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 shallow water, and are recommended for young children, pregnant women and the elderly. Swims aren't very physically demanding, either, as the dolphins do all of the work, with visitors hanging onto their pectoral or dorsal fins as they zip around the large pool. The pool is quite cool, by the way, as it has to be maintained at a temperature comfortable for the dolphins. Swims, visits with the veterinarian, and an introduction to training techniques are among the highlights of the trainer-for-a-day program.
Pueblo mágico, which translates as magical village, is a designation given to Mexican towns of major historical or cultural significance, and/or great natural beauty. There are three pueblos mágicos on the Baja California peninsula, but only one in Baja California Sur. That honor belongs to Todos Santos, a community located on the Pacific Coast, just north of Pescadero. Once a thriving sugar capital, Todos Santos retains many beautiful brick buildings from its 19th century prominence. Since the mid-1980s, however, the town has been best known for its arts scene. There are many great galleries in the downtown area, as well several excellent restaurants and hotels, including the historic Hotel California. Todos Santos is a popular day trip destination from Los Cabos, only about one hour by car from Cabo San Lucas.
Cabo Adventures is among the top activities companies in Los Cabos, with an impressive array of outdoor excursions that include dolphin swims, scuba dives, whale watching outings, outback camel tours, mountain biking and zip-lining through a UNESCO protected biosphere in the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range. For adrenaline junkies, the zip-line tour is the one most likely to set the heart racing, with a series of lines crisscrossing rugged terrain in the Boca de Sierra. The longest line, dubbed Superman, stretches for nearly a mile and requires riding face down at speeds up to 60 mph. The views are spectacular, from the elevated launch point to exhilarating stretches where you seem to be flying just above the tree (and cactus) line.
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 secluded beaches, carriage rides for weddings or special events...even polo lessons. Francisco trained under Nuno Oliveira, the Portuguese legend considered by many to be the most outstanding horseman of the 20th century, and he excels at teaching dressage, and the traditional techniques of Mexican vaqueros. Their stables are located in the Tourist Corridor, just off the Cabo Real Golf course, and maintain close to fifty horses. Pony-sized horses with special saddles are available for kids, who can take lessons in either riding or archery.
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 Divorce Beaches for sun, sand, snorkeling, snacks and superb photo opportunities. Stand up paddle boards are also availabe on this tour. Less active pursuits include an introduction to San José del Cabo's weekly Art Walk, and off-road jeep explorations of East Cape sites like Cabo Pulmo, a rustic seaside paradise whose offshore marine sanctuary boasts one of the oldest and largest living coral reefs in the Western Hemisphere.
The Thursday evening Art Walk is a highlight of any visit to San José del Cabo, and is held weekly from 5 to 9 p.m. during high tourist season (November through June). The participating galleries are all clustered together in the city's historic Distrito del Arte, which is one of the reasons you should forget the guided tours and enjoy this weekly event at your own pace. Sip wine, sample cheese, wander the area's beautiful cobblestone streets, and interact with some of the top artists and gallery owners in Baja California Sur. Afterwards, explore the Art District's many fine bars and restaurants, which include neighbors Baja Brewing Company and La Lupita Taco & Mezcal.
Cabo San Lucas has excellent sailing conditions outside its protected bay, and Cabo Sails is one of the top local options for charters, tours or sailing lessons. Available sailboats range from 28 to 44 feet in length, and can accommodate up to 20 guests for snorkel, whale watching and sunset tours, as well as private and overnight charters. The sunset tours are one of the best romantic activities in Los Cabos, with chilled Champagne, fresh sea breezes, and the unforgettable sight of the sun sinking beyond the ancient granitic monuments at Land's End. Mariachis are optional, but highly recommended. Special sails are offered for cruise ship passengers or others with limited time in the area.
Long considered one of the benchmark spas in all of Latin America, The Spa at Esperanza is particularly noted for its romantic couples' treatments, but also boasts signature therapies like the Pasaje de Agua, a water based experience that combines a warm-spring soaking pool, steam caves and a cool waterfall rinse. A new outdoor relaxation area is one of many new features that have been added since the spa's most recent makeover in 2014. Gym and yoga facilities are also available, and the integrated wellness program now includes approximately 35 classes per week. Well-known fitness instructors from the U.S. and Canada are featured several times per year.
The 144' luxury catamaran Caborey is the premier cruise ship in Los Cabos, best known for its popular margarita and dinner cruises. The dinner cruise is one of the great local dining experiences, particularly for those who are in town for a short time and want to get a feel for the local landscape, culture and cuisine. Enjoy romantic sunset views of Cabo San Lucas Bay, Médano and Lovers' Beaches, and the unique rock formations such as El Arco that stretch out towards Land's End. There are two belowdecks areas for dinner, depending upon your ticket preference. There is a buffet on the middle deck, and a sit-down dinner on the lower deck with a choice of entrées. After the sit-down dinner, there is a rousing Las Vegas-style floor show featuring Mexican and Latin American singing and folk dances, headlined by a passionately romantic Argentine style tango.
Lover's and Divorce Beaches are as close as you can get to Land's End, the peninsula's southernmost point, without a boat. However, visitors will need to hire a water taxi or other water-based transportation to access them. Lover's Beach is on the Sea of Cortés side, and offers safe swimming and very good snorkeling conditions. It also features spectacular views of the bay, and is the area's most famous site for romantic picnics and wedding related photo shoots. Neighboring Divorce Beach is accessible through a break in the rocks, and is distinguished by crashing Pacific Ocean waves (Warning: avoid swimming on the Pacific side due to strong rip currents and occasional rogue waves). There are no vendors or services on either beach, so pack accordingly.