Cabo San Lucas is world renowned for its deep sea fishing, swanky hotels and sandy beaches. This reputation is well-deserved but there are many more adventures to experience in this beautiful Mexican resort town. Leave your beach lounger for a day and book one (or more!) of these seven Cabo San Lucas tours to add excitement to your vacation.
1. Experience El Arco from the water.
One of Los Cabos' most iconic spots, the distinctive El Arco (Arch) is where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. In order to see this landmark in its full glory, book snorkeling Cabo San Lucas tours with Rancho Tours. Guides are knowledgeable and stock boats with snorkel gear and refreshing beverages. You may see sea lions sunbathing on the rocks during the short boat ride to El Arco. Playa del Amour (Lovers' Beach) is at the base of the Arch. During my tour with Rancho, we spotted all sorts of colorful fish while snorkeling near the beach. The water was calm and a glorious clear blue, perfect for new and seasoned snorkelers.
2. Ride a camel on the beach.
You may be surprised to discover that you can book a camel safari in Cabo San Lucas. Book the popular Outback and Camel Safari with Cabo Adventures for a memorable journey through Baja California's desert landscape. Your humpbacked guide will lead you across the beach to a local ranch for your fill of Mexican cuisine (and a tequila tasting for grown-ups). You can also have your picture taken with the ‘kissing’ camels, Powder and Lewis. They become very affectionate if you have a carrot to offer as a reward.
3. Swim and snorkel in secluded Chileno Bay.
The surf in many parts of Cabo is too strong for swimming. But the secluded public beach at Chileno Bay is a great place for playing in the waves. It's located on the Sea of Cortez side of Cabo San Lucas, which is calmer than the Pacific Ocean side. The clear, warm water is filled with brightly hued fish and other ocean life. If you have a rental car, you can drive there yourself. Or book a Chileno Bay tour to easily reach this slice of paradise.
4. Zip across Mexico's longest zip-line.
Get ready for a fast-flying adventure away from the beach during a zip-lining adventure in the Boca de Sierra Biosphere Reserve. You can zip along the 4,000 feet of Mexico’s longest zip-line, or try cliff-side rappelling. Cabo Adventures also offers rides in off-road Polaris UTV buggies. Prepare for some dusty roads and dry riverbeds before you hit the pool back at your resort.
5. Watch migrating whales.
The waters around Los Cabos are one of the best places in the world to spot whales in the wild. Hundreds of whales migrate each winter from Alaska to the warm waters around the Baja Peninsula. Here the whales birth and raise their young before heading back north. You may spot one of six species of whales that swim these waters, including humpback, gray, blue, and fin whales. Whale Watch Cabo is highly rated for its eco-friendly, non-invasive tours. Whale watching season runs from late December to late March.
6. Release baby sea turtles.
If you see roped off squares along Medano Beach in Cabo during the fall months, it means a sea turtle has been nesting and has laid its eggs. These nesting areas are strictly protected. But you can help release turtle hatchlings if you happen to be visiting at the right time of year. Watching a baby sea turtle embark on its long ocean journey is one of the most amazing and enriching experiences you could have in Mexico. Cabo Outfitters offers turtle release activities, which includes education about sea turtles, the dangers they face in the wild and conservation.
7. Set sail on a pirate ship.
A ride aboard a pirate ship will please the kid in everyone. The Buccaneer Queen is a themed tall ship that sails around the Los Cabos Bay area. Choose from a variety of Cabo San Lucas tours, including sunset sails and snorkeling. The ship moves at a more sedate pace than a Catamaran, for those worried about motion sickness. Children will love the pirate fight at sea!
Which of these Cabo San Lucas tours appeal to you? Let us know in the comments below!
A Note from The Curious Travel Mama: I experienced the Outback and Camel Safari courtesy of Marina Fiesta Resort. As always, all opinions are honest and my own. This story includes affiliate links. Your clicks and purchases help to keep TravelMamas.com a free resource for readers like you.