Cabo San Lucas
What Makes Cabo San Lucas Unique?
The city of Cabo San Lucas is about twenty miles to the west of San Jose del Cabo and is far more commercial. Unlike most Mexican towns, Cabo San Lucas has no main plaza or large cathedral. Instead it focuses on the marina and the entertainment district. Up until the late 20th century, the area was a small fishing village. Despite its success, high rise construction has been kept limited, focusing on resorts and sand-top restaurants in the beach area.
The main attractions are fishing, nightlife and whale watching. It is a place for vacation, where most visitors stay at all-inclusive resorts. The two main events during the year are Spring Break and Sammy Hagar’s birthday on the first weekend in October, where the focus is on his Cabo Wabo bar and restaurant in the city.
The success of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo has created a tourist corridor along the coastal highway between the cities. While there has been development of resorts, hotels and golf courses, there are still smaller isolated and undeveloped beaches used by locals and tourists alike. With the decline in the US economy in 2008, the Baja Sur was affected harshly as banks withdrew from the area and foreigners from the US put dreams of retirement in Cabo on hold. In 2016, however, it became obvious the upturn in US financial status was permanent as Americans, Canadians and developers from other countries began vast and huge Time-Share and hotel establishments in all areas of the baja, and more foreigners continue to look towards a dream of living in a paradise.