Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo, collectively known as Los Cabos has grown from a sleepy fishing village to an International Tourist destination!
One of the worlds “Lands End”, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas provides ample photo opportunities.
One of the mysteries to me was, where do they get their water from? Cabo is basically a dry desert surrounded by ocean. The Cactus Forest is unique in the world and only survives and thrives due to the marine influence.
The vegetation in Baja consists of mainly Xeric Scrub with unique to the area Cactus species such as Ocotillos,boojum trees and associated cacti. San Lucan Xeric Shrub is the vegetative type located at the Southern tip of the Baja.
Development has boomed and Cabo has grown to over 68,000 people!
When I first visited Los Cabos region in the early 1970s, there was only one major hotel in the area. It was the Hotel Solmar on the Western tip of Los Arcos. Divorce Beach was the rip tide controlled beach in front of the resort. Swimming there is not a good idea!
On the Eastern side of the Arch is what is known as Lovers Beach. Here, one can swim and snorkel and sun bath safely, as long as you don’t mind the throngs of tourists who are taken there in pangas, or glass bottom boats!
Today, Medano Beach is lined with hotels and free shots of tequila and beer drinking contests at the favorite hotels can get loud! Spring break is not a time to go there unless you are part of the party…
Back to Where they get their Water!
In 2007, Cabo constructed a desalinization plant that produces 20,000 cubic meters of purified water a day. This water is used currently by 40,000 residents and tourist resorts in Cabo San Lucas!
Cabo is the 5th most popular resort area in Mexico
Here are some other photos that show why!
Since the rapid growth from the 1980’s until today, many communities and environmental groups have worked together to help protect the Natural Resources from uncontrolled development.
Once protected the Baja del Sur, has been transformed to a tourist mecca. New efforts are underway to try to protect the way developments are constructed. The fragile desert environment, once scraped off by bulldozers, will never return to its natural state.
The link below is an example of an environmental evaluation for another new development at Lands End.
Enjoy it, but don’t destroy it!