Los Cabos is located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula and is comprised primarily of two towns, San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, that are linked by a 20-mile Corridor lined with world-class resort properties and championship golf.
San Jose del Cabo is reminiscent of an older time, where the days are longer and the mood softer. However, its attractions are just as desirable as the more upbeat Cabo San Lucas.
San José del Cabo has recognized what a quieter atmosphere with a historic downtown appeal offers, and the town is doing something about it. It's protecting its charm with the creation of a pedestrian village in the downtown area.
The Old Jesuit Mission, known as Parroquia San José, has a history dating back to the 1730's, The Estero, an estuary with an endless variety of colorful birds and wildlife offers a serene and tranquil escape, and the many quaint shops, boutiques and fine restaurants beckon you to discover a treasure or two, then relax over local cuisine and a cool drink.
Hacienda-style architecture updated with contemporary flair and modern comforts display the traditional Mexican blend of gracious formality and a warmhearted welcome.
Golfers can play on the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course in San José or the golf courses at Puerto Los Cabos, designed by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman.
Water enthusiasts can dive and view gardens of black coral and waterfalls of sand as they glide with the sea life under clear, warm water.
Cabo San Lucas, noted for its vitality and nightlife, offers a variety of attractions, including The Marina, which features 380 slips accommodating vessels up to 200 feet, along with boasting the highest quality of services and amenities expected at luxury yachting marinas.
There is also El Arco, a natural rock formation in the shape of an arch which lies adjacent to Playa Del Amor (Lover's Beach) where couples can stroll hand in hand when the tide is low.
The entire region is defined by the azure blue and turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortés, rugged cliffs, quiet coves teeming with marine life, desert vistas and mountains that all come together with a wash of colors that are unmistakably Cabo's.
Beginning just north of San José, the East Cape stretches nearly a hundred miles along the Sea of Cortés eastward and northward past Los Barriles. This beautiful stretch of desert coastline is still mostly undeveloped, however the towns of Los Barriles and Buena Vista are thriving fishing and tourist communities offering local cuisine and pangas to rent for a day casting your line in the deep.
The East Cape is also the windsurfing center of Los Cabos, as well as being home to the more remote Cabo Pulmo which draws divers to the most northerly coral reef in the Pacific.
At the other end of The Corridor beginning just north of Cabo San Lucas, the Pacific Coastline is developing rapidly, with electricity and other services pushing north from Los Cabos and south from Todos Santos to ensure development of several exclusive residential projects. While much of this spectacular coastline is still undeveloped, a paved highway provides easy access and sightseeing, including frequent whale sightings during their winter months of migration.
Plants in the Cape region of Los Cabos consist of cacti, yuccas, and various shrubs and, at low elevations, trees like palo blanco and palo verde. Just south, many familiar desert plants like ocotillo, ironwood, creosote bush, mesquite, agave, and various cacti, including the infamous jumping cholla can be found.
While this is a desert environment, there are relatively well-watered areas that support distinctly non-desert vegetation, especially in the mountains where forests of pine, cedar, fir, aspen, and oak can be found. Encounters with coyotes and roadrunners are common here, as well as the not-so-common sightings of mule deer, mountain lion, bighorn sheep, antelope, and smaller animals such as fox, rabbit, bobcat, badger, raccoon, and a host of others.
From an astronaut's perspective, the Tip of Baja is one of the most striking geological features on earth, even though its mountains are not exceptionally tall. A series of mountain ranges runs south along Baja Sur to the vicinity just north of Los Cabos. Here are found two rugged mountain ranges, the Sierra de la Victoria and the Sierra de la Laguna. And just to the south of those, Los Cabos, a tale of two cities.