Mexico: Cabo San Lucas
Fly in/out: Cabo San Lucas (CSL)
Recommended ages: 5 and up
Ball Park Price: $1000/person up to four travellers (airfare not included)
Best Season: December-April for whale watching
Currency: Peso although US dollar widely accepted
Time Zone: Central Standard Time
DAY ONE: Fly in to Cabo San Lucas International Airport (CSL), rent car and check into Hacienda Encantada a four star resort with two bedroom villas. Eat at resort restaurant for first night.
DAY TWO: From December through April, take a 2 hour whale watching and photo safari tour through Cabo Adventures. Watch an abundance of humpback whales as close as you can safely get. For dinner, drive to Flora-farms, a 10-acre organic farm and restaurant featuring farm-to-table menu items.
DAY THREE: Through Cabo Adventures, book a dolphin “encounter” or “experience” based on the preference of the child. The dolphin center is owned and operated by Cabo Adventures. Spend the afternoon exploring Cabo San Lucas Marina. In the afternoon, hire a water taxi (round trip) to go to Playa Del Amanta (Lover’s Beach).
DAY FOUR: Another excursion with Cabo Adventures, kayak in a glass-bottom boat near the iconic arch with amazing scenery and marine wildlife. Watch the sea lions rest and swim on this beautiful rock formation as though they’re the tourists basking in the sun.
DAY SIX: Zipline with Cabo Adventures in Boca de Sierra Biosphere Reserve. Choose from rock climbing, suspended bridges, rappelling, crazy ladders and an array of ziplines in the Boca de Sierra Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO heritage site.
DAY SEVEN: Day at the resort pool and head home.
- A popular resort town, Cabo San Lucas (Cabo) on the California Gulf or Sea of Cortez has an abundant array of choices for kids in a relatively small surface area of Mexico. Where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean is an area appropriately named “Lands End” featuring the iconic arch in Cabo. This is an impressive attraction that can be seen from most of the resorts lined along the beaches.
- Booking multiple adventures through Cabo Adventures made a wonderful experience for our family. Ziplining, kayaking, whale watching and the Dolphin Center were all fabulous experiences that suited our family perfectly.
- Cabo San Lucas has multiple beaches but due to rip tides and currents, most are not suitable for swimming and snorkeling can also have low visibility. Medano beach is the most swimmable with parasailing and jet skiing as an option. Most beaches are great for sightseeing and people watching. For more Cabo San Lucas beach information click here.
- The two-hour whale watching tour in an inflatable raft gave us a phenomenal experience to see the humpback whales up close. The boat ride itself was minimal and they knew to take us directly to the whales. With the advantage of a inflatable boat, we could move closer than the larger tourist boats. (Minimum age: 5)
- The Dolphin Center was a memorable day for the kids learning about, interacting and swimming with bottlenose dolphins. We purchased the “dolphin experience” so the kids could opt to swim with the dolphin which included a lap with the dolphin around the pool. The center was extremely organized, clean and with a well-trained staff handling the dolphins. The kids will never forget the experience. Even though expensive, splurge on the photo CD. (Minimum age: 4)
Places to stay
- We stayed at Hacienda Encantada in a reasonable priced two bedroom suite with kitchenette including daily breakfast. This is a time share property so be prepared to either avoid the presentation but don’t feel forced to attend. It has a nice family-friendly pool area for the kids. The resort is best known for it’s views, location, reasonable prices for family suites and pool. We enjoyed breakfast but avoided the all-inclusive dining option because we heard there were long waits for dining.
- Another highly recommended place to stay for families is Playa Grande in Cabo.
- The Cabo marina area has a pedestrian walkway lined with restaurants, bars and shops. In general, Mexican food is often your only choice on menus, prices are reasonable and service is a little slow. Come with games to most restaurants just in case. We used Fodors for their restaurant recommendations which worked very well.
- By far our favorite was Flora-Farms Field Kitchen. This is a unique all organic farm to table restaurant with fabulous outdoor ambiance and one of the freshest, organic meals we’ve ever experienced. Book reservations online in advance.
- We booked multiple excursions through Cabo Adventures and received discounts by booking multiple activities with them in advance online. They are a very organized and environmentally conscientious company with an exceptional staff.
- Contact your concierge if you are visiting during a popular time to make reservations at recommended restaurants in advance. This significantly helped cut down wait times.
- Use caution when hiring any water taxi or water activity from the marina without advanced reservations. Make sure if you do hire a water taxi, you’re very clear on the pick up time and location of your round trip adventure.
- Do most of your swimming at the resort pool and don’t plan on swimming on most beaches of Cabo. The powerful waves and currents make swimming quite dangerous.
- For most days, you won’t find ample convenience stores, so bring lots of sunblock, water, snacks, bathroom tissue, snorkeling gear with you most every where. Also, bring your own trash bags to take back with you to the resort to put your trash in.
- As a general rule, remember to drink bottled water. As an extra precaution, keep both Pepto Bismol, (or something stronger), Tums and Dramamine on hand as a back up.
Before You Go
A valid passport is required to enter Mexico. Make sure 6 months is still remaining on your passport at the time of your trip.