Cabo San Lucas Mexico
A sea of undulating white greets the eye from the promenade of Darsena Marina. Its a sight that demonstrates just how much the little town teetering on the end of the world's third largest peninsular, has ripped off the sleepy fishing village shroud – evolving into a luxury super-resort befitting of it's Hollywood guests. That sea of bobbing white vessels is the yacht parking lot of Darsena Marina – a testament to the tourism boom of the 20th Century. Encompassed by swaying palms, mountainous scenery and the verdant blue Sea Of Cortez; it's become known as the hub of Cabo San Lucas, for it's divergent eateries and nightlife, with the Puerto Paraiso Entertainment Plaza, shopping centers and premier resorts lining it's heart.
Nestled on a sun-soaked cape, South-East of Baja California; the chaste little fishing town of Cabo San Lucas yields a surprising maritime history. The city falls within a municipal area known as Los Cabos, and is bounded by the North Pacific Ocean, as well as the merging Gulfs of California and Cortez - influencing warm trade winds and a temperate climate (temperatures exceed 96 Fahrenheit during August.) Colonized by Spanish settlers in the 15th Century, explorer Hernan Cortes (after whom Cabo's Gulf is named) drew Spanish Galleons to the shores, with promises of abundant pearl harvests beneath the azure Sea of Cortez. Where laden ships frequented, the allure for pirates was irresistible – hence why Cabo now celebrates it's history as a pirate hideout, with re-enactments aboard “Buccaneer Queen” on Cabo Bay.
Plundering pirates and Spanish culture may form much of Cabo San Lucas' history, yet it's picturesque situ upon the “Lands End” of Baja California has lent to diverse touristic opportunities. Since the 1940's, Cabo has been a fishing-dominated bay yielding a plentiful harvest of tuna and sport fish, even attracting keen game-fishers of Hollywood caliber, such as Bing Crosby and John Wayne. Today, sport fishing remains popular off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, with marlin, sharks and bill-fish in over-populous quantity. The temperate turquoise waters of the “Cortez” attract thousands of migrating grey whales to the region between October and March, perfect for opportune boat tours and whale-tailing. Snorkeling opportunities are abound off the Baja coast, with tours operating from both Cabo San Lucas Bay, as well as the city's premier Medano Beach.
Warm waters lick ice white sands along the entire coastline of the Baja Peninsula, however the best, uncluttered beaches are to be found near “Lands End”, where Cabo's foremost natural attraction “El Arco” (The Arch) is situated. Rising majestically from the craggy bleached rocks at Cabo's Southern tip, the El Arco precipice is the result of ancient volcanic activity and prime habitat for native sea-lions and pelicans. Manned Panga boats (small fishing boats) are the predominant mode of transport to El Arco, due to it's isolated location – however offer the opportunity for drop offs to secluded Lover's Beach. The platinum sands are rumored to be the softest for miles around – but the real allure are pink-tinged sunsets from the cliff-like peaks. For surf enthusiasts, the swells at “Mile 17” adjacent to the main Medano Beach offer the best challenge for intermediate and advanced boarders.
Gourmands of international cuisine cannot fail to be enticed by the lively colors and flavors synonymous with Mexican cuisine. Los Cabos is commonly associated with fish and chicken dominated cuisine, offered “a la Veracruzana” (with a subtly spicy tomato marinade/ sauce.) Red Snapper is unique to Cabo, and Huachinango a la Veracruzana is a daring, yet popular dish if you want to sample something truly Mexican. Cabo San Lucas is teeming with both native, and ethnic eateries, but for taste of Mexico head to “Mi Casa” or “Arriba Tequila” within the town square. Both offer regional culinary delights such as lobster, red snapper and veal; eclectic tequila choices and a mix of mariachi and Latin live music to spice up your evening!
The hedonistic party atmosphere of Cabo San Lucas is hard to resist after a gut-warming couple of tequilas, and “Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar (of Van Halen fame) has just the ticket, with his oddly named “Cabo Wabo” nightclub-cum-entertainment complex in the heart of town. Alternatively, Jungle Bar at Playa de las Mariachis offers chill-out respite from booming dance rhythms, with lively mariachi, ranchera and norteña bands for a local buzz! With a bustling international airport situated at Northern Los Cabos, it is less than 29 miles (46 km) by road to Cabo San Lucas – meaning the non-stop party begins within an hour of touching down in Mexico!