By Alex Navarro, Baja adventure expert
Summertime is family fun time and Cabo is the perfect place to enjoy many incredible adventures and activities with your loved ones. Here are some great suggestions to think about trying out this vacation.
Scuba diving – book a scuba diving trip to any of the amazing sites with one of the numerous outstanding scuba operators. Maybe go to the incredible reef at Cabo Pulmo National Marine Reserve Park where there are many different sites at the various coral reef fingers for all kinds of experiences. The snorkeling is wonderful at La Sirenita beach at the south end of Cabo Pulmo bay too. Or, check out the many cool dive sites near the Famous Arch like Neptune’s Finger, Pelican Rock and the Sandfalls. Much wildlife you may encounter in this trip like many pelicans and seagulls and other beautiful sea birds and also near the arch you will observe the wonderful sea lion colony.
Snorkeling– such an accessible and super fun thing to do and Cabo has some fantastic beaches where it is perfect to do it. Some top choices are Chileno Reef, Santa Maria Bay, Pelican Rock and of course Cabo Pulmo and La Sirenita beach.
Ocean Kayaking – some of my recommendations would be to do a trip from Medano Bay to Lover’s Beach or from Santa Maria to Chileno Reef or from Cabo Pulmo Bay to La Sirenita Beach. In the first trip you can also check out the Arch and snorkel at Pelican Rock. In the second trip you can snorkel at both Chileno and Santa Maria. And in the Cabo Pulmo kayaking trip you can snorkel at the previously mentioned amazing Sirenita beach. Your concierge will help you book this adventures with the best operators.
Surfing– you can’t go home without doing some surfing in Baja. Here within DESTINO Magazine you can find a list of the surf breaks around. All of them are amazing and range in all different types of waves. But for learning to surf, the top beaches are Cerritos beach in the Pacific Side and Acapulquito beach in San Jose del Cabo. Last month we had the popular Los Cabos Open of Surf and it was an amazing event that immersed us in the wonderful surf culture worldwide. Baja is all about surfing, so try to catch some of the great waves down here!
SUP – many hotels and adventure outfitters offer stand up paddle board tours or rentals. This is such a great activity to get out in nature in an easy, fun and safe way.
Skateboarding– there are two great bowls around I would like to suggest. One is in Pescadero town in the Pacific Side and the other is on the main highway in downtown San Jose del Cabo. So if it’s a flat day on the waves, check out these parks with the whole family. By the way, the Pescadero bowl now has a great skate school within the park. This bowl is the perfect place to get extreme skating due to its renowned steep and fast speed walls. The park also has other areas for practicing street tricks and a mini-U too. It is a great spot for a picnic with the family as well.
Sailing– head out from Cabo San Lucas Marina or Puerto Los Cabos Marina and enjoy a wonderful day sailing where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. Some stops for snorkeling at Santa Maria Bay or Chileno Reef are the perfect addition to your sailing adventure.
Fishing– as you know the sport fishing here in Cabo is amazing. One of the cool things is you can check out the Arch on your way fishing. Maybe go out with the whole family or maybe just with the boys.
Jet skiing – checking out the Arch is something the family has to do while visiting here. So renting some jet skis at Medano Bay might be the ideal way to do it and the most fun and adventurous too.
Atvs – go off roading with your loved ones into Baja’s canyons and sand trails. Just a few minutes from Cabo San Lucas or San Jose de Cabo are many Atv and buggy operators that run the most exhilarating tours. All kinds of terrain can be encountered so it is a great way to go into Baja’s wonderful nature. There are also some operators that run Motocross and Enduro trips too.
Zip lining – for sure also one of the best ways to check out Baja’s desert landscapes. There are many operators to choose from, but any of them offer magical and safe adventures. The kids will love it!
Waterfalls and hot springs – one of my all time favorite things to do also, is to go to Santiago Oasis town just an hour north from San Jose del Cabo and drive into the mountains to the famous Fox Canyon waterfalls. There are also relaxing hot springs in the area, so just ask a local resident of Santiago the directions. I always try to take my family and friends there when they visit.
Horseback riding – there are really nice places for horseback riding here, like the beach and desert trails. This will be an unforgettable activity you can do with your couple or the whole family too.
Parasailing– checking out the Arch while parasailing has got be one of the coolest ways to do it. I would definitely recommend it. There are also tandem rides so you can go up with a family member.
Skydiving– if your family is really adventurous, the awesome thing about skydiving here in Cabo is that the contrast you see between the ocean blue water and the desert land while you are falling is beautiful.
Bungee– I’ve never bungeed here in Cabo, but I am looking forward to do it one of these days. I can just imagine jumping off somewhere in a canyon falling with all this amazing nature around me. This vacation is the perfect time to do it and Cabo’s landscapes will make it even more unforgettable for your beautiful family.
Jeep tour – hire one of the cool adventure companies that run these fantastic tours and take the whole family. Experience the beauty of Baja when you drive through the mystical desert trails and arrive at traditional ranches where you can see and taste the ranch life. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the ranches and learn many things about the lifestyle, and the wildlife and plants of the area.
Water slide park – just south of Santiago town and Miraflores town in the little town of Caduaño is a cool water park called Wet Fun. Here also within DESTINO Magazine in the activities section you will find more information and directions. For sure an extremely fun plan all the family can partake in.
Wirikuta Spectacle – on a different note, maybe top off your incredible vacation with a Wirikuta show. This is an amazing production in a magical spot where you can experience a beautiful Pre-hispanic dinner show spectacle perfect for all the family.
Typical Mexican Market – of course you can’t go home without some family shopping. A great place to check out is the outdoor Mercado Tipico every Saturday morning in Plaza La Jolla in San Jose del Cabo, where for sure you will find the perfect souvenir and gift to take back home.
So make this summer vacation the most memorable one and get out in the sun to have some fun with all the family. We are very grateful for your visit and wish you a great time and to come back soon.