Los Cabos is a premier destination for beach-lovers, adventure-seekers and photographer alike. Renowned the world over for its spectacular natural landscapes, enveloping seascapes, coastline, mountains, canyons and streams, along with endless opportunities to experience a host of exhilarating tours and adventures.
When you do plan on visiting be sure to put on your vacation hat, and take a look at our selection of the top 10 spots to take the best Instagrammable photos in and around Los Cabos.
1. A stroll down the local art lane
When in San José del Cabo, the walkable streets of this authentic, artsy town are the easiest to photograph. Begin at Plaza Mijares, stopping first at the Mission San José del Cabo de Añuití. Then, head west into the gallery district, where quiet side streets are bursting with opportunities to pick up some handcrafted souvenirs. Here, near the historic main square and church lies the ever-growing Gallery District, which in recent years has become the cultural center of Los Cabos with many high-end fine art galleries displaying original paintings, sculpture, photography, prints and jewelry made by locals and international contemporary artists.
2. Farming frenzy
Picturesque and organic, the 25 acres (10 hectares) that make up Flora Farms looks as though it fell out of the pages of a lifestyle magazine. Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains in San José del Cabo, the farm provides locally grown, organic produce for many local restaurants. Sign up for a cooking class and learn to make fresh regional salsas, roasted vegetable tacos or tamales – because what would a vacation be without at least one picture of your food?
3. Seaside spectacle
Life is always better at the beach, and in Los Cabos you will find some of the most beautiful ones in the country. Depending on the atmosphere you want to capture, from El Medano to Santa Maria, the beaches vary wildly in aesthetic. Cabo Azul Resort, however, has got you covered regardless of what you’re after. Here, twelve sparkling white, oceanfront acres await, where you can soak up the sun, seek refuge under a thatched-roof cabana, and snapshot your swim with dolphins in Cabo.
4. Underwater attractions
Some of Baja’s prime attractions are underwater, and the best place to check them out is Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park – about 60 miles (96 kilometres) north of Cabo San Lucas. Rampant overfishing in the 1980s led local fishermen and stakeholders to urge protection of this area, which became a national park in 1995 – today it also boasts quintessential Cabo Pulmo snorkeling. And if you’re a certified diver, a trip to the park is an absolute must. In addition to being the only live coral reefs in the Gulf of California, more than 800 species are waiting to be snapped in its depths, that is why it is informally known as ‘The Aquarium of the World’.
5. Exploring the Baja Outback at a slower pace
Baja is blessed with a desert right along the Pacific Ocean, and there’s no better way to enjoy a Mexican getaway than with a different perspective. Gentle camels have been rescued from circuses across Mexico and now spend their days kissing guests and leading visitors on a gentle nature walk through the desert. As you travel through the Baja Outback – one of the best places for hiking in mexico – your photographs will be overexposed with ancient cacti that line the sandy pathways which are home to a huge array of wildlife. Look out for the huge cara caras, foxes, deer and chipmunks that live in the area. During the winter months, be sure to keep an eye out for humpback whales as they swim past the ranch.
6. Up close and personal with Land’s End
One of the best Instagram locations in Cabo San Lucas is surely the iconic Arch, an unmistakable rock formation at the southern tip of the peninsula. It is here that the Pacific Ocean becomes the Gulf of California. Locally called “El Arco”, nearly every Cabo tourist makes a boat trip out to the arch. There are plenty of ways to secure a photo op, from private guided tours to glass-bottom boats, Cabo catamaran tours or quiet kayaks, all the way up to party cruises.
7. Marina mania
This place is a must for those visiting Los Cabos for the first, second or tenth time. The Marina area is one of the premier centers of activity in Cabo San Lucas, and this charming waterfront neighborhood offers a rich collection of hotels, restaurants, and shops from which to enjoy all the scenic seaside views. And don’t forget to take a selfie at the #Cabo sign!
8. The quieter side of Los Cabos life
Located 19 miles (30 kilometers) from San José del Cabo, Miraflores – although more lowkey in its visual offering – is one of the culturally richest areas in the municipality of Los Cabos. In 1929, the first statue in the country honoring “Mothers” was erected here and has become its patrimony. Elsewhere, this quiet stretch of Los Cabos is known for its traditional leather crafts, ranches and organic farms.
9. A spectacular Santiago surprise
The Santiago Oasis, with its beautiful waterfall, is located in Sierra La Laguna. This marvel can be found in the small town of Santiago, a community located in a fertile valley filled with palm trees on the road between San José del Cabo airport and La Paz, near Los Barriles. With its small plaza, telegraph office, gas stations, stores, and fruit market, the photo opportunities might not seem extravagant at first, but is much more revealing beneath its humble surface. Santiago also has a small rustic museum located next to the church with interesting exhibits, colonial artifacts and local fossils. And proudly boasts colorful agriculture farms and fruit orchards surrounded by thousands of majestic palm trees.
10. Nuanced nature
Josefino Estuary is an oasis next to the sea. It is the southernmost one of the 180 located in Baja California Sur. The water sustaining this spot originates in Sierra de La Laguna in La Trinidad, which travels through a stream and bumps against a sand barrier which keeps it from emptying into the sea. It is a true coastal lagoon and the only fresh water one in the state. The San José River runs a good 30 miles (48 kilometres) from the mountains to the Sea of Cortez, where it opens up and creates the estuary of the same name. The unusual habitat created here mixes both fresh and saltwater. But thousands of animals that congregate here, and photo-ops generally involve a variety of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects.
Cabo has always been a renowned warm-weather getaway. In the last few decades the area is enjoying much rebuilding and upgrading. What’s emerging is a strong community with its eye on preserving the region’s history and traditions while also making room for new businesses, modern resorts, and sustainability-minded restaurants. Here, in the middle of two encompassing towns, lies the best of both worlds, waiting to be immortalised in a snapshot.