Los Cabos not only offers the perfect balance of sand and sea, but it is also home to nightlife, art, outdoor adventures, sunsets, sea lions, whales, and a giant rock arch—a UNESCO-recognized natural monument.
Los Cabos is one of the best places in the world to admire the gray whales from the months of November to March. In Mar de Cortés, enjoy wildlife tourism in the form of rays flying through the air, sailfish enjoying a dip, or dolphins gliding across the waves. Reserve a full-breakfast or dinner-tour experience on a pirate boat, catfish boat, or regular boat, which also includes snorkeling, kayaking, sea scooter rides, and wetsuits in the winter months.
Authorities are making efforts to bring tourism closer to Cabo’s impressive cliffs and sandbanks, a terrain worth exploring with an ATV. You can also find totally free spots where you can dive or snorkel over impressive corals like Playa Chileno with no interruption from motor sports.
An unexploited option is Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve, where you can see turtles, flute fish, angelfish, rays, moray eels, and corals. It is located about 40 miles northeast of the city of San José del Cabo and is one of the few reef areas in the Eastern Pacific, and the only one in the Mar de Cortes (Gulf of California). The French explorer Jacques Cousteau called it “the aquarium of the world.”
Established in 1697 with the arrival of the conquerors, the Route of the Missions is the oldest route on the peninsula of Baja California. Learn more about Mexican civilization during its stage of evangelization through the adobe architecture and cave paintings of missions including the Mission of Francisco Javier, the Mission of San Ignacio, and the Estero de Las Palmas of San José del Cabo.
The Arch of Los Cabos, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is also called the Arch of the End of the World. Every four years, the tide falls, allowing visitors to safely walk under the Beach of Love on the side of the Mar de Cortés. On the opposite side is the Beach of Divorce, in the Pacific Ocean, whose strong currents and waves typically make it too dangerous for swimming or navigating.
From March 8-19, the San José Festival in San José del Cabo honors the patron saint of the city with carnivals, food, and parades, as well as nighttime parties and music. From October 14-18, Cabo San Lucas celebrates the patron saint San Lucas with boat trips to The Arch from 4 a.m. until dawn. At night, the party continues with mechanical games and national and international artists, who delight locals with their tropical music: cumbia, salsa, and banda.
Best Day Trip
Starting at 7 a.m., hop on the Desert Route bus, which, for less than $3, will take you to San José or San Lucas to Chileno Bay to snorkel and enjoy the corals. Or take a bus to Todos Santos for $8, which features colonial architecture, cobbled streets, beautiful beaches, and enviable weather, in addition to galleries, shops, and gourmet restaurants. Visit Restaurante Las Fuentes, located at the front of the park, for a reasonably priced lobster dinner.
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Most Iconic Experience
Hoping to see the whales? Many a visitor has shed a tear upon his or her first glimpse of these gentle giants. Seeing and hearing the sea lions howl in the Mar de Cortés is also an unforgettable experience.
Neighborhood to Explore
La Marina, Cabo’s most iconic neighborhood, is full of seafood restaurants and cantina bars with a great view of the marina at Puertos Los Cabos. The area is full of artistic expressions, from street performers to costumed pirates who love to interact with visitors. In San José, the city center is full of cafés, intimate bars, and galleries where you can enjoy a delicious and refreshing craft beer.
In Cabo San Lucas, La Marina comes alive at 7 p.m. with the best and most iconic discos, clubs, and cantinas. The toughest part will be choosing what kind of fantasy you want to live: Mexican, American, Italian, and Asian influences are all represented. Try Baja Cantina, Cabo Wabo, or Cabo Blue.