Don’t let the boozy spring breakers, sport fisherfolk, and teed-off golf enthusiasts fool you. Honeymooners and couples can find romantic adventures all over Los Cabos, the dreamy destination at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Home to several soul-soothing, luxury resorts (Marquis Los Cabos and Esperanza, for starters), the rugged landscape provides access to beach, desert, and mountain adventures as well as decadent services. Here are five adventures you and your beau to indulge in during a hot honeymoon or chill weekend getaway in Los Cabos.
Ride into the Los Cabos sunset on a pair of regal horses. Race through the desert countryside of Cabo Real, take a horse-drawn carriage through the charming streets of San Jose del Cabo, or pop the question after a private horseback adventure and picnic on the beach. You’ll join a Los Cabos legacy of impeccable company. These animals have lead A-listers — including Geena Davis, Britney Spears, Dakota Fanning and Serena Williams — on many happy trails.
This premiere Los Cabos resort opens its lush holistic spa and decadent restaurant to non-guests, so couples from other hotels also can immerse themselves in splendor. A private outdoor cooking lesson is held beside the fragrant herb garden. Help as much (or as little!) as you’d like as the executive chef or executive sous chef crafts treats such as guacamole or roasted red snapper in a fine herb aioli. Need help achieving the zen of cooking? Take a spa treatment and make sure to participate in the extraordinary twilight ceremony. This spiritual adventure is held in the open-air solarium, where sage smoke and a sonorous concert of crystal bowls and shaman prayers cleanse body and mind.
Take a lovers’ stroll through the gallery-gilded corner of San Jose del Cabo. This is an area where the many millionaires of Los Cabos drop ducats on art from around the world. If your interest is Mexican treasures, visit the Corsica Galeria De Arte for stunning and thought-provoking local pieces. On Thursday nights in November through June, the streets become alive with Art Walk. Galleries serve free booze, stay open late, and host special events. If you crave more than a mouthful of margarita, head to La Panga restaurant for adventures in romantic dining.
Does your new husband or wife get your heart racing? Why not channel that flutter into an actual race? At Cabo Adventures, social honeymooners can join other tourists on a racing yacht in a World Cup-inspired race along the Los Cabos coastline. Led by a hunky New Zealand crew, you’ll flex your muscles as you hand-crank winches, executing the sexy-sounding (but achy-feeling) “forward and backwards grinds.” The same company offers swimming with dolphins, sunset sails and desert and canopy adventures.
Where the Sea of Cortez joins the Pacific Ocean lies The Arch, or El Arco, an iconic rock structure that curves over Lovers Beach and lies adjacent to a crowded colony of sea lions. If a spat ensues, threatening the honeymoon, dueling duos can march over to adjoining Divorce Beach to symbolically call it quits. There are several ways to get to this serene Mexican attraction. Join a tour boat or kayak from Playa Médano, one of the area’s few swimmable beaches and a rambunctious tourist spot. If you’d rather just enjoy the view, hop a sunset cruise. If you like to party, set sail on the pirate-themed Buccaneer Queen, a hokey, booze-soaked romp of thumping music, comic sketches, and audience contests.