Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Located on the southern tip of one of the longest peninsula’s in the world, Cabo San Lucas is surrounded by a vast desert, spectacular beaches and the turquoise waters of the California Gulf mixing with the Pacific Ocean. Deep water fishing here is renowned worldwide. Cabo San Lucas together with San Jose del Cabo is called Los Cabos. The warm climate, relaxing atmosphere and intense action of the area attract many tourists.
Modern hotels and numerous golf courses stretch along the 35km beach corridor north of Cabo San Lucas. With various swimming pools, bars and restaurants, as well as fitness centers and spas, these places offer a good variety of activities for tourists. For traveling outside the hotel zones it is best to rent a car, since taxis are extremely expensive.
Land’s End is the most impressive and iconic attraction in Cabo San Lucas. The magic of this jagged natural feature is what brought visitors to Los Cabos in the first place. Under the famous El Arco is Playa del Amor (lovers beach), a beach accessible only by water taxis or organized tours. Playa del Amor has sands on both the bay area and the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific side is jokingly referred to as Divorce Beach, because of its dangerous waters. Offshore of Los Arcos are the two granite pinnacles, known as Los Frailes, offering a unique climbing experience.
Playa Médano, the most popular beach in Cabo San Lucas, is excellent for swimming, fishing, jet skiing and parasailing, while several bars on the beach offer nice cocktails. Surfers prefer Playa Acapulquito and Costa Azul, while snorkelers go to Chileno Bay and Santa Maria Bay. The best waters for swimming are found at Playa Palmilla.
Founded by the Jesuits in the 18th century, the San Jose del Cabo Monastery is the most well known church in the area. Located in a rehabilitated square, the church is surrounded by restaurants and boutiques housed in 19th century buildings.
Also worth a visit is the small Museo de las Californias with its collection of local fossils from Sierra de la Laguna and a good collection of historical artifacts dating back to Hernán Cortés’s expedition.