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Before Los Cabos was a golf mecca and celebrity playground, it was an undeveloped sportfishing paradise. The waters off the coast of Los Cabos are famous for sailfish and yellowtail tuna, as well as 100-pound black, blue and striped marlin. Los Cabos ranks as one of the top five sportfishing destinations in the world. The marina in Cabo San Lucas is the best place to charter a sport fishing boat. Two to four people should expect to pay between $300 and $500 for a five- or six-hour trip.
Humans aren't the only visitors who flock to Los Cabos in the winter. From December through March, thousands of gray whales arrive from Alaska to calve in the warm coastal waters and lagoons. The sight is so inspiring -- and so accessible from the shoreline -- that many hotels and resorts have set up special terraces just for whale spotting. Some rooms at the ritzier resorts even come with high-end telescopes.
To see the majestic animals up close, you can hop on a catamaran and cruise the waters right off of Lands End in Cabo San Lucas. Or for an even more intimate encounter, catch a quick flight to nearby Magdalena Bay, where mother whales give birth in protected, shallow waters.
While not as well known as Cozumel and Cancun, Los Cabos offers a unique diving experience for experts, beginners and snorkelers. Cabo Pulmo, which has the only living coral reef in western North America and more than 350 species of fish, is an especially popular dive location.
Los Cabos also has some fine surfing areas. Beaches with surfing include Playa Acapulquillo and Playa Costa Azul outside of San José del Cabo; Playa Barco Varado and Playa Cabo Bello along The Corridor; and, north of San José del Cabo, Los Barriles and Buena Vista.
Address: Transpeninsular Highway Km 7.5, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico 23410
Gaviota Sportfishing's fleet currently holds the marlin record and has several other record catches. Services include full-day fishing charters on boats ranging from 23-foot “pangas” to 36-foot cruisers. All boats come fully equipped and ready to go.
Address: Cabo San Lucas Marina, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico 23410
Gladiator Charters offers custom or world-class tournament-style deep sea fishing, corporate incentives and rewards, gourmet food specialties and entertainment services, as well as on-shore recommendations and reservations.
Address: Puerto Paraiso Local 39-A, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Picante Sportfishing offers trips and boats with 18 yachts in a fleet that varies in size and price from 24-feet to 78-feet and from $300 to $4,500. This company can meet any angler's needs and budget. Picante Sportfishing is committed to top-quality yachts, crews and sportfishing tackle.
Address: Cabo Maritime Center Marina 8-6, Suite D-1, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico 23410
Pisces Fleet has been established in Cabo San Lucas for the past 26 years and is known for its consistency in catch rates and customer satisfaction. Pisces promotes the conservation of billfish (marlin, sailfish and swordfish). In 1995 Pisces Fleet was honored by the International Game Fish Association with the Conservation Award.
Baja Wild Adventures
Address: Km. 28 Carretera Transpeninsular 5, Plaza Costa Azul, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico 23406
Services: Kayaking, snorkeling, surfing and whale watching
Snorkel in the only living coral reef in Baja California. Kayak in the most beautiful bays in the East Cape. Journey past the famous Land's End Arch in search of the mighty and beautiful gray whales. Take personalized lessons and get the surf tips that will have you riding waves in first class.
Address: Marina Cabo San Lucas Dock1, beside Hotel Hacienda Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
The Buccaneer Queen is a legendary 96-foot-long tall ship that has been used as a movie set and for TV commercials. Departing from Los Cabos, visit the famous El Arco, snorkel in the Sea of Cortés, or go whale watching. Experience the excitement of the pirate days, when pirates sailed the seas of the entire world terrorizing the coastlines and searching for treasures. One of the greatest features of the Buccaneer Queen tours is that its staff dresses up like pirates and is knowledgeable about the area and its history. They have props, hats and plastic swords that you can wear to take pictures in.
Address: Blvd. Paseo de la Marina (esquina Malecón) Lote 7, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico 23410
Services: Sailing, scuba diving, dolphin encounter, yacht racing
Cabo Adventures offers the chance to swim and interact with marine mammals at Cabo Dolphins, a world-class dolphin center designed by architect Enrique Norten. In addition, Cabo Adventures does dive tours. The abundant sea life and amazing rock formations of the Sea of Cortés play host to one of Mexico's top diving destinations. At the PADI five-star IDC Dive Center, professional diving instructors combine their expertise with personal attention in scuba lessons for every level of PADI certification.
Not interested in diving? Instead enjoy either a sailing trip on the Pacific as either a guest or a member of the crew. Celebrate with a toast to the perfect time of day and gaze up in awe as the stars appear one-by-one in the clear Mexican sky. No sailing experience is required; all you have to worry about is having fun. At Cabo Adventures, you also have the chance to experience the adrenaline-pumping rush of an America's Cup yacht race as a working crew member on a sailing adventure.
Address: Dock F Marina Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico 23410
Services: Cruises, snorkeling, whale watching
Cabo Sailing operates daily private and public charters that combine snorkeling, whale watching or relaxed sunset cruises with the thrill of sailing where the Sea of Cortés and the Pacific Ocean meet. Snorkeling destinations are Santa Maria (only available privately) and Pelican’s Rock (private or public).
Address: Cabo Nave S.A. de C.V. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Services: Parasailing, snorkeling, whale watching
Cruise from the marina along the coast to Chileno Bay, an exquisite underwater paradise located 30 minutes by boat from Cabo San Lucas. The bay provides excellent snorkeling in relatively shallow waters where you will see corals swarmed with colorful Mexican parrot fish, puffer fish, morays and many other species. A snorkeling mask and fins are included. On the parasailing ride, enjoy a view from approximately 600 feet in the air. You’ll see all of Medano Beach, Lover's Beach, the Arch at Land's End and more. You can fly individually or in tandem. The whale watching tour is only available January through March, during the migration of the gray and humpback whales.
Address: Cabo San Lucas Marina, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico 23410
Services: Fishing, sailing
At Josephine Charters, you can rent a fully outfitted, 80-foot Ocean Alexander cruiser for either a full- or half-day of fishing and sailing. Whether your Mexican vacation features sun and sea, fine food and wine, fishing, diving, swimming or simply catching the sunset, your dream holiday can come true in grand style with Josephine Charters.
Mike Doyle Surf School
Address: Cabo Surf Hotel Beachside Playa Acapulquito Km. 28, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico 23400
Learn how to surf through private lessons as well as in large groups of up to 10 people at a time.
Address: Plaza Puerto Paraiso Local 39-A, Marina Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico 23410
Services: Sportfishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and parasailing
Solmar offers boats that range in size from 28 to 36 feet. The size of your boat can be tailored to meet the comfort and number of passengers with single- or twin-engine cruisers. Solmar sportfishing charters are fully equipped with a captain and mate, shade, two fighting chairs, live bait tank, additional seating for other passengers, interior cabin with table and bench seats, and bathroom.
For diving excursions, Solmar has a highly qualified PADI-certified dive team that offers diverse dive experiences aboard the 47-foot scuba boat with bathroom and showers.
Kayaking is the most peaceful way to enjoy the true beauty of Land's End. Unsinkable single and tandem kayaks are provided with comfortable seat-back rests. You are given a "dry bag" to keep cameras and snacks from getting wet. Parasailing is also an option. The ride lasts about 10 minutes and the views are from up to 500 feet above the bay.
Address: Blvd. Marina S/N, Int. Gali Plaza Local No. 58 Col., Centro, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Santa Maria Bay is the destination for this snorkeling excursion. The jewel-toned bay on the Sea of Cortés beckons snorkelers, swimmers and sunbathers alike. Snorkeling equipment and instruction is provided. After an hour of playing in the cove of Santa Maria, enjoy a full Mexican buffet cooked on board for the trip back to Cabo San Lucas.
Address: Beach Activity Center on Medano Beach, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico 23400
Services: Fishing, whale watching, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving
The diving experience with Tio Sports is for experts, beginners and snorkelers alike, with sights such as black coral reefs, schools of tropical fish, underwater canyons, sea fans, cascades, a sunken ship and more.
Address: Marina Cabo San Lucas Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico 23410
Services: Kayaking, sportfishing, sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving
Tropical Tours is superbly located right on the marina in Cabo San Lucas. The company offers tropical dives from 80 to 100 feet and snorkelers will enjoy Chileno Bay, home to parrotfish, angelfish and more.
Address: Camino del Cerro 215, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico 23453
Services: Sailing, charters and whale watching
Tropicat is a luxurious catamaran. The cruise includes premium wine, an international bar, elegant canapés, spectacular scenery and the smooth sounds of contemporary jazz.