by Dayna Engberg

3 Places in Los Cabos You Need to Hear About

Welcome to a paradise where the deep blue Sea of Cortez kisses the vast Pacific Ocean. Los Cabos, nestled at the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula, is one of the world's most diverse — and beautiful — tourist destinations, known for its growing list of championship golf courses, world-renowned sport fishing tournaments, state-of-the-art convention facilities, luxurious beach resorts and rejuvenating spas.
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If you’ve decided on Los Cabos for your upcoming vacation, you’ve probably already come across a seemingly endless list of must-do activities. Go sailing past El Arco. Set off for a thrilling ATV tour in the desert or embark on a whale-watching excursion in the open ocean. Los Cabos is the perfect place to connect with nature. Discover world-class snorkeling and scuba diving at the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cabo Pulmo reef. Hop on a fishing charter at the Los Cabos Marina to chase after striped marlin, dorado and tuna. Spend a day kayaking, horseback riding, ziplining, shopping or dancing ’til dawn.

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.

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Santiago, Baja Sur, Mexico


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.

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Miraflores, Baja Sur, Mexico


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.

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Cabo Pulmo National Park, Baja Sur, Mexico


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.

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