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Essential Los Cabos

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All the must-sees in Los Cabos.
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Carretera Transpeninsular Km 43.5, 23420 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
It hasn't yet hit the radar among amateur birders but Los Cabos is beginning to attract passionate birdwatchers who travel the world to tick more sightings off their checklists. The diverse microclimates of Baja California and Los Cabos allow...
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Manuel Doblado & Boulevard Mijares, (office on rooftop at Shooters Sports Bar), Centro, 23400 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
Cabo Outfitters leads full-day kayak and snorkel excursions to the bay of Cabo Pulmo, a national marine park reputed to have the greatest variety of underwater life in all of Los Cabos. All gear is provided for the trip, led by experienced guides...
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Boulevard Paseo de la Marina S/N, Centro, Marina, 23450 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
Guides take you off the beaten path—literally—for a scenic desert drive in an open-wheel vehicle you pilot yourself. Tours range from one-third- and half-day options to four-day trips that show off Baja California's rugged beauty and uncover...
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San Ignacio, Los Cangrejos, 23473 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
It's amazing to think that the gray whale trundles its massive body—an average weight of 26 tons and an average length of 40 feet—on the longest migration journey of all mammals: nearly 10,000 miles from the Arctic to Mexico's Baja California...
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Francisco I Madero, Centro, San Lucas, 23450 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
Cuban cigars, considered the best of the best by tobacco connoisseurs, are technically out of reach for most Americans, thanks to the U.S. embargo of Cuban goods. If you're in Cabo, though, there's nothing preventing you from taking a puff on an...
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San José del Cabo 1227, centro, Centro, 23400 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
Visiting Baja Brewing Company is a must! Everything on the menu is good, but the Basil-Blue Cheese Burger is my favorite of their pub fare, and I highly recommend their Escorpion Negro if you'd like a smooth, malty beer to go with your meal! Baja...
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Alvaro Obregon 12, Centro, 23400 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
Every Thursday night during the months of November to June, San Jose de Cabo's galleries stay open late for Art Walk. You can join other art lovers on a casual stroll through the Art District's many galleries, enjoying work in various media from...
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Paseo de Los Pescadores, La Playita, 23403 B.C.S., Mexico
Cabo is called the marlin capital of the world. If you want to find out whether that's a gimmicky line or if it's true, plenty of captains are standing by to take you on a sport-fishing excursion. Drop your line in the shadow of the famous arch of...
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México 1, Chulavista, San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
San Jose del Cabo's geographical location, fronting both the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez, makes for great year-round surfing. Surf in Cabo offers one to 10-day tours for surfers of all levels. Beginners and those arriving without gear can also...
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San Jose, Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
If spotting Cabo's Pacific bottlenose or Pacific white-sided dolphins in the wild has made you keen for a closer encounter with the gentle marine mammals, you can sign up for a dolphin swim experience. Though you can't splash in the sea with...
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Calle Lás Ánimas s/n, Ánimas Bajas, Animas Bajas, 23407 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
Los Cabos has more than offer than sand and sea. This tip of the Baja Peninsula has deep farming roots. Huerta los Tamarindos organic farm offers farm tours and cooking classes. Harvest ingredients from the fields and prepare a four-course meal...
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The Pacific waters of San Jose del Cabo are perfect for all sorts of water sports and recreational activities, including the increasingly popular stand-up paddleboarding. If you're already an ace at SUP or if you want to get your feet wet in this...
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Alvaro Obregon, Centro, San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
Of the many galleries in San Jose del Cabo, Galeria Corsica is one of the finest, having been established for over a decade and with outposts in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City. The gallery specializes in the work of contemporary Mexican artists,...
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Baja California Sur, Mexico
American expat Drew Deckman has two Baja outposts: a seasonal, alfresco pop-up on the edge of the Mogor Badan Vineyard, and Deckman's San Jose del Cabo, his year-round restaurant. At both spots, you'll find menus that "celebrate the bounty of Baja...
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Carretera Transpeninsular San José del Cabo Km. 30, Las Ánimas Bajas, 23407 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
At Flora's, the farm-to-table restaurant and bar, you'll also find Flora Grocery, a small but carefully curated gift shop. On offer are preserves, honeys, sauces, dressings, and pickled vegetables, all made with goods grown on or near the farm....
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One of the great pleasures of traveling in Mexico is visiting traditional local markets, which sell everything from produce and household goods to handcrafts and textiles. In San Jose del Cabo, the local artisans' market, or Plaza Artesanos, is...
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This botanical garden may be in a desert, but that doesn't mean it lacks biodiversity: more than one million plants representing over 1,500 varieties can be found here. The plants that were chosen for the carefully designed garden honor Mexico's...
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Sometimes, you just have to satisfy your sweet tooth and the only thing that will do is a French pastry—even if you're in Mexico. French pastry chef Jacques Chretien can help out; his French Riviera Bistro has pastry cases full of chocolate,...
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Carr. Transp. KM 27.5, Palmilla, 23406 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
Cream Cafe's motto is "Life is too short for bad coffee." And since Mexico is a coffee-producing country, Cream needn't import its beans: it just has them shipped from the Mexican states of Puebla and Veracruz. Cream is an upscale cafe where...
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Carretera Transpeninsular San José del Cabo Km. 30, Las Ánimas Bajas, 23407 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
A 10-acre organic farm provides the bounty for the meals at Flora's Field Kitchen, a farm-to-table restaurant at the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains in San Jose del Cabo. The farm also provides fruits and vegetables for the...
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El Medano Ejidal, Marina, 23479 Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
If you've had a tough time finding authentic souvenirs, you might find something suitable in an unlikely place: Cabo's biggest shopping mall. Puerto Paraiso may be the last place you'd think about going while in Cabo, but it has several stores,...
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Miguel Hidalgo S/N, Gallery District, Centro, 23400 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
The church of the mission of San Jose del Cabo is simple, both inside and out, but one of its charms is a special area where locals tie ribbons with petitions for divine intervention or expressions of thanks written on them. If you'd like to join...
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Calle Boulevard Antonio Mijares s/n, Edificio Eclipse, 23400 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
"Contemporary Baja fusion" is the culinary style of Chef Tadd Chapman of Don Sanchez, a Mexican restaurant just a short walk from San Jose del Cabo's mission church. A massive outdoor courtyard and live music add to the appeal of the locally...
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Libramiento al Aeropuerto Km. 119, Club de Golf Fonatur, Campo de Golf Fonatur, 23405 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
Plenty of international golf clubs and resorts can boast that they have a Jack Nicklaus or Robert Trent Jones-designed course. But Club Campestre is probably the only one that can claim this particular bragging right: those superstar-designed...
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Playa El Medano, Zona del Arroyo, 23479 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
Instructors certified by the United States Parachute Association perform tandem jumps with brave souls who want to feel as if they're soaring straight down from the sun. Views are epic on this adventure, as you free fall toward the famous Arch of...
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Paseo Malecon San Jose, Zona Turistica Fona Tur, Zona Hotelera, 23405 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
Travelers who are vegetarian or vegan often have difficulty finding restaurants where they'll have the same range of choices offered to meat-eaters. Fortunately, this isn't the case in Baja, which is blessed with so much farm-fresh produce that...