Making the most of Baja's Cabo San Lucas

May 5, 2004
Outside Magazine
Week of September 14-21, 1995

Making the most of Baja's Cabo San Lucas
Choosing the right guide service for a Himalayan expedition
Best autumn day hikes near Winter Park, CO
Do Mexico right: Head straight for the Yucatán
The Land of Enchantment knows no seasons
Off the beaten path in Bali, Indonesia

Making the most of Baja's Cabo San Lucas
Q: What can you recommend for outdoor activities in and around Cabo? I have a four-day company trip there in December and want to make the most of it on the company's dime. I'd rather be out there hiking, biking, etc. while my co-workers sun and imbibe. Any suggestions?
Jennifer DuBois
Seattle, WA
[email protected]

A: In recent years, this once-tiny fishing village on Baja's southernernmost tip has ballooned into an international resort town--complete with five-star hotels, fancy restaurants, and crowded after-hours bars. Nonetheless, you may feel the need to escape this den of reckless self-indulgence for a brief respite in the great outdoors. Since you only have a few days to spare, we recommend staying close to home and checking out some of Cabo's locally-grown outfitters. Cabo is world-renowned for its marlin, so you'll have no trouble tracking down a willing captain to take you out for a day of deep-sea fishing. Because this is such a popular activity, most hotels have their own fishing fleet, and it's easiest to schedule with them--just check with your concierge when you arrive. If you're interested in getting off of the boat and into the water, head down to one of the many scuba shops in town for snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and sailing. Caba Acuadeportes (011-52-114-30117) offers all of theses activities and more. Rent a kayak for $10 per hour or hop on a three-hour guided tour in the Bay of Cabo San Lucas for $75 per person; for a close-up look at Baja's spectacular assortment of marine life, pick up snorkeling equipment for $10 a day, or--if you're not a certified diver--sign up for three-hour resort course ($80 per person). They also offer three one-tank dives every day to popular sites like Pelican Rock, Neptune's Finger, and the Grand Sand Falls for $35 per dive. If you're serious about biking, you'll need to head over to San Jose del Cabo, about 20 miles east of Cabo San Lucas. Pick up a moutain bike for $15 per day at the Brisa del Mar trailer park, just a few miles southwest of San Jose on the Transpeninsular Highway. From there, a challenging 25-mile loop, criss-crossed by dirt roads leading to small ranches and out-of-the-way pueblos, will take you out of town on the road to El Salteador and back through Punta Palmilla. Plan to stop for a swim in one of the many creeks along the way, and make sure your lungs are in good working condition: You'll be spinning your wheels along the foothills of the 7,000-foot Sierra de la Victoria mountains. For more information about activities in and around Cabo, check out "Baja California" in our special Travel Issue.

The Q&A archives

©2000, Mariah Media Inc.

More at Outside

Elsewhere on the Web

Not Now

Got Wanderlust?

Escape your daily grind with Outside’s best getaways.

Thank you!