Tips for a Family Vacation to Cabo, Mexico

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Tips for a family vacation to Cabo, Mexico

Cabo, located on tip of Baja California Sur, is a desert oasis with a mixed personality. Cabo San Lucas is party central, where every day feels like a holiday and a it is popular destination with the younger crowd and spring breakers.  While its mellower sister city, San José del Cabo, is popular with the Hollywood elite who come in their private planes for some rest and relaxation – and it is a perfect vacation spot for families as well.  The 18-mile stretch of highway know as ” The Corridor” connects the two. There are quite a few resorts that line up this area that specialize in making families feel at home.

Things to do

Cabo San Lucas is world renowned for its deep sea fishing, swanky hotels and sandy beaches. This reputation is well-deserved but there are many more adventures to experience in this beautiful Mexican resort town. There are plenty of beaches for sunbathing, but the ocean here is notoriously choppy and not really good for casual swimmers; therefore, the pool culture is alive and well. But leave your beach lounger for a day and book a tour or two and add a little adventure to your Cabo trip.

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Visit the Arch

Where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, sits the rugged rock formation El Arco – that is a popular tourist attraction.   It’s called Land’s End for a reason – as the crow flies, if you followed a line south from here, you would not touch land again until you reached the South Pole.

Go Fishing

With its great geographical conditions, Baja California Sur offers professionals and amateurs of this sport a long coastline with abundant fish during all seasons. There are experienced service providers with professional equipment for those on a budget as well as for those after luxury. Cabo is known as the Marlin Capital of the World where during peak fishing season of May, June, December and January – you can arrange a boat to take you fishing for Marlin and then take it to the restaurant to have it cooked to your taste,

Ride camels

One of the best kid-friendly activities to enjoy with the entire family in Cabo is to ride the camels. These gentle creatures will take you on a fun and unique ride across the desert and the gold sands of the beach.

See baby turtles

From July to October, some of the beaches in Los Cabos, provide perfect nesting grounds for the Sea turtles and you can watch them go to the sea for the first time. Speak with your concierge to learn about turtle release opportunities.

Explore the desert on an ATV

Families will love exploring the natural beauties of Los Cabos on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle), which gives you access to places where only a few can go. The sound of the waves crashing while you witness one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets from a moving ATV is quiet a unique experience.

Go Whale watching

Experience one of the world’s most memorable wildlife adventures. Around nine species of whales visit Baja California Sur every year, they return to their place of birth, to bring their own calves into this world. Remember, Mother Nature works at her own pace, although the season regularly starts on November, viewing is best between January and March, when the massive mammals give birth and rear their calves. We saw a couple of whales when we went on our boat tour to see The Arch.

Where to Stay

Tips for a family vacation to Cabo, Mexico

With its secluded sands, aquamarine waters and pristine fairways of the Los Cabos corridor, One & Only Palmilla offers a long list of high-end amenities. Rosewood Las Ventanas al Paraíso’s is another gorgeous retreat that has perks like personal butlers, BVLGARI bath products and fresh fruit delivered daily. While we didn’t stay here, we went for dinner one night and loved the romantic vibes and the Christmas decorations. Each of its standard junior suites features an adobe fireplace and a private patio with a telescope, a marble bathroom and garden or ocean views. But Las Ventanas al Paraíso’s striking scenery is only part of its appeal. We stayed at the Hilton Los Cabos next door and took the shuttle over for dinner. The Hilton resort property has one of the few beaches in Cabo that is good for swimming, among other entertainment options and amenities.

What to Eat

Tips for a family vacation to Cabo, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas is famous for its seafood, but restaurants featuring European and North American cuisines also attract travelers. Dining is generally expensive, but you can find cheaper eats if you ask around and try some of the hole-in-the-wall taco joints (taquerias) located downtown or along the hotel corridor. We loved the farm to table experience at Flora’s Field Kitchen, and spend an entire afternoon there.  When we went to visit the El Arco we stopped at taco place before heading for some Haagen Dazs ice cream at Puerto Paradiso Mall by the marina.  We heard some great things about The Office owned by Edith Jimenez but didn’t make it there.  Regardless of where you dine, don’t forget to try the guacamole made at your table and served in a molcajete (stone mortar and pestle).

How to get there

Los Cabos International Airport is the primary airport for the Los Cabos area and serves approximately 3.35 million passengers annually, making it Mexico’s seventh busiest airport. It hosts about 22 international and domestic carriers, and more private jets than we have seen anywhere else. The construction of this international airport in the 1980s has made it easier for travelers from all over to hop a nonstop flight to the “Los Cabos” area. You can arrange for a shuttle to pickup and take you to the resort corridor area where all the major resorts are located.

When to go

We were in Cabo for Christmas last year.  The best time to visit Cabo is from May to June, when the wintertime crowds have gone home. October and November are also nice months for a vacation.  Cabo for December holidays is perfect – but you’ll need to begin your hotel search early if you want to save money. If you would like to go whale-watching, plan a visit between December and March.  We saw a couple of whales during our boat trip out in the Pacific ocean when we went to see the famous Arch of Cabo and visit the Land’s end.

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Priya is a family travel writer, photographer and blogger balancing her love of travel, art and hot air balloons with a full time career, family, kids and baseball games. Priya lives in the suburbs of Dallas with her husband and two kids who share a passion for travel. She hopes to inspire other families to explore their Suburbia and beyond and put those vacation days and school holidays to good use in creating memories with loved ones.

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