Archive October 2012

Whale Watching Season is around the Corner in Cabo San Lucas

Everyone remembers the scene from Free Willy, where the whale jumps over the young boy to freedom.  That iconic moment in cinema history shows the majestic beauty of whales in the wild.

The orca whale in the movie can be seen in captivity in zoos and places like Sea World, but gray whales and humpback whales are only found in the wild due to their enormous size. In fact, full-grown gray whales and humpback whales are both relative in size to a school bus.  Come to Cabo San Lucas during the winter months to see these huge whales in their natural habitat.

Gray whales are known for their migration. In groups called pods, they travel nearly 12,500 miles round-trip from their summer home in Alaskan waters to warmer water off the coast of Mexico.  They are often covered with organisms and parasites that give them the appearance of crusty ocean rock.

Humpback whales are larger in size and are best known for their beautiful and unique singing voices. Their howls, cries and moans are assumed to be the way the whales communicate with one another, but scientists are still unsure of their meaning. These playful whales are often seen jumping out of the water and making large splashes in the water.

Both whales travel south for the winter to find warmer breeding waters.  They begin arriving in November and usually stay until March, so you have plenty of time to see these amazing creatures. If you are lucky, you may even sneak a peek of a baby calf. Both gray and humpback whale calves stay very close to their mothers which make them easier to spot.

There are many different whale watching cruise tours in Cabo San Lucas. If you want to get a close up view of these whales, you must try a cruise. The boats often have an open bar with snacks. The longer tours serve up to a three course meal. Try out the Cabo Rey dinner cruise or a whale watching tour with CaboMar or the Cabo Escape. Speak with us at Cabo Villas Beach Resort, and we will help you find the best tour for whale watching on your visit.

Image Courtesy of eGuide Travel/Flickr.


Experience Incredible Deep Sea Fishing – Cabo Style

Warm waters bring lots of fish and with the water surface temps averaging 87 degrees, there is not a better time of year right now to fish in Cabo. Are you up for the challenge of reeling in a 400 pound Yellow Fin Tuna?! Recently a potential world record Tuna was caught in Cabo weighing in at a whopping 421 pounds. Other great fish around Cabo San Luca include Dorado (Mahi Mahi) and huge Blue Marlin. Fishers have also reported seeing many Wahoo lately.

Here at Cabo Villas Beach Resort and Spa, we set you up with one of the best fishing charters, Beto’s Sport Fishing. Whether you’re interested in a 22 foot Pangas or a 42 foot Cabin Cruiser, Beto’s has several boats to choose from. As they say, “Stop wishing and come fishing…”

Deep Sea Fishing is an exciting experience and results in great stories to tell your family when you get back from your trip to Cabo. Here’s a story from Curtis Clingingsmith who went fishing with Beto’s:

“We trolled for another 1.5 hours and the captain decided it was time to head in. He said we would throw a live bait at a Marlin if we saw one… I was thinking “yeah right”. About 15 minutes into the trip back he whipped the boat hard to the south and started saying something in Spanish. The deckhand already had the rod with live bait in hand and was casting to a 7′ figure cruising in a wave to the left of the boat. It took 30 minutes of chasing, casting, coaxing and throwing him stunned baits to get him to eat the bait with a hook in it. An hour later he was in hand, all 140 pounds of him!! Battling a beast with that much power in 5 to 8 foot swells crashing over the back of the boat was something to behold.” – Curtis Slingingsmith

As you can tell, these trips are not your standard “a-couple-of-buddies-in-a-boat” experiences. They are nothing short of an exhilarating deep sea fishing adventure. VIP Gold Cardholders can get a discount on Beto’s Sportfishing services just for staying with us. It is just one of the many discounts you can have on activities in Cabo San Lucas using your VIP Gold Card.

So you think you can fish? Come visit us and experience your Cabo style fishing adventure!

Image courtesy of Emrys.Roberts : Flickr

Cabo San Lucas is a Great Destination for Adventure Seekers, too!

If the idea of lying by the beach reading book bores you to death, then Wide Open Excursions has the perfect Cabo activity for you. There are many different things to do and see in Cabo San Lucas.  Instead of being stuck riding in a tour car moving at a snail’s pace, what do you think of driving through Cabo San Lucas wilderness in a Baja Challenge Car?

Wide Open Excursions guides Cabo San Lucas tours in a way very unlike the typical tour. Using radio communication, drivers will receive communication regarding the path and possible terrain issues but besides that, the pace is your own in a Baja challenge car that is capable of speeds up to 80 miles per hour.

The trail is marked to note memorable driving experiences and give warning of difficult or deceiving turns. The guides provide drivers with enough warning so that you can experience the trail at the speed you are comfortable with.

There are several different tour packages to choose from that range from a third-of-a-day to four whole days covering over 120 miles per day. Each package includes:

  • Driving a $100k Baja Challenge Race Car
  • Transportation to and from off-road course
  • Orientation and Professional Safety Equipment
  • Professional Guides and Support Crew

The tour leaves from the Wide Open Cabo Race Shop and heads towards the arroyo of Salto Seco then over to the small local village of Los Pozos where you will drive a short technical section of a local race course. The tour also passes by Los Paredones where they filmed parts of the movie “Troy”. You will be rewarded at the end of your tour with an ice cold beer at the “Hacienda Off Road” bar and patio.

Wide Open provides a different way to explore Cabo San Lucas. Drivers can experience the area in a way that often only the locals get the chance. Slow and steady tours of the wilderness and wildlife are fine for some. Wide Open tours are for those who seek a little adventure in their vacations. Wide Open Excursions provides just that, a Cabo San Lucas Adventure!

By booking your stay at Cabo Villas Beach Resort, you money on activities like Wide Open Excursions with your VIP Gold Card.  More information about the tours is available online

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