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Most people head to Los Cabos to spend their days on one of its 25-blue-flag certified beaches.

There’s nothing better than soaking up the sun on the golden sand before freshening up with a swim in the ocean to let go of the anxiety and stress accumulated at work. 

View of the beach in Cabo

But Los Cabos is much more than a beach destination. With a variety of outdoor activities to choose from, ranging from surfing, hiking, and horse riding, people here never get bored. 

But there is one particular travel trend which is getting more and more popular in this area: animal spotting. But why? Here are five reasons why Los Cabos is the perfect destination for animal lovers. 

Turtles hatching 

Plenty of turtles, every year, decide to head to Los Cabos to lay their eggs before returning to the sea. In this regard, a leatherback turtle was recently spotted on a beach in Baja California Sur. 

A leatherback turtle on a beach

This specimen is the largest turtle in the world and can reach a length of 8 ft 10 in! On top of this, leatherback turtles are the heaviest non-crocodilian reptile, weighing up to 1,100 lb. 

A group of environmentalists in Los Cabos spotted the birth of a local leatherback turtle on February 13th, right in front of the Four Seasons Hotel on the La Ribera coast. 

According to expert Dr. Graciela Tiburcio Pintos, the presence of these animals in this area of Mexico occurs every four years. The specialists continued by stating that leatherback turtles can be found on the coasts of Baja California Sur from October to March, but only in rare cases. In the past, up to ten individuals were spotted here. 

Leatherback turtles are released on the beach.

In 2022, experts reported the presence of eleven nests, but none of the eggs hatched, as, unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to achieve the ideal conditions for the embryo to fully develop. 

In this regard, Dr. Graciela Tiburcio Pintos pointed out: “A few degrees more or less can bias the sex or cause the death of embryos.”

She then added: “In winter, in Baja California Sur, temperatures are so low that the embryos fail to complete development and die, which is why the eggs are taken to incubation chambers.” 


Fishermans sunrise view of Lands End in Cabo San Lucas in Baja California Mexico BCS

Whales are another rare species that can be spotted in Baja California Sur. These gentle giants reach the coasts of this Mexican state in December to then leave again in mid-April.

Plenty of tour operators offer trips to spot these magnificent mammals, ranging from $100 for the most basic service to $400 per tour.

Some of the species that can be found in Los Cabos include the gigantic gray whale, the brutal killer whale, and the playful humpback whale. 

Killer whale jumping out of the water

These specimens come here to mate, meaning that tourists may get the chance to see a mother with her calf. 

Whale sharks swimming

Another popular activity is whale shark swimming. These animals are the largest fish on Earth and, despite their name, are incredibly docile. 

With a length of over 39 feet, whale sharks are the perfect subject for underwater photographers. Swimming with them is a one-in-a-lifetime experience people rarely forget.  

Diver swimming with a whale shark

Bird watching 

But Los Cabos is not only popular among animal lovers for its marine species. The popular San José del Cabo Estuary is renowned for the many species of migratory birds living here. 

This is the largest body of freshwater in the State of Baja California Sur and it is here that the water of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountain Range mixes with the salty water of the ocean in the creation of a unique environment where several animals have found their natural habitat. 

Here, tourists will find an abundance of bird species, ranging from pelicans to egrets, ducks, mallards, stilts, and more. 

San José del Cabo estuary with mountains on the background and water in the front

Horse riding 

Lastly, Los Cabos is ideal for those wanting to enjoy horse riding on the beach. With plenty of tour operators providing this service, there is no better way to enjoy the stunning beaches typical of this area than in the company of these beautiful animals. 

The winter is the ideal period to try out this activity as it offers the perfect weather conditions for long rides on the shore. 

Horseback riding on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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