Things to do in Cabo
Local Activities and General Cabo Information:
From December to March, Baja California Sur welcomes the gray whales wanting warmer waters than the Arctic Ocean in which to give birth and spend some time with their calves. Visitors may arrange for a tour that takes them just inches away from these gentle mammals.
A Family Affair:
Médano Beach is definitely not for the lazy at heart, as myriad activities situated steps from the marina in Cabo San Lucas, this sprawling two-mile stretch of shoreline offers sand and surf sports such as volleyball, snorkeling and Jet Skiing, along with providing restaurants such as the Mango Deck and The Office steps away to grab a snack or even a full meal to fill up. For kids and kids at heart, take a short walk across from Médano Beach to the Marina, where Cabo Dolphins awaits young and old alike to swim with friendly bottlenose dolphins in an enclosed pool. In a 30-minute session, you'll become very close friends with the loving mammals. At Playa Palmilla at Km. 27 is comfortable, with shady palapas and a calm-water bay for a laid-back day of lazy snorkeling. Playa Chileno gets the whole family swimming about in the shallow, crystal-clear waters, with convenient restroom facilities and showers nearby.
Families & kids:
Many hotels and resorts offer kids clubs and other amenities and conveniences for children. One way to start off the getaway is with Gray Line Los Cabos, which offers tours alternatives for all ages — from cultural and sightseeing activities to ecotours, and even visits to La Paz and Todos Santos.
Caborey also has great alternatives for young and old and get up close and personal with the Arch and surrounding waters. Often you'll get a glimpse of sea lions sunning themselves and making loud noises when boats get near. You can book a nice dinner cruise and witness a beautiful sunset, also enjoy a leisurely snorkeling tour that will show you the beauties of both the Sea of Cortés and Chileno Bay or, during whale-watching season, spot the world's largest mammals visiting Baja. There is also a snorkeling tour includes a treasure hunt at Lover's Beach for children and young adults.
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The term "East Cape" applies to a large swath of excellent fishing spots rather than one town or an urban area. In fact, it's hard to find any map with East Cape on it, although those who love it distinguish the region in various Baja fishing books. Generally, the East Cape covers Los Barriles, Buena Vista, Punta Colorado, Cabo Pulmo National Park and Bahía Los Frailes.
A more remote area of remarkable beauty of the Sea of Cortés, the East Cape is several hours northeast of San José del Cabo.
The Cabo Pulmo Marine Park is a live coral reef system and one of the most diverse marine environments. The include the 14 dive sites of the park include a stop to associate with a gregarious sea lion colony and the dive sites of the El Bajo and El Cantil reefs, where a close encounter with the whale shark can occur. Dives span the gamut from beginner to experienced, and most dives will focus on the shining gem of the East Cape — Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park — which holds the distinction of being the only natural living coral reef in western North America. Water depth here ranges from 35 to 70 feet, and the natural ecosystem holds more than 300 different species of tropical fish and over 2,000 invertebrates.
Camping in the East Cape where you can explore for miles on end and there is no development The Buena Vista Beach Resort that is a tropical oasis with landscaped filled with palms, colorful bougainvillea, hibiscus and plumeria trees and two natural hot springs spas with massage available.
Just south of Cabo Pulmo roll the lineups of Shipwrecks and Los Frailes. About an hour's drive north of Los Cabos, on the Pacific side, lies Todos Santos. Winter winds fuel massive mountainous swells that pummel the coastline, where they culminate in 50-foot blasts of crumbling mountains that sound and feel like tons of TNT when they explode and hit the shore. Just to set eyes on Todos Santos when its firing is experience enough to send you home with your tail between your legs! Bring your stones for this ride. Surfers bask in the fact that at any given time of year, you are always a half-hour away from chest- to head-high surf, and it can always get bigger and cleaner. In Cabo Pulmo find whale sharks, loggerhead sea turtles, gliding manta rays, migrating whales, sea lions and an endless palette of colorful tropical fishes. Submerging yourself into the blue abyss is as humbling and silent as it is mind-blowing. Scuba dive operators such as Nomadas de Baja will supply all pertinent equipment such as wet suits, tanks, weights, PADI-certified instructors and, of course, a boat.
More advanced divers will find themselves venturing 28 miles offshore along the Gordo Banks, where depths dip to 130 feet and larger pelagic species such as rocketing yellowfin tuna and schools of wild and wary hammerhead sharks roam about. A trip to the wreck of the El Vencedor will put you eye to eye with moray eels and other assorted wreck beasties.
If you want to experience an Ironman's wave, head north on the Pacific side to Todos Santos, where winter fuel massive waves some times reaching up to 50 feet high. Even if you don't paddle out, just to set eyes on Todos Santos when it's firing is experience enough.
Intermediate divers head to Cabo San Lucas, known to local wet heads as "Land's End," resting at the southernmost point of the Baja peninsula, where the Sea of Cortés and the Pacific Ocean intertwine their currents. Dive master Jacques Cousteau himself was a frequent visitor to Cabo San Lucas, as he considered this area to be a prized site. For divers with a real sense of adventure, certain outfitters offer the opportunity for night diving, though a steel will and courage are required.
A day trip car rental (guided tours and modern public buses are other options) and drive over to the twin jewels of Todos Santos. Just an hour from Los Cabos Todos Santos.
It is considered and named now "Pueblo Mágico" (Magical Town) and Carmel, California, is the name of the small town of Todos Santos. It is famous for its Hotel California (of Eagles' fame), about an hour north of San Lucas. The Mexican officials recognized the historic sugar mill town with the auspicious title of "Pueblo Mágico," or Magic Town. Certainly part of this inviting aesthetic is created by the artist colony here. Including 19th-century architecture and evocative landscapes, artists such as Charles Stewart began arriving in the mid-1980s. To experience their work for yourself, be sure to check out one of the nearly 20 local galleries and the annual Todos Santos Arts Festival, held each February. This is where the work of the region's top artists, as well as that of others from mainland Mexico and the United States, is showcased.
In the historic center of town, Calle Centenario offers not just galleries, but all manner of venues to experience the many facets of Todos Santos. Restaurants such as Buena Vida Pizzería & Bar, Los Adobes and its flavorful Mexican Cuisine menu, and the legendary margaritas of Café Santa Fe offer dining to sate your palate and fire the imagination.
For staying for the night, the bohemian, Hotel California and the Todos Santos Inn, a 19th-century sugar baron's hacienda that has been transformed into a serene retreat. Wine aficionados should also make it a point to visit the inn's La Copa wine bar, which is stocked with top varietals from around the world. However you choose to spend your time in Todos Santos, you're sure to feel touched by its magic.
Heed the call of saints, Todos Santos, a tiny laid-back town with a huge soul. Walk around and you'll run into dozens of artists. You may walk away with a one-of-a-kind painting, doll, necklaces Todos Santos, is just over an hour's drive from Cabo San Lucas.