With a direct flight time from Phoenix of just 2 hours, Cabo has quickly become one of our favorite destinations. Whether we want to get away for a week or just a long weekend, we always come back happy, well-fed (read my vegan food wrap up here) and with a few more words of Spanish in our repertoire. And, while I love long, more involved trips to far away places, there’s something nice about having an escape so close to home.
This time I made a point of trying a few things we’d never done before – the first of which was a UTV tour with GForce Adventures Cabo San Lucas. I’d never done this kind of ‘off-roading’ and I was definitely a bit nervous to start, but by the end of the day I knew exactly why they’d earned such great reviews on TripAdvisor. Our guide was super knowledgeable about the area and took the time to look out for the entire group, the facility was clean and welcoming and the free cerveza at the end (ask about their ‘Facebook’ special!) was exactly what I needed after 2 hours of inhaling desert dust in my own version of live-action Mario Kart.
GForce Adventures offers a hotel pick-up throughout the local area, making getting to and from the site a breeze. They have ATV, UTV, and Horseback Riding itineraries available. The Margarita Beach UTV tour is Gforce Adventure’s newest, exclusive route through the beautiful Baja Desert landscape, replete with views of over 50 different kinds of cactus, gorgeous cliff-top vistas and a stop on the beach to take in the waves.
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Once you arrive, set up is quick and painless. After you’ve locked up anything easily breakable and been outfitted with your gear (and, in my case, squelched your hair into the lowest, tiniest bun possible) there’s a quick safety demonstration and then the group is off. It takes a little adjusting to get used to the throttle, but overall the UTVs are pretty easy to drive. And, while they’re definitely a smoother ride than the ATVs, it’s still a bumpy, gritty (sand IN the pants level, gritty) adventure for those that won’t mind blowing dust out their noses for the 2 hours or so following the trip.
Here’s a video of our experience on the trail, some of the beautiful desert flora/fauna and our stop on the sand.
- Ladies, I DEFINITELY recommend you cover your hair entirely unless you’re committed to a thorough wash session afterward. I wrapped my hair in a satin scarf under my helmet and walked away mostly unscathed.
- Stay hydrated! There’s a bathroom onsite at the facility, and one at the first (of two) trail stops.
- Pull your bandana up OVER your nose so you won’t look like you were huffing dirt at the end of the tour.
- Long sleeves/pants are recommended because, well, sand traveling at 40mph can sting a little and it can get a little chilly on the trail.
- There will be photographers positioned along the trail taking photos that will be available for purchase at the end of the ride.
Each tour includes either the Can Am Commander/Trail 800 Model 2018 (1-2 Passengers) or Can Am Maverick 1000 Model 2018 (3-4 Passengers), googles, bandana, helmet, bottled water and a bilingual guide with option ($35) collision insurance.