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How Do I Get To Pelican Rock?

The Pelican Rock at Cabo Bay
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To get to Pelican Rock in Cabo San Lucas Bay, because it is set in the middle of Cabo Bay, approaching it requires a vessel.

The most common ways are to take a water taxi or a glass-bottom boat from Medano Beach or the main marina.

Alternatively, you can join a tour on a boat. Those usually include snorkeling, diving, or simply for sightseeing.

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Here’s a list of types of tours to Pelican Rock in Cabo San Lucas Bay:

  1. Snorkeling Tours – These tours provide guests with snorkeling gear and guidance to explore the vibrant marine life around Pelican Rock.
  2. Glass-Bottom Boat Tours – Perfect for those who prefer to stay dry while observing the underwater world, these boats have transparent floors that allow viewing of sea life as you travel.
  3. Scuba Diving Tours – Aimed at certified divers, these tours offer an in-depth exploration of the marine ecosystems around Pelican Rock.
  4. Combo Sightseeing Tours – These tours combine visits to multiple attractions such as The Arch, Lover’s Beach, and Pelican Rock, offering a comprehensive experience of Cabo San Lucas Bay.
  5. Private Boat Tours—Ideal for those seeking a more personalized experience, private tours can be customized according to the group’s preferences.
  6. Eco-Tours – These are focused on environmental education and responsible tourism practices, often including information about marine conservation efforts in the area.
  7. Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard Tours – For the more adventurous, these tours allow you to paddle to Pelican Rock, providing a unique and active way to enjoy the scenery.
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How to Get to Pelican Rock: Navigating Cabo San Lucas Bay

Pelican Rock is a popular and must-visit destination in Cabo San Lucas. It offers stunning views, a vibrant underwater world, and a unique adventure for snorkelers and sightseers.

Planning a trip to this iconic spot? Here’s how to get there and what to expect.

Planning Your Journey to Pelican Rock

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Tour boat anchor at Pelican Rock. Diving and snorkeling tour boats.

Pelican Rock is located in the southern part of Cabo San Lucas Bay, near Land’s End. It is conveniently on the way to The Arch and close to Lover’s Beach. The rock is accessible only by water, making the journey there an adventure.

Here are the steps and tips to plan your visit:

Choose Your Transportation

The most popular way to reach Pelican Rock is by water taxi or a glass-bottom boat. These can be hired from Medano Beach or the main marina in Cabo San Lucas. Boats provide a scenic route, allowing you to enjoy the coastal beauty and marine life.

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Book a Tour

For a more structured experience, consider a Pelican Rock Cabo snorkeling tour & excursion. Many local tour operators offer trips to Pelican Rock, often including snorkeling gear and sometimes even refreshments. All you have to do is book a tour. Tours can be booked online or directly at the marina. Learn more about the available tours at Pelican Rock Tour Options.

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What to Bring

Sunscreen, a hat, and bottled water are essentials, as the sun can be intense. If you plan to snorkel, bring your equipment if you prefer to use gear you are familiar with.

Safety Tips

As mentioned, the site is on the way to the Arch, which means boat traffic. The Pelican Rock site is surrounded by buoys protecting the swimmers above and underwater. Despite that setup, remaining aware of the immediate environment is good advice.

Before heading out, always check the weather conditions and listen to local advice regarding sea conditions. Pelican Rock is in a marine preserve area, so be mindful of the environment and follow guidelines to protect aquatic life.

What to Expect at Pelican Rock

Once you arrive at Pelican Rock, you’ll find more than just a stunning view:

  • Snorkeling and Diving: Pelican Rock is known for its clear waters and abundant marine life. Snorkelers and divers can expect to see a variety of fish, sea lions, and maybe even rays or turtles.
  • Scenic Views: The rock provides a dramatic backdrop, and the views from the water are breathtaking. Don’t forget your camera—the photo opportunities are endless.
  • Beach Time: Nearby, you’ll find beautiful beaches perfect for relaxing after your snorkeling adventure. Lovers Beach, just a short distance from Pelican Rock, is a popular spot to unwind.

Exploring Pelican Rock is a fantastic experience showcasing Cabo San Lucas’s natural beauty. Whether you’re an avid snorkeler or just looking for a scenic boat ride, Pelican Rock offers something for everyone.

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Exploring the Surroundings of Pelican Rock

Surroundings of Pelican Rock
The water surrounding Pelican Rock

While Pelican Rock is a destination full of natural beauty and marine life, the area around it is just as compelling, offering a variety of attractions and activities. Here’s what you can explore in the vicinity of Pelican Rock during your visit to Cabo San Lucas.

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Nearby Attractions

Land’s End and The Arch (El Arco)

Just a stone’s throw from Pelican Rock, Land’s End is one of Cabo’s most iconic landmarks. This distinctive rock formation is a gateway to the Pacific, marked by cliffs that dive into the sea.

Boat tours to Land’s End often include stops at Pelican Rock, making it convenient to experience both wonders in one trip.

Lover’s Beach and Divorce Beach

Accessible only by boat, these two beaches offer stark contrasts in scenery and atmosphere. Lover’s Beach, facing Cabo Bay and the Sea of Cortez, offers calm waters ideal for swimming, while Divorce Beach faces the Pacific and is known for its rougher seas and dramatic waves.

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The Cabo San Lucas Marina

A vibrant hub of activity, the marina is not just the starting point for many water-based tours but also a place to enjoy fine dining, shopping, and nightlife.

After a day at Pelican Rock, the marina is a perfect spot to wind down and experience the local culture.

Activities to Enhance Your Experience

Photography

The scenic beauty of the Cabo San Lucas coastline offers endless opportunities for photography enthusiasts. There’s always a picture-perfect moment, from the dramatic landscapes at Land’s End to the playful sea lions around Pelican Rock.

Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding

For those looking for more adventure, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are excellent ways to explore the waters around Pelican Rock. Rentals and guided tours exit and are available from Medano Beach.

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Local Dining

Explore the culinary delights of Cabo San Lucas by trying some local seafood, especially the fresh catches grilled to perfection. The marina area hosts a range of restaurants offering stunning views and delicious meals.

Visiting Pelican Rock opens up many opportunities to enjoy Cabo San Lucas’ natural and cultural richness. Whether through a lens, from a kayak or at a dining table, the experiences surrounding Pelican Rock are as diverse as they are memorable. Plan your trip today and take part in the adventures that Cabo has to offer.

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