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Best Times to Visit Cabo San Lucas

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Cabo weather is good for water activities in the summer but not winter or spring. © Caribeez.com
Anyone who visits Cabo San Lucas for the first time will quickly be struck by how arid the landscape looks.

They might also notice how clear and sunny the sky looks.

That's because Cabo San Lucas is one of the driest cruise ports on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America.

This popular Mexican vacation destination is located at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. It attracts numerous tourists throughout the year because of fishing, golf, quality resorts and of course the weather.

What makes it a little unusual is that it rarely feels the impact of the annual Pacific hurricane season that often sends drenching rains to places along the coast.

Best Months to Go: Dry Season


Cabo San Lucas has distinct wet and dry seasons, and the dry season is pretty close to bone dry.

It starts in February and goes through July. February is the worst month for rain, but it has averaged less than one inch over a 30-year history, according to the World Weather Organization.

March through June are even more dry and average less than 0.1 inches of rain per month.

For anyone planning a vacation in Cabo, it is important to know that temperatures vary much more during the dry season.

The average high temperature in January and February is in the upper 70s Fahrenheit. The high average high eventually climbs into the upper 80s Fahrenheit in May and June and finally breaks through 90 in July.

Nights are quite cool for most of the dry season with the average lows in the 50s Fahrenheit from January through April.

That makes the ocean too cool for swimming in the early part of the dry season for people who like to spend time on the beach.

Anyone who wants the warmest temperatures and doesn't mind a little more rain might plan on a vacation there in July. The average high is 92 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average rainfall is still less than one inch.

Worst Months to Go: Rainy Season


A bad month for weather in Cabos San Lucas is an average month for many Caribbean islands.

The rainy season is brief and light. August averages about 2.5 inches of rain and September exceeds more than three inches. September is the peak month of storm and hurricane activity each year for the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

But it rains on average only three days each month, which is well below the normal levels for many destinations. Based on the total rainfall, any day that it rains will produce a lot of rain.

Temperatures remain quite warm with the average highs at 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above in August through October. During our last 10-day visit to Cabo in October, temperatures reached into the 90s every day, and it never rained once.

Like the dry season, November and December usually experience less than one inch of rain each month, but high temperatures start dropping into the 70s Fahrenheit. These months are good for land activities but less appealing for water activities.
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