Cabo is many things.
Sure, the glitz of celebrity culture shot the pristine bay into the world’s gaze and holds it there with a sunglass-tinted smirk. But poolside Palomas and Instagram models are only the tip of the eclectic iceberg that is Cabo San Lucas. Thrill seekers are drawn in droves to the dizzying array of water activities available, while nature lovers are spoilt by one of the world’s finest areas of ocean bio-diversity.
Of course, it’s hardly a Cabo trip if the tequila isn’t flowing, and even the most nightlife averse among us can still be lured into the bars and clubs that line this idyllic stretch of Pacific Paradise. After all, recuperation is a little easier when retreating to one of its many high-end resorts.
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Welcome to Cabo.
5 things you can’t miss in Cabo
Fun begins where the land ends
The most popular tourist attraction in Cabo is also the best. The entire Lands End area, where the famous arch can be found, is stunning and more than worth a day’s exploring, and there’s more than one way to do it.
The easiest way to enjoy it is to jump on a boat tour. There are plenty of local companies offering group or private tours, some with glass-bottomed boats that let you enjoy the insane amounts of underwater life as you go. The tours will get you as close as possible to the arch before dropping you off at Lover’s Beach, an idyllic little cove, where you’ll be given a couple of hours to explore.
If you’re feeling a little more independent, rent out your own kayak or paddle board to explore it yourself. There are plenty of organized paddleboard tours too, so if you’re not too confident, don’t worry.
Once over by Land’s End, you can hang out at Lover’s Beach and enjoy a little snorkeling, or head back to Divorce Beach and climb some of the stunning rocky cliffs for some excellent views. If you’re an early riser, morning hikes to Mt Solmar are a must and offer the best view of the entire bay.
Meet the locals
The Sea of Cortez and the region of the Pacific Ocean it connects with are some of the most bio-diverse regions of water in the world. You’re likely to experience some of it without even leaving the bay. It’s not uncommon for sea lions to make unsolicited appearances on the back of tour boats.
But head a little further out, with the help of a tour company of course, and you can experience the awe of the world’s largest animals: Whales.
Blue, Grey, and Orca whales are all common in the area from December to March, and many tour groups will take visitors to observe them in their natural habitat. While it’s not always guaranteed, watchers on tours over those months have an extremely high success rate, so don’t worry too much about being disappointed.
Hold your breath
Cabo’s waters and rich sea life doesn’t stop with whales.
It’s also possible to get up close and personal with some other sea life. Snorkeling trips to Espiritu Santo allow you to swim with members of the sea lion colony that call the island home, while others let you hang out with the gentle giants of the sea — whale sharks.
There’s even a stunning coral reef ripe for exploration, where eels, turtles, and a wide array of vibrant sea life go about their day-to-day. Scout around for the best prices, but expect to pay anywhere between $80 to $200 for any of these amazing experiences.
Turn up the ante
Sometimes lounging by the pool gets a little too mundane for us. To counter the stagnation, why not embrace a little adrenaline? There are few places better than Cabo to indulge in some high-octane activities, and they’re not just limited to the water.
With that said, some of the most obvious attractions will be found on the waves, like jet skis, parasailing, and water skiing. More laid-back options are kayak and paddle boarding tours like those mentioned above. There are countless companies offering these experiences, and many hotels will have partners that plug some solid savings.
But for a real treat, head away from the bay and go enjoy the wild desert and rainforest landscapes nearby. With multiple parks and tour operators, you can easily pick and choose the best activities for yourself.
For an all-in-one, Wild Canyon Adventures knocks it out the park. You can enjoy zipline, ATV rides, horseback tours, and a range of other outdoor adventure activities in one place — perfect if your trip is on the quicker end of things.
Stroll through street art
If you find yourself in Cabo from November to June, you can’t miss the Art Walk.
On Thursdays, from 5 to 9 pm, you can meander and take a gander at art from local artists. Meet the artists and perhaps find a cool souvenir that isn’t a cheap trinket or a shot glass with an offensive slogan plastered on it.
The art walk takes place behind the historic church and on the beautiful cobblestone streets. While you’re there you can also see other beautiful fixtures of the city like the clock tower and Plaza Mijares.