Starting life as a sleepy fishing village, Los Cabos is now one of the most elite and popular tourist destinations in the world. A miniature Acapulco where it often seems that the official language is English, Cabo San Lucas is famous for its romantic Lovers beach, stunning scenery, and a wide variety of water sports, championship golf courses, beautiful beaches, pine forests, extinct volcanoes, fascinating wild life and last but absolutely not least 350 days of sunshine each year. Los Cabos encompasses a 20 mile area between Cabo san Lucas and San José del Cabo a lovely and more subdued colonial town.
One of the world’s best game fishing locations, Los Cabos has a sizable marina and a waterfront strip crowded with bars, discos and restaurants. Further inland, much of the old town remains intact. Beach activities are concentrated on the long playa el Medano where the swimming is safest and jet skis can be rented. The diving is excellent around los Friales where there is an immense underwater Canyon.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO
Situated at the tip of the Baja peninsula the pleasant town of San Jose del Cabo is centered around the shady plaza Mijares. On weekends, there is an arts and crafts market. Further inland is the old town where to the south of plaza Migares, the streets slope downward to the beach front boulevard with its modern tourist hotels, resort complexes and condos. On the east side of the town is a palm fringed estuary said to house over 200 different species of birds including flocks of migrant ducks which find refuge here from the northern winter. A few kilometers further east it the villa of Pueblo la Playa which has beautiful white washed sand beaches that are often deserted.
Things to do in Los Cabos
At the southern tip of Cabo at the point where the Pacific Ocean meets with the Sea of Cortez, is the absolutely perfect spot to watch the amazing sunsets that are so often present in Cabo St Lucas. The sun sets behind the towering rock formations including the most famous one – El Arco. It is also called Lands end as it literally feels like you have reached the end of the world. Watch from land or take a kayak or glass bottom boat and enjoy the view from the sea.
Without a doubt Lovers Beach located close to Land’s End is Los Cabos most famous beach and is accessible only by boat. The beach is set among the jagged rocks known as Los Frailes which seem to form a tip of the peninsula. It is framed by a rock archway considered to link the waters of the pacific with those of the sea of Cortes. It is extremely dramatic and you will feel like you are in a completely hidden cove. The sea on the Pacific side can sometimes be quite rough but the beach on the Sea of Cortez side is almost always calms with crystal clear turquoise waters which are perfect for snorkeling. A great way to see Lovers Beach is to hire a boat and take a picnic.
Get off-road to explore trails along the ocean, coast over sand dunes, and gain access to spectacular views, all while getting up-close-and-personal with the region’s natural flora and fauna. ATV tours are popular and widely available across the region, and beginner lessons are available for those new to four-wheel driving. Exploring Los Cabos by ATV is an exhilarating experience you won’t soon forget.
DEEP SEA FISHING
Los Cabos is also famous for its incredible deep sea fishing and specifically for its Marlin. Because of its location between the Pacific Coast and the Sea of Cortez, there is a unique underwater environment. Other fish include Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, and Sailfish.
WHALE AND DOLPHIN WATCHING
Between the months of January to march, Los Cabos is famous for its dolphin and whale watching. The whales are truly magnificent and can reach an incredible 55 feet in length.