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Best Times to Go to Cabo
What’s the best time to go to Cabo? Pretty much any time would be the right answer for those seeming warmth, sun, pampering and adventure in a quick vacation. But like any destination, Los Cabos has its optimized times according to what you may be wanting most from your Los Cabos vacation.
In general, the best time to go to Cabo is from May to June. This period is right after Spring break and before the rainy season sets in. The wintertime crowds have already left by this time, but the summertime storms have not yet made their entrance.
October and November are also good months to go on vacation as it comes after the rains but before the crowd rush for Thanksgiving and Christmas. As such, crowds are smaller, and you can get good deals on flights and hotels.
The fun activities you can enjoy are endless, ranging from whale watching and fishing to diving and surfing. Vacationing in Cabo promises to be a great experience.
Cabo in May and June
The weather in Cabo San Lucas in May and June is considered the best for visiting Los Cabos. There are fewer people visiting, so you can also enjoy reasonable rates in activities and experiences across the city. During this short period, the city is just recovering from a busy winter crowd rush and getting ready to face a potentially stormy summer. Cabo weather in this period is nice and comfortable, and you will find temperatures hovering somewhere in the mid-80s on most days, with May being the driest month of the year. As the weather in Cabo during June brings little or no rain be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen. June is the last comfortable month of the year in terms of weather before summer hits in full force.
Best Activities in Cabo: May and June
Cinco de Mayo: Although frequently mistaken for Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the nation’s victory over France when the battle of Puebla was fought. not many municipalities or towns celebrate this holiday outside of Puebla. However, to entertain tourists, some hotels and bars in Cabo host fun fiestas with music, drinks, and food.
GastroVino Food and Wine Festival: This is an annual three-day festival held in Todos Santos. There are special events at the best restaurants and wineries the city can offer, including wine tastings, a distinguished ball, and a silent auction for a local charity.
Los Cabos Surfing Open: In June, the surfing competitions start in earnest. This six-day event brings tourists and surfers from all across the globe, with free concerts and food festivals.
Fiesta de la Música: Every year on the solstice, June 21, this live music festival is a wonder to behold. The festival occurs at various locations in San Jose’s Art District, offering all musical styles and encouraging all experience levels to participate.
Stars and Stripes Tournament: The Stars & Stripes Tournament is an annual deep-sea fishing and golfing tournament organized with a fun music festival. Proceeds gathered at the event are often distributed for the benefit of the seven chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Mexico and California.
Best Activities in Cabo: July to September
Cabo Weather in July
July ushers in the first real month of summer in Cabo. Cabo Weather in July is very hot, with nearly every day starting and ending muggy. The rain has not yet come, but the skies are often clouded. July marks the start of the hurricane season, while the water is warm and great for surfing. While the summer heat might not be all that enticing, the sweet summertime discounts may be worth sticking to your beach chair.
The rain finally makes its appearance in August but the month only ushers in the rain sporadically. Muggy days and high heat give August a bad rap as the most uncomfortable month of the year in Cabo. Los Cabos weather in September is the rainiest of the entire year. September is the last month in the hurricane season, although the city typically experiences tropical storms instead.
Summer in Cabo: What to Do
Fiesta of the Virgin of Carmen: This festival lasts all day and celebrates the Virgin Mary. The day is filled with cultural craft vendors, an afternoon parade of children, and a fishing tournament in The Cabo San Luca marina. If it catches your interest, bullfights are held in downtown areas as well.
Festival of St. James: This July festival celebrates the patron saint of Spain, St. James. It begins with a beautiful parade of riders on white horses and ends with evening street parties. Other fun events include the Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore fishing tournament, the Los Cabos Tennis Open for men, and the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, all in August.
Mexican Independence Day: This is the most important event in September. The celebrations begin on September 15thy at night with huge crowds in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose.
Best Times to Go to Cabo: October, November
Cabo Weather in the Fall
From October to November, Cabo San Lucas’s weather promises warmth. Although October remains a little muggy, the rain decreases drastically, thus making those cloudy days perfect for snorkeling and welcoming the first whale sharks of the season. November brings in cooler temperatures and decreased humidity with far less frequent rain. The first Humpback whales make their appearance now.
Cabo in October and November: Top Things to Do
Fishing events are at an all-time high during this season. In October, you have two major fishing tournaments:
The Los Cabos Billfish Tournament and the Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament bring on the anglers and dole out generous jackpots.
Fiesta de Cabo San Lucas is held on October 18 to celebrate the city’s patron Saint with music, parades, food, and dancing.
Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is held on November 1-2 in remembrance of deceased family and friends. It’s a festive time of celebration rather than mourning. Tip: cleck out the Secrets of the Catrinas festival from October 31 – November 2 in San José del Cabo. The period is elevated through art installations, performances, cooking classed and workshops,
The Los Cabos Jazz Experience brings the ultimate experience for jazz lovers in the city.
Los Cabos Tuna Jackpot Tournament is yet another fun fishing event with cocktail parties and big money jackpots and usually happens around the beginning of November.
Dia de la Revolución (Revolution Day) comes later in November to celebrate the 1910 start of the Mexican Revolution with parades, food, and rodeos.
Best Times to Go to Cabo: December to April
Los Cabos Weather: December to April
Cabo Weather in December is nice and comfortable as the low humidity returns fully for winter and spring. December is the busiest tourist month here as rain is rare and the water temperatures cool down. There is plenty to do and see for snow lovers – the Humpbacks start calving while the Whale Sharks and Gray Whales start migrating across the area. Spring Breakers start coming in as well. March marks the last month to snorkel with whale sharks.
Cabo in Winter: Top Things to Do
* Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe)
* Christmas Posadas
* Sabor a Cabo Restaurant and Food Festival: More than 3000 people gather at this time to taste sumptuous selections created by some 60 restaurants, as well as sample products from Baja’s wineries, as well as mezcal and tequila distillers. The event closes with a spectacular concert.
Other winter activities include:
- Feast Day of San Antonio de Abad
- La Ventana Classic
- Festival of San Jose marks an 11-day festival starting on March 8th that honors the city’s patron saint, San Jose.
- Festival de Cine de Todos Santos is the place to be if you are a lover of Latin cinema.
- Gala de Danza brings dance and dance culture to light with Dancers, choreographers and musicians from 20 different countries congregating in Los Cabos for some memorable performances.
Paws ‘n Claws Open Golf Tournament happens at the Palmilla Golf Course in early April. Format is unspecified with various challenges that make it fun and interesting.
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Cabo Golf Courses with Plenty of Swing
Playing golf in Los Cabos is among the top leisure activities in this part of Mexico. Golf enthusiasts can find 18 first-class Cabo golf courses and, of these, can test four that were ranked among the top 100 golf courses in the world (the USA excluded) by Golf Digest in 2018.
Golf courses at the tip of the Baja Peninsula feature stunning scenery, with views encompassing nearby mountains, desert landscapes, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Sea of Cortes. And renowned designers – the likes of Jack Nicklaus (the Golden Bear), Greg Norman (the Great White Shark), and Tom Fazio – built many of them. What’s more, many iconic golf tournaments, such as PGA Senior Grand Slam, took place in Cabo.
Also, weather conditions, featuring cool ocean breeze and sunshine, favor golfing in Los Cabos most of the year. Because of these and other reasons, many renowned players, such as Tiger Woods, have often played here.
Cabo courses are either public, private, or accessible with some limitations. And since passionate golfers outstrip members, we’ll give an overview of the best golf courses in Los Cabos that welcome guest players.
Best Golf courses in Los Cabos
Palmilla is among the top golf clubs in the Cabo region. Boasting a signature design by Jack Nicklaus, it features diverse landscapes throughout its three courses – Mountain, Ocean, and Arroyo. The club has 27 holes, and each course has 18-hole combinations.
To enjoy mountain views under the clear skies between holes, head to Mountain Course. At holes four and five, take some time to admire a scenic water reservoir. Mountain Course occupies a 3,602 yards area.
If you prefer canyons and deserts over mountains, Arroyo Course is where you should go. This fairway measures 3,337 yards and prides itself in “The Three Best Holes in Los Cabos” (sixth, seventh, and eighth). Besides centuries-old cacti, you may spot roadrunners, hawks, and other wildlife as you advance.
To get from the first to the sixth hole of the 3,572-yard Ocean Course, you have to overcome an elevation change of 600 feet. Along the way, admire the Sea of Cortes and palm trees. When you get to the ninth hole, the mountainous and desert landscapes will welcome you.
The best part of playing at One&Only Palmilla is the convenience. For guests of Elegant Mexico, the access is open, privileged and ready to go with your own dedicated cart to take you from your villa on the sea to the undulating greens with all your clubs and provisions. Plus, guests of Elegant Mexico have full signing privileges for all dining, spa and activities offered at the stunning One&Only Palmilla resort, a verified member of the Forbes Travel Guide Luxury portfolio.
Cabo Real Golf Club
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Cabo Real is the only golf club in Los Cabos that hosted two PGA events so far (in 1996 and 1999). And the appearance of whales near the green during the former made this golf course famous throughout the world.
Located along the Tourist Corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, the 18-hole Cabo Real boasts fairways climbing the mountainside almost 500 feet above sea level. In accordance, you’ll relish rewarding vistas of the Sea of Cortes while enjoying your favorite pastime.
The 7,037 yards golf course also features seaside holes, and each of them offers sea views. But don’t let these distract you since you’ll have to deal with arroyos and sand traps along the way.
Cabo Real Golf Club caters both to beginners and advanced golfers. Due to the club’s popularity, you would do well to make early reservations, preferably no less than seven days in advance.
Vidanta is the oldest and the most affordable golf course in the Cabo region. It measures 3,153 yards and is pretty flat compared to other courses that make Los Cabos famous. It has nine holes, moderate bunkering, relatively narrow fairways, and a substantial water hazard.
Vidanta boasts an attractive location, with the Sea of Cortes, desert landscapes, and Sierra de la Laguna mountains flanking the golf course. And well-manicured greens run between those while palm trees and other vegetation dot the area.
You are sure to enjoy the beautiful scenery as you get from one hole to another. However, other golf clubs scattered throughout the region typically boast more spectacular views than Vidanta does. Still, that is the price you pay for a budget-friendly golfing in Cabo.
If you need to brush up on your skills before getting to the course, use an on-site practice ground.
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, just like Palmilla, Campestre is minutes away from the San Jose del Cabo downtown and among the most popular golf clubs on the Baja Peninsula. Occupying the undulating hills of the Sierra de la Laguna, Club Campestre has a 7,055-yard course with 18 holes. The landscape combines mountain, desert, and sea views.
While playing golf, expect to find green fairways, sandy areas, omnipresent big bunkers, and curved arroyos. Also, you’ll have to contend with elevation changes in the process. If you like to challenge yourself, you will enjoy the par-5 7th, par-3 11th, and par-4 18th holes, in particular.
Besides the golf course, Campestre boasts other facilities for a premium experience. A private beach, an infinite edge pool, and tennis courts are some of them. Note, though, that only club members can enjoy these additional facilities.
Puerto Los Cabos
Laid out by two legendary designers, Nicklaus and Norman, Puerto Los Cabos is another sought-after golf club in the Los Cabos region. At present, it features three nine-hole courses dubbed the Norman, Nicklaus I, and Nicklaus II courses.
Norman Course is a 3,590-yard signature design featuring a 400-foot elevation change. Nicklaus I measures 3,758 yards and stretches from mountain hills to the sea. Nicklaus II, flanked by dunes, covers 3,436 yards.
Besides views of the blue and turquoise waters from around 3/4 of the entire ground, you can benefit from tacos, burritos, margaritas, and other food and drinks from on-course comfort stations.
What Are the Most Popular Public Golf Courses in Cabo San Lucas?
Cabo San Lucas Country Club, boasting Lands End views, is another course open to the public.
Cabo del Sol Desert Course is also publicly available. Yet, this may change in 2022 following the opening of a nearby Park Hyatt Los Cabos hotel. See our Punta Mita beachfront villas here.
Cabo Adventures: Beyond Beaches and Banquets
Los Cabos may be all about the party, the beach, the boats, the endless margaritas and the marvelous sunsets savored from your villa patio or suite. But did you know Los Cabos was also all about adventures? Cabo adventures will take any vacation to new levels of enjoyment and provide plenty of thrills, chills and bragworthy moments to retell.
Whether you are a fan of water or extreme sports, you’ll feel at home in Los Cabos and find a series of Cabo adventures to keep you entertained and occupied, and absolutely wanting for more. Here’s a rundown of the best Cabo adventures available near and farther away from the Tourist Corridor, which connects resort towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.
Snorkeling in Los Cabos
The waters between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo abound with marine life. Because of their exceptional purity, you’ll be able to spot colorful tropical fish over long distances, typically no less than 50 feet (15 meters). And depending on the location, the coral reef may come as a big bonus.
Cabo diving is an option but for those untrained in the PADI ways, snorkeling is still a brilliant option. Some of the best places for snorkeling are Santa Maria Beach, Lover’s Beach at Lands End, and Chileno Beach. Arrive early to have all the underwater world for yourself, preferably no later than 9 am. The sea in Cabo is at least 70°F/21°C warm throughout the year.
Some aquatic species inhabiting the nearby waters are yellow porkfish, blue damselfish, and roosterfish. If lucky, you may spot whales during the migration season (January-April), too.
For premium snorkeling tours, check out Cabo San Lucas Tours or Dive Cabo.
Los Cabos Desert ATV Drives
If you prefer something shore-bound, maybe ATV tours, possibly combined with bungee jumping or some other fun activity, will do. Providers tend to offer round-trip transport from various destinations along Tourist Corridor to the starting point. When the ATV tour starts, adventure-seekers experience golden and white-sand beaches, desert landscapes, and nearby mountains.
Once you fill your lungs with fresh sea air while exploring the coastline and spot a waterfall or another landmark along the way, you’ll go to the desert. There, admire local flora and fauna, including cacti, birds, and possibly foxes and rabbits. Mountain trails lead to various viewpoints offering views of Cabo, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of California (the Sea of Cortes).
Driving the Baja 1000 race trail – where one of the world’s most challenging races takes place in November – is among the top activities for experienced drivers.
Some renowned ATV tours providers in the area are Cabo Adventures and G-Force Adventures.
Hiking in Los Cabos
Located in the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve, some 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Cabo San Lucas and Tourist Corridor, Fox Canyon is a first-class destination for avid hikers. Before setting off on the hiking tour, be sure that you can stand high temperatures and aren’t afraid of snakes, tarantulas, and other such animals that might cross your path.
The well-signposted trail starts at Sol de Mayo and traverses the landscape revealing an abundance of desert plants and clusters of verdant greenery in a mountainous setting. A tour guide will elaborate on the most interesting flora along the way.
Keep your eyes open for various birds, such as roadrunners, Xantus hummingbirds, and cape pygmy owls. If very lucky, you’ll spot a deer, puma, or a fox, but these are usually active at night.
For most hikers, a tour highlight is refreshing in a pond flanked by granite stones, beneath a cascading 50-foot (15-meter) tall waterfall.
For the guided tour, check out High Tide Los Cabos or Cabo San Lucas Tours.
Cabo Mountain Biking
Mountain biking in the Baja desert and mountain environment reveals some of California’s most diverse scenery. Cycle paths are available near Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo resort towns, a short distance from Tourist Corridor. Their difficulty levels range from easy to difficult, so everyone gets a chance to enjoy one of the most rewarding activities in the area.
Cycle trails near Cabo San Lucas are between 0.3 and 1.1 miles (0.5 to 1.8 kilometers) long, while those around San Jose del Cabo are up to 4.7 miles (7.5 kilometers) long. As you get around, you’re bound to spot tall cacti, boojum trees, and agaves, among other plant species. As for wildlife, you may encounter foxes, rabbits, roadrunners, hawks, and ospreys. Also, you’ll enjoy panoramic views from vantage points encompassing the Atlantic Ocean and the Sea of Cortes.
Depending on the difficulty level, you may need to overcome steep rocky or sandy hills as you navigate dirt paths.
To pedal your way in relative solitude, book your mountain biking tour between September and May. If you come during spring, you may experience desert flowers dotting the landscape.
Pure Cabo and Cabo Adventures are a few providers of mountain biking in the area.
There is Cabo diving and there is Cabo skydiving. Adrenaline enthusiasts wishing to take a road less traveled can try some dips in the air go with skydiving. This terrific adventure allows daredevils to experience the beauty of Cabo San Lucas and its environment in full. And Cabo skydiving is available for people of all ages and difficulty levels. If you are a novice or aren’t confident in your skills, licensed professionals will assist you all the way, from jumping from an airplane to landing on a beach.
After take-off from Cabo Airport, relish views of the Gulf of California, the endless ocean, and the resort town as you rise to the 10.000-foot (approx. 3.000-meter) elevation.
When you reach the required altitude and jump from the airplane, you’ll drop at the speed of 125 mph (200 kph) for about a minute before opening the parachute. From then on, enjoy uninterrupted views of the Cabo coastline and try to pick out points of interest as you glide through the air.
Pure Cabo and Cabo Skydive are some providers of this thrilling activity.
Cabo Adventures: The Wrap
Should your taste for adventure run deep, there are many other Cabo adventures to check out. How about bungee jumping above a canyon or rock climbing the Baja mountainside? For something less adventurous, maybe camping and sleeping under the starry sky would do. Remote and wild it will still be an adventurous time.
Either way, Cabo is a great place for connecting to nature in any way you see fit and disconnecting from everyday life, if that’s what you seek. See our Punta Mita beachfront villas here.
Los Cabos Tourism in Full Recovery
The Los Cabos Tourism Board is touting a remarkable 100 percent recovery of its travel and tourism activity with a 20 percent growth in tourism arrivals managed in the last quarter from July to September 2021 as compared to the same period in 2019. In September 2021 alone, Los Cabos showed nearly 118,000 international arrivals – marking its most successful September month ever with a 40 percent increase in international arrivals compared to 2019.
Los Cabos is Mexico’s leading destination in tourism recovery and logging in some 20 percentage points higher in visitation recovery numbers in September 2021 compared to Mexico’s other top tourism destinations. The strong indicators are connected to Los Cabos’ safety-focused approach to recovery that included color-coded classification systems managed by hotels, restaurants, bars, tours, and convention centers, determining safety levels and openings/closings, complemented by strongly enforced social distancing protocols – all leading to certifications by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
As a result of its recovery, the destination has been able to recuperate all of its formal hospitality jobs, which are critical to the tourism activity of Los Cabos. The COVID-19 health and safety protocols included the adoption of the destination’s community vaccination program, resulting in near 90 percent vaccination numbers for the population aged 18+ in having received at least one dose to date.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for travel destinations across the world and we are energized to see Los Cabos achieve a full recovery since tourism is at the heart of what we do,” said Rodrigo Esponda, Managing Director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board. “We will hold tight to the health and safety efforts that got us here. As we head into the holiday season of higher travel activity, it’s our goal to continue to offer the same safer travel environment.”
More Flights to Los Cabos
Looking ahead, there is a 45 percent increase in scheduled seats from the U.S. to the Los Cabos International Airport taking place in the next six months – November to April — vis-a-vis to the same timeframe in 2019 to 2020. Similarly, forecasted bookings for the final winter months of 2021 are estimated to boost the destination to not only reach, but surpass, pre-pandemic levels. To that end, Los Cabos is continuing to see a trend in short booking windows with reservations secured only one month out.
Currently, there are some 500 weekly direct flights to Los Cabos with direct connectivity from 24 U.S. cities in place for this winter season. Increases in scheduled seats the next six months (compared to 2019) are seen mostly in these gateway cities:
*LAX (+73.9 percent)
*PHX (+49.4 percent)
*HOU (+31.1 percent)
*DFW (+33.1 percent)
*DEN (+102.3 percent)
*SEA (+64.9 percent)
International visitors are flowing from four main source cities in the next four months:
• Los Angeles (21 percent of the market)
• Dallas/Fort Worth (11 percent of the market)
• Houston (11 percent of the market)
• Phoenix (9 percent of the market)
Newer discount airlines are getting in on the action as well. Swoop Airlines, for instance, considered an “ultra low-cost carrier,” is launching routes from Edmonton and Toronto in Canada to the Baja, twice weekly from Toronto and once a week from Edmonton, for as low as $139 CAD each way starting November 20.
Accommodations in Los Cabos
While the resort destination showed a 52 percent occupancy rate across hotels in September 2021 average daily hotel rates in September 2021 were $276 USD vs. $244 USD in September 2019, combining demand with safety and social distancing protocols in place.
Private flights to Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo skyrocketed this year — up 48 percent in March 2021 alone relative to the same month in 2019. Private vacation villa rentals have also been given their time in the sun as families and pods of friends and relatives anxious to get away during the pandemic found safe and scintillating haven in large estate homes near the beach along Baja’s Golden Corridor, where groups could party and relax along the Sea of Cortez.
As for new hotel development, here are the ones to watch:
*Villa La Valencia Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos – December 2021
*The St. Regis Los Cabos Resort – 2023
*Hotel Park Hyatt Los Cabos – 2023
*A 2nd Four Seasons Resort and Residences Cabo San Lucas at Cabo del Sol – late 2023
*Amanvari – 2024
Los Cabos: More Things to Do
In 2021, Los Cabos travelers have been most interested in a mix of outdoor adventure, luxury and personalized experiences that are environmentally safe and give back to the local community.
Going into 2022, however, the destination expects to see a rise in conscious travel with visitors looking for sustainable and environmentally friendly experiences. This includes activities, such as farm-to-table dining, sea turtle preservation programs, conscious use and respect for Los Cabos’ 22 Blue Flag-certified beaches, and choosing eco-friendly hospitality.
Los Cabos, located at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, is one of the world’s most diverse tourism destinations encompassing a dramatic desert backdrop abutted by coastlines of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez. It adds to that a growing list of championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, legendary sport fishing tournaments, and state of the art convention facilities. See our Punta Mita beachfront villas here.
Visiting San Jose del Cabos, True Colors of Cabo
Any trip to Cabo San Lucas should include a visit to San Jose del Cabo. The two towns that make up this piece of the Baja Peninsula could not be more different in what they offer travelers who want to explore all that Los Cabos has to offer. San Jose del Cabo has the artsy spirit coupled with a sense of history, making it a destination on par with Mexico’s quaint Magic Towns for those who want to explore beyond the beach, the bars and the party buzz of the Baja.
For those staying in a villa with Elegant Mexico, as luck would have it, San Jose del Cabo is a short 13 minute drive away making it a convenient place to dine, sip, shop, browse and wander in the lazy afternoon hours.
Things to Do in San Jose del Cabo
Whether you’re looking for some fun in the sun, a place to relax, or everything in between, you’ll never be short on things to do in San Jose del Cabo.
You can’t visit San Jose del Cabo without spending time on the beach, and 350 days of sunshine every year means anytime is an excellent time to visit. The all-inclusive resorts lining Playa Hotelera offer beach loungers perfect for sunbathing or continue south along the coast to Costa Azul Beach for the best waves in town.
Experience the rich wildlife of Los Cabos by visiting the Dolphin Discovery Center to swim with dolphins or encounter numerous endemic birds and plants at the Estero San José.
Treat yourself to an afternoon of play and relaxation. Hopefully, the scenic views overlooking the Sea of Cortez at the world-class Vidanta Golf Course don’t distract you while going for par on the greens.
San Jose del Cabo offers plenty of history as well. Plaza Mijares is a favorite place to meet up, hang out, or simply enjoy people-watching. This historical plaza is home to the iconic Misión San José del Cabo. The church dates back to 1730 and remains a symbol of the town and culture. Visitors are permitted inside to admire the ornate décor and religious-inspired art.
Join a walking tour of the town, starting in Plaza Mijares. Tours wind through cobblestoned streets and colonial buildings with a stop at the San Jose del Cabo town hall — one of San Jose’s historical landmarks. The building took nearly 40 years to construct and was inaugurated finally in 1927 (the clock tower was completed in 1930).
Stop by the colorful “Los Cabos” letter sign, considered a rite of passage for people visiting Los Cabos and an Instagram “must”.
Art and Culture in San Jose del Cabo
As if Mexico isn’t already known for its vibrant and colorful culture, you’re sure to see plenty of it while visiting San Jose del Cabo. It’s a place where art and culture are a regular part of life, and you can experience it from the street vendors to art galleries.
Visiting the Gallery District is one of the top things to do in San Jose del Cabo for browsing the best local talent on the peninsula. Contemporary works in Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery, peculiar sculptures in the Frank Arnold Gallery, or the fine art adorning the walls of Galeria de Ida Victoria make good places to start.
Plan to spend your Thursday evening at the weekly Art Walk hosted in the Gallery District, where a few blocks are closed off to cars so that locals and visitors alike can enjoy art displayed in the streets along with live music and eats.
Dining in San Jose del Cabo
If you’re ever stuck on what to eat in San Jose del Cabo or where to shop, simply head to Plaza Mijares, and you’ll quickly find tons of options lining the streets of the downtown district.
San Jose del Cabo is a foodie destination where the rich flavors of Mexican cuisine mix with international dishes to appeal to tourists. And you can’t forget about tasting some of the best seafood you’ve ever had, likely caught the same day it’s served.
La Lupita is a favorite taco spot (aside from street tacos) sample taste unique, artisanal-style tacos. Alternatively, delight in the charming setting of Los Tres Gallos for home-cooked-style Mexican favorites.
Jardín Secreto opened recently and gives a cool, minimalist vibe amid firepits and tropical vegetation. Garden-to-table cuisine is on the menu but save room for the Wood-fired pizzas matched with an aromatic Baja wine.
Los Tamarindos is another spot that ranks high on foodie lists. It’s an organic farm and restaurant near the San Jose del Cabo estuary and operates out of a farm house dating back to the 19th Century. Similarly, don’t miss Flora Farms, a 25-acre organic working farm and home to Flora’s Field Kitchen serving locally grown and healthy ingredients in creative and inspired presentations. It’s a family affair with hay rides, tours of 100 percent sustainable living spaces, and shops.
Shopping in San Jose del Cabo
There are many small boutique shops around town where you’ll find unique gifts for yourself (or friends back home). Shop locally-made handicrafts at vendors set up in Plaza Mijares or visit the small boutique shops where the local shop owners love to meet travelers and share interesting facts about items in their stores.
Among the favorites is Shima Shima that specializes in Mexican-made finds. Find neon-colored pom pom necklaces and elaborate weaves from the Tenango Valley of Hidalgo, wide-brimmed beach hats and colorful cotton dresses.
Check out some crazy home goods at Caravane Cabo, a design lover’s paradise that is full of artisanal finds like scoop chairs that look like avocados (another Instagram must). Find an array of handcrafted straw bags adorned with sequined Day of the Dead skulls and brightly colored, wooden folk art sculptures from Oaxaca at Choya Rose.
Nightlife in San Jose del Cabo
When most people think about nightlife in Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas is always at the top of mind. But while Cabo San Lucas is full of international-style clubs and wild parties for dancing until the early morning hours, San Jose del Cabo delivers its own nightlife experiences that might be more of your speed.
San Jose del Cabo has plenty of places to enjoy an evening or night out with friends. In El Centro, near the Gallery district, you can find fun bars like Mixology and 12 Onzas that ser tasty cocktails. Also, if you hang around restaurants like Don Sanchez and Shooters long enough, the tables full of hungry patrons transition into ordering rounds of drinks at the bar.
If you’re looking for the best handcraft drinks in San Jose del Cabo, grab a seat at Dalton Gin Bar or Cuervo’s House and watch the bartender put on a crafty display of drink-making. And right next door to Cuervo’s House is La 29, where it only costs 29 pesos to have a fun night out!
Tequila tasting is also on the roster if you know where to look. The great grandson of Jose Cuervo hosts private tequila tastings and classes at his restaurant in downtown. Jorge is studied in everything tequila, and makes an entertaining, educating and spirited few hours for those who want new stories to share at their next dinner party.
San Jose del Cabo is a captivating destination if only for its beauty, history, color and very friendly locals. Visit San Jose del Cabo if you want to escape the trendy tourist areas of Los Cabos for some quirky local culture.
Whale Watching in Cabo
Whale watching in Cabo comes at a particularly festive time. Officially, the Cabo whale watching season starts in December and runs until the middle of April when festivals and activities in Los Cabos are at their peak and the warm weather brings visitors from the higher latitudes down to the delicious breezes along the Tropic of Cancer.
The thousands of gray whales and humpbacks migrating from frigid Arctic waters in the north Pacific can be spotted as early as Thanksgiving as guests sit down to a feast in their Elegant Mexico villa and marvel at the panorama, suddenly spotting the flume of a humpback in serious play amid the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez. The 6,000-mile migration happens every year at this time and becomes a stunning spectacle during the Christmas holidays when calving season is in full force and the pods of more than half a dozen species of whales can be watched by villa guests right from their patios overlooking the pool and the sea beyond.
In fact, whale watching has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Baja, extending up and down the coast and as far north as Loreto. The spectacle is one for kids and adults alike, and can be enhanced with some up close and personal whale adventures through InCabo. The Cabo adventure company specializes in private excursions and tailor-made day trips, and those extend whale chasing adventures.
For those who may take a more spontaneous approach to activities in Los Cabos, a sudden yen for whale watching in Cabo San Lucas may be serviced by visiting the marina in Cabo San Lucas where there may be all manner of kiosks and storefronts offering whale watching tours, among other activities, that can be accommodated right from the plaza. Tours of choice may mean an intimate tour with only a few friends and family onboard or it can mean a larger boat and a shared the experience with other travelers.
Whale watching in Los Cabos means immersing in a veritable aquarium of these majestic sea mammals. Expect to see blue, sperm, pilot, fin, humpback, and Bryde’s throughout the Sea of Cortez alone, but there are humpbacks and grays and orcas as well feeding on the abundant krill and sea life in an attempt to get plump and right for the laborious trip north in spring.
Many of these cetaceans are behemoth in size. For instance, blue whale species marks the largest animal in the world reaching up to 100 feet in length and weighing in at 190 tons. Fortunately for Cabo whale chasers, the currents swirling through the Sea of Cortez provide plenty of masses of krill, which happens to be the blue whale’s favorite meal. In fact, these creatures will easily eat four tons of krill per day in the sea’s calm waters., The Sea of Cortez is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site and as one of the most diverse seas on earth it is home to nearly 900 species of fish and the widest variety of whales and dolphins one could hope to see.
Other whales on the roster include gentle gray whales. The lumbering mammal is not the largest of the pack, nor the fastest, but may be the friendliest. On some tours, guests may be able to get so close to these mammals as they breed in the warm, shallow waters, that they can touch and pet them.
On the speedier side of the species are the Fin whales, which can dart through the depths at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. Sei Whales, too, are known for their speedy sprints that have earned them the moniker, cheetah of the sea. These animals are endangered, however, and with their dwindled numbers, sightings are not likely.
By contrast, however, humpback whales in Baja should be plentiful during whale season. Members of the North Eastern Pacific Population estimated numbers run as high as 18,000 whales and growing at a rate of between 6-7 percent. While common numbers, the humpback is a vulnerable species and threatened by all the intrusions of man – from sound, marine and environmental pollution to the nets and plastic that coat the oceans. The humpback is the singing whale and is considered to be the most energetic of the large whales with its spectacular shows of breaching and flipping and arching suddenly out of still waters.
It was the humpbacks that were most hunted when such practices were in full swing. Some 250,000 humpbacks were killed in those times, but the current concerns around climate change and pollution provide much greater threats.
Cabo whale enthusiasts may also see Bryde’s whales, which feed on sardines and herring in curious demonstrations of hunting techniques. Sperm whales, too, may be sighted, although they are known for hunting in the depths and only skim the surface to rest. Then there are the Minke whales that are petite creatures of up to 25-feet in length and one of the most commen whale species worldwide.
And, of course, there are Orcas – otherwise known as killer whales. However Orcas are technically a dolphin species and one of the most feared predators of the sea. Smart and striking in their black and while markings, they roam the seas seeking delectable sea lions, tasty turtles and nourishing squid for their rapacious feedings. They travel in small pods and can be seen arcing through the waters in groups. Late in the season toward summer the site of Orcas encountering migrating mobula rays in the Sea of Cortez is one of the rare and most riveting natural spectacles to behold in Baja.
For those who prefer to enjoy whale sightings from the comfort of their pool lounger or private bedroom patio, an Oceanview Villa through Elegant Mexico, such as Casa Fryzer, or an Elegant Mexico Beachfront Villa, such as Villa 322 or Villa 461 puts all the fun and awe at front and center stage, margarita in hand.
And for those who would rather swim with whale sharks rather than chase breaching whales, Elegant Mexico offers the ultimate Whale Shark Encounter through InCabo, allowing guests to swim and snorkel alongside these gentle giants. Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea, averaging 40 feet long and weighing 20 tons. They can be found in large numbers in certain parts of the Sea of Cortez from October to May.
Elegant Mexico offers guests the opportunity for close encounters with this protected endangered species led by a certified naturalist guide. This private excursion takes place in the protected area of El Mogote, La Paz – one of the world’s most biodiverse locations. Rates run $1,375 for two guests (additional guests at $150 each), plus tax. Book through Elegant Mexico reservations.
Cabo Beach: Clubs for Every Day of Vacation
Anyone who visits a Cabo beach will experience a bejeweled experience of scene and sun along the luscious Baja coastline. And clubs at those Cabo beach locations will offer some added rare experiences of the Baja beyond the beach. Along with all the magnificent activities and joys to be found in the Baja, consider these seven “day” clubs on your next vacation in Los Cabos. The fun need not come out only at night!
Omnia Dayclub is surely one of the chicest beach clubs in Los Cabos. Find the sun-soaked venue and pool lounge at Vidanta Los Cabos, near San Jose del Cabo along the sublime Sea of Cortez. Escape the crowds. Choose a private cabana overlooking an infinity pool, beach beds, the sea beyond. OMNIA Dayclub adds DJ beats to the stunning shores for an ultimate daylife entertainment experience. New events, concerts and happenings are scheduled regularly with tickets available online. The pool party mixes like a Las Vegas resort extravaganza with exquisite food and drinks and trendy music.
Taboo Beach Club
Taboo Beach Club brings sprawling beach beds and lounge chairs for sumptuous sunning during the day, complimented by delicious Mediterranean inspired food, refreshing cocktails and music. The DJs come out at sunset, as the dayclub becomes a nightclub. It all overlooks Medano Beach Los Cabos and is within Los Cabos’s popular Hotel Zone, close to such important attractions as the Cabos San Lucas Marina, Marinas Sol Resort and Casa Dorada Los Cabos as well as the famed Arch of Los Cabos.
Breathless Cabo San Lucas
While Breathless is well known as an all-inclusive concept in hospitality and dining, Breathless in Cabo San Lucas goes even farther with crushing adults-only dayclub scene in Cabo San Lucas. Find it in the Breathless Resort along sweet Medano Beach by the Sea of Cortez. The entertainment moves all day and into the night with DJ pool parties, live music and performances, fashion shows and social sunset soirees on the rooftop.
Cachet Beach Club
Cachet Beach Club is another favorite located along swimmable Medano Beach. It brings views of the Sea of Cortez and makes an easy amble to the Cabos San Lucas Marina for afternoons of haute label shopping. At Cachet, guests will find beach lounge chairs, private cabanas, eclectic food and drink choices, and all in all have an enjoyable beach day with swimming and relaxing. Also find great views of the town and land’s end at the club’s rooftop beer garden.
Beach Club El Ganzo at the boutique El Ganzo Hotel – a hip, old-time Mexico hang-out popular with bad boy celebrities like Sean Penn and Charlie Sheen, keeps a cool island-like beach club as its best kept secret. The location is in laid back San Jose del Cabo. It only takes a minute to ride the boat across the marina to El Ganzo’s private beach club — a secluded, swimmable beach that allows lingering until the sun sets while sampling fish tacos and sipping inspired margaritas. Watersports toys allow for moments of cooling distraction, one can simply enjoy the sweetness offruity popsicles while swinging on a hammock over the water.
Blue Marlin Ibiza Los Cabos
You don’t have to go to Spain to experience Ibiza. Find Euro-cool in Cabos at the Blue Marlin Ibiza Los Cabos. The club attracts a young and energetic international crowd given its name recognition and offers a perfect setting for those who love an endless party. A poolside bar offers generous cocktails to be sipped amid an abundant array of sunbeds surrounding two giant pool areas, and not forgetting the club’s telltale luxurious white teepee cabanas. The party spills out toward warm Medano Beach. Do note: Blue Marlin Ibiza does not allow children, so it is not an option for families. Rather, friends, solos, and couples are welcome to enjoy this sinfully decadent dayclub experience.
Mango Deck Beach Club
Mango Deck Beach Club is your classic beach club throwback that rocks in spring break style all year long. Located on Medano Beach at the tip of Baja and Cabo San Lucas with views of Lover’s Beach and the famous Arch of Los Cabos, where the Sea of Cortes and the Pacific Ocean meet, it’s the place for bikinis and see-through everything as Instagram references blow up daily. Expect lively music, beach games, and drinking contests. It is here where great memories are forgotten, bikinis get lost and what happens never happened. As long as you don’t post your mango pics to Instagram.
The scene starts early here and breakfasts and brunches are big, consisting of fat omelets, thick pancakes, packed burritos, fresh fruit plates and a variety of healthier lighter choices….
A non-stop stage show brings on the beer drinking bashes, dance contests and jello and tequila shots smack downs. Don’t forget the sushi picks at Mango, especially their ”Forget Me Not Sashimi” plate and weekly all-you-can-eat Sunday buffets from 8 am until 1 pm.
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Yachting in Style in Los Cabos
What makes yachting in Los Cabos different from other activities in this resort destination is its ability to bring all the fabulous activities onboard. Yachting is an all-in-one, complete package of luxury, relaxation, and fun, that gives you the best of Los Cabos.
Beaches and oceans are the main attractions in Cabo. There is no better way other than yachting to experience these features to make it worthwhile. It is a perfect vacation plan for any occasion, whether it is a destination wedding, birthday party, or just a weekend getaway. Nothing beats the incredible yachting experience in Los Cabos waters.
However, the quality of your yachting experience depends on when you take the trip to Los Cabos. In general, the best time to go yachting is from June to July, and October to December. That’s when you get the best out of this beautiful place and waters around it.
While the sailing terminologies like yachting and boating are often used interchangeably with each other, these are significantly different on real waters.
The boat is a generic term for any vessel that is used to travel on the water. It is generally smaller, ranging from 15 to 30 feet in length, and is meant for sailing in normal water bodies like rivers and lakes.
On the other hand, a yacht is often associated with recreational purposes, and it can be over 160 feet in length. It is built to sail through ocean waters and can withstand rough sea conditions as well.
The core differentiating point between yachting and other sailing activities lies in the nature of the experience they deliver to you. As mentioned earlier, yachting is all about having a great time on the ocean water without having to worry about anything.
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Got a Superyacht?
Modern-day “superyachts” are sophisticated in terms of technology and the services they offer. The yachts are equipped with high-tech electronics and navigation systems that allow you to go further with ocean water exploration for several days and make it back safely to the coast.
A yacht is manned by a dedicated team of crew members, from a captain to a professional chef and stewards, always at your service. Consider the yachting experience as a private cruise on the ocean with your friends and family. Depending on the nature of yacht rental or charter, you can experience and immerse yourself in one of the most exceptional moments in your life customized to fit your vision.
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Yachting is the best way to experience the sea adventure in your life. In fact, sea adventure lies at the core of any yachting experience in Los Cabos. You can go snorkeling to explore the truly different underwater world below the waters of Cabo San Lucas. If you are lucky, you might catch the sight of whales as well.
Santa Maria Bay, Chileno Beach, and Land’s End are the three most popular spots for the best snorkeling experiences in Los Cabos. You can either “do it yourself” or contact the tour operator (check out the list below) that offers this adventure.
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Deep-Sea Sportfishing in a Sea of Marlin
Whether you are an amateur or a pro-angler, you can always try your luck with deep-sea sportfishing in Los Cabos waters.
Los Cabos hosts some of the best species of game fish in the world. It is popularly known as the “Marlin Capital of the World,” as it is home to massive Striped Marlin that can weigh more than 900 lbs. It’s best to go marlin fishing from May to November.
Besides magnificent Marlin, you can enjoy sportfishing with other species such as swordfish, yellowfin tuna, snapper, and many more. Bring your own gear or use what can be provided in through a turnkey deep sea fishing operator.
Afficionados of the sport will not want to miss the Bisbee Black and Blue — one of the most popular fishing tournaments in the world, held every October in Cabo.
Scuba Diving in the Sea of Cortez
If you want to push deeper into the water to explore the sea life underneath, try a scuba diving in the Sea of Cortez, a veritable aquarium of happy sea life.
This 700-mile long water body around Baja California Peninsula is a marine paradise and home to various sea lives such as dolphins, sea turtles, giant manta rays, humpback whales, hammerhead sharks, sea lions, and several species of fish.
The water is warm and clear, especially during the months of October and November. It does not matter whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or expert at scuba diving. First, try diving at easy sites around Cabo San Lucas. Experienced divers can explore deeper waters offshore for some thrilling experiences.
Cabo Pulmo is one of the best diving spots in Los Cabos, and is ground zero for those hoping to have a shark encounter. Keep your GoPro ready for some instagrammable underwater moments.
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Where to Book Yachts in Los Cabos
While yachting companies and sailing operators abound in Los Cabos, here are three that offer customized open water adventures with a splash of luxury.
Cabo Yacht World provides luxury Cabo Yacht Charters and nautical yacht services in the region with 70- to -65 foot yachts for tours, sailings and fishing charters. The luxury yacht fleet accommodates deluxe bedrooms, dining areas, lounge space, panoramic roof, classic interior, food catering onboard and other special features. These include Wave Runners, professional masseuses, Wedding officiates for ceremonies front of the Los Cabos Arches, Whale Shark Snorkeling tours, etc.).
Cabo Yachts offers vessels that run from 43 feet to 130 feet, many with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Customized adventures can be managed for small groups for meetings, socializing with friends, incentives and celebrations. Fishing charters can also be arranged with crew knowledgeable about the best spots for dropping a line. Service is complete and can include a chef on board, premium open bar, roundtrip transportation to villa, and water toys.
Cabo Sailing brings daily sailing adventures for small groups through a fleet of four top-shaped sailing vessels and four luxury yachts. Take half-day snorkeling tours or full day fishing charters or try morning and mid-day cruises with light lunch, free unlimited bar, snorkel equipment, towels and free wetsuits in winter and whale sightings when seasons permit. All can be customized for private parties with a trained and knowledgeable crew.
Foodie Fun: Los Cabos Restaurants to Try
Los Cabos is turning into a foodie destination, with a burst of new restaurants that can be Michelin- star fancy to on-the-beach casual. The Mexico resort destination has everything it takes to be a sought-after destination for travelers all over the world. There are magical beaches, year-round sunshine, water-based activities, a fun nightlife, an abundance of fancy hotels. Adding to that list are Los Cabos restaurants with phenomenal food!
So, whether you’re a curious rambler or an enthusiastic connoisseur seeking new dining experiences in Los Cabos, we’ve got you covered with these six must-try Los Cabos restaurants.
Los Tres Gallos
There’s no way you can be in Los Cabos without stopping by one of the top traditional Mexican restaurants in the area! This charming restaurant is a destination for anyone searching for authentic Mexican flavors and aromas — from sopa de tortilla to quesadillas to every other fantastic Mexican dish you can imagine!
Michel Zermeño (the co-owner, along with his wife) likes to bring his mother to the kitchen every once in a while to make sure the food is being made with love and to maintain that authentic touch.
If the extensive Mexican menu isn’t satisfying enough – although that’s near impossible – Los Tres Gallos gives you a mesmerizing open-air experience: a brick-walled courtyard decorated with string lights, mariachis, and fruit trees. The final tip is to try their mole dishes (a popular Mexican sauce); those will leave you hooked!
Location: Leona Vicario Esquina 20 de Noviembre, Cabo San Lucas. 1.4 miles from El Arco
The Office on the Beach
Enjoying the freshest seafood with the golden sand of Medano Beach between your toes, what else could someone wish for?
The Office On The Beach came into being the ‘70s when few visitors went to the then-isolated, remote peninsula. With a wide array of mouthwatering goodies on their menu, this small kitchen quickly became a firm favorite for locals.
Their dishes are primarily simple and delicious: beef burritos, coconut prawns, and plenty of cuba libres and margaritas. And, what’s more: incredible live musical performances happen on the beach in front of you. Put this on your map for repeat visits. It may become your favorite hangout in Los Cabos.
Location: Playa El Medano S/N, El Medano Ejidal, El Medano, Cabo San Lucas
When it comes to fresh food, Los Tamarindos reigns supreme. Located in a farmhouse that dates back to the 19th Century, this farm-to-table restaurant constantly changes the menu according to the seasonal crops they grow in the surrounding fields.
The food there is as fresh as it can be — locally produced chickens from the restaurant’s own flock of Cornish hens, freshly caught fish by a local fisherman, freshly-cut seasonal crops, and a drinks menu derived from fresh local ingredients. And, since tequila is the star spirit in these parts, you’ll find plenty of it at Los Tamarindos.
If a Mexican menu made with love isn’t yet enough for you, Los Tamarindos offers you a hands-on experience with their cooking classes, which are held in their adjoining kitchen terrace.
Location: C. de Las Animas s/n, Animas Bajas, 23407 San José del Cabo
Sushi fanatics, this is your chance to experience the heavenly fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine with unique Mexican ingredients. Though the idea of cuisine fusion is quite common nowadays, the award-winning restaurant, led by Chef Angel Carbajal, has been among the top restaurants in Los Cabos for more than 26 years.
Find a wide variety of rolls to taste on from their menu — tuna tostada (featuring a Pacific Ocean yellowfin tuna belly on a rice cracker tostada, served with habanero, infused red onion, sliced avocado, and sesame seeds), Home-Made Gyozas (stuffed with shrimp and scallops and finished with serranito soy sauce), and many other mouth-watering options are available.
Plus, there are options for lobster lovers. Sample the fried lobster curry, the clear lobster rolls, and the lobster sambal.
If you want to further your Nick-San experience, they have their own apparel line – Wasabi — with shirts and many other branded clothing options at Nick-San’s two locations.
Locations: The Shoppes at Palmilla, Local 116, Corredor Turístico in San José del Cabo; and Plaza de la Danza, Blvd. Paseo de la Marina, Centro, Cabo San Lucas
Cocina de Autor
Among all restaurants in Los Cabos, only a few are led by a Michelin-star chef. If you want to know what it feels like to have your dinner prepared by two-star Michelin chef Sidney Schutte, Cocina de Autor is precisely where you should head.
What to expect: A sensational, creative, and playful dining experience that can start with a cocktail tour held by the mixologists at the restaurant’s bar. Then, you’re led to your table to sit and enjoy an innovative 8-10 course tasting menu featuring the freshest, finest, locally-produced meats and seafood. To make things even better, the restaurant was designed to be an ode to sophistication, where the exteriors and interiors feature stunning views of the lily pond and gardens.
Location: Grand Velas Los Cabos, Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 17, San José del Cabo, Corredor Turístico
There are tons of reasons to give Comal a shot, especially with your romantic partner, and at the top of those reasons is enjoying the picturesque views of the Sea of Cortes. This ocean-front restaurant at the Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, is currently one of the hottest restaurants in Los Cabos. The decor is designed by a high-profile designer with a beautiful perch over the sea and mood lighting from a wall lined with flickering candles.
Dishes here are prepared with an taste for the traditional and authentic, but injected with an innovative, adventurous accents. In addition to their tasty traditional dishes, you can find some intriguing fine-dining options on their menu, such as wagyu barbacoa and duck carnitas. Kumamoto Oysters with Aji Amarillo, Chives and Shallot are a straight shot for appetizers.
Location: Carretera Transpeninsular San Jose-San Lucas Km. 15, Playa Chileno Bay, Cabo San Lucas
Los Cabos Restaurants: Foodie Takeaways
Our list of six must-try foodie experiences in Los Cabos barely scratches the surface. You can really have it all in Los Cabos; each place has its own special charm and its own unique dining experience. Whether traditional Mexican cuisine, sushi, fine dining with a deluge of romance, oeuvres by top chefs, farm-to-table sensations, or a relaxing shorefront experience … take your pick. All options are on the table.
Swim with Whale Sharks in Los Cabos
To swim with whale sharks may sound intimidating. And, indeed, it is worthy of at least a T-shirt at the end of a dive to proclaim a passing a fear hurdle, if not announcing a bragworthy experience. They are, in fact and with the capability of growing to lengths of up to 60 feet, the largest fish in the ocean these days.
So, a day of swimming with a pod of whale sharks will be a day like no other. And travelers need not cross the oceans to Papua New Guinea nor Indonesia or even the Indian Ocean coast of Africa to find them. The shores of the eastern Baja will do the trick with families of Rhincodon Typus inhabiting the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez off La Paz – an easy 90-120 minutes by car from Los Cabos.
For those visiting Los Cabos and willing to leave their cushy villas for a day of adventure, they find whale sharks in these warm waters just about all year. But if you are one of these adventurers in hot pursuit, you will want to go in the coolest months between November and April, when the gathering is of these behemoths is at its highest. And the best part is the safe swimming to be done with these gentle giants. Whale sharks feed on plankton and do not possess sharp and dangerous teeth, although they do have a bunch of tiny teeth for filtering their food. The worse that could happen is perhaps the huge smooshy fish kiss you might get if you pass too close. These are not great white shark with an interest in sensing you and eating you. They are not even like many dolphins or sea lions swimming in the Sea of Cortez with a keen curiosity and an interest in playing. Rather, these sharks could care less about you and are only on the prowl for plankton and krill. Their mouths are bigger than their bite as even though their gaping maws could easily fit a human body, there is nowhere to go as their throats are barely larger than a small fist.
And, in fact, the smells humans bring often repel these precious creatures. The paba and chemicals from SPF lotions, hair products and other coverings actually hurt the whale shark, making their eyes sting causing an elusive behavior as they down to cleaner waters to get away from the scents.
With all the seeming friendliness of this legendary fish, naturally touching or petting a whale shark is ill advised. A powerful tail can whip the curious snorkeler from behind and do serious damage. Your guide will likely advise a safe three-foot distance from the head and a good ten-foot space from the tail, suggesting swimming fast to stay ahead of the massive fish rather than dangling beside or behind it.
In Los Cabos, the whale shark’s swimming pool is the Sea of Cortez. It is often referred to as the Aquarium of the World, as originally described by Jacques Cousteau. It is actually a marginal sea attached to the greater Pacific Ocean with a sizeable coastline running for 2,500 miles and a total surface area of some 62,000 square miles.
Find the Sea of Cortez off the eastern arm of Baja California and touching the Mexican mainland. It is easily one of the premier diving sites on the planet and its protected in its beauty as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Other than whale sharks and whales, the calm inland sea is a living museum of marine life as diverse and spectacular as any on Earth, with more than 5,000 species of micro-invertebrates. On the other end of the scale find some of the planet’s largest sea creatures: humpback whales, California gray and blue whales, killer whales, manta rays, leatherback sea turtles, Humboldt squids, bottlenose dolphins and the quickly vanishing vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise.
The Sea of Cortez also harbors more than 900 islands that mostly serve as nesting spots for all manner of seabirds, with hatching blue-footed boobies making a visitor favorite among the sights. Swimming with curious and playful sea lions may come as a bonus adventure to those on a shark quest.
Swimming with Whale Sharks: Day Tours
Los Cabos offers several tour companies and outfitters ready to take on the cause of ferrying guests from Los Cabos to La Paz and then heading for whale shark swimming territory.
The Los Cabos official website, Visitloscabos.com, lists a few of these. Price per person can be as low as $60 and as high as $260 depending on what’s included in the adventure. For instance, Cabo-Adventures offers an eight-hour day with these lumbering marvels that includes snorkel equipment, wetsuit and towels, bottled water, a light breakfast and full “Baja style” lunch, fresh juices and flavored waters, professional bilingual guides and round trip transportation in an air-conditioned van from Los Cabos to La Paz. Currently, the rate is currently discounted to $174 per person. Private tours are also available.
Amstar offers these tours for $80 person using a catamaran on the sea of Cortez with drinks and music onboard. Wetsuits and snorkel gear are supplied and guests can jump in the water once the whale-sized fish are spotted. The trip includes transportation from Los Cabos to La Paz with a stop in the art town of Todos Santos for breakfast and a stop for independent lunch explorations and shopping in La Paz, plus water, sodas and the help of certified guides.
Once you swim with a whale shark you’ll want to help ensure their survival. The Whale Shark Project in Los Cabos is your answer to that as scientists working to track whale sharks with satellite tags and monitor their safety and protect their habitat.
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