Exploring Mexico’s El Arco de Cabo San Lucas — Land’s End

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The Baja’s signature landmark offers sightseeing, snorkeling and swimming galore — just watch out for dive-bombing pelicans. (Trust me.)

In This Mexico Travel Article You Will Discover

  • How To Access Land’s End
  • Snorkeling Opportunities
  • Survival Guide for Lover’s & Divorce Beaches
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Snorkelling gear is available at Land’s End for around 50 Pesos per person, per day.

Pelican bomb! Above me, as I snorkel offshore from the aptly named Pelican Beach, a 15-kilogram pelican tucks its wings to its side and drops like an anvil out of the sky.

Sploosh! Arm’s length away, the bird hits the sea bill-first, scooping up hapless sardines in it’s mouth-trap.

Tiger eels be damned, it’s pelicans you’ve got to watch out for.

Here at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (or Land’s End) — the signature landmark of Mexico’s Baja California Sur — action abounds all-around.

My girlfriend, Erin, and I had hired a water taxi from Cabo San Lucas’ marina just a half-hour earlier (for $5 US per person) and slipped our driver and additional 50 Pesos apiece for snorkeling gear. Following an informative boat-tour of the stunning rock formations Land’s End is known for, we now find ourselves bobbing about like marker buoys, dodging boats and weaving through fellow snorkelers as we chase fish around Pelican Rock.

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Get up-close and personal with marine life at Pelican Beach.

This area is known for the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the area — Pelican Rock itself is only a few dozen metres offshore; a simple swim (keep your eye out for rogue water taxis), but beyond the rock, the ocean floor drops to an astonishing depth of more than 1,000 metres. This creates a shelf full of sea life for the swimmer or diver to enjoy. Lukewarm water and easy ocean currents allow us to get prune hands without even noticing.

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The “Magic Cave.” Two go in, three come out (nine months later…).

It’s much different on the west side of Land’s End. Walking south from Pelican Beach, we wind around rock formations, past the “Magic Cave” (it’s magic because two people go in, and three come out… if you know what I mean), across Lover’s Beach — a calm, yellow-sand swimming beach with panoramas of the town of Cabo San Lucas — and towards the turbulent Divorce Beach.

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El Arco – The Arch – Land’s End, Cabo San Lucas. Do you see the “Dragon Drinking Water?”

Land’s End has the only beaches in the world that access both an ocean (Pacific) and a sea (Cortez). Although it may be tempting for the show-offs among us, no one should swim at Divorce Beach.

The powerful Pacific Ocean creates a massive shore-dump, where 25 tons of wave will subdue any swimmer before vicious undertows and currents drag him out to sea.

Earlier this year, I’m told, a married couple dared the waters of Divorce Beach. Four months later, their bodies have yet to be found.

“Do not even get your feet wet,” we’re warned.

And why would you? Lover’s and Pelican Beaches have ample swimming in a much safer environment. Still, the raw ocean power at Divorce Beach is a must-see.

El Arco — the Arch — at Land’s End is as iconic as it is beautiful. Our water taxi captain told us it resembles a “dragon drinking water,” and now that’s all I see. Many rocks in the area are personified in this manner — from the Sea Horse, to the Skeleton, to Scooby Doo. The Mexican people have a sense of humour and whimsy the world at large could learn from.

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Beer may be expensive at Land’s End, but it’s worth it.

Fifty pesos buys me a Pacifico from a local vendor. Sure, it’s pricey, but under the hot Baja sun, it becomes the best cerveza I’ve ever had. I drift off into a sunburned slumber.

Above, a Pelican circles…

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

3 comments… add one

  • Joe Jan 12, 2014

    This will be our second visit to Cabo, looking forward to the open market at the pier, re-visitung, San jose del Cabo and the open market there and having lunch and a Cerveza in the restaurant of the Hotel California so nostalgically cool.
    We love watching the power of the ocean waves crashing on shore, the rocks, and visiting Chileno Bay driving up to La Paz,etc this time were going to actually walk on lovers beach and see lands end and hopefully do some diving, great place Cabo and driving it is lots of fun, stopping along the way and drinking coconut water from a road vendor nothing more romantic than that.

  • David Webb Apr 4, 2012

    You’ve gotta make time for it! Get down there ;-)! I agree, Cabo (& the Baja in general) is a very special place. Thanks for reading!

  • Brent Wilsford Apr 3, 2012

    My wife and I spent our Honeymoon in Cabo. From 4-wheeling in the dunes to taking a booze cruise on the Sea of Cortez there is not a beach town we would rather be in (and this is coming from a couple who spent three years in Hawaii). We bought into a little Timeshare down there, yet we have not found the time to get back down there to use it. We have been married for ten years, maybe on our 50th wedding anniversary we will have some time. :P

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