Cabo San Lucas (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkaβo san ˈlukas], Cape Saint Luke), commonly called Cabo, is a city at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, in the municipality of Los Cabos in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. As of the 2005 census, the population was 56,811 people. It is the largest community in Los Cabos municipality, and the second-largest in Baja California Sur, after La Paz.
Cabo is known for its sandy beaches, several world-class Scuba diving locations, and the distinctive sea arch El Arco de Cabo San Lucas. As a result, the Los Cabos Corridor has become a high-end holiday destination with a number of resorts and timeshares along the coast between San Lucas and San José del Cabo.
It is thought that the first humans came to the southern end of the peninsula 1,400 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 (as written by David Waldner) when he arrived at Cabo San Lucas on May 1842 there were only two houses and about twenty inhabitants. However, American authors such as Henry Edwards and J. Ross Browne claim that Cabo San Lucas' founder 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 plant lasted several years in operation and experts in the area say that this tuna plant was the beginning of Cabo San Lucas' development.
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. Migration within Mexico
The continued economic growth within Cabo has picked up within the past ten years, thanks to national and international hotel chains establishing roots in this corridor. People from all parts of Mexico have emigrated to the area in the hope of better opportunity, which has resulted in steady growth in the neighborhoods in the northwest and west of Cabo San Lucas. Tourism San Lucas Marina View of Land's End arch on the Southern tip of Baja California during a December sunset. Cabo San Lucas is well known for its pristine beaches
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. 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, No Worry's Bar & Grill, Gigglin Marlin, NoWhere Bar, Tiki bar,The Usual Suspects and The Jungle Bar. The Corridor
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 beaches and craggy coves.
During summer Cabo San Lucas is cooler than San José del Cabo, about 3°F to 5°F less, sometimes during the summer, when winds blows from the Pacific Ocean instead of the Gulf of California the differences in temperatures from San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas are higher, when the International Airport of Los Cabos is reporting 102°F and light wind from the South, Cabo San Lucas is reporting 89.6°F and moderate winds from the southwest.
Cabo San Lucas is less rainy than San José del Cabo although hurricanes can bring heavy rain for large periods but because of the position of the city and orography the local thunder storms of the summer do not get enough near to rain in the town.
Average rain in the year: 9.63 inches or 244.7mm
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Mexico's Entry Requirements? A U.S. passport valid for at least six months or a birth certificate with a raised seal accompanied by a photo I.D is required. Foreign citizens should check with appropriate consulates. If you are 21, you do not need any special permits to drive in Los Cabos. It is critical though to get Mexican insurance before crossing the border, as your U.S. insurance is not valid in Mexico. (No shots or vaccinations are required to enter Los Cabos)
How much do Taxis cost? Cabo has some of the most expensive taxis in the world. Taxis are available from the airport and at most locations. From the airport the collective taxi (a small 9 passenger van) will cost approximately $12.00 per person to Cabo San Lucas. The collective taxis and buses will make several stops on the way from the airport to your hotel. Getting back to the airport from Cabo will cost about $45 to $60 for a private taxi.
Most hotels offer shuttle service for a reduced rate. Downtown strip - several blocks, bars where many young people are looking and showing. The best beach for people watching is Chilleno beach. The peso is the currency used in Mexico and Los Cabos. US dollars are accepted but you will get a better exchange rate at currency exchange booths than at the various stores and restaurants. Your best bet is to use an ATM to withdraw pesos, as the exchange rate is based on that offered in Mexico City.Medano.
What is the Voltage? 120 Volts, 60 cycles AC. Europeans who bring electrical equipment need to use a converter compatible with the North American system.
How much should I tip? The average tip is 15%. You can tip in dollars or mexican pesos. Avoid giving dollar coins, since local employees will not be able to use or change them.driving stop at the border and inquire as to the location of the immigration office and get your Tourist Card there, there is an immigration officer now stationed at the check point just south of Guerrero Negro. If you cannot obtain a Tourist Card from anyone during your trip, stop in La Paz or Cabo upon arrival, to obtain your visa.Flying Time: About seven hours when flying from the Northeastern U.S.can rent a car in Los Cabos for about $60 to $75 per day.
What is The Temperature Like?
The average year-round temperature is 78F. During the high tourist season, October to April, the temperature is typically 80F during the day and cools to the 60's at night.
What to Wear and Bring Casual resortwear for the day; light jacket or sweater for the evening. Bring shorts, sundresses, cotton skirts, blouses and slacks. Bathing suits, cover-ups, sandals and sneakers are a must, as are film, sunscreen and a good hat! Don't forget binoculars for whale watching!
How Do You Get To Los Cabos? Los Cabos is accessible by air from most major cities in the United States and Mexico by Aeromexico, Aero California, Alaska Airlines, America West, Continental, Mexicana Airlines, United Airlines, and various charter flights flying into the Los Cabos International Airport. From Los Angeles and San Diego, the flying time is approximately 2 hours. Cabo San Lucas is accessible by sea via Carnival Cruises from Los Angeles and other major cruise lines. By land, Cabo is accessible via Highway 1, which runs the entire length of Baja California from the US border. There is Greyhound Bus service from Los Angeles to Tijuana via San Diego and then by Autotransportes Aguila Tres Estrellas de Oro from Tijuana to La Paz and then on to Cabo San Lucas or by various other tour bus operators. Los Cabos is located in the state of Baja California Sur at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula
Water - Can I drink the water? The water supply for all of Los Cabos is spring fed ground water. The water here is very pure, and our hotel and restaurants only serve PURIFIED WATER. The pipes used for distribution of the water supply and other factors can lead to contamination. Although many people drink the water directly from the tap, it is not recommended. Anywhere in the world a change in drinking water can cause stomach distress. We recommend that you drink only bottled or purified water. All of the major hotels purify their water or serve purified water. If there is any doubt in your mind, do not hesitate to ask about the source of water in any establishment. There should always be someone nearby who speaks English and will be able to translate for you. If your still in doubt, ask for bottled water. "Agua Purificada" is what you want.
Time: Time zone is the SAME as Colorado: Mountain Standard Time