Cabo San Lucas

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Cabo San Lucas

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Cabo San Lucas
Location in Baja California Sur
Coordinates: 22°53′23″N109°54′56″W / 22.88972°N 109.91556°W / 22.88972; -109.91556 Coordinates: 22°53′23″N109°54′56″W / 22.88972°N 109.91556°W / 22.88972; -109.91556
State Baja California Sur
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10 m (30 ft)
 (2015 [3] ) [3]
  City81,111 [3]
305,983 [3]
Demonym(s) Cabeño
Time zone UTC−7 (Pacific (US Mountain))
  Summer (DST) UTC−6 (Pacific)
Area code(s) 624

Cabo San Lucas (Spanish pronunciation:  [ˈkaβo san ˈlukas] , "Saint Luke Cape"), or simply Cabo, is a resort city at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. As of 2015, the population of the city was 81,111 inhabitants. [3] Cabo San Lucas together with San José del Cabo is known as Los Cabos. Together they form a metropolitan area of 305,983 inhabitants. [3]


Rated as one of Mexico's top 5 tourist destinations, [4] Cabo is known for its beaches, scuba diving locations, balnearios, the sea arch El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, and marine life. The Los Cabos Corridor has become a heavily trafficked vacation destination for tourists, with numerous resorts and timeshares along the coast between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.

The waters around Cabo are home to marine wildlife including rays, sharks, mahi-mahi (dorado) and striped marlin.


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Cabo San Lucas Marina in 2004

Archaeological excavations have shown evidence of continual human habitation in the area for at least 10,000 years. [5] When the first Europeans arrived, they encountered the Pericú people, who survived on a subsistence diet based on hunting and gathering seeds, roots, shellfish, and other marine resources. They called the location Yenecamú.

According to the narrative of Hatsutaro, a Japanese castaway, in the book Kaigai Ibun (written by Maekawa, Junzo and Bunzo Sakai and narrated by Hatsutaro), when he arrived at Cabo San Lucas in May 1842, there were only two houses and about 20 inhabitants. However, American authors such as Henry Edwards and John Ross Browne claim that Cabo San Lucas's founder was an Englishman named Thomas "Old Tom" Ritchie. John Ross Browne says Ritchie arrived there about 1828, while Edwards says that he died in October 1874. [6] The actual founder of Cabo San Lucas was Cipriano Ceseña in 1788 who arrived from Hermosillo, Sonora. Per The book by Pablo L. Martinez, Guia Familiar de Baja California 1700–1900.

A fishing village began growing in the area. In 1917, an American company built a floating platform to catch tuna, and ten years later founded Compañía de Productos Marinos S.A. The plant operated for several years.[ citation needed ]


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El Arco de Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas has become a prominent vacation and spa destination, with a variety of sites of interest and timeshares that have been built on the coast between San Lucas and San José del Cabo. The distinctive Arco de Cabo San Lucas is a local landmark.

Cabo San Lucas has the highest paying marlin tournament in the world called the "Bisbee's Los Cabos Offshore". This tournament takes place every year in the month of October. [7]

In the winter, pods of whales can be observed in the area. They bear their calves in the warm waters of the Gulf of California after traveling up to 6,000 miles (9,656 km) from Alaska and Siberia.


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Mall in Cabo San Lucas

The beaches, surfing, and sport fishing opportunities in Cabo San Lucas have attracted a great number of Mexican natives and foreigners to spend their vacations in large-scale tourist developments there. The development of Cabo's tourism industry was prompted by the Mexican government's development of infrastructure to turn Cabo San Lucas into a major center for tourism in Mexico, beginning in 1974. Upon completion of the Transpeninsular Highway, also known as the Mexican Federal Highway 1, tourist developments in Los Cabos proceeded relatively unchecked.

Until fairly recently,[ when? ] the unique and fragile environment of this part of Mexico was largely unprotected by law, and therefore was subjected to developers acting in concert with government agencies interested only in low-end tourist bonanzas. There is, however, a growing collection of activists and attorneys now involved in preserving many of Baja's desert habitats, marine mammals, and stretches of coastline. A number of agencies including the Gulf of California Conservation Fund [8] and the Center for Environmental Law in La Paz [9] are challenging the destruction of wetlands and other ecosystems from Los Cabos to Ensenada. In the face of a growing international public demand for corporate-driven ecological stewardship, higher-end resorts in the Los Cabos area are increasingly sensitive to their environmental impact, and are taking initial steps to institute sustainable practices such as reducing water usage and non-recyclable trash output. [10] In 2017, Los Cabos is projected to be one of the leaders in travel in Latin America, many of the developments owed to its increased accessibility with added plane routes from the US and Canada. It is expected that by 2018, 4,000 new sleeping rooms will come online in Cabo, and the increase in tourism will contribute to its growth as a leader in leisure. [11]


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A sizeable marina dominates the port of Cabo San Lucas.

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.

Many tourists get around the area through the numerous local taxis that service the primary parts of Cabo, as well as the Corridor and the airport. Alternatively, there is a system of small buses that are used by locals but also available to tourists, and costing a few pesos tend to be much less expensive than the taxis. [12]

Nightlife and activities

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Puerto Paraiso, in the very center of Cabo San Lucas

Clubs in Cabo include the Cabo Wabo Cantina, a nightclub owned by rock star Sammy Hagar, founded originally by himself and other members of Van Halen, named after their hit single Cabo Wabo. There is also the Baja Brewing Company (also the first microbrewery in Baja California), La Vaquita, Mandala, Coco Bongo, El Squid Roe, Giggling Marlin, Nowhere Bar, Tiki Bar, the Usual Suspects and the Jungle Bar. Restaurants in downtown Cabo include Edith's, Hacienda Cocina y Cantina, and Sunset da Mona Lisa. Tourists can also ride horses through the desert, charter a boat for fishing, snorkel, scuba and free diving, whale-watching and parasail on the beach. The English-language newspaper for Cabo San Lucas, the biweekly Gringo Gazette , has news on tourist activities in Cabo San Lucas, San Jose, Todos Santos, La Paz, and the East Cape Baja. [13]

Resort corridor

Medano is the main beach of Cabo San Lucas, pictured here with Land's End in the background. Medano lands end.jpeg
Medano is the main beach of Cabo San Lucas, pictured here with Land's End in the background.
This view of Cabo San Lucas shows the rapid growth of the area (2005). CaboSanLucas ISS012-E-7151 annotated.jpg
This view of Cabo San Lucas shows the rapid growth of the area (2005).

The corridor is home to a variety of hotels and tourist attractions. High-end resorts in the corridor include the Waldorf Astoria (formerly known as The Resort at Pedregal), Las Ventanas al Paraiso (Rosewood Resort), Esperanza (Aubergue Resorts), Villas del Palmar (Villagroup Resorts & Spa), Marquis Los Cabos, Casa Dorada, Cabo del Sol, Breathless (AMResorts), Riu Baja California, Riu Santa Fe & Riu Palace, SUR, Grand Velas, Le blanc, Garza Blanca & Villa La Valencia (Formerly part of Villagroup), Hilton, Sheraton & Different Oceanfront Communities & Varieties ambiances.

Chileno Bay, is one of the most frequented beaches in the Corridor. It is home to tropical fish, sea turtles, invertebrates, and sponges. Snorkelers often visit this beach to observe the underwater sea life.


The extreme south of Baja California has a tropical desert climate (Köppen: BWh). Even with the thermal amplitude there are no freezes. [14]

During summer, Cabo San Lucas is cooler than San José del Cabo by about 1.5 to 3 °C (3 to 5 °F).[ citation needed ] Sometimes during the summer, when winds blow from the Pacific Ocean instead of the Gulf of California, the differences in temperatures between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas are higher.

Cabo San Lucas is less rainy than San José del Cabo, although hurricanes can bring heavy rain for long periods. Hurricane Odile made landfall at Cabo San Lucas on 14 September 2014, and caused widespread damage. [15] Due to the position of the city and orography, local summer thunderstorms do not get near enough to bring rain to the town.

The sea temperature experiences lows of 21–22 °C (70–72 °F) in winter, and highs of 28–29 °C (82–84 °F) during the summer months. [16]

Climate data for Cabo San Lucas, 1951–2010 normals, extremes 1937–2010
Record high °C (°F)36.0
Average high °C (°F)25.4
Daily mean °C (°F)19.2
Average low °C (°F)13.0
Record low °C (°F)4.5
Average precipitation mm (inches)11.7
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm)
Source: Servicio Meteorologico Nacional [17] [18]
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Suburb in Cabo San Lucas with terrain illustrating the mixture of the state's common environments: semi-arid desert, mountains and coastal plains
Average Sea Temperature
22.4 °C

72.4 °F

21.5 °C

70.7 °F

21.5 °C

70.6 °F

21.5 °C

70.7 °F

23.5 °C

74.3 °F

23.1 °C

73.5 °F

25.7 °C

78.2 °F

28.5 °C

83.2 °F

29.5 °C

85 °F

29 °C

84.1 °F

26.8 °C

80.2 °F

24 °C

75.3 °F


Historical population
1990 16,059    
1995 28,483+77.4%
2010 68,464    
2015 81,111+18.5%

As of the 2015, the population was 81,111 and has experienced very rapid growth and development. [3] It is the third-largest city in Baja California Sur after La Paz and San José del Cabo.

The majority of non-Mexican inhabitants in the community originate from the United States, and along with residents from San José del Cabo they account for the 80% of the U.S. population in the state. [20]


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Cabo San Lucas
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