Los Cabos Zones and Towns
Found at the tip of the 1,000 mile long peninsula where the Sea of Cortez meets the wild Pacific Ocean, Land’s End or Los Cabos, is a versatile destination that captures the essence of Southern Baja Peninsula in its many resorts, championship golf courses, world-class dining and amazing outdoor activities.
The Cabo area is considered the second fastest growing resort destination in all of Mexico and particularly busy with visitors during the winter high season, November to February. With some of the best all-around sportfishing in the world, pristine championship golf courses, adrenaline-pumping tours, and every water sport imaginable, Cabo is the ultimate destination for travelers looking for outdoor adventure.
The Los Cabos area is divided into three distinct zones each with their own memorable flavor and vibe.
Cabo San Lucas Zone
At one time, Cabo San Lucas was just a simple fishing village until the 1980s, when hotel and resort chains and the christening of Cabo’s international airport brought a flood of tourism right to the front doorstep.
Today, Cabo San Lucas is one of Mexico’s top beach destinations with all-inclusive resorts, intimate boutique properties and high-end luxury escapes…. a bustling hub for sport fishermen, cruise ships, golfers, water sport aficionados and nightlife seekers.
Both expert and novice anglers have the upper hand in the teeming waters around the Cabo San Lucas zone, which have earned the nickname “marlin alley” in fishing circles. Indeed, several international sports fishing derbies with huge cash prizes are held here each year.
For those looking to have fun in the sun, Médano Beach, Cabo’s best swimming beach, boasts popular happy hour hotspots including The Office, Billygan’s, Mango Deck, Baja Cantina and Nikki Beach at Meliá San Lucas. And the numerous beaches are perfect for sand castle building or the ideal launch point for a plethora of ocean sports: SCUBA diving, wind surfing, snorkeling, surfing, and parasailing.
When the sun sets, Cabo is one of the hottest party towns in North America with glittering nightlife and a plethora of international dining options that make energetic Cabo San Lucas an all-time favorite. Also called Cabo San “Loco” or just plain “Cabo”, the town’s reputation as the party epicenter of the Baja Peninsula has brought fame and infamy to its many bars and nightclubs.
The rest of Cabo San Lucas town boasts excellent shopping areas and local artisan markets that showcase handicrafts from all over Mexico. A bustling boardwalk is lined with cafes, clubs, "toes in the sand" bars and eateries, while the busy marina harbors both local fishing pangas and sleek yachts from around the world.
The Corridor Zone
Long stretches of cream sand beaches, craggy coves, and serene blue sea are the backdrop for the fast-growing developments, luxury enclaves and golf courses found alone the four-lane highway bridging party hub Cabo San Lucas and the laid-back colonial air of San Jose del Cabo in the 20-mile Tourist Corridor.
Boasting some of Latin America’s top resorts favored by Hollywood royalty, the Corridor is known for its stunning natural landscape studded with exclusive hotels and luxury gated communities that appeal to a wide clientele of wealthy and well-known, and even top world leaders during the 2003 Asian Pacific Economic Conference (APEC).
The Corridor is also home to more than half a dozen oceanfront championship courses, including Palmilla, El Dorado, and Cabo del Sol, that feature challenging “desert meets ocean” greens designed by golf legends like Tom Weiskopf, Jack Nicklaus, and Robert Trent Jones II.
However it’s not just high-end travelers and golfers who seek refuge in the spectacular coastline of the Corridor. During the winter months, California grey and humpback whales become frequent visitors off the waters of the Corridor as they pass by on their annual migration with their newborn calves in tow, often breaching or spy hopping within plain sight of the shore – and to the delight of hotel guests lucky enough to spot a spontaneous performance. Some resorts even signal a “whale sighting” warning to hotel guests during peak months December through March.
San José del Cabo Zone
The lively and historic 18th century mission pueblo of San José del Cabo is a more tranquil and elegant alternative to the frenetic energy of Cabo San Lucas. Found just 10 minutes from the international airport, San José was originally settled by the Pericue Indians 550 years ago and later, built into a mission town in 1730 by Jesuit missionaries.
Still, colonial architecture, traditional cuisine and regular folkloric performances remain threads of traditional Mexican culture found in San José's main square, where the town church, Parroquia de San José, was built in 1940 on the site of the original mission.
An estuary brimming with aviary and aquatic species beckons to be explored on the southeast edge of the city. Adventure-lovers find a gateway to desert dune explorations, horseback adventures and ATV adrenaline tours departing from sleepy San José.
Eclectic dining and a wide variety of shopping – for artisan works, silver and black coral jewelry and even beach wear – converge in this quaint, colonial town, resulting in a pleasing, colorful mix of rustic village and modern small town.
By nightfall, San José bustle with activity as cafes, restaurants, lounges and bars fill up with people seeking a relaxing atmosphere of good food and good company amid live musical entertainment. Come dawn, surfers line up along Costa Azul’s “zippers” wave and beach goers are ready to hit the wave-pounded sands.
Low key San José del Cabo captures the dramatic and vibrant energy of Land’s End while retaining the timeless feel of a traditional Mexican pueblito.