Where Baja California’s peninsula ends, just where the land submerges into the sea, there are places that will fascinate you with their provincial tranquility, you’ll feel touched by the warm smiles of its people, entranced by all the different nautical adventures available and, at the same time, amazed by the tourism infrastructure and nighttime fun, lights, toasts and dance options. Welcome to Cabo San Lucas and Baja California Sur!
Los Cabos is one of the five municipalities of the Baja California Sur state in Mexico. The seat is San Jose del Cabo, a place that maintains a quiet provincial demeanor.
Just 20 miles West from San Jose del Cabo is Cabo San Lucas, a tourist stronghold that has modern infrastructure and is a steadily growing attraction for international and Mexican tourism.
Sightseeing in San Jose del Cabo
San Jose del Cabo offers a wonderful bay and a serene typically Mexican town where the locals enjoy the sea or relax under the protective shade of a palm tree.
Since 1928, the San José del Cabo fishing village is the county seat of Los Cabos, and since 1970, when tourism started to take off, a regular visit in the destination log of international travelers, not only thanks to the excellence of the bay - bastion of water sports - but for its quiet streets and picturesque hideouts, with no shortage of craftsmen, painters, musicians and other artists, including regular colorful fairs, events, festivals and festivities.
San Jose del Cabo is located 137 miles from La Paz, the state capital of Baja California Sur.
San José del Cabo City Hall
Located in downtown San Jose del Cabo, on Calle Belisario Dominguez, this building has a simple but beautiful architecture dating back to 1891 and now houses the city hall government offices.
Estero de las Palmas Mission in San José del Cabo
Located 10 miles from San Jose del Cabo bay, in the town of Las Palmas, at this mission you will find a mosaic that depicts the assassination of one of its founders, Father Nicholas Tamaral in the XVIII Century.
San José Estuary
The San José Estuary is a piece of green in the ochre desert,an oasis of lush vegetation and an obligatory stop for more than 200 species of migratory birds. This 50-hectare nature reserve is located at the mouth of the San Jose River on the edge of the Sea of Cortez and a few steps away from the San José Marina.
The lush vegetation of the estuary seems like a miracle in the desert where rain falls only four or five days a year, usually during September, so the flora of San Jose has adapted and stores its water and make the best use of this scarce resource.
Before flowing into the Sea of Cortez, the San Jose river travels 30 miles. Upon reaching the ocean, high tides contribute to mix fresh and salt water, creating a nutrient-rich solution that falls to the bottom as sediments, this in turn favors the explosion of life present in the area.
In the upper estuary where the water is still fresh, there is a great variety of plants, but in the lower part where the water becomes salty, only flora that is salt resistant can grow. Also, fish and other aquatic species spend their larval or juvenile stages within this area enjoying the generous amount of food there where they develop explosively and reach their adult stage before returning to the ocean.
Birds during their migration stopover in the area, bask and take advantage of the abundance of seeds, insects, larvae, small fruits and other food in the area to satisfy their hunger, replenish their energies and regain strength for their continued migration South or North depending on the season.
Sightseeing in Cabo San Lucas
In the 60's and 70's of XX Century, this former fishing village became a tourist destination. The rationale for change: a small picturesque bay, a dreamy town, an exceptional sea with transparent waters including strings of black corals, abundant fish and underwater sand waterfalls.
Located 150 miles South from La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, Cabo San Lucas is a place of barren beauty where you can fish, dive among corals or practice almost any water sport.
Cabo San Lucas offers challenging adventures that are completed with the excellent services and infrastructure this tourist destination offers.
Cabo San Lucas right on the tip of the Baja California peninsula has all you could want in a Mexican destination. A unique landscape, excellent world-class hotels, restaurants that will flatter your palate, you can enjoy shopping in exclusive stores, a modern marina and incredible nightlife will be your accomplices.
The persistent erosion caused by waves carved the rock for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years creating a natural monumental, an imposing arch right on the tip of the peninsula of Baja California, making it the only "Finisterra" (Land's End) in the world.
The shadow of the arch meets the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, also around this rock formation you can find seals and sea lions, one of the main attractions of this giant rock formation that has become a symbol of Los Cabos, such is its influence that it even appears on the coat of arms.
On the coast from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo there are twenty different beaches to enjoy.
The most famous Cabo beaches are Playa El Médano, the watersports beach of Cabo San Lucas and a favorite location for all those who want to be “seen”. Costa Azul beach, the surfer’s choice, Palmilla Beach, great for photography and location shots, Santa María Bay a protected bay and marine sanctuary.
Then there is El Chileno Beach, great for swimmers and those that enjoy snorkeling. The most romantic, Lover’s Beach, only accessible by boat and near the natural monument, The Arch. If you are into sightseeing and walking by the sea, Los Cabos has it all.
Cape Lighthouse Faro de Cabo Falso (Faro Viejo)
Located in Cabo Falso, 3 miles from Cabo San Lucas, this monument dates back to 1890, it can only be reached on horseback or in a 4x4 vehicle, which can easily be rented in downtown Cabo San Lucas.
In its heyday it guided ships that sailed the seas around the world. Today, only a skeleton is left resting on the sand dunes that surround it. Despite its apparent abandon, it is one of the main attractions in the area.
It is the touristic heart of Cabo San Lucas. A luxurious focal point with more than 380 berths for yachts and boats, numerous surrounding restaurants and shops where you can find everything you need, plus a huge mall.
The Marina is active and restless, especially in the evening when entertainment centers open their doors and everything becomes a party. At dawn, when travelers propose the last toast, the village fishermen ready their gear and boats before sailing to sea in search of dorados, tunas, snappers and even marlin.
The Tourist Corridor (Golden Corridor)
This is a 20 mile road uniting the peaceful city of San Jose del Cabo to Cabo San Lucas. A four lane highway and is, of course, one of the most important roads in Baja California, allowing quick and easy transit for thousands of people going from one end to the other.
The highway runs parallel to the Sea of Cortez and is flanked by luxurious hotels, golf courses and beautiful beaches, one of the most exclusive areas in Los Cabos. It is ideal for shopping and nighttime entertainment at the numerous nightclubs.
Moving around in the corridor is quite simple, there are taxis and buses that cover the route. The journey is very interesting and lets you enjoy the coastal beauty, especially the beaches, Palmilla, El Chileno and Santa María, among others.