Child's Play: The Best Kid-Friendly Acitivities in Cabo San Lucas

Despite its reputation for romantic resorts and rowdy nightlife, Cabo San Lucas is actually a very good family-friendly vacation destination. Many local lodgings offer onsite kids clubs with supervised activities, babysitting options are readily available, and there are a wealth of outdoor activities that will appeal to children of all ages.

Cabo Submarine and Cabo Dolphins are two of the top choices for young children, and both provide memorable experiences in non-threatening environments. Cabo Submarine's yellow semi-submersible showcases the abundance of colorful marine life in the Sea of Cortez from a comfortable underwater viewing cabin, while Cabo Dolphin provides up-close-and-personal dolphin encounters in very shallow water.

Older kids may prefer surf lessons at High Tide Sea Expeditions, or Sea Trek and Snuba adventures with Cabo Expeditions. Sea Trek features underwater helmets with air hoses that allow kids or entire families to walk amidst schools of colorful fish in the Sea of Cortez. Snuba is a snorkel and diving hybrid that attaches an air hose to snorkeling gear to provide more prolonged underwater explorations.

The Baja California peninsula's biggest theme park, Wild Canyon, offers adrenaline-pumping adventures for teenagers that range from zip-line courses to off-road racing. Cabo Karting's mini Grand Prix style race course also provides fast-paced excitement.

Surf lessons from the former national champion of México may be the most popular water-based activities option from High Tide, but the company's most iconic offering is a kayak paddle out to Land's End and the Arch, with a stop at Lover's and...  Read More

Baja Babysitting is a great option for visiting parents. The company offers access to high-quality, bilingual babysitters who are happy to take of the kids (from 3 months to 14 years old) while Mom and Dad enjoy a little time to themselves. The...  Read More

Caborey's Rolls Royce fast boat tours provide a great introduction to the coastal geography of Los Cabos, with one hour sightseeing trips offering high-speed, offshore looks at Land's End, Lover's Beach, Chileno and Santa Maria Bays, and a host...  Read More

Few local adventure companies can match Cabo Expedtions’ variety of eco-themed activities, which include whale watching and swimming with whale sharks (seasonal), parasailing, a hybrid between snorkeling and scuba diving called Snuba, Sea Trek...  Read More

The Baja California peninsula's biggest and baddest theme park, Wild Canyon, is home to a wide array of hair-raising and adrenaline-pumping adventures, ranging from zip-lining and bungee jumping to sling swings and off-road racing. Although it's...  Read More

This 60' yellow semi-submersible takes up to fifty guests for one hour tours of Cabo San Lucas Bay, with abundant views of the local marine life from their climate-controlled underwater viewing cabin, and the occasional Beatles song (you guess...  Read More

Cabo Karting is a popular activities option for visiting families, who can compete against each other in multi-lap races. Children must be at least 4'6" tall to drive, but video games and other entertainment options are available for younger...  Read More

Cuadra San Francisco is one of the Los Cabos area's hidden gems. Francisco Barrera and his son Valente are master horsemen, and they offer virtually every equine-related activity imaginable: trail rides over local terrain, romantic rides along...  Read More

Ready to set sail aboard a 98' replica pirate ship that looks (from a distance) as if it could have sailed the Spanish Main? Daily excursions feature up-close looks at Land's End and Lover's Beach, as well as snorkeling adventures in the...  Read More

Dolphin swims are among the most popular tickets in town. There are actually several ways to experience these delightful and intelligent creatures: encounters, swims and the more in-depth trainer for a day program. The encounters occur in...  Read More


Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is Editor at, co-writer of Fodor’s 2015 guide to Los Cabos, and a regular contributor to Los Cabos Magazine and 10 Best/USA Today. He lives in Cabo San Lucas.

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