Introduction

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Transportation

Recreation

Communications

Baja Cities and Sites
La Paz
Todos Santos
San Ignacio
Santa Rosalia
Loreto
Ciudad Constitution
Cabo Del Este
Los Cabos

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LOS CABOS

"Donde Termina La Tierra Y Empieza El Mar Sin Limites"

(Text adapted from Coordinacion Estatal del Tunsmo, Goberno del Estado de Baja California Sur)

Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, 20 miles apart, form ends of a corridor at the southern tip of the peninsula. Cabo San Lucas to La Paz via Todos Santos is 93 miles and from San Jose del Cabo to La Paz via the East Cape is 113 miles.

Hernan Cortes in 1535, and Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542, were the first explorers to recognize the Los Cabos zone corridor. Later the route of the Manila Galleons was established. The ports of call along the coast allowed pirates to takes the Spanish ships by storm. The first were Francis Drake in 1578 and then Thomas Cavendish in 1587, among many others. San Jose del Cabo was founded by the Jesuit priest Father Nicolas Tamaral in 1730. Father Tamaral was martyred and murdered on October 3 of 1734 by rebels.

Cabo San Lucas started as a fishermen’s village early this century. In 1917 a North American company built a floating plant for tuna processing. Ten years later a marine products company was established that for many years gave life to the village. The attributes of Los Cabos area were admired by the visionaries, investors, locals and foreigners. Very soon, modern hotels arose along the coasts and in 1974 the Federal Government through Fonatur began creating the infrastructure to turn the area into one of the more beautiful planned tourist centers of the country. Within a few years Los Cabos was converted into one of the favorite beach destinations for the international tourist with more than 3,700 hotel rooms in all categories. The area offers high quality services including residential zones, condominiums, golf courses, tennis courts, trailer parks, restaurants (some considered among the most beautiful of the world), night clubs, discos, bars and boutiques.

A variety of watersports are popular in the area. Sport fishing is popular because of the marlin (black, blue and striped), sailfish, swordfish, mahi mahi and yellowtail. The area is well know to SCUBA divers for its sand falls and the colonies of black coral and other marine fauna that inhabit the waters. Beaches such as Love, Medano and Hacienda in Cabo San Lucas, and the long beach called Costa Azul in San Jose del Cabo are havens for swimming, snorkeling, sailing and surfing.

A tour of the surrounding area takes you to other interesting places such as the famous arch of Cabo San Lucas, the unique place where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortes meet. Also see the San Jose del Cabo estuary, an ecologic paradise with a variety of vegetation and the habitat of many species of tropical birds. Cabo Pulmo offers its coral reefs, unique in this latitude. Also worth a visit are Los Frailes Beach , the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve, the towns of Miraflores, with its leather arts, and Santiago with its zoo and museum of giant fossils. Other attractions include the church of the mission of San Jose del Cabo, the culture house, the Municipal Palace, the art garden, the blown glass factory, the old lighthouse monument built in 1890, the Cerro del Vigia and a variety of shops, jewelry stores and art stores.

Los Cabos is served by several airlines through its international airport. It has a bus depot and a marina with facilities for yachts and cruisers.

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