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Los Cabos may be a popular party destination, but its nearby attractions are fun for the entire family. Kids can enjoy a fossil canyon hike and whale watching while an older crowd can visit the art scene in San José del Cabo. Only one block from the Hotel Zone in Cabo San Lucas, all ages can enjoy Cactimundo, a garden blooming with thousands of different flowers. For a full-day adventure, Desertica offers off-road tours, an opportunity to swim in rivers and zipline tours through jungles. If you have time to drive out of Los Cabos, check out the sugar mill town of Todos Santos.
Location: Mijares Boulevard, one block from the Hotel Zone
Blooming with 5,000 species, this botanical garden is not to be missed. Many of these plants are indigenous to the Baja Peninsula, but there are also plenty that come from all over the world.
Cerritos Beach Club
Location: 10 minutes south of Los Cabos
The Cerritos Beach Club is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with live music on the weekends. Visitors can also experience whale watching during the winter months.
Location: Located north of Los Cabos International Airport in the Caduaño area
This 500-acre outdoor multi-adventure park features historic landmarks like a church, town square, tequileria, hotel and jail. Desertica also offers dune buggy, ATV and off-road Jeep Grand Cherokee tours. If you're ready to splash around, Desertica has a swimming pool, rivers and waterfalls. You can even be like Tarzan and swing on a giant rope into the water or breeze through the jungles on canopy ziplines. Contact your hotel for information and directions.
Desert Park ATV Ecological Tour
Location: Corridor on Cabo Real
Phone number: 52-984-144-0127
See Cabo Real's ecological reserve, which include trails, mountains and canyons as well as flora and fauna. Tailored for families and nature lovers alike, these ATV adventures move at a slower pace.
Fabrica de Vidrio
Visit this glass-blowing factory and see artisans make these marvelous pieces of art, right before your eyes.
Fossil Canyon Hike:
Thinking of becoming an archeologist? On this educational hike, you'll find fossils while admiring desert flora and fauna. Contact hotel for tour information.
Lighthouse at Cabo Falso
Step inside this abandoned tower and admire views of the cape below. The only way to get to the lighthouse is by horseback or all-terrain vehicles, which are both available to rent downtown. Contact your hotel for more information.
San José del Cabo Old Town
If you're in the mood for a peaceful afternoon, visit the old town of San José del Cabo. This village dates back to 1730, when the Jesuits took over the area from the Pericue Indians. Visit the city's large freshwater estuary, as well as a historical district filled with art galleries, old buildings, shopping and restaurants. See town events at Plaza Mijares or purchase paintings, sculptures and more at Jardin de Arte. In this area you can also see ballet folk dancing and celebrity singing performances on select weekend nights. Parroquia de San José, the city's main Catholic church, is also in this area. Contact your hotel for directions.
San Jose's Art Walk
Location: San José del Cabo
Meet and greet local artists. In total, there are 16 art galleries. There is a morning art walk, which includes coffee from one of the restaurants. There is also a San José Shopping & Art Gallery Tour. This tour also includes a private wine-tasting menu in one of the galleries.
Sierra de la Laguna
Location: South of La Paz. To take Sierra de la Laguna, take Highway 1
Recognized as a biosphere reserve, this area includes plenty of animal and plant life. Once a boomtown for its silver and gold mines, today Sierra de la Laguna is popular among mountain bikers, climbers and hikers alike. For a taste of history and culture, the villages in this area include San Antonio and El Truinfo. El Truinfo features historic buildings, a Victorian church, museums and much more. To schedule a tour, contact your hotel for more information.
Only a one-hour drive from Los Cabos, this historic sugar mill town is a remarkable desert oasis. Founded in 1734, Todos Santos became popular for its sugarcane production during the last half of the 19th century. The mill closed in 1965 due to a long drought and drop in sugar prices. Almost two decades later, the agriculture flourished and it became a permanent residence for many artists. Touristy activities include visiting art galleries, shops, spas and bed-and-breakfasts, to name a few. There are also plants as well as mango, avocado and papaya trees. You can also do some whale watching during the winter months and enjoy the annual art festival during the first week of February. Contact your hotel for more information.
During early fall, hundreds of whales migrate from the arctic to the warmer waters surrounding the Baja Peninsula. From December to March, you'll be able to see these gigantic beautiful creatures. In the warm, quiet waters of Magdalena, Vizcaíno and Ojo de Libre Bays or the Guerrero Negro and San Ignacio Lagoons, females give birth to their baby whales. Here, they teach their calves to swim and prepare them for the long trip back north. Contact your hotel to arrange this tour of a lifetime.