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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

A resort for relaxation and sports

Cabo San Lucas is located in the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, which Americans call simply Baja. Cabo San Lucas has approximately 68,000 inhabitants.

Cabo San Lucas together with San José del Cabo, another seaside town 33 kilometers away, are known as Los Cabos. The two cities are served by Los Cabos International Airport and are rated as some of Mexico's top tourist destinations because they consistently have warm weather, beautiful beaches, scuba diving locations, majestic terrain and abundant marine life. The Los Cabos corridor has numerous seaside resorts and timeshares along the coast.

Cabo San Lucas welcome sign

Map of the tip of the Baja California peninsula
Map of the tip of the Baja California peninsula

Cabo San Lucas is located where the Sea of Cortez, also called the Gulf of California, meets the Pacific Ocean. The area has mountains, coastal plains and a tropical desert climate. Tropical cyclones occasionally come from the south and bring heavy rainfalls, although many years may pass without any significant precipitation.


Cabo San Lucas viewed from the sea
Cabo San Lucas viewed from the sea

Cabo San Lucas does not have a deep pier for cruise ships, so the ships anchor in the harbor and use boats to shuttle passengers to the shore. From the moment you arrive at Los Cabos airport or the marina, you will find that there are many things to do. You can enjoy the casual beach atmosphere, go shopping, take tours, or enjoy the active night life. There is something for everybody, from party spring-break beaches to family friendly snorkeling beaches.

Medano Beach is lined with hotels and restaurants
Medano Beach is lined with hotels and restaurants

Medano Beach
The principal beach in Cabo San Lucas begins at the east side of the harbor and extends along San Lucas Bay for many miles. It is a favorite jogging trail for early risers. Roped-off swimming areas keep swimmers away from deep water and protect them from personal watercraft and boats. All water sports are available, such as parasailing, water skiing, fishing and snorkeling. Boats and other equipment can be easily rented.

View of the Cabo San Lucas marina from the main pier.
View of the Cabo San Lucas marina from the main pier

Archaeological excavations have shown evidence of continual human habitation in the Cabo San Lucas area for at least ten thousand years. The city began as a small fishing village, and today it is one of the top tourist destinations in Mexico.

The lighthouse of Cabo San Lucas
The lighthouse of Cabo San Lucas is surrounded by hotels

Tourism and fishing are the principal commercial activities in Cabo San Lucas. Restaurants, shops, bars and hotels line the shore of the marina. Sport bars have large screens with games televised from the U.S. Americans can watch their favorite teams while eating excellent seafood and drinking Mexican beer or sipping margaritas.

A marlin statue marks the entrance to the artisans market
A marlin statue marks the entrance to the artisans market

The shops along the marina carry a variety of textiles and handcrafted goods. In addition to the souvenir shops, there are pharmacies, jewelers and tour guide booths.

Sculpture of Mexican revolutionary
Sculpture of Mexican revolutionary seated on a bench

Fish swimming along the piers of the marina
A puffer fish swimming along the piers
of the marina investigates a spiny conch

The area has a wide range of wildlife including rays, sharks, birds like eagles and pelicans, and many kinds of marine animals. The water is very clear and it is very easy to observe the movements of the sea creatures.

Double decker tour boat
Double decker tour boat


Cabo San Lucas is a prominent vacation and spa destination with a variety interesting sites. The hotels and timeshares that have been built on the coast between San Lucas and San José del Cabo bring a constant flow of tourists. The distinctive El Arco de Cabo San Lucas is a local landmark.

the sea arch of Cabo San Lucas
The sea arch "El Arco" of Cabo San Lucas at noon

The landscape changes dramatically as the sun travels along the sky. The beige rocky cliffs at noon transform into dark jagged silhouettes framed by a blue sky in the late afternoon.

the sea arch of Cabo San Lucas in the late afternoon
The sea arch of Cabo San Lucas in the late afternoon

Cabo San Lucas has billfish tournaments where marlin and sailfish are caught and released. Fishermen can collect cash prizes. Pods of whales come to the area during the winter. They bear their calves in the warm waters of the Gulf of California after completing their six-thousand-mile migration from Alaska and Siberia.

Solmar beach faces the Pacific Ocean
Solmar beach faces the Pacific Ocean

Solmar Beach
This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cabo San Lucas, but because the shore faces the Pacific Ocean it has very strong currents and waves, so swimming here is not advised. This beach is very popular for jogging and long peaceful walks at sunset.


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