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Your Cabo San Lucas vacation: 3 things you can't miss

By Lebawit Lily Girma, Jul 2020

Arch of Cabo San Lucas

Sprawled along the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico is Cabo San Lucas, a former fishing village turned resort town and an ideal vacation escape for numerous reasons. You'll find beaches flanked by rocky cliffs, farm landscapes that beg for outdoor adventure, lots of marine life for underwater exploration and lively outdoor restaurants.

While you could easily lie back and simply bask in this tropical beach landscape, there are three activities on a Cabo San Lucas vacation that you simply can't miss.

The arch point (El Arco) at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The Arch of Cabo San Lucas is one of Mexico's most iconic sites.

1. Visit the Arch of Cabo San Lucas

The Arch, or El Arco, is one of Mexico's most symbolic sights and a must-see when visiting Cabo San Lucas. Jutting out of the sea, this arch-shaped, jagged granite rock formation lies in the waters at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula, where the Sea of Cortez, or the Gulf of California, meets the Pacific Ocean. The Arch took form over millions of years as tectonic plates shifted, hurricanes came and went, and the waves and winds pounded away at the shoreline.

It's also known as Land's End, because once you cruise south from here, you don't hit land until Antarctica. The Arch is surrounded on one side by a thin, golden beach. This is Playa del Amor, or Lovers' Beach, where you can walk along a wild, undeveloped stretch of sand and stroll under the arch. (Note that, with varying currents and tides, there's sometimes little to no beach directly under the Arch, so be careful to check beforehand.)

You might spot seals resting nearby on the rocks surrounding the Arch or whales in season as they migrate through the area. To get to the Arch, hop in a water taxi from Marina Los Cabos, sign up for a kayak or snorkel tour, or enjoy it from a glass-bottom boat.

2. Tour Flora Farms

Head to this 24-acre organic farm and restaurant in San Jose del Cabo. Start the day with a tour of the vegetable farm, lounge in the gardens with freshly made ice cream, dine at the locally sourced restaurant and listen to live music. Flora Farms initially began with Flora's Field Kitchen Restaurant, which launched in 2010 with the then-new concept of farm-to-table dining, sourcing all ingredients from on-site. Ever since, it's become a must-visit on a Cabo San Lucas vacation.

While you could pop in for a farm-fresh breakfast buffet, brunch, lunch or dinner, the best bet is to sign up for one of Flora Farm's three-hour interactive Mexican cooking classes. You'll tour the farm, which includes free-raised chickens, pigs and rabbits, and pick your own ingredients from the garden before learning how to make a signature Mexican dish. Flora Farms also bakes its own breads, makes fresh cheeses and pastas and offers a farm-food grocery store. Shop and enjoy the gardens, or take your goods to go. Wear comfortable shoes and light clothing.

Horse riding along the beach in Los Cabos

Explore Cabo San Lucas's beautiful beaches from horseback.

3. Horseback ride on the beach

Horseback riding on the beach during your Cabo San Lucas vacation is a fun activity for you and your whole crew. To make sure you select the right tour company, look into the types of horses they have and how they're trained and cared for. The family-owned Cuadra San Francisco in Cabo Real is one of the most popular in the area. It offers a slice of Mexican horseback riding culture and is also the only professional equestrian center in the area.

Sign up for one of their horseback riding lessons if there's a beginner in your group, or head out together on one of their beach trails. With over 50 horses, you'll have one selected that's just right for you. Before you know it, you'll be galloping on secluded Cabo Real Beach, feeling the magic of this remote peninsula landscape.

Whether you're exploring the seaside, hiking farms or horseback riding, you'll quickly realize that there's much more to a Cabo San Lucas vacation than lying on the beach.

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