Spoiler Alert: There will be camels.
Wanting to meet up with friends or family in “Cabo”? First, a quick Mexican geography lesson: “cabo” means “cape” in Spanish and cabo can refer to the town of Cabo San Lucas, or its sister city, San Jose del Cabo. The two share a coastline, and San Jose Del Cabo is about a 30-minute drive northeast from Cabo San Lucas. Both are on the cape of the Baja California peninsula and together these cities are an area called Los Cabos, a.k.a. “Cabo.” Now that we’ve got that sorted, the real fun can begin. So what are we doing on our day trip in Cabo?
Head into the Outback
Live your Aladdin dream right here in Mexico, people, with one of Loc Cabos’ Baja Outback camel adventure tours. A professional guide takes you on this highly rated tour to tromp along the beaches and soak up the coastal scenery atop a sweet, lanky-legged desert camel. The best tours also serve you lunch with an ocean view, offer classes like tortilla making—and include a tequila tasting. Sign us up!
Hit the Water
Where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez there is no limit to what you can do. You can explore the Los Cabos Arch or the famous Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach) via a glass bottomed-kayak, a glass-bottomed boat, a luxury catamaran, a sailboat or a pirate ship. You can snorkel, dive, swim, or partake in a sunset cruise with a multi-course chef-designed meal and servers that can’t stop, won’t stop with the free-flowing champagne.
A Culture Shop
San Jose del Cabo is a mecca for locally made fine art, textiles and jewelry. You could fill up your whole day gallery hopping (check out the historic, stone-covered Frank Arnold Gallery, the Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery or the Sacristia Art & History for more pottery, textiles, etc.), but don’t neglect stopping at the innumerable artisan shops and market stops for sourcing your new favourite hand-made things. A few top spots are: Jonathan Sanchez Jewelry, the San Jose del Cabo Mercado Organico, I.O. Domani, La Paloma Boutique and Eclectic Array San Jose.
Take in the Natural Sights and Historic Architecture
Any fans of Spanish colonial architecture out there? The main square in San Jose del Cabo is a stunning hub for period buildings (like the Parroquia San Jose church), while the beaches in Cabo San Lucas (Chileno, Medano, Santa Maria) all compete for best sand and turquoise water. One of the best ways to enjoy the sights is to book a photo shoot with a local Flytographer. They act like your private local guide and take you around to all the most beautiful spots, (including places on the locals know about!), so that you (or you and your family, partner, life-partner BFF) can get to know the real Cabo, and have precious photos to remember your trip by, looong after you get home and unpack.
Get That Adrenaline Rush
Cabo is a beautiful, sand-and-surf paradise that is also lucky to have two things: whale sharks and Mexico’s longest zip line. Consequently, for people who like to get the blood pumping, Cabo is a choose-your-own adventure thrill. Swim with the whale sharks (which are massive, but totally harmless plankton-eaters) on a special boat tour, or head to Cabo’s UNESCO-protected biosphere to Superman down the 4,000-foot (1,200-metre) long zip line that stretches over a canyon. In this canyon zip line tour, you can also rappel down sheer rock walls, walk high bridges and do a Tarzan swing, in case Mexico’s fastest zip line (60 mph or 90 kmph) wasn’t enough action for you.