Mexico: Cabo San Lucas

2012_03_13_092Cabo San Lucas, located at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, is a well-known destination for both spring breakers and A-list travelers.  As a matter of fact, it is rated one of Mexico’s top 5 tourist destinations!   Known for its miles of white sand beaches, intensely blue waters, scuba diving locations and spectacular fishing off its coast, it is sometimes called the Fort Lauderdale of Mexico.

Cabo was a sparsely populated cannery town until the 1940s when sport fishing brought eager fisherman from far and wide; but it wasn’t until the 1950s that Cabo really became popular as Hollywood stars like Desi Arnaz, John Wayne and Bing Crosby chose Cabo as their favorite vacation destination.  The construction of the highway in 1974 and the addition of an  international airport in 1986 contributed to an even more noticeable stream of tourists.  To accommodate the influx of visitors numerous hotels, world-class golf courses, private villas and high-end restaurants were constructed propelling Cabo to resort community designation.

As a sign of affirmation, Cabo can boast about the fact that it hosted the G20 summit. This once sad little town which consisted of 300 cannery workers has been transformed to become the meeting ground for world leaders, and is now a symbol of economic growth and prosperity in the 21st century.

But keep in mind that Cabo San Lucas is a tourist mecca, so you are not going to experience “true” Mexico here.  Sunbathing is the main event, particularly along the shores of Playa Solmar or the popular Playa del Amor. Away from the beaches you’ll find beautiful and challenging golf courses, with Cabo del Sol Golf Club offering the best ocean views and greens for avid golfers.  If sightseeing is what you crave, travel into town and visit the pristine plaza around the Iglesia de San Lucas with its small shops and restaurants. Here you will have an ample opportunity to view local architecture and observe local traditions.

On a footnote, some people may have concerns about traveling to Cabo San Lucas in light of the recent drug-related violence in a number of other areas of Mexico.  Fortunately, this beach town is part of a larger, generally safe area called Los Cabos. While all Mexican travel comes with some risk, in Cabo some of your biggest risks are sunburns and hangovers.

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A favorite port of call for cruise ships

A favorite port of call for cruise ships

One of many "pirate ship" charter tours available in Cabo

One of many “pirate ship” charter tours available in Cabo

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Can San Lucas Tourism Page: http://www.loscabos-tourism.com/cabo/

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