Located on the end of the Baja California Peninsula, Los Cabo provides a sunny destination for those trying to escape the winter. The municipality of Los Cabo encompasses the towns of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
With 20 miles of road (called the Corridor) between them, staying in either town puts you front and center to watersports, sandy beaches, and ocean-going excursions.
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Fun Things to do in Los Cabos
Some arrive in Cabo San Lucas on a Mexican Riviera cruise, while others fly in and stay at an all-inclusive resort. However you choose to visit, here are some fun things to do in Los Cabos.
See El Arco
El Arco, or The Arch, is a beautiful rock formation where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. This picture-perfect image is what sells Cabo San Lucas as a travel destination.
To get a closer view, head out on the water in an inexpensive glass-bottom boat. If you have snorkel gear, you have the option to take a dip and swim amongst the tropical fish in calm waters.
The trip allows you to see Lovers and Divorce Beaches too. As the names suggest, Lovers Beach sits on the Sea of Cortez and has gentle water lapping at its beach. It’s the picture of tranquility.
In contrast, Divorce Beach faces the Pacific Ocean. You can’t swim here because the angry surf pounds the beach and has strong riptides.
The rocks around El Arco are an ideal place to spot sea lions who bask in the sun and sometimes break the silence with their noisy barks.
Go Whale Watching
If you visit Los Cabos between December and April, it’s an ideal time to go whale watching in Cabo. During this time, gray and humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Mexico to mate and give birth.
You can choose from a zodiac small boat tour or a larger catamaran excursion. While the zodiac can maneuver quickly and gets you to the whales faster, those prone to motion sickness should stick to the larger vessel.
The catamaran’s larger size is more suited to families. Operators often supply free drinks and snack food too. With a stable boat, you’ll capture amazing pictures if you’re an amateur photographer.
Parasail With A Friend
While there are numerous places to go parasailing around the world, you can do it cheaply in Mexico. Some areas offer parasailing from the beach, but in Los Cabos, you’ll take to the skies from the back of a boat.
Unlike tours in Mazatlan, which are for solo flyers, in Los Cabos, you can do the excursion with a family member or friend (if you can convince them to tag along).
Boats use a winch system to allow you to float upwards. You’ll only “fly” for about 10 minutes, depending on how many people participate, but you’ll reach heights of 500 feet! If you take an excursion in Cabo San Lucas, you’ll have a chance to fly over El Arco.
Take A Paraglider Excursion
If you’re not afraid of heights and prefer to do something unique, you can go paragliding instead of parasailing. Don’t worry; you’ll be accompanied by a licensed pilot who will operate the glider.
During whale watching season between December and April, you could enjoy aerial views of majestic whales in the Pacific Ocean. How cool is that?
The only downside to paragliding is there’s only room for one.
Ride A Camel
You don’t need to travel to Egypt to ride a camel. The Camel Safari Adventure might be one of the strangest things to do in Los Cabos, but you’re on vacation, so anything goes.
The minimum age is five years, making it the perfect family outing. After your ride along a secluded beach, you’ll return to the camel sanctuary to learn about the fauna and flora.
Then, you’ll complete your tour with freshly made tacos or an authentic Mexican meal and tequila tasting for the adults.
Play A Round Of Golf
Los Cabos offers several world-class golf courses, and all come with spectacular views. Who can resist a few rounds when you have the Sea of Cortez on one side and the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains on the other?
However, some prized golf courses are only accessible to guests staying at their resorts. So, if you’re an avid golfer, you’ll want to choose your hotel wisely, to get the bragging rights of golfing at Quivira, Jack Nicklaus’ course.
San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas are renowned for their deep-sea fishing. Anglers specifically travel to Los Cabos to try their luck at catching a giant Marlin. It’s the “Marlin capital of the world” for a reason.
While it’s Marlin central, you could catch a trophy-sized tuna, sailfish, swordfish, Wahoo, or Yellow Tail. Most of the species are “catch and release,” ensuring the fish population thrives for another year.
However, should you catch that “big one,” the operator will document it with photos. On your return trip to the harbor, sea lions often hitch a ride as the crew feeds them scraps. It’s extra entertainment you didn’t pay for.
Be A Pirate For A Day
Move over Jack Sparrow, there’s a new buccaneer in town. Hop aboard the Buccaneer Queen or Cabo Legend in search of sunken treasure or pirate loot.
The pirate-themed excursion includes some squash-buckling fun and a hearty meal. You’ll hear pirate stories during the cruise and watch a high-energy show. It’s great entertainment for kids and families.
Guests have a choice of a daytime sail or a sunset cruise. The daytime tour includes snorkeling at Chileno Bay and lunch. The sunset sail is more interactive and a must for all aspiring pirates.
If rappelling over a steep canyon at 60 mph is more your speed, Los Cabos offers several options. Newcomers to the adrenaline sport might prefer Wild Canyon Cabo Zipline. They have different lines, some suited to beginners.
Near San José del Cabo, Costa Azul has eight zip lines over a desert canopy and includes a 160-foot suspension bridge. If you prefer a shaded canopy, head to the Boca de Sierra National Park instead.
For the ultimate adventure, purchase a Wild Canyon Pass at Wild Canyon Park. The pass includes unlimited access to certain activities. You can zip line, go horseback riding, try e-bikes, walk across hanging bridges, and more.
Your day pass includes one-time use of ATVs, UTVs, and a camel ride. Included in your $179 ticket is one ultimate thrill of either a bungee jump or a giant swing across the canyon.
Learn To Cook Mexican Food
While the Pacific Coastal towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo offer many thrilling excursions, there are some which allow you to keep your feet on the ground.
On a farm-to-table cooking class, you’ll shop for your ingredients at a local market and learn how to prepare simple Mexican classics. By learning the techniques of making corn tortillas, guacamole, and salsa, you can replicate these at home.
Alternatively, you can take an all-day cooking class which allows you to make a four-course meal with chicken, fish, and the freshest seafood.
Los Cabos may offer some thrilling tours, but it provides relaxation too. Many beaches, such as Chileno, Medano, Hacienda, and La Gaviota Beach, have beautiful sand and calm water, ideal for swimming.
To escape the sun, add an art tour or shop for authentic Mexican souvenirs. Since experiences cost less than other destinations, it’s an ideal place to enjoy a spa day or get a relaxing massage.
Whether you travel to Los Cabos for a destination wedding or to escape the winter, its idyllic weather, flavorful cuisine, and stunning beaches will make you plan another visit.
Guest Author: Karen is a Canadian travel blogger from at ForeverKaren. Born in Singapore, she traveled the globe extensively with her British military family. Having never lost her desire to explore and travel, she continues to seek global adventures with her husband, Brian.