With a thriving art scene, pristine beaches and signature wide-open desert landscapes, there’s even more to see beyond the popular tourist spots. Whether you’ve already visited the big attractions or you’re looking to extend your exploration, keep reading to discover three destinations around Los Cabos that are worth venturing off the beaten path.
About an hour north of San Jose del Cabo along the Central Cape of Los Cabos, Santiago is the perfect day trip to experience a thriving Mexican pueblo. From verdant botanical gardens to natural hot springs like Agua Caliente, El Chorro and Santa Rita, scenic hiking trails leading to secluded waterfalls and sparkling swimming holes, the region is a hidden gem and literal oasis for outdoor adventure. Spend a day exploring the diverse natural features and be sure to make a pit stop at the famous Palomar Restaurant for a traditional Mexican lunch.
It you’re the type who travels in search of authentic artisan handicrafts, be sure to make a stop at Miraflores, about 20 miles from San Jose del Cabo. As one of the richest cultural areas in Los Cabos, you won’t find any cheap tourist knick-knacks here. In fact, the area is populated by multi-generational families of ranchers and farmers who have perfected the art of leatherworking. From belts and wallets to tote bags, satchels and even furniture, this is a great spot to purchase a unique handmade souvenir directly from the artists to bring back home with you.
Cradled by undeveloped desert and rugged mountains about 60 miles north of Los Cabos proper, the pristine beaches of Cabo Pulmo are some of the most beautiful and biodiverse areas of Baja California Sur. If you’re looking for a quieter place for diving, snorkeling and kayaking, this secluded locale is just for you. Home to three living reefs and the only hard coral reef in North America, its waters are perfect for spotting all types of marine life, including manta rays, turtles, sharks and whales. Spend an afternoon out in the water and budget a bit of extra time to relax on the beach before grabbing a bite at a local eatery.