As the clock strikes midnight, the tradition in Mexico is to swallow 12 grapes, one with each strike of the gong. This tradition from Spain guarantees good fortune for the next 12 months. As you swallow your grapes, watch the music and merrymaking build to spectacular fireworks over Medano Beach.
Prefer nature over the party scene? No problem. Cabo offers a unique, inspiring New Year’s experience for everyone.
New Year, New Life for the Whales of Cabo
Beyond the beach where fireworks sparkle, miracles of new life are taking place in the turquoise waters of Cabo. The great migration of whales to Baja is underway! Every winter, hordes of humpbacks and gray whales swim thousands of miles to have their one-ton calves. The warm waters of the Sea of Cortez become the world’s great whale nursery.
As you make your own New Year’s resolutions, watch the rebirth of these whale species—up-close and personal—from a Zodiac boat.
Whale watching must top your plans for a Cabo San Lucas New Year’s. What better way to celebrate new life, renewal, and hope? The humpback whale as a species was almost wiped out by whaling. Their amazing recovery is truly inspiring!
Not only is whale watching inspiring for couples looking to do something new together, for children, a day of whale watching is unforgettable.
Make New Year’s Decadent
Go for a stroll through the market at El Merkado, and you’ll find the kinds of delicious food that keep you thinking of Cabo well into the new year. El Merkado is an indoor organic market that features gourmet holiday goodies of all kinds, from the native and local to the exotic.
This foodie extravaganza takes place every Saturday at Koral Center in the Tourist Corridor between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. The best flavors and traditions of Mexico are on display, with featured chefs showing off feats of gastronomy.
Wrap up a basket of goodies to eat on the beach for your New Year’s Eve festivities!
Take Advantage of New Year’s Specials
Just about every resort, restaurant, and bar in Cabo San Lucas offers a special New Year’s Eve feast, music, entertainment—or all three! Prices range from $100 to $450 and up, but many land solidly in the $150 to $200 range, per person.
When it comes to deals, the sky’s the limit, and sure to be filled with fireworks!
Ring in 2018 in Style
Another place where you’ll want to dress to impress is at the adults-only Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort. But make sure it’s in purple! Throughout December, they’re sending the year off right with Purple Party Paradise. And a glamorous New Year’s Eve party closes it all out with a bang. This year the swanky celebration will feature music by Sugar Shake Band and DJ Miguel Migs.
Treat Yourself to Fine Dining
For an unforgettable fine-dining experience, head to De Cortez Restaurant at the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda Del Mar. De Cortez offers a sumptuous, multi-course New Year’s Eve dinner for $170 per person.
How does baked clams, risotto, and slow-cooked lamb sound? With a stunning ocean view, a gourmet tasting menu, live music, and a late-night DJ party, Sunset MonaLisa’s New Year’s Eve celebration is not to be missed!
Snag a Package Deal
Looking for a last-minute getaway? The luxurious Grand Velas Resort offers a special New Year’s vacation package, including:
- Spa credit
- A New Year’s Eve gala dinner and show
The price is just $695 per person, per night.
Dance the Old Year Away
Music suffuses the air during a Cabo San Lucas New Year’s, from the sing-along piano bar at Cuervo’s House to the house band at Cabo Wabo™ Cantina to live music at the One & Only Palmilla resort. You’ll be dancing out of the old year and well in to the new.
Many resorts offer a combination of live music and DJs, but if you’re interested in DJs exclusively, check out the resort The Cape: A Thompson Hotel. This year Major Lazer’s Jillionaire and Pato Watson are set to rock the house at their New Year’s rooftop party.
If you’d rather party poolside, head to the New Year’s Eve event at ME Cabo Resort, featuring Paul Oakenfold.
Let Them Eat Grapes
For Mexicans, New Year’s Eve is for family dinners and celebrations, while New Year’s Day is for rest and munching on leftovers. After the family dinner on New Year’s Eve, many go from food to tomfoolery at parties and theme nights, ranging in formality from bare feet to masked balls. Everywhere in Mexico midnight is heralded with fireworks and the traditional 12 grapes. (Peel them, so they go down with each strike of the clock!)
And the fireworks in Cabo San Lucas for New Year’s Eve are not to be missed. Colorful sunbursts, streaks, and showers of fire reflect in the glistening waters of the bay. Locals and visitors alike crowd onto Medano Beach. Ask a local about the midnight kiss: Does it come before or after the 12 lucky grapes?
Beyond the flash of fireworks, you might see a rosy fountain glowing in the dark. Perhaps the spout of a whale? Count your blessings to be in a beautiful place like Cabo San Lucas for New Year’s.