Things To Do In Cabo
If you love the water, chances are you’ll love Los Cabos.
two oceans to choose from, miles of sandy beaches, waves, and thousands
of fish, it’s impossible to come here and NOT enjoy the water. Here is
our list of must-try water sports while in Los Cabos. Some you might
already enjoy, while others might just convert you into a bona fide
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Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
So you want to see some fish? There are droves of
colorful tropical fish swimming right off the coast in Los Cabos.
Snorkeling and scuba diving are both popular in Los Cabos. Obviously,
scuba diving requires a bit more preparation than grabbing a mask and
snorkel, but local outfitters organize regular trips all around the
peninsula. Snorkeling is easily accessible, and the wonders you will
discover! There’s great snorkeling at Chileno Bay in the Corridor, as
well as nearby Santa Maria beach (Chileno also has bathrooms and
showers). When the surf is small, you can see all kinds of sea
creatures in the waters off Costa Azul in San Jose. The area around El
Arco (the famous arch) in San Lucas offers stunning diving when the
visibility is good, but exercise caution with the strong currents (it’s a
good idea to check with the locals first). But probably the ultimate
scuba and snorkel experience is Cabo Pulmo, the marine park about 60
miles outside of San Lucas up the East Cape. This is the Cabo
equivalent of the Great Barrier Reef, spanning nearly five miles of reef
housing thousands of sea creatures. Dive on in and see what you find!
Windsurfing and Kiteboarding
Surfing’s cooler cousins, windsurfing and
kiteboarding, are fixtures in Los Cabos. Never heard of kiteboarding?
Basically, it’s similar to windsurfing in that it harnesses the energy
of the wind to propel the surfer and his or her board (strapped to their
feet) through the water, but with a kite instead of a sail. The best
windsurfing and kiteboarding is found on the eastern end of the
peninsula, near La Paz. The combination of gentle seas and strong winds
around that area makes it windsurfing heaven. La Ventana, right
outside of La Paz, is famously known as one of the best kiteboarding and
windsurfing spot in the world: it’s got to be seen to be believed! Los
Barriles, a quiet community on the Sea of Cortez, is another popular
destination for those who want to ride the wind.
Jet Skis, Wakeboarding and more!
Maybe you’re the type with a need for speed. Jetting
through the water, the wind whipping through your hair and sea spray in
your face…does that sound about right? We’ve got you covered. The Sea
of Cortez, with it’s gentler seas, is an ideal place for wakeboarding
and jet skiing and kayaking. There are numerous outfitters in San Lucas
that rent these to you for reasonable rates: simply walk down to Medano
Beach and you’ll find them (most have standard rates, but don’t be
afraid to bargain, especially if you’re in a larger group). Around San
Jose, Palmilla Beach is a great launching point for jet skis and kayaks.
Check with outfitters in the area to find a deal.
For kayaking, the best spot is probably around La
Paz. The crystal clear waters are especially tranquil here, making it
an ideal location for kayakers. Rent one in La Paz and explore the
beaches up the coast, including Balandra and Tecolote.
This is, perhaps, the original water sport, and one
that can’t be missed while in Los Cabos. Some beaches in Los Cabos have
strong currents or shallow reefs that make them unfavorable for
swimming; there are some lovely swimming beaches great for perfecting
your backstroke. In San Jose, swimming is not allowed on the stretch of
beach in front of the hotels. Instead, take the short drive to
Palmilla Beach, where calm waters (even in high surf conditions) and
sandy bottom make it an idea place for a swim. Chileno Bay and Santa
Maria in the Corridor are also fantastic swimming beaches with the added
bonus of colorful sea life (pack your mask and snorkel just in case!).
Medano Beach in San Lucas is another great choice, with clearly marked
areas for swimmers. Taking a water taxi to the gorgeous Lover’s Beach
(Playa del Amor in Spanish) is an experience, and one that shouldn’t be
missed. How many times do you get to swim in two oceans, just a short
walk from each other? Exercise caution while out there, though,
especially on the Pacific shore: those waves can be strong!
There you have it: a few must-try activities in Los
Cabos. If you’re especially interested in a particular water sport,
chances are you can try it here. With the variety of ocean conditions
and beaches, most anything is possible. Have fun, be safe, and we’ll
see you out in the water!