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 Cortés 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 Cortés. 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. Wild Wet Fun is another popular park with kids, an aquatic wonderland set north of San José del Cabo in rural Caduaño.

Consistently one of the most popular of Cabo Adventures' many outdoor excursions, this tour is comprised of several different sections. After a short drive north of Cabo San Lucas in a rugged Unimog, the first part of the tour consists of an...  Read More

The only water park in the municipality of Los Cabos is located in a small rural community called Caduaño, between San José del Cabo and Santiago. Despite its off-the-beaten-path setting, Wild Wet Fun is a magnet for kids of all ages, and...  Read More

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

Few local adventure companies can match Cabo Expeditions' 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

Ready to set sail aboard a 98' replica pirate ship that looks (from a distance, anyway) 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

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

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

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


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Chris Sands is co-founder of CaboVivo, co-writer of Fodor's Los Cabos travel guidebook, Editor at, and a contributor to Forbes and 10Best at USA Today, as well as other websites and...  More About Chris