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From the Los Cabos Visitor’s Guide
At the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, about a thousand miles south of San Diego, and 40 miles below the Tropic of Cancer, lies Los Cabos-an exquisite corner of the world where the mountains and desert hold hands with the sparkling Sea of Cortes and the mighty Pacific Ocean.
It all started over 25 million years ago with the birth of the famous San Andreas Fault, which runs down the middle of the Sea of Cortes. This catastrophic event created the Baja California Peninsula, as it slowly started splitting off from mainland Mexico. During the trip, a part of the Sonora Desert in northern Mexico tagged along. As a result, two-thirds of the northern and central part of the Baja Peninsula, and all the islands in the Sea of Cortes, are classified as desert region. Meanwhile, the southern tip of the peninsula gradually began to emerge from the mainland, near what today is the resort city of Puerto Vallarta, in Mexico’s Tropic Zone This explains why Los Cabos, located just south of the Tropic of Cancer line, is classified as a SubTropical Zone rather than a desert. Experts contend that the narrowing of the peninsula just north of La Paz implies that Baja California Sur was at one time an island -any may be again someday!
For hundreds of years Los Cabos was a remote outpost with a few fishing and ranching families, and little else. In the early 1950’s, Hollywood stars like John Wayne, Desi Arnaz and Bing Crosby began flying down in private planes to exclusive hideaways for fishing and hunting. Only the rich and famous could afford to fly in, and only the hardiest of adventurers made the arduous thousand-mile journey down the long and winding dirt road between northern Baja and Los Cabos. Amazingly, it was not until 1973 when the paved two-lane Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas Transpeninsular Highway was opened. Then, in 1986 the international airport’s completion began putting Los Cabos’ on the radar.
The Los Cabos region comprises Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, two sisters, and each with its own personality. The 20-mile Tourist Corridor, lined with picture-perfect beachfront resorts and championship golf courses, separates these “sisters.” Expanding up both the eastern and western sides of the peninsula, the Los Cabos area continues to grow. Todos Santos on the Pacific side and the area known as East Cape on the Sea of Cortes have gained more notoriety and are popular tourist-friendly destinations for day trips and exploring.
The most well known area of the Los Cabos region is Cabo San Lucas, located at Land’s End, where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortes adjoin. Its dramatic arch, called El Arco in Spanish, is symbolic of Los Cabos’ natural wonders, and among the most photographed Mexican landmarks. Cabo San Lucas is southwest of San Jose del Cabo, and about 27 miles from the airport. Commonly referred to as just “Cabo,” it is “happening” in so many ways. The focal point is its 400-slip marina, where opulent yachts, party cruisers, and sport fishing boats dock side-by-side. The deep-water bay makes Los Cabos a popular port of call for cruise ships, with nearly 400 vessels carrying over 1,000,000 visitors each year. The length of the marina’s waterfront, the malec6n, or walkway, teems with dozens of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shops. This is one of the best places for all-day, all-night people watching.
Along the Tourist Corridor, luxury resorts, captivating beaches, and incredible championship golf courses beguile VISItorS Santa Marfa Bay, Chileno Bay and Palmilia offer outstanding swimming, diving, snorkeling, surfing, and other water sports. The new Chileno Bay project, about half way between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, is a huge development that promises a lasting legacy on one of the best stretches of land along the corridor. With two golf courses, restaurants, exclusive villas and estates, beach clubs, and other recreational activities, the project spans two and a half miles of the coast.
San Jose del Cabo is a charming town rich with Mexican culture, artwork, and historic buildings. It’s more about strolling the town square, boutique hotels, dining under the stars at one of the many fine restaurants, exploring the prolific galleries, and lolling in a hammock at the beach. In the center of town, as with virtually every Mexican village, stands the Cathedral on Plaza Mijares, a focal point for the people who live in and visit San Jose del Cabo. Centuries-old architecture surrounds the church and the art district sits just behind. lt’s nan-ow streets and wonderful galleries help create a bohemian and relaxed atmosphere.
Los Cabos welcomes millions of visitors annually, and its population is increasing as it has become an appealing destination for full-time residents. The sleepy remote location it once was now boasts luxury and convenience in concert with old world charm and hospitality. See for yourself what la buena vida is all about.