Cabo San Lucas is a popular spring break location, and for good reason. Not only does it have the weather much of the country is searching for after a long winter, but it’s full of food, fun and places to party. Whether you’ve booked your tickets or are still considering when to get away, we’ve got 5 great ideas for enjoying Cabo, but avoiding the most common tourist trappings this spring.
1. Cabo Pulmo
While Cabo Pulmo is a world-renowned dive destination, it’s often missed by many visitors. Located east of San Jose del Cabo, this national marine park is home to the oldest of only three coral reefs on North America’s west coast. Pulmo’s reef is estimated to be 20,000 years old and boasts an incredible array of marine life–an estimated 80 species. Get away from the more crowded beaches on an unforgettable Cabo Pulmo snorkel trip.
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2. San Jose del Cabo
Cabo San Lucas’ sister city is a blast from the past! Between playing on the beach and lounging by the pool, head east to San Jose del Cabo’s historic downtown. Wander beautiful cobblestone streets as you pop into quaint shops and beautiful galleries. San Jose continues to grow as a culinary center for the region with restaurants like Mi Cocina at Casa Natalia, La Tamarindo and Flora Farms (slightly outside of San Jose’s downtown). Consider a Thursday afternoon/evening excursion to San Jose for the popular San Jose Art Walk. The historic center and gallery district come alive with locals, visitors and vendors.
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3. Todos Santos and Cerritos
You won’t regret a day trip up the 1 to Cerritos Beach. The ideal spot for new surfers, this laid-back surf community is the perfect escape from the hustle of spring break. Take a surf lesson before refueling at the beach restaurant. Speaking from experience, Cerritos is an easy place to learn the art of surfing. Great teachers and a soft, sandy ocean bottom made the adventure more fun than scary. After you enjoy time at Cerritos, hop in the rental car and head a few more miles north to Todos Santos. Home to Hotel California, Todos Santos epitomizes the artistic community. Quiet streets are dotted with restaurants, galleries and shops. We can never leave without snagging a Hotel California margarita!
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4. Deep Sea Fishing
If you’re really looking for some solitude during your Cabo spring break adventure, get out on the open ocean for a deep sea fishing charter. Cabo is, of course, always an incredible fishing destination; and this time of year is no exception! March and April are great months for Snapper, Striped Marlin and Yellow Tail. There are a number of Cabo deep sea fishing options including tours and private charters.
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5. ATV Adventures
Cabo San Lucas: “Where the desert meets the sea.” The desert is as much a part of Cabo as the much more popular beach areas. Don’t miss out on the incredible landscape beyond the ocean’s shores, get out there and explore! For an action-packed day in Cabo (and away from the crowds), consider an ATV adventure through the Los Cabos desert. One popular tour route takes riders to the beautiful and peaceful Migrino Beach on Baja’s Pacific coast. Depending on the time of year, your tour guide will help you spot migrating gray whales just off the shore. Other ATV and buggy itineraries can include the village of El Encanto de la Laguna, Los Zacatitos, and Arroyo Palo Seco, the El Salto waterfall, Los Pozos and La Candelaria.
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It’s still whale watching season in Cabo! If your visiting Cabo San Lucas in March, head out on a tour to catch a glimpse of these massive, majestic creatures before they’re gone until December! The Cabo whale watching season officially runs from Dec. 15 to April 15 each year.
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