Top 10 Things To Do In Los Cabos

A great list of things to do in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Most likely, you've heard of "Cabo". What you may not know is that Cabo San Lucas is just a part of the 21 mile "Corridor" of paradise known as Los Cabos. Located in the state of Baja California Sur, at the very tip of the Mexican peninsula, Los Cabos incorporates the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo and all that lies in between.

Known for its sapphire blue waters, most people venture to this area because of its amazing climate. The average temperature, year-round, is 78ºF. Even the water temperature averages 72ºF. Of course, the Pacific Ocean side - Los Cabos - is usually ten degrees cooler than the Sea of Cortez.

But, what keeps folks coming back is the huge variety of activities offered in this Mexican utopia. From the miles of beaches to mountains that tower 7000 feet in the air to the waters teeming with fish and whales, you can certainly find something to do here. In no particular order, here are ten great things to do in Los Cabos.

1. Whale watching.

Whale watching is at its very best in Los Cabos. Approximately 90% of the worlds migrating whales hang out from December through March in the waters surrounding the Baja. The six-month round trip from the Bering sea is the longest made by any animal in the world. First come the females, impregnated the year before, to be followed soon after by the males and youngsters.

The climate, the shallow waters and the abundance of food make the waters off Los Cabos the perfect place for whales to birth and rear their young.

Often, the whales can be seen from the beaches but there are abundant whale watching excursions to be had as well. And, let's face it, December through March is about the perfect time to flee winter.

2. Baja - "Off-roading"

The beautiful desert of the Baja is perfect for off-roading, whether on an ATV on in a jeep. In Los Cabos, you can go on a guided ATV tour to the Pacific ocean or out into the desert's rugged hills and arroyos. Speeds are low and there are plenty of stops to see the views. Or, if you're into white-knuckle adventures, don't miss Wide Open Baja, a 1,500-acre private facility where you can test drive a Chenowth racecar.

There are Jeep tours ranging from one-day trips all the way up to week-long adventures all mapped out for you. This is truly an adventurer's playground. See the mountains, the small towns and the ranching countryside along with the desert flowers and animals. Keep your eyes open for the Zantus hummingbird which is indigenous to the peninsula.

3. Sportfishing

We're all familiar with the San Andreas Fault, which keeps us wondering just how soon California will fall off into the Pacific. The Baja peninsula is a product of that Fault. It also caused one of the youngest seas on earth, the Sea of Cortez, home to at least 650 different species of fish. World class fishing is at its best here year round. Cabo - the Marlin Capital of the World - is a great place to start if you've never fished before, or to come if you're an expert. Fishing here will not only afford you the opportunity to land a fabulous catch - your chances are really good for that here - but also a chance to see the whales, dolphins and seals.

4. Diving

Cabo San Lucas Bay is home to schools of tropical fish that can truly be enjoyed from under the surface. Explore the crystal waters on a snorkeling tour or rent gear to go diving. Head for Lover's Beach to snorkel or dive with the added bonus of seeing the sea lions. The under water visibility in Los Cabos rates among the highest in the world. Beginners can try Nepture's Finger and Pelican Rock. Experienced divers won't want to miss the Abyss, or the Sandfalls - a 1,200 foot drop from Pelican Rock.

In San Jose del Cabo, expert divers won't want to miss the Gordo Banks, with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks and sea rays.

5. Sunbathing

Along the Tourist Corridor, there are beaches of every kind. On the Pacific side, the beaches tend toward the wild, while on the Sea of Cortez, placid is the word. Soft sand and breathtaking vistas make the Cabo beaches some of the best anywhere. And you won't have to fight crowds on a good number of them.

Keep in mind, though, that very few of these beaches have fresh water or restrooms. So take what you'll need with you. Sunscreen and fresh water should be on the top of your list. Also, don't forget that you're in the desert and nights can get fairly nippy, especially if you've been in the sun all day.

Also, don't forget the notorious Pacific undertows and harsh waves. Check with the locals to make sure that the beach you select fits your needs. Families with children will want safe swimming areas.

6. Cruising

The Sea of Cortez is beyond perfect for cruising and sailing. Get out onto those waters and see the sunset from the deck of a cruise boat, a catamaran or trimaran triple-decker. Don't stay a landlubber when you're in Cabo. See El Arco (the spectacular natural rock arch), Lover's Beach, El Faro Viejo (the old lighthouse on the Pacific side) or just enjoy dinner while watching the sun go down.

Make sure that you're aware of the type of cruise you're looking at. Los Cabos tours range from those safe for families to the "Gone Wild" party cruises ("booze cruises") not appropriate for children. Some cruises offer fine dining and floorshows.

For the history buff, there are replica pirate ships complete with working cannons. Keep your eyes open for a Spanish galleon to plunder. Divers, snorkelers and whale watchers can also find cruises tailor-made to fit your needs. And don't miss the glass-bottom boats cruises. See all that's beneath the surface without getting wet.

7. Climbing/Hiking/Biking

For the nature lover or adventure seeker hiking, climbing and rappelling trips of all sorts are available. There are easy hikes through fabulous rock formations to clear pools perfect for a romantic getaway. Desert hiking can be beautiful, seeing the flora and fauna up close and personal. Winter is the best time of year for desert hiking with moderate temperatures in the 70's.

Rattlesnakes are not uncommon, so keep your eyes open and wear sturdy boots. And never hike alone. Better yet, hire a guide and let the guide worry for you. You'll also have someone to tell you what you're seeing and maybe even give you a history lesson on the way.

For those who love a challenge, slip into your climbing harness and head out to Lover's Beach, known for its climbing rocks. Your guide can accommodate even the beginning climber and keep them safe.

Don't miss day hikes to the hot springs near Santiago. Take a picnic lunch and swim suit.

Mountain bikes can be rented by the day or by the hour and there is plenty of territory to explore. Make sure you have plenty of water and proper supplies as well as a good map before taking off.

8. Golf

Los Cabos has, over the past few years, become one of the best places to golf almost year round. Ton Weiskopf designed an eighteen-hole course at Cabo del Sol and there are five other championship golf courses in the area, including three designed by the Golden Bear himself. Since, 1995, Los Cabos has been the site of the PGA Senior Slam Tournament. So, don't leave your clubs at home when you visit.

9. Sightseeing - Rent a car.

The Tourist Corridor is so jam-packed with fabulous sites and soft golden beaches, that it's entirely practical to simply rent a car and head out. Venture to Land's End - where the two seas meet - where, at low tide, you can walk along Playa del Amor to the 62-foot El Arco rock formation. Stop at the Mercado Mexicano on Calle Hidalgo at Obregon for fabulous prices on handmade crafts. Check out the clayware of Candelaria or the Glass Factory in Cabo San Lucas. Eat great Mexican food along the way.

10. Night life

Finally, when the sun goes down, you can sit on the beach and toast the sunset with a cerveza. Or, you can hit one of the many hot spots for dancing the night away. Cabo San Lucas is the place to be after dark. Everything from the flashy disco scene to the newest rage: lounge-style bars. There are themed bars and party spots at some of the large hotels and plenty of places with live jazz.

Or, if you're up for it, head to Land's End again where you'll have a great view of the sunset and may even catch a glimpse of the whales. Listen to the mariachis and walk in the sand to the after-dark sounds of the surf.

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