Cabo San Lucas now draws more people for its nearby world-class fairways and greens. This has become Mexico's most elite resort destination. Travelers enjoy a growing roster of adventure-oriented activities, and the nightlife is as hot as the desert in July. A collection of popular restaurants and bars along Cabo's main street stay open and active until the morning's first fishing charters head out to sea. Despite the growth in diversions, Cabo remains more or less a one-stoplight town, with almost everything along the main strip.
Sports and partying are Cabo's main attractions, but there are also a few cultural and historical points of interest. The Spanish missionary Nicolás Tamaral established the stone Iglesia de San Lucas (Church of San Lucas) on Calle Cabo San Lucas, close to the main plaza, in 1730. A large bell in a stone archway commemorates the completion of the church in 1746. The Pericúe Indians, who resisted Tamaral's demands that they practice monogamy, eventually killed him. Buildings on the streets facing the main plaza are gradually being renovated to house restaurants and shops, and the picturesque neighborhood has the most Mexican ambience in town.
Not interested in cultural and historical events? Try active pursuits like sport fishing, kayaking and boat trips. For most cruises and excursions, try to make fishing reservations at least a day in advance; keep in mind that some trips require a minimum number of people. Most sports and outings can be arranged through a travel agency; fishing can also be arranged directly at one of the fishing-fleet offices at the marina.
Besides fishing, there's kayaking and boat trips to Los Arcos or uninhabited beaches. All-inclusive daytime or sunset cruises are available on a variety of boats, including a restored pirate ship. Many of these trips include snorkeling; serious divers have great underwater venues to explore.
Think about taking a cruise by a glass-bottom boat, which leaves from the town marina daily every 45 minutes between 9am and 4pm. The boat passes sea lions and pelicans on its way to the famous "El Arco" (Rock Arch) at Land's End, where the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez meet. Boats drop you off at Playa de Amor; make sure you understand which boat will pick you up -- it's usually a smaller one run by the same company that ferries people back at regular intervals. You may as well take daylong and sunset cruises at one of numerous boats and catamarans.
What else to see in Cabo? Between January and March, whale-watching is one of the most popular local activities. Guided ATV tours take you down dirt roads and through desert landscape to the old Cabo lighthouse or an ancient Indian village. And then there's the challenge of world-class golf, a major attraction of Cabos.