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Los Cabos Beaches

Snorkeling in Cabo
Los Cabos Beaches
These southernmost points of Baja California have beaches facing both the Sea of Cortés and the Pacific Ocean, with plenty of water sports—including superb surfing, snorkeling, and diving—and the chance to see the area from horseback or hang glider.
By Ashley Alvarado, AFAR Local Expert
Photo courtesy of Wildcabo
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    Snorkeling in Cabo
    Snorkeling in Cabo
    A protected area since 1995, Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is home to three coral reefs, including North America's only hard coral reef. With an underwater marine terrace dating back to the Ice Age and a reef estimated to be 20,000 years old, the park is attractive to kayakers and snorkelers. Tour operator Pez Gato leads snorkel excursions in horseshoe-shaped Santa Maria Bay, home to a marine sanctuary and some of the clearest waters around. Another special spot for snorkeling is Chileno Bay, where you can hear gray whales’ melodic songs in the distance during the winter. Even Cabo Escape, famous for creating breakfast whale-watching tours and for doubling as a floating nightclub on weekends, offers excellent snorkeling adventures during the day.
    Photo courtesy of Wildcabo
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    El Arco at Land's End
    El Arco at Land's End
    El Arco (The Arch) is a rock formation at Land's End, where the Sea of Cortés meets the Pacific Ocean. The landmark is three stories high and features a naturally formed arch through which water flows. It is Los Cabos' most iconic natural landmark, and to see it, you can hire a catamaran or a sailboat or take a full tour like those offered by SunRider and Cabo Expeditions. Or for the ultimate scenic experience, Cabo Sky Tours provides aerial views aboard a powered hang glider. Depending on the season, you may catch a glimpse of sea lions, which are known to gather in the area, and humpback whales migrating through the waters.
    Photo by Alfredo Martínez
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    Beach Views from Above and Below
    Beach Views from Above and Below
    Los Cabos is beautiful enough when explored by land, but the view from above adds an extra-dazzling dimension. Book with Cabo Sky Tours for a flight in Ernesto Magaña's ultralight plane. A captain with decades of flying experience, Magaña can arrange tours of 10 minutes' duration to an hour. He'll also vary the intensity of your trip from smooth to extreme, based on your preference. Speaking of intensity, try going underwater aboard Cabo Submarine. Its thick plexiglass windows look out at sea lions, parrot fish, and near-neon triggerfish, while knowledgeable biologists decipher life in the ocean and answer passengers' questions.
    Photo by Alfredo Martínez
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    Los Cabos from the Water
    Los Cabos from the Water
    For some people, lying on a gorgeous beach is not enough. If adrenaline is what they’re missing, they should head to Médano Beach and defy gravity with the help of one of Sea Cabo Activities’ “propelling toys.” If, on the other hand, food, drink, and partying is what their body and spirit crave, there are two lively options for them: Cabo Escape, the double-decker catamaran party boat, or the more formal and old-fashioned catamaran Caborey, where a multicourse dinner is served with an Argentine-Mexican floor show of mariachi music, folkloric dancing, and dazzling tango performances.
    Photo by Rita Trejo
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    Visit the Islands
    Visit the Islands
    As a destination, Los Cabos is perfectly equipped with every desirable creature comfort, including those found in nature: nearby pristine islands with stunning rock formations where you can hike, take bird-watching tours, and enjoy wildlife in its most virgin form. Not far from the town of La Paz is little-known Isla Partida in the Espíritu Santo Archipelago, whose namesake island is a protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
    Photo by Alfredo Martínez
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    Cabo's Party Beach
    Cabo's Party Beach
    Médano Beach, in Cabo San Lucas, is the main safe swimming beach in the area as well as a renowned party spot—complete with a raucous beach bar, Billygan's Island, that keeps things going with drinking games and stage shows. Médano is loaded with services and amenities, and visitors can spend the day on Jet Skis, in kayaks or banana boats, strapped to Sea Cabo Activities’ X-Jet Packs, or simply playing Frisbee and volleyball. Plenty of vendors will come by sunbathers to ply their wares, which include everything from silver jewelry to hair-braiding, and several restaurants are nearby for when you want to fuel up. If you're looking for the hustle—and hustling—that accompanies the party-hard vibe, Médano Beach is a great choice.
    Photo by Rita Trejo
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    Surfing Beaches
    Surfing Beaches
    Los Cabos' position on the tip of the Baja Peninsula makes it a privileged location for surfing. Waves are excellent year-round, with good swells on the Sea of Cortés side from May to October, and on the Pacific side from November to April. With Baja's nearly 1,000 miles of coastline, it's not hard to find a choice patch of water to drop your board in. If you're new to surfing and need lessons, or if you just want a hand finding all the sweet spots, check in at Mario Surf School at Los Cerritos Beach, but if you're ready to really dig in, go for Surf in Cabo—they arrange trips lasting up to 10 days.
    Photo by Alfredo Martínez
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