Cabo is a fantastic place to visit almost any time of the year. As you land and see the #CABO sign at the airport, you get a sense of all the fun and excitement in store for people coming just to have a good time. While the region isn't immune to bad weather, it has a great year-round climate, and escapes some of the volatility on the eastern coast of Mexico and in the Caribbean even during hurricane season. With this beautiful weather (and a good bit of sunscreen) comes some great cycling.
If you're looking for some excellent opportunities to get a feel for the Baja desert but want to keep an eye on the ocean, you should head up to Rancho San Cristobal about 30 minutes up the peninsula from Cabo. Here, you'll have the opportunity to see some of the local flora and fauna including some truly astounding, huge cacti. You'll want to have your mountain bike or all-terrain bike as these trails aren't suitable for a road bike and if you're new to area, you may consider hiring a guide as this area is a little more isolated.
If you have your mountain bike, or rented one and are feeling a little bit more adventurous, try heading to the Historic Cuadano Trail just outside of Cabo where you ride through canyons and valleys and long-dry riverbeds before heading into the foothills where you can see plenty of local wildlife. This is a great opportunity to see what the area has to offer.
If you don't have the spirit for exploring the desert, you might think about bringing or renting a road bike for your Cabo San Lucas vacation. However, keep in mind that the roads can be rough and not well-suited for biking in the same way that many of the more metropolitan destinations can be. But, if you are anxious to get exploring, we recommend riding up to San José del Cabo, thirty minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas. There is a four-lane highway approximately 28km long called The Corridor with ample room on the shoulder that connects Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo. And the scenery here is beautiful with the Sea of Cortes on one side and the vast desert mountains of Baja California on the other.
San Jose del Cabo is going to be a little less busy, a little less party-focused, and a little more rider-friendly. You may find yourself on the Paseo San Jose in the zona hoteliera where cacti line the central median, local businesses line the street across from the water, and tourists walk to pick up a Cuban from many of the local shops. And if you head away from the zona hoteliera you can head to the old town San Jose del Cabo and see some of the older architecture like the long-established Mission San Jose del Cabo church located in the main square or pedal to some of the local tourist shops to pick up a souvenir for a loved one. These areas are all accessible by bike, and when its not during the peak tourist season, the roads are largely yours - just keep an eye out for the motorists as some of the turns are tight and many of the roads are narrow.
The best thing to know about biking in this region is that you must keep your wits about you on the road or off the road, and you should always have someone with you and let someone know where you are. For more information be sure to check out the great Cabo section of mapmyride.com Happy cycling!