Los Cabos is a spectacular vacation destination with beautiful scenery and incredible natural attractions. There’s fun for everyone no matter what your favorite way to spend your days whether you like water activities or land based activities Cabo has what you need. From miles of ocean to beautiful desert trails and mountains, you will find the perfect locale for your favorite sport or activity. You can go scuba diving, snorkeling, sport-fishing, parasailing, swimming, surfing, sailing, whale watching or explore miles of gorgeous beaches. Alternatively you can play on one of the world-class golf courses, hike or horseback ride or get more adventurous on an ATV or zipline.
Boat Tours & Cruises
A trip to Cabo San Lucas is not complete with at least one trip out on the beautiful blue waters of the Sea of Cortex and the Pacific. Getting out on the water is a must but how you choose to do that is up to you and there are a wide variety of choices from a $5 trip on a glass bottom boat to a private charter aboard a luxury yacht or catamaran. There are many companies in Cabo offering a range of boat tours and cruises from the festiveness of a booze cruise, to the adventure of sailing in a pirate ship, getting close to the water on a catamaran or under the water in the yellow submarine. As the sun sets you can hop on a dinner cruise or enjoy the sunset and then an evening of dancing. Typically the tours will take you along the coastline in the Sea of Cortex, around the Arch at Land’s End and past Pedregal on the Pacific Side.
There are many wonderful locations to choose from for your snorkeling or dive adventure. The water’s of Los Cabos are often referred to as Nature’s aquarium because of the rich variety and quantity of sea life. Going snorkeling can be as simple as just heading down to the water in front of Santa Carmela and hopping in, jumping on a glass bottom boat from the Marina or taking one of the organized snorkeling tours offered by many operators. Pelican’s Rock is thought to be the premier snorkeling spot in Cabo San Lucas and is home to a variety of colorful tropical fish such as the King and Cortez Angelfish, Moorish Idol, Purple Surgeonfish, Parrotfish, Mexican Goatfish, Mexican Hogfish, Barberfish, Chancho Surgeonfish, Puffers, Balloonfish, Spotted Portcupinefish, Spotted Boxfish and many more. Taking a tour out to Pelican’s Rock will include the added bonus of close up views of Los Cabo’s most famous natural landmark, The Land’s End Arch or El Arco, Lover’s Beach, the Sea Lion Colony and sometimes a little of the Pacific side of Land’s End or Finisterra. Organized tours will often take you to some of the bays further up the coast like Bahia Santa Maria and Chileno Bay and will typically include snacks and beverages. All necessary snorkeling gear and flotation devices for those needing a little lift. There are also a choice of boats from catamaran’s which keep you close to the water to luxury sailboats and yachts. Many of the snorkeling tour companies offer Sunset Cruises too.
Links: Cabo San Lucas Tours – Snorkeling |
Diving conditions great all year with consistent 30 to 80 feet visibility. Visibility is best from May to December and can exceed 100ft and the water is warmest during this period too averaging between 78 and 85 degrees F. Some of the world’s finest diving locations are only a 15 to 25 minute boat ride from the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Popular dive sites include Santa Maria Bay, Chileno Bay and Cabo Pulmo. There are also sites for more advanced divers which include Gordo Banks, the Abyss and the Sandfalls, made famous by Jacques Cousteau, which is a 90ft dive that starts at Pelican Rock and drops and amazing 1200ft. Reputable dive shops in Cabo San Lucas offer instruction for beginner divers and offer well-maintained diveboats and safe excursions.
Link: Sunshine Dive & Charter
The waters around Cabo San Lucas provide some of the finest sport fishing in the world. The fishing is excellent all year for marlin, tuna, dorado (Mahi Mahi) and many other species like billfish, skipjack, pompano, triggerfish, amberjack and cocinero jacks. All charters should be reserved as far in advance as possible to insure availability of your requested boat type. Snacks, water and lunch were provided, we brought whatever we wanted to drink. As rough as the water was, we stuck to soda!
Surf at at Costa Azul on the Sea of Cortez or Cerritos Beach (the premier surf break in Southern Baja) on the Pacific, several miles north of Cabo. Typically transportation is provided to and from the villa and the package includes bilingual surf instructor, foam board, wetsuit or lycra, shaded camp on the beach with beverages, snacks & lunch. Pick up is around 8:00am.
There are several world-class golf courses in Los Cabos all of which have beautiful views of the Sea of Cortez and surrounding mountains which is part of the reason why Golf Digest called Los Cabos one of the World’s top 15 golf destinations. The Los Cabos golf courses have been designed by some of the top names like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Tom Weiskopf.
The Cabo San Lucas Country Club is a Dye Designed 18-hole golf masterpiece on gently sloping terrain overlooking the Sea of Cortez with the most spectacular panoramic views of Lands End from the 18th Hole. Green fees range from $69 for twilight rounds during the summer to $189 during the Peak Season.
Cabo Real designed by Robert Trent Jones, JR. is a par 72 course with a rating of 74.1 and a slope of 140. Green fees range from about $115 off season twilight to $225 peak season.
Palmilla Golf Club has been rated as one of the top 100 in the world by Great Golf Resorts of the World. Green fees start around $90 for off-season twilight rounds to $205 during the peak season.
Cabo Del Sol offers two courses; the Ocean Course designed by world-renowned Jack Nicklaus who has said that the course has the “three finest finishing holes in all of golf” and which is known as the Pebble Beach of Baja, and the Desert Course designed by Tom Weiskopf which still has 180 degrees of the ocean from almost every hole. Green fees range from $145 off-season twilight to $295 peak season for the Ocean Course and from $99 for their summer special to $220 during the peak season for the Desert Course. Typically, residents of the communities and guests of resort properties in which the golf courses are located are given priority so it is important to reserve your tee times as early as possible and in most cases tee times can be booked online.
Adventure Sports & Extreme Sports
Wild Canyon Adventures
Most people visiting Cabo are familiar with the beaches and water activities but did you know that there is an outback! If you venture inland, a visit to Wild Canyon Adventures is a must! Called ““The most exhilarating experience in Cabo San Lucas”, a day at Wild Canyon is sure to get your hear pumping! Soar across canyons and zoom by rock faces on a zipline , plunge into the canyon below on the only suspended bungee jump ride in Los Cabos or hang 230 ft high and swing out at 75 miles an hour for the rush of a life time! For something a little slower but still exhilarating, try Fox Drop Rappelling – start from the glass floored gondola suspended 100 meters over the canyon oasis and the professional guides will take you step by step back down to the canyon floor. If you want to stay firmly on the ground then hope on a quad-runner for a trek through the 100 acres of biosphere that is Wild Canyon! From racing up the narrow paths of the sandy arroyo to climbing mountain side paths where you can take in amazing views of the Sea of Cortez and then through to our canyon bottom oasis. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes and be prepared to hike around the park to the various activities. Water is provided and pickup and drop-off at the Villa are included.
Wide Open Baja
Much more than a simple racing school or guided low-speed tour, the Wide Open experience pushes the envelope of an adventure based vacation. Exclusive open-wheel tour cars provide you with the performance and safety of a modern desert racer, but are comfortable enough for anyone to drive. The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, arguably the most challenging off-road race on the planet, is also WIDE OPEN’s primary playground and test track. Seasoned guides lead you through the entire journey.
Link: Wide Open Baja
Cabo Karting Center
Drive at speeds up to 40mph, flying inches off the ground on a pro track loaded with thrilling straight-aways, hairpin turns and high-speed passing zones. The Performance Go Karts are made by STRATOS KARTS in the USA, powered by a 270cc Honda engine with 9hp. They have a hydraulic disc brake system and Bridgestone racing tires. Racers of all ages are welcome. Minimium height is 4´6″ (1.40mts). All safety equipment is provided. Comfortable clothing & closed-toe shoes are recommended. The clubhouse features an inside air-conditioned snack lounge and additional palapa covered dining area overlook the racing action. Internet and a conference room are available for parties and those corporate groups pretending to work while in Cabo. A 14 lap race is $22.00 with a discount from CaboFreebies.
Link: Cabo Karting Center
Cabo Sky Tours
Experience the contrast of the dessert and the sea of Los Cabos and get a birds eye aerial view of some of the world’s finest golf courses and more on an Ultralight Glider Tour. The Pilot, Ernesto Magaña, has 26 years of flying experience and more than 6,800 hours of flight time and was the first pilot to receive an Ultralight Airplane Pilot’s License (No. 130-MEX-001) from the FAA in Mexico. You will fly in the Cosmos-La Mouette, manufactured in France with the safest and most resistant materials in the world and winner of multiple International Hang Glider and Airplane Competitions.
10 minute tour (Pelican) is Adult – $75.00 usd / 20 minute tour (Albatros) is $140 / 60 minute tour (The King’s Flight) is $299 (weight surcharges apply over 200lb)
Link: Cabo Sky Tours
Parasailing, Wave Runners & Kayaking
Four miles of pristine and secluded beach are at your doorstep, or you can follow the arroyos for about a mile to the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains and climb small waterfalls and wade in streams for another ten miles.