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8 Crazy fun water activities in Cabo San Lucas

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8 Crazy fun water activities in Cabo San Lucas

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So you’re jetting off for a beach holiday in Los Cabos, Mexico. Lucky you!

There are so many fun water activities in Cabo San Lucas if you like the sea.

Maybe you want to learn to surf? Or go on a (non-cheesy) Cabo dinner cruise around Land’s End? And you’ll love walking, swimming and chillin’ on the Los Cabos beaches – we do!

Fun water activities in Cabo San Lucas

This desert-meets-the-sea resort destination is ideal for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts.

8 Top water activities in Cabo San Lucas

Let’s dive in!

Contents: Cabo San Lucas water activities

1) Water taxi to Land’s End

2) Snorkeling – Best spots and the best snorkel tours

3) Whale watching

4) Cabo sunset cruises – Classy yachts, party boats, dinner cruises, etc.

5) Scuba diving

6) Surfing in Cabo San Lucas – Best surf spots in Cabo San Lucas, surf shops, surf reports, tours and lessons, etc.

7) Best beaches

8) Swimming with whale sharks

1) Cabo water taxi to Land’s End

Taking a Cabo water taxi to see Land's End is one of the best Cabo water activities!
A water taxi ride is the best way to get close-up views of Land’s End

In Cabo, you can’t help but notice the magnificent natural rock formations jutting out into the sea.

That’s Land’s End, at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula.

One of the best ways to see Cabo’s signature landmark is by taking a water taxi. These small wooden boats (some with glass-bottoms) shuttle back and forth between the marina, Lover’s Beach (and Land’s End) and Medano Beach.

Can you walk under the Arch?

We took the photo of the famous rock Arch at Land’s End (shown below) a few years ago when shifting sands created a beach and you could walk through the Arch.

There’s no beach there today, but you never know, with changing sea and weather conditions, a beach could form there again in future!

Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

What you see at Land’s End:

As you pass Lover’s Beach, you get gob-smacking views of the Arch (“El Arco”) – the famous 200-foot rock arch that looks like a donkey drinking from the ocean.

Steller sea lions bask in the sun on a cluster of large nearby rocks and play in the surge. You can smell their strong ammonia stench and hear them barking too.

Take a Cabo water taxi to see sea lions at Land's End
A sea lion sleeps on a rock, oblivious to the boats passing by

And you’re sure to see pelicans hovering about the lime-splattered Pelican Rock.

Have your camera ready!

What you get:

Typically, the boats take you on a 30- to 45-minute, mini-sightseeing cruise around Land’s End to Divorce Beach, then drop you off at Lover’s Beach. You agree on a pre-arranged time for the boat to pick you up from the beach and take you back to the marina (or Medano Beach).

Cost:

The price is good – between $10 and $12 per person.

Glass bottom boats take passengers from Medano Beach to Land's End
A glass bottom boat is ready to take passengers from Medano Beach

Getting out of the water taxi

There are no docks at Lover’s Beach or Medano Beach, so it can be tricky getting out of (or in) the boat.

To get off the boat, you have to jump out of it as the boat rides in on the crest of a wave, then wade ashore (hopefully only in shin-high not waist-high) water.

A local is usually on hand to help you in exchange for a small tip. But you likely will get wet!

2) Snorkeling in Los Cabos

One of the top Cabo water activities is snorkeling
Snorkeling is one of the best water activities in Cabo San Lucas

There’s lots of fun to be had gazing at what’s under the water.

Land’s End is nice and close if you’re staying near the town of Cabo San Lucas. 

Santa Maria Beach and Chileno Beach also offer good snorkeling. (You can drive or take the bus to snorkel at Santa Maria Bay – and get there before the snorkel boats arrive. Snorkeling bliss!)

At Cabo Pulmo, you can snorkel with sea lions.

It's fun to snorkel with sea lions at Cabo Pulmo!
It’s fun to snorkel with sea lions!

We’ve gone on many fun snorkeling tours in Cabo.

Snorkeling tours by boat typically combine snorkeling at two or more sites.

3) Whale watching in Los Cabos

A close-up look at at the head of a humpback whale

Whale watching is hugly popular between December and April, when gray and humpback whales migrate to the warm waters off Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

See them up close on a whale watching tour. For adrenalin thrills, go on a high-speed Zodiac. Or if you want something more stable, choose a tour aboard a big catamaran.

What a fluke! Read more about whale watching in Cabo (including the different kinds tours)

4) Cabo sunset cruises

It's quite romantic to go on a sunset cruise in Cabo
It’s quite romantic to go on a sunset cruise in Cabo

There’s no better way to take in Cabo’s stunning sunsets than out on the water on a sunset cruise.

You might have seen Land’s End by day, but it’s a whole other experience when the sun starts to drop below the horizon.

The golden light shimmers on the water and a fiery glow outlines the stark rocky cliffs. Then when the night turns dusky black, the twinkling lights of Cabo are so romantic, you can’t help but hug the person beside you.

Most sunset cruises in Cabo San Lucas are between two and three hours long and offer drinks and appies. Some offer dinner too.

Cabo dinner cruise on the Rissalena:

The Rissalena is one of the nicest boats for a sunset cruise in Cabo
The Rissalena is one of the nicest boats for a sunset cruise in Cabo

The Rissalena offers one of the best sunset cruises in Cabo. We’ve been on the Rissalena a couple of times – Laura (the owner/manager) does an excellent job taking guests on dinner cruises on a custom-designed power catamaran.

The size is just right for an intimate experience (maximum 24 guests), and the Rissalena is always spotlessly clean, with white leather banquette seating and additional reclining leather seating areas for couples up front.

The music is mellow, perhaps opera in the background as the sun sets. (This isn’t a party boat!)

The Rissalena offers one of the best Cabo sunset cruises
All the makings for a fresh margarita aboard the Rissalena

Dinner is surprisingly very good (considering you’re on a boat) – home-made finger lickin’ barbecued ribs or chicken, healthy fresh salad, guacamole, fresh Mexican fruit, etc.

This is a premium experience and one that consistently gets top reviews year after year, for good reason.

Cabo Sails:

Cabo Sails offers classy Cabo sunset cruises
Heading out from the Cabo San Lucas marina with Cabo Sails

See the sun set from your own private sailboat (well, your own sailboat for a couple of hours at least).

Cabo Sails offers private charters for two to 20 guests on a selection of sailboats ranging in length from 28 to 44 feet. On the 44-foot Espiritu Santi, we lolled about like Romans on plump big cushions scattered on the deck of the bow, as we sipped wine and nibbled on fresh veggies and chicken taquitos.

Pretty decadent!

Pez Gato:

If you’re looking for a party cruise, pick Pez Gato. They offer a fun sunset party cruise, and you can’t beat the price.

The reputable tour operator has a few different boats, but their “Cabo Party Cruise” is the one for dancing, drinking, games and high spirits.

Cabo Mar:

Slip on your dancing shoes (blue suede?) for this sunset dinner-and-dancing cruise. It’s not a booze cruise, but a fun 2½-hour Cabo dinner cruise (with a Mexican buffet) suitable for couples and families.

Bonus!

You’re not likely to get seasick on the Cabo Mar – it’s a double-decker catamaran, 65 feet long and 36 feet wide.

You might also like the following sunset cruises in Cabo:

5) Scuba diving

You'll see amazing creatures scuba diving in Cabo San Lucas
Oh, the wonders you’ll see underwater!

You can dive at Land’s End.

But for knock-your-socks-off diving, head to the national marine park of Cabo Pulmo – where the wild things really are (like sharks).

October is an awesome month to go diving in Los Cabos.

It’s an underwater world of wonders! Read more about scuba diving in Cabo

6) Surfing in Cabo San Lucas

Surfing in Cabo San Lucas
Yes, you can surf in Cabo San Lucas!

Get amped on big barrels and pumping wave action!

Surfing is a popular water sport in Los cabos. The southern part of the Baja Peninsula boasts some rocking surfing beaches.

Surf spots in Cabo San Lucas:

On the Sea of Cortez side, the waves are largest in spring and summer (March to October). Check out Playa Acapulquito and Playa Costa Azul.

For winter waves, head to Los Cerritos and Pacific-side beaches near Todos Santos.

Surfing in Cabo San Lucas
Looking for some waves to ride? There are some sweet beaches for surfing in Cabo San Lucas!

Tours and surf lessons in Cabo San Lucas:

Check out these surf shops in Cabo San Lucas for lessons and tours:

Costa Azul Surf Shop – Excellent rental equipment and instructors; they also take small groups on surfing excursions.

High Tide Sea Expeditions – One of the best tour operators, with friendly professional guides who go the extra mile to get you standing up on your surf board.

Mike Doyle’s Surf School – A good place to learn to surf; all instructors are certified by the National Surf Schools & Instructors Association (NSSIA).

Cabo Pros – A newer surfing outfitter based in San Jose del Cabo, offering surf lessons and southern Baja surf trips.

Surfing in Cabo is one of the most popular things for water lovers!
Surfing is popular in Baja and Los Cabos

More information on surfing Los Cabos:

See the “Surfers Guide to Cabo” on WaveTribe.

You might also want to check out the following surfing lessons and tours:

7) Hit the beach!

Beach at Cabo San Lucas
Cabo has great beaches

We know, we get it! The beach is where you want to spend a lot of your time when visiting Cabo. And there are many gorgeous beaches in Cabo!

Just remember you can’t swim at some. In fact, rogue waves and rip currents make these particular beaches downright dangerous. So be sensible choosing where to swim.

Chilling on the beach is one of the best things to do in Los Cabos
The water looks inviting, but check first to see if the beach is safe for swimming

Find out where to go in Cabo: Discover the 5 best beaches in Cabo San Lucas

8) Swimming with whale sharks

Whale sharks in Cabo are the largest fish in the world - and very gentle
Whale sharks are the largest fish in the world – and very gentle

There are few places in the world where you can swim with endangered whale sharks – La Paz is one of them.

La Paz (which means “peace” in Spanish) is an authentic Mexican town on the east coast of the Baja Peninsula. The drive from Cabo San Lucas takes a little over two hours.

Snorkeling with whale sharks? One of the absolute best things to do in Los Cabos in winter!
Snorkeling with whale sharks? One of the absolute best things to do in Los Cabos in winter!

Basically, you go out by boat into the Bay of La Paz. When whale sharks are spotted, you slip into the water wearing snorkeling gear, and watch as the huge gentle fish swim by you.

Swimming with the whale sharks is simply one of the best water activities in Los Cabos. It’s an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience – and highly recommended if you visit Los Cabos between October and February.

Get all the details! Read more about swimming with whale sharks in La Paz

Best time to go to Cabo San Lucas

The weather is typically very reliable from October to May (sunny and hot), making fall to spring the best time to visit Cabo San Lucas.

That works out very nicely for North Americans and Europeans – you can go somewhere warm when it’s cold where you live!

Enjoy Los Cabos!

Hey! You made it to the end of our post on the best Cabo waters sports and activities for beach and watersports lovers!

Now all you have to do is pack your bags and go… Enjoy your trip!

Experience more of Cabo San Lucas!

Read our posts on:

Where to stay | From the boutique (and very artsy) Hotel El Ganzo in San Jose del Cabo to the Grand Velas (the most luxurious all-inclusive), these are the best luxury hotels in Cabo.

Airport transfers | Check out the best Cabo airport transportation options. We’ve reviewed the top ones.

Flora Farms | In Cabo, do yourself a favor and eat at the beautiful farm-to-table Flora Farms restaurant.

Complete Cabo guide | Oh heck, just read our ultimate Cabo San Lucas travel guide. It’s packed with info on the best restaurants, what to do, tips (like, can you drink the water?) and more!

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Monica Clark

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

I never really was a fan of Mexico till I went to Cabo. Loved it, the town, the people. You can just jump on a bus or boat taxi for next to nothing and just do your own adventures. Lots to do. I'd go back in a heart beat.

Janice and George

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

So glad to hear you enjoyed Cabo! It's an easy introduction to Mexico, because so many Canadians and Americans vacation there. People speak English. The hotels are high-class. Restaurants are good and safe, etc.

Erin Kyle

Wednesday 28th of March 2018

Thanks so much for all this great info! We are going to Cabo with our kids, 9,10 and 13 at the end of July. We are looking for a family friendly snorkeling tour for the day, so we will check out the ones you suggested. How is the water that time of year?

Janice and George

Sunday 1st of April 2018

Glad the info here is helpful for you :-). And the water? It should be lovely and warm for snorkeling. Have a great trip!

Becky

Wednesday 21st of March 2018

Oh wow. Cabo looks to be a truly stunning place! I love the photos of the tropical fish!

Janice and George

Wednesday 21st of March 2018

You'll have to visit Los Cabos! You'd love it for a winter escape :-).

Irene S Levine

Wednesday 14th of March 2018

Great post filled with good information. I've bookmarked this one. Yearning for Cabo right now!

Janice and George

Wednesday 14th of March 2018

It's been such a yicky winter! Bet a lot of North Americans are yearning for some sunshine and warmth :-)

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