Further east is the colonial city of San José del Cabo , the site of the airport and a more traditional area
than the beach resorts to the west. Even further east is the
East Cape where you can find good diving and great sports fishing in the
Sea of Cortez.
In the 15th century, the Spanish considered Baja California the "New Spain" and,
in many ways, its similarity to
coastal Spain is remarkable. Los Cabos, however, is much drier than Spain
and is part of the Sonoran Desert, one of the largest in North
Temperatures in the area are especially attractive to those who live
climates. Average high temperatures in Cabo are a "chilly" 74 in January
and increase through the spring and summer. Temperatures begin to decline again in
October through April is the peak
time for tourism in Los Cabos, although January and February have
evening temperatures that can be in the mid-fifties. Cabo is
growing in popularity as a "spring break" location and those
of you with families might
want to consider vacationing elsewhere during this period.
See our note to the right about hurricanes, which can be a threat to the area. In the 1930s, the
Los Cabos area was flattened by a major hurricane and
many of the colonial era buildings in San José del Cabo (including
the church ) are restorations. If you are looking for an
alternative to Cabo San Lucas, San
José, which dates from the early 18th century, is a quieter,
more laid back venue. The town square in San José is a
great place to stroll, dine or shop.
We think it might be easier to show you why you will enjoy Cabo and its
resort area than to
write about it, so take a look at the scenes below before we continue with our
Note that Cabo was seriously damaged by Hurricane Odile in mid-September
2014. Not all of the damage to hotels has yet been prepared and some resort
areas may not be in full service until mid-2015. Check locally to be sure
the available accommodations will suite your needs.
Cabo San Lucas contrasts with San José del
Cabo and is considered its fun loving, younger brother. Cabo San Lucas (known
popularly as Cabo)
is both more modern and luxurious than San José. It is
internationally famous for its high-end hotels and spas,
fantastic marina and knock-yourself-out nightlife.
San Lucas is filled with luxury hotels, glamorous spas and more adventure
sports than you could hope to sample. There
is something for everyone, although the majority of visitors spend a lot
of time soaking up the rays and dining on superb meals at the
numerous delightful restaurants in the area.
You will find most resorts located along the Sea of
Cortez in or near Cabo or along the beach between it and San José del Cabo.
In addition, you can find numerous attractive hotels in Cabo to the west,
along the Pacific Coast. The area's hotels are a mix of mega-resorts and
cozy, boutique hotels. Not all of the beaches are great swimming
beaches and surf conditions vary throughout the year. Check with your hotel for
Although sunbathing and swimming are popular, miles of open beach provides
numerous opportunities for fun including sports fishing, snorkeling (at
Chileno Bay or near Pelican Rock), hiking,
biking, kayaking (from Medano Beach to the Arch), paragliding, parasailing, horseback riding on the beach, and
ATV tours. Of course, the shopping is fabulous, if you want to take a
break from the sun.
Most who visit want to snorkel or dive and if this describes you, you may
want to visit this
Diving Website, as it has great descriptions of sites and operators
(ThereArePlaces is not affiliated with Cabo Diving and provides this link
only for purposes additional information).
In addition, Los Cabos has a number of world-class golf
courses designed by professionals such as Nicklaus, Fazio, Weiskopf and
Robert Trent Jones.
Kayaking is also a popular attraction,
especially in the Sea of Cortez, where the marine environment is spectacular
and you may find Blue whales in season. (The famous Gray Whale
migration ends on the Pacific Coast several hundred miles north of Los Cabos).
Los Cabos is well know for it signature sea arch known
as El Arco that is at the edge of the Baja Peninsula. El Arco
marks the beginning of a sea cliff that drops over 1,000 feet into
the depths of the Pacific
There are a large number of scenic beaches along both coasts, although many
visitors prefer to explore the East Cape on the Sea of Cortez.
tours are growing in popularity in Los Cabos because they allow you to
travel to areas not well served by roads and to see sights that are hidden
from the highway. If you elect to take an ATV tour, ask your hotel
concierge, or a
trusted source, for recommendations. Also, you will find the going
better if you are accompanied by a guide. Rides along the shore and then
into the desert are a good way to explore the beauty of the Los Cabos area.
As mentioned previously, Cabo is getting expensive and bargains are becoming rarer as its popularity increases. Cruises are a good
way to initially explore Cabo, but once you have been exposed to it, you
will find yourself longing for more time at this exquisite location.
For additional details on this area, the website of the
Los Cabos Convention and Visitors Center is worth a look when
planning a trip to Los Cabos.
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