Camel rides across a windswept, white sand beach. Sunset sails where a cotton-candy pink sky casts a soft light over the famous Arch. Swimming with sea lions in the sparkling Sea of Cortez, before retiring to a secluded bay where the water is such a vibrant shade of blue that you can’t tear your eyes away from the beauty of it. These are just a few of the unforgettable experiences guests of Air Transat can enjoy in Los Cabos, Mexico, which makes for the perfect getaway from the Canadian cold.
Booking a trip to Cabo with Air Transat is like a one-stop shop: from flights to airport transfers, hotels to booking excursions, they’ve got it handled so that all you need to do is show up and start soaking up the sun. There’s no shortage of great resorts to choose from in San Jose del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas and everywhere between, and Air Transat has paired up with premier properties in the area to suit all preferences and price points. One on offer is the all-inclusive Royal Decameron, a beachfront resort conveniently located just 15 minutes from the airport and San Jose del Cabo, surrounded by shops and restaurants for those who like to head out and explore.
With 150 rooms, it’s smaller than some of Mexico’s gargantuan resorts which makes for a more intimate experience: think getting to know the staff, no long lines at the bar, and showing up for dinner whenever you want without worrying about reservations. Perhaps the best perk? You’ll never have to wake up at dawn to reserve a lounger at the pool or beach.
As tempting as it is to sip margaritas poolside all day, there are plenty of fun activities in and around Los Cabos worth getting off the resort for:
Ride a camel
You don’t have to head to the Middle East to ride a camel, thanks to the Outback & Camel Safari that Air Transat offers through Cabo Adventures. The half-day excursion includes a nature walk through the desert, a delicious traditional lunch of Mexican favourites like quesadillas, beans and mole (topped off with a tequila tasting, naturally), and the main event: riding a camel.
Get decked out in a flowing turban before hopping up onto the hump of one of the calm camels for a leisurely stroll along a white sand beach, which just might be the next best thing to being in the Sahara. Watch the water for breeching whales or jumping pods of dolphins that frequent the area, then finish off the day with a camel selfie. Yes, that’s really a thing. And it’s amazing.
Swim in the Sea of Cortez
Easily one of the area’s best day trips, this special spot is found about a two-hour drive from Los Cabos, near the city of La Paz. Also run by Cabo Adventures, their Sea of Cortez Adventure takes place on a gleaming white catamaran outfitted with bathrooms and multiple lounge areas both inside and out.
Set sail for the UNESCO-protected national park which is made up of 244 islands. Note the rust-red topography of Espiritu Santo Island as you pass by en route to the first stop of the day: swimming with sea lions. About 500 of them call the area home year-round, and the playful pups have been known to swim right up to snorkelers and divers. Those who aren’t comfortable in the water can get a glimpse of them from the boat, as there are usually dozens of sea lions sunning themselves on the rocks. Even if you can’t see them, you’ll definitely be able to hear them!
But the best is yet to come after fueling up on a delicious lunch, when the boat sails into pristine Candelara Bay. The secluded spot has water so blue you’ll be left awestruck, yet it’s so clear that you can see almost down to the bottom—perfect for spotting tropical fish, octopus and starfish. Slip on your snorkel gear to explore, or simply relax on a floaty as you sip a cocktail and soak in the picture-perfect scene.
Explore artsy San Jose del Cabo
Best known for its Thursday night Art Walk, this colourful town is a popular spot for visitors yet never feels overrun. The historic centre is lined with galleries, cafés, restaurants, boutiques and souvenir stalls, many with vibrant facades that turn the streets into a living canvas.
Organized walking tours are available for those interested in learning more about the town’s history; otherwise, it’s easy to hop on one of the buses that frequent the strip between San Jose del Cabo and the resort areas for those who prefer to explore on their own schedule.
No trip to Cabo is complete without seeing El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, which is the area’s most iconic landmark. The Arch is made up of giant rock formations where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, and is surrounded by golden beaches. There are plenty of excursions that include rides to the Arch in a glass-bottom boat, as well as snorkelling or diving. For the ultimate way to cap off a trip to Los Cabos, time your visit with sunset to see the Arch framed by a soft pink sky as you sail past.
Globe Guide explored Los Cabos in partnership with Air Transat and the Royal Decameron. As always, hosts have no editorial influence on articles.
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