The Baja Peninsula is divided politically
into two Mexican states. The northern state is called Baja
(lower) California and the southern state is Baja California
The Los Cabos ("the Capes") region of the Southern
Baja California is now home to the bustling towns of San Jose
del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
San Jose is the more sedate, among activities available there
are horseback, riding across the sandy beaches, golf and shopping
in an authentic Mexican atmosphere.
Cabo San Lucas, with a population of 25,000, is the faster-growing
of the two, in the past few years, swanky new hotels and sleek
condos have been added to round out this vacation destination.
At night, few places can compete with the party atmosphere
of Cabo San Lucas, with its all-night discos, clubs, bars
The Los Cabos climate ranges from tropical near the beach
to arid inland and alpine in the mountains.
Some of the world's deepest water is just offshore from Los
Cabos, and San Lucas Bay is said to be the third or fourth
deepest bay in the world. Record marlin, swordfish and sailfish,
tuna, wahoo, roosterfish, rays and many others are caught
in local waters.
If you're fortunate to be visiting
Los Cabos in the months of January through March, it's likely
that at some point during your stay you'll be treated to the
sight of whales spouting off shore.
More than 150 flights land at San José
del Cabo International Airport every week. Los Cabos, on the
tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula, is among the world's fastest
growing golf destinations, there are five champion ship golf
Although each of the lagoons is hundreds of miles or more up
the peninsula, whale watching around Los Cabos can be very fruitful.
While the gray whale is not the only species you will see (blue,
humpback, sperm, Bryde's, sei, fin, and the occasional orca
ply these waters) it is the most commonly sighted whale around
Beaches in both Cabo San Lucas and San
José del Cabo are bountiful and accessible, although
some are crowded with resorts, tourists and commercial activities.
Virtually all water and beach sports are readily available,
from sportfishing snorkeling, diving, surfing and parasailing
to professional volleyball and bikini contests.