Los Cabos is a paradise for active types, with world-class conditions for water sports such as fishing, diving, sailing, windsurfing and kiteboarding, as well as challenging desert and mountain terrain for camping and hiking enthusiasts.
Make no mistake, however. Fishing is king, especially in Cabo San Lucas, which hosts two tournaments each October (Bisbee’s Black and Blue and Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore) with million-dollar plus prize pools. But visiting anglers don’t have to enter any tournaments to enjoy the incredible big-game sport fishing here. It’s available on a year-round basis from a number of high-quality charter fishing boat operations; most notably Blue Sky Cabo, our top choice.
Our second choice, Cabo Pulmo National Park, may be the most singularly remarkable natural attraction in a region that seemingly has too many to count. Not only does this spectacular offshore marine sanctuary boast a colorful living coral reef, it also showcases the highest concentration of undersea life found anywhere in the Sea of Cortés. The waters here quite literally teem with life.
Adventure company Cabo Expeditions also offers incredible introductions to native flora and fauna courtesy of their innovative array of land and water-based eco-activities, which include unforgettable day trips to the uninhabited Isla Espíritu Santo, located off the coast of Baja California Sur’s capital city of La Paz.
La Paz is also known for one of the most majestic natural experiences available to travelers, the opportunity to swim side by side with enormous whale sharks, the world’s biggest fish. And speaking of “biggest”, winter whale watching season in Los Cabos annually sees the largest creatures on Earth transiting near local coastlines as they migrate to shallow water coves and inlets around Baja California Sur for their breeding season.
The Baja California peninsula’s biggest and baddest theme park, Wild Canyon, is home to a wide array of hair-raising and adrenaline-pumping adventures, ranging from zip-lining and bungee jumping to sling swings and off-road racing. Although it’s easily the top stop in Los Cabos for thrill-seeking teenagers, Wild Canyon does offer slower paced pursuits like camel rides and, most recently, an exotic petting zoo. The park is located near Playa El Tule in the Tourist Corridor that connects cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. After your tour, grab burgers and drinks at the tropical-themed Lion’s Den restaurant.
Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: This theme park, full of adrenaline-racing activities, is one of the most popular attractions in Los Cabos.
Chris’s expert tip: The palapa-topped, tropical-themed Lion’s Den is a great place to have a cold beverage and relive your adventures. Comfort food specialties like burgers and chicken wings headline the menu options, and meal add-ons are also available as a $12 ticket upgrade.
Few local adventure companies can match Cabo Expeditions’ variety of eco-themed activities, which include whale watching and swimming with whale sharks (seasonal), parasailing, snorkeling, kayaking, and day trips to Isla Espíritu Santo off the coast of La Paz. Perhaps the best thing about the company’s collection of land and water-based activities is that they cover a good portion of Baja California Sur, and thus provide visitors with wide-ranging introductions to the area’s incredible biodiversity. The Land’s End snorkel tour is a great introduction to local flora and fauna, both above and below the surface. Adults and kids ages 5 and up will enjoy the snorkeling at Pelican Rock, where an upwelling effect contributes to the profusion of colorful marine life. Sightseeing stops at the sea lion colony and iconic Arch, meanwhile, offer abundant photo opportunities.
Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: Cabo Expeditions is one of the top activities companies in Los Cabos, with land and water based adventures that explore the beauties of Baja California Sur.
Chris’s expert tip: Week-long snorkel and kayak tours explore UNESCO protected islands near Loreto and La Paz.
There are way more than four seasons in Los Cabos. In addition to the usual (spring, summer, fall, winter), there is also a whale watching season, a windsports season, a sea turtle season, and of course a whale shark season. The latter refers to the period from October through May, when Los Cabos visitors can be driven up to the state capital of La Paz to swim side-by-side with these majestic creatures off the tip of the El Mogote peninsula. As large as 40 feet in length and over 20 tons in weight, whale sharks are awe-inspiring when encountered in their natural habitat, and of course completely safe to swim with thanks to their plankton based diet. Cabo Adventures is one of the largest and most reliable tour operators in Los Cabos, offering round-trip transportation as well as the services of a professional photographer to document the unforgettable experience.
Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: Swimming with whale sharks is one of the most unforgettable nature-based experiences in Baja California Sur.
Chris’s expert tip: For more information on swimming with whale sharks in Los Cabos, visit Cabo Adventures at cabo-adventures.com.
The Baja California peninsula hosts the most famous off-road race on the planet, the rugged and challenging Baja 1000. Over the years, scores of Los Cabos based activities companies have attempted to replicate this experience on a smaller scale, but few have succeeded quite like Cabo Adventures. Their Off-Road Adventure is a complete blast, thanks in large part to the outstanding course layout, which features everything from bumps, jumps and water hazards to switchbacks and spectacular Pacific Ocean views. There are even a few cows and horses wandering around as driver’s attempt to steer their Polaris high performance UTVs safely through winding, cactus-strewn desert terrain. Not content with mere thrills, Cabo Adventures adds a culinary dimension at the end, serving up delicious, all-you-can-eat Mexican buffet in a breezy beachfront dining area.
Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: Cabo Adventures’ off-road tour is one of the most fun-filled ways to soak up Los Cabos’ spectacular coastal scenery.
Chris’s expert tip: Drivers and passengers alike will finish this adventure both wet and extremely dirty, so dress accordingly.
Playa El Médano is ground zero for the Spring Break madness in March, and remains busy throughout the year. In many ways, it’s the center of social life in Cabo San Lucas. The beach is huge, about two miles long, and filled with restaurants, bars, souvenir vendors, and water-based activities rentals. Beachgoers can rent wave runners, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, go flyboarding or parasailing, or have a water taxi take them on a round-trip tour to Land’s End and Lover’s Beach. The water is extremely calm here, and although there aren’t any lifeguards in Cabo San Lucas, areas are roped off for swimming.
Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: This is the largest and most popular beach in Cabo San Lucas.
Chris’s expert tip: Mango Deck and The Office are the most popular cantinas on the beach, and both feature plenty of seafood, cold beer, tropical cocktails, and seaside ambiance.
Cuadra San Francisco is one of the Los Cabos area’s hidden gems, offering virtually every equine-related activity imaginable: trail rides over local terrain, romantic rides along secluded beaches, carriage rides for weddings or special events…even polo lessons. The late Francisco Barrera trained under Nuno Oliveira, the Portuguese legend considered by many to be the most outstanding horseman of the 20th century, and his son Valente excels at teaching dressage, and the traditional techniques of Mexican vaqueros. The stables are located in the Tourist Corridor, just off the Cabo Real golf course, and maintain close to fifty horses. Pony-sized horses with special saddles are available for kids, who can take riding lessors, as well as studying dresssage, reining, Western pleasure, and other equine arts.
Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: Cuadra San Francisco is the best and only fully equipped equestrian center in Los Cabos.
Chris’s expert tip: Pony sized horses are available for kids.
Whale watching season in Los Cabos traditionally stretches from mid-December through mid-April, and sees an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 whales migrate south to breeding grounds at Magdalena Bay and in the Sea of Cortés. Grays and humpbacks are the most commonly sighted, but lucky visitors can occasionally see blue, sperm, fin and pilot whales, as well as the occasional orca. The annual migration is big business locally, and virtually every local tour boat offers seasonal whale watching excursions. High-speed inflatables provide the best chance for up-close-and-personal looks at these leviathans, but it’s not absolutely necessary to sign up for a tour to enjoy sightings. as whales are commonly spied from area beaches, as well as coastal resorts, restaurants and golf courses. Tours are the best way to experience whale watching season, however, and the best tour providers also offer hydrophones to listen to the whales’ incredible songs.
Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: Whale watching offers seasonal opportunies to get up-close looks at the world’s largest creatures.
Chris’s expert tip: Humpbacks often breach spectacularly, and typically provide the best photo opportunities.
Lover’s and Divorce Beaches are as close as you can get to Land’s End, the half-mile long headland at the tip of Los Cabos, without a boat. However, visitors will need to hire a water taxi or other water-based transportation to access them. Lover’s Beach is on the Sea of Cortés side, and offers safe swimming and very good snorkeling conditions at nearby Pelican Rock. It also features spectacular views of the bay, and is the area’s most famous site for romantic picnics and wedding related photo shoots. Neighboring Divorce Beach is accessible through a break in the rocks, and is distinguished by crashing Pacific Ocean waves. Warning: do not swim on the Pacific side due to strong rip currents and occasional rogue waves. There are rarely vendors and no services on either beach, so pack accordingly.
Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: The most spectacular beach in Los Cabos. Lover’s Beach is a must-visit. But it’s only accessible by water based transportation.
Chris’s expert tip: Swimming and snorkeling are very good from Lover’s Beach, although the water can be a bit chilly during the winter months. Do not swim off Divorce Beach.
Cabo Pulmo is the heart and soul of the East Cape, accessible via a graded dirt road that connects coastal communities – from eco-bungalows and remote campsites to off-the-grid villages – between La Ribera and Zacatitos. The Cabo Pulmo national park and marine sanctuary is the area’s biggest draw, an undersea fantasia of living coral reef, and a remarkable concentration of marine life that includes whale sharks, manta rays, eels and endangered sea turtles. For visitors who don’t have time for a East Cape weekend getaway, but don’t want to miss Cabo Pulmo, jeep tours may be arranged through Los Cabos based company High Tide, and day trip diving adventures through Adventures in Baja and area dive shops. The park has been protected since 1995.
Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: Cabo Pulmo is home to the top dive site in Los Cabos.
Chris’s expert tip: Cabo Pulmo National Park is home to over 800 varieties of fish, and over 2,000 species of marine invertebrates.
Cabo San Lucas was built on big-game sport fishing, and even the most amateur of anglers will want to take their chances with the local population of marlin, sailfish, tuna and dorado. Blue Sky Cabo has become the most popular local charter fishing company, largely because they don’t simply cater to hardcore fishermen. On the contrary, their excursions are as much lifestyle experiences as traditional fishing trips. Yes, the fishing is amazing, but Blue Sky Cabo also offers excellent food and drink service aboard their top-of-the-line fleet, which includes a lavishly appointed 60′ Bertram. All excursions are exhaustively photographed, and unlike most local activities companies, Blue Sky Cabo sends the best photos to clients without any additional fees. For these reasons, as well as their commitment to inclusivity, Blue Sky Cabo is a popular choice with women and families, and hosts the best bachelorette fishing parties in the region. Snorkel tours and Land’s End trips are also offered.
Recommended for Best Attractions & Activities because: This is the best charter fishing company in Los Cabos.
Chris’s expert tip: Long-sleeved t-shirts with Blue Sky Cabo branding are a complimentary extra for all guests.