Los Cabos sits in a privileged geographic region on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. Its climate throughout the seasons is warm and mostly dry, except during rainy season in August and September. Since Los Cabos is at the very tip of the peninsula, it is where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet, and with the endless waters that surround the region, comes an endless list of water sports to try in Los Cabos, but let’s focus on the top 8 best water sports in Los Cabos.
Whether you are a pro or an adventurous beginner just looking for a fun experience while vacationing in Cabo, you will be able to try all of the following water sports in Los Cabos:
Jet skiing is the perfect water activity to try if you love speed and the thrill of adventure. It is also a great way to explore the coast, flying at speeds of up to 45 mph. Some companies offer guided tours where you will have a chance to explore beautiful spots like Santa Maria Bay and Medano Beach, as well as natural rock formations and beautiful marine life. You will also have a great view of luxurious residences that are just set back from the shore.
Get Fresh in Cabo is a reputable company with 20 years’ experience located on Medano Beach. If you have never been on a jet ski before, they will teach you how to ride it, and then lead you on a guided tour. Jet skiing is a short activity only lasting around 30 minutes, so you can enjoy a short adrenaline rush and then continue the rest of your day on a high.
Avid fishermen will be spoiled for choice when it comes to fishing charters and tours in Los Cabos and the region offers a fishery unequaled anywhere in the world. In its waters, you are likely to catch Dorado, Striped Marlin, Wahoo, and even Yellowfin tuna! There are several reputable companies in Los Cabos with experienced crew that specialize in deep sea fishing.
With the best crew and waters teeming with fish, you are ensured a great fishing experience. After your fishing trip, you can take your freshly caught fish to one of the many restaurants on shore where they will cook your catch in any way you want, it can’t get fresher than that!
Los Cabos is also a popular destination for sportfishing and welcomes tons of visiting anglers every year. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to enter the Bisbee’s fishing tournaments, the biggest sportfishing tournaments in the country held in Los Cabos with prizes that are in the millions. Bisbee’s has made the largest payout in sportfishing history totaling USD $4,165,960!
Blue Sky Cabo Fishing and Tours is a reputable company that will make sure you enjoy your day out on the water to the max!
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Tours
There is a whole different underwater world waiting for you to discover. The marine life in Los Cabos is rich and abundant making snorkeling and diving the perfect activity. Tours from Cabo Adventures or Baja Dive will take you to the most beautiful underwater spots such as the living coral reef located in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, or the rock formations at Land’s End. You can get your certification and become a pro in no time, it will come in handy since diving in Los Cabos is an experience you are going to want to repeat!
Stand-up paddle boarding is one of the most leisurely activities you can do at sea, but at the same time, it’s a great workout. If it’s your first time on a paddle board, you’re probably not going to be able to stand up right away, but stay calm, listen to your guide, and you will find your balance and be standing up on a paddle board and gliding across the water in no time. If you get tired of standing, you can also paddle on your knees.
This is an inexpensive water activity that is really fun and totally worth it. You may even encounter sea turtles poking their heads out of the water along the way, to say hello. If you are prone to motion sickness, take some Dramamine (a seasickness tablet) beforehand. High Tide Sea Expeditions offers a great Paddle Board and Snorkel tour to the Arches.
Another one of the top water sports in Los Cabos is surfing. Its unique location at the very tip of the peninsula allows its visitors to experience any kind of tide they prefer. Each year, the tall waves of the Pacific Ocean attract a big number of surfers from around the globe.
Surfing in Los Cabos has become a very popular activity, so it might get a little crowded, but the 20-mile coastline between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas has several beaches for you to pick from, where you won’t find big crowds.
If you are a pro surfer, on the west side of Baja California, 6 hours away from La Paz, you’ll find Scorpion Bay, a place where some of the tallest waves in the world have been seen, but if you are a beginner, surf lessons are available through trustworthy companies such as Baja Cali Surf and Surf in Cabo.
If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, flyboarding is quite a thrill. A flyboard is a board connected to a jet ski by a huge hose. The participant wears a pair of boots with jet nozzles and water pressure is forced to the boots through the jet ski. This is an extreme sport and participants can get as high as 45 feet in the air! While this may look intimidating, it is actually very safe. You will be wearing a life jacket and have constant contact with your instructor with a two-way communication system and they will be in charge of your height at all times, allowing you a safe and pleasant “flight”.
It is also not as hard as it looks, but you are certain to do better on your second ride, after you learn how to get control of your movements. Once you get the hang of it, you may even be tempted to start learning tricks. Private lessons are available with Cabo Flyboard. Without a doubt, flyboarding is one of the most extreme water sports in Los Cabos to try.
Swimming with Whale Sharks
Swimming with whale sharks is one of the most spectacular encounters with marine life you can have. Whale shark season in Los Cabos is from October until March. During this tour, you will swim alongside whale sharks, which are the world’s largest fish. They can grow as big as 10 meters long (35 feet), and the best part is, these marine giants are harmless to humans just as the humpback whales are, since they only feed on plankton.
La Paz is one of the best spots for a whale shark encounter and there are several tours offered where your expert guide will teach you interesting facts about whale sharks and you will see these docile creatures swimming right beside you. Cabo Adventures and Dive Cabo are great options that will help you enjoy an experience you will cherish forever.
Foil surfing is one of the newest water sports in Los Cabos. E-Foiling is an extreme sport of the future that allows you to hover above the ocean’s surface on an electric surfboard. The board looks very similar to a surfboard, the difference is that it has a hydrofoil that can lift you up, similar to an airplane’s wings, so you will feel like you are flying over the water.
You may spot some sea lions while e-foiling around the sea lion reserve right by The Arch. You can arrange a session through Cabolectric, located on Medano Beach.
There are so many water sports in Los Cabos to try that will leave you with amazing experiences you will never forget. So, plan your trip and pack your swimsuit because you’ll be wanting to spend a lot of time in and on the beautiful waters of Los Cabos!