Witness the famous arch, El Arco, a magnificent natural rock formation at Land’s End. Great photo opportunities and awe-inspiring views of nature’s wonders.

Jet an hour north to the funky hippie artist colony of Todos Santos, named one of Travel & Leisure’s 27 Best Secret Beaches. The Pacific’s killer waves have made this laid-back community a surfer’s haven, but swimming is advised only on calm water days.

Visit the charming colonial town of San José del Cabo, just 20 miles away, with Mexican heart and soul, narrow side streets, sleepy cantinas and folk-art boutiques. It’s the quieter, artsy side of Cabo and a peaceful colonial town that was once inhabited by Indian communities before Spanish colonization in 1730.

Rent scooters and travel the “Cabo Loop,” a 200-mile paved ride that starts in Cabo San Lucas and runs through San José del Cabo, Los Barriles, Todos Santos and returns to Cabo.

Take one of Cabo’s many boat tours for whale watching, snorkeling, diving, dining, partying, wine tasting, jazz or simply enjoying the scenery and picturesque coastlines.

Snorkel or dive the Sea of Cortez’s choral reef that was praised by Jacques Cousteau.

Visit La Candelaria within the Santa Cantarina Mountain.

Explore Baja California Sur’s culture and history including pirates, Spanish conquers and native inhabitants.

Hire a water taxi to Playa del Amour – Lover’s Beach – one of the most popular Cabo beaches with its striking rock formations, the arch, the caves, clear azure-blue tropical waters teeming with colorful fish. There’s watersports rentals and superb snorkeling on the bay side.

Hook up to a parasail and soar up to 600 feet to view Cabo’s natural splendor from a bird’s-eye view.

Tee up at one of several golf courses with striking Cabo views, many designed by Jack Nicholas, like the ocean course, Cabo del Sol, and one of the most sought after clubs in Los Cabos.

Zip line across Cabo’s natural Baja landscape as you crisscross canyons and tree lines with the desert fauna passing below your feet.

Swim and play with Cabo’s friendly dolphins at the famous Dolphin Center.

Hop up on a camel for a unique beachside camel ride along the Pacific coast with an outback and camel safari. Good times and great photo opps!

Cabo Beaches

Medano Beach:
Cabo’s principal beach is the perfect place for swimming, watersports and glorious jogs for early morning risers. Stretching for miles, it’s flanked by golf courses and beach restaurants like the Office, Mango Deck, and Baja Cantina, as well as Nikki Beach – the world-famous party spot.

Solmar Beach:
One of Cabo’s most picturesque beaches, but aggressive rip currents make swimming unadvisable. It’s ideal for sunset strolls and invigorating jogs.

Playa del Amor – Lover’s Beach:
You need a boat to get to this hidden cove, so hire a water taxi at the marina, and the captain will point out the safe diving areas around the arch (El Arco) and the dramatic meeting point of the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez.

Divorce Beach:
This stretch of clean white sand is located on the Pacific side, oddly a short walk from Lover’s Beach, but so-named because it’s on the more turbulent side of the island with rough turbulent waters rip tides and scary undertows. Great for sunbathing, strolls and relaxing, but no swimming.

Playa Acapulquito – The Corridor:
A popular destination wedding spot, swimmable and surfable, with smaller waves for beginners and the Mike Doyle Surf School nearby for those wanting to learn.

Playa Palmilla – The Corridor:
Just one mile long, the calm water of this protected cove makes it a popular swimming and snorkeling spot.

Playa Chileno – The Corridor:
Watersports rentals, beautiful reefs for snorkeling and scuba diving, and fun tide pools for kids on the west end.

Bahia Santa Maria – The Corridor:
The marine preserve, in a horse-shoe shaped cove, is a favorite stop-over on charter boat excursions with snorkeling and scuba-diving day excursions with colorful tropical fish.

Costa Azul Beach – The Corridor:
Cabo’s best surfing is about 2 miles south from San José’s hotel zone along Highway 1 – just don’t miss the turn-off. The Zipper and La Roca breaks are world famous. Surfers gather here year-round, but mostly in the summer when water is warmest and hurricanes and tropical storms create the largest waves.

Estuary Beach – San Jose del Cabo:
This finger white-sand beach separates the Sea of Cortez and a marshy fresh-water lagoon covering roughly 2,000 acres at the southern tip of Baja California.

Playa El Faro Viejo – The Old Lighthouse:
It’s somewhat inaccessible, but the impressive spot is worth the effort. You can drive a standard car most of the way to the old lighthouse. Stop before the sand gets too soft for vehicles beyond that point, then walk to the top of the hill for the most spectacular view.