Cabo San Lucas has become one of Mexico's most popular coastal getaways, with deluxe hotels, championship golf courses, and some of the best sport fishing in the world. The population is growing faster than in any other part of Mexico. Yet, Los Cabos retains an air of mystery and of pristine beauty.
At the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of (also known as the Sea of Cortés), meet, and the land ends in a rocky point called El Arco (The Arch). It is a place of rugged beauty. In the late 16th and 17th centuries, the Gulf side of the area was a favorite hiding place for pirates who plundered Spanish galleons stopping there to take on fresh water. Later in its history, it was the mooring spot for the yachts of wealthy, vacationing Americans who came to the warm waters of the Sea of Cortés to relax and to the Pacific Ocean to fish for the marlin and sailfish that leap out of the waves of the pounding surf.
Once solitary, sleepy villages, and now joined to create one of Mexico's fastest growing resorts are the two Capes. Located 1050 miles from the US border, Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, are 18 miles apart via a four lane, divided highway. The view along the road is spectacular! In the 1970's the Mexican government decided to combine the two towns into one resort area, called Los Cabos (the Capes). This was the beginning of what is now a major resort consisting of Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, and the stretch of highway that connects them, called the Corridor.
The area is readily accessible through the local airport which is serviced by major airlines. Plan ahead and bring your favorite fishing rod and golf clubs, or rent them locally. The waters of the Gulf abound with hundreds of species of game fish including marlin, amberjack, bonito, black sea bass, mahi mahi, roosterfish, sailfish, snapper, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and yellowtail. There are many excellent fishing charters, and all of the major hotels arrange daily fishing expeditions. A catch and release policy is an option observed in order to perpetuate the sport for years to come.
The many beaches offer opportunities for snorkeling, surfing, water skiing, and windsurfing. Diving, kayaking, and sailing can also be arranged. Whale watching is popular along the mid-Baja coastline and tours depart regularly from Los Cabos. Golf is a major sport thanks to a process that recycles purified waste water and uses it to irrigate the greens and fairways. There are at least six courses between the two Cabos. Golfers play against a backdrop of rugged seaside scenes and desert terrain. The tee shot at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Palmilla course, must carry over a cactus filled arroyo. The same canyon wraps around the front of the green as well.
Cabo San Lucas Nightlife Nightlife in Cabo San Lucas is full of youthful vitality and a rock beat. The nightly entertainment in the slightly more staid San José del Cabo consists of live bands playing a combination of international pop and Latino music; disco and folk music. On most Saturday evenings during the December - March tourist season there is a fiesta in Plaza Mijares in San José del Cabo. The fiesta features folk dances, mariachi performances, cockfight demonstrations, and piñata breaking. Food vendors and artisans present their wares. Profits from food and beverage sales go to local charities.
The weather in Los Cabos is sunny and mild year round. The Gulf is calm and warm; the Pacific surging with energy, to the delight of surfers and photographers. Many great beaches extend between the two Capes. In addition to the many sports offerings, there is an underwater nature preserve and endless miles of natural rock formations that defy description of their beauty. Standing on the beach and looking out at the Pacific or at the Sea of Cortés is like being in another world.
FRENCH RIVIERA BAKERY
Morelos/Blvd. Marina y Niños Heroes
Cabo San Lucas Baja California Sur 23410, Mexico
Camino a Playa El Medano
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur Mexico 23410
Phone: 011 52 (624) 143-0801
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Captain Tony's Bar and Grill
The Marina on Plaza Las Glorias Dock
Cabo San Lucas Baja California Sur Mexico
Tel: 011 52 (624) 143-679
San Jose del Cabo, B.C.S.
Playa Acapulquito, Km. 28
Telephone: 011 52 (624) 142 2666
Tuesday Morning Coffee & Walk
the historic Art District of San Jose del Cabo, then tour the Art Galleries. The Old Town Gallery
is one of the top fine art galleries in Los Cabos featuring fine art by local and international artists.
Thursday Art Night
Art District of San Jose del Cabo sipping wine and viewing the fine art. The Old Town Gallery is open
Thursday evenings until 9:00 p.m. for everyones viewing pleasure. New art is introduced into the gallery every week.
20 Obregon Street
Magdalena Whale Watching
WHALE WATCHING TOURS CABO SAN LUCAS
The Gentle Giants of the Sea of Cortez - By Sabrina Lear
Like all mammals, the gray whale is warm blooded, breathes air and nurses its young. Moderately large in size, they range in length from 40 to 50 feet and can weigh up to 73,000 pounds, with males smaller than females. Gray in color, hence the name, they are classified as Cetacea, marine mammals that include whales, porpoises and dolphins and belong to Mysticeti, one of the three families of great baleen whales. Grays have no close relatives; they are the single species of the family Eschrichtidae.
Grays, right whales and the family of fin, blue, sei, Bryde’s,
minke and humpback whales (balaenopterids) have baleen fringes, made of
whalebone, instead of teeth. The baleen lines the upper jaw and works
like a large comb, filtering plankton from salt water and, in the grays’
case, sediment. When the whale’s mouth is full it closes and forces the
water out, catching the plankton in the baleen. When all of the residue
is filtered, the whale swallows. Unlike other baleen whales, grays are
the only whale to bottom feed, staying down for 3 to 5 minutes to eat;
leaving a trail of grooves in the ocean floor behind them. They can
remain under water for fifteen minutes before running out of air. Grays
are characterized by a long snout and double blowhole on top of their
head. In place of a dorsal fin, the gray has a hump with dorsal ridges
running to it’s flukes (tail).
Simply watching these incredible creatures frolicking amongst themselves is an awe-inspiring treat. Spouting, the visible exhaling of air by the whale, is usually your first indication of whale activity, however, you may see breaching, too. Breaching, when the whale leaps almost completely out of the water and falls back with a large splash, is a spectacular sight. Remember that the whales are moving and will stay under for two to five minutes, so try to anticipate what direction they are taking so you are able to focus on the location of their next breach or spout. You’ll also see the whales showing their flukes, which is known as sounding. If you’re in a small boat, Zodiac or kayak, you will be able to move in much closer and may get an eye-to-eye close-up with a new friend. Called spyhopping, this is where the whale pushes itself up out of the water until he can see his surroundings (and you), and for first time whale watchers this is especially thrilling.
If you want to see mothers and their calves first hand, whale-watching trips to Magdalena Bay (the closest calving area to Los Cabos) are best made with daytrip fly-in tours. Aereo Calafia offers tours during the whale watching season. This is a completely different experience than whale watching off the coast of Los Cabos as you are in a protected area of extremely calm, shallow water. Here you will be able to interact with the whales and get much closer to them than in the open ocean. The opportunity to pet whales is not uncommon. If you have more time to spend a few days in Magdalena Bay, there are several tour companies that operate from Loreto as a base camp.
You will find that there are several local, top notch-whale
watching tours that will bring you as close as possible to the grays and
other whales off the coast of Los Cabos and they generally conduct daily
excursions from January to March.
Baja California Sur is one of the least populous states in Mexico with less than 450,000 inhabitants. Originally occupied by nomadic groups, the area was named a state in 1974 when tourist resorts like Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo were developed in the area. Today, the state’s diverse landscape is one of its major attractions, with stunning narrow canyons, hot spring lakes, the majestic mountain range of Sierra de la Giganta and the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve, with lush vegetation and endemic fauna.
The state's capital, La Paz, is a world-class tourist destination offering a wealth of natural resources nestled in an authentic small town ambiance. The unspoiled and inviting city is home to a variety of activities including sport fishing, snorkeling with playful sea lions, diving with hammerhead sharks and giant manta rays, kayaking next to the dolphins and whales or just lounging in the peaceful bays of Espiritu Santo Island. Visitors can also explore its many historic museums and authentic handicraft shops throughout the city.
Los Cabos, on the other hand, is one of Mexico’s most breathtaking beach destinations, which include Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo and the stretch of beach in between. As one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, the area features world-class lodging and recreational facilities, including five-star hotels, luxury condominiums, impressive golf courses, charismatic marinas and exquisite restaurants. The city’s location and functionality is ideal for a variety of water sports and outdoor activities including fishing, swimming, sailing, diving in Playa Chileno and surfing in Cabo San Lucas and Cabo Pulmo.
Just north of La Paz is the fishing village of Loreto, located along the Sea of Cortez. While Loreto is still a quiet fishing village, a sustainable development project is underway to develop this area. Loreto is located near Magdalena Bay, one of the most highly recommended lagoons for spotting gray whales and their calves between the months of January and March. Loreto also offers a variety of outdoor activities, everything from water sports to exploring magnificent cave paintings and colonial missions. Its major attractions are undoubtedly its beautiful beaches, preserved marine life and semi-desert niches that shelter numerous endangered species.
The laid back town of Todos Santos, just north of Cabo on the Pacific coast, is another up-and-coming spot that’s becoming a popular destination for visitors seeking a low profile, relaxed vacation. But contrary to popular legend, the Hotel California in this sleepy town has nothing to do with the Eagle’s song.
Baja California Sur is an ideal place for travelers interested in discovering ancient cave paintings, venturing into challenging mountain bike terrains, or just relaxing on an unspoiled beach.
Todos Santos, Baja, California Sur, Mexico
If you rent a car from an international car rental agency, you can probably reserve your car by calling a toll free number or visiting the company's web site (see list). You will be quoted a price and given a reservation number. Typically a car rental agency will give you a 10% discount off the regular price for any of a variety of reasons. When you pick up your car in Mexico, the clerk will often attempt to write the contract for the full rate unless you object. If you made the reservation in the U.S., you were probably quoted a price in dollars and of course in Mexico the charge will be in pesos so you will need to be prepared to check the rate in pesos. Here's one way you can breeze through the process:
Before departing, print up a document on your computer with the name of the car rental company and their customer service telephone number in the heading. Add all the other pertinent information below, i.e. your name, the type of car, the reservation number, dates, and the rate you were quoted in both dollars and pesos. Use the currency converter. You can either present your "document" to the clerk when you pick up your car or just refer to it to check the price. You won't be overcharged.
Car rental agencies can be flexible. Once when attempting to claim my reserved rental car (without my document in hand), I found the booth for this particular company to be vacant. As I waited for the clerk to return, a representative for a different rental agency asked me what price I had been quoted. Not wanting to sound like an idiot (I didn't remember), I made up a figure which turned out to be quite low. The representative quickly accepted and rented me one of his cars at my price.
The rental agency will want you to have a credit card. They may run the card twice, once for the rental amount and a second time just in case of damages with the amount left blank. When you return the car in good condition, this blank charge slip should be returned to you or destroyed in your presence. If you have a gold or platinum credit card, the credit card company may provide rental car insurance free of charge for car rentals paid for with the credit card. Check you credit card information to see if you have this coverage and review the terms before renting the car and you may be able to save the cost of insurance. If you have a debit card, you may be charged a deposit on the car rather than running a blank ticket. This can seriously deplete your available funds while on vacation.
Renting a car in Mexico is generally trouble-free and is a good way to enjoy the freedom to explore the country.