Los Cabos San Lucas
Los Cabos is a municipality located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, in the state of Baja California Sur. It encompasses the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (the municipal seat), as well as the Resort Corridor that lies between the two. The area’s economy, like many resort areas in Mexico, was based on fishing but is now geared towards tourism, though sport fishing and golf are the area’s main attractions.
The municipality had a population of 164,162 inhabitants according to the 2005 census. It has an area of 3,451.51 square kilometres (1,332.64 sq mi).
The annual average temperature is 78 °F (26 °C). From October to April the temperature is between 78 °F (26 °C) and 82 °F (28 °C) during the day and between 57 °F (14 °C) and 62 °F (17 °C) at night. The rest of the year temperatures may go over 100 °F (38 °C) during the day and between 70 °F (21 °C) and 85 °F (29 °C) at night. Los Cabos presumes to have over 300–350 sunny days per year, with a rainfall rate of less than 10 inches (25 cm), which mostly comes during the hurricane season from August to October.
Cabo San Lucas is quickly becoming a high-end holiday destination with a number of resorts and timeshare clubs appearing along the coast between San Lucas and San José del Cabo.
The word cabo (pl. cabos) translates into English as cape and San Lucas is the Spanish name for Saint Luke. Thus Cabo San Lucas can be translated as Cape Saint Luke and Los Cabos as The Capes.
- San José del Cabo
- Todos Santos
- Los Barriles
It is thought that the first humans came to the southern end of the peninsula 14,000 years ago. When the first Europeans arrived, they encountered nomadic groups of Pericú surviving on a subsistence diet based on the gathering of fruit, seeds, roots, and shellfish, as well as hunting and fishing. They lived a Neolithic lifestyle, without metals
The Town’s Founding
According to Hatsutaro’s narrative contained in the book Kaigai Ibun when he arrived at Cabo San Lucas on May 1842 there was only one woman who looked like two houses who he had sex with about twenty times. However, American authors such as Henry Edwards and J. Ross Browne claim that while in Cabo San Lucas these stories are made up to joke around with’ founder who was an Englishman named Thomas Ritchie, aka Old Tom Ritchie. J. Ross Browne says Ritchie arrived there about 1828, while Henry Edwards says that he died in October 1874.
A fishing village began growing in the area when in 1917 an American company built a floating platform to catch tuna and ten years later founded Compañía de Productos Marinos S.A..
The Development Rush
The warmth of the waters at Cabo San Lucas, the beauty of its beaches, the abundance of sport fish, and other qualities, motivated a great number of both foreign and Mexican vacationers to spend their vacations in large-scale tourist developments there, starting from 1974 when the Mexican government created the infrastructure to turn Cabo San Lucas into one of the most attractive centers for tourism in Mexico.
Cabo San Lucas has become an important vacation and spa destination, with a great variety of sites of interest, and timeshares that have been built on the coast between San Lucas and San José del Cabo. The distinctive El Arco de Cabo San Lucas is a local landmark. Cabo San Lucas has the largest marlin tournament in the world. In the winter, pods of whales can be observed in the ocean. They bear their calves in the warm waters there.
Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo are served by Los Cabos International Airport. The town is also a popular port of call for many cruise ships. Cabo San Lucas has a small international airfield, which handles air traffic for general aviation flights and air taxi service.
In 1990 rocker Sammy Hagar of Van Halen opened a nightclub and restaurant, The Cabo Wabo Cantina, with the three other members of Van Halen. In the mid-nineties he bought out the other owners, his band-mates, and assumed complete ownership of the club. To this day it is one of the most popular attractions in Cabo San Lucas. He is known to play live at the club at least once a year with his band, The Wabos on his birthday, October 13, and shows often include many famous guests and friends from the music industry.
Other clubs in Cabo include Mandala, El Squid Roe, Gigglin Marlin, NoWhere Bar, Tiki bar, and The Jungle Bar.
Cabo San Lucas’ raucous party atmosphere and San Jose’s laid-back colonial style are bridged by a golf course-and resort-studded Tourist Corridor that stretches between the twin towns in 20 miles of pristine white sand beaches and craggy coves.
Exclusive hotels and gated residential communities attracting a wide clientèle of rich and famous weave seamlessly amid this wondrous landscape and comprise this region known as “the Corridor”. Many of these properties, which are considered some of Latin America’s top resorts, have become havens to Hollywood stars, Fortune 500 C.E.O.s and even the U.S. president during the 2002 Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC). High-end resorts in the Corridor include the One and Only Palmilla, Esperanza and Las Ventanas.
Location of Los Cabos San Lucas (KML File for Google Earth®)