Cancun and Los Cabos are two dream destinations in Mexico. While the former is a city in the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula, the latter is a municipality on the southern end of Baja California Peninsula. There is no dearth of top-notch luxury resorts and exciting sights and experiences in either. So where should you choose to go next? Let’s try and figure out which is the better vacation spot between Los Cabos and Cancun.
Los Cabos: Why Visit
At Cabo Pulmo National Park, you can lose yourself in an underwater wonderland teeming with colorful corals and fishes. In the Wild Canyon, you can try myriad adrenalin-pumping sports like zip-lining, bungee jumping, and camel riding. For a more relaxed time, play golf at Marina Cabo San Lucas, or soak up the sunshine at picturesque beaches like Playa del Amor, Playa El Medano, and Playa El Chileno. Some beaches also have impressive rock formations that are worth exploring.
Cancun: Why Visit
Marvel at the pyramids of Chichen Itza, an archaeological site with Mayan ruins dating back to 600-1200 AD, or take in the sunrise unfurling over Tulum, the site of an ancient Mayan port city including a castle overlooking the stunning coastline. The family can have a gala time at Garrafon National Reef Park and Xel Ha Park, where you can even swim with dolphins. You could also sail to the scenic Isla Mujeres on a catamaran, and gaze at mesmerizing sculptures at Cancun Underwater Museum. The caves of Xcaret eco-archaeological park are also must-sees.
What They Have in Common
Cancun and Los Cabos are both seaside destinations with gorgeous beaches and opportunities for water sports such as snorkeling, diving, and swimming. Party-loving Cabo San Lucas is probably a lot like Cancun. Both are year-round destinations with tons of upscale retreats like The Resort at Pedregal and Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres.
Where They Differ
While in Cancun, you have better access to historical sites such as Chichen Itza and El Rey, both of which house awe-inspiring Mayan ruins. Cancun is also a stylish, yet family-friendly destination with lots of amusement parks and aquariums. But Los Cabos is a more adventurous prospect for outdoorsy travelers, with chances to watch whales, swim with whale sharks, and explore the Baja terrain on UTVs and ATVs. It’s also more romantic, with destinations such as Lovers Beach and The Arch of Cabo San Lucas.
As a municipality, Los Cabos is more than just one town. Popular destinations include Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, Cabo Pulmo, Palmilla, and Santiago. For a longer vacation with more variety, and for couples, we would recommend Los Cabos. Cancun is a resort town with dazzling nightclubs and boutique shops. For a chic beach holiday replete with culture and history, and for families, we would recommend Cancun. But of course, if you could spare enough time to visit both, you’d have the best of both worlds.