insurance is required, but if you book with Discover Cars and get the full coverage, that’s all you need! Oh, and being over 18 is required, and if you’re over 25, your rental will be much cheaper! 

Thanks for reading!

Daniel and Bailey scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas
Thanks for reading!

When I say Cabo has it all, I really mean it. With a gorgeous coastline, some of the most incredible wildlife you’ll ever see, and the friendliest locals, it’s easily one of the best places to go diving in Mexico. Honestly, the worst part about it is knowing you’ll have to leave eventually!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it! Before you book those plane tickets, have a look at our other blogs on Mexico. I’ve also linked to three more blogs below which I think you’ll find super useful:

Is Mexico Safe? Safety Info about Traveling in Mexico

10 BEST Tours in Mexico City + 5 Things to Know!

15 Things to Know BEFORE Visiting Akumal Beach, Mexico