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Los Cabos is the home of the Marlin.

There's a good reason they call Cabo the Marlin capital of the world. But don't forget the tuna, dorado, sea bass or wahoo.












Playa del Amor - Lover's Beach
Hire an inexpensive water taxi to get to this beach; this is a popular beach because it is at "Land's End" with striking rock formations, near the arch, with beaches on both sides. Great snorkeling can be found on the calmer bay side, although it can tend to be crowded at times. A short walk to the other side and you are in the Pacific Ocean. The surf can be a little rough, so be careful. You can spend the day, don't forget the sun block, bottled water, lunch and the return taxi!








The least expensive way to enjoy deep-sea fishing is to pair up with another angler and charter a panga, a 7m (22-ft.) skiff used by local fishermen, from Pueblo la Playa. Several panga fleets offer 6-hour sportfishing trips, usually from 6am to noon, for $25 per hour (3-hr. minimum). Two or three people can split the cost. For information, visit the fishermen's cooperative in Pueblo la Playa (no phone).

Gordo Banks Pangas is one of the more well known panga operators in San Jose del Cabo.

For larger charter boats, you'll depart from the marina in Cabo San Lucas. Click here for the latest fishing report.








Playa Costa Azul, at Km 29 on Highway 1 just south of San José, is the most popular surfing beach in the area. A few bungalows are available for rent, or surfers can camp on the beach. The Costa Azul Surf Shop, Km 28, Playa Costa Azul (tel. 624/142-2771;, rents surfboards by the day. It charges $20 per day for a short or long board, leash, and rack for your rental car. Spectators can watch from the highway lookout point at the top of the hill south of Costa Azul. Baja Wild (tel. 624/142-5300; offers both surf lessons as well as surf tours, so you can get right to the best waves in the briefest amount of time. Trips take you to any of 15 breaks within the Sea of Cortez, to the big breaks on the Pacific Ocean, or even combine surfing and kayaking.

You can find good surfing from March through November all along the beaches west of Cabo, and Playa Chileno, near the Cabo San Lucas Hotel east of town, has a famous right break. Other good surfing beaches along the corridor are Acapulquito, El Tule, and La Bocana. Warning: Several accidents have involved visiting surfers who are not familiar with the rocky break, so surf with care!

Los Cerittos, on the Pacific side along the way to Todos Santos is also a fine spot.



Whale Watching

The migration route of the Eastern Pacific, or California, Gray Whale is often described as the longest known mammal migration. Beginning in the Bering and Chukchi seas and ending in the warm-water lagoons of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, their round trip journey moves them through 12,500 miles of coastline.

This journey begins each October as the northern ice pushes southward. Travelling both night and day, Gray whales average approximately 120 km (80 miles) per day. By mid-December to early January, the majority of the Gray whales are usually found between Monterey and San Diego, where they are often seen from shore.

By late December to early January, the first of the Gray Whales begin to arrive the calving lagoons of Baja. These first whales to arrive are usually pregnant mothers that look for the protection of the lagoons to give birth to their calves, along with single females seeking out male companions in order to mate. By mid-February to mid-March the bulk of the Gray Whales have arrived the lagoons. It is at this time that the lagoons are filled to capacity with nursing, calving and mating Gray Whales.

The three primary lagoons that the whales seek in Baja California are Scamnon's (named after a notorious whale hunter in the 1850's who discovered the lagoons and later became one of the first protectors of the Greys), San Ignacio and Magdalena. As noted, the Greys were called the devil fish until the early 1970's when a fisherman in the Laguna San Ignacio named Pachico Mayoral (although terrified to death) reached out and touched a Grey mother that kept approaching his boat. Today the whales in Laguna San Ignacio are protected but it is possible to visit a whale camp there and have the same experience that Pachico had.

Throughout February and March, the first Gray Whales to leave the lagoons are the males and single females. Once they have mated, they will begin the trek back north to their summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi seas. Pregnant females and nursing mothers with their newborn calves are the last to leave the lagoons. They leave only when their calves are ready for the journey, which is usually from late March to mid-April. Often there are still a few lingering Gray Whale mothers with their young calves in the lagoons well into May.

Beaches along the corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are some of the least expensive and best places to catch a glimpse of this most fantastic migration.

For more background and insights, read "Watching Whales Watching Us" by Charles Siebert.

Cabo Dolphin Center - Situated at land's end, this is an amazing opportunity to "swim with the fishes"

Horseback Riding - Cuadra San Francisco is a family run horseback riding operation located between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo in operation since 1994.

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