The City of Los Cabos
Winding its way down from the border, covering nearly a thousand miles before it reaches the tip of the peninsula, is perhaps Mexico's most fascinating route. The southern section, from La Paz to Cabo San Lucas, was inaugurated in 1974, opening up a desert wilderness with secluded beaches ande waters teeming with fish.
Cabos (The Capes) is the area at the very end of the Baja California peninsula.
The isolated fishing camps that a few years ago catered to a handful of
visitors who came in their own planes or yachts, are now among the luxury
hotels that dot the coast around the two towns: San Jose del Cabo and
Cabo San Lucas.
Los Cabos was first visited by European missionaries in the 1500´s. At that time the native population, a nomadic tribe called the Pericue that is thought to have migrated from the South Pacific, were the only inhabitants. Early records left by the missionaries describe the Pericu as dark-skinned and sturdy with kind nature.
Major airlines, as well as small feeder lines, now serve the Los Cabos airport, located seven miles north of San Jose, wich is 20 miles north of Cabo, Mexicana, Alaska Airlines, and local Aero California provide daily service to San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Phoenix, Mazatlan, Guadalajara and Mexico City. Ocean liners that cruise the "Mexican Riviera" make regular stops year-round at Cabo San Lucas.
The Los Cabos area has in recent years become a golfers' mecca, offering some seven deluxe courses to choose from, also fishing is another big lure for Los Cabos. Many of the Cabo San Lucas hotels have their own fishing fleets, the primary quarry of the offshore cruiser fleet is marlin.
With a vibrant nightlife, excellent shopping, water sports, Los Cabos has many choices of several activities. Los Cabos is legendary for surfers from all over the world and shopping malls offers an abundance of international designer boutiques.
One of the reasons it is now one of Mexico's major resort areas is its climate: dry year-round. Los Cabos has many American visitors and perhaps because is geographically separated from mainland Mexico, Los Cabos has acquired a distinct atmosphere and attitude.