Los Cabos is one of the few places on earth where you can play amid the unspoiled wonders of nature and pamper yourself with cosmopolitan luxuries. For centuries, Baja California Sur drowsed in the sun and was barely populated. Amongst the first outsiders to visit Los Cabos were Jesuit missionaries. The famous rock arch at Cabo San Lucas marks the spot where Baja's land ends and one of the world's richest fishing grounds begins. Here, the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez meet in a swirl of waters teaming with life. It was these fertile waters that drew the pioneers who have built the Los Cabos of today.
The rush is on! Los Cabos is developing rapidly and it's easy to see why. The weather is nearly perfect. You can have any type of fun in the sun you desire. Fishing is fantastic! You'll find unsurpassed golf, scuba diving, snorkeling, ATVs in the sand dunes, horseback riding, tennis, and shopping... the list goes on and on. If it is simple solitude you seek, this is the right place. Many small coves between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas once sheltered pirates who preyed on ships running to and from Acapulco. Today, these secluded coves offer empty white beaches to whomever arrives. Choose one and make it your own for a day or a week in the sun.
Scuba diving and deep-sea fishing operations here are sophisticated and reliable. Over 650 species of fish inhabit the waters of Baja Sur, and some 6,000 gray whales swim around Los Cabos each year to winter in the many protected bays of this area. Without question, Los Cabos has all the elements for a memorable vacation with unique dining experiences.
From first-class cuisine to tasty tacos, Los Cabos is brimming with palate pleasers for every mood and budget. If you think the bliss of Baja ends when the sun goes down, you've been getting up too early. Take a siesta, then go out again. From happy hour, to the wee hours of the morning, Los Cabos has nightlife for everyone. So come and visit! Many happy and exciting discoveries await you. Los Cabos' natural beauty and friendly people will welcome you.
Sorrounding Towns and Villages
The capital of the state of Baja California Sur, La Paz is 210 kilometers or 125 miles north of Los Cabos on the Sea of Cortes. For many years La Paz was famous for its pearl fishery. Conqueror Hernan Cortes arrived in La Paz in May 1535 naming it Puerto y Bahia de la Cruz. The stone church, Nuestra Señora del Pilar de la Paz, was founded in 1720. La Paz is a modern city of nearly 200,000 with a charming bayside malecon perfect for strolling. Home to some of the finest diving and Eco-tourism activities on the North American continent, La Paz is the gateway to the breathtaking Sea of Cortéz, a sailing and cruising paradise.
Miraflores and Santiago
The colonial-era villages of Miraflores and Santiago are nestled below the magnificent Sierra de La Laguna range. Miraflores is 40 kilometers or 25 miles north of San José del Cabo and is a small ranching and farming center known for leather products and hot springs at nearby Agua Caliente. Santiago is 56 kilometers or 35 miles north of San José del Cabo and has the only zoo in Baja California Sur. An oasis of palms and rich farmland circles the small town, founded as Mission de Santiago el Apostol in 1723 by Italian Jesuit Padre Ignacio Maria Napoli; and now known for its well-tended orchards and organic produce.
The East Cape region of the tip of the Baja peninsula features miles and miles of pristine beaches with few human settlements just an hour and a half away from the Tourist Corridor. A remarkable beach location right on the Sea of Cortéz, Cabo Pulmo is a protected national marine park with a live coral reef, allowing for fabulous diving and snorkeling. The best time of year to visit is during the months of April through October. Accessed via Highway #1 from San José del Cabo, the final half hour drive is on a rustic dirt road and "off road" driving is required to reach Cabo Pulmo and nearby Los Frailes, another beautiful bay on the scenic Sea of Cortéz.
Approximately 80 kilometers or 50 miles north of Cabo San Lucas, the oasis of Todos Santos was originally a Jesuit mission farming colony chosen for its abundance of water, excellent soil and growing conditions to provide food for the main settlement in La Paz. Today it is known as artists' colony, with regional arts and crafts, many art galleries, and one of the finest Italian restaurants, Café Santa Fe, in North America. Todos Santos is a lovely destination for a daytrip at the southern tip of Baja California Sur.