It is not difficult to see why National Geographic in 2017 named Los Cabos a must-see place to visit. Located on the southern end of the Baja California Peninsula (known as ‘Baja’ to those who visit often) Los Cabos is a unique blend of rugged desert landscape, mountains and miles of perfect pacific coastline.
Here outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers will find a wealth of opportunities to explore both land and sea, from the obligatory Los Cabos snorkeling tours to outback ATV trail running, camel riding on the beach, mountain hiking, bird watching and even swimming up close to sea lions in the Sea of Cortez.
With so many choices you may be overwhelmed when you consider what to do in Los Cabos with your limited vacation time. We have therefore compiled a list of the top activities, based on our clients’ feedback, which we hope will help you make the right choices and get the most out of this incredible destination.
1. 2 Tank Scuba Diving
The Sea of Cortez, to the north east of Los Cabos, is an incredible underwater paradise that is filled with so many species of tropical fish and colorful marine life. Sea of Cortez tours typically head out on catamarans, yachts or sailboats and include swimming and snorkeling activities, all of which are a great way to explore this ocean wonder.
It is scuba diving however that offers visitors a unique and unforgettable way to experience the underwater world along the Los Cabos coast, a place that famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, called the “world’s aquarium”. On a typical dive you can see walls and slopes covered with sea fans and an abundance of tropical fish everywhere, including schools of Mexican goatfish, eels, angelfish, parrotfish, lobsters, spotted boxfish, puffers, frogfish, schools of jacks, rays and more.
If you are either a beginner or an experienced diver you will not want to miss the opportunity to spend time underwater (and maybe even more than once) in this incredible marine environment, thought to be one of the most diverse seas on the planet.
Some specific sites to look out for closer to Cabo San Lucas are:
The reef starts shallow and slopes downward before dropping sharply to a depth of 500 feet (152 meters). Aside from one of the famous “Sandfalls” you will also see large schools of snapper, sea bass, scorpion fish, porcupine and puffer fish, as well as moray eels and a variety of rays.
This is where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet. This is a very popular spot as it presents divers with the opportunity to explore the Nürnberg shipwreck and see the local Californian sea lions, which often come down to play with divers.
2. Electric Bike Beach Adventure
Inside all of us there is an explorer who longs to try something new and exciting. It all starts with easy-to-use electric bikes with specialized, wide wheels that handle well through both sandy and bumpy mountain trails and that come with a specially designed electric motor that does all the work for you.
All you have to do is get on and get going.
Cactus lined sandy trails, hilly terrain and a beautiful, soft-sand beach beside the glistening Pacific Ocean are all part of the picturesque route that you will explore. Finish your adventure in an exclusive location along the Los Cabos coastline with an incredible ocean view, learning how to make tequila margaritas and molcajete sauce before serving it over delicious handmade quesadillas, a traditional meal from central Mexico.
If you are looking for a unique outdoor adventure this very popular activity is definitely for you.
3. Sunset Sailing
Los Cabos is famous for its beautiful sunsets, and there is nothing more peaceful and romantic than sailing the waters off Cabo as the crimson sun dips into the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Just imagine – the sun is setting as you relax in comfort on deck, cocktail in hand with the wind pushing you across the crystal waters of the unique place where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.
As you gaze out across the sea, you will be able to marvel at the changing colors of the sky and the horizon emblazoned with shades of fiery gold, red and pink. Then, just as the sun sets, you will sail along the shoreline toward Cabo’s old lighthouse, where the delicate mix of evening colors mix with the browns and greens of the desert to create stunningly romantic moments.
If you love clean air, brisk sailing, sunsets, night skies, and a hint of stylish romance, jump on board for a truly unforgettable evening.
4. Whale Watching Photo Safari
If your thing is to swim with dolphins Los Cabos does offer this activity. Observing whales (from the same order Cetacea as dolphins) in the wild however is a totally different experience. Cetaceans are warm-blooded, air-breathing aquatic mammals that nurse their young. When fall slowly moves into winter, the waters along this part of the Pacific fill with these majestic creatures and on any whale watching tour you are likely to spot one or more of the following species:
This whale is commonly seen along the Los Cabos coastline, measuring up to 50 feet (15 meters) in length and weighing up to 90,000 pounds (40 tons), and has the distinction of being the only known whale to bottom feed, filtering tiny crustaceans from the sediment scooped from the sea floor. These streamlined gray marine mammals prefer shallower waters and birth and nurse their calves in the protected lagoons along the Baja Peninsula.
Humpbacks also migrate south along the coast of North America to the waters off Mexico from the extremely frigid waters off Alaska in order to mate, give birth and nurse in the warm sheltered waters off the Baja California Peninsula. Humpbacks primarily feed on tiny krill and small fish and are popular because of their dramatic displays of breaching (a form of surfacing behavior where most or all of the whale’s body leaves the water) and tail-slapping.
The largest mammals in existence, these gigantic animals can reach up to 100 feet (30 meters) in length and 330,000 pounds (150 tons) in weight.
Also known as the Killer Whale, these intelligent pack hunters, can occasionally be seen along the Los Cabos coastline. Unlike the other whales listed here, Orcas tend not to follow regular annual migration patterns, but rather pursue the available food such as squid, sharks, penguins, and fish such as tuna, salmon and herring.
Conducted on all weather inflatable speed boats to ensure a safe and comfortable ride, the Whale Watching Photo Safari is guided by talented marine mammal behavior experts who are passionate about protecting wildlife and the environment. As you follow these magnificent mammals across the ocean, the professional guides’ knowledge and insight will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation for the wildlife that you will encounter during this unforgettable experience.
5. Outdoor Adventure
The last tour that our customers have strongly voted in favor of is one that will appeal to the whole family.
Enjoy a thrilling flight on Mexico’s longest, highest, and fastest zip line, as well as many other exciting, fun activities set in a beautiful oasis that is part of a UNESCO protected biosphere reserve, a truly spectacular natural backdrop for this family adventure day trip.
Following the exciting zip line route, everyone will hop into a Polaris RZR off road UTV buggy and zoom off into the beautiful desert. These rugged and powerful vehicles are made for rough and tough off road conditions. You will be led through the desert by seasoned guides on an exciting and fun course over sand, rocks and dusty roads and through dry riverbeds.
Natural rock climbing walls, suspended bridges, cliff-side rappelling, crazy ladders and an array of fun and exciting zip lines of various heights and lengths make this an adrenaline-pumping day one not to be missed.
Los Cabos is a wonderful place to visit as it successfully blends the entire gamut of what you could wish for on vacation, including budget through luxury accommodation, endless stretches of beautiful Pacific beaches, a rugged mountainous desert landscape and warm weather all year long. Against this backdrop there are an incredible variety of fun and exciting day trips to choose from that will appeal to every single member of the family or friend group.
So next time you are planning a vacation, let there be only one thought in your mind: where is Los Cabos?