Cabo vs Cancun


Now that I have finally been to Cabo, I can see the difference between Cabo and Cancun is drastic. Here’s how I break them down.



  • Desert environment
  • Dry heat
  • Grainy sand, darker blue water, waves
  • Laid back party vibe 
  • Santa Fe, town esthetic
  • 1 Shopping Mall
  • Has a marina
  • The Centro is a very clean, small, and walkable town with lots of shops, restaurants, and bars for partying, especially at night.
  • Beach clubs
  • Fishing tours, glass bottom boats, jet skis are really popular
  • Pueblo Magico Todos Santos is approximately 1 hour away.



  • Tropical environment
  • High humidity
  • White powder sand, Caribbean blue sea, calm
  • All-inclusive hotel mecca
  • Vegas party vibe 
  • Miami, city esthetic
  • Shopping Malls
  • Tons of Tours. There are SO many things to do in the Riviera Maya from water parks, Cirque de Solei, to Mayan pyramids.
  • Playa del Carmen (Mexican feeling zone, touristy, but totally fun) and Tulum (hippie, yoga, healthy, upscale posh) are nearby towns.


So are you looking for beautiful beaches, don’t mind humidity with lots to do? Then you would prefer Cancun.

Or are you looking for a more casual party atmosphere with plenty of boats for tours and fishing, and jet skis? Then Cabo is your destination.


Medano Beach in Cabo


For our last day in Cabo, we decided to go to Medano Beach. It’s a short distance outside of the Centro. Technically, I think you could walk it, but we chose the easier bici-taxi mode.

If we were not staying in an all-inclusive, Medano Beach would be the area I would stay in. There are 4-5 beach clubs that you can rent lounge chairs, eat, drink, and swim. There seemed to be a beach club for everyone. We opted for the mellower Cachet Club, but trust, if you like to party there’s definitely a club for you too. There are also plenty of boats and jet skis available for fun.