10 things to tempt you to Los Cabos

Mike Gerrard

Mike Gerrard

The holiday resort of Los Cabos, at the very southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, has long been on the radar for US travellers but less so for people from the UK. That, however, is set to change with the launch of winter sun holidays in 2019 from TUI.

The stunning blue waters of the Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos, Mexico © Izanbar - Dreamstime .com
The stunning blue waters of the Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos, Mexico © Izanbar - Dreamstime .com

The subtropical climate is another big draw: Los Cabos sits just north of the wetter tropical regions of the Caribbean, which means it's really very dry - in fact, quite similar to the Red Sea, if a touch cloudier. However, there's far more to experience than simply wonderful weather. Read on to see what else might tempt you to give Los Cabos a try.

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1. Scenic kayaking

Los Cabos is wonderful for water sports, with the deep blue sea and crystal clear waters all beckoning. A popular spot to kayak to is the rocky feature known as El Arco, or The Arch.

This natural arch, also called Land's End, is at the very end of the peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. You can also take boat trips out to see it, or to enjoy the beaches either side.

Kayaking round Land's End at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico © Hemis - Alamy Stock Photo
Kayaking round Land's End at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico © Hemis - Alamy Stock Photo

Lover's Beach is on the Sea of Cortez side and is the more popular, as the one on the Pacific side tends to have rougher waters - not to mention it's rather off-putting name: Divorce Beach!

2. The fantastic food

Mexican food is among the tastiest on the planet, and the large numbers of visitors make for a thriving restaurant scene. There's everything from fine dining to cheap and cheerful holes in the wall, and, as Los Cabos is the birthplace of the Baja fish taco, you have to try them at least once.

Fresh fish naturally dominates menus, and even lobster is more affordable here. Another local speciality is the chocolate clam, so-called because of the colour of its shell, not its taste. If you're a real foodie you might want to plan ahead and book a cookery course. There are plenty to choose from.

3. Swimming with sharks

Yes, really. The waters here have plenty of harmless sharks that you can see when snorkelling or swimming without needing the safety of a cage.

Silky shark encounter in the Sea of Cortez - photo courtesy of cabosharkdive.com
Silky shark encounter in the Sea of Cortez - photo courtesy of cabosharkdive.com

You might get lucky and see dolphins as well, or maybe sea lions and even whales. You should book a trip through a reputable company such as Cabo Shark Dive with PADI-certified instructors, who will know where the best spots currently are.

If you don't like getting in the water, you can stay in the boat and watch from above as the waters are very clear.

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4. The warm water

From January to May the average sea temperature hovers around the 22°C to 23°C mark, and that's as cold as it gets! From then on it gets warmer, rising to 29°C from August through to October.

5. Swathes of beaches and beautiful bays

Los Cabos is the overall name given to the neighbouring towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, separated by about 20 miles (32 km) of coastline.

Between them they have dozens of beaches, with everything from busy stretches packed with people to out-of-the-way coves that you can only get to by water taxi, which reduces the crowds.

A word of warning, though: in places, there are strong currents and you can't swim at every single beach. Still, there's always the hotel pool!

6. Pro golf courses

Of Mexico's top fifteen courses, as chosen by a golf magazine, seven of them are in the Los Cabos area.

Playing the Cabo del Sol Ocean course, Cabo San Lucas - photo courtesy of Cabo del Sol
Playing the Cabo del Sol Ocean course, Cabo San Lucas - photo courtesy of Cabo del Sol

There are a dozen championship courses around here, including three designed by Jack Nicklaus, and with more courses on the way. You can play right by the sea, and on courses that incorporate nature's bunkers: natural sand dunes.

7. The art scene

Los Cabos isn't all souvenir shops. In San José del Cabo, in particular, there's a booming arts and crafts scene, with an art walk on Thursday evenings when galleries lay on snacks and drinks, including margaritas, and street performers turn out in force.

You should also head to the art district of the old town if you want to shop for crafts such as jewellery, ceramics, beads, clothing and other items that are as colourful as Mexico itself.

8. Tequila!

Los Cabos is a long way from true tequila country, in the state of Jalisco, but spirits' aficionados will find that plenty of it ends up in Los Cabos.

It's a chance to learn that good tequila is for sipping not slamming, that it works well with tonic, and to discover two of Mexico's other spirits, the whisky-like mezcal and the surprisingly smooth sotol.

Top tip: ignore any bottle that has a worm in it. It isn't a tradition, purely a marketing gimmick.

There are several bars which will give you a lesson in what to look for with both tequila and mezcal, and which offer creative cocktails which show there are many more exciting Mexican drinks than a margarita.

9. For the epic fishing

We're not talking tiddlers, either. This is one of the best deep-sea fishing areas in the world and there are lots of companies prepared to take you out there to chance your luck.

You might catch marlin, swordfish, tuna and any number of the other giants that lurk beneath the waves. For an angler, there's no greater challenge than to reel in a fish that's bigger than you are.

10. Whale watching

The Sea of Cortez is where thousands of whales like to spend the winter before it starts to get too hot for them and they head north up the Pacific coast.

From December till about March is the whale watching season, when there are lots of companies offering boat trips out to see them up close. And sometimes that can be very close.

Plan your winter sun escape: whether you go for the fishing and whale watching or the tequila, don't miss the selection of great value holidays to Los Cabos in 2019 with TUI.

Mike Gerrard

Mike Gerrard
Posted on Tuesday 1st January 2019 in: Beach Central America Excursions Winter sun

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