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Kiteboarding in Cabo

These days the Cabo area is known as a hot tourist destination with luxurious hotels and activities to pamper yourself.  But that’s only half of the adventure Cabo offers. 

Los Cabos, where desert and mountain terrain meets the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, is the best place to learn how to do some of the most exhilarating activities in the world.

Here are some of the most extreme activities on the Sea of Cortez to get you started on your Cabo adventure and get your adrenaline pumping!

Kiteboarding in Los Barriles

Why It’s Extreme:

Half parasailing and half surfing, kiteboarding is quickly gaining force in the extreme sports world. Kiteboarding uses the wind to pull you through the waves on a board similar to a small surfboard.

Professional kiteboarders have reached speeds of over 50 knots – that’s fast!

How to Get Started:

Exotikite is the only IKO certified and insured school on the East Cape.  They offer lessons for all levels.

For those who want to jump right in, the most popular package is the 8 hour course, “I Want it All”, over 2-4 days for $525.  These lessons will teach you the basics of kiteflying and safety as well as give you lots of time in the water to try that first kiteboarding experience.

Call: (624) 145-0064 (Local)

Scuba Diving in Baja’s Only Living Reef

Scuba Diving in Cabo

Why It’s Extreme:

Located in the Sea of Cortez,  which Jacques Cousteau once called the Aquarium of the World., Cabo Pulmo is one of only three living reefs in North America. Known for schools of large fish and manta rays, this area is the of the best for Cabo Scuba Diving.

Depths in the area can go up to 100ft. You may even get the rare chance to swim along side a whale shark.

How to Get Started

Manta Diving offers a PADI open water course for $450. This 4 day certification class includes four open dives as well as pool work and academic study.

By completing the course you will get a PADI SCUBA diving certification that is valid all over the world.  Hello Sea of Cortez!

Call: (624) 144-3871 (Local) or 1-877-287-1120 (Toll Free)

America’s Cup Sailing

Why It’s Extreme:

Experience the rare feeling of racing aboard an America’s Cup Yacht. These Teams New Zealand NZL81/NZL82 and Australia’ AUS29/AUS31 racing yachts are made only of the lightest highest-tech fiber and honeycomb core. They have a 34 meter (102 ft) mast and weigh 34 tons.

You will get to hoist your sails and plan your strategies for the oldest sports competition.

How to Get Started

Visit Cabo Adventures at the Cabo Dolphins Facility in the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Professional staff will be there to help you, even if you have never sailed before.

$100 ($70 for children) includes roundtrip transportation, professional gear and instruction, bottled water, soft drinks, beer and victory party!

Call: (624) 173-9500 (Local) or  1-888-526-2238 (Toll Free)

Surfing the Wave in Cabo

Surfing in Cabo

Why It’s Extreme:

With breaks such as the world famous Zippers (a fast right break located in the Tourist Corridor) and  El Tule (a nearby speedy wave that breaks both ways), it’s no surprise that Los Cabos has been the site for many surfing competitions.

Surfing in Cabo can be a thrill of a lifetime.

How to Get Started

If you are looking to get started surfing in Cabo, the Mike Doyle Surfing School at the Cabo Surf Hotel is right by the best of the waves. All lessons include board rental, rashguard use for the lesson, and beach and water instruction.

Group lessons are $70.00 usd per person for 1.5 to 2 hours (time depends on the number of people in the group). Private one on one instruction is $95.00 per hour.  

Call: (624) 172-6188 (Local) or (858) 964-5117 (US)

Let us know which activity you chose (or if you were brave enough to try them all!). If you are already an adrenaline junkie – tell us about the most extreme adventure you experienced in Cabo!

By: Cara Gourley

About the Author: Cara Gourley
Cara Gourley

Cara Gourley is the Director of Web Strategy for All About Mexico as well as an All About Girl. She’s a certified Los Cabos Expert and has been to Cabo many times.

If you have any questions on restaurants, hotels or activities, Cara would love to help you! You can head to the forum to ask a question or you can email her directly.