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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 Cortéz 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.
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 Pleistocene Era, and reef estimated to be 20,000 years old, the park is attractive to kayakers and snorkelers. Tour operator Pez Gato leads snorkel excursions in Santa Maria, a horseshoe-shaped bay that’s home to a marine sanctuary and some of the clearest waters around. Another special spot for snorkeling is Chileno Bay where, during the winter, you can get to hear gray whales’ melodic songs in the distance. And even Cabo Escape, famous for creating breakfast whale-watching tours and for doubling as a floating nightclub on weekends, offers, during the day, excellent snorkeling adventures.
    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 Cortez 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, a sailboat or 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 the humpback whales that migrate through these waters, and sea lions are known to gather in the area.
    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 to an hour. He'll also vary the intensity of your trip from smooth to extreme, based on your preferences. Speaking of intensity, try going underwater aboard Cabo Submarine. Its thick Plexiglas windows look out at sea lions, parrotfish, and near-neon triggerfish, while knowledgeable biologists decipher life in the ocean and answer all of the passengers' questions.
    Photo by Alfredo Martínez
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    I’m on a Boat
    I’m on a Boat
    For some people, laying down on a gorgeous beach is not enough. If adrenaline is what they’re missing they should head to Medano and defy gravity with the help of one of Sea Cabo’s “propelling toys.” If, on the other hand, food, drink and party is what their body and spirit crave, there are two lively options for them: Cabo Escape, the double-decker catamaran party boat, or more formal and old-fashioned Cabo Rey Catamarán, where a multicourse dinner is served with an Argentine-Mexican floor show: mariachi music, folkloric dancing, and dazzling Argentine 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, ironically, nearby pristine islands with stunning rock formations where nature lovers can hike, take bird-watching tours and enjoy wildlife in its most virgin form. Not far from the town of La Paz, few people have heard of La Partida, part of 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
    Medano 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. Loaded with services and amenities, visitors can spend the day on Jet Skis, kayaks, banana boats or Sea Cabo’s 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, Medano 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 swell on the Sea of Cortez side from May to October, and on the Pacific side from November to April. With 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 in Playa Cerritos, 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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