Los Cabos Information

Santa Maria Bay, Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas being only two beers away by commercial air travel from Southern California is fast replacing Hawaii as a preferred quick-trip exotic vacation destination for many Americans. Over two million tourists travel to Baja California Sur each year and visit towns and villages, bays, beaches, islands and golf courses each season for an average stay of 3.5 days. Some, like me, come for a visit and never go back. Truthfully, one late Spring, several years ago, I sailed from San Diego intent on traveling around the world in my sailboat. Six weeks later, after exploring the Baja coast, its islands and ports, I fell in love with La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur and dropped anchor. Some would say swallowed it, for I fell for a local Mexicana and a year later got married. That’s the short version of the story.

Most folks who end up living in Baja California Sur, only get half as far as I did. First, they fall in love with Los Cabos, buy a time-share, then a condo or they build a house. And be forewarned! One out of three folks who endure a time-share presentation end up buying one. Those complimentary dinners, jet ski rentals and free golf rounds will set you back five to thirty thousand dollars for the cost of the Vacation Plan, or whatever euphemism they are using to disguise the time-share business that week.

Cabo San Lucas is the main tourist destination for people visiting the Los Cabos area for the first time. It sits on Cabo San Lucas Bay which is flanked on the west side by a series of monumental rock formations known as Land’s End. This outcropping of land being the end of the nearly one thousand mile Baja California Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. Here one can snorkel in crystal clear warm waters swarming with colorful tropical fish around underwater pinnacles off the cove known as Lover’s Beach. The fish will literally eat out of your hand as they’ve all heard the place is a game sanctuary.

Cabo San Lucas is actually a part of the municipality of Los Cabos which includes San Jose del Cabo located eighteen miles to the east, and in some ways, a hundred years in the past. For all the millions of dollars in tourist hotel development in Cabo San Lucas and in the Tourist Corridor in between the two towns, San Jose del Cabo still evokes the roots and spirit of Mexico as opposed to Cabo San Lucas, with its faster paced, more commercial and touristy atmosphere.