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San Diego to Cabo San Lucas drive

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  San Diego
 Ensenada
 San Quintín
 Catavina
 Guerrero Negro
 San Ignacio (Mexico)
 Baja California Sur
 La Paz (Mexico)
   Cabo San Lucas 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   4 days

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San Diego to Cabo San Lucas road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas. If you're planning a road trip to Cabo San Lucas, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in San Diego
drive for about 2 hours

11:50 am  Ensenada
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:50 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:54 pm  San Quintín
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:54 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:53 pm  Catavina
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Catavina
drive for about 3 hours

1:49 pm  Guerrero Negro
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 3 hours

 Day 3

8:00 am  leave from Guerrero Negro
drive for about 21.5 hours

5:22 am (next morning)  San Ignacio (Mexico)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 21.5 hours

 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from San Ignacio (Mexico)
drive for about 2.5 hours

12:23 pm  Baja California Sur
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:23 pm
drive for about 3 hours

4:35 pm  La Paz (Mexico)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:35 pm
drive for about 2 hours

7:41 pm  arrive in Cabo San Lucas
eat at The Office
stay at Capella Pedregal

day 4 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

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San Diego to Cabo San Lucas questions

profile  Elizabeth asked:
Great stops along the way  (0 answers)


Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Diego, California.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.


How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.


Where should I stop along the way?

Ensenada  (15 answers)
    questions about Ensenada:
        Must do's for a weekend in Ensenada?
        Unexpected activities for an afternoon?

San Quintín

Catavina

Guerrero Negro

San Ignacio (Mexico)

Baja California Sur  (7 mentions)
    questions about Baja California Sur:
        Safest surf hotel in Baja Sur where you can feel reasonably safe with kids?
        Tips for a Baja Peninsula road trip?

La Paz (Mexico)  (4 answers)


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.


Where's the best place to stay in Cabo San Lucas?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Cabo San Lucas.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Capella Pedregal, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Riu Palace  (4 mentions)
ME Cabo (ME by Melia)  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Cabo San Lucas? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Cabo San Lucas?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Office, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

El Farallon  (3 mentions)
Edith's  (2 mentions)
Mi Casa  (2 mentions)
Nick-San  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Cabo San Lucas? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Cabo San Lucas?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Lover's Beach  (6 mentions)
Mango Deck  (5 mentions)
Cabo Wabo  (3 mentions)
Medano Beach  (2 mentions)
Nikki Beach  (2 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Cabo San Lucas. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Harrison from Berkeley asked:
Daytime activities for spring break in late March  (5 answers)

profile  Shayne from Templeton asked:
Looking for a nice hotel with good food in Cabo  (4 answers)

profile  Brianna from Minneapolis asked:
Transportation to Thompson Hotel  (3 answers)

profile  Tristan from Florida asked:
Places to eat and drink in Cabo San Lucas???  (3 answers)

profile  James from asked:
Looking for adventures in Cabo!  (2 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Cabo San Lucas.




Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Cabo San Lucas to San Diego drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas. Or get a full San Diego to Cabo San Lucas flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know San Diego well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Diego!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,034 miles
driving time of 20 hours, 6 minutes
Cabo San Lucas is 1 hour ahead of San Diego
222 San Diego travel answers
15 Ensenada travel answers
1 San Quintín travel answer
1 Guerrero Negro travel answer
4 La Paz (Mexico) travel answers
41 Cabo San Lucas travel answers





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