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Cabo San Lucas, Baja’s southernmost city (pop. 30,000), is very tourist oriented. Local and those in the know call it simply Cabo. Some of the region’s oldest and most beloved hotels are located there, tucked against sandstone cliffs, and the town is the center of the region’s ever improving shopping and dining scene.

And for those who want to know where the party is, this is the place: Cabo’s nightlife scene attracts a young crowd to the raucous bars and clubs lining the side streets (it reminds a lot of visitors of Key West, Florida). Drinking, dancing and mingling with potential dates are the big attraction.

Boulevard Marina, the main drag in Cabo San Lucas, is lined with restaurants, bars and shops. Though the boulevard runs along the edge of the bay, the view of the water is blocked by businesses and the massive Plaza las Glorias hotel.

The top natural attraction is El Arco, a spectacular sandstone arch at Land’s End, the tip of the peninsula. Sea lions and pelicans sun themselves there. Another beautiful sight is El Faro Viejo, the old lighthouse (ca. 1890), set amid sand dunes on the Pacific Ocean about 2 mi/3 km west of Cabo San Lucas. There are no paved roads to the lighthouse—visitors usually see it from an all-terrain vehicle or a boat.

The area’s quality sportfishing is due to the merging of the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, which creates a fertile feeding ground for the game fish. You can try your luck for blue marlin, sailfish, mahimahi (known as dorado in Mexico), yellowtail, wahoo and many others. There are scores of charter boats that leave from the central fishing dock in Cabo San Lucas. If you catch a fish and you’d like to have it for dinner, there are several restaurants that will cook it for you. Otherwise, catch-and-release is becoming popular among anglers who wish to preserve the ocean’s bounty for another day.

In a land of known for its inexpensive travel destinations, Los Cabos is one of the priciest. It's also one of the most popular with fine beaches, luxurious ambience, great golf courses, lively nightlife and some of the best sport fishing in the world.

It also offers an atmosphere that is quite different from other parts of Mexico. Visitors from the U.S. will find it more familiar and perhaps comforting.
English is common - it even appears on signs - and streets and buildings have been polished up. Those who relish the gritty charm and historic sites found in other parts of Mexico will find them in short supply in Los Cabos.
But the region is not completely devoid of history. In the 1500s, such notorious pirates as Sir Francis Drake and Thomas Cavendish concealed themselves in the bays and coves along the southern coast of the Baja Peninsula, slipping out to ambush passing Spanish galleons. Later, Spanish missionaries tried to convert the Native American population but within a few years nearly the entire Indian population had succumbed to European diseases.
After the missionaries moved on, the rocky spires and arches that characterize the southern tip of Baja went pretty much unnoticed by the world until after World War II.

That's when private planes began flying in celebrities - Bing Crosby and John Wayne among them - to go deep-sea fishing. Because the area was remote and difficult to reach, it remained the private hideaway of a few well-heeled travelers until the 1970s, when the road through Baja was paved and a new airport built.

The area was a natural choice when the Mexican government went scouting for resort sites and construction has been going on in earnest since 1976.
In addition to fishing the area offers long stretches of golden sand and secluded coves of clear blue water where visitors can snorkel, surf, windsurf and go sailing.

Activities at the resorts that now dot the area include golf, tennis, horseback riding and party-boat cruises. Partying without the boat is also popular - Los Cabos has earned a reputation as a hot spot for youthful travelers seeking good times and romance.

Collectively known as Los Cabos, the region is made up of the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo as well as the 18mile/30km of shoreline between them, which is known as The Corridor. There isn't much of interest in the two towns themselves. The 200-year-old San Jose del Cabo (pop. 25,000) has a small 18th-century church and stucco homes painted in earth tones and pastels.

Boulevard Mijares, the main street through the town, is lined with small shops and cafes interspersed with private homes. Most resort-style hotels are along the Zona Hotelera facing the Pacific Ocean.
Beaches there are great for walking or horseback riding but the water is not recommended for swimming because the surf is very strong.
Beyond the hotel zone is Estero de San Jose, a natural estuary with good bird watching, nature trails and a small museum with fossils and replicas of Indian cave paintings from the Baja region.

Cabo San Lucas Restaurants
Chefs from the U.S. and Europe test their talents with the local seafood, fruits and herbs. Some of the best restaurants are located in the upscale resorts in The Corridor.

Note: Water in first class hotels is safe to drink. Otherwise, stick with bottled water.

Cabo San Lucas Shopping
Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-1pm and 4-8 pm. Some may open later in the afternoon and stay open later at night.
Banking Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-1:30 pm.
Several galleries and shops sell fine handmade ceramics, glassware, textiles and wood carvings from throughout Mexico. There are also good sportswear boutiques and artisans markets that sell T-shirts and serapes.
The best overall shopping is in Cabo San Lucas, where the shops are located along the waterfront and on the streets leading to the plaza.




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