What’s the best way to end a day in Cabo San Lucas? No question – going on a sunset cruise!
In fact, it’s one of our favorite water activities in Cabo.
We’re regular visitors to this popular Mexican resort destination, and whenever we head there, we love to try out some of the best Cabo San Lucas sunset cruises.
Watching the sky turn into shades of orange, pink and yellow as the sun dances over the sea, with an ice-cold cerveza or margarita in hand. Listening to waves lap against the side of the boat. Smelling the scent of salt water in the warm breeze.
Well, it’s simply the ideal way to toast a wonderful vacation day and make plans for the next!
So when doing your Cabo vacation planning, be sure to build in time for one or more of the following sunset cruises.
Best sunset cruises in Cabo San Lucas
Here are 11 of the best sunset cruises in Cabo San Lucas – all either tried and tested by us or highly recommended by others.
And just so you know. These cruises leave from the Cabo San Lucas Marina, and you’ll need to make your own way there.
Most don’t include hotel pick-up and drop-off, although we’ve mentioned below if they do.
1) True sailing sunset cruise in Cabo
See the sun set from your own private sailboat (well, your own sailboat for a couple of hours at least) with this Cabo sunset cruise.
Cabo Sails offers private charters for two to 20 guests on a selection of sailboats ranging in length from 28 to 44 feet.
On the 44-foot Espiritu Santi, we lolled about like Romans on plump and soft deck cushions scattered around the bow, as we sipped wine and nibbled on fresh veggies and chicken taquitos.
It’s luxury sunset sailing in Cabo at its best – and the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary.
You can also go on a shared small-group sunset sailing cruise with other people. Same service. Same quality experience.
For a romantic sunset cruise, Cabo Sails can’t be beat.
2) Cabo dinner cruise on the Rissalena
The Rissalena offers the best dinner cruise in Cabo San Lucas if you’re looking to balance good food with an affordable price – and you want a relaxing evening out on the water.
We’ve been on the Rissalena a couple of times. Laura (the owner/manager) does an excellent job taking guests on dinner cruises on a custom-designed power catamaran.
The size is just right for an intimate experience (maximum 24 guests).
The Rissalena is always spotlessly clean, with white leather banquette seating and additional reclining leather seating areas for couples up front.
The music is mellow, perhaps opera in the background as the sun sets. (This isn’t a party boat!)
Dinner is surprisingly very good (considering you’re on a boat) – home-made finger lickin’ barbecued ribs or chicken, healthy fresh salad, guacamole, fresh Mexican fruit, etc.
This is a premium experience and one that consistently gets top reviews year after year, for good reason.
3) Cabo sunset booze cruise
If you’re looking for the ultimate party cruise, pick PezGato!
They offer a fun Cabo booze cruise at sunset, and you can’t beat the price.
The reputable tour operator has a few different boats, but their “Cabo Party Cruise” is the one for dancing, unlimited drinks, games and high spirits. It’s the best booze cruise in Cabo when the sun sets!
And don’t worry about making it back to your hotel.
Roundtrip transportation is included in the price.
4) Sunset jazz cruise with food and wine
Sip a glass of wine and nibble on appies as you listen to jazz and take in Cabo’s spectacular sunset aboard the elegant 65-foot Tropicat catamaran (also operated by the PezGato team).
Light bites include fruit skewers, cheese platters and more.
This is a low-key, sophisticated and relaxing sunset cruise in Los Cabos, with a premium open bar and a great jazz playlist.
As with all the sunset cruises in Cabo covered here, you’ll cruise out into the Sea of Cortez to Land’s End at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula.
You’ll make a short stop at the iconic natural rock Arch to see (and hear!) the local sea lion colony before continuing on with your evening cruise in the Cabo San Lucas Bay.
Roundtrip transportation from your hotel is included.
5) Mexican-flavored sunset cruise on the Cabo Mar
Slip on your dancing shoes (blue suede?) for this dinner-and-dancing Cabo Mar sunset cruise.
It’s not a booze cruise, but a fun 2½-hour Cabo dinner cruise (with a Mexican taco buffet) suitable for couples and families.
Bonus: You’re not likely to get seasick on this Cabo Mar cruise – it’s a double-decker catamaran, 65 feet long and 36 feet wide.
Hotel pick-up and drop-off is included, along with an unlimited premium bar and soft drinks.
6) Cabo San Lucas sunset cruise on a pirate ship
Yo ho ho and a pirate show! Jump aboard a wooden pirate ship for a pirate-themed sunset cruise in Cabo San Lucas Bay.
Of course, you can drink all the grog you want from the unlimited open bar. And you feast on a BBQ ribs-and-chicken dinner too.
The friendly crew, dressed as pirates, put on an acrobatic and dance show for you too, complete with climbing up the ropes of the tall sailing ship.
It’s the best sunset cruise in Cabo if you’re looking for something a bit quirky!
7) Luxury Cabo sunset dinner cruise
If you want to combine watching the sky turn into a beautiful palette of colors with dining on a steak-and-seafood feast – and do all of this in style on a beautiful luxury yacht – this cruise on the Tu Enamorado is the one for you!
First, you’ll be welcomed with a cocktail and antipasti platter. Then, you’ll set sail.
Relax barefoot as you feel the salty breeze of the Pacific Ocean air on deck and watch the sunset, taking in El Arco (Cabo’s famous Arch) and Lover’s Beach among other spots on Cabo’s coastline.
Then it’s time for dinner in the dining room – jumbo shrimp kebabs, beef filet with red wine sauce, organic salads and for dessert, warm crepes with fruit. (Vegan options are available.)
Top-shelf drinks are free-flowing all night.
The price is higher than other Cabo San Lucas dinner cruises. But the experience is also at the upper end of the luxury scale.
8) Cabo sunset fajita cruise
Here’s a Los Cabos sunset cruise with an all-you-can-eat Mexican dinner.
Your dinner (beef or chicken fajitas) is prepared on-deck, and you can nosh on unlimited chips and salsa. Plus, there’s an open bar.
This sunset cruise is more of a party boat than others, but all ages are welcome, so it’s family-friendly.
There’s also an MC with some games for after-dinner entertainment.
The EcoCat is ideal for those who want to experience Cabo’s coastline and let their hair down with a few sunset drinks and dancing, but also appreciate a little slice of luxury.
She’s one of the most luxurious yachts in the marina, so you don’t have to worry about roughing it when you spend an evening on board.
With six outdoor areas (plus a spacious indoor area), the EcoCat is comfortable whatever the season. And of course, she takes you to one of the best photo spots in Cabo – the Land’s End Arch and Pelican Rock.
Drinks are included, and at just $10 USD extra p.p., you can upgrade to their unlimited BBQ burger buffet.
It’s the perfect evening for anyone who wants to catch a sunset, enjoy some drinks and experience a luxury catamaran-style yacht.
10) Sun Rider 100 sunset dinner cruise
We also like this well-reviewed sunset dinner cruise on the Sun Rider 100.
For those of you with sensitive tummies (who’d rather have their feet on land than on sea), this is the most stable and best sunset cruise in Cabo San Lucas.
This eco-friendly double-deck catamaran is big and comfy! (She can accommodate 250 passengers and has 9 bathrooms.)
The main deck features a large open space for dancing, a double buffet table and seating for 66 passengers. The open-air upper deck has additional seating and space to dance and mingle.
The 2½-hour sunset cruise includes an open bar and a freshly prepared Mexican buffet for dinner.
11) La Princesa catamaran sunset cruise
For a simple sunset cruise where you can take in some of Cabo’s highlights, this option is cheaper than most of the Cabo dinner cruises.
The price on this 2-hour tour includes a full open bar and some snacks (but you can enjoy dinner in town once you finish if you’re still hungry), and sails to some of the top marine highlights of Cabo.
Watch sea lions frolicking in the waters as you snap a photo of a spectacular sunset and sip on an ice-cold beer.
There’s no better way to reflect on your vacation!
Although many of these La Princesa cruises do include great music, the rap music that’s sometimes played is a little hard on the ears. So bear that in mind if that’s not your thing.
That’s a wrap for the best Cabo sunset cruises!
Taking one of these cruises is a great way to see some of Cabo’s dramatic coastline.
You share a special experience with your travel companions (or make new friends on board) and sample some of Mexico’s best food and drink.
See you on the water at sunset!
Photos: 4, 11 © Janice and George Mucalov, Cabo Visitor | 3 Wild Cabo