10 Things to Do in Los Cabos in August

Summer is the ideal time to discover Los Cabos and to experience some of the city's best festivals, especially in August, which offers great weather for enjoying the attractions and beaches of Baja California.

Matías Rodríguez

Matías Rodríguez

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10 Things to Do in Los Cabos in August

Letrero de bienvenida en Cabo |©Wilson Hum

Los Cabos is an ideal destination to discover year-round, but it is during the summer when it shows its best side, thanks in large part to its festivals, sporting events and the pleasant weather that makes its beaches and cliffs the protagonists, especially in August, when the temperature drops a little but it is still ideal for swimming and hiking in the Gulf of California.

Some of the best things to see and do in Los Cabos in August include experiencing the Craft Beer Festival, enjoying the Los Cabos Open of Surf, attending Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Fishing Tournaments, celebrating the Harvest Festival and discovering the most outstanding films at the International Film Festival that takes place every year in Baja California Sur.

1. Enjoy Los Cabos Open of Surf

Man surfing|© Antonio Piña
Man surfing|© Antonio Piña

Los Cabos Open of Surf is an annual event that attracts surfers from all over the world who gather on the beautiful beaches of Los Cabos to compete and demonstrate their talent on the ocean waves during the best time of the year for surfing in Baja California. This event is usually held during the second week of August, although it can be delayed due to weather conditions.

During the competition you can witness the maneuvers and acrobatics performed by the most talented surfers in the world. The beaches are filled with energy and excitement as the competitors demonstrate their skills on the waves. In addition, this event also includes paddleboard races and snorkeling circuits in areas that are often included in the best snorkeling experiences in Los Cabos.

One of the highlights of the Los Cabos Open of Surf is its festive atmosphere and community spirit. Both professional and amateur surfers come together to celebrate the passion for surfing and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of camaraderie.

Book a snorkel cruise with open bar in Los Cabos

2. Soak up the local culture at the Feast of the Assumption of Mary

Santa Maria de la Asuncion Parish|©Catedrales e Iglesias/Cathedrals and Churches
Santa Maria de la Asuncion Parish|©Catedrales e Iglesias/Cathedrals and Churches

Los Cabos is one of the most traditional places in Mexico, and although it has a very marked influence by the Spanish immigration waves, they maintain ancestral customs, such as the celebration of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a festivity of great importance in the local community that transforms the climate of the region on August 15 each year.

During this celebration , a series of religious and cultural activities take place in different churches and parishes in Los Cabos. The faithful attend special masses and processions, where an image of the Virgin Mary is carried through the streets accompanied by songs and prayers, since Mexico is one of the countries with the largest number of Christians.

In addition to religious ceremonies, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Los Cabos also includes festive and cultural activities for the entire community. Events such as folkloric dances, concerts, gastronomic fairs and traditional games are organized.

These activities not only highlight the religious importance of the festivity, but also allow locals and visitors to enjoy the local culture, so this celebration is present in all activities and excursions in Los Cabos during its eve.

3. Attend the Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament Qualifiers

Sport boat on the sea|©Matt Rigney
Sport boat on the sea|©Matt Rigney

Attending the Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament qualifier in Los Cabos in August is a unique experience for sportfishing lovers and ocean enthusiasts. This prestigious tournament attracts anglers from around the world who compete to catch the largest and most challenging black and blue marlin in the waters off Los Cabos.

The Bisbee 's Black & Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament is known to be one of the most exciting and lucrative fishing events in the world and is held every year in October, but due to the number of entries, a qualifier is held during the last week of August. Qualifying participants have the opportunity to win cash prizes that reach significant amounts.

Aside from the fishing, the qualifier also opens up a series of social events and festivities that extend into October, from beach parties and gala dinners to live music and boat and sailboat rides.

Attending the Bisbee 's Black & Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament qualifier in Los Cabos in August will give you the opportunity to experience the thrill and adrenaline of elite sportfishing up close, and to get a feel for the city's October climate with the main competition, which is one of the most important in the world in its discipline.

Book a private catamaran tour in Los Cabos

4. Vibrate with the Los Cabos Tennis Open

Two people with tennis racquets|©cottonbro studio
Two people with tennis racquets|©cottonbro studio

If you are a fan of sports in general and tennis in particular, then you can't miss one of the matches at the Los Cabos Open, which is held every year during the second week of August. During this competition, the region becomes the epicenter of international tennis and gathers outstanding ATP circuit players from all over the world.

The tournament is held in the state of Baja California Sur, in a venue specially equipped to receive players and the public. For one week, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the sport around the Sea of Cortez. In addition, as this tournament distributes almost 800 thousand euros in prizes, it is one of the ideal competitions for young talents, so you will have the opportunity to see tennis players with a lot of projection.

The Los Cabos Tennis Open is not only a top-level sporting competition, but also a boost for the local economy and an opportunity for fans to immerse themselves in the culture of tennis.

5. Get seasonal discounts at Los Cabos shopping malls

Puerto Paraiso|©Visodia
Puerto Paraiso|©Visodia

In August, Los Cabos malls become must-see destinations for shopping and seasonal discount lovers. During this month, both locals and visitors can enjoy incredible offers and promotions in a wide variety of stores, coinciding with the closing of the summer season.

One of the malls you can't miss is Plaza Bonita, located in Cabo San Lucas. This place is famous for having a great selection of fashion, accessories and jewelry stores, where you can find deals of up to 50% on well-known brands. From designer clothes to the latest fashion footwear, you can find a wide range of products here.

Another outstanding shopping destination in the area is Puerto Paraiso, also located in Cabo San Lucas. This mall features a variety of stalls, from clothing and electronics stores to exclusive boutiques.

In addition, these malls also house restaurants and bars, making them an ideal choice for a stop between excursions or as a rainy-day plan, since August in Los Cabos is one of the rainiest months of the year. In that case, browsing the stores will serve you well for the schedule of those days while you get discounts you can't refuse.

6. Celebrate the Harvest Festival

Women on grapes|©Experiencias Xcaret
Women on grapes|©Experiencias Xcaret

Participating in the Grape Harvest Festival in August will allow you to immerse yourself in the tradition and passion for wine. This event celebrates the grape harvest and pays tribute to the wine culture, and while it is a unified event, it is actually celebrated throughout the month in Los Cabos' restaurants and wineries as a traveling festival.

It is a unique opportunity to enjoy wine tastings, taste exquisite gastronomic pairings and learn about the wine production process in Baja California Sur, which is one of the epicenters of this product in Mexico.

This festival brings together local wineries and vineyards that present their best wines so that attendees can enjoy an unparalleled sensory experience. You will be able to explore a variety of grape varieties, from intense reds to refreshing whites, and learn about the characteristics of the wines produced in the region.

In addition to tastings, the festivities also offer a selection of regional dishes and gastronomic options prepared to enhance the flavors of the wines.

Book a gastronomic tour of Los Cabos

7. Visit Todos Santos, Baja California Sur's best kept secret

Casa in Todos Santos, BCS, Mex.|©Sandra
Casa in Todos Santos, BCS, Mex.|©Sandra

Located in Los Cabos, the picturesque town of Todos Santos is known as the region's best kept secret and is a destination that has gained fame for its bohemian atmosphere, rich history and vibrant art scene. One of its main attractions is the iconic Hotel California, which has generated speculation about its connection to the famous song by The Eagles.

In August you will have the opportunity to explore this site with less crowds, allowing you to enjoy its authenticity and tranquility. This is partly due to the town's reputation for being a destination that floods during the rainy season that begins in August, something that only happens when the rainfall is very heavy, something very rare.

In Todos Santos you can appreciate its colonial architecture, its colorful facades and its art and craft stores. In addition, the town is home to numerous galleries and studios of local artists.

Apart from its art scene, this site offers a first-class culinary experience. Its restaurants and cafés stand out for their signature cuisine and focus on fresh, local ingredients. Todos Santos can be reached by public transportation or shuttle from the Los Cabos airport.

8. Participate in the Los Cabos Golf Tournament

Man playing golf|© Cory Bjork
Man playing golf|© Cory Bjork

The Los Cabos Golf Tournament is one of the region's main activities in August and a must for golf lovers. The area is known for its golf courses, which offer beautiful landscapes and unique challenges for players, so during this tournament, golfers from all over the world gather to compete and enjoy the natural beauty of this site.

If you have a handicap and sign up for this tournament as a participant, you will be able to face challenging fairways, strategically placed bunkers and perfectly manicured greens. In addition, the tournament is played in different modalities, allowing players of all levels to participate and enjoy the competition, which takes place during the third weekend of the month of each year.

In addition to the competition, the tournament also offers social events and golf-related activities. Welcome and closing parties, golf clinics, conferences and demonstrations by industry professionals are organized to improve players' skills.

9. Discover the Paella Festival

Paella on the table|© Douglas Lopez
Paella on the table|© Douglas Lopez

Participating in the Paella Festival in Los Cabos in August is a culinary experience that will delight your senses and immerse you in the flavors and aromas of traditional Spanish cuisine. During this festival, renowned chefs and restaurants come together to compete and showcase their skill in the preparation of authentic paella, an iconic dish of Spanish cuisine that is also very popular in Baja California.

This festival, held every year during the first days of August, will offer you the opportunity to taste a variety of paellas, each with its own unique characteristics and flavors. From classic Valencian paella to creative versions with local ingredients and fresh seafood, you can enjoy an exceptional gastronomic experience.

In addition to the food, the festival offers a festive atmosphere with live music, dancing and cultural activities related to Spanish culture. You can enjoy a complete experience, immersing yourself in the culture, music and dance while savoring paella.

Book a Mexican Cooking Class in Los Cabos

10. Experience the lively nights of Los Cabos with a larger adult audience.

Marina Los Cabos, Mexico|©rockval1
Marina Los Cabos, Mexico|©rockval1

In August, Los Cabos transforms into a vibrant scene for those looking to experience lively, party-filled nights. This month marks the end of the family travel season, which generally runs from May through July. With the change in the crowd, nights in Los Cabos become even more exciting, as the presence of an adult audience in search of entertainment and nightlife increases.

Nightclubs and local bars attract visitors and residents who want to enjoy live music, themed parties and a wide selection of beverages. Landmarks such as the famous Cabo Wabo Cantina, owned by Sammy Hagar, offer live performances by talented local and international musicians.

In addition to nightlife, Los Cabos' restaurants and bars also become popular destinations for those looking to enjoy dinner or try innovative cocktails. At the same time, this is the time when the region becomes the star of bachelor and bachelorette party trips and groups of friends.

Temperatures in Los Cabos in August

Los Cabos Beach|©Jim Nix
Los Cabos Beach|©Jim Nix

In August, Los Cabos offers warm and sunny temperatures, characteristic of a subtropical desert climate. During this month, thermometers usually range between 30° and 35°, making August one of the hottest months of the year in this region of Mexico. In addition, it is common for humidity to be high, which contributes to a more intense heat sensation, even higher than if you visit Los Cabos in July.

Temperatures in Los Cabos in August provide ideal weather for enjoying the beaches and outdoor activities. However, you should keep in mind that it is also one of the months with the highest probability of rain in Baja California Sur, so you could see some plans altered by the weather conditions.

Book a water activities excursion in Los Cabos

Los Cabos tourist arrivals in August

beach with little tourist affluence|©Rockfan
beach with little tourist affluence|©Rockfan

Los Cabos is a very popular tourist destination and attracts a large number of visitors from all over the world in August. The tourist affluence in this month is high due to the pleasant weather and the amount of activities offered by the region, although it decreases compared to June and July due to the possibility of rain.

The high influx of tourists in Los Cabos in August creates a lively atmosphere, although it generates that the accommodations are usually busy, as well as the sites. In addition, restaurants, bars and stores are usually at their peak, offering a wide variety of options for tourists, although with occupancy levels similar to if you visit Los Cabos in December or during Christmas.

Prices in Los Cabos in August

View of the beach in Los Cabos|©Joseph Miguel
View of the beach in Los Cabos|©Joseph Miguel

Prices in Los Cabos can vary depending on tourist demand. Since August is a month with a high influx of visitors, it is possible that some services and products may experience a slight price increase compared to other times of the year. However, this does not mean that it is unaffordable for tourists, as there is a wide range of options for all budgets.

Los Cabos lodging prices in August may be slightly higher due to demand, especially in beachfront hotels. However, there are cheaper lodging options, such as boutique hotels, hostels and vacation rentals, which offer an alternative for those looking for more economical options.

What to pack to visit Los Cabos in August?

Man with two suitcases in his hands|© ConvertKit
Man with two suitcases in his hands|© ConvertKit

August is a very hot and dry month in Los Cabos, so I advise you to include the following in your suitcase:

  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Rain jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Light T-shirts
  • Light pants
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Light coat
  • Beach shoes