Only a few destinations can compare to the beauty of Los Cabos. Spectacular weather all the year long together with wonderful natural settings make this paradise a dream for travelers who visit. It never minds if your trip comes along with family or friends, for romance or even undertaking a solo travel.
Shockingly amazing contrasts between mountains, arid deserts and the sea create simply fascinating landscapes, and it is exactly this diversity what prepares the terrain to enjoy as many activities as you can imagine.
Out of the 14 species of whales in the world, 6 inhabit Mexican waters permanently. The humpback whale and the gray whale only visit these latitudes in the breading season, so it's very common to spot them, but don't be surprised to see blue whales, sperm whales and even killer whales swimming the Sea of Cortez.
Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo are visited by these majestic cetaceans between December and until mid-April, for visitors and locals' delight, but there's an experience deigned by Grand Velas Los Cabos to take your encounter with these mammals to the next level.
The experience starts when the resort's helicopter picks you up from Terraza del Mar's rooftop, and takes you to see the incredible whales up close in their natural habitat on your way to Loreto. There you will enjoy a delicious three-course gourmet picnic including organic cheese and charcuterie board, grilled chicken focaccia, heirloom tomato salad and cheesecake with a strawberry compote. To toast for the moment, a creative cocktail that stays true to the theme by resembling a blue whale. On your way back to the resort, catch an incredible view of the sunset from the helicopter.
Land's End Arch
More than 750 miles crosses the Baja California peninsula from point to point, to find the end in this incredible eroded rock formation, carved by the sea into an immense arch. It has been adopted by the destination as iconic landmark. Here, the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific are united for the very first time. Water taxis make the journey to this spectacular attraction, and you can choose a glass bottom lancha so you can observe underwater life on your way. Be sure to admire the natural sculptures that the locals have named: Pelican Rock and Neptune's Finger among many others.
And now you are at The Arch don't miss:
Lovers Beach or Playa del Amor
This small but charming beach is located north to the Arch. The uniqueness of being bathed by two seas deserves a place on your list. The gentle waves the beach receives from the Sea of Cortez are in contrast with the breaking, irruptive waves coming from the Pacific —curiously enough, this side of Lovers Beach is known as the Divorce Beach.
Underwater Sand Falls
Just beneath the Playa del Amor lie the Sand Falls and, if you are an experienced diver, you cannot afford to miss them on your next visit. This natural phenomenon is caused by the friction between the North American and Pacific tectonic plates and by the contrast between the temperatures of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.
You have to dive more than 30 meters deep to encounter this magnificence of nature. During the immersion you are sure to be accompanied by colorful marine species.
Since the 1960s, the Baja California peninsula began to figure on the sports scene thanks to the world's longest off-road race known as the Baja 1000, which runs just over 1,050 miles between the port cities of Ensenada and La Paz. If you want to get the most out of adrenaline in a Baja 1000-style off-road race —without racing all the miles—, you can find everything from ATV's desert excursions to high-speed tours.
You would not imagine the marine diversity that inhabits the Cabo Pulmo reef if you did not see it with your own eyes. The experience of diving or snorkeling in this protected area of more than 17,300 acres is simply, an exciting adventure. It is also a great success story: All you can admire today is due to this fishing village community decision to restrict its primary commercial activity since 1995, allowing the reef to restore itself from excessive fishing.
Charming from every perspective, Todos Santos must be on the list of places to visit when you travel to this area. It is located between the arid desert of Baja California, the Sierra de la Laguna and the Mexican Pacific, and stands out for its artistic and cultural atmosphere. Take a tour of the gallery to admire the works of local and world artists, or plan a day at the beach to sample delicacies from the sea, and surf at Playa Cerritos, or simply sunbathe in Palm Beach.
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