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The One&Only Palmilla: Ace in the Hole
While the Cabo beach house rentals may be luxurious enough and offer all the amenities a vacation seeker could want…. Yes, there’s more. The One&Only Palmilla, a Kerzner International resort, is just a two-minute jaunt away via each villa’s dedicated golf cart but a world away in sumptuous possibilities, each with its own set of bragging rights.
The resort is a fave for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston who often brings along A-list friends (Courteney Cox, Jimmy Kimmel, Jason Bateman, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski have been sited at the One & Only Palmilla resort). More recently, War Dogs star Miles Teller was seen celebrating his 33rd birthday with wife Keleigh Sperry on the resort’s pristine beach.
But Hollywood has been finding the resort to be a worthy escape destination since the mid 1950s, when it was a 15-room luxury hideaway for the rich and famous as the very first resort in Los Cabos — and only accessible by yacht in those years.
Still an oasis of privacy and refined relaxation opportunities, Elegant Mexico’s villa guests are not waved away at these gates. Rather, they are welcomed with booking privileges, signing privileges and lounging rights along with other guests of the resort. And amenities are plentiful and in-demand at One&Only Palmilla.
Go for the Golf
The famous Palmilla Golf Club is a stunning 27-hole course with ocean views and three different nines. The Jack Nicklaus-designed golf destination was recognized by Golf Digest as one of Mexico’s best courses, drawing in international players who are looking for spectacular scenery on their rounds.
Players can tee off on three different types: orange rough; white sand terrain (perfect if your game isn’t so good) or black greens – these being considered as advanced level layouts since they require more strategy than just driving balls into holes at high speeds like most other places. Palmilla’s Mountain and Arroyo nines is known to be the first course in the region to integrate and optimize the region’s mountain, desert and ocean ecosystem.
The hardest things about a vacation in Cabo is choosing amid the many things to do: whale watching, surfing lessons, yachting, snorkeling and beaches for calm, peace, refreshment and meditation. And Only Palmilla resort offers these experiences to guests, seamless and hassle-free.
Discover the Sea of Cortez
A luxurious ocean-ready yacht awaits to whisk guests away into the blue. Chart wild whales as they roam just off the resort’s coast, or fish for big game in perfect weather with incredible Los Cabos scenery while cruising around these beautiful waters.
Baja on Horseback
In search of a new adventure? Take on the untamed backcountry on horseback. Unleash your inner vaquero as you journey into Baja’s cinematic foothills and beaches where horses gallop across the sands.
Surf the Baja
The “Art of Luxury Surfing” is a new experience at One&Only Palmilla that will have you surfing the perfect Baja break and bonding with legends.
Learn to cook like a pro at One&Only Palmilla. The resort’s Herb Garden is the perfect place to start that journey and explore local herbs such as cilantro or epazote while learning what chiles are best suited for which dishes (habaneros are most common).
Also test your knowledge of tequila here. Join One&Only Palmilla’s master mixologists on a fascinating journey into what goes into creating and aging this spirit and how to tell the difference between types of tequila, brewing practices and regions.
For repasts simple and exquisite, One&Only Palmilla offers four dining venues, but only one – Seared is managed by legendary Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The restaurant showcases what marvels can be mastered with surf and turf, whether Hamachi sashimi or beef carpaccio with truffle fritters, all complemented by a collection of rare and rousing wines.
Agua is a clifftop restaurant overlooking the Sea of Cortez and is as romantic as it gets for guests seeking to woo and celebrate each other. But Agua is also open for breakfast and lunch and offering local fresh ingredients with local sensibilities in creative, new-fangled presentations.
Nightly music and the inviting Agua Bar make this spot a must in the evenings, with hand crafted cocktails and local spirits against the riveting ocean views.
Experience authentic Mexican rituals and wellness therapies at One&Only Palmilla. World-class face and body treatments await in the resort’s stunning private spa. Signature treatments are offered within 13 private treatment villas, all surrounded by tropical gardens with plunge pools, rain showers, outdoor pavilions and swinging day beds. A juice bar in the Wellness Garden encourage guests to make the most of their restorative time.
Among the options find the Temazcal Ritual that is a total body experience involving drumming, chanting and intense perspiring that some describe as akin to being reborn. The traditional healing experience begins with a cleansing ritual pairing aromatic copal incense with herb and flower infused waters to ease the mind. A deep body massage using an array of traditional healing tools and stretching techniques that promote a deep state of relaxation and renewal.
Elegant Mexico guests need never be bored or without an exciting activity to consider. Whether it is beachcombing on soft white sand, setting off for adventures on both land and sea, golfing challenging holes by a stunning backdrop, finding one’s self in the breath and music of shamanic chanting or enjoying the meal of a lifetime, One&Only Palmilla can be an exclusive part of that experience, whatever the choice. See our Del Mar homes for rent here.
New Year’s in Mexico: Los Cabos Celebrations
Considering New Year’s in Mexico? Make it Los Cabos for 2022. Traveling to Los Cabos for a holiday is always in style, especially around New Year. Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo have become festive hotspots where celebrations take hold in colorful variety. Whether you are a gourmand, party enthusiast, romantic soul, or simply curious, you’ll find endless opportunities to have a great time during New Year festivities in Cabo.
For example, you can choose to welcome the new year by partying at a nightclub, dining at a restaurant, or watching fireworks from the beach or the sea. And you won’t have to bring warm clothing because Los Cabos features warm weather and water this time of year.
There are many reasons why you should check out Los Cabos for the New Year sooner rather than later, so read on to learn more.
Where to Find New Year Festivities?
New Year’s in Mexico can be vibrant. And famous Cabo San Lucas, brimming with nightclubs, beach bars, and other nightlife facilities, boasts first-class nightlife and a continuous party scene. If you are after something more laid-back, consider San Jose del Cabo – the capital of the Los Cabos municipality – renowned for its art scene.
Also, various resorts line the Los Cabos Tourist Corridor that runs between these destinations. And they may have special New Year Eve programs that are wild and happening with plenty of local flair.
How to Spend the End of 2021 in Cabo
You have many opportunities to choose from to spend the last day of 2021 in Los Cabos. And these are a few of them:
- Shopping in Cabo San Lucas, the prime shopping destination in the region, is going to spoil you. Amble around the marina, mall and downtown area to browse souvenir shops or check out specialty stores selling Cuban cigars, jewelry, and other sought-after goods.
- Do some beach-hopping to get a bronze tan and/or scout beach bars before New Year’s Eve parties kick off. Medano, Santa Maria, Lover’s, and Chileno beaches are some of the beaches to check out.
- Whale watching is another reason why people head to Los Cabos around New Year. You can either go to a beach (Santa Maria, for example) or book a guided tour to see these giant cetaceans in action.
- A relaxing sunset cruise is an ideal prelude to the New Year’s party that awaits you once your boat anchors in the marina. As the sun descends beyond the horizon and soft light baths the coastline, enjoy the moment with a specially-selected drink at hand. It’s also a good way to end New Year’s Day when anything more active might prove problematic.
Cabo New Year’s Eve Celebrations
You can choose among many events to bid farewell to the old and welcome the New Year in Cabo. Enjoying an evening dinner at a restaurant or having a party at a nightclub or a beach bar are some options that won’t disappoint. Of course, lighting a candle on the beach and watching the starry sky before grand fireworks go off may be just the ticket for romantic couples.
Partying in Los Cabos
Partying is a trademark of this north-western region in Mexico, and not only for a New Year’s Eve. And many party enthusiasts travel to Los Cabos – Cabo San Lucas, in particular – for this very reason. In short, many visitors agree that the local party scene is among the best, if not the very finest, they experienced.
Note that parties may be a part of the holiday package if you book one. If you search locally, there are two criteria you might wish to take into consideration:
- If a party comes with a hefty price tag, it’s likely a luxury event that caters to travelers visiting the region.
- Affordable parties typically attract locals, but they are happy to have tourists joining them.
Finally, you can look for a party everywhere since they take place at beach bars, clubs, restaurants, resorts, spas, and town piazzas.
Cabo’s New Year Events
Various events take place around Christmas and New Year’s in Cabo, and these are some of them:
- Feasts with specially-selected menus are available at hotels and restaurants, many of which are world-class eateries. For example, you could have a welcome cocktail, a five-course menu, and a midnight glass of champagne on offer. Classic, festive, or some other music accompanies the event.
- Dancing the night away at nightclubs and bars is another popular option for welcoming the New Year in Los Cabos. As a bonus, you may enjoy performances by DJs, acrobats, and other special guests.
- If you are for something less common, why not try meditation on New Year’s Eve? Along the way, you might let your creativity run loose with something such as mala making.
In addition, you can enjoy grand fireworks taking place at midnight. Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas is ground zero for the most spectacular fireworks and parties in the region. Even if you opt for another place to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, there are many fireworks shows you can watch along Cabo beaches, both from land and aboard a boat.
New Year’s in Mexico
If you travel to Los Cabos for New Year, you may welcome it the way the Mexicans do. So, consider practicing some of the following New Year traditions in Mexico:
- According to beliefs, wearing brightly hued underwear may bring you luck next year. Choose red to attract love, yellow to have more money or green for better health.
- Another way to ensure better finances and additional love is to have a glass of sparkling wine or Champaign with a ring in the glass. But, there’s a catch!!! You must leave the ring in the glass afterward, or the ritual won’t work.
- You’re likely to find grapes at your party. When midnight comes, eat 12 of them while quietly calling out what you want. The grapes represent 12 wishes and the 12 months in which they will be granted.
- Staging and watching grand fireworks is another big tradition in Mexico and Los Cabos. This practice is believed to scare evil spirits and bring luck in the New Year.
- If you wish to have more fun travel moments in your life, try this – walk a suitcase around the block or place it in the middle of the room for people to walk around it.
- Eating lentils is another way to ensure good fortune in the coming year. Eat a tablespoon of cooked lentils and offer your companions and relatives a handful of raw lentils as well to share the wealth.
Do one or a few of these handy New Year’s rituals while you are in Los Cabos and chances are you will live to see a few more Los Cabos beach holidays in your future.
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Cabo Tequila Primer
Cabo is all about tequila. Traveling to Los Cabos without indulging in a bit of tequila is like skimming through Christmas without a lighted tree or carolling moment. It just isn’t Christmas and those missed tequila shots or salty margarita sips would mean it’s just not Mexico.
If you are traveling to Los Cabos, make it festive and bright with some authentic Cabo tequila cocktails, whether sipped at a bistro by the sea or on your private patio paradise in your luxury villa on the Sea of Cortez or resort balcony watching the sun set into the Pacific.
Tequila whether sipped in Los Cabos or Cancun or Mataztlan could be considered the national drink of Mexico. It has a very strong and specific taste that other drinks do not have – smokey and clean with hints of various regions where the originating agave is grown.
Los Cabos Tequila or Mezcal?
To be factual, there are only five Mexican states that are legally allowed to produce Tequila and call it by that name: Jalisco and parts of Guanajuanto, Tamaulipas, Michoacan and Nayarit. Otherwise, similar to Champagne in France, versus sparkling wine everywhere else, the smooth spirits that come from distilled agave is called mezcal.
Today’s popular cocktails may have originated in the 1500s from “pulque,” a drink made by local Aztec populations made from the juice of magwe, a type of agave. Tequila it is all about the agave – the blue agave or Agave Azul specifically, that are grown in abundance in the Tequila states. And while 125 species of agave can be found throughout various regions of Mexico but only the “Weber Blue” can be used to make genuine Tequila. These agave plants love the silicate-rich, red volcanic soils in these regions where some 300 million plants are harvested there every year.
Tequila requires a minimum of 51% Blue Agave, and current legislation allows for the rest to contain a neutral spirit made from cane sugar juice. Bottles containing 100% Blue Agave must be labelled that way while those made with less than 100% are called ‘mixto’.
In 1600 Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle, a Spanish nobleman, founded the First Tequila Factory in Jalisco and quickly became known as the Father of Tequila. And while popular locally, most of it was exported to Europe.
Today, there are five types of tequila:
• Blanco (White unseasoned). Bottled immediately or within a month after production.
• Jovenuoro (Gold). Avocado tequila or Blanco tequila mix with madurado tequila. It is obtained by adding caramel, which gives color, taste and aroma to the aged drink.
• Reposado aged from 2 to 11 months in white oak barrels.
• Añejo. Aged during the year in oak barrels no more than 600 liters.
• Extraañejo (Extra Anejo). Aged for 3 years in oak barrels.
Best Bars in Cabo for Tequila
In Cabo San Lucas, find some friendly bars on the main street in the Marina that skirts the port to Cape Finistera, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. Pay attention to the cozy family bar Karlitos Cantina located on Cabo Marina – Boardwalk. You can also find great Tequila in Cabo in the sports bar, Golden Legends or enjoy delicious Mexican food and tequila at Caboys Bar and Grill.
Cabo Tequila Tasting
If you`re looking for something more than a few shots in a bar, a good option for you would be to book a Cabo Tequila Tour. In Los Cabos you can immerse in tequila and mezcal moments with Viator, with time well spent exploring San Josa del Cabo.
Brands to consider for best enjoying tequila in Cabo include such known names as Jose Cuervo, 1800 Tequila, Sauza, and Patrón. And there are other brands that make the mark as well: Ocho, Casamigos, Hornitos. El Jimador, Don Julio, Olmeca Altos, Cabo Wabo, Pepe Lopez and Herradura.
Top tequila cocktails to order:
• Margarita / Frozen margarita
• Tequila Sunrise
• Tequila Paloma
• Tequila Martini
• Tequila Slammer
Mixing some holiday cheer from your living room villa bar? Here are some outstanding tequila mixes to try as the tamales and slow cooked chicken posole flow. For best results, use 1800 Cristalino, 1800 Reposado and/or1800 Añejo.
Pair with Pozole Rojo (A Rich Soup Made With Hominy)
• 1.5 oz 1800 Cristalino
• 1 oz lime juice
• .5 oz orange liqueur
• .5 oz agave syrup
• Rosemary sprig
• Lime wedge
Directions: Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass rimmed with salt. Garnish with rosemary sprig and lime wedge.
Oaxaca Hot Chocolate
Pair with Marranitos (Mexican Gingerbread Pigs)
• 1.5 oz 1800 Reposado
• .25 oz Agavero Original
• 6 oz Mexican hot chocolate
• Dark chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon and cayenne for garnish
Directions: Add ingredients to a glass coffee mug and stir to combine. Garnish with pinches of dark chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon and cayenne to taste.
Pair with Mexican Buñuelos (Fried Dough With Cinnamon Sugar)
• 1.5 oz 1800 Añejo
• 2 oz apple cider
• 2 oz boiling water
• .25 oz honey
• Cinnamon sticks
• Lemon wedge
Directions: Add ingredients to a footed glass coffee mug and stir to combine. Garnish with two lemon wheels and two cinnamon sticks. See our Palmilla vacation rentals with chefs here.
Best Restaurants in Cabos San Lucas
There is so much more to the Los Cabos food and restaurant scene than just tacos, melted ice, and tortilla buffets in identical resorts for those seeking the best restaurants in Cabos San Lucas In fact, Los Cabos offers some of the best cuisines from across the globe. The city has some of the best seafood in the Baja, with exquisite chocolate clams, juicy lobsters, and irresistible smoke marlin — delicacies that give the peninsula bragging rights.
Los Cabos is also well known for its brilliant flourish in fusion cuisines and Pan-Pacific culinary orientations. If you are looking to fully experience Cabo in all its culinary glory, then read on to find the best restaurants in Cabos San Lucas.
Simply put, Nik-San is one of the best Japanese Mexican fusion restaurant in Cabo San Lucas. The original restaurant opened downtown in Cabo San Lucas back in 1994, and since then, it has become one of the city’s most popular local sushi spots and remains on of its best restaurants. The restaurant’s superstar chefs, Ángel Carbajal and Masayuki Niikura, do not disappoint when creating the most beautiful and innovative fusion of Mexican and Japanese elements.
There are two Nik San restaurants in Los Cabos: one at the Shoppes at Palmilla near the One & Only Palmilla, and the second at the Plaza de la Danza in Cabo San Lucas. For most visitors, having sushi in Mexico might seem like an odd way to spend time at this popular Mexican beach resort destination. However, Nik-San prioritizes ambience, sanitization, and topnotch service. If you want a one of a kind dinner, choose the Omakase, a multi-course chef’s choice array that will explode your tastebuds.
Nothing beats enjoying a wonderful meal in a breathtaking cliff-side setting. Dining in El Farallon, hands down one of the best restaurants in Los Cabos if only for the setting, gives you the magnificent opportunity to enjoy great cuisine while looking over the stunning Pacific Ocean. Aside from this breathtaking scenery, El Farallon couples an intoxicating romantic atmosphere with the best fresh locally sourced seafood. The rustic, elegant atmosphere pairs wonderfully with the chef Gustavo Pinet’s market concept, in which diners get to pick the main course market style from a presentation of fresh catch on shaved ice. You will get to choose from a delectable assortment of sea bass, red snapper, tuna, dorado, lobster, shrimp, and clams.
Your entree choice is then weighed and taken to the chef to create a beautiful dish with exquisite soups and salads for you. For those who want to enjoy the ocean view without seafood, the menu is just as extensive and exquisite. The romantic feel in this restaurant is nearly unmatched and it is absolutely an unforgettable way to experience Los Cabos’ fine dining scene. Don’t want the meal? Choose the Champagne instead. The terrace above the rocks overlooking the ocean from this tight Cabo San Lucas vantage at the Pedregal is the right setting to sip from a menu of some 15 different champagnes ranging from Blanc de Blancs to Rosé and vintage champagnes, guided by a dedicated sommelier and complemented by a selection of moles and artisan salts.
Restaurant Cocina de Autor
When translated to English, the Spanish phrase “cocina de autor” means “signature cuisine.” In many ways, the name of this restaurant already promises you a memorable experience. Cocina De Autor, another of Los Cabos’s best restaurants, is the perfect place to experience the signature touch of renowned chef Sidney Schutte’s playful but artful menu. Each dish made in this restaurant has been artfully created with fresh local ingredients and unusual but somehow perfect pairings like clam and chocolate. Find this restaurant at the Grand Velas Resort above Cabo San Lucas along the Tourist Corridor marking the confluence of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez.
Wine pairings are also included for diners above the age of 18, offering an impressive and diverse selection. The eclectic menu focuses on what can be done with octopus, prawns and New York steak but there is also a vegan menu to consider, a rare option in Mexican dining. Price fixe multi course choices run around $170 per person.
Nobu Los Cabos
Long before its premiere in November 2019, the Nobu Hotel Los Cabos had been highly anticipated mostly because of the promised Nobu Los Cabos restaurant. Headed by the culinary world royalty, Nobu Matsuhisa, this restaurant promises a creative fusion of Peruvian ingredients and elements with Japanese cuisine. This seamless integration is presented with style, class, and high quality.
The sophisticated atmosphere is accented with unmistakable Japanese detailing in the wood, and the stunning Pacific Ocean views. Accompanying the celebrated menu is a lengthy and impressive wine list. Should you prefer a less fancy and less pricey option. Malibu Farm is also operating at this resort that is partially owned by Robert Di Nero. Malibu Farm offers an eclectic menu of Mexican delights fused with fresh catch, organically grown vegetables and healthy side dishes in an airy indoor-outdoor romantic setting.
Edith’s is a precious secret tucked into the heart of Cabo San Lucas and a fun experience in dining with excellent food, pleasant service, and a beautiful setting. The cozy setting brings beautiful rustic wood tables, thatched ceilings, and an overall barefoot ambience. You can find a beautiful combination of flavorful Baja home-grown recipes and elements from Edith’s hometown in the Guerrero mountains.
Seared at One&Only Palmilla
Seared by Michelin-star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten brings his internationally renowned, culinary style to contemporary wood-fired cuisine. The restaurant is convenient to guests staying at Elegant Mexico’s Villa’s del Mar properties as it is just a two-minute ride away for guests via their provided villa golf carts and they have signing privileges at all One&Only Palmilla’s restaurants.
Seared showcases the finest cuts of meats, the freshest seafood and delectable sides with one of the most extensive wine lists in all of Mexico. But the chef is wide and varied in his talents and offers such options as aromatic artichoke tagine with kumquats and corn nut crusted salmon.
Caviar, too, is on the menu – Daurenki, which is the result of pairing two sturgeon species found in a lake that borders both Russia and China that produced a wonderful new caviar. It is offered with egg toast and herbs or chive crème fraîche on warm blinis. Not a caviar fan? Try oysters from Laguna San Ignacio in La Paz.
Food in Focus
Dining in Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas can be an adventure in luxury with restaurants to pin on your “been there, done that” list. With these curated restaurants in Los Cabos, the choices are easy and the meals are memorable. See our Palmilla vacation rentals with chefs here.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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