Though most people who stay in Cabo San Lucas are attracted to the restaurants, nightlife, and water sports available in the area there are some who enjoy the parks and green spaces much more. The Baja California peninsula is filled with nature reserves, both land and marine, which are open to tourists and locals who want to spend time in the great outdoors. They are open most days and are generally free to get into.
Top Parks in Cabo San Lucas:
WIRIKUTA BOTANICAL PARK
Botanists who love desert plants and scenery should put the Wirikuta Botanical Park at the very top of their to-do lists. Here in Puerto Los Cabos, you will find over 1500 species, 1,000,000 plants (seriously), and a labyrinthine display of over 1,000 bonsai. There are also 3 huge granite pyramids, built from massive boulders, which make for spectacular photo opportunities. Even if you don’t know anything about desert plants you’ll have a great time here; there are plenty of chances to learn about desert plant species here!
Those who want a respite from the sun while they explore the restaurants, museums and shops of Cabos downtown area can drop into the town square. This lovely little park is hemmed in by large trees, and provides a lovely shady area to have a picnic, or just a quiet sit down, in the heat of the afternoon.
SAN JOSE’S BIRD SANCTUARY
Bird watchers of all ages and experience will love the San Jose Bird Sanctuary not just for the many exotic bird species, including heron and pelicans, that can be seen here, but also for the activities on offer. You can take walking tours, or even see the wildlife from a kayak. All the information you could need is found in the visitor centre.
CABO PULMO NATIONAL PARK
Within San Jose, just a short distance from Cabo San Lucas central, is the Cabo Pulmo National Park which is home to a huge variety and number of marine life as well as gorgeous coral reefs. Snorkelling and diving enthusiasts will greatly enjoy a visit to the Cabo Pulmo National park.
DESERT PARK NATURAL RESERVE
The Desert Park Natural Reserve is a rugged, impressive piece of land that benefits from breath-taking sea views, stunning mountainous expanses, and vast areas of desert which make for great hiking. Though you can enjoy the park on your own it’s well worth paying for a guided tour. Tours cost around $50-75 and can last up to 3 hours.