Los Cabos is one of the destinations with a perfect combination of great weather, exotic and spectacular scenery. The resort town of Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, named for the slender cape extending eastward from Baja's southernmost tip, gradually developed into a tourist hot spot the last forty years. During the Spanish colonial era, its natural harbor was periodically used by passing mariners, but since it offered no source of fresh water and scant protection during the late summer storm season when chubascos rolled in from the southeast, it was largely ignored by the Spanish.
Although English pirates used the harbor as a hiding place for attacks on Manila galleons, many of the historical incidents ascribed to Cabo San Lucas may have actually occurred near present day San Jose del Cabo, where ships often watered at the Rio San Jose estuary. A popular port of call for cruise ships along the Mexican Riviera, Cabo San Lucas is also a popular destination for Spring Break and a hideaway for the rich and famous.
Since Cabo San Lucas only began to develop as a city in the 1970's, you won't find any historic buildings or colonial architecture; what you will find is a wide assortment of shops & boutiques within four or five blocks of the marina. Just south of the marina, visit the outdoor bazaar for handicrafts and unique items from local artisans.
San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico enjoy equal access to the great beaches along the corridor between the two towns, but because the Cabo San Lucas harbor provides shelter for a large sportfishing and recreational fleet, the majority of the Los Cabos visitors center themselves in Cabo San Lucas and the Resort Corridor rather than in San Jose del Cabo.
In spite of all the tourists, Cabo manages to retain something of a small town feel. Besides the full service marina, Cabo San Lucas's main attractions include an underwater nature preserve only a few minutes' boat ride from the harbor and the striking Land's End rock formations at one end of the bay, with a pristine beach right around the corner. Without the tenacity of a few of the town's original residents who demanded that this land be preserved, hotels and condos would probably fill the town's entire perimeter. Cabo San Lucas in Mexico is the only coastal resort with a nature preserve within its city limits.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico , with its large marina and beautiful bay where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, is famous for its casual atmosphere and exciting nightlife. While nightlife in Cabo San Lucas in Mexico is not on par with Acapulco's, the town attracts a young, energetic crowd that creates a more vibrant ambiance than is found at the relatively laid back city of San Jose to the north. All in all, Los Cabos offers something for everyone in a natural wonderland where the desert collides with the confluence of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez.
Cabo San Lucas has become an important vacation and spa destination, with a great variety of sites of interest, and timeshares that have been built on the coast between San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.