If you’re looking to plan your next vacation getaway, it’s hard to find a better spot than Los Cabos, Mexico. It’s a beautiful destination that offers everything from tropical beaches to sandy deserts, and there’s a multitude of things to do there. Here’s a list of some of the best, so you can get the most out of your stay.
The most iconic area of Cabo is known as “Land’s End,” where the peninsula ends and the ocean begins. More specifically, there are a collection of landmarks on the very tip of the peninsula, outcroppings that are frequent tourist destinations. Among them are El Arco, Neptune’s Finger, and the Window to the Pacific.
These unusual stone formations provide beautiful photo ops, and include two beaches: Lover’s Beach and Divorce Beach. Lover’s Beach is a small, yet charming sunbathing and swimming spot. Divorce Beach faces the Pacific, and features surf too rough to safely swim, though its location provides a stunning view of the sunset.
There are a number of beaches in the area, but there are only a few on the peninsula where it’s safe to swim, so be sure you do your research. For nonswimmers, Playa Solmar is a good choice. A semi-private beach that requires a moderately steep hike to reach, Playa Solmar is closed to outside vendors. Fewer people visit, though, as the water isn’t safe for swimming.
For those looking to get in the water, it’s hard to beat Chileno Bay. One of the few truly swim-safe locations in the area, it’s much less populated than Medano beach, and much easier to reach than Lover’s beach. With calm waters that are perfect for activities like snorkeling, paddleboarding and kayaking, you’re sure to enjoy your time in the water.
As with many tropical tourist destinations, the water is at least half of the fun. Try snorkeling at Santa Maria beach, which is part of a marine sanctuary and boasts
myriads of tropical fish. Be sure to bring bread or tortillas to feed the fish by hand. There are also a number of guided snorkeling tours in the area, if you want some help finding the best spots.
For those looking to go a little deeper, Cabo is home to some of the best scuba diving in the world. Those seeking an ocean adventure can see everything from whale sharks to sea lions, depending on where you go. Even without entering the water, there’s a chance you’ll see breaching whales if you come at the right time of year (November through February are prime months to see humpback whales migrating past Cabo).
If you’re looking to swim with warmer-blooded sea creatures, try Dolphin Discovery or Cabo Dolphins, both of which offer an experience swimming with finned friends. There’s also deep-sea fishing, and in the event you catch a marlin or some other tasty seafood, many restaurants in the area will grill the catch for you at a reduced price.
Surfing, as ever, is a draw for anyone looking for a thrill, and Cabo has several spots to choose from. One of the best is Zippers, on the Cabo Corridor. It’s not for beginners, but even for those who only come to watch, seeing someone surfing the swells can be quite thrilling.
Sometimes being on the water is excitement enough, and there are a number of options for getting you where you want to be. Glass-bottom boats, guided tours, and restaurant cruises that take you down to El Arco and Lover’s Beach at sunset are all available. There are even watersports for those who want more control of their adventure on the water. Some resorts provide equipment for things like paddle boarding and kayaking, but be warned—as mentioned before, only some areas are safe enough for watersports.
Cabo may be famous for its club scene, but don’t let the nightlife fool you; there’s a more refined experience to be had, if you know where to look.
First and foremost, Cabo has an excellent culinary scene. Cafe Santa Fe, Mi Casa, and Caffe Todos Santos are all popular choices, but for a unique experience, try Flora Farms, an amazing “farm-to-table” dining experience nestled in the hills of San Jose. For another interesting and elegant dining experience, try Don Sanchez, an establishment run by Chef Tad Chapman.
If you’re looking for a little bit of culture and sophistication, be sure to check out the gallery district in San Jose. A collaboration between 14 different galleries, including Ida Victoria, Pez Gordo, Casa Dahlia, and Square One, it’s punctuated by amazing restaurants and shops where you can purchase the art of local artists. The heart and soul of the art district, however, is the Art Walk, Baja Sur’s number one recurring event, presented between the months of October and June.
If you’re looking for a real adrenaline rush, Cabo has plenty to offer in the way of the extreme. Parasailing, four wheeling (with or without guided tours), and camelback desert excursions are all options for thrill seekers. For a real test of bravery, try zip lining. With several options to choose from, and with lines as long as half a mile, you’re sure to get your fix and take in the beautiful scenery all at the same time.
If you’re considering where to return on repeat vacations, Chileno Bay Resort and Residences may be what you’re looking for. With vacation homes built on one of Cabo’s only swimmable beaches, and with amenities for owners like onsite dining venues, state-of-the-art fitness center, an Auberge Spa, and access to championship golf course at Chileno Bay Club, it’s the sure way to get the most from your Cabo vacations, year after year.