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Go on a restorative kayaking adventure in the Bay of Loreto National Marine Park during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.

Jack Swenson / Courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions

Go on a restorative kayaking adventure in the Bay of Loreto National Marine Park during a Lindblad Expeditions tour.

6 exciting things to do in Los Cabos on a cruise

It would be accurate to say that Los Cabos is like two great destinations in one. That’s because this area, located at the tip of Baja California Sur in Mexico, is actually composed of two distinct regions, each with its own personality.

 
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It includes Cabo San Lucas, a high-energy locale with lots of activity and entertainment. But the other half of this dual-personality destination is San Jose del Cabo, which exemplifies the picture-perfect old authentic Mexican town with all the quaint touches like cobblestone streets and traditional cuisine.

Together, these two regions merge to provide an incredible travel destination that offers the perfect combination of old and new, ensuring there is something for everyone.

Here are six exciting things to do in Los Cabos during a pre- or post-cruise stay or during a shore excursion:

 

Hungry yet? Five types of ceviche and chips in Cabo.
Ricardo Espinosa / Courtesy of Mexico Tourism Board Hungry yet? Five types of ceviche and chips in Cabo.

Indulge in traditional Mexican dining

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You will need to venture deep into the heart of the old-world environment of San Jose del Cabo to truly reach the mecca of traditional cuisine, but it will be worth the trip. Restaurants here serve only the freshest ingredients and have long practiced a farm-to-table approach that is so popular these days.

 

Have a close encounter with a gray whale during your Lindblad Expeditions tour of the Sea of Cortez in Baja.
Michael S. Nolan / Courtesy of Lindblad ExpeditionsHave a close encounter with a gray whale during your Lindblad Expeditions tour of the Sea of Cortez in Baja.

Hunt whales or deep-sea treasures

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Those who have dreamed of the pirate life will be thrilled to learn that there are numerous companies offering diving tours. Even if you aren’t lucky enough to stumble upon any long lost treasure chests, you will still surely discover many beautiful varieties of exotic ocean life. Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular here, but don’t miss the chance to do some whale watching, as well. 

 

When night falls, the nightlife heats up in Cabo San Lucas.
Mike / Creative Commons BY SAWhen night falls, the nightlife heats up in Cabo San Lucas.

Enjoy the nightlife

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Even if your main priority is to escape to the quiet relaxed vibe of San Jose del Cabo, you can’t be in the vicinity of Cabo San Lucas without at least getting a sample of the nightlife for which the place is so famous. Join in on one of the pub crawls (assuming you don't have to be back on the ship), so you won’t have to worry about any details or decisions and can just follow the crowds.

 

Los Cabos, Mexico, features some of the most stunning golf courses in the world.
Ricardo Espinosa / Courtesy of Mexico Tourism Board Los Cabos, Mexico, features some of the most stunning golf courses in the world.

Play golf in an amazing setting

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Spend some time outdoors soaking in the beautiful sunny climate. There is a nearly endless list of options for outdoor activities, but golf fans won’t want to pass up the chance to spend time on one of the championship-level courses in San Jose del Cabo. Designed by pros to meet their high standards, these courses also got a boost from Mother Nature. The spectacular views of cliffs and water are unlike anything you would probably see anywhere else on a golf course.

 

Playa del amor, a pretty beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Karen Blaha / Creative Commons BYPlaya del Amor, a pretty beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Relax on the beach

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Nature-watching provides one of the most popular activities in this region. The area is a true beach lover’s paradise, as you can choose your favorite spot from among a wide range of oceanside locales. All offer spectacular views and lots of tropical rays. Should you get bored with just lying in the sun, you can go beachside horseback riding or join in on a sunset dinner cruise.

 

Kayaking in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Ricardo Espinosa / Courtesy of Mexico Tourism Board Kayaking in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Go on an adventure

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There are tours and expeditions to accommodate just about any interest. Join a crew of kayakers, speed through the countryside on ATVs or venture off the beaten path to explore some of the hidden village of San Jose del Cabo.

— Kristina Rundquist, TravelPulse

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