Los Cabos Activities

Los Cabos offers an amazing array of distractions for your vacationing pleasure. Unique to Cabo is the “playground” of Mexican and North American style amenities situated on a sun soaked desert plain between 6000 foot mountain peaks and the unbelievable aqua-blue colour of the Sea of Cortez.

You will find many reputable recreational service companies competing for your tourist dollar, but, like everywhere else in the world, BUYER BEWARE! Use your common sense, check out the scene before you commit yourself.

Who said vacations were for rest and relaxation?

The Most Amazing Beaches

This is the one thing that we all want to do on our vacation, right? Well, you won’t be disappointed! With 500 miles of virtually uninterrupted beach stretching in either direction, Los Cabos has a beach for your every mood. We will focus on the favourites, but don’t dismay, you can find your own secluded beach with no one around for miles … no problemo!

We are obligated to provide a couple of notes of caution. On much of the coastline (especially on the Pacific side) the surf can be hazardous at times. The cardinal rule is, NEVER TURN YOUR BACK TO THE SURF! If you don’t keep an eye out, the next thing you’ll know is that a monster wave is tugging you down the beach! Swimming is safer at the protected beaches that are listed below. The second thing is the sunburn hazard. The sun in Los Cabos can be very intense and, when combined with the cool off shore breeze, you may not realize your possible predicament. Be warned, don’t spoil your vacation!

Playa Medano

This is the classic! Stretching in one long lazy arc from the entrance of the marina at Cabo San Lucas to Punta Cabeza de Ballena where the restaurant Da Giorgio de Cabo is located, this grand beach is arguably one of the worlds’ best. The action is concentrated on the section in front of the hotel strip leaving the other two thirds for those that want to experience the emptiness that Baja beaches are famous for. Getting back to the action zone, you’ll find all the beach amenities. From personal watercraft and kayak rentals, para-sailing, beach volleyball, snorkel gear to palapas bars, surf side dining, ever present vendors and of course, great people watching, you’ll find all this and more!

Lover’s Beach

This beach really lives up to it’s name with a spectacular location in a break of the spine of Land’s End. Possibly the only beach in the world that fronts two oceans, you can swim in the Sea of Cortez and walk through to the Pacific Ocean side (please, remember that rule!) You can get there by either by water taxi or rent a kayak and paddle out under your own steam. A must see and do!

Bahia Santa Maria

Located out in the “Corridor” approximately halfway between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, this beach lies in a protected cove sheltered from the pounding surf. The sand here resembles pink grains of rice, absolutely unique in texture! Facilities on the beach are limited, you may find snorkel gear for rent. Next door is the Hotel Twin Dolphin where you will find the facilities of a luxury hotel. To get there, we’ve used the buses that go between the two towns with great success, you can also partake in some of the boat cruises that stop for snorkelling here.

Bahia Chileno

Yes, this beach also has pink rice for sand and enjoys the same description as Santa Maria. The local hotel is Hotel Cabo San Lucas where you can find luxury facilities (luxury = expensive!). Great beach with, the same being true for Santa Maria, lots of tropical fish. Getting there is the same as Santa Maria.

Playa Costa Azul

This is San Jose’s best swimming beach and also has the best surf break in Cabo. You’ll find surfers and surf shop facilities and a great surfer bar at Zippers (how unusual!) Best swimming is at Palmilla beach and access is from the highway only.

For more details about the beaches in Cabo, see http://cabosanlucasbeaches.com/

Incredible Fishing

Los Cabos is world renowned for it’s fantastic fishing which still continues today, albeit somewhat abated. The incredible fishing pressure results in over 40,000 Marlin “hookups” a year, thankfully most are being released with the new “Catch and Release” policy in Cabo. We encourage you to do the same and to also focus your fishing experience on some of the more numerous species.

This exceptional fishing phenomena is due to Los Cabos’ unique geographic locale. The waters of the colder North Pacific current and the warmer tropical flow from the south collide offshore creating a rich feeding ground for all sorts of fish. With several large sea mounts in the center of this convergence, the rest is academic. The Los Cabos fleet holds an exceptional number of I.F.G.A. world record catches.

The marina at Cabo San Lucas harbours the main fishing fleet at Los Cabos with boats ranging from pangas (16 to 20 foot open skiffs) to 40 foot yachts capable of reaching sea mounts far out of port. Fishing charters are generally available at all times, the exception being during the fishing tournaments and for some of the more exceptional boats and skippers. Please see information below on these boats. We can also make reservations for your party so that you will avoid disappointment.

For the Best Fishing that Cabo can Offer ….

Black Marlin – Oct 1 to Dec 30

Largest and rarest of the Marlin species with catches up to 1000 pounds. An extremely powerful fighter it is not unusual to play a fish for many hours!

Blue Marlin – Aug 1 to Dec 30

More numerous and slightly smaller than the black, the blue is a spectacular fighter, often “tail walking” repeatedly on top of the water’s surface.

Striped Marlin – Jan 1 to Mar 30

The most numerous and smallest of the marlin family, it is still a spectacular fish, “tail walking” like the Blue yet small enough to use lighter tackle for better sport.

Sailfish – Sept 1 to Feb 30

Capable of speeds up to 60 mph, this fish is famous for it’s numerous aerial vaults (up to 10-20) and it’s brilliant colours. Excellent sport on lighter tackle.

Wahoo – Oct 1 to Jan 30

A little known fish outside of this region, it is an extremely aggressive striker. With weights up to 100 pounds, it can be the most exciting fish one can catch! Beware, this fish has extremely sharp teeth and can seriously injure the unaware!

Dorado – May 1 to Jan 30

A highly regarded fighter the Dorado is also claimed to be the best table fish. It has spectacular body colouring in the water and reaches weights to 40 pounds.

Yellowfin Tuna – May 1 to Dec 30

Excellent eating, these fish weigh upwards to 100 pounds. Caught at the area’s various sea mounts this fish heads for the bottom after striking and the battle is on!

Roosterfish – Apr 1 to Jul 30

Recognized for it’s long spiny dorsal fin, this fish averages in the 15 to 35 pound range. They are normally caught surf casting in the breakers from Punto Gordo to Palmella and are not good eating.

Spanish Mackerel – All Year Round

Another fine sports fish that can be found surf casting. Excellent eating.

Yellowtail – Oct & Mar

This is actually a “jack” tuna and are migratory fish between California and the Sea of Cortez therefore are in the Cabo area only when passing through. Weights range from 20 to 35 pounds.

Amber Jack – Oct & Mar

First cousin to the Yellowtail with similar traits. It’s body has a beautiful amber colour and is a much heavier, stronger fish. Excellent eating with weights averaging 20 to 30 pounds.

Black Sea Bass All Year Round

This fish is on every restaurant’s menu (Cabrillo), it’s excellent eating! Very territorial, you’ll find these fish in the small area around their favourite rock.

Giant Sea Bass – All Year Round

This fish grows to be very old and can grow to immense size (1400 pounds). These giants are rarely taken by line due to their massive size and strength.

Red Snapper – All Year Round

Not to be confused with the more northerly red snapper, this fish weighs from 8 to 20 pounds. It is a bottom fish, travels in schools and is excellent eating.

Fabulous Golf

From Los Cabos’ desert landscape has arisen, over the last few years, several “oasis” of golfing opportunity. From the original FONATUR golf course (Campo de Golf) in San Jose del Cabo, four more world class “Signature” courses have completed their initial development phases. With an incredible mixing of desert, ocean, rock, sand and grass fairway landscapes, these courses are very highly rated and compare favourably to the best courses in the world.

Green fees quoted are subject to change …

Cabo Del Sol

Situated on 1,800 acres and two miles of ocean front, the course features seven holes ocean side. Developed by Don Koll, the course reminds one of Pebble Beach, the difference being the giant cactus looming over the fairways. This is the Jack Nicklaus signature “Ocean Course” of which Nicklaus says he firmly believes has the the best three finishing holes in golf.

# of Holes Yardage Par High Season Rates Low Season Rates
18
7,051
72
$118.00
$85.00

Soon to come is two more 18 hole courses, a championship tennis facility, 3400 residences, an European style country club and four hotels, one of which, the Grand Hyatt, has just been completed.

Cabo Real

Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, Cabo Real spreads over 2500 acres utilizing the many natural desert terrain features. While this course offers serious challenge to better players, it’s still lots of fun for novices. Open tee times are limited so advance bookings are necessary. Fees include golf cart rental, equipment rentals are available.

# of Holes Yardage Par High Season Rates Low Season Rates
18
7,000+
73.8
$99./ 18 – $65./ 9
$85./ 18 – $45./ 9

Future phases include another 18 holes, two lakes, 2100 hotel rooms, 450 single residences, 1500 condominiums and five beach resorts for members.

Cabo San Lucas Country Club

Located just on the outskirts of Cabo San Lucas, CSLCC commands a view of Land’s End and the Sea of Cortez. This championship course was designed by Ron Dye and combines his signature design styles incorporated into the desert landscape. The course design allows the player to play the hole combinations that suit their interests. Rates are all inclusive.

# of Holes Yardage Par High Season Rates Low Season Rates
18
7,000+
72
$185./couple
$135./ couple

Owned and operated by Grupo Situr, the final build out of the resort will include 1,500 home sites and a massive facilities center.

Campo de Golf (San Jose Municipal Golf Course)

The original Los Cabos golf experience, the municipal course at San Jose has some of our San Jose properties located around it. An excellent course to brush up one’s skills, it offers the best opportunity to get some extra golf in. The greens and fairways resemble a more “North American” layout amongst the various projects adjoining it.

# of Holes Yardage Par High Season Rates Low Season Rates
9
3,000+
35
$18.
$12.

Palmilla

The 950 acre Palmilla Resort with it’s 27 hole Jack Nicklaus signature course was voted “world’s best” in 1994 by Golf Travel. Split into three “terrain themes”, Arroyo Nine, Ocean Nine and Mountain Nine, the course offers a variety of challenges and terrain. The club facilities are reserved for members and residents of the Palmilla community. Rentals and instruction are available.

# of Holes Yardage Par High Season Rates Low Season Rates
27
10,159
??
$100.
$75.

SCUBA Diving

Opportunities abound for those that wish to explore the underwater world of Los Cabos. The convergence of warm and cold ocean currents off shore result in an ever changing mix of tropical and cold water fish species. Combine this with exceptional water clarity (80 to 100 feet), exceptional geological formations (seamounts, sand falls), the most northerly coral reef on the Pacific coast and a couple shipwrecks and what ya got?!

For those that snorkel, there are numerous spots to visit. Bahia Chileno and Bahia Santa Maria, between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose are the most notable close in sites but there are numerous other areas just as good but not as safe due to possible big surf. Out on the East Cape, past San Jose, Cabo Pulmo offers a coral reef for your added enjoyment. At the main beaches, you will be able to rent snorkel gear. A word of caution – make sure that you bring your beach survival gear as well such as water, umbrella, sunscreen, etc.

Notable dive sites abound. In addition to the above sites (rated beginner/ intermediate), Bahia San Lucas has been set aside by the Mexican Government as a protected marine sanctuary. Here one finds the “Sand Falls” originally discovered by Jaques Cousteau. Other sites are the “Blowhole”, “The Wall” and the major seamount “The Gorda Banks”. And yes, there are local shipwrecks to explore as well. These are the major dive sites, there are, of course, many more. It is important to note that there is a certified de-compression facility in Cabo San Lucas. For more information about dive sites, tours, instruction, equipment, etc., please contact the dive centers that are listed below.

AMIGOS DEL MAR

P.O. Box 43, Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., CP 23410, Mexico Ph. 011-52-114-3-05-05

CABO ACUADEPORTES

P.O. Box 136, Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., CP 23410, Mexico Ph. 011-52-114-3-01-17

PACIFIC COAST ADVENTURES

Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., CP 23410, Mexico Ph. 011-52-114-3-15-92

TIO WATER SPORTS

P.O. Box 37, Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., CP 23410, Mexico Ph. 011-52-114-3-29-86

Hiking

Even though this activity is one of the less popularized in the region, Los Cabos offers great choices for hiking. The combination of the unique blend of climatic and geographical features offers an interesting set of choices. Certainly the beaches offer great hiking opportunities, they go on forever! The desert (the Los Cabos area sits just below the southern border of the Sonoran Desert) offers much more than one would think to the casual hiker and certainly more to those with any naturalist streak since the “desert” teems with life. And to round out the choices, the local mountain ranges, the “Sierra de la Victoria”, offers semi alpine flora (even pine trees) above the 5000 foot elevation. This area is extremely rugged with peaks to 6,855 (Cerro las Casitas) and five other peaks above 6,000 feet. This range is cut by three major east-west running canyons (Canon San Dionisio, Canon San Bernardo, Canon San Pablo) that provide entry ways into the area of which the San Bernardo is described as the easier of the three.

As in any wilderness excursion, you must be prepared to be self sufficient, the setting beyond the environs of the towns are quite devoid of facilities, fresh water (or for that matter, any water) is nearly non existent. This means carrying enough water, food, proper clothing and footwear, a hat, sunscreen, first aid kit and a planned excursion route that you can leave with someone that you can count on to raise the alarm should you not return at the appointed time! Enjoy!

The Circle Tour

Todos Santos

Todos Santos is approximately 50 miles north of Cabo San Lucas on highway 19 (South Baja map). This is a beautiful one hour drive through the mountains and along the ruggedly beautiful Pacific coast to Todos Santos. This small town has a history dating back to the early 1700s and was originally the location of a Jesuit mission and plantations that produced sugar cane and mangos. At one time this area supported eight sugar mills. Today the Todos Santos is known for being somewhat of an artists colony with several shops featuring the work of local artists. Todos Santos is also known for the quality of the local fresh fruits and vegetables, hand made furniture and some good surfing nearby. Todos Santos is a nice stop on a one day tour of the southern tip of Baja California Sur. Browsing the colorful shops and lunch at one of the outstanding restaurants will prove to be time well spent. Be sure to visit Hotel California while you are there!

La Paz

La Paz is located on the Sea of Cortez, 100 miles north of Cabo San Lucas and is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur. La Paz, originally a pirates haven, is the states largest city. Italian missionaries built a church in La Paz over 500 years ago. A trip to La Paz is a full day excursion which should include shopping, just strolling along the malecon and lunch on the beach or in one of the many seaside restaurants. You may want to plan an extra night into your itinerary just to enjoy one of the famous La Paz sunsets, which can be some of the most picturesque seen anywhere. The beaches north of La Paz include some incredible coves where you will easily put the rigors of reality far behind you. Carnival in La Paz, held on the six days before Ash Wednesday, is one big party, with colorful parades, street dancing, carnival rides, entertainment, games and a great family atmosphere.

Miraflores

Miraflores is a quaint little town approximately 25 miles north of San Jose del Cabo. This town is several hundred years old. Miraflores is known in the area for the quality of the local leather products and the natural Hot Springs located just outside of town. The Miraflores area also produces some of the most incredible sweet basil to ever come out of mother earth. This is a quiet, relaxing drive and a great way to spend that extra 1/2 day by taking in a bit of the local history and enjoying the unusually lush surroundings. The combination of a trip to Miraflores and then proceeding on to Santiago for lunch makes for an enjoyable and relaxing getaway.

Santiago

Santiago is a small down-to-earth town approximately 35 miles north of San Jose del Cabo and just 1 1/2 miles north of the Tropic of Cancer. Santiago dates back to 1723 when an Italian padre built a mission there. The area is known for farming, fruit orchards and a small zoo, the only one in Southern Baja. There is also a small, very rustic, museum (open ??) containing colonial artifacts and local fossils. There are many working farms and ranches in the area, so do not be too surprised if you see some real cowboys in this area. This area offers the option of great day hikes into the mountains.

Buena Vista – Los Barriles

Excellent sport fishing, windsurfing and the tranquility of the beaches have made this area of the East Cape famous. Development is creeping in but at the normal Baja pace – SLOW. Several resort hotels line the shore of the Sea of Cortez offering those who prefer a more secluded vacation a comfortable alternative to Los Cabos. There are some interesting side trips to be made (nearby cave paintings and hikes up into the Sierra de La Laguna mountains), some of which need the services of a local guide. To the north of Los Barrileses, along a sometimes treacherous road you will discover some incredible beaches and a couple of “very remote” beach resorts. Los Barilles is a great lunch or early dinner stop if you are on a day trip from Los Cabos. 45 miles north of San Jose del Cabo.

San Bartolo

San Bartolo is a scenic tropical village, complete with thatched roof homes, 10 miles north of Los Barilles as you begin your climb into the hills. This is a great place to stop and buy mangos, avocados, locally made candies and some of the most incredible of the local treats, fruit filled empanadas. A large, spring fed, arroyo runs along the base of the valley, and provides this pleasant town with a bountiful fresh water supply.

San Antonio

San Antonio, a mining town in times past, is 18 miles north of San Bartolo. Silver was discovered here in 1748. San Antonio served briefly as the capital of South Baja in 1829 when Loreto was destroyed by a hurricane. It is hard to believe that this small town once had a population of 10,000. The unusual church, many old buildings and the remains of the exhausted mines make San Antonio an ideal “out of the ordinary” photo stop. The large smoke stack from one of the abandoned mines, which is dated 1890, dominates the town skyline.

El Triunfo

Another small mining town 4 1/2 miles north, El Triunfo is still home to some small scale miners who work the local mountains. Gold and silver were first discovered here in 1862. A hurricane in flooded all of the local mines and the area was soon after left almost deserted. There is talk of some larger mining operations returning to El Triunfo. The local economy is now almost totally based around the basket weaving co-op which sells the local fare in a couple of small shops. Take a look, if you can find them open, they have some very nice merchandise. A few of the town’s old buildings, have been, or are in the process of being, restored.

From El Triunfo you need to make a decision on weather to continue on or head back to Los Cabos. After you leave El Triunfo you can continue on another 12 miles where you will meet the Junction with Highway 19. From here you can continue straight to La Paz or head south to Todos Santos and back to Cabo San Lucas.

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