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Cabo San Lucas Cruises

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

About Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Located at the tip of the 775-mile Baja Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, Cabo—as it is commonly known—is one of Mexico’s top destinations for its long beaches, resorts, scuba diving and picturesque coast. Renowned for the spectacular rock formations that line its shores, this bustling playground boasts one of the region’s most scenic harbors. By some accounts, Englishman Thomas Ritchie was the first European to set foot here. Later, a Japanese castaway came ashore to find just two dwellings and 20 indigenous people. A fishing village soon developed on these picturesque shores.

The more sleepy side of this resort town lies in San José del Cabo, sister to Cabo San Lucas. Its charming pink church, inviting town square and low adobe homes evoke an old colonial flair. A Spanish mission here, founded in 1730, replenished galleons making their way farther west to the Philippines.

Cabo San Lucas Lifestyle and Culture

One of North America’s major resort towns, Cabo San Lucas embraces its sports fishing, scuba diving, golfing, world-class dining, nightlife and sun worshipping. Its wide array of entertainment options and remarkably picturesque setting on the Sea of Cortez have made it a favorite destination for travelers from all over the world.

Amid the lively and energetic atmosphere, hints of Mexican culture emerge. Mariachi bands roam the streets and the grand plaza of the Old Town, surrounded by grand colonial architecture. Enchiladas and burritos are found on most any menu. And Spanish and Mesoamerican influences live on in local art.

Parades, fireworks and parties mark many Mexican celebrations, from Independence Day to the Day of the Dead. Our Lady of Guadalupe Day is considered the most important holiday, as it commemorates the nation’s patron saint.

Cabo San Lucas Sights and Landmarks

The most famous sight in Cabo San Lucas isn’t in the city at all. El Arco, the famous arch of Cabo San Lucas, juts into the water just off shore. This dramatic rock formation lures explorers and snorkelers. Finisterra, or Land’s End, is another natural wonder worth visiting; its cluster of rocks was sculpted over millennia into curious shapes. During low tide, the Playa del Amor, or Lover’s Beach, offers long walks and views of two tiny islands and their resident sea lions.

The Church of San Lucas was built by a Spanish missionary in 1730. This simple structure has changed little over the centuries, so it provides a fascinating glimpse of Cabo’s past. Nearby, the Plaza Amelia Wilkes, the main town square, is a lively gathering spot for locals and visitors.

For old-world Mexican charm, visit neighboring San José del Cabo. Its elegant Spanish colonial buildings dating to the 1700s and its relaxed atmosphere invite endless exploration. Its handsome missionary church overlooks the Plaza Mijares and chic art galleries feature the work of locals.

Cabo San Lucas Entertainment and Activities

For old-world Mexican charm, visit neighboring San José del Cabo. Its elegant Spanish colonial buildings dating to the 1700s and its relaxed atmosphere invite endless exploration. Its handsome missionary church overlooks the Plaza Mijares and chic art galleries feature the work of locals.

Cabo’s nutrient-rich waters at the confluence of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez make it a world-renowned fishing destination. Few experiences compare to embarking an expedition boat and heading into these legendary waters where marlin, tuna and wahoo just might take your bait. Scuba diving, too, reveals countless marine wonders amid crystal clear waters.

Cabo San Lucas Restaurants and Shopping

As a resort town with international visitors, Cabo San Lucas offers a wide range of cuisines. Certainly, you will find ample opportunities to enjoy traditional Mexican cuisine, from tacos and quesadillas to mole poblano, Mexico’s national dish. You’ll easily find familiar favorites and global cuisine, too.

Head into the hills to Flora’s Field Kitchen, located at an organic farm and garden, where you can dine on meals prepared in a brick oven under a patio canopy. At Seared, you can view your tenderloin cut through a glass partition before you order it, or enjoy artfully prepared seafood, all with magnificent seaside views. Or relax at the Sea Grill at Las Ventanas, an open air dining room perched along the beach at Las Ventanas al Paraíso Resort. Your meal is prepared over a wood grill or in a mosaic clay oven.

Head into the hills to Flora’s Field Kitchen, located at an organic farm and garden, where you can dine on meals prepared in a brick oven under a patio canopy. At Seared, you can view your tenderloin cut through a glass partition before you order it, or enjoy artfully prepared seafood, all with magnificent seaside views. Or relax at the Sea Grill at Las Ventanas, an open air dining room perched along the beach at Las Ventanas al Paraíso Resort. Your meal is prepared over a wood grill or in a mosaic clay oven.