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What is the best cardiovascular workout one can do?

You cannot look for one "best" when it comes to cardiovascular training. What is good for one person may not be good for another. Not everyone enjoys the same activities or has the same skills. (If you can't swim then obviously swimming is not your cardio activity!) Your own "best" cardio workout may vary from month to month, week to week, and even day to day. This is why cross training is important. You can do different cardio workouts depending on what you feel like doing, where you are, what body parts are tired, etc.

When choosing a cardio activity, pick an activity you enjoy that uses large muscle groups and allows you to get your heart rate into its target range and maintain it for thirty minutes. You should do this minimally three times per week. If you have been sedentary, it may take some time before you can build up to thirty minutes of cardio training. Be consistent and patient and eventually you will be able to comfortably train in your target range for thirty minutes.