Lightweight boats, some with glass bottoms, leave Medano beach in Cabo San Lucas, to visit the beaches of Amor and Divorcio (Lover's Beach and Divorce Beach), located between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, next to the natural landmark El Finisterra (Land’s End).
The soft, golden sand and moderate waves at the two beaches make them a good place to swim and snorkel.
Cruise boats pass a bit further out, and adventurous spirits with their parachutes appear to graze the cliffs that shelter the shore.
Nature itself has carved this rock formation that has come to be known as Land’s End because it is here, on the tip of Baja, that the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.
El Arco – the “Arch” – is a sight worth seeing, especially in October when the sea level falls and visitors can walk under the arch all the way to the beach.
Lightweight “pangas” leave Medano beach every morning for the 30-minute trip out to Land’s End. The trip will take you past good spots for diving and the famous colony of sea lions, while the guide fills you in on the history and legends associated with each of the rock formations that you pass on the way.
Including Neptune’s Finger and The Vigil – the highest part of the formation – which played an important role during the era when the Manila galleon route passed this coast.
It was from this lookout that sentinels for the English pirate ships alerted their fellows when they observed sails in the distance; this gave the pirate crews time to prepare their attack.
If you want to catch a spectacular sunset, take a jaunt on one of the bay cruise ships that pass the Arch just as the sun sets the horizon on fire.
Author: M. A. Gallardo