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Cabo is always about DOing! (Even if your doing consists largely of eating or relaxing.) If you're looking for something to do in Cabo, you're on the right page.

That picture to the right? It's the view from the Villa del Palmar timeshare sales office. Nice view. Annoying pitch!

Here's what we cover in Activities:

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Did you know
Mexico sells most 'prescription' medications over the counter? There are plenty of pharmacias in Cabo. Just ask for your poison and it's yours. No questions... until you get back to US customs! If you want to bring back a few pills, carry an innocuous aspirin bottle to tote your stash over the border.

If you're into the whole ganja thing, just wear a Grateful Dead shirt and you'll get plenty of offers. (They'll usually offer a pipe too!) As with all shopping, you should bargain and dicker with pills too.

The non-Mexican city to remind us most of Cabo so far? That'd be Basseterre St Kitts and Nevis. Check out some St Kitts news.

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It might be a desert but it's the water that defines Cabo.

The hotel beaches are Cabo's most blatant. Depending on where you stay in Cabo, they might be right out your back door! With few (well marked) exceptions, the beaches are public. Keep your clothes on though, as nude sun bathing is illegal in Mexico... not that anybody's going to give you a ticket.

As you enter the beach near a resort, you'll notice an area marked off by a rope. It's easy to see because throngs of peddlers line up there to offer their wares. Buy necklaces, scarves, blankets, or get your hair braided... but read the bargaining section first! Not interested in cornrows? Ignore them and eventually they'll ignore you.

Every hundred yards or so you'll find a shanty or kiosk staffed by enthusiastic adventurists. You may purchase several different flavors including:

  • vomit-inducing parasailing
  • SCUBA fantasies
  • jet skis (noisy, but safer than prostitutes)
  • fishing charters (Cabo = awesome Marlin!)
  • excursion de snorkeling
  • and more!

You can also acquire these !extreme! services: in town, at most hotels and online... maybe even on this very page!

water taxiLovers Beach and the Arches are Cabo's postcard fodder, and for good reason. They're fantastic. Only hydrophobes and the mobily-challenged provide halfway decent excuses for missing these attractions! There are no bathrooms at these tandem, remote locations, but enterprising locals are there to sell you beer and trinkets. Bring a towel, snorkeling gear, water and climbing shoes if ya got'em. Head to our transportation page for info about taking a water taxi to Lovers Beach.

Still not sick of water? If you're not a complete cheapskate, chances are your hotel has a few pools and hot tubs. The latter are great for cervezas and amigas at night. You cheapskates can likely sneak into most hotel pool areas if you're so inclined. Staying on the Pacific Ocean side of Cabo? Swim the Pacific only if you have an undertow fetish or a death wish.

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Ample shopping and even a first-run movie theater surround the marina. You'll recognize many of the stores from your neighborhood mall. (yawn) But the real shopping fun is found on the streets of Cabo a few blocks from the marina mall.

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Itchin' to get your sea legs on, yo? If fishing isn't your thing, Cabo still delivers on the boaty goodness. Just mutter, "I want to buy a sunset cruise" under your breath and chances are somebody will offer to sell you one. If that fails, just check with your concierge or try muttering it a little louder. Oh, or check any of the many, free, local newspapers and magazines. Then either walk or water taxi to the marina to board.

A sunset cruise usually consists of fat Americans listening to reggae, eating salsa on a boat as the sun sets over the beautiful arches. A "booze cruise" is similar, but the Americans are usually younger, thinner and drunker. Oh, and a booze cruise can happen ANY time! Woo! Our recommendation? If you're feeling the boat urge, hire a water taxi to ferry you wherever you want to go. (e.g. the Arches / Lovers' Beach)


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Ah... whale watching. If you happen to be near the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) in the late winter or early spring AND you love whales, you're in luck. 'Tis the season of many a whale near Cabo!

What you pay depends on how you acquire your whale passage. Waste two hours listening to a timeshare sales pitch and it's free. Purchase from a reputable and lubricated (READ: tip!) broker and you'll likely pay anywhere from $20 to $75 per head.

We went whale watching on a rig known as the Pez Gato in the height of whale season. Sure enough, we saw a few whales, and even a mother/child paring. But as whales kind of like the whole underwater thing, the pinnacle of your journey will be sighting a barnacle covered back and if you're lucky, a whale's tale popping out of the water and then slapping back down. Wow.

It's mostly anticlimactic. Most of the time you'll see throngs of other boats filled with bored gawking tourists. You'll also see plenty of dolphins, egrets, greebs, loons and pelicans. Every time just about anything is within view, your friendly crew will start oohing and wowing loudly... which sort of makes you think everything is just a little bit more exciting (and/or not) than it really is. If you're disappointed by not seeing a lot of whale action, the whale watching trip is not for you.

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cabo museumOur Cabo Action mascot is one of the many topiary sculptures at a place we like to call El Pollo Parque. It's actual name is something like Plaza Amelia Wilkes and you'll find it by heading west on Lazaro Cardenas (the main drag) until it merges into another street. Enjoy the gazebo, relax on the benches, gawk at the Mexican shrubbery sculptures, peruse the shops, cafes, etc. There is also a dilapidated whale skeleton outside of a larger park building. Why?

That building is the Baja National History Museo! (a rough non-translation) Head inside for a free look at the natural history of the southern Baja Peninsula. Most of the placards are in espanol, but there's enough english print to make it worth your while. Don't expect hours of educational fun though; you should be able to make it though the whole shebang in less than half an hour.

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