There's a lot going on in Cabo and the average visitor just can't take it all in during one trip. And some of the good stuff about Cabo just never makes it to the tourist brochures.
Fortunately Carlos Fiesta is a rather inquisitive sort of character, and he has researched almost every square inch of Cabo San Lucas over the last 25 years.
Much of what Carlos had discovered is presented throughout the 70 plus pages of Cabo Expo. But here's a few things you probably did not know.
YOU CAN WALK TO THE EL ARCO, THE FAMOUS ARCH
Almost everyone has seen photos of, and many Cabo visitors have actually been to, the famous arch at Land's End. "El Arco" is painted on taxi cab doors, there are posters and paintings all throughout town, and if you've seen one post card of El Arco...well...there are 10 more you haven't seen yet.
99% of the people who check out El Arco do so by jumping into a panga boat from either the Marina or from El Medano Beach. And without question this is a fun way to see the Arch. But it's not the only way.
Very few people know that you can actually walk to El Arco. And even fewer have actually done it. But it's a fun adventure for those who are in good shape and looking for some excersize.
The trip to El Arco starts at the granite rocks just south of the Sol Mar Hotel. A small trail cuts through the rocks and heads over the large boulders. Once over the first set of boulders there is a sceond set of boulders. And after the third set of boulders which run close to the ocean...viola! Lovers' Beach and El Arco await you.
A word of warning about this adventure. This route involves climbing and desending rocks that are steep and sometimes slippery. A few people have died on this path (from large waves) and more than a few have been injured. Do not try this trail at high tide, and do not try to swim around the rocks to get to the other side at any time. If you do it may be the last thing you ever do.
Now that I've put the necessary fear on the table, it's time to share the good news. The huge beach that you arrive at behind the arch is rarely crowded and a wonderful place to spend a morning or afternoon. Snorkeling on the bay side of the arch is usually excellent, with fish and seals as your new buddies. At very low tides you can actually walk under the arch!
If you get lazy after lounging in the sun on Lover's Beach and don't want to hoof it back over the rocks it is usually possible to take a panga back to the Marina. Be careful and enjoy!
CABO HAS A PRIVATE AIRSTRIP JUST OUTSIDE TOWN
Los Cabos International Airport is an excellent facility and does a good job of handling the growing air traffic at Los Cabos. But there is another option for those who do not fly down on commercial air carriers.
Cabo San Lucas Airport is located up the hill south of downtown Cabo San Lucas. It is well maintained and offers a long runway. There are no facilities at the airport but getting a ride to town is usually not a problem.
This Cabo secret is getting more popular every year. Private pilots and charter aircraft like to use this airport because it is so close to town. Instead of the 45-60 minute drive form Los Cabos Airport to Cabo San Lucas, the drive to town from Cabo San Lucas Airport is less than 15 minutes.
For information on chartering a prive jet to Cabo drop by the PRIVATE JET SERVICE TO CABO section of Cabo Expo.
EVERY BEACH IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Beaches are one of Cabo's claim to fame. Some are great some are spectacular. But every beach on the Cape is open to the public.
Not everyone knows that all of the beaches in Cabo San Lucas are owned in full by the Mexican government. From the mean high tide line up the sand a full 20 meters (approximately 60 feet) any citizen or visitor can enjoy the beach.
The Mexican government can allow the right for individuals and corporations to lease this 60 meters of beach and provide minor improvements, but full access must be retained for the public.
This means you can enjoy any beach you can get to in Cabo. Even the beaches in front of the swankiest resorts in Los Cabos are yours for the take. And there is no charge.
Even though you are allowed the right to pull up yur towel on any stretch of coastline, getting to some beaches is easier than others. Most hotels in Los Cabos do not have a problem with you walking through their lobby to get to the sand. Some of the more exclusive hotels may want you to "walk around" to get to the beach. Either way, your day in the sun is guaranteed.
THE "OLD CABO" STILL EXISTS
If you are lucky enough to sit next to a long time fisherman on your flight down to Cabo it is likely that he will share with you his love for the "old Cabo" before it was discovered.
The old Cabo was hard to get to, had dirt streets, a couple of hotels, few tourist facilities and only a handful of visitors flew in to enjoy the prestine waters offshore. This same fishing village atmosphere can still be found 40 miles up from Cabo in Cabo Pulmo.
Cabo Pulmo is a piece of paradise that will some day fall the way of Cabo. But until then the spectacular beaches, crystal clear waters and laid back lifestyle are all waiting for your just an hour up the coast. If you really want to relax, this is the place to go.
There are actually two ways to get to Cabo Pulmo. The dirt road that leaves San Jose del Cabo is the preferred route for those who want to enjoy the splendor of the East Cape drive and empty beaches. High clearance vehicles are recommended, especially after a good rain or chubasco.
The other way to get to Cabo Pulmo is th take Baja Highway One north to the Cabo Pulmo turnoff, and then head south on a partially paved, partially dirt road. No matter which way you get to Cabo Pulmo one this is for sure...it will be hard to leave.
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