Overview of Los Cabos
From its broad reputation as a capital of sizzling nightlife and world-renowned sporting activities, you might think that Los Cabos was always one of the hottest destinations in the world. But until word began to spread in the 30s and 40s about the remarkable sportfishing possibilities, the area consisted of a few sleepy villages and a cannery. The arrival of Hollywood stars like John Wayne and Bing Crosby in the 50s cemented the region’s growing—and glowing—reputation as a holiday hot spot. Of course, Los Cabos has a deep history that goes much further back, from the 16th-century conquerings of Hernán Cortez, to the 17th-century depredations by pirate ships in its fine shipping lanes, to the 18th-century founding of the Jesuit mission near Cabo San Lucas.Located just south of the Tropic of Cancer, on the same latitude as Hawaii’s island of Kauai and the Bahamas, Los Cabos enjoys a semi-arid, temperate climate. The towering 6,000-foot Sierra de La Laguna range provides a dramatic backdrop to breathtaking white-sand beaches. From July to October, diving, fishing, and surfing are at their finest. In winter, breathe in the fresh, cool air as you watch the grey whales frolic in the sunny Sea of Cortez.
History and geography lessons aside, visitors come here to relax and rejuvenate, whether that means curling up with a good book in a luxurious villa, getting out on those gleaming waters, hitting the links, or touring the back country by four-wheel drive. Visitors can enjoy two distinct choices in terms of the tone of Los Cabos’ two towns: Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Both are safe, clean, and offer modern services like bank machines, good medical facilities, cellular-telephone providers, and Internet cafés. English is spoken in hotels, restaurants, and most of the stores.
Cabo San Lucas, known for its lively atmosphere, big-money billfish tournaments and upscale services, sits on the turquoise bay of the same name. The town overlooks El Arco, the amazing natural-rock arch at the tip of the 900-mile-long Baja California Peninsula. Here, the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet at Land’s End; the confluence of these waters makes for one of the most biologically diverse marine environments in the world. A popular port of call for cruise ships, Cabo has an excellent marina, and a fine swimming beach, with unequaled water sports and people-watching opportunities. Marina Boulevard offers great shopping along the waterfront, and also parallels the Malecon, a wide promenade along the marina ideal for strolling, jogging, or just hanging out.
San José del Cabo, the quiet side of Los Cabos, features a charming downtown area with 18th-century architecture, a relaxed pace, and warm, old-fashioned hospitality. Savor the pleasures of small-town life as you stroll through San José’s spacious town square, surrounded by intimate courtyard cafés, galleries, and boutiques. In the 20-mile oceanfront Tourist Corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, Los Cabos has found new fame for its oceanfront championship golf courses. Designed by some of the biggest names in golf, they wind through the Corridor with dramatic views of the shimmering sea.
Los Cabos’ beaches entice visitors with their dramatic natural beauty, especially picturesque Santa Maria, Chileno, and Palmilla, all popular swimming and snorkel spots in the Corridor. Near El Arco and only accessible by boat, Lover’s Beach is one of the most photographed and beautiful beaches in the world.
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