Answers from Our Experts (1)
Los Cabos can be a dream destination for kids; there are many fascinating things for them to see and do, most of which involve nature they’re not likely to experience at home. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors are here to help by narrowing down the five best kid-friendly activities in this outdoor paradise:
1. Go whale watching. The winter months send the gray whales packing on a transcoastal commute from Alaska to give birth in the warm waters off the coast of Baja California. January through March yield prime spottings, and tour outfits like Cabo Sailing get you nearly close enough to touch without harming the peaceful giants; group tours run $65 for adults and $30 for kids.
2. See some wildlife. Eagles, orioles and egrets are just some of the nearly 300 species of winged wildlife that call San Jose's Estuary and Bird Sanctuary (located on Paseo San Jose) home. A marshy oasis that spans 2,000 acres, it's the largest body of freshwater in Baja California Sur and definitely deserving of a sunrise stroll or kayak tour.
3. Head to the sand. Beach time is an obvious given for any visit to Baja. The catch with a place like Cabo, however, is that many of its ocean currents are too strong for swimming, which means at many beaches the fun, unfortunately, goes only as far as the dry sand. Of the few that are considered safe for water play, centrally located Playa El Médano (Dune Beach) is the most popular among families and spring breakers alike. Wander in either direction if you're looking to escape the noise, or rent a car and head out to Playa Palmilla at kilometer 27 or Playa Chileno at kilometer 11 on the San Jose-San Lucas corridor.
4. Stop by a street festival. Religion isn't all Roman Catholic fire and brimstone south of the border. The patron saints of both Cabos receive weeklong celebrations in honor of their respective feast days: San Jose's happens on March 19 followed by San Lucas' on October 18. The family-friendly street festivals make for multi-block parties starring plenty of food, live music, carnival rides and local folklore galore.
5. Watch sea life from the water. Take a glass-bottom boat ride out to El Arco, the famous arched rock formation that marks the aqui-border between the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez. En route scenery includes sea lions napping in the sun and fish viewed through the floor window. Hour-long treks depart Playa Medano and run $10 to $15 per person.