Los Cabos Like a Native
While the impressive world-class resorts that populate Los Cabos and its surrounding areas make it hard for vacationers to even consider venturing outside of their many comforts and amenities (see Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos) there’s plenty more to do for those errant souls that like to stray a little –or a lot– off the beaten path.
Ecotourism, Golf, and Art
Santiago Oasis. About midway between San José del Cabo Airport and La Paz you’ll find this little-known gem. Visit Rancho Ecológico Sol de Mayo for a quick hike that will take you into the cool waters of a serene swimming hall, bathed by a beautiful seasonal cascade.
Palmilla Golf Club. Golfing fans will find no shortage of spectacular public courses, but consensus places this Jack Nicklaus-designed masterpiece as the best course in Cabo, and among the top 100 in the world. Several of its holes come right to the edge of the Sea of Cortés, and you’ll probably have a tough time keeping your score low with so many breathtaking vistas at every turn. Trust us, dad will love it.
San José Art Walk. A fairly recent tradition that is fast becoming a must among visitors is this leisurely stroll through San José del Cabo’s Art District, where galleries open their doors every Thursday evening (5-9 PM) to offer you a glass of wine, some cheese, and the opportunity to mingle with local artists and art aficionados alike. Just remember: The Art Walk runs November-June, during tourist high season.
Surfing, Sunning, and Partying
Todos Santos. Another worthy day trip: The little town of Todos Santos is part surfer’s retreat, part artistic community, and a surefire way to relax among its sun-drenched plazas and quaint eateries. The legendary Hotel California just closed shop due to some legal issue with the classic rock band associated with its name, but you’ll come across plenty of nice venues to cool your heels and sip a cerveza or two.
Nikki Beach. If peaceful relaxation is not in the cards, how about partaking in the best pool party in town? This Médano beach hotspot bustles with cool customers, flavorful drinks, rocking beats, and plenty of opportunities to meet interesting people. Need we say more?
Exploring Salt and Fresh Water
Cabo Pulmo. On of the best diving and snorkeling opportunities, bar none. Take a class if you’re a newbie or schedule a tour for an advanced-level experience, but don’t miss the chance to bask in the magnificent biodiversity of this marine sanctuary, one of the largest in the Western hemisphere.
Estero de San José del Cabo. This fresh water estuary, the southernmost in the Baja peninsula, is just bursting with wildlife and natural beauty. Hit the reserve at sunrise or sunset to enjoy the largest concentration of local avian species, just off the Zona Hotelera.
Other worthy options: Traipsing about the tidal pools in Playa Santa María… Horseback riding lessons with the experts in Cuadra San Francisco… Beers and seafood platters at Palapa Azul… Hiking expeditions through Sierra La Giganta… Surfing at Playa Monumentos.