There are countless opportunities to observe wildlife throughout Los Cabos. On the very tip of the Baja California peninsula, protected by the desert and the ocean on either side, is the The Estero de San José del Cabo. The only freshwater coastal lagoon in the state of Baja California Sur, the estuary offers dedicated bird-watchers and casual naturalists the opportunity to view hundreds of native birds and is an important stopover site in the migratory route of numerous shorebird species. It is also home to a number of mammals, reptiles and various aquatic creatures. A well-marked trail guides visitors through the unique oasis, but it is one of few amenities at the site.
While not many know about Los Cabos’ small marsh, the area is recognized around the world as a traditional sea turtle nesting site with robust conservation initiatives. Not only do skilled professionals across several disciplines work diligently to help the turtles in their annual ritual, but there are also plenty of places for visitors to witness the creatures making it safely back out to sea.
Baja Outback’s Turtle Release program has participants adopt a baby sea turtle and release it into the ocean. Guests get to learn about the animal’s habitat and the various efforts being made to preserve its species. The program is a regular recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.
There are also a number of hotels and resorts that are responsible stewards of their environment. Don’t let the extravagance at Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa fool you. This luxury resort has also run the Casa Dorada Sanctuary Project since 2008, in cooperation with local and regional entities. The resort has devoted money, manpower and time to safeguard nests, protect eggs and successfully release hatchling sea turtles out to sea.
From late July to November — with peak season being in August and September — guests at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort get the opportunity to witness the hatching of olive ridley sea turtles. As members of Mexico’s Sea Turtle Protection Program, Hilton Los Cabos takes pride in safeguarding spaces for female turtles to lay their eggs, moving eggs to protected nesting sites and assisting hatchlings on their journey out to sea.
If you’d like to get a closer look at marine animals, set a date to visit Dolphin Discovery. Located at the Marina at Puerto Los Cabos in San José del Cabo, this popular attraction offers a variety of opportunities to swim and interact with bottlenose dolphins. During whale watching season, Dolphin Discovery can also bring you closer to those giants.
There are plenty of opportunities to observe wildlife beneath Los Cabos’ waves, too. Cabo Sails offers a variety of private sailing charters, tours and activities, many to the Cabo San Lucas marine park. During a snorkeling tour of Pelican Rock you can encounter an underwater spectacle, and there’s a sea lion colony along the way. If you prefer to stay above the waves, consider a whale watching excursion, where you’ll learn about the various species that travel past Los Cabos.