Cabo San Lucas With Kids

Update: April, 2013

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Top 10 Family Vacation Activities in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The author:  Ercilia Medeiros’s web site is CaboVillas.com.

A family vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.Los Cabos, Mexico has long been known as hot getaway for honeymooners, sport fishermen and spring breakers. The truth of the matter is that this sunny destination at the tip of the Baja Peninsula also makes a fantastic getaway for families.

Visitors quickly fall in love with the dramatic natural beauty of white-sand beaches, mysterious desert hills, the mighty Pacific Ocean and the incredible turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez. Just a short flight from most US gateways and home to two distinct cities, Los Cabos offers beautiful resorts, world-class activities and plenty of charm. Cabo San Lucas (often known simply as “Cabo”) is the bustling heart of the action, with magnificent views of the iconic arch at Land’s End, restaurants, shops and beautifully swimmable Médano Beach. San José del Cabo is the colonial sister city, with quaint boutiques and a historic plaza. Between the two cities lies the sun-swept 20-mile stretch of beaches known as the Tourist Corridor.

From one end of Los Cabos to the other, families will find plenty of fun both on land and sea. Here are some of our top picks for a fantastic family getaway with the kids:

1. Cabo Dolphins

Want to get up close and personal with a friendly, intelligent Pacific bottlenose dolphin? Here’s your chance. Educational programs at Cabo Dolphins, located at the Cabo San Lucas Marina, allow visitors to learn about and interact with these gentle creatures. Diverse programs allow for varying levels of interaction.

2. Turtle Release

Every year, several species of endangered sea turtles nest in the warm sands of Los Cabos. Conservation efforts focus on ushering the fragile, tiny hatchlings safely into the sea. Baja Outback Adventures offers a certified naturalist-led program in which participants can “adopt” a hatchling and help them make their way into the Sea of Cortez.

3. A day at the Beach

The warm beaches of Los Cabos offer the perfect setting for a sun-drenched day of beachcombing and sand castles. Because of the strong confluence of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, strong undertows make many beaches unsafe for swimming. However, the gentle waters of Médano Beach in Cabo San Lucas are a family favorite and this stretch is fantastic for people-watching. For an added bit of fun, head out on a snorkeling tour to experience the vibrant underwater sea life of what Jacques Cousteau called “the World’s Aquarium.” And, of course, no trip to Cabo San Lucas is complete without a water taxi ride out to scenic Lover’s Beach, located near the famous arch. While the beach offers no services, it’s a great spot to spend a few hours playing in the sunshine. On the Family fun at the Los Cabo beaches.Tourist Corridor, Santa Maria Bay and Chileno Bay are must-sees for their beautifully protected waters.

4. Whale Watching

California gray whales make a remarkable annual migration from Alaska each year to the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez to give birth. Whale watching in Los Cabos during the winter months with an experienced guide is a truly unforgettable experience that will move visitors of any age. Whale mothers have been known to bring their young right up to vessels to get a close look at the gawking, awe-struck humans aboard.

5. Work off some steam at the playground

While you won’t find much in the way of children’s play areas in Cabo San Lucas, in the San José del Cabo area there’s a pleasant park (Parque Ballena) with kids’ equipment located between the Mega shopping center and Plaza Garuffi, toward the west end of the hotel zone.

6. Glass Factory

Stop in to see glass-blowing artisans at work in this busy Cabo San Lucas workshop. In operation for over two decades, the glass-blowing factory employs over 30 highly-skilled artists who A day tour on a pirate ship with other families.produce hundreds of pieces every day. Kids will find the process fascinating and there’s an on-site gift shop with unique hand-blown items to browse. While many tour operators offer this as a guided activity, you’re free to show up on your own in your rental or a taxi.

7. Pirate Ship

The Buccaneer Queen is a magnificent tall ship that has appeared numerous times in film and TV. A variety of tours include sunset sails, whale watching and snorkeling. You’ll admire the postcard-pretty views and kids will love the onboard pirate fight.

8. Horseback Riding

Explore pristine beaches and beautiful desert scenery as you ride with Cuadra San Francisco, the professional horseback riding operator in Los Cabos. Towering desert cacti and sparkling ocean vistas will make this a ride to remember.

9. Zip Lines

The zip-line tours offered by Cabo Adventures will have you and the kids soaring over desert arroyos as you admire the dramatic Baja scenery of a UNESCO-protected sierra canyon. Highly trained guides help ensure a fun-filled experience.

10. Ocean Riders

A repeat favorite with our team, the high-speed boats of Ocean Riders tour the waters of Cabo for an unbeatably fun ride. Head out on an adventure or whale-watching tour and get ready to laugh as you bounce along on the waves.

About the Author: Ercilia Medeiros vacations as often as she can in Cabo San Lucas. Her site can be found at CaboVillas.com.

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12 Comments

  1. I’ve been to the glass factory on a tour of Cabo! It was actually quite interesting to see how they do the glass blowing. I have heard great things about the zip lines too, it is next on my list of things to do when I go to Cabo! Great article!

    Alex

  2. Good stuff here, thanks. Just booked a hotel for the long weekend and a few extra days, and now need some good ideas for things to do with kids. This is my first time to Mexico and a little nervous. If we can find a good beach and a water park I’ll be happy, but have definitely taken down a few of your suggestions. Adios.

  3. Hey…I think you just planned my vacation for February. This will be our first time in Cabo. Thanks for the tips!

  4. We have 2 children -ages 7 and 11. Our 11 year old son is finding the traveling life lonely. He and his sister have become very close but he still misses his friends deeply. He is at an age where friendships with other boys really matter. To honor his need-we are trying to figure out where to plunk down for 3-4 months at a time where there will be other homeschooling families to connect with. Have you come across communities in your travels where there are families with older children who are not in formal schools? Thank you

    • There’s usually an expat community in every major resort town or city. It’s just how to find them. Most places have an online forum that you can ask where people hang out. Once again you just need to find it. Go on the big travel forums like the Lonely Planet Thorntree or the Frommer’s travel forum and start asking about resources specific to your destination.

  5. Hello, our family with 3 little kids will go to Cabo in June. We travel without all inclusive plan. We love local mexican food and seafood. Can you recommend any restaurants? thank you so much.. Thanks for the info.

  6. This Saturday I’m coming to cabo can’t wait to do these fun activity

  7. We are bringing our 8 yr old to club Solaris resort in the beginng of march. Has anyone stayed there? Don’t want to be at a party resort. They have a kids club so hoping it is ok.

  8. We are going for 4th of July with 3 children, ages 1, 8 and 10. I was trying to find something we could all enjoy together but also get some tips on Mexico with a 1 year old,it’s our 1st time taking the kids out of the country and we can’t wait!! Thanks for any help, love the article!!!

    • Hi Miranda. Not sure how much I can add here. There’s a Chedraui in Cabo which is a huge grocery store and has everything you would need (from diapers to baby food to beach toys). Also a great place to shop and save money. Our kids always like going (maybe it’s the donuts).

      Wish I could be more help. Good luck.

      David

  9. We thought Cabo was a great “starter Mexico” vacation with a toddler too. The best idea was to pick an all-inclusive resort with a kitchen where you get unlimited bottled water (which you can then boil to sanitize sippy cups). Here are our tips.

    Cabo with Kids

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