Located off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Pelican Rock features dramatic rock formations and a small, gravelly beach that's often crowded with snorkelers, swimmers, scuba divers, and cliff jumpers. This protected spot at Land’s End is famous for its abundant wildlife, both above and below the ocean’s surface, and popular with Los Cabos snorkeling tours.
Pelican Rock is only reachable by boat, and most visitors arrive as part of a guided snorkeling or kayaking tour that includes hotel or port pickup and drop-off. Sightseeing cruises typically also visit other must-see Land’s End attractions, such as the Arch of Cabo San Lucas (El Arco), Lover’s Beach, Medano Beach, and the area’s resident sea lion colony.
Glass-bottom boat tours let you view Los Cabos’ colorful sea life without getting wet, and there’s also a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) tour and a popular Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo sightseeing combo tour to consider.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Pelican Rock is a must-see for nature and wildlife lovers.
- Choose a snorkeling or sightseeing cruise with hotel pickup and drop-off.
- Arrive early if you want to beat the crowds, especially during high season.
- Set aside some time to see the other highlights of Land’s End.
How to Get There
Pelican Rock is located off the extreme southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula (Baja California Sur) and only accessible by boat. The easiest way to reach Pelican Rock is on a sightseeing cruise from Cabo San Lucas or via water taxi from the downtown marina.
When to Get There
Los Cabos can be visited year-round. Winter sees large numbers of tourists, whereas other times of year are less crowded. Rainy season occurs from August to October; during this time, expect higher-than-average humidity and water temperatures upward of 80°F (27°C).
Snorkeling at Pelican Rock
Pelican Rock is the highlight of many Los Cabos snorkeling tours. In addition to colorful coral formations, tropical fish, and maybe sea turtles or rays, snorkelers also have the chance to see frogfish, goatfish, lobsters, nudibranchs, and even some whitetip sharks. Snorkeling tours depart from Cabo San Lucas and often include a water sightseeing tour of Land’s End.