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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.

Popular Activities at The Arch

How about making your visit to The Arch even more unique? Don't miss the chance to try out one or two of these things to do:

If you're looking for more activities, check out our San Lucas Bay things to do page.


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Solmar Resort - All Inclusive Optional $109
Solmar Resort - All Inclusive Optional

Solmar Resort - All Inclusive Optional

Avenida Solmar #1, Cabo San Lucas
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 1,458 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

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

    Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa - All Inclusive Optional $172
    Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa - All Inclusive Optional

    Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa - All Inclusive Optional

    1 Playa Solmar, Cabo San Lucas
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 1,593 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.

      Grand Solmar Lands End Resort and Spa - All Inclusive Optional $417
      Grand Solmar Lands End Resort and Spa - All Inclusive Optional

      Grand Solmar Lands End Resort and Spa - All Inclusive Optional

      Av Solmar No 1- A Col Centro, Cabo San Lucas
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 147 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.

        Tesoro Los Cabos $90
        Tesoro Los Cabos

        Tesoro Los Cabos

        Blvd. Marina s/n Lote 9 y 10, Cabo San Lucas
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 984 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Adjacent to the sportfishing center of Cabo San Lucas Marina and close to dining and nightlife, this striking adobe-style hotel includes a ground-floor shopping mall.

          Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas All Inclusive
          Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas All Inclusive

          Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas All Inclusive

          Camino Viejo a San Jose del Cabo Km 4.5, Cabo San Lucas
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 5,428 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Less than 3 miles from Cabo San Lucas downtown and marine, this 692-room resort faces Médano Beach with views of the Arch and Lover’s Beach. Exceptional service and courteous staff.

            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 6,698 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).

              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 2,825 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.

                Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa $137
                Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa

                Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa

                La Marina Lotes 37 & 38 Col. Centro, Cabo San Lucas
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 1,396 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.