The sunset on the island Mljet Croatia
Los Cabos sign

San Jose del Cabo & Cabo San Lucas

Part one

Area: 1,448 mi2

Population: 287,671 (2015)

Capital: San José del Cabo

Largest city: Cabo San Lucas

Weather: The tropical climate makes it a pleasure to visit throughout the year.

Los Cabos is the southermost municipality of the State of Baja California Sur (BCS) − the southern section of the Baja penninsula that begins at the 28th parallel and the municipality of Mulegé south to the town of Cabo San Lucas. It is the newest State in Mexico having been officially formed in 1974.

The region is characterized by deserts, mountains and coastal flatlands with a semi-arid climate where cardon cactus and other succulents are the most prevalent plant species.

Several mountain ranges rise from the landscape with sufficient elevation and rainfall to support pine and oak forests and animals like mountain lions, bighorn sheep and pronghorn.

Los Cabos is best known for its fishing, in fact commercial fishing was the backbone of the economy and still plays a major economic role but was supplanted by tourism since the late 1970's and early 1980's. Today, sport fishing and golf are the two major attractions.

Although some areas of Mexico have been home to drug related violence, Los Cabos and the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo remain a safe tourist destination with crime rates much lower than many major metropolitan areas in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

The history of this area starts in the 1500’s − the final days of the Aztec and arrival of the Spanish led by Hernan Cortés.

There were 16 missions established until 1760’s when the most of native Indians had perished − either from disease brought by the Europeans or in battles with the Spanish.

While the mission was not rebuilt until much later, San Jose del Cabo remained a Spanish military base until the mid 19th century when Mexican nationals were given control.

During the Mexican-American war, U.S. troops occupied San Jose del Cabo for a short period of time. Mexican forces led by Jose Antonio Mijares defeated the Americans, and today, the Plaza Mijares stands as tribute to the Naval hero.

An American tuna company built a floating tuna processing plant in Cabo in 1917 that boosted growth in the area.

By the late 50's word spread about the incredible fishing and famous folks like John Wayne and Zane Grey soon came to fish it for themselves.

Don Luis Bulnes, seeing opportunity, purchased land from local farmers and then along with his partner Luis Coppola Sr., built the Finesterra Hotel in 1970. In 1979, Bulnes also built the Solmar Hotel and developed one of the first and largest sport fishing and diving fleets in the area.

Bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean and to the east by the Gulf of California and the Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos is one of the world's most popular vacation destinations.

Un saludo del San Jose del Cabo

....Y otro saludo del Cabo San Lucas

El Arco (Lands End)

El Arco (Lands End)

El Arco (Lands End)

Lovers beack (Lands End)

The passage (Lands End)

The amazing luxury resort Diamante Cabo San Lucas

10-acre Crystal Lagoon pool

As one of the most exiting touristic destinations, especially for Americans, Cabo offers much more than just a beach vacation. Once you deplane, you’ll be surrounded by people willing to pay you for an agreement to bring yourself to one of the property sale presentations. It’s certainly good for those coming to Cabo and shopping for a beach properly. It’s also beneficial for us not yet ready to commit to one place but ready to give up at least a half of your vacation day for such a tour.

Everyone would like to fall asleep listening to wave sounds while spread over almost white sand and wake up near remarkable beaches. Spending several weeks a year enjoying sunny days with tropical refreshing cocktails, beers or whatever you desire is probably what people call “a way of life”.

Not caring a lot, we accepted an offer in the car rental facility for a next day visit to the amazing luxury resort “Diamante”, in the middle of nowhere. The narrow road and landscape with a lot of cactuses were cool, but scary too

This paradise is built on 1.5 miles of coastline and magnificent dunes. You would never think that you’ll find two world-class golf courses designed by Davis Love III and Tiger Woods, with several existing and future restaurants and buildings owned by famous Hollywood actors and top-notch corporations, designed to guarantee the top-ranking quality experience in the world.

If you aren’t a golfer that’s OK, you’ll just fall in love with it here. Perhaps you don’t know what the own-share means − you may easily end up being a proud owner of a studio or a multi-bedroom condo or a mansion just at the 10-acre Crystal Lagoon pool, state-of-the-art spa etc.. We have been told that this is the second biggest pool in the world right after one in Dubai. Additionally, it’s filled with a salt water from nearby Pacific, so just like on the beach but with no boring waves.

Continue to part two