Cabo San Lucas, a tourist city located at the southern end of the beautiful Península Baja California Sur, is one of the most important Mexican destinations in the world. Beautiful beaches, whale watching, relaxation, fine sand, surfing, diving and thousands of adventures await you here. pack your swimsuit!
Did you know that due to the many expeditions in the area, it had several names throughout its history? Since all the explorers thought they were the first in the area, it was baptized as Nueva Albión, Puerto Seguro, Reino de Nueva Andalucía and Villa San Felipe, but it was not until 1541 when the Spanish Francisco de Bolaños named it Cabo San Lucas in honor to Saint Luke the Evangelist. This name was the one that gained more popularity and impact, being known that way until today.
Although Cabo San Lucas was a port expedition place and has a name of Spanish and Catholic origin, it is known that the first humans inhabited the entity for about 15 thousand years. In fact, in pre-Hispanic times it was known as Yenekamu, a Pericú word that means “place where two waters meet.” The Pericúes, also known as Coras or Edus, were nomadic groups that subsisted by hunting, gathering fruits and fishing.
Now that you know a little more about the history of your next beach destination, we’ll tell you what you can’t miss on your visit to the jewel of Baja California Sur! Let’s start with the iconic: the famous Arch and Playa del Amor. The first is a rocky landmark where the Mar de Cortés meets the Pacific Ocean; It is believed that this rock was part of the North American tectonic plate about 15 million years ago, which with natural movements was formed and due to erosion it was carved little by little. The Playa del Amor is located between huge rocks giving us impressive views and a unique space to rest. It really is a true wonder of mother nature.
Although Playa del Amor is one of the biggest attractions in Los Cabos, other great spots of sea and land such as Las Viudas, Barco Varado, Bahía Santa María, Chileno, el Túnel, Costa Azul and Punta Gorda are many of the good options. To enjoy a full day at the beach. Some with strong waves perfect for surfing and others with a calmer tide for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.
Cabo San Lucas surprises tourists from January to April with tours to spot the gray whale, one of the largest marine species in the world that can measure up to 15 meters and weigh 30 tons. These giants arrive from Alaska in search of warmer waters to start their reproduction process here. A very impressive wildlife show awaits you. Don’t forget the camera!
Besides the beaches and natural spectacles, what else can you do in Los Cabos? The walks here will be long and very special. In the heart of the city you can admire the beautiful architecture and visit the Natural History Museum of Cabo San Lucas, a space with seven rooms that tells the history of the entity, instruments used in the navy and some remains of mammals, birds and reptiles that They date from different periods of history. You can visit it from Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If your thing is partying, good food, and you are looking for places to have drinks, you should go to the Cabo San Lucas Marina. In addition to the fact that many tours and excursions depart from this point, you can enjoy restaurants facing the sea with dishes such as ceviche, fish and shrimp tacos. In the surrounding area, there is a wide variety of lively bars and amazing views from many of the terraces. You deserve a good rest! And if your tastes are more focused on adventure and sports, get up early to climb Cerro de la Z, a place widely used for hiking and mountain biking where you will have the most incredible view of the entire city.
If you want to explore more of the natural environments and ecosystems that abound here, you can rent a car or find a tour that takes you to the Cabo Pulmo National Park, a protected natural area located half a drive away where there are reefs belonging to the Golfo de California and the Mar de Cortés, besides being a paradise for lovers of diving for all the fish you can find. There are cabin rentals, restaurants and the opportunity to practice hiking, mountain biking, diving, boat rides, kayaking and much more.
Looking forward to rest or a new adventure? Well, Cabo San Lucas has everything to pamper all tastes, let’s go to the tourist jewel of Baja California Sur! You may be interested in reading our adventurous guide to enjoy San José del Cabo.