One of the reasons there are so many American and Canadian residents in Los Cabos is that you can have a great quality of life for a fraction of the cost of living north of the border. For vacationers, this means that although you are perfectly welcome to spend $10,000 a night for a luxury villa or a three liter bottle of Cristal Champagne, you can also have a great time for under $50 a day.
Firstly, forget staying in hotels. It is hard to find anything below $50 per day. Apartments and condos, however, can be had for very affordable prices, and most will allow you to pay by the week if they have vacancies. La Roca Vista is a nice example. This value oriented condo complex is centrally located, has a swimming pool and cactus garden, laundry facilities, double bed and convertible couch, with small studio condos (the size of a typical room at Holiday Inn) available for around $350 per month, or $11 a day.
Real meal bargains begin at Baja Peppers, the on-site restaurant at the downtown hotel Mar de Cortez. Baja Peppers has the best breakfast deal in town, with a $3 combo that include eggs, bacon, toast, fresh fruit, and beans. This is the perfect way to start the day, and even after a few cups of coffee and a nice tip for your waiter, you have spent a grand total of $5. Also, John the owner will drop by and tell you anything you want to know about Cabo. Celebrate by spending the rest of the morning at Medano Beach working on your tan and listening to the sounds of the surf breaking over the sand.
Lunch is at the locals’ favorite watering hole, Cabo Lounge, or the Baja Sur version of Cheers. Owner and bartender Juan will fix you one of his famed $1 bacon cheeseburgers, serve you a $2 Pacifico con limon, and let you use the internet or make free phone calls to the U.S. or Canada while you enjoy his hospitality. After tip, you have now spent a grand total of $20. Afternoons are very hot here, so cool down with an educational visit to the Museo Cabo San Lucas, which is the local natural history museum. Don’t worry about the budget. It’s free.
Dinner is at the The Crazy Lobster, which is just down the street from the museum, and is famed for their $14 steak and lobster platters. Yes, $14. Side dishes are extra, so stick with the steak and lobster, and enjoy a few beers, or a glass of wine. Just remember that you cannot go over $24, including tip. Afterwards, walk down Marina Boulevard and finish out the evening at one of Cabo’s most popular bars, Happy Ending. Two beers and two shots of tequila for $5. Then head back to La Roca Vista for a midnight swim in the pool.