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Biking

The Bicycle Experience. For those who want to get their blood pumping, but still feel like they're on vacation, this easy 5.3-km (3.3-mile) route circles the Marina at Puerto Los Cabos and to the Wirikuta Cactus Gardens with 1,500 species of cacti and nearly a million plants set in geometric patterns. The trail also passes the Sculpture Gardens where works by Jose Luis Cuevas, Manuel Felguerez, and Gabriel Macotela are on display. The ride conveniently ends at the chic El Ganzo Beach Club, the ideal spot to reward yourself with a margarita. Tiburón S/N, La Playita, El Ganzo Hotel, Marina, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23403. 624/104–9000 at El Ganzo. Bikes are available for $20 for 4 hours, which includes the $3 entrance fee to the Wirikuta Cactus Gardens.

Four-Wheeling

Sierra Buggies. Anyone apprehensive about off-roading in the desert should definitely experience this tour where safety is the top priority. The fleet of 650cc Sand Spider buggies is well-maintained with excellent suspension, so even at high speeds, you can easily tackle the ruts, rocks, and rugged terrain. Tours explore the dirt trails of Baja’s high sierra country and are customized to skill level and comfort. After traversing the Biosphere Reserve north of Cabo San Lucas, you can wash off the dirt during a refreshing swim at a hidden lagoon, followed by a light lunch. The 4½-hour tour starts at 9 and 1. Calle Nopal 19, Colonia Magisterial, Daily departures from Hotel Zone in San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23430. 624/130–7623; 213/426–8790 in U.S. www.sierrabuggies.com. $180 for a single buggy, $230 for a double.

Go-Carts

Cabo Karting Center. High-performance outdoor go-carting has come to Cabo Karting Center. Here you can race high-speed go-carts on a professionally designed formula racecourse. Discounted prices for members and various combo packages are available. Hwy. 1 km 3.5, across from Los Patios Hotel, next to Cabo Cielo, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23450. 624/144–7073. www.cabokarting.com. $29 for a 14-lap race. Closed Tues.

Golf

Cabo Real Golf Course. This visually attractive layout features spectacular views of the mountains and sea, as well as a challenging test. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Cabo Real has straight and narrow fairways, difficult slopes, and strategically placed bunkers. The first six holes are in mountainous terrain, working their way up to 500 feet above sea level. The course then heads back to the water and eventually descends down to the Sea of Cortez by the 14th hole. Recovering from mistakes here can be quite difficult. In 2012, the back nine was redesigned by Jones with a new green on the 14th repositioned closer to the sea and the old 15th removed. Greens fee includes cart (walking is not permitted), water, practice balls, and towel. Taylormade clubs available to rent for $55. Hwy. 1, Km 19.5, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23400. 624/173–9400 or 877/795–8727. www.questrogolf.com. $235; $165 after 1:30 p.m. 18 holes, 6848 yards, par 71. Facilities: Practice range, putting green, snack bar, restaurant, golf carts, Taylormade rental clubs, $55.

Camp Campestre San José Golf Course. Here you are greeted by panoramic views stretching to the Sea of Cortez, canyons, and mountains on a Jack Nicklaus-design. This semi-private course also features dramatic elevation changes and undulating tricky multi-level putting surfaces. Attractive bunkering requires well-placed tee shots and very accurate iron play. They have used paspalum grass throughout the course that sets Camp Campestre among the best manicured in the region. The only downfall is that there are no holes on the water. Km. 119, Libramiento Aeropuerto, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur. 877/795–8727 from U.S.; 624/173–9400. www.questrogolf.com. $140–$180. 18 holes, 7055 yards, par 71. Facilities: Carts, practice range, putting green, short-game area, restaurant, snack bar, rental clubs.

One&Only Palmilla Golf Course. Here you will encounter 27 holes of some of the best resort golf that Mexico has to offer. Crafted by Jack Nicklaus, it was his first work here. The Mountain and Arroyo Nines came first, with the Ocean Nine finished later. Generous target-style fairways wind their way through rugged mountainous desert terrain that is beautifully landscaped. The Ocean Nine drops 600 feet in elevation as you visit the edge of the Sea of Cortez, while the Mountain and Arroyo Nines are positioned higher and further back from the water. Many will remark that the stretch of 6 to 8 holes on the Arroyo Course is one of the best anywhere, while the 3rd through 5th holes really get your attention on the Mountain Course. No matter the combination of Nines, you won't feel cheated and the conditioning is usually excellent though expensive. Five sets of tees on every hole accommodate various skill levels. Hwy. 1, Km 7.5, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23400. 624/144–5250. www.palmillagc.com. $135–$210. 27 holes. Mountain Nine, 3602 yards; Ocean Nine, 3527 yards; Arroyo Nine, 3337 yards. All nines are par 36. Facilities: Practice range, putting green, lessons, beverage cart, limited restaurant, Callaway rental clubs.

Puerto Los Cabos Golf Course. This course features an unusual combination of one Nine designed by Jack Nicklaus and the other by Greg Norman. Eventually each will build a second line to make this into two separate courses. This does not detract from its appeal as this is one of the area's most popular courses for visitors. Nicklaus's Nine features more expansive driving areas whereas the Norman Nine puts more of a premium on driving accuracy. Both Nines feature attractive bunkering and paspalum putting surfaces. Paseo de los Pescadores, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23403. 624/173–9400, or 877/795–8727. www.questrogolf.com. $175–$250. 18 holes, 7461 yards, par 73. Facilities: Practice range, putting green, short-game area, carts, restaurant, rental clubs.

Punta Sur Golf Course. Los Cabos' original course opened in 1987. Of all the golf courses in the area, this one would be the "starter" golf course. The layout has wide fairways and few obstacles or slopes. It's fairly flat and good for beginners or as a warm-up. The 9-hole course is lined with residential properties (broken windows are not unusual). Some holes (particularly the 7th) have nice ocean views. Beware, you will find the three par-3's to be long and testing. The conditioning is average and this heavily played course does not take reservations as it is played on a first-come, first-served basis. It was designed by Mario Schjtanan and Joe Finger. Greens fees include cart. There's a swimming pool, tennis, and gym onsite. Paseao Finisterra, No.1, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23400. 624/142–0905. www.vidantagolf.com. $59 for 9 holes or $89 for 18. 9 holes, 3153 yards, par 35. 6 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Facilities: Putting green, short game area, hitting nets, carts, pull carts, men's and women's rental clubs ($30), shoe rentals, pro shop, golf lessons, bag storage, restaurant, bar, snack bar, swimming pool, tennis, gym.

Guided Adventure Tours

Baja Outback. Baja Outback offers a variety of guided tours that range from four hours to several days long. The routes run through Baja backcountry, where you have the opportunity to explore the Cape's rarely seen back roads while learning desert lore from a knowledgeable guide-cum-biologist. One option takes you to a remote mountain ranch before lunching and snorkeling at Cabo Pulmo. Day trips may include anything from hiking and snorkeling to city tours and turtle release programs (August to November). Baja Outback also offers multiday tour packages especially designed for kids with boogie boarding and sand castle building. For adventure-driven vacationers, tours include kayaking, surfing, and stand-up paddle boarding. San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23450. 624/142–9215. www.bajaoutback.com. From $185 per person.

Baja Wild. Baja Wild has a number of adventure packages including the "Six Day Inn-to-Inn Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Surfing, and Whale-Watching Adventure." You'll see the natural side of Cabo, with hikes to canyons, hot springs, fossil beds, and caves with rock paintings. They offer backcountry jeep tours, full-day kayak tours at Cabo Pulmo, and ATV tours in the desert. Private tours are available. Plaza Costa Azul, Hwy. 1, Km 28, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23400. 624/172–6300. www.bajawild.com. Backcountry jeep tours from $420 per vehicle; full-day kayak tours at Cabo Pulmo, $140; half-day ATV tours, $80. Private tours are available for double price.

Wild Canyon Adventures. It’s all in the name at this outdoor adventure company that offers zip-lining, camel rides, bungee jumping, ATV tours, a giant swing, and a glass bottom gondola—all of which enter the vast El Tule Canyon. ATV tours (and brave hikers) can cross the Los Cabos Canyon Bridge, the longest wooden pedestrian bridge in the world measuring 1,082 feet long. Free transportation is offered from your hotel, but be sure to time your activities properly since the shuttle only runs every 3½ hours. El Tule Bridge, The Corridor, Baja California Sur, 23455. 624/144–4433. www.wildcanyon.com.mx.

Hiking

Baja Wild. Trips with Baja Wild include hikes to canyons, small waterfalls, hot springs, a fossil-rich area, and caves with rock paintings. You can also take customized jeep expedition trips to La Sierra de la Laguna, a series of mountain peaks submerged in water millions of years ago. The highest peak, at 7,000 feet above sea level, is ringed by pure pine forests. Rock-climbing and rappelling trips are also available. An all-day group hiking trip includes lunch, guide, equipment, and transfer. Plaza Costa Azul, Hwy. 1, Km 28, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23400. 624/172–6300. www.bajawild.com. $125 per person; private (2 person) trips are $350.

Horseback Riding

Cuadra San Francisco Equestrian Center. The Cuadra San Francisco Equestrian Center offers trail rides and lessons on 50 beautiful and extremely well-trained horses. Trail rides go into the hills overlooking the Cabo Real property or to the San Carlos arroyo; both focus on the flora as much as the riding. Trips are limited to 20 people, with one guide for every 6 or 7 people. Cuadra also specializes in private trail rides. Reserve at least a day in advance and request an English-speaking guide. Note that you must query them for rates, but expect to pay close to $50 per hour. Hwy. 1, Km 19.5, across from Casa del Mar and Las Ventanas al Paraíso hotels, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/144–0160. www.loscaboshorses.com.

Kayaking

Baja Wild. For a combined kayak and snorkeling trip, try Baja Wild. Daylong outdoor trips include surfing; hiking; ATV; and whale-watching trips (November through April), as well as baby sea turtle release excursions (September through November). All trips include transportation, equipment, and lunch; you can substitute scuba diving for snorkeling. Plaza Costa Azul, Hwy. 1, Km 28, s/n Local 5, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23400. 624/172–6300. www.bajawild.com. $140.

Sportfishing

Gordo Banks Pangas. The pangas (small fishing boats) of Gordo Banks Pangas are near some of the hottest fishing spots in the Sea of Cortez: the Outer and Inner Gordo banks. The pangas accommodate up to three. Their cruisers accommodate up to five. La Playa near San José del Cabo, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23400. 624/142–1147; 619/488–1859 in U.S. www.gordobanks.com. Pangas from $210; cruisers from $380 per day.

La Leona Fleet. Long a favorite for its great selection of pangas (small fishing boats) and superpangas, La Leona Fleet has boats available at both Playa Palmilla in the Corridor and La Playita in the San José del Cabo area. It has seven comfortable and speedy little rides; it's solely represented by the Jig Stop in Dana Point, California, who also represents the Abaroa, Gaviota, and Ana Mar fleets and a total of about 30 boats. The Puerto Nuevo Marina, Marina, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur. 624/142–1152 or 800/521–2281. www.jigstop.com. From $220 per day, not including fishing licenses, food, or drinks; cruisers range up to $560 per day.

Minerva's Baja Tackle. Fishing gear and line are available at Minerva's Baja Tackle, which has nearly 40 years of experience fishing in Los Cabos. Francisco Madero just off of Blvd. Paseo de Marina, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23452. 624/143–1282. www.minervas.com.

Santi Sport Fishing. Captain Victor at Santi Sport Fishing has a fleet of pangas (small fishing boats) near Cabo Adventures. Rates start at $175. Blvd Paseo de la Marina, Dock #2, near Cabo Adventures, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur. 624/157–1499 cell. www.santisportfishing.com.

Surfing

Costa Azul Surf Shop. For epic surfing tips, rentals, and lessons, head to Costa Azul Surf Shop. They have the best quiver in Los Cabos with over 150 hand-shaped boards from their popular Olea line. They also offer paddleboards, boogie boards, and snorkel gear. Lessons include transportation, the surfboard rental, a rash guard, and bottled water. All instructors are CPR certified and have 25 years of surfing experience. Hwy. 1, Km 28, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23400. 624/142–2771 or 624/142–4454. www.costa-azul.com.mx. Rentals, $20 per day, $15 per day for four days or more; lessons, $85.

Mike Doyle Surf School. The Mike Doyle Surf School is the top "surfer-friendly" location in all of Los Cabos. If you stay at the Cabo Surf Hotel where Mike Doyle's is located, you can check the surf conditions from the restaurant, bar, pool, or even from your balcony. The school has over 100 rental boards, from foam boards and short boards to long boards and stand up paddleboards. There are five surf instructors available at the shop for lessons. Cabo Surf Hotel, on the beach at the bottom of the steps, just below the 7 Seas restaurant, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23400. 624/172–6188; 858/964-5117 In U.S. www.mikedoylesurfshop.com. From $30 for two hour rentals. $79 group rate lessons; $99 for private instruction.

Walking Tours

Land’s End Tours. One of the best ways to experience Los Cabos in a single day is through Land’s End photo city tour. The outing covers the top attractions of Cabos San Lucas, the Corridor, and San Jose del Cabo; photographs of your adventure are captured throughout the tour and sent to you within one week by email. Tour highlights include San José’s historical center, a boat trip to the Arch, a visit to a glass-blowing factory, tequila tasting, shopping, and snorkeling. The six-hour tour begins at 8:15, and the price includes entrance fees, a tour guide, lunch, transportation, and photographs. Tours are offered every day except Wednesday and Sunday. Land’s End hosts city tours of Todos Santos on Wednesday and Saturday. San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur. 624/123–4962. www.landsendtours.com. $75.

Ecotourism

Todos Santos Eco Adventures. Todos Santos Eco Adventures offers a number of land- and water-based adventures. Choose from cliff walks, rock climbing, mountain treks, or fishing trips. Friendly guides pride themselves on thorough knowledge of the area, the environment, and the culture of the region. Their weeklong Todos Santos Cooking Adventure combines Mexican lessons with local sightseeing. Whichever of the offerings you choose, you'll feel like you're traveling with a savvy friend. The Jauregui family runs the operation with great care, and it's apparent. Ask about the casitas if you need overnight accommodations. Guaycura #88, La Poza, Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, 23300. West on Calle Olachea, follow signs toward La Poza. (Call for detailed directions). 612/145–0189; 619/446–6827 in U.S. www.tosea.net.

Surfing

Todos Santos offers great surfing areas for beginners to experts. The advantage here is that the crowds, including the swarming masses from the cruise ships, don't head up to these waters, which makes for a much more relaxed scene in the water and on the beach.

Los Cerritos, south of Todos Santos on Mexico 19, offers gentle waves to beginners during the summer and more challenging breaks for advanced surfers during the northwest swell from December to March. San Pedrito, also south of town, offers great surfing for experienced surfers during the winter swells, with a number of popular, low-key, surf-oriented motels along the beach. In summer, the surf is generally pretty mellow along this stretch, so locals and surfers who demand greater challenge head to the Corridor or areas along the east side of the Cape for more satisfying breaks.

Costa Azul Surf Shop. Costa Azul Surf Shop is a small shop on the north end of the beach by the cliffs at Los Cerritos. The staff is friendly, and, for such a small space, there's a good selection of board rentals, as well as T-shirts, shorts, and accessories to buy. You'll see its stickers on cars all over the Cape, and the interactive map on its web site is a great resource for information on surf spots all over Baja Sur. Playa Los Cerritos, Los Cerritos, Baja California Sur, 23300. 624/142–2771 San José del Cabo office. www.costa-azul.com.mx. Daily 8–6.

Todos Santos Surf Shop. Swing by Todos Santos Surf Shop for board rentals, to arrange a lesson, buy gear, or get that ding in your board repaired. Other activities options are also available, including day trips to Magdalena Bay during whale- watching season, and to La Paz to swim with sea lions and whale sharks. Calle Hidalgo, between Colégio Militar and Rangel, Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, 23305. 612/145–1114. Closed Sun.

Boating and Fishing

The considerable fleet of private boats in La Paz now has room for docking at several marinas, including Marina Palmira north of the malecón, and Marina de La Paz and Marina Cortez to the south. Most hotels can arrange trips. Fishing tournaments are typically held in August, September, and October.

Fishermen's Fleet. The Fishermen's Fleet has daylong fishing on pangas (skiffs), as well as multiday excursions to Magdalena Bay. La Paz, Baja California Sur. 612/122–1313; 408/884–3932 in U.S. www.fishermensfleet.com.

Mosquito Fleet. The Mosquito Fleet has 22' pangas (skiffs) starting at $300 for two people, and cabin cruisers from $550 for four people. Hwy. to Pichilingue, Km 5, between downtown and Pichilingue, La Paz, Baja California Sur. 612/121–6120; 877/408–6769 in U.S. www.bajamosquitofleet.com.

Kayaking

The calm waters off La Paz are perfect for kayaking, and you can take multiday trips along the coast to Loreto or out to the nearby islands.

Baja Expeditions. Baja Expeditions, one of the oldest outfitters working in Baja (since 1974), offers several kayak tours, including multinight trips between Loreto and La Paz. A support boat carries all the gear, including ingredients for great meals. The 10-day trip in the Sea of Cortez with camping on remote island beaches starts at $1,550 per person, based on double occupancy. Calle Sonora 585, between Topete and Abasolo, Manglito, La Paz, Baja California Sur, 23060. 612/125–3828; 800/843–6967 in U.S. www.bajaex.com.

Fun Baja. Fun Baja offers land tours, scuba and snorkel excursions with sea lions, seasonal whale watching trips, and camping safaris to Isla Espíritu Santo. Carretera Federal La Paz -Pichilingue, Km. 6.1, Marina Costa Baja, Local 61, La Paz, Baja California Sur, 23019. 612/106–7148. www.funbaja.com. Two-tank scuba trips from $135.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Popular diving and snorkeling spots include the coral banks off Isla Espíritu Santo, the sea-lion colony off Isla Partida, and the seamount 14 km (9 miles) farther north (best for serious divers).

Cortez Club. The Cortez Club is a full-scale water-sports center with equipment rental and scuba, snorkeling, kayaking, and sportfishing tours, as well as the complete slate of PADI instructional courses. Hwy. to Pichilingue, Km 5, between downtown and Pichilingue, La Paz, Baja California Sur, 23004. 612/121–6120; 877/408–6769 in U.S. www.cortezclub.com. Two-tank dives from $140.

Tour Operators

Kayaking

Nichols Expeditions. Nichols Expeditions arranges kayaking tours to Isla Espíritu Santo and between Loreto and La Paz, with camping along the way. It also offers a combination of sea kayaking in the Sea of Cortez with whale-watching in Magdalena Bay. 497 N. Main, Moab, UT, 84532. 800/648–8488 in U.S. www.nicholsexpeditions.com. Four-day trip $725; nine-day trip $1,350.

Scuba Diving

Baja Expeditions. Snorkel in sheltered coves off the coast of La Paz, or with sea lions at Los Islotes. Two or three tank dives at pristine sites near Isla Espíritu Santo are facilitated by a 28-foot custom dive boat. The 45-foot catamaran El Mechudo can carry up to eight people for week-long snorkel and dive charters. Calle Sonora 585, between Topete and Abasolo, Manglito, La Paz, Baja California Sur, 23060. 612/125–3828; 800/843–6967 in U.S. www.bajaex.com. Snorkeling from $65 per person; scuba dives from $140.

Whale-Watching

La Paz is a good entry point for whale-watching expeditions to Bahía Magdalena, 266 km (165 miles) northwest of La Paz on the Pacific coast. Note, however, that such trips entail about six hours of travel from La Paz and back for two to three hours on the water. Only a few tour companies offer this as a daylong excursion, however, because of the time and distance constraints.

Many devoted whale-watchers opt to stay overnight in San Carlos, the small town by the bay. Most La Paz hotels can make arrangements for excursions, or you can head out on your own by renting a car or taking a public bus from La Paz to San Carlos, and then hire a boat captain to take you into the bay. The air and water are cold during whale season from December to April, so you'll need to bring a warm windbreaker and gloves. Captains are not allowed to "chase" whales, but that doesn't keep the whale mamas and their babies from approaching your panga so closely you can reach out and touch them.

An easier expedition is a whale-watching trip in the Sea of Cortez from La Paz, which involves boarding a boat in La Paz and motoring around until whales are spotted. They most likely won't come as close to the boats and you won't see the mothers and newborn calves at play, but it's still fabulous watching the whales breeching and spouting nearby.

Baja Expeditions. Seasonal five day, four night gray whale watching excursions are offered for $2,675 per person, double occupancy. Tours are typically scheduled in February and March, and include flights, meals, an expert natural guide, and comfortable camping conditions at Laguna San Ignacio. Calle Sonora 585, between Topete and Abasolo, Manglito, La Paz, Baja California Sur, 23060. 612/125–3828; 800/843–6967 in U.S. www.bajaex.com.

Cortez Club. The water-sports center Cortez Club runs extremely popular full-day whale-watching trips in winter. Transportation, guide, breakfast and seafood lunch are included. Hwy. to Pichilingue, Km 5, between downtown and Pichilingue, La Paz, Baja California Sur, 23004. 612/121–6120; 877/408–6769 in U.S. www.cortezclub.com. $180 per person.

Boating

Cabo Adventures. Cabo Adventures has a three-hour sailing trip on deluxe Beneteau sailboats, during which the crew will teach you some basic sailing maneuvers, or you can simply sit back and enjoy the scenery—the boats pass Lover's Arch. The four-hour trip includes food, drinks, snorkel gear, and stand-up paddleboards. Blvd. Paseo de la Marina, Lot 7, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/173–9500 or 866/393–5255. www.cabo-adventures.com. $109.

Cabo Expeditions. Winter-season whale-watching (December–April) in the Sea of Cortez with Cabo Expeditions is done from small, customized, inflatable Zodiac boats that allow passengers to get close to gray and humpback whales. Oftentimes during the 2.5 hour trip, the whales even approach the boats with their babies. Fifteen passengers are allowed per tour; ages 5 and up. Near Wyndham Hotel, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–2700. www.caboexpeditions.com.mx. $89.

Cabo Rey. Enjoy incredible views of Los Cabos including the famous Arch, Lover's Beach, Santa Maria Bay, Chileno Bay, and the Old Lighthouse aboard the Caborey. Set sail from 6 to 8:30 pm for a lobster dinner and mariachi show or opt for the three-hour snorkeling tour including lunch. Blvd. Marina, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/105–1976; 866/460–4105 in U.S. www.caborey.com. From $62.

Jungle Cruise. The Jungle Cruise is both a snorkeling tour boat as well as your typical afternoon booze cruise, complete with loud reggae and other party music. It attracts a twenty- to thirty-something crowd and heads out at 12 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Main Dock, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 866/348–6286 or 624/143–7533. $45, including open bar.

Oceanus. The double-decker party boat Oceanus has four-hour snorkel cruises from 10:30 am to 3 pm and a sunset cruise with a live band that leaves at 5 pm (6 pm in summer) from the main dock in Cabo San Lucas. You can rent the Oceanus for birthdays, weddings, and other special occasions. Deep discounts can be found when booking online. Blvd. Marina, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–1059 or 624/143–3929. www.oceanusloscabos.com.mx. $65.

Pisces Luxury Yachts. Pisces Luxury Yachts has charters starting at $1,750 for 2½-hour sunset excursions on their smallest 60-foot yacht, It's All Good, which holds up to 10 passengers. The full-day, all-inclusive rate runs about $3,300 and climbs to $15,000 for a full day on their 156-foot mega yacht. Photos and descriptions of the six yachts in their luxury fleet are available on their website. Barcos Piscis, S.A. de C.V., Cabo Maritime Center Marina 8-6, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23452. 624/143–1288. www.piscesyachts.com.

Flightseeing

Aereo Calafia. One of the most spectacular ways to view Baja is from the air. Aereo Calafia is a private charter company that offers one very special small-plane flight to Magdalena Bay where gray whales calve during winter months. The tours include the flight, a boat tour among the whales, and lunch. Available January to March only. Calle Adolfo Lopez Mateos Manzana 02, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–4302 or 624/143–5280. www.tourballenas.com. $495 per person.

Cabo Sky Tours. Cabo Sky Tours offers exciting aerial tours over Los Cabos in gas-powered hang gliders. Camino viejo a San Jose, El Medano Ejidal, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur. 624/144–1294 office; 624/150–1000 cell. www.skytourscabo.com. $90 for an adult under 200 pounds for a 10-minute flight; $130 for one adult with child.

Four-Wheeling

Baja Buggy's. These eco-friendly, extreme buggy tours are a bit pricey, but nontheless a phenomenal thrill ride. Travel from desert to ocean through mountains and across canyons at Migrino Sandy River bed and then onto La Candelaria, a 300-year old aboriginal village. Aquiles Serdán #4, Centro, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23450. 624/105–9331 or 624/105–9318. www.bajabuggys.com. $220, transportation included.

Cactus ATV's. Tours are almost always full at Cactus ATVs, so reserve a day in advance. A Candelaria trip leaves at 9 am, 12 pm and 3 pm daily, as well as a host of desert and beach tours. Boxed lunch and drinks included. Hwy. 19, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/130–6864 or 915/288–8687. www.cactusatvtours.com. From $100 per rider.

Cabo's Moto Rent. Cabo's Moto Rent offers a desert tour and a beach tour at Playa Migriño on the Pacific, along with the lighthouse and Candelaria tours. Av. Cárdenas, in front of Puerto Paraíso, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–0808. ATV tours, $100 per person or $130 per couple.

Golf

Cabo del Sol Desert Course. The sister to the Ocean Course, the Desert Course designed by Tom Weiskopf sits on the other side of the Corridor away from the water and features an inland desert motif complete with artistic bunkering. Don't be fooled; the layout here is still very good. The Desert Course is very playable, yet from the back tees it may be even harder than the Ocean Course. The attractive layout includes one of the area's longest par-5 holes at 625 yards. Taylormade rental clubs are available for $65. Special rates are available if you play both this and the Cabo del Sol Ocean Course. Hwy. 1, Km 10.3, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/145–8200. www.cabodelsol.com. $220–$365. 18 holes, 7049 yards, par 72. Facilities: Practice range, putting green, short game area, golf carts, men's & women's lounges with showers, golf shop, beverage cart, snack bar, restaurant, lessons, club storage, rental clubs Taylormade $65.

Cabo del Sol Ocean Course. The Ocean Course has been named one of the top courses in the world by numerous publications as it combines the best of ocean and desert golf. Designer Jack Nicklaus brags that it has the best three finishing holes in the world. On the par-3 17th hole, you drive over an ocean inlet with waves crashing below. The par-4 18th hole is a mirror image of the 18th at Pebble Beach, California. Seven holes are seaside, with the 5th and 17th named as one of the "Top 500 Holes in the World" by Golf World. Taylormade clubs are available to rent for $65. The Ocean Course is easily the priciest public-access course in the region, but is generally considered to be the best. Hwy 1, Km 10.3, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/145–8200. www.cabodelsol.com.. $255–$365. 18 holes, 7091 yards, par 72. Facilities: practice range, putting green, short game area, golf carts, men's & women's lounges with showers, golf shop, beverage cart, snack bar, restaurant, lessons, club storage, rental clubs Taylormade $65.

Cabo San Lucas Country Club. Designed by Pete Dye's late brother Roy, this course has lots of length along with seven lakes. It has smallish greens for the approaches, which makes for a real challenge. Routed through avenues of blanco trees, cardon cacti, and bougainvillea, its primary attraction may be the views, which include the famed landmark "the Arch at Land's End." It's the golf course that's most convenient to downtown. Upgrades in 2014 have greatly improved the course, and with the addition of two new holes, it is both challenging and fun to play. Hwy. 1, Km 3.7, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–4653 or 888/239–7951. www.cabosanlucascountryclub.com. $99–$165. 18 holes, 7220 yards, Par 72. Facilities: Pro shop, practice range, putting green, golf carts, rental clubs, bar, snack bar.

Guided Tours

Cabo Adventures. With a wide variety of unusual activities Cabo Adventures is unique adventure operator. Along with its popular Cabo Dolphins program are the four-hour Desert Safaris, which take you into the Sierra Mountains by Swiss-made Unimog to commune with camels, of all things! They also offer ziplining, mountain biking, whale shark tours, and flyboards (like water jetpacks). Blvd. Paseo de la Marina, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/173–9500 or 888/526–2238. www.cabo-adventures.com. 109 per person.

Horseback Riding

Red Rose Riding Stables. The popular Red Rose Riding Stables has healthy horses for all levels of riders. The outfitter leads trips to the beach and the desert. Groups are sometimes too large to suit all riders' levels of expertise; consider this if you're an expert rider, or a newbie riding with a bunch of experts. Hwy. 1, Km 4, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23400. 624/143–4826.

Jet Skiing and Waterskiing

JT Water Sports. For every type of water- and land-sports equipment, including diving gear, WaveRunners, and parasails, head to JT Water Sports, where WaveRunners rent for about $90 an hour. Bigger parties can negotiate for better deals. Playa Médano, near The Office bar, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. www.jtwatersports.com.mx.

Kayaking

Omega Sports. Omega Sports has good rates on single and double kayaks. They also offer jet-skis. Playa Médano, on beach in front of Hotel Casa Dorada, next to Mango Deck, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410.

Tio Sports. Tio Sports was one of the original water-sports companies on El Médano Beach about 20 years ago and it's still a major operator with a sports palapa located on the beach at the ME Cabo Resort, plus stands and offices throughout Los Cabos. It provides aquatic tours, kayak rentals, stand-up paddleboards, and packages that include scuba and snorkeling. Playa Médano, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–3399. www.tiosports.com.

Motorcycling

Harley-Davidson Los Cabos. The Harley-Davidson Los Cabos, in the Puerto Paraíso Entertainment Plaza, rents Fatboys, Electric Glides, Road Kings, and Heritage Classics. Ask the shop employees for suggestions on scenic tour routes. Rental rates include two helmets and insurance. Puerto Paraiso Mall, Boulevard Lázaro Cárdenas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23450. 624/143–3337. www.harleybmc.com. From $200 a day (9 am–8 pm rental).

Operators

Amigos del Mar. The oldest and most complete dive shop in Los Cabos area is Amigos del Mar. Its dive boats range from a 22-foot panga (a small, open-air skiff) to a 25-foot runabout and a 31-foot custom dive boat. The staff is courteous and knowledgeable, and all the guides speak English. Blvd. Marina, Plaza Galicota, across from Finisterra Hotel, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–0505; 513/898–0547 in U.S. www.amigosdelmar.com. Two-tank dives from $90; equipment rental, $35.

Manta Scuba. This centrally located PADI 5-star outfit makes trips locally in the Corridor, as well as to Cabo Pulmo, Gordo Banks, and East Cape. Plaza Gali, Blvd. Marina #7D Local 37 Int., Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23450. 877/287–1120 or 624/144–3871. www.caboscuba.com. Two-tank dives from $95; equipment rental, $30.

Solmar V. Find luxury on the über-comfortable live-aboard dive boat Solmar V, which takes nine-day remote diving trips to the islands of Socorro (November–June) and Guadalupe (August–October) for great-white shark cage diving. There are also five-day trips out of Ensenada, northern Baja. Twelve cabins with private baths serve a maximum of 24 passengers. This is one of Cabo's top diving experiences, so book well in advance. Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 866/591–4906 toll free; 310/455–3600 in U.S. www.solmar5.com. from $3,450 to $4,175.

Snorkeling Tours by Boat

Buccaneer Queen. A tall ship, once used in TV commercials, the Buccaneer Queen Pirate Ship now carries passengers on snorkeling and sunset cruises as well as private charters. Snorkeling tours include lunch, open bar, and equipment rental. Dock 1, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/144–4217. www.buccaneerloscabos.com. From $63.

Cabo Snorkeling. Cabo Snorkeling runs a bunch of snorkeling adventures throughout Los Cabos. For a younger, party-oriented crowd, try the Jungle Party Snorkeling Tour or Cabo Fun Tour. Offering a slightly smaller, less luxurious boat than some of the others docked in Marina, these trips are less about luxury and more about fun. Four-hour trips include a light lunch, equipment, and, of course, booze. Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 888/557–3330 in U.S.; 800/681–1858 in Mexico. www.cabosnorkeling.com. $45 to $70.

La Princesa. The most upscale boat in Los Cabos is a beautiful 48-foot catamaran called La Princesa. Daily three-hour trips to Bahía Santa María or Bahía Chileno depart at noon. Price includes a mini-Cabo adventure, drinks, a light lunch, and equipment. If La Princesa isn't available, there are other yachts you can choose from for similar adventures. Marina Blvd., Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–7676. www.laprincesacharters.com. $59 per person.

Pez Gato. Pez Gato has several cruising options including a snorkeling trip to Bahía Santa María, which includes all snorkel gear, beverages, lunch of deli sandwiches, chips, and fresh fruit basket. They have two 42-foot catamarans, Pez Gato I and Pez Gato II and also offer a romantic sunset cruise, a rowdy booze cruise, and in-season whale watching. near Wyndham Hotel, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–3797. www.pezgatocabo.com. Snorkeling trip, $55 per person.

Sportfishing

Gaviota Fleet. The Gaviota Fleet currently holds the record for the largest marlin caught in Cabo San Lucas's waters. The company has charter cruisers and super-pangas from 23 feet to 36 feet. Docked between Gates 2 and 3 across from the Marina Fiesta Hotel, office at Villa Serena RV Park, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 888/522–2442. www.gaviotasportfishing.com. Egg Harbor yachts from $480.

Minerva's Baja Tackle. Renowned tackle store, Minerva's Baja Tackle and Sportfishing Charters, has been around for nearly 40 years and has its own fleet with four sportfishing charter boats from 31 feet to 33 feet. Madero between Blvd. Marina and Guerrero, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–1282. www.minervas.com. From $764, all-inclusive.

Picante Fleet. One of the top sportfishing fleets, Picante Fleet, offers a wide selection of 20 well-equipped, top-of-the-line, 31-foot to 68-foot Cabo sport fishers. If you prefer smaller boats, there's the Picantito fleet, with a trio of 24-foot Shamrock walk-around boats. These are primarily used for fishing close to shore. Picante offers trips and boats that vary in size and price. Puerto Paraíso Mall Local 39-A, near Harley-Davidson Store, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–2474; 714/442–0644 in U.S. www.picantesportfishing.com. from $325; up to $3,850 for 8 hours.

Pisces Sportfishing Fleet. Some of Cabo's top hotels use the extensive range of yachts from Pisces Sportfishing Fleet. The fleet includes the usual 31-foot Bertrams, but also has a sizable fleet of 50- to 70-foot Viking, Mikelson, Hatteras, and Ocean Alexander yachts with tuna towers, air-conditioning, and multiple staterooms. Pisces also has luxury yachts up to 156 feet in length. Chartering a 31-foot Bertram is all-inclusive for up to six people, and trips last for around seven or eight hours. Blvd. Marina, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–1288; 877/286–7938 toll free in U.S. www.piscessportfishing.com. From $445; Bertram charter, $695, all-inclusive.

Solmar Fleet. Once the largest fleet in Cabo San Lucas, the long-established Solmar Fleet has been subdivided into several parts and its fleet representatives are now located in both the Solmar Hotel and Playa Grande Hotel. Solmar offers 13 sportfishing boats, from super-pangas to 26- and 36-footers. Solmar boats and tackle are always in good shape, and its longtime regulars wouldn't fish with anyone else. Solmar Resort, Blvd. Marina, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/145–7575 or 800/344–3349. www.solmar.com. From $400.

Whale-Watching

Cabo Expeditions. Like many Cabo tour operators, Cabo Expeditions offers snorkeling and in-season whale-watching tours in hard-bottom inflatable boats. Near Wyndham Hotel, Marina San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–2700. www.caboexpeditions.com.mx. Snorkeling $74, whale-watching $89.

Kayaking

Cabo Pulmo Sport Center. Cabo Pulmo Sport Center has the gregarious César at the ready. He is a wellspring of knowledge and will happily advise you on the best spot to paddle your kayak, depending on the conditions of the day. He's also an expert birder. The center has a couple of very clean, simple casitas for rent ($95 per night) should you decide to extend your stay. Hwy. 1 at La Ribera turnoff, at the end of the road in the waterside palapa, Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, 23500. 624/130–0235. www.cabopulmosportcenter.com. $60.

Operators

Cabo Pulmo Divers. Cabo Pulmo provides some of the more exceptional dives in the area, and Cabo Pulmo Divers has everything you need, including certification classes (multiday). This 5-star PADI certified outfit is a local family-run shop. It's right on the beach and offers full diving services, as well as cheap rooms from $79 to $129 per night. Hwy. 1 at La Ribera turnoff, at the end of the road, in the palapa right by the water on the beach, Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, 23500. 624/141–0726. www.cabopulmo.com.

Scuba Diving

Parque Nacional Marino Cabo Pulmo. This 25,000-year-old coral reef has been legally protected since 1995 and is home to more than 2,000 different kinds of marine organisms—including more than 230 species of tropical fish and a dozen kinds of petrified coral. The area is renowned among diving aficionados, whose favorite months to visit are June and July, when visibility is highest. The park isn't difficult to access. Head southwest from La Ribera and it's just 8 km (5 mi) from the end of the paved road; it's bordered by Playa Las Barracas in the north and Bahía Los Frailes to the south. It can also be reached by the well-maintained dirt road running along the coast from San José del Cabo. It'll take you three hours or more this way, but the coast along this route is unmatched. (Though, if it's raining, stick to the paved route.) There are two main dive centers, Cabo Pulmo Dive Center and Cabo Pulmo Divers, offering full gear rentals, kayaks, snorkel gear, and sportfishing tours. Hwy. 1, Km. 31, Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur, 23400. www.cabopulmopark.com. $5.

Sportfishing

Parque Marino Nacional Cabo Pulmo. Parque Marino Nacional Cabo Pulmo, a 25,000-year-old coral reef, has been legally protected since 1995 and is home to more than 2,000 different kinds of marine organisms—including more than 230 species of tropical fish and a dozen kinds of petrified coral. The area is renowned among diving aficionados, whose favorite months to visit are June and July, when visibility is highest. The park isn’t difficult to access. Head southwest from La Ribera and it’s just 8 km (5 miles) from the end of the paved road; it’s bordered by Playa Las Barracas in the north and Bahía Los Frailes to the south. It can also be reached by the well-maintained dirt road running along the coast from San José del Cabo. It’ll take you three hours or more this way, but the coast along this route is unmatched. (Though, if it’s raining, stick to the paved route.) There are two main dive centers offering full gear rentals, kayaks, snorkel gear, and sportfishing tours. Baja California Sur. 949/376–2252. www.cabopulmopark.com.

Sportfishing

The best angling takes place from April through October, with bottom fishing the best in winter. Charter vessels and party boats are available from several outfitters along Avenida López Mateos and Boulevard Costero and off the sportfishing pier. Mexican fishing licenses for the day or year are available at the tourist office or from charter companies.

Sergio's Sportfishing. One of the best sportfishing companies in Ensenada, Sergio's Sportfishing has year round private charter or open party boats. Whale watching tours are available from December 15 to April 15. Sportfishing Pier, Blvd. Lázaro Cárdenas #6, Centro, Ensenada, Baja California Norte, 22800. 646/178–2185; 619/399–7224 in U.S. www.sergiosfishing.com. Fishing $70 per person on a group boat, including the cost of a license; whale watching $30 per person.

Water Sports

Estero Beach and Punta Banda (en route to La Bufadora, south of Ensenada) are both good kayaking areas, although facilities are limited. A small selection of water-sports equipment is available at the Estero Beach Resort.

Whale-Watching

Boats leave the Ensenada sportfishing pier for whale-watching trips from December through March. The gray whales migrating from the north to bays and lagoons in southern Baja pass through Todos Santos Bay, often close to shore. Binoculars and cameras with telephoto capabilities come in handy. The trips last about three hours. Vessels are available from several outfitters at the sportfishing pier. Expect to pay about $30 for a three-hour tour.

Rosarito Ocean Sports

Rosarito Ocean Sports. The ocean sports center in the heart of Rosarito rents kayaks, mountain bikes, snorkeling gear, Jet Skis, and scuba diving equipment. Blvd. Benito Juarez, 890-7, Playas de Rosarito, Rosarito, Baja California Norte, 22710. 661/100–2196. www.rosaritooceansports.com. Guided kayak from $35; diving trips from $160.