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El Arco

This magnificent natural rock formation at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula marks the start of Land’s End, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.

At the tip of the Baja Peninsula stands a craggy rock formation, in the shape of an arch, that towers over the ocean. El Arco is like the gateway to the ocean and has a majestic appearance, reminiscent of another world. The arch has been carved over time, as rough winds and the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez erode the rocks away. This part of the Baja Peninsula, also known as Land’s End, is one of the most popular attractions in Cabo San Lucas.

See if you can spot sea lions on the rocks. If you come here on a glass-bottom boat cruise, you can also admire the tropical fish that are so abundant in this area. As you get to the arch, don’t miss the opportunity to photograph it from the water, the best vantage point.

Make it a day trip and visit Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach), which is a secluded stretch of sand. Snorkel or scuba dive out in the water, or laze on the beach. Stroll along the shore and watch El Arco change color as the sun sets. Look out to the sea and imagine how pirates roamed this area in the 1500s. They were hiding behind the rocky walls, waiting to steal gold from the incoming Spanish ships.

Between December and March, watch whales as they migrate from the cold Arctic to the warmth of the Baja Peninsula. The shallow, warm water makes the bay the perfect spot for whales to give birth and raise their young.

To get to the arch, book a water taxi from the Cabo San Lucas Marina. If you feel fit, rent a kayak from Cabo and paddle to Land’s End instead. Facilities at El Arco are limited, which adds to the quiet, natural feel of the place. Beach vendors sell snacks and souvenirs and rent out sun umbrellas on busy days, but bring your own supplies just in case. Be aware that the currents on the Pacific Ocean side of Land’s End are often too strong for swimming.


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Riu Santa Fe All Inclusive
Riu Santa Fe All Inclusive

Riu Santa Fe All Inclusive

Bahia Cabo san Lucas KM 4.5, Cabo San Lucas
     
    3.9
    of 5, from 6,322 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Resort is located along the renowned Medano Beach with spectacular views of the Arch at Land’s End. Downtown Cabo San Lucas, shopping, restaurant and nightclubs district is within 4 km (2.5 mi).

    Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa $156
    Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa

    Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa

    1 Playa Solmar, Cabo San Lucas
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 1,529 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Facing the Pacific Ocean, this village-like resort lies along a vast scenic private beach, less than 2 km (1 mi) from downtown Cabo San Lucas, marina, the exciting nightlife and shopping distric.

      Solmar Resort $99
      Solmar Resort

      Solmar Resort

      Avenida Solmar #1, Cabo San Lucas
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 1,377 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Nestled on the beach, this Marina hotel is steps from Divorce Beach, Land's End, and The Arch. Lover's Beach is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) away.

        Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa $123
        Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa

        Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa

        La Marina Lotes 37 & 38 Col. Centro, Cabo San Lucas
           
          4.0
          of 5, from 1,332 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          This resort in the center of town overlooks Cabo San Lucas Marina, departure point for sport-fishing adventures; shops and nightlife are within walking distance, and a safe swimming beach is a 5-minute walk. The casino is also close at hand.

          Grand Solmar Lands End Resort and Spa $360
          Grand Solmar Lands End Resort and Spa

          Grand Solmar Lands End Resort and Spa

          Av Solmar No 1- A Col Centro, Cabo San Lucas
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 123 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            This beachfront resort is located in Cabo San Lucas, close to Playa del Amor, Cabo Dolphins, and feet away from El Arco and Land's End. Perfectly situated with Infinity edge pools and swim-up dining.

            5-star Resort & Spa, Premier Studio, 2 Minute Walk to Marina Week of Bisbee!
            5-star Resort & Spa, Premier Studio, 2 Minute Walk to Marina Week of Bisbee!

            5-star Resort & Spa, Premier Studio, 2 Minute Walk to Marina Week of Bisbee!

            , Cabo San Lucas
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Cabo San Lucas, this resort is steps from Divorce Beach, Land's End, and The Arch. Lover's Beach is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) away.

              Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos All Inclusive Resort
              Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos All Inclusive Resort

              Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos All Inclusive Resort

              Blvd. Marina s/n, Col. Centro, Cabo San Lucas
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 2,607 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Relive the legend of the Sandos Finisterra All Inclusive Resort in the heart and soul of Cabo. Located on a large beach, enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean or the Marina and Bay. Walking distance to shops, nightlife, restaurants and water sports.

                Ocean Front High End Time Share Property in Cabo San Lucas
                Ocean Front High End Time Share Property in Cabo San Lucas

                Ocean Front High End Time Share Property in Cabo San Lucas

                , Col Centro
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Cabo San Lucas, this apartment building is steps from Divorce Beach, Land's End, and The Arch. Lover's Beach is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) away.