Los Cabos - an overview
It is only in the last couple of decades that Los Cabos, 'the capes' has become a popular destination with so many people. before then it was one of Mexico's well-kept secrets. Los Cabos is at the southern tip of a desert peninsula that separates the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, one of the world's unique ocean environments. The Sea of Cortez is considered to be the richest body of water on earth, supporting over 800 marine vertebrates species. The Sea stretches 1,125 km north to south, the shallow northern waters give way to nutrient- rich deeps near the resorts of Loreto and La Paz.
The two towns of Cabo
San Lucas and San José del Cabo make up Los
Cabos. Francisco de Ulloa, Hernán Cortés's navigator, came to Cabo San Lucas in
1537 and a trade route was established. Privateers soon discovered this trade route and
found the area to be well suited as a base for their operations.
So pirates were some of the town's first settlers.
In the 1940s, Cabo San Lucas first saw modern development when both Mexican and Californian millionaires started to build their vacation homes along the cliffs overlooking the magnificent, clear bays and coves. The first Luxury resort followed soon after as the rich and famous came to enjoy the beauty and sport fishing the area has become famous for.
While San José del Cabo is the municipal center and has seen considerable expansion and development it still feels much like the 18th Century mission town it once was. Cabo San Lucas, has a a real buzz to it with lots of shopping areas, including a brand new high-end mall, restaurants, bars and clubs. The area's sport fishing fleet is located in Cabo San Lucas and several cruise ships call on the port.
The two small and very different towns , San José del Cabo to the northeast, Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip, are connected by a twenty-mile coastal highway known as "the Corridor" along which elegant hotels, resorts and six championship golf courses have been developed.