Cabo San Lucas Mexico is an incredible world full of contrasts, from breathtaking seas and rugged coastlines, to spectacular desert landscapes and imposing mountain ranges. Its location on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula has afforded this popular vacation destination the name “Land’s End”, a perfect mix of unparalleled natural beauty, biodiversity and a range of activities, attractions and amenities that will appeal to the entire family.
Cabo San Lucas first attracted Hollywood’s elite in the 1970s as a luxurious reprieve from the pressures of show business. The continual construction of world-class resorts here, in the neighboring town of San José del Cabo, and along the 18 mile (29 kilometer) stretch of highway that connects the two, as well as the arrival of the international airport in the 1980s made it easier for international travelers to reach this area easily.
Decades later, Cabo San Lucas offers visitors the opportunity to fill the day with exciting activities, from jet-skiing to banana-boating, parasailing, snorkeling, kitesurfing, diving and horseback riding, all to be enjoyed just by walking down to the beach.
For those who would prefer to venture out from their hotel grounds and explore this incredible region, we have compiled our list of the top 5 Cabo family activities not to be missed.
1. Offroad Polaris Adventure
At the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, the Gulf of California and the Pacific Ocean meet the desert landscape of the Los Cabos region in Baja California Sur. Los Cabos (The Capes in English) is a region of mountains and coastal plains, the mostly desert area is dry and rocky with over 320 days of sunshine each year and less than 10 inches (250 millimeters) of annual rainfall.
Against this scenic backdrop you can climb into a powerful four-seater, sporty Polaris UTV and explore the rugged desert terrain, maneuvering across breathtaking canyon trails, over mountains, along beaches while you take in the pristine desert landscapes.
Polaris UTVs are perfectly-designed for this terrain, safe, easy to drive and a great choice for an exciting day out with the family that will end with snacks and refreshments at a beach side bar, located just a few yards from the waves breaking on the Pacific shore.
2. Cabo Pulmo Snorkel Expedition
The Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is home to more than 250 species of fish and is the feeding and nesting grounds for many bird species, whale sharks, whales and sea turtles. Bahía Pulmo is home to the oldest of only three coral reefs on the west coast of North America, estimated to be 20,000 years old and was designated a national park in 1995 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.
The snorkeling here is without comparison as you will be sure to find yourself surrounded by brightly colored tropical fish at every turn. Snorkeling in Pulmo Bay is an unforgettable experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list!
3. Luxury Sailing Tour
Whether you are a seasoned sailor or someone looking to try sailing for the first time, this luxury sailing experience is like no other in the unique Sea of Cortés, home to a kaleidoscope of brightly colored marine life.
For the more adventurous family members there is opportunity to swim, snorkel and stand-up paddleboard in these transparent blue waters. For those seeking some downtime, this is the perfect day to just lie back on one of the oversized cushions and bask in the war Cabo sunshine.
Depending on the time of year you may even see wild dolphins, whales, manta rays or sea turtles in their natural habitat. Dolphins love to swim alongside a silently gliding sailboat, so if you are lucky enough to meet up with them, you will be able to witness their antics as they jump and play in the boat’s wake. During the winter season (December through April) whales are also often spotted breeching or passing by the bow of the boat.
With lunch, snacks and all drinks included, this wonderful day not only offers all the pleasures of sailing, but gives the entire family the opportunity to enjoy nature at its best.
4. Outback & Camel Safari
The Outback & Camel Safari is an unforgettable eco-adventure. Off-road Mercedes Benz Unimogs trucks take you deep into the heart of the Baja outback on a voyage of discovery, spectacular views, delicious cuisine and an exciting beach camel ride in Rancho San Cristobal, making this exclusive adventure something not to be missed.
As you travel through the Baja Outback, ancient cacti 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 the area. During the winter months, be sure to keep an eye out for humpback whales as they swim past the ranch.
And if this isn’t enough the day ends with a delicious regional Mexican lunch and a well-earned tequila-tasting session!
5. Whale Shark Encounter
The fascinating whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest known living fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 41.5 ft (12.6 mts) and a weight of approximately 47,000 lb (21.3 tonnes), and unconfirmed reports of considerably larger whale sharks exist. The whale shark holds many records for sheer size in the animal kingdom, most notably being by far the largest living non-mammalian vertebrate.
The whale shark is found in open waters of the tropical oceans and have very large mouths and are filter feeders, which is a feeding mode that occurs in only two other sharks, the megamouth shark and the basking shark. They feed mainly on plankton and are considered harmless to humans.
Without any doubt snorkeling alongside these magnificent creatures is an experience not to be missed, and one that everyone in the family can safely enjoy.
Cabo San Lucas has something for everyone, regardless of the type of trip you are looking for, from total relaxation, to light forays into nature and beyond to adrenaline pumping adventure activities. Aside from our list the swim with dolphins Cabo San Lucas style is very popular and readily available, as is Cabo mountain biking and sea lion swimming. Rest assured you will find what you’re looking for in this great beach and desert destination and your family will take home countless unforgettable memories.