Cabo San Lucas, or simply Cabo, is a resort city located in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur on the southern point of the Baja California Peninsula. As of 2015, the city has a population of 81,111 residents. Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo are often referred to as Los Cabos. They combine to create a metropolitan region with a population of 305,983 people.
Cabo San Lucas is a diverse location that encapsulates the spirit of the Baja Peninsula with its many resorts, hotels, golf courses, culinary establishments, and fantastic outdoor activities.
Cabo San Lucas is a hive of activity, attracting sport fisherman, cruise ships, handicraft dealers, water sport enthusiasts, and nightlife enthusiasts. The region is considered the second fastest growing vacation destination in Mexico and is most popular during the winter peak season, which runs from November to February. With some of the world’s top all-around sport fishing and every kind of water activity conceivable, Cabo is the perfect outdoor adventure destination.
Cabo San Lucas has developed into a popular holiday and spa destination, with several attractions and timeshares erected along the coast between San Lucas and San José del Cabo. The unique Arco de Cabo San Lucas is a well-known landmark in the area.
Cabo San Lucas hosts the world’s highest-paying marlin tournament, the “Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore.” This competition is held annually in October.
During the winter, whale pods may be seen in the vicinity. After completing their 6000-mile voyage from Alaska and Siberia, they give birth in the warm waters of the Gulf of California.
Cabo San Lucas’ beaches, surfing, and sport fishing prospects have drawn a considerable number of Mexicans and tourists to spend their holidays in the area’s large-scale tourism complexes. The growth of Cabo’s tourist business was sparked in 1974 by the Mexican government’s creation of infrastructure to transform Cabo San Lucas into a major tourism destination in Mexico. After the Transpeninsular Highway, commonly known as the Mexican Federal Highway 1, was completed, tourism growth in Los Cabos went virtually unabated.
Until very recently, this section of Mexico’s distinctive and endangered ecology was entirely shielded by law, leaving it vulnerable to developers working in collaboration with government agencies interested solely in low-end tourist bonanzas. However, an increasing number of activists and lawyers are now working to protect many of Baja’s desert environments, marine creatures, and sections of coastline. Numerous organizations, notably the Gulf of California Conservation Fund and the La Paz-based Center for Environmental Law, are opposing the loss of wetlands and other habitats between Los Cabos and Ensenada. Faced with an increasing international public demand for corporate-led ecological stewardship, higher-end resorts in the Los Cabos area are becoming more conscious of their environmental impact and taking initial steps to implement sustainable practices such as water conservation and non-recyclable waste reduction. Los Cabos is expected to be one of Latin America’s top tourism destinations in 2017, owing in large part to enhanced accessibility through new airline connections from the United States and Canada. Cabo is anticipated to add 4,000 more sleeping rooms by 2018, and the boost in tourism will help to the city’s expansion as a leisure leader.
Los Cabos International Airport serves Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.
Additionally, the town is a major port of call for several cruise ships. Cabo San Lucas has a modest international airport that supports general aviation and air taxi traffic.
Numerous visitors navigate the region through the numerous local taxis that serve the main areas of Cabo, as well as the Corridor and airport. Alternatively, there is a network of tiny buses that are used by residents but are also accessible to visitors, and only a few pesos, making them far less costly than taxis.
Nightlife and recreational activities
Cabo Wabo Cantina is a nightclub owned by rock artist Sammy Hagar. It was created by him and fellow Van Halen members and is named after their famous tune Cabo Wabo. Additionally, there is the Baja Brewing Company (which was also Baja California’s first microbrewery), La Vaquita, Mandala, Coco Bongo, El Squid Roe, Giggling Marlin, Nowhere Bar, Tiki Bar, Usual Suspects, and Jungle Bar. Edith’s, Hacienda Cocina y Cantina, and Sunset da Mona Lisa are among the restaurants in downtown Cabo. Additionally, tourists may ride horses in the desert, lease a boat for fishing, snorkeling, and beach parasailing. The biweekly “Gringo Gazette,” Cabo San Lucas’ English-language newspaper, covers tourist activities in Cabo San Lucas, San Jose, Todos Santos, La Paz, and the East Cape Baja.
Consumption in Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas is known for its fish, but restaurants serving European and North American cuisine also draw visitors. While dining is often pricey, you may discover cheaper food and more engaging cultural experiences if you visit any of the downtown or hotel corridor’s hole-in-the-wall taco shops (taquerias).
Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo have attracted an increasing number of recognized chefs (and their inventive menus) to Mexico over the years as the region has grown in popularity. Suviche Restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, situated inside the One&Only Palmilla Resort, serves sushi and ceviche; Flora’s Field Kitchen serves farm-to-table cooking; and Tadd Chapman’s Don Sanchez serves classic Mexican fare with a creative touch. Consider El Farallon at the Resort at Pedregal for a special occasion lunch due to its seaside location. If you’re looking for a more relaxed but nonetheless delicious traditional Mexican supper, try one of Cabo’s smaller hotspots, such as Edith’s, Mi Casa, Tiki Cabo San Lucas, or Hacienda Cocina y Cantina.
Corridor of resorts
Medano is Cabo San Lucas’s major beach, as seen here with Land’s End in the distance.
The corridor is lined with hotels and tourist attractions of all types. The Waldorf Astoria (previously known as The Resort at Pedregal), Las Ventanas al Paraiso, and Esperanza are among the corridor’s high-end properties.
Medano Beach, situated in Chileno Bay, is one of the Corridor’s most popular beaches. Tropical fish, sea turtles, invertebrates, and sponges call it home. Snorkelers often visit Chileno Bay to study the aquatic life under the surface.
As of 2015, the population was 81,111, and the city has seen tremendous growth and development. After La Paz and San José del Cabo, it is the third biggest city in Baja California Sur.
The bulk of non-Mexican people in the town are from the United States, and along with residents of San José del Cabo, they make for almost 80% of the state’s US population.
The Baja California Sur peninsula is a mountainous and coastal plains region with an estimated size of 28,369 square miles. It is bounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California. It has the longest littoral of any state in Mexico, stretching 1,386 miles and including the picturesque bays of Sebastián Vizcano, San Juanico, Magdalena, La Paz, Asunción, Ballenas, Concepción, and San Carlos.
Numerous islets dot the peninsula’s perimeter. The Natividad, Magdalena, and Santa Margarita islands are located in the Pacific Ocean. San Marcos, Coronado, Danzante, Carmen, Montserrat, Santa Catalina, Santa Cruz, San Diego, San José, San Francisco, Partida, Espritu Santo, and Cerralvo are all located in the Sea of Cortez.
The Sierra de la Laguna varies in elevation from sea level to 6,857 feet above sea level.
Sierra de la Giganta is a volcanic mountain range that reaches an elevation of 1,968 feet. The western face is gently sloping, whereas the side facing the Sea of Cortez is more rough.
To the west of the Sierra, a stretch of coastal plains with an average width of 25 miles separates the Sierra from the Pacific Ocean. This comprises the vast plains of Santa Clara, Berrendo, Magdalena, and Hiray, the last of which is formed mostly of sedimentary sea rock.
San Benito, San Miguel, and Raymundo are seasonal rivers and streams that flood during the rainy season and subsequently flow into the sea, mostly on the Pacific side. The San Ignacio River, which drains into Ballenas Bay, is Baja California Sur’s longest river.
The state’s southern half has an arid, desert environment. Summer temperatures surpass 104oF, while winter lows are less than 32oF. The climate of the Los Cabos area is hot, just mildly humid, and subject to cyclones.
Plants and Animals
This location is home to a big cactus known as the “cardón cactus.” Other cacti, bushes, and sagebrush, as well as trees such as torote and oak-pine, thrive in the dry soil.
Numerous reptiles, animals such as coyotes, pronghorns, bighorn sheep, raccoons, and deer, migratory birds such as golden eagles and ospreys, and marine life such as gray, blue, and humpback whales, as well as orcas, inhabit the area.
Natural Areas That Are Protected
There are numerous Protected Natural Areas in Baja California Sur, which have an abundance of plant life, most of it native to the region. Among the PNAs are the Sebastián Vizcano Biosphere Reserve, the Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve, the Loreto Bay National Marine Park, the Sea of Cortez Biosphere Reserve, the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, the Cabo San Lucas Sand Cascades, and the San José Estuary.
Archaeological digs in the region have shown evidence of continuous human occupation for at least 10,000 years. When the first Europeans came, they discovered the Peric people, who subsisted on seed, root, clam, and other marine resources. They referred to the site as Yenecam.
According to Hatsutaro’s account in the book Kaigai Ibun (authored by Maekawa, Junzo, and Bunzo Sakai and told by Hatsutaro), when he landed at Cabo San Lucas in May 1842, there were just two residences and perhaps 20 residents. However, American writers like as Henry Edwards and John Ross Browne assert that an Englishman called Thomas “Old Tom” Ritchie founded Cabo San Lucas. Ritchie came in approximately 1828, according to John Ross Browne, but died in October 1874, according to Edwards. Cipriano Cesea, a native of Hermosillo, Sonora, founded Cabo San Lucas in 1788. Per The book, Guia Familiar de Baja California 1700-1900, by Pablo L. Martinez.
In the region, a fishing community started to develop. In 1917, an American business constructed a floating platform for tuna fishing and created Compaa de Productos Marinos S.A. 10 years later. For numerous years, the factory was operational.