Come to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to “Lands End,” where the Pacific Ocean meets The Sea of Cortez. When you get here, you’ll discover a beautiful rock formation with an arch named “El Arco de Cabo San Lucas.” And in English, this means: “The Arch of Cabo San Lucas.”
Read on to discover all the many awesome features you’ll find at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas. Also, uncover a little history about Baja California and the Sea of Cortez. So, let’s begin!
Historically, El Arco de Cabo San Lucas was known as the end of the world. This is because there is nothing but ocean to the south – it’s located at the southern end of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Also known as a cape, this awesome limestone rock formation is awe inspiring when you approach it. And, when you look beyond it to the south, you can imagine why early settlers called this “the end of the world.”
Baja California is the second-longest peninsula in the world, measuring 775 miles in length. For perspective, the northern end starts at the southern US border.
How about a little history…
After being discovered, the peninsula of Baja California was thought to be an island, before it was properly surveyed. But, for another century, it was still marked on early maps as an island.
The Sea of Cortez is one of the most biologically-diverse bodies of water on Earth. And, this body of water extends almost to the US border, where California and Arizona meet.
Did you know that the northern part of the Sea of Cortez almost became a United States sea port back in the 19th century?
Here’s what happened…
After the Mexican-American War (1846 to 1848), when negotiations were underway with then Mexican President, Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana, the land at the northern part of The Sea of Cortez was up for grabs. And, before the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, which gave the U.S. the southern portions of Arizona and New Mexico, President Antonio Lopez fought hard to keep the land that separated mainland Mexico from the Baja California peninsula. In the end, the U.S. allowed Mexico to keep this land bridge, which included the bustling metropolis of Mexicali.
Now let’s head back down to Los Cabos…
Cabo San Lucas is part of Los Cabos, Mexico, which represents the fishing villages, now luxury tourist destinations, along the southern tip of Baja California. When you visit, find everything you need for a wonderful vacation, all year round.
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There are some dangers to be aware of, before you swim around this wondrous place.
But, worry not…
Read on, and uncover where it’s safe, where it’s dangerous, and what awesome features you can expect to see around this great cape with an arch.
When you visit El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, you’ll discover two beaches: Playa de Amore (Beach of Love) and Playa Divorcio (Divorce Beach). As you can probably guess, Playa de Amore is generally calm and it’s a great place to swim.
On the other hand, there are dangers afoot, if you ever venture into the waters of Playa Divorcio.
Playa Divorcio is great for laying on beach. But, It’s a very dangerous place to swim. For example, there are strong currents, crashing waves, and rip tides that can quickly pull you out to sea. So, stay out of the water along this beach! And beware, there are no lifeguards there. Swimming is much safer at Playa de Amore.
There’s an old superstition, that may be true, about love and tragedy. As the story goes: back in the 18th century, a beautiful local woman rescued a Japanese sailor near Lands End. They fell in love and enjoyed their time together at Playa de Amor. But then, the Japanese sailor was rejected by her father. So, in an act of anger, her father murdered the sailor. Then, she took her own life by committing suicide on Divorce Beach.
Okay, now wipe your tear and put on a smile…
Next, read about the best part about El Arco de Cabo San Lucas…
Now, come see the natural wonders and sea life around El Arco de Cabo San Lucas. Just take a short boat ride to this destination from one of the many available charters in Cabo San Lucas. And, there’s even a glass-bottomed boat you can take and watch the beautiful sea life on your way to El Arco de Cabo San Lucas.
When you arrive, you’ll enjoy the many sea creatures, including friendly sea lions that spend time bathing in the sun. On your way to the arch, your boat captain will inform you about everything you can expect to see. So, be sure to bring your camera.
Thank you for reading El Arco de Cabo San Lucas: The arch that marks Lands End, written by Greg Hixon. Please be sure to check out other posts in Nick Fong‘s blog, on LosCabosAgent.com, where you’ll learn about the many wonderful aspects of Los Cabos, Mexico, from blog posts like this.