Los Cabos (Spanish pronunciation: [los ‘kaβos]) is a municipality located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, in the state of Baja California Sur. It encompasses the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (the municipal seat), as well as the Resort Corridor that lies between the two. The area was remote and rural until the latter 20th century, when the Mexican government began to develop Cabo San Lucas for tourism, which then spread east to the municipal seat. The main draw is the climate and geography, where desert meets the sea, along with sport fishing, resorts and golf. This tourism is by far the main economic activity with over two million visitors per year.
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 latter 20th century, the area was a small fishing village when tourist infrastructure was begun. 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. The latter focuses 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.