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Stuck with a reputation for being easy, Cabo San Lucas attracts party-goers worldwide to enjoy its raucous atmosphere. But Cabo San Lucas is also easy for families who want an adventurous, affordable vacation. With a backdrop of jagged cliffs and an ocean fanning itself with shades of blue, Cabo San Lucas is full of things to do with kids, from ocean adventures to cultural exploration, here are our favorites!
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Where Is Cabo San Lucas?
Cabo San Lucas is one of two towns that make up the municipality of Los Cabos. Los Cabos is located in the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula. San Jose Del Cabo is the other town and sits 20 miles from Cabo San Lucas. The entire area between them is also Los Cabos and both pueblos have plenty of fun for families. The warm tropical desert climate of Los Cabos (and Cabo San Lucas) creates an atmosphere perfect for family adventure and experiences that’ll later be framed on walls back home. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 61°F to 91°F and is rarely below 56°F or above 96°F.
In Cabo San Lucas, the sapphire water leads to stunning cliffs hosting opulent resorts. Pockets of generous beaches are headquarters for family fun.
Visit El Arco
Cabo San Lucas is the site of what is thought to be one of the most beautiful land formations in the world. El Arco, or the Arch, is a dramatic sweep of caramel-colored rock, reminiscent of a rainbow. El Arco lies at the southernmost tip of Mexico and invites passage from the Sea of Cortez, through its giant rock ring, to the other side, where the Pacific Ocean awaits. On the tranquil Sea of Cortez side, you’ll find, alongside El Arco, Lover’s Beach. On its rockier, more turbulent side, the Pacific Ocean crashes upon Divorce Beach.
Families can hire Cabo Adventures for a luxury sailing experience to admire this legendary formation and enjoy the breeze while the Latin American sun browns their skin. Enjoy snacks and cocktails as you take a slow sail across the coastline to anchor at Santa Maria Bay for a snorkel in the Sea of Cortez, what Jacques Cousteau once called, “The aquarium of the world.” Bring your underwater camera to snap some shots of friendly pufferfish and queen angelfish.
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Take a Cooking Class at Los Tamarindo Farm
On the other side of Los Cabos, and only a five-minute drive from downtown San Jose del Cabo is an organic working farm open for family tours.
First, you’ll walk through the fields that grow the food that make up the dishes served in Los Tamarindo Farm Tours and Restaurant. You’ll help select ingredients from the gardens to create their seasonal recipes.
With a backdrop of jagged cliffs and an ocean fanning itself with shades of blue, Cabo San Lucas is full of things to do with kids. Here are our favs.
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Then, you’ll gather around a long table strewn with kitchen gadgets, specific to their tasks, as teachers guide you through the process of creating your tasty appetizer with your family and new friends.
While you chop, grate and measure, chefs will share their secrets as they materialize the main course. After, enjoy the colorful al-fresco restaurant popping with creative art while you savor the meals you helped assemble.
Your kids will never look at food the same again.
Swim With Sea Lions and Whale Sharks
Back in the Sea of Cortez, about a two-hour’s drive from Cabo San Lucas, is the artsy little town of La Paz. Formally known as Ensenada de la Paz, or lagoon of peace, it is the largest city in Baja California Sur and also its capital. Although it’s the largest, it still feels intimate and very clean. The coastal city has a three and a half mile Malecon, or boardwalk, to stroll beside the calm waters. Inside the water is where the magic happens.
Hire Tuna Tuna Tours for an unforgettable day boat tripping around the three protected islands that make up La Paz: Isla Espíritu Santo, Isla Partida, and home to swarms of sea lions, Los Islotes. Tuna Tuna Tours will take you on guided swims with sea life in their actual habitats!
But before that, they’ll bring you to the end of the bay, where, with wetsuit and snorkel, you can slip into the protected Whale Shark Refuge to swim with the gentle giants. There are many rules to make sure these largest fish in the world, which can grow to 40 feet, are kept healthy and safe and Tuna Tuna Tours will go over them in the marina before you head out. As you glide along the water, Tuna Tuna tour guides, who may also be marine biologists, will tell you about the area, the sea animals, and the rules, as you listen to music streaming from their speakers and feel droplets of water bouncing from the sea.
Historic Town Tours
Our family loves to get to know the places we visit through the lens of a local, sharing the history of her homeland. The best tours for our crazy and active boys are ones where there is some type of physical activity involved, such as segways or bikes, but we can also get away with short walking tours. Tour the historic city of San Jose del Cabo, the seat of power in the region, and learn about things not written in history books. Depending on your guide, you could possibly even get some local gossip! If you have older kids, consider the 4 hour Discover Los Cabos tour that encompasses both localities and combines marine life. Also, one of our favorite ways to get to know a place is through their food. Food Tours abound in Los Cabos, so you’ll have plenty to choose from as you learn about the history of the area through your stomachs!
Book tours before you travel to ensure your spot. All have flexible cancellation policies in case your plans change.
Having the ocean as the center jewel of Cabo San Lucas, there won’t be a shortage of water activities as well. No matter your choice, you can’t go wrong.
Getting There: Los Angeles to Los Cabo
San Jose Del Cabo International Airport SJD is the second shortest flight from LAX, coming in at 2 hours and 25 minutes (Loreto LTO is the shortest at 2:01). There are daily non-stop flights through Alaska Airlines, United, Delta and American Airlines. Check out the cheap flights available from Cheap ‘OAir!
Where to Stay
We enjoyed the novelty of the musical Hotel El Ganzo, close to San Jose del Cabo, where instead of a hotel info channel playing when you walk in your ultra-hip room, they have music videos recorded with artists playing in the hotel’s basement recording studio. Ask to see it if you go.
Black marker drawings all over the white room walls and a rectangular rooftop infinity pool are just some of the highlights.
If you’re splurging, the 5 star, all-inclusive resort and spa, Grand Velas Los Cabos will indulge your every sense and desire. Choose to eat in one of 7 on-site gourmet restaurants and even select your pillow from their extensive menu. A personal butler comes with every luxury suite and never run out of snacks or drinks with 24 hr. room service. Plus a kids club!
Very conveniently located, just a short walk to downtown, plus right on the beach, the Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas is a wonderful option for families looking for a luxury option at a reasonable rate. The hotel offers a wide variety of water activities in a saltwater lagoon with sandy beaches, family program activities, infinity pools, and an ocean front spa. Plus they have the all-important Kids Club so parents can get a break too.
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