Offroad Adventures in Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas is known for virgin beaches, sport fishing, scuba diving, happening nightlife, and world class golf courses; but what many people don’t know is that the desert landscape of Southern Baja is home to some of the most exciting offroad adventures. Los Cabos is famous for being the finish line of the popular Tecate Baja 1000 extreme race and tour guide companies have capitalized on the perfect natural resources for offroading adventures. Whether you want to jump on a dirt bike, ATV, or race a professional dune buggy, there are several options for different levels of excitement traversing the dry desert of Baja California.

Before you go

Safety: Just because you are in Mexico doesn’t mean safety is not the number one rule. You will be required to where helmets and goggles at all time and each tour company will explain their rules for trekking around Baja in an offroad vehicle. You’re guaranteed to get the adrenaline rush you are looking for but you will have to abide by rules just like in the U.S.

Protected Beaches: Baja California is serious about protecting the natural ecosystem and do not let offroad vehicles on the beaches in the tourist zone. Some tour guides will take you to some secluded beaches and let you roam around but ask if that is on the itinerary ahead of time if it is a priority of yours.

What to bring: Comfortable clothing, sun glasses, sun screen, camera, hat, hiking or tennis shoes (no flip flops or sandals), towel. Water and snack are generally provided but double check with your tour guide to ensure you aren’t left out in the desert dehydrated and hungry. Most tour companies end the tour at their gift shop, restaurant, or photo booth where you will want to have a little cash on hand for any souvenirs.

Age requirement: The minimum age requirement for dune buggy’s and 4x4 vehicles is 18 years. ATV rentals only require the driver to be 16 years old but they must have a signed parent’s consent. Children must be 3-4 years or older to ride along.

Cabo Offroading Costs

Almost all of the tour guide companies will offer half and full day excursions but if you are looking for a little extra adventure you can search out the extended tours ranging from 2-7 days of offroading around Baja. You can even try your hand at the entire Baja 1000 course if you’re up for the challenge. The following prices are just for the shorter trips ranging from 1 hour to a full day and a major credit card is usually required in case of damages.

  • Motorcycle = $175-$250
  • ATV = $80-$165
  • 4x4 Vehicle = $135-$650
  • Dune Buggy = $140-$595

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Reviews

Our trip was fantastic. The property was everything that was promised, thank you. We enjoyed many of your restaurant suggestions, went snorkeling and sport fishing. My son caught a 150 pound marlin :) Staff at the resort are fabulous, very attentive and helpful. The weather was great and the waters calm. It rates among our best family holidays. I look forward to connecting with you in the future.

Todd F., Kamloops, BC

Our vacation was outstanding. Villa La Estancia is a beautiful place and room 1605 exceeded our expectations. The airport shuttle was awesome too. As we have been there several times we knew just to head outside and ignore the salesman. The door slid open the sun and heat hit our face, and there was our driver holding our name and the vacation officially started.

Brent Lutz, Snoqualmie Washington

I Loved It!! All of the staff is amazing there. Two of my waiters by the pool were Juan and Raymundo and they were great, I loved water aerobics everyday with Hugo and the entire entertainment staff at night was funny and very enjoyable!! Also, Bagous, the cook at the Japanese restaurant was so good! I had such a good time and enjoyed Cabo so much I am now looking to relocate there! Thank you for your response, I wanted to make sure everyone got the credit they deserve!! Best Regards, Amanda

Thanks for a great time. No complaints at all. Had an awesome time and look forward to renting from you again next year.

Joe B., Newtown, PA

Hi Bob, We booked enough condos for 65 people for a wedding through Destination Cabo and saved so much money. We had to add one more condo when we checked in and were able to save nearly 50% from what the front desk was offering us. The property is beautiful and has everything you need. We absolutely had the best time ever. We are so glad we stayed at Villa del Palmar and that we used Destination Cabo to get our accommodations. Jenn

It was a fantastic trip. There ended up being 5 families and 19 people in our party by the end of the trip (10 parents, 9 kids) so it was a lot of fun. We used the all-inclusive extensively (more for breakfast, which was excellent, and lunch/drinks for us during the day) and even though we joined the group for dinner most nights in Cabo the all-inclusive rate you gave us seemed to be a good deal. We would recommend it for families we even attended the Fiesta night which was a lot of fun and included in the package. Our room was great (we've stayed at Villa group twice in Puerto Vallarta), the transportation to/from the airport was perfect, and all in all a very smooth trip. We met many people who had moved from Palmar over to Arco due to the college kids noise all night long so we were glad our party was at the Arco which was much quieter. Going over there seemed like a constant frat party (not something we wanted our teenagers exposed to) and the staff were obviously not happy serving these kids. Thanks for the opportunity to give feedback.

Ian Maguire, Vancouver

Sue & Bob, Sorry to take so long to respond. Our Destination Vacations Cabo trip was incredible! We absolutely loved every minute...from relaxing by the pool to swimming with the dolphins. We did several tourist things, but also did a large amount of sitting in a lounge chair and watching the ocean - my idea of a perfect vacation. Thanks again for all your assistance. We will be calling again - hopefully, soon! Sincerely, Iris

Bob, This is Sandy S. and we had a reservation at Villa La Estancia from July 16 & 20. I just want you to know how much I appreciate all the help and advice you gave me because our reservation and vacation was just fabulous. Our children, grandchildren, and best friends joined us on the trip because we were celebrating my husbands 60th birthday. We all were impressed with the facilities, location, and employees of the Villa La Estancia. Your room selection for us was perfect. We enjoyed the shade in the morning as we set on the balcony for hours and enjoyed the sunrise and view of the Sea of Cortez and Lands End. As we traveled around during our stay we all decided that our Villa was the best and we were so happy to be there. Check-out with our own separate room charges made the process so simple and fast. It really could not have been any more perfect! If we ever advise anyone traveling to Cabo, or vacation there again ourselves, I will definitely recommend you and Destination Cabo. Again, thanks for your help in making our vacation a fabulous one! Sandy

It was a wonderful trip Bob, made better by the quality of the resort and all aspects of the service from booking the trip through to landing back home. We won't hesitate to turn to you again in the future. A few things I thought worthy of comment: -The vendors on the beach were as pervasive as ants at a picnic, but without exception were polite and deferred to a restated no, thank you. -Service everywhere, on property and off, was excellent, with the occasional slowness I hope people would expect of a vacation destination. -The food at La Perla and poolside was very good. -The food at the Italian restaurant at La Palmar was okay, but not worth the walk from VDA. -I wish the resort had informed us that the Japanese restaurant was closed on Thursday. -People should be encouraged to take the drive to Todos Los Santos, if they have a car. The drive is desert pretty, but very much under construction. The town, once you get there, is beautiful and worth the investment of the drive. Early evening dinner in the courtyard at the Hotel California was fabulous. -The Office restaurant is a must do. Much better in the evening, but good for lunch too. -Really enjoyed the food at Pancho's. Didn't need any of the 575 tequilas, but loved the frozen coconut ice cream dessert. -Costco is, down to every detail, a pure execution of an American Costco store. -Walmart is a true Mexican adaption based of the Walmart theme. -For good tennis (courts, pros and staff), you can't beat Palmilla Tennis. Its a hike from VDA, but if you have competitive players with you who need the workout, it's a good place to go. -One thing I noticed, maybe due to my lack of Spanish language skills, was that I had a very hard time determining addresses for things. Asking Google Maps for directions without them, is hard. Again, we loved it and we'll keep going back. Thanks for your help Bob.

Marty, Washington

We really enjoyed our visit and the resort was very clean and the proximity to the marina and downtown was spectacular.

Sherry W., Alphretta, Georgia