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CABO SAN LUCAS GUIDE
LOS CABOS, MEXICO - CABO SAN LUCAS, SAN JOSE DEL CABO,
THE CORRIDOR AND THE EAST CAPE

Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and the East Cape, collectively known as Los Cabos, is one of Mexico's premiere vacation and retirement destinations. And for good reason. Cabo has everything: world-class resorts, an active expatriate community, adventure, nightlife, shopping, fishing, all manner of water sports, golf and above all fabulous beaches and a perfect climate. The only thing missing is you!

Los Cabos is unique in its striking desert landscape, dry climate and great outdoors unspoiled beauty. Visitors are surrounded by a dramatic backdrop of endless cactus desert, cinnamon-colored mountains, miles of white sandy beaches and clear, azure waters. It is one of Mexico's most popular tourist destinations. 

Basically there are four areas included in the resort. The two towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo which are approximately 20 miles apart, The Corridor, a 15 mile (give or take) stretch of lovely beaches sprinkled with luxurious beachside resorts between San Lucas and San Jose, and The East Cape.
These areas together are  known as "The Capes" or Los Cabos in Spanish, and are located in the State of Baja California Sur at the very tip of the Baja California Peninsula.

Of the four areas, Cabo San Lucas is the best known and the more visited destination, although the International Airport, which is the arrival point for most tourists, is located in San Jose del Cabo.

Cabo San Lucas is different in many ways from other "Mexican Riviera" counterparts along the Pacific coast. Because of its geographical separation and isolation from mainland Mexico, the Cabo tourism industry has developed closer ties with the U.S. (mostly the west coast) than to the rest of Mexico. A conspicuous "north-of-the-border" atmosphere and attitude give the area an appealing cultural duality. Although, there's no denying the resort's strong "Mexico-by-the-sea" atmosphere.

Once used as a frequent provision stop for pirates awaiting passage of the Manila Galleons, today Cabo San Lucas is one of Mexico's top resorts, with some of Mexico's finest hotels. In the last 30 years, it has evolved from a sleepy hideaway for fisherman and yacht owners into one of Mexico's most popular resort destinations, with exclusive homes and mansions, a wide selection of hotels, and world class dining.

Cabo San Lucas is a boom town which has emerged in the last ten years. Some dusty streets still prevail, but don't let that fool you. This is the town most people think of when they think of Los Cabos or "Cabo".

Cabo boasts some fine restaurants, sophisticated shopping, a large marina, and a very active nightlife. Cabo is tops with fisherman, divers, and those wanting to enjoy the resort life. Nearby Medano Beach is a heavenly stretch of calm, crystal clear water, and white sand beach. Just off shore is Los Arcos - the area's signature landmark, and one of the world's most awesome natural wonders.

San Jose del Cabo is a picturesque, colonial city of meandering streets and lush palm groves, with the languid pace of a Mexican colonial village. The area was first visited by Cortes himself in 1535 and served as a mission stop for centuries.

Today it is a town of 60,000 people, including many US and Canadian expatriots, and is the seat of the municipal government. The town has charming courtyard restaurants, small shops and boutiques, a very hip, historic art district, small hotels and a lovely tropical estuary, Estero San Jose. The atmosphere here is subdued compared to the more rowdy and nightlife-orientated town of Cabo San Lucas.

The Corridor 
Between these two towns is the Transpeninsula Highway, also know as The Corridor, which is the site of many of Cabo's uber-luxurious resorts and most of the golf courses, not to mention some of Baja's most beautiful beaches and coves. Most of the hotels here offer a more "exclusive" feeling than in the towns at either end of Los Cabos. If you're staying on The Corridor and want to visit either town you can rent a car, get a taxi or use the very reliable buses that run regularly to San Lucas and San Jose.

East Cape
The Un-Cabo. It's the place to be when you don't want to be around many other humans. Wake up and hear nothing but waves. If you want to get away from it all, the East Cape is the place for you. Just northeast of San Jose del Cabo, The East Cape boasts miles and miles of pristine beaches, including one of the world's best for wind surfing. While the old, slow-paced and remote East Cape still exists, it is quickly yielding to development, including a new luxury resort village and marina.

Today, Los Cabos attracts a broader range of visitors than ever before, and has gone to great lengths to diversify its offering of activities and attractions. Los Cabos continues to attract outdoor enthusiasts who flock here for world-famous fishing, outstanding diving, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, horsebackriding, desert adventures and world class wind surfing.

The area draws beach lovers, golfers, honeymooners, families, and "eco-tourists". Of course, most visitors ultimately come here for Cabo's famous sun and sea.


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The famous Cabo arch at land's end

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Big smiles no matter the bar size

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View of Cabo's harbor

Beautiful Santa Maria beach, just outside Cabo San Lucas
Along the corridor is beautiful Santa Maria beach

View of Medano Beach from the hotels
Medano Beach view from the hotels

The high speed start of a fishing tournament
High speed start of a Cabo fishing tournament

Walking along the marina in Cabo San Lucas
Walk along the marina
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