It goes without saying that one of the main visual attractions of Cabo San Lucas is El Arco or Lands End. At the most southern tip of Baja California, this breathtaking rock formation rises from the sea like a dragon sipping from the waves, posing motionlessly for photo opportunities and snorkeling explorers. El Arco marks the point where the Pacific Ocean joins the Sea of Cortez and is a common breeding ground for sea lions and pelicans alike.
An interesting fact about the naming of El Arco in English is that the formation took its name “Lands End” from the idea that if you went due south you would reach the South Pole without ever touching land. Luckily for us, if you are coming from virtually any other direction, it is pretty easy to get there, whether in a private yacht charter or a water taxi from Cabo San Lucas Marina. Some of the taxis have glass bottoms, which makes the journey even more spectacular. If you wish to see the arches close up, you can arrange for your transportation to pick you up later, giving you time to explore the beaches around El Arco at your leisure.
If you like to snorkel or scuba dive, Lands End is a great site, easy currents and a temperate water temperature make it a dream come true and a wonderful array of brightly colored fish are sure to greet you. Just look out for the pelican bombers who dive into the sea to catch their lunch.
Exploring the beaches at El Arco is also pretty fascinating, being that they are the only beaches in the world from where you can reach both an ocean and a sea. There is a cute cave that crosses Lover’s Beach, which has soft yellow sand and calm currents for swimming, towards Divorce Beach, whose waters you enter at your own peril.
Whether you venture close up or take a photo from a distance, Lands End is an unforgettable landmark that will make an impression on your vacation in Cabo and inspire your friends on Facebook and Instagram.