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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

Get the most out of your time spent at The Arch. Here is a list of some of the best activities:

For even more things to do, peruse our San Lucas Bay things to do page.


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Solmar Resort - All Inclusive Optional $106
Solmar Resort - All Inclusive Optional

Solmar Resort - All Inclusive Optional

Avenida Solmar #1, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Marina hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cabo Dolphins, The Arch, and Land's End. Lover's Beach and Solmar Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa - All Inclusive Optional $137
    Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa - All Inclusive Optional

    Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa - All Inclusive Optional

    1 Playa Solmar, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Marina, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within 1 mi (2 km) of The Arch, Land's End, and Lover's Beach. Plaza Bonita Mall and Marina Cabo San Lucas are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Riu Santa Fe All Inclusive
      Riu Santa Fe All Inclusive

      Riu Santa Fe All Inclusive

      Bahia Cabo san Lucas KM 4.5, Camino Viejo San jose del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cabo San Lucas, this beachfront property is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of San Lucas Bay and Medano Beach. Marina Cabo San Lucas and Cabo San Lucas Country Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        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, BCS
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Cabo San Lucas property is within 1 mi (2 km) of San Lucas Bay and Medano Beach. Marina Cabo San Lucas and Cabo San Lucas Country Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Grand Solmar Lands End Resort and Spa- All Inclusive Available
          Grand Solmar Lands End Resort and Spa- All Inclusive Available

          Grand Solmar Lands End Resort and Spa- All Inclusive Available

          Av Solmar No 1- A Col Centro, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Marina, this beachfront resort is in the city center, just steps from Divorce Beach, The Arch, and Land's End. Lover's Beach and Solmar Beach are also within 5 minutes.

            Riu Palace Baja California - Adults Only - All Inclusive
            Riu Palace Baja California - Adults Only - All Inclusive

            Riu Palace Baja California - Adults Only - All Inclusive

            Camino Viejo a San José, Km 3.5, Col. El Medano, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cabo San Lucas, this beachfront property is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of San Lucas Bay and Medano Beach. Marina Cabo San Lucas and Lover's Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Tesoro Los Cabos - All Inclusive Available $90
              Tesoro Los Cabos - All Inclusive Available

              Tesoro Los Cabos - All Inclusive Available

              Blvd. Marina s/n Lote 9 y 10, Col. Centro, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Centro, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Golden Cactus Gallery and Marina Cabo San Lucas. The Arch and Land's End are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                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, BCS
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Pedregal, this beachfront property is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Cabo Dolphins, The Arch, and Land's End. Lover's Beach and Marina Cabo San Lucas are also within 1 mi (2 km).