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Featured activities in Cabo San Lucas

Explore the Cabo San Lucas directory for more information on local companies, tour types, and sample itineraries.

Art Galleries

A few artists have opened studios and galleries in town, with paintings, photography, jewelry and more on display. Browse the Cabo San Lucas directory for listings.

Beaches

Beach-time is a must for any visit to Cabo San Lucas. Feeling social? Join the crowds on busy Playa El Medano, where you can relax, swim, and enjoy the beach club scene. Looking for something more remote? Beaches on the Pacific side are more secluded, though not suitable for swimming due to rough surf.

First-time visitors, save time for an excursion to two-sided Lover’s Beach, which borders the Bay of San Lucas on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Bring a picnic and your own shade, as there are no services at the beach. Water taxis are available from Playa El Medano or the Cabo San Lucas marina.

In general, beaches along the corridor that leads to San Jose del Cabo are not suitable for swimming, with two exceptions: Playa Chileno and Playa Santa Maria are protected for snorkeling and swimming.

The beautiful Medano Beach

The beautiful Medano Beach

  • Medano Beach – Without question, Cabo’s most popular beach is Medano Beach.  Medano offers up a little bit of something for everyone. A fun place to go in the afternoon, if you’re looking for more of a rowdy, party time on the beach, is the famous Mango Deck. Mango Deck is a large bar on Medano Beach with a stage in the front. The team working at Mango Deck ensures that everyone present has a blast – shots are constantly flowing, drinks are always 2 for 1, and nearly every hour there are wet t-shirt competitions, booty shaking competitions, and the dance crew jumps on stage to show the crowd some serious moves. The music at Mango Deck is loud and the only agenda is fun. Billygan’s Beach Club is another fun establishment on the beach with loud music and good times to be had by all.
  • If you are seeking something a little more sophisticated, you can stroll next door to the famous Nikki Beach for more good music, dancing, cabanas, and their pool bar. The Office (owned by the same people who own Edith’s Restaurant), is right next door to Nikki Beach and has excellent margaritas and a hearty menu. Another, less noisy, option is the Medano Beach Club, a classy establishment with an excellent menu and fantastic views of the famous Medano Beach.
  • For the more active, surfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, and jet skiing are three activity options available that do not require reservations. Generally, you can just walk to the beach and rent a board from one of the many activity vendors on the beach.  Medano Beach is a great place for SUP and jetskiing because it is surrounded by rocks on one side, enclosing it like a bay, so there are very few (if any) waves. At the end of the rocks enclosing Medano Beach is the famous El Arco, Cabo’s one and only Arch. A great workout is to SUP to the Arch and back.
  • If you are a first time visitor to the beaches of Los Cabos, venturing out to Lover’s Beach, or Playa del Amor, is a must. Lover’s Beach is home to the famous El Arco, which sits at the end of the rocks enclosing Medano Beach.. A great workout is to SUP to the Arch and back. It is also the place where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet – making it a very romantic spot. Lover’s Beach is located on the Sea of Cortez side of the rocks, and the arch is the official marker for Land’s End.
  • On the other side of the arch, a short walk from Lover’s Beach, is the comically named Divorce Beach. This beach is a pummelled by the rough, crashing waves of the Pacific and, unlike Lover’s Beach, is not at all suitable for swimming. Divorce Beach experiences rip tides, strong currents and big crashing waves that can actually knock you over should you choose to attempt even a brave walk along its shores. Lover’s Beach is definitely the safer of the two beaches.  There are no vendors or services of any kind available on Lover’s Beach or Divorce Beach and you can only get to them via boat – either a private boat, water taxi or one of the glass bottom boats from Medano Beach or in the Cabo San Lucas Marina, but they should not be missed.
  • Pedregal Beach – Pedregal Beach sits at the base of the Pedregal hill, on the Pacific side of the peninsula. This beach is open to both Pedregal residents and visitors, though its secluded location affords it a lot of privacy. The Pedregal is one of Cabo San Lucas’ most exclusive real estate developments. It has gated entrances, with one main entrance. Access to Pedregal Beach is via the main entrance of the Pedregal real estate development.
  • Playa Solmar – Playa Solmar is on the Pacific side of the peninsula, running from Land’s End to Pedregal Beach. Like Divorce Beach, Playa Solmar is not a good beach for swimming. Rip tides, undertow and large waves are characteristic of Playa Solmar, so don’t plan on swimming if you visit this beach. Famous for its sunsets and whale watching, Playa Solmar is definitely more of a walking beach. During whale watching season, don’t forget your binoculars and definitely try to remember a camera when you visit this beautiful stretch of beach. Playa Solmar is also the home of a number or resorts, making it an ideal location at which to stop and enjoy a meal or a drink and to watch the sunset. To get to Playa Solmar, you can go through any of the resorts situated along the beach, which include Solmar Suites and TerraSol Beach Resort.
  • The Corridor – The majority of the beaches along the 20-mile Los Cabos Corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo are not suitable for swimming. Most have too steep of a shore line and are less than ideal for snorkelers. There are only three beaches along the corridor that are acceptable for swimming: Playa Chileno, Playa Santa Maria, and Tule Beach.
  • Playa ChilenoPlaya Chileno is located along the corridor around the kilometer 14 marker. Protected for snorkeling and swimming, this beach is very popular for tourists and is also the only beach along the Corridor that has bathrooms. It tends to get very busy on the weekends, especially during high tourist season, so if you want to avoid the crowds you may prefer to go during the week.  Popular activities at Playa Chileno include snorkeling, diving, kayaking, SUP, swimming and spear fishing — Chileno is not known for surfing, as it has very few waves. There is a large reef near the beach that makes it ideal for snorkelers, and snorkeling tours frequent the beach daily. On the beach itself there are both umbrellas available for rental and palapas built into the beach. There is also a palm grove nearby should you want additional shade. Chileno is a particularly flat beach, which makes it great for long walks or runners/joggers in the morning and evening. Vendors are also scattered around the beach selling a large variety of food, drinks and trinkets.
  • Playa Santa MariaPlaya Santa Maria is located at kilometer 13 on the Corridor. One of the reasons this beach is protected for snorkelling and swimming is because of the masses of marine wildlife that can be found here. The waters of Playa Santa Maria lie between two naturally occurring bluffs, allowing for an abundance of wildlife to make this beach home. As a result of all the marine life here, snorkelers frequent Playa Santa Maria, both by boat and via the shore. This is also a popular beach for families as there are not many waves, making it ideal for swimming.  Santa Maria is in a relatively secluded location and is a long walk from the highway, giving its beach-goers a lot of privacy. However, this beach has very little shade and no services, so come prepared.
Sunset at Tule Cabo

Sunset at Tule

  • El Tule BeachPlaya Tule is a very popular beach for locals. It sits at the end of an arroyo (dry river bed) at the km 16.2 marker. To get to the beach you need to drive under the Puente Los Tules (Los Tules Bridge). During the hot summer months it is not unusual to see Tule’s beach-goers hiding in the shade under Puente Los Tules. Because Playa Tule is in an arroyo, the ground is very soft and breaks apart easily. It is important that whatever vehicle you take down to Playa Tule is equipped for driving on the soft, dried arroyo–4 wheel drive is highly recommended.  El Tule may appear to be good for swimming, however it has a few risks people should be wary of. Firstly, there are many large rocks under the water’s surface which are not easy to see, an obvious hazard for swimmers. A strong break also comes in from both sides of the beach because of the low lying shape of the arroyo, which also accounts for the large quantities of driftwood that wash ashore onto this beach. The driftwood and the shape of the arroyo make El Tule a very popular place for bonfires. It is not at all uncommon to drive by at sunset and see people crowded around bonfires along the beach. This beach is a fun local hangout, but make sure you come prepared with the right vehicle and be aware that there are no services.
  • Shipwreck BeachShipwreck Beach is named after the Japanese fishing boat that sunk off shore and washed onto this beach in the 1960s. The boat sat there for many years, but has recently been removed. Shipwreck or no, this is a very popular beach because of its proximity to several large resorts and the Jack Nicklaus golf course, in addition to having a very well-known swell, making it popular with surfers.  Located off of Kilometer 11 on the highway, the beach is not close to the highway so be prepared to drive after you get off. Once at the beach, be aware that while swimming is possible, it is not recommended. There are a lot of rocks and some fairly strong currents on this beach.
  • Monuments Beach – Monuments Beach is located just off of the Kilometer 5 marker on the highway, beneath the famous Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant and at the very end of the Tourist Corridor (closest to Cabo San Lucas). This beach is not one that is usually frequented by tourists unless they are visiting Sunset Da Mona Lisa. Among locals, however, this beach is very popular as it is considered to be an expert surf spot. Known for its challenging point break, this beach is not for weak swimmers or beginner surfers. If you want to swim at Monuments Beach you can enjoy the pools of Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant, which look out onto the beach. If you are lucky and the conditions are good then you sometimes snorkel and swim at Monuments Beach, but certainly not every day. The beach itself is ideal for sunbathing and exploring.
  • Playa Las Viudas (Widow’s Beach–Formerly Twin Dolphin Beach) – This beach is a popular beach for people looking for maximum privacy. Due to the beach’s countless coves and inlets, there are many places where you can sun yourself without anyone else seeing. Scattered with volcanic rock formations, this is also a beautiful beach with seemingly endless photo opportunities.  Originally named Twin Dolphin Beach because of its juxtaposition to the Twin Dolphin Hotel, this beach is now referred to as Playa Las Viudas, or Widows Beach, as the Twin Dolphin Hotel was closed in 2006. Access this beach from the 11.5 Kilometer marker on the main highway of the Corridor. There are no services on Playa Las Viudas, so come prepared and bring everything you need. As beautiful as this beach is, it is not recommended for swimming given the large number of rock formations and the strong tides and waves.
  • Playa Bledito Beach (Tequila Cove Beach or Playa Cabo Real) – Tequila Cove Beach is located near the Hilton and Meliá Cabo Real hotels on the Corridor at Kilometer 19.5. This beach is great for swimming and a number of water sport rentals are available. Playa Bledito is a long, flat, vast stretch of sand with no rocks in sight, making it an excellent beach for running, long walks, horseback riding or even just building a sand castle. Because this is such a long beach that backs onto several resorts, it has a few different names but all refer to the same beach–Playa Bledito, Tequila Cove Beach or Playa Cabo Real will all get you to the same spot. This is a popular beach due to its close proximity to the surrounding resorts of the Hilton, Meliá Cabo Real, and the world famous Las Ventanas al Paraiso resort. Despite the luxurious resorts surrounding Tequila Cove, you do not have to be staying in one of them to use this beach. Playa Bledito offers its visitors bathrooms, restaurants, great swimming, an abundance of sea life, water sport equipment rentals and close proximity to some of the finest resorts in the world.
  • Westin – Playa Westin is located at Kilometer 23.25 on the tourist corridor. It is very close to Cabo San Lucas and sits between the Westin Regina Resort and Playa Buenos Aires. This beach has no services and is scattered with volcanic rock formations. The waves at Playa Westin make it a dangerous for swimming but the rock formations make it beautiful to walk along and take pictures of. A golf course runs along the majority of this beach, so if you are looking for privacy, this is not the beach for you.
  • Palmilla -The Palmilla Beach is an excellent beach for tourists, though it is a little off the beaten track. This beach is very private and secluded – access to this beach is only through the Palmilla Resort itself, however this privacy and seclusion is one of the things that makes Palmilla Beach such a great beach. Palmilla Beach is in a cove, so there are very few, if any, waves, making this beach very popular for jet skiing, snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming.  Located at Kilometer 27, Palmilla Beach is very close to San Jose del Cabo and has some of the best swimming conditions in Los Cabos. Its protected waters also make it a great place for water taxis to await customers and for fisherman to fish and bring their boats in. In addition to being a great beach for swimming and water activities, Playa Palmillia is also an excellent beach for sunbathing and relaxing due to its long stretches of sandy beach and the comfort of the food and services available at the nearby Palmilla Resort.
  • Costa Azul – Playa Costa Azul, or Blue Coast Beach, is located at Kilometer 29. This beach has just about everything a beach goer needs for a good day at the beach – long stretches of sand; a great beach for swimming, snorkelling and other water activities; restrooms; multiple surf breaks catering to intermediate and advanced surfers; a surf camp; cabanas you can rent for the day; a restaurant and even stores. If you come to Playa Costa Azul you can easily pass a full day at this busy beach in total comfort.
  • Playa Buenos Aires (Good Air Beach) – Playa Buenos Aires, or Good Air Beach, is several miles long and is well known for both its beauty and for being particularly hard to find. This beach has no marked sign and is accessible from multiple parts of the highway — you can reach it from Kilometer 22 or Kilometer 24 on the highway, and then drive down the arroyo from the old highway. Playa Buenos Aires runs into Playa Cabo Real and is part of a long network of beaches. Although this is a beautiful beach, it is not a beach for swimming and it offers nothing in the way of services, vendors, food or equipment rentals. You should ensure you bring everything with you if you plan to visit this beach.
  • Acapulquito Beach (Old Man’s Beach) – Accessible from Kilometer 28, Acapulquito Beach, or Old Man’s Beach, is a small beach and a popular surf spot for locals. While it can be a good beach for swimming, its popularity with the surfers makes it difficult to swim, as you will need to watch for surfers the whole time. This beach has a few services nearby, including surfboard rentals, a nearby restaurant and a few shops.

Camping

Camping is getting more difficult in the Los Cabos Corridor as coastal development marches ahead. Check the Cabo San Lucas directory for places to camp, or the East Cape Guide for more options.

Day Trips

Most of the southern Baja region is reachable by car from Cabo San Lucas. If time allows, rent a car and explore the surrounding area to experience more of the real Baja.

  • Todos Santos – Drive one hour north along the Pacific Coast to find an artist colony set in a historic mission town.
  • East Cape – The East Cape is located along a stretch of the Transpeninsular Highway that winds through the mountains and then meets the sea near Buena Vista and Los Barriles. Enjoy sensational sportfishing, diving, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and hiking. Follow the Transpeninsular Highway east toward San Jose del Cabo and then north along Mexico 1 to Santiago and La Ribera.
  • Head to the small agricultural community of Santiago for access to Cañon de la Zorra—a  60-foot waterfall, where you can take a dip and put your head under a 90-degree waterfall. A mask and snorkel add to the fun, especially when you see what looks like gold dust at the bottom of the pool.  Turn west off Mexico 1 to enter the town of Santiago. Just before the Pemex gas station, take a right away from the town. Follow the signs to the Ecological Center. If you get confused, just ask for directions. It’s approximately six miles to the main gate (where there is a small entrance fee) and a one-mile drive thereafter. At the end of the road, park your car (in the shade) and walk eight minutes to get to the falls.

Scuba Diving

  • Imagine an undersea fantasia of soft coral, sponges, sand falls, and schools of tropical fish – colorful king angelfish, pufferfish, parrotfish, surgeon fish, guitarfish – and picture yourself navigating this pristine pelagic environment, experiencing unforgettable close-up encounters with eels, seals, manta rays and sharks.
  • There are many things to love about Cabo San Lucas. First-class activities abound, from fishing and golf to shopping and spa services. The diving is superb here as well, and scuba-inclined visitors don’t have to head up the East Cape to Cabo Pulmo, home of the oldest and largest living coral reef in the Western Hemisphere, to appreciate the aquatic abundance teeming in the Sea of Cortez. There are a number of great sites in Cabo San Lucas Bay.
Exploring the underwater wonders of Cabo San Lucas Bay. Image: Cabo Adventures.

Exploring the underwater wonders of Cabo San Lucas Bay. Image: Cabo Adventures.

  • Cabo Adventures runs one of the best dive operations in town, with three hour tours in the mornings and afternoons. About half that time is spent in the water, the other half checking and trying on equipment, and getting out to Land’s End and back on their 46′ dive boat. Two tank dive tours are the norm, with a tank each at two of the top spots in Cabo San Lucas Bay, chosen according to the skill level of the divers and the water conditions.
  • Better known sites in the bay include Pelican Rock, Neptune’s Finger, and The Point. Each site boasts unique features, from the degree of depth to the quality and quantity of marine life. Pelican Rock is famed for its sand falls and profusion of tropical fish; Neptune’s Finger showcases coral, sponges, and sea fans; while diving The Point offers opportunities to see sea turtles, sea lions, moray eels, whale sharks, and the occasional octopus. In addition to the excellent diving, the trip also includes a guided boat tour with beverages, snacks, and photo opportunities of local landmarks like Land’s End and The Arch.
Dive trips include a guided tour of local landmarks like Land’s End and The Arch. Image: Cabo Adventures

Dive trips include a guided tour of local landmarks like Land’s End and The Arch. Image: Cabo Adventures

  • Cabo Adventures offers one dive tour outside the bay, at Cabeza de Ballena. This is an excellent shallow dive site, perfect for beginners and advanced divers alike, with plenty of soft coral, tropical fish, sea turtles, and the occasional octopus. This dive is available only on request, and advance notice is required.
  • The diving in Cabo San Lucas Bay is good year round, but water temperatures and visibility vary, so it’s a good idea to check on current conditions before you make reservations. As might be expected, the water is warmest during the summer and autumn months. From July through October, water temperatures typically range from 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Visibility is best during the autumn months, and since this coincides with the off-season for tourism, it’s also a great time to find discounted deals on accommodations and activities.

General Information

How to Get There: Dive tours meet at the Cabo Dolphin Center, located near the Cultural Pavilion on the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Check in times are typically at 8:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. Tours are three hours in duration, and round-trip ground transportation from your hotel or resort can usually be arranged if you call in advance.

What to Bring: Cabo Adventures provides all dive equipment, but you should bring a swimsuit. Sun protection is a good idea for your time on the boat, and a jacket is recommended after diving during the winter months.

Cost: For certified divers, two tank dives cost $120 U.S. Courses for beginners are also $120, and refresher courses cost $35. There is a bubblemaker program for children under 8, and PADI certifications are also available.

How to Book: You can book tours by visiting www.cabo-adventures.com/tours/scuba or calling 888-526-2238.

Other Dive Options in Cabo San Lucas include Amigos del Mar: Plaza Gali, Marina Boulevard, Cabo San Lucas.  Contact Amigos at www.amigosdelmar.com, sealion@amigosdelmar.com, (624) 143-0505.

Eco Tours

The Bay of San Lucas, coastal beaches, and surrounding desert offer many opportunities for eco-adventure. You can paddle to Lover’s Beach, snorkel with sea lions, hike to waterfalls, and observe the gray whale migration.

Family Friendly Activities

Although best known as a playground for adults, Cabo San Lucas also offers many excellent family-friendly activities. So whether you are traveling with toddlers, tykes, or teens, there is no shortage of things to do, and enough variety to satisfy children of all ages. Aside from the beach, families find entertainment in guided tours, resort activities, ATV adventures, whale watching trips, and snorkeling cruises.

One of the best tours is offered by Buccaneer Queen, a pirate ship replica that looks as if it sailed the Spanish Main. The cruises are very theatrical, with swordfights and tales of hidden treasure, and are a big hit with younger children. Whale watching is an added attraction during the winter months, and adults are free to walk the plank during the snorkel tour.

Buccaneer Queen Cabo

Cabo Submarine offers another popular waterborne adventure, and this tour is perfect for the younger set. The semi-submersible provides a steady ride.  It’s a short trip (one hour), and best of all, the undersea viewing portholes look out upon an undersea fantasia, allowing kids up-close-and-personal views of over 70 kinds of fish, with frequent cameos from dolphins, sea lions, and manta rays. The crew chums the water, so there is always plenty to see, and guides are available to help with fish identification.

Cabo Dolphins is known for their interactive dolphin swims, but they also offer encounter sessions for toddlers and young children. The encounters take place in very shallow water, where a well-trained dolphin is brought in for the kids to pet and hug in a non-threatening environment. More mature youngsters may want to join in the swims, which also include plenty of dolphin kisses, and some memorable photo opportunities.

Trying to find something to keep the older kids happy? Take them to Wild Canyon Adventures. Located near Tule Beach in the Tourist Corridor, this thrill-packed theme park features enough hair-raising, pulse pounding excitement to satisfy even the most jaded of teens. The onsite adventures here put the average roller coaster ride to shame, and include a glass-bottom gondola that travels over 300 feet above the canyon floor, as well as zip-lining, bungee jumping, rappelling, and off-road racing excursions.

Where To Go

Buccaneer Queen – Cabo San Lucas Marina, www.buccaneerloscabos.com , info@ buccaneerloscabos.com, (624) 144-4218.

Cabo Submarine – Cabo San Lucas Marina (behind Wyndham Los Cabos), http://www.cabosubmarine.com/ , reservations@cabosubmarine.com, (624) 143-8718.

Cabo Dolphins – Marina Boulevard, Lote 7, http://cabodolphins.com/ , info@cabodolphins.com, (624) 173-9500.

Wild Canyon – El Tule Bridge, http://www.wildcanyon.com.mx/ , info@wildcanyon.com.mx, (624) 144-4433.

 

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