Los Cabos, Mexico
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Los Cabos Attractions | Things to do in Los Cabos
Home to a protected marine reserve at Cabo Pulmo, as well as a large number of coves and beaches that are perfect for water sports, the tip of the peninsula is the very opposite of a lifeless desert. Winds and waves throughout the year make Los Cabos ideal for surfing, sailing, fishing, diving and boating. The area is also a refuge for whales during the winter months. Golf enthusiasts can challenge themselves on top quality courses and hotels to suit all budgets are located throughout Los Cabos.
The Cabo San Lucas Arch
This unique geological rock formation marks where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet. The natural wonder of the arch is added to by the colonies of seals and sea lions that sun themselves on the rocks as well as the pelicans and seabirds that fly overhead. An iconic feature of Los Cabos, the Arch can only be reached by boat.
Los Cabos is a dream come true for beach enthusiasts. Due to undercurrents, not all of the beaches are suitable for swimming, so make sure to ask for recommendations at your hotel. The main beaches of Los Cabos are:
- San Jose - Perfect for romantic walks but not suitable for swimming.
- El Chileno - A family beach that is perfect for swimming.
- Costa Azul - Great for surfers.
- Palmilla - The most popular swimming beach in the San Jose area.
- Santa María - A small beach with ideal conditions for snorkeling.
- El Medano - More famously known as Los Cabos and a few miles long, this beach is suitable for water sports and offers restaurants along with other convenient services.
- Playa del Amor - This is the most romantic beach in Los Cabos. It offers incredible views of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Los Cabos between January and March, you could catch a glimpse of the gray whales that migrate each year from the cold waters of Alaska and Siberia to the warm shores of the Sea of Cortez.
See these impressive creatures as they play and breathe through their blowholes, often the first indication that you are nearing the whales. You may even get to see them leap out of the water and hear the memorable splash as they submerge again. Local companies will take you out to the protected areas, where you can enjoy a close encounter and see the mothers with their young.
Diving and Snorkeling
Described as the richest sea in the world by the famous Jacques Cousteau and other adventurers, the Sea of Cortez is where three different ocean currents merge to create a varied and unique ecosystem. Deep diving is available in some areas and you can explore extraordinary rock formations and underwater canyons or enjoy encounters with colorful schools of tropical fish, turtles and stingrays.
One of the best places to dive is Cabo Pulmo, located in Cabo Este (Eastern Cape), which is just over 35 miles away from San Jose del Cabo. This is where you can see the only hard coral reef and one of three living coral reefs in North America, with over 350 species making their home here. You’ll also see large manta rays, whale sharks and sea lion colonies. This beautiful protected area attracts many divers and snorkelers.
Los Cabos is a premier destination for golf. Framed by mountains, surrounded by deserts and bathed by the waters of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, the golf courses featured in this destination are a delight for any golf lover. Los Cabos is also a preferred site of major golf tournaments, including the Senior PGA Slam Tour.
Created by Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd, Robert Trent Jones II and other famous designers, these golf courses are located amidst beautiful natural landscapes and have lakes, hills and artificial waterfalls. These attractive courses are suitable for experienced players or new golfers seeking to improve their game.
San Jose del Cabo Estuary
In the heart of San Jose del Cabo, you’ll find an estuary, a tropical sanctuary and a protected area for birds. Located near the ocean, the estuary is home to around 150 species of birds, with frigatebirds and brown pelicans making up a large part of the population. You’ll also get to see various kinds of fish, turtles and marine animals while you kayak or stroll along the pathways of this nature reserve.
ATV and Camel Tours
Explore the hidden natural treasures of Los Cabos with a ride on an ATV. Expert guides will take you on an exhilarating ride over mountains and through canyons and streams. If you prefer a more tranquil excursion, you can climb up on onto a camel or dromedary to discover the desert dunes of Los Cabos. Throughout your journey, you’ll see the various flora and fauna of the beautiful desert ecosystem. Reserve your spot on one of these tours!
Located by the waters of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, the coast of Los Cabos is considered the marlin capital of the world. Several marlin fishing tournaments are held here throughout the year, although it is only one of the six species commonly sought after by sport fishermen visiting the area. Other varieties that make their home in the waters of Los Cabos are sailfish, swordfish, mahi mahi, roosterfish and tarpon. It is important to note that by law you must return your catch to the sea to help preserve and protect the ecosystem.
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