The Baja Peninsula itself was a legendary land thought to be an island until sailors sent by Hernan Cortes, the conqueror of the Aztecs, landed there in the 1500s.
By the 17th century, Baja was well known to seafaring men. During the brisk trade between Manila and Europe, the famed Manila galleons carried silks, pearls and spices to be exchanged for Mexican silver, from Luzon in the Philippines to Acapulco. Their cargoes were carried overland to Mexico's east coast port of Veracruz and loaded on ships bound for Europe. After months at sea, their first sight of land and a fresh water estuary at the mouth of a river in San Jose were powerful lures to sailing ships bound for Acapulco after months at sea, and they stopped there for provisions from the local ranchers before sailing on—despite the English pirate ships lying in wait for them in coves and caves along the coast.
Alarmed by the growing number of sea battles and pillaging along the coast, the Spanish conquistadors who governed Mexico at the time, established a fort in San Jose, and sent the Spanish padre, Nicholas Tamaral, to establish a mission there. But the mission was burned and the Padre killed by the local Pericu Indians, who resisted the Padre's attempts to force them to cover their clotheless-ness and to change their polygamous ways. The fate of Padre Tamaral is graphically depicted in a mural in the present church in San Jose, which was built on the same spot as the old mission, in 1940. Later during the Mexican-American War, U.S. marines occupied the town. The Plaza Mijares in the heart of town is named for the victorious Mexican naval officer Jose Antonio Mijares, who defeated them.
San Jose went on to become a respectable commercial center in the l800s, doing a brisk trade with passing ships. Some of the one and two-story homes from the last two centuries are still owned by the original families. Several are beguiling settings for San Jose's small restaurants and shops.
Cabo San Lucas, on the other hand, had an impudent upstart, which could account for its casual makeup. Medano Beach was just a wild stretch of sand until the early 1900s when a few fishermen put up their palapas beside a fresh water lagoon near the Club Cascadas Resort. In 1919, Cabo's marine-rich waters attracted a fish cannery to San Lucas Bay. The now long abandoned cannery at the entrance to the inner harbor was at one time the third largest packer of tuna in the world.
Now enter the big game fishermen from the States. After World War II, a handful of sportsmen pilots discovered the 500-pound marlin in the Sea of Cortes and lit the fuse under one of the biggest tourist explosions in history. They flew down with their pals to hunt dove in the scrub-covered hills to wrestle fighting fish out of the sea. The simple fishing and hunting lodges they built for their buddies along the Baja coast are the forefathers of the grand resorts today. The pioneer was the Palmilla resort in the 1950s, and then, in the 60s, came the Cabo San Lucas and the Hacienda. Twin Dolphin, Solmar and Finisterra date from the 70s.
These early hostelries were small, but some had their own airstrips. Word soon got out that Los Cabos more than 1,000 miles from Hollywood - was the ultimate celebrity hideout, and before long the gleaming yachts of the rich and famous were mingling with the mingling fishing boats in the bay. The area invited celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Sophia Loren and Carlos Ponti, Lucille Ball and Dezi Arnaz, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Bing Crosby and John Wayne.
The Transpeninsular Highway from the Mexican border south of San Diego opened in the early 70s, bringing a handful of Southern California surfers with their boards strapped to their trucks. They were followed by a parade of snowbird campers and RVs. But it was only after the Mexican government agency, Fonatur, which invests in tourist development, put its weight behind a much needed resort infrastructure, that the present airport opened in 1984 and the developers moved in.
Stunning developments in the past twenty years have included the opening of seven new championship golf courses designed by such masters as Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones. These courses have made Los Cabos the golf capital of Latin America. Additionally, Los Cabos boasts a myraid of hotels, including many luxury reasons on the corridor alone. Los Cabos is also home to some of the most phenomenal master-planned (view-protected), amenity-rich communities in all the world: Palmilla, Villas Del Mar, Cabo del Sol, Espiritu Del Mar, Punta Ballena, Oasis Palmilla and more.
In a paradise where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, there is something for everyone: fishing, golf, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding, relaxing in luxury spas and resorts and dancing ’til dawn.
The era of simply enjoying a feel-good treatment has matured into a broader, holistic wellness approach that merges specialty therapies with options like healthy cuisine and personal training. Always in the spotlight, Los Cabos’ spas regularly garner awards and glowing reviews. Also always striving for distinction, one serene escape may draw upon a global palette of soothing therapies while another emphasizes indigenous products like desert flowers, aloe, clay and herbs.
Mexico’s oldest spa tradition allows individuals to sweat it out simultaneously. And it’s done in the dark. In Los Cabos, you’ll find the temazcal option plus a menu of classic spa treatments in resorts like Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa, ME Cabo, Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa and Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort. The Temazcal is an ancient steam lodge that relies on the healing powers of earth, fire, water and air to balance body, mind and spirit. Within the darkened chamber, participants are immersed in an aromatic steam bath prompting deep relaxation and improved circulation. Since the experience is free of one collective purpose, individuals introduce themselves and state their goals for the ritual.
Los Cabos appeals to sophisticated travelers who crave luxury. It’s no surprise that Las Ventanas al Paraíso – A Rosewood Resort, One&Only Palmilla and The Resort at Pedregal snag AAA Five Diamond status year after year. This elite trio also regularly dazzles as part of Travel+Leisure’s World Best Hotels 2015 Mexico.
Perched within the exclusive Millionaire’s Row, Hacienda Encantada oozes a tranquil tone contrasting the revved-up energy of sister hotel Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa located in Cabo San Lucas’ Marina District. The pair’s all-inclusive Dine Out Privileges program covers unlimited on-site dining, as well as at select Marina Golden Zone waterfront eateries like Baja Lobster Co.
Named one of the top three spas in Mexico and South America by Condé Nast Traveler, Armonia Spa at Pueblo Bonito Pacífica Golf & Spa Resort is a full-service spa that offers a comprehensive menu of wellness-oriented body treatments. Detoxify and invigorate with signature rituals like the Wine Virtues, which uses grape extract to stimulate collagen, eliminate free radicals and protect the skin; body wraps and masks using volcanic mud with rosemary and damiana; and the ancient healing temazcal steam bath.
The Spa at Las Ventanas al Paraíso overlooks the brilliant blue-green Sea of Cortez and sets a high standard as one of Mexico’s most exclusive, award-winning resorts. With a vast menu of holistic rituals, exploring the intrinsic powers of earth, water, fire and air, the serene, indoor/outdoor desert garden setting welcomes with the ancient tones of Tibetan singing bowls — said to begin the healing process even before your treatment begins.
Let’s say you’re simply too relaxed to interrupt the reverie of your private ocean view, even for an afternoon at the spa. Facilities and specialists in Los Cabos still have you covered with mobile services. One of the most respected mobile spa companies in the Baja California peninsula, Suzanne Morel Face & Body Care brings the experience to you with a professionally trained team of massage therapists and cosmetologists. Go ahead and plan for the Mexican spa ritual, which begins with a lovely organic herbal tea and is followed by a therapist-led stretching routine, a hydrating facial exfoliation and a healing massage. Once you’re fully unwound, there’s nothing to do but stay right where you are — ocean view and all.
Discover the charm of this magical town and its activities, like the Art Walk, a fun event where you will walk around all of its art galleries while enjoying music and street shows.
Just an hour away from Cabo San Lucas, this Magic Town is home of the world famous Hotel California, but the real charm is its colonial architecture & its arts and crafts.
A walk by Cabo San Lucas Marina is a not-to-be-missed activity on your visit to Los Cabos. Either by day or by night, the marina is a must during your stay, full with the best restaurants, stores and a vibrating nightlife.
Definitely a must-go, this protected National Marine Park is known as “The Aquarium of the World”.
From Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo, this corridor runs along the coast and is where most of the hotels in Los Cabos are.
Los Cabos is considered the capital of Golf in Mexico since their courses are found in the most important rankings in the world, besides some of the most important golf stars like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman have designed amazing courses in this beautiful destination.
There are many beautiful beaches around Los Cabos, the most famous are: Lover’s Beach, Divorce Beach, El Médano, Chileno Beach, Santa María and Costa Azul.
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