Family vacations make for great lifelong memories and if you’re visiting Los Cabos, there are endless options for all ages. With terrain to explore, the Sea of Cortez to enjoy, and resort activities that kids love, there’s never a dull moment when you stay in Mexico’s East Cape.
Between adventures, you can fuel up on local cuisine or meals prepared by world-renowned chefs or head out for some shopping, arts, and culture in nearby cities and towns. Sneak away for some pampering at some of the best spas in Mexico, or simply soak in the sun while you read next to your private infinity pool.
Regardless of your family members’ vacation goals—relaxation, entertainment, pampering, or exploring—they’re sure to create fond memories. And while we can’t promise you won’t argue about what to do first, we guarantee you won’t find a more luxurious destination to cater to individual tastes and whims than in Los Cabos. Here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Deep-sea fishing
There’s something deeply satisfying about catching your dinner. For guests at Costa Palmas, Casa De Brasa’s “Catch Your Own” program gives diners the opportunity to board a fishing boat at the private marina to catch their own marlin, snapper, or sailfish on the Sea of Cortez. Upon return, the chef then prepares your catch with your choice of signature sauces and sides.
You can book a family fishing tour with an experienced local guide who knows the best spots. Deep-sea fishing tours are plentiful, fully stocked with gear, and manned by knowledgeable seafaring folks.
With well over a dozen private and public golf courses in Los Cabos, you’ll have plenty of choices to fit your family’s experience while visiting Los Cabos.
Many of the luxury resorts have their own championship courses, including Costa Palmas. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, the world-class, 18-hole championship course is flanked by desert and ocean and built to provide numerous types of play.
With a 6-hole loop, 30,000-square-foot putting course, and professional lessons for players of all ages and skill levels, a family day on the greens is the start of a beautiful day.
For family members that aren’t afraid of heights, zipline experiences can make for the best video souvenirs. The East Cape’s unique landscape provides opportunities to soar over canyons, canopies, and desert landscapes. If you’re staying at Costa Palmas, the experienced Aventura guides and instructors can ensure your zipline experience is both fun and safe.
4. Arts & Culture
If art galleries, museums, and Latin jazz concerts aren’t your kids’ cup of tea, there are exceptions to the rule. The Natural History Museum, an animal sanctuary, and children’s art classes can keep even young children visiting Los Cabos engaged.
Beyond just traditional Mexican cuisine, you’ll find a variety of fusion-inspired restaurants in Los Cabos, including Korean, Mediterranean, Japanese, French, Italian, and American. With access to some of the freshest seafood, produce, meats, herbs, and spices on the planet, you won’t have any trouble finding multiple establishments that fit everyone’s taste.
Don’t rule out the exceptional resort restaurants, many of which are run by world-renowned chefs. Treat your family to the menu offerings of Chef Nancy Silverton at Mozza Baja at Marina Village or dine at the Four Seasons Estiatorio Milos where Chef Costas Spiliadis is at the helm.
Save the high-end boutiques for your solo excursion but take the family when you venture into the cities and villages. With toys, clothes, jewelry, Mexican candies, and souvenirs to be discovered, Los Cabos shops, vendors, and outdoor marketplaces sell all kinds of goods.
7. Games, activities and land-based sports
For active kids and teens who love sports, Costa Palmas Sports Park is a one-stop space for baseball, soccer, football, tennis, pickleball, basketball, and more. There’s a grotto pool with a slide and gradual entry for younger kids to wade in. There is even a BMX track in the works.
The open-air theatre offers screenings and horseshoes, shuffleboard, and bocce ball. These are always more fun when followed up with a milkshake or something from the old-fashioned soda fountain at Jimmy’s.
8. Swimming with dolphins
Nothing makes for a better vacation story than swimming with dolphins and there are plenty of vendors offering the experience. Add on lunch, non-alcoholic drinks, and a photo package to make this family-friendly activity one for the memory books.
9. Water sports
Even those who aren’t athletically inclined find a way to enjoy the beaches, boats, and superyachts when visiting Los Cabos. But for active families, nothing is better than hands-on water sports that have made the region a mecca for thrill-seekers.
You’ll have no problem finding local instructors to help you improve your skills at surfing, paddleboarding, kiteboarding, kayaking, and parasailing. For something more unique, try flyboarding. In which a hydroflighting device propels you into the air via a hose connected to the watercraft!
Most of the resorts in Los Cabos offer concierge service to help you find local instructors and gear. But some resorts offer their own team of experts who can curate experiences based on your family’s interests and skill. At Costa Palmas Beach & Yacht Club, for example, a dedicated team of sailors, swimmers, snorkelers, divers, surfers, and paddleboarders are eager to share their love of the water with families visiting Los Cabos.
When visiting Los Cabos, it’s easy to focus solely on water activities thanks to the ever-accessible Sea of Cortez, beaches, and vendors catering to adventure-craving tourists. But the region is ripe for land-based exploration too, with hidden waterfalls, organic orchards, and canyons. Go on a journey by dune buggy, horseback, or even camel to discover hidden gems of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.
With these ten tips, your family vacation to Los Cabos will be a memory-filled hit.