Highlights in Los Cabos

Baja's beautiful coast
San Jose del Cabo, the larger of the two, is a quaint town of small streets, shaded plazas and colonial buildings housing restaurants and shops. Though it's become a major international tourist destination, San Jose del Cabo has managed to retain its feel of a Mexican village. Most of the development has been along the beach, where the major hotels and tourist-oriented businesses are clustered. Away from this tourist section, many buildings, such as the mission, date back to the 1800's when the town was founded by Jesuits. Quieter and less congested than its neighbor, San Jose del Cabo is a great place to go for a relaxing vacation in a beautiful, historic setting.

If you're looking for more excitement, however, head for Cabo San Lucas. Originally a small fishing village, this seaside town has become a center of tourist activity--a bustling, crowded resort area, packed with modern hotels. Cabo San Lucas offers every day-and nighttime activity you can imagine, from world-renowned sportfishing and diving to rowdy clubs and discos. Cabo Wabo, a nightclub opened by members of rock group Van Halen, is one such hot spot. It attracts big-name acts, and if you're lucky, you might catch an impromptu jam session by the owners.

Though the town itself can be hectic, Cabo San Lucas's beaches are tranquil and lovely. Be sure to check out El Arco (The Arch), a natural rock arch located at the southernmost tip of the peninsula, Land's End, where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet. El Arco is the most famous of the many unusual rock formations and tunnels that have been sculpted in offshore rocks by the waves at this confluence.

Water sports abound in Los Cabos. Diving and snorkeling are spectacular, with intriguing underwater rock formations and 60 to 70 feet of visibility. Surfing is another big draw; there are a number of good spots around Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, such as Chileno, Boca del Tule, and Monuments--the place to go when a swell is hard to find elsewhere. And if you're there in the autumn, you're in for a treat: whale watching. The autumn migration brings the gray whale south to the warm Baja waters for the winter, where they mate, play, and give birth.