Los Cabos Travel Guide

Located at the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula where the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez collide with the wild Pacific, Los Cabos is an area of striking beauty and one of Mexico's top resort destinations. Surrounded by a vast cactus desert and ochre-coloured mountains, the azure waters offer diving, sailing and swimming, and the area is a world-renowned hotspot for sport fishing and surfing.

Los Cabos is an area made up of the two resort towns of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, sitting at either end of an 18-mile (29km) stretch of exquisite beaches sprinkled with exclusive luxury resorts and championship golf courses, known locally as the Resort Corridor. San José del Cabo is the older and more traditional of the two resorts, and has the unhurried pace of a colonial Mexican village.

Cabo San Lucas started as a simple fishing village and is now one of the favourite beach destinations of the elite, who appreciate its high quality luxury services and an energetic nightlife. The majority of visitors base themselves in San Lucas or the Resort Corridor. Just offshore is the area's landmark and an impressive natural wonder, Los Arcos (The Arches), a beautiful, wave-sculpted rock formation.

Los Cabos has become one of the leading golfing destinations in Mexico, featuring five championship courses and a wonderful setting for golf. Los Cabos is also known as the Marlin Capital of the world, and is a favourite fishing destination for most of the year. Divers are never disappointed with the abundance of marine life, and whale-watching tours operate between January and April.

Watersport operators and hotels also offer sailing, windsurfing, surfing, water-skiing and kayaking, as well as sunset cruises, snorkelling tours and excursions to the natural rock formation known as El Arco. Other activities include horse-riding, bird watching and spa facilities that offer fitness and pampering opportunities.

The nightlife scene in Los Cabos is mainly located in Cabo San Lucas, which has a livelier atmosphere than the relatively laid-back San José. Many hotels have popular clubs and bars but, for a quieter evening out, there are still many places to enjoy soft music and romantic atmospheres.