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Baja Peninsula Activities

Enjoy the endless miles of serene sandy beaches, snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, parasailing, surfing, kiteboarding, wind surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, whale watching, golf, horse back riding, UTV/ATV rentals, mountain biking, yoga, hiking and more! 

Below are some of our favorite activities we enjoy, companies we have used, and recommendations from our friends.  If you have other recommendations for us, please share!

Please remember to do your own Google searching for activities and recommended operators.

Below are also some great publications on Los Barriles, La Ribera, and the East Cape area:

Scuba Diving

The Baja Peninsula is a great spot for scuba diving and snorkeling.  From La Paz, Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, to Cabo San Lucas you will find some of the best diving in the area.

Craig Weaver scuba diving in Cabo Pulmo, published in the San Franscico Chronicles

Below are our favorite snorkeling spots near Los Barriles, La Ribera, and Cabo Pulmo.

  • There is good snorkeling just 30 minutes North of Los Barriles on the dirt coastal road. 

  • My favorite places to go are Los Arbolitos and Los Frailes which are just past Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve (about an hour drive South).

  • If you want to snorkel with Whale Sharks, La Paz is the place to go.  The season runs from December - 1st of April. We have used EcoMigrations and been very happy with their service

  • Near San Jose del Cabo there is also Santa Rosalia and Chileno Bay.  Both of those are usually very busy and that is where a chartered snorkel boat out of Cabo will take you. 

North of Los Barriles
Los Arbilitos
La Paz

From hunting down that big Tuna or hooking that once in a lifetime Marlin, this is the place to do it. Baja offers anglers 2000 miles of pristine coastline to start your fishing trip from.  Some of the best fishing is right out our front door in Los Barriles and La Ribera! 

Fishing Calendars:


Local Fishing Charters


In the Los Cabos area (Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo), there are over 18 golf courses to choose from and a few have world class ranges and practice areas.  For the latest courses, visit

UTV/ATV Rental and Locations

UTV's and ATV's seem to be the primary transportation around Los Barriles.  There are so many areas you can travel to with either vehicle.  Just a few highlights are the Buenos Aires Waterfalls and the San Bartolo Arroyo up to Zopilotes Ice Cream Shop!

Two good sources for UTV/ATV rentals:

Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails

Along the entire Baja and the East Cape area there are many mountains and arroyos with some great hiking trails that lead up to waterfalls and the Sierra de La Laguna Mountain Range.


Below are some good sources for the trails:

Los Barriles -Buenos Aires Waterfall

Los Barriles - Hill Behind El Torote Houses

Kite Boarding, Wind Surfing, and Foil Surfing

The East Cape area is famous for it's winds which brings people from all over to kitebard, windsurf or foil surf!  Exotikite offers lessons at a reasonable rate with some of the best Certified Instructors.

Yes, the first picture is Craig with a red helmet ; )

Nearby Towns To Visit

We have some neat little towns around the area that would make for a great day trip or even an overnight stay. 

If you want to spend the night, reference our Baja Lodging page for our recommendations.

Below are just a few of the towns:

  • San Bartolo:  12 miles North. Quaint town nestled in the mountains and home to  Zopilotes Ice Cream Shop

  • El Truinfo:  33 miles North.  Wonderful Mining Museum - Museo Ruta de Plata (be sure to make a reservation), restaurants, Piano museum - Museo de la Musica, mission, and much more!

  • La Paz:  65 miles North.  The capital of Baja California Sur.  Too many activities to list - snorkel with whale sharks, golf, restaurants, and more.  A long day trip, a fun overnight trip.

  • Todo Santos:  79 miles North West on Pacific Ocean side.  Artist town, restaurants, shopping, etc.  Long day trip a fun overnight trip.

  • Cerittos Beach:   88 miles North West on Pacific Ocean side.  Know for it surfing.  Would recommend staying the night to get the most of the surfing.  Close enough to Todo Santos to do together.

  • La Ribera:  18 miles South East.  Small fishing town and now home to the new Four Seasons Resort and Marina and Aman Resort.  Limited restaurants and lodging, but what there is they are good.  Amazing beaches.  Close to Cabo Pulmo.  Nice day trip.

  • Cabo Pulmo and National Marine Park:  34 miles South East.  Oldest of the three coral reefs in North America, only living coral reef on the Western side of the continent.  Incredible scuba diving and snorkeling.  Day trip, leave Los Barriles between 9-10am so you can enjoy the town of Cabo Pulmo and surrounding snorkel spots.  Pack a lunch, lawn chairs, and umbrella and enjoy the day!

  • Santiago:  18 miles South.  Quaint little town with a mission and access to the Rancho Ecologico Sol de Mayo for great hikes and waterfalls.  Day trip, recommend to pack a lunch, chairs, and umbrella and enjoy the day!  Also, check out the Bat Caves of Santiago!

  • Miraflores:  26 miles South.  Small town known for it's flowers and leather products and only saddlery in BCS. 

  • San Jose del Cabo:  48 miles South. Former capital of BCS, very traditional plaza and downtown area with many artist shops, restaurants, and more.  Marina on the outskirts of town, many tourist attractions and a quiet version of Cabo San Lucas.  A day trip, or a fun overnight.

  • Cabo San Lucas:  69 miles South.  The town Baja is famous for.  Popular cruise ship stop, The Arch, Cabo Wabo, The Giggling Marlin, only Costco in BCS, Home Depot, and more.  Very touristy, party atmosphere.

Other Activities

Remember, there are so many activities to do.  Start doing some Google searching for your favorite activity to learn more!

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