5 things you didn't know you could do in Los Cabos
From jaw-dropping coastal scenery and world-class golf to legendary dining and entertainment, the Pacific Mexican resort destination of Los Cabos is on many Canadians’ vacation hit lists. Did we mention it also enjoys up to 360 days of sunshine a year? But there are many more things you can pack into your holiday here – read on for five of the more surprising ones.
Often described as the most exciting zipline tour in Los Cabos, not only are you suspended 100 metres up in the air but you’re also flying above the Baja California desert! It’s located in a canyon where you’ll find unique flora and fauna, and enjoy views of where the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean meet. This ‘monster zipline’ features eight thrilling circuits, so you can be sure that you’ll be getting a huge adrenaline rush while enjoying those incredible desert views!
Where to stay: After all that excitement, you can unwind, sip on a cocktail and admire the views of the ocean at the Gabi Beach seaside restaurant at Paradisus Los Cabos, or from the elegant rooms and suites. You can take part in a packed activity program of activities including yoga, Pilates and aqua-aerobics and enjoy regular evening entertainment from tropical parties and karaoke to magic shows. There are also some memorable dining options including tasting menus and wine pairings created by famed 8-star Michelin Chef, Martin Berasategui.
If slow is more your speed, you can go as slow as you like while exploring the Baja desert on a camel. As you wander through this semi-arid region, you’ll see all kinds of plant species and wildlife like deer and foxes as you pass by a cacti forest before riding along the seashore. Most tours also include a Mexican lunch served with authentic tequila. You can also explore the desert on horseback or kick things up a notch and ride along the coastal dunes on an ATV.
Where to stay: Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and Spa is an elegant colonial Mexican resort within easy reach of many of Los Cabos’ best golf courses and historical attractions. You can cool off in one of the three sprawling pools with swim-up bars or visit the full-service spa for some pampering. If you’re travelling with the family, the Explorer’s Club for kids offers a wide range of activities such as sand castle competitions, nature exploration and movie nights.
Okay, so it’s not actually in Los Cabos and it’s not really the Hotel California that inspired the legendary Eagles song, but Hotel California in the idyllic town of Todos Santos is a hub of art and culture. The town itself is often dubbed as a ‘Magical Town’ for its beautiful landscape, colonial architecture, numerous art galleries and plentiful festivals. You can take a guided tour of the town that also includes the history of Hotel California, the town’s oldest hotel.
Where to stay: Combine your history experience with something new at Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos. This all new luxury resort will make you feel like a celebrity with its sophisticated rooms featuring hydro spa tub, complimentary music streaming and more, eight gourmet restaurants, waterslides at the main pool and an extensive menu of heavenly treatments at the Rock Spa®.
Did you know the Sea of Cortez is the richest body of water on earth that is home to more than 2000 species of marine life? In Los Cabos, you can set sail to where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez –also known as Land’s End—to encounter sea lions at the popular snorkelling spot of Pelican Beach. You’ll likely see them dipping and diving through the water or sun bathing on the rocks. The area is home to the famous ‘El Arco’ (a natural rock formation that arches over the ocean), beautiful Lover’s Beach and the mysterious San Andrés cave. Plus, no visit to Los Cabos would be complete without spotting a whale! There are plenty of tours where you can go in search of these gentle giants.
Where to stay: You can continue enjoying those amazing views of El Arco while staying at Riu Santa Fe, a popular resort that’s great for family getaways. It has an extensive pool complex (that faces the ocean!) and you get unlimited access to its new Splash Water World water park and its thrilling slides. There’s also an action-packed RiuLand Kids Club that will entertain your little ones all day with tons of activities, giving you the chance to enjoy some downtime with a nice dinner or to indulge in a relaxing spa treatment.
A short drive from Los Cabos, the traditional town of San Jose del Cabo has earned a reputation as being a centre for emerging artists. Every Thursday night between November and June, its galleries open their doors to showcase their latest creations. You’ll come across all sorts of artwork from delicate paintings, majestic sculptures and intricate jewellery to textiles and original prints. These aren’t just any regular souvenirs so if you’re looking to invest in a beautiful piece of art this is the place to be!
Where to stay: Just steps away from the colonial streets of San Jose del Cabo is Barcelo Gran Faro Los Cabos. This family-friendly resort has a nice relaxing ambience to it, features plenty of gourmet dining across its five restaurants and lots of activities included such as volleyball, biking and water polo. What's more, on the rooftop Sky Bar you can see some of the best sunsets in the area while sipping on your favourite drink.