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San José del Cabo and the Corridor
One of the most popular, practical, and eco-friendly ways to explore the pristine coves that dot Los Cabos' western shoreline is by kayak. Daylong package tours that combine kayaking with snorkeling cost anywhere from $70 to $125. Single or double kayaks can be rented by the hour for $15 to $20.
Baja Wild. For a combined kayak and snorkeling trip, try Baja Wild. Daylong outdoor trips include surfing; hiking; ATV; and whale-watching trips, as well as baby sea turtle release excursions (turtle release only happens from late September through November). All trips include transportation, equipment, and lunch; you can substitute scuba diving for snorkeling. A full-day tour costs $140. Hwy. 1, Km 28, s/n Local 5, Plaza Costa Azul, Baja California Sur, 23400. 624/172–6300. www.bajawild.com.
Los Lobos del Mar. Los Lobos del Mar rents kayaks and offers tours along the Corridor's peaceful bays. These outings are especially fun in winter when gray whales pass by offshore. Off Highway 19 and Highway 1, near Villa del Palmar, Baja California Sur, 23400. 624/143-3348. www.cabobandb.com/sea_kayaks.htm. Prices start at $55.
Cabo San Lucas
Most vendors are at the Marina Cabo San Lucas. Ships tend to depart from sportfishing docks at the south end of the marina, near the Puerto Paraíso Mall, or from the docks at the Wyndham Hotel. It's very important to get specific directions and departure times, since it's hard to find your spot at 6:30 in the morning.
Cabo Acuadeportes. The palapa for Cabo Acuadeportes is one of the largest on Playa Medano. It offers snorkeling and waterskiing, as well as good prices on kayak rentals. Playa Médano, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–0117.
Tio Sports. Tio Sports, located right on Medano Beach, has aquatic tours, horseback riding, kayak rentals, and packages that include snorkeling. Playa Médano, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/143–3399. www.tiosports.com.
Cabo Pulmo Dive Center. This 5-star PADI certified outfit offers a six-hour guided tour to the sea-lion colony and environs includes lunch and snorkeling gear. Tours depart at 9 am. Cap off the tour by spending the night at the tranquil, reasonably priced resort, where rooms start at just $49 per night. Hwy. 1 at La Ribera turnoff, Baja California Sur, 23500. 624/141–0726. www.cabopulmo.com.
If you have your own transportation, it is well worth driving out to Cabo Pulmo, where you can rent snorkel gear and a kayak or arrange a dive or fishing trip with one of the operators in this tiny, super-tranquilo village. In these incredible waters, you'll be able to check out everything from the smallest sea horse to a giant black sea bass.
Cabo Pulmo Sport Center. Cabo Pulmo Sport Center has the gregarious César at the ready. He is a wellspring of knowledge and will happily advise you on the best spot to paddle, depending on the conditions of the day. He's also an expert birder. The center has a couple of very clean, simple casitas for rent ($90 per night) should you decide to extend your stay. Hwy. 1 at La Ribera turnoff, at the end of the road in the waterside palapa, Baja California Sur, 23500. 624/130–0235. www.cabopulmosportcenter.com.
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