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Cabo San Lucas Tours that Add Excitement to Your Beach Vacation

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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.

Cabo San Lucas Tours to Add Excitement to Your Beach Vacation

El Arco in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Photo credit: adfoto,

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.

A camel ride on the beach is a unique Cabo adventure. (Photo credit: Cabo Adventures)

A camel ride on the beach is a unique Cabo adventure (Photo credit: Cabo Adventures)

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.

The calm waters of Chileno Bay make for perfect snorkeling conditions ~ Cabo San Lucas Tours to Add Excitement to Your Beach Vacation

The calm waters of Chileno Bay make for perfect snorkeling conditions (Photo credit: Flickr)

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.

Taking a walk on the wild side on swing bridges and zip lines ~ Cabo San Lucas Tours to Add Excitement to Your Beach Vacation

Take a walk on the wild side on swing bridges and zip lines at Boca de Sierra Bioshphere Reserve (Photo credit: Cabo Adventures)

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.

Whale watching in Mexico ~ Cabo San Lucas Tours to Add Excitement to Your Beach Vacation

Get an adrenaline rush from seeing a whale breach in the Sea of Cortez (Photo credit: rhfletcher,

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.

Cabo San Lucas Tours to Add Excitement to Your Beach Vacation

The heart-warming release of hatchling turtles making their way to the sea. (Photo credit: Pixabay)

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.

Ahoy matey! Set sail and snorkel off of a real pirate ship. (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Ahoy matey! Set sail and snorkel off of a real pirate ship (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

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 a free resource for readers like you.

About Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama

Claudia Laroye lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two sons. She started traveling at a very young age, and has never stopped. She’s had the fortune of visiting more than 20 countries on four continents, and has also lived abroad in Sweden. Claudia is passionate about the travel experience and the value of traveling as a family. She is the founder of, and contributes to many online and print media publications around the world. Connect with Claudia on Twitter as @travelling_mom or Instagram as @itsclaudiatravels.

  1. Henry Harrison says

    Wow. As I watch the Peso plummet and wade through snow in Germany, Mexico is on my mind. I was hooked by the whale watching excursion that came up on my feed but the sailing and turtle release look awesome too. Thanks for posting.

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says

      Mexico is an incredible destination. The Baja is unique and different, and has so much to offer many types of travelers. Hope you get some sun soon!

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    Oh my gosh, that looks amazing! We’ve been talking about going to Cabo, so I am definitely bookmarking this. Thanks!

  3. Jen Rattie says

    That is so cool! I would love to take the family to Cabo and go on all of these tours. They sound like a total blast.

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says

      Your family would love it. There’s so much family-friendly fun to be had in Cabo.

  4. Rachel Ferrucci says

    OMG this looks like you had an amazing time. I’d love to do all of it, I love adventure and I would definitely want to go in the fall to help the baby sea turtles!

  5. Pam Wattenbarger says

    Snorkeling at Chileno Bay sounds like a really cool experience. I would also love to see the migrating whales! How cool!

  6. This looks like such an amazing spot to vacation! I would just love riding on a camel but I don’t know if my husband would feel the same.

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says

      It’s worth trying at least once, and the Cabo Adventures camel safari is a very sedate way to do it. 🙂

  7. Reesa Lewandowski says

    I have always wanted to go to Cabo! It looks so beautful! I hope I can one day!

  8. We have been to Cabo more than once, but had no idea there were so many tour options available. Getting up close and personal with baby turtles is definitely a must next time.

  9. Toni | Boulder Locavore says

    Wow! This is a really amazing place! We’ve been to Mexico once but we never tried any of these! Definitely adding these to our list!

  10. Wow, Cabo San Lucas is really a beautiful place. There is so much to do and explore. Thanks for sharing the details.

  11. Ann Bacciaglia says

    Cabo San Lucas looks like a fantastic destination. I have been looking for my next winter getaway. This looks perfect for me.

  12. Seattle Travel Blogger says

    This looks like a wonderful destination!
    We have never been camel-back riding before.

  13. So much to do in Cabo San Lucas! I would love to go snorkeling and on that camel ride!

  14. The water looks amazing. This is a trip I’d love to take. It’s been on my bucket list since I was a kid to whale watch. I need to do that!

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says

      The water in Cabo was so warm and lovely. Whale watching is a must do if you’re there in season!

  15. I think it would be fun to visit there. I would love to go on vacation some day there soon!

  16. Our Family World says

    Wow, all these pictures makes me want to go on a cruise there as soon as possible. That rocky/arc cliff formation is just stunning!

    • Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama says

      Cabo is a fun cruise stop for day visitors. Be sure to visit the main downtown, just outside the marina’s golden zone too.

  17. I love doing excursions when I travel. Now you are making me want to take a trip to Cabo soon. On the travel list now!

  18. Oh what a fun trip! We’ve never been to Cabo but this is so on my bucket list!

  19. Thanks Claudia For this very cool topic. I think Cabo sun Lucas is the best beach in the world. Clearwater and fishing is Something that nobody can ignore. Beside Desert like sand is unique. Riding camel is very adventurous. I also loved the local foods here.

  20. Chester Livingston says

    Oh, what a beautiful place is Cabo San Lucas. Looking so amazing. Love the little baby sea turtle picture 🙂 Thanks for the good article

  21. Very lovely places to take some family vacation. I’ve been here about a year ago. Not very expensive and the foods around here is so delicious.

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