Known as The Arch in English, this spectacular landmark in Land’s End, Cabo, is the iconic symbol of the area often pictured on souvenirs and postcards that depict the Baja Peninsula.
Located at the southernmost tip of Cabo San Lucas, the stunning El Arco rock formation was once a place where pirate ships waited to pounce on unsuspecting treasure vessels. El Arco Cabo San Lucas is a soaring 200 ft rock rising from the water where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. With its distinctive arch and towering grandeur this three-storey site attracts hundreds of tourists who flock to see its magnificent shape which was carved by the area’s strong ocean currents. The Arch draws numerous boats, water taxis and cruises packed with passengers looking for top photo opportunities and a chance to take part in the many Lands End attractions.
The sandy base of the rocky outcrop is a favourite hub for sea lions, pelicans and seals plus an array of marine life including sea urchins, gorgonian fans, tropical fish and colourful coral reefs. It is illegal to climb the Arch, but a boat excursion is a perfect place to get up close to the rock. Expect to see whales and dolphins along the way, with a chance to swim, dive and snorkel when you arrive. A cruise excursion to El Arco also offers the opportunity to spot some of the most stunning sunsets in the world.
Visitors can take a water taxi or glass bottomed boat from Cabo’s main harbour or hire small Mexican panga boats to reach El Arco Cabo San Lucas. These can be rented from vendors on Playa el Medano beach or from the Cabo San Lucas Marina. El Arco can also be accessed from Lover’s Beach or even by foot during low tide. The Arch is part of an array or rock formations worth seeing including two huge islets known locally as Los Frailes, or the The Friars because they look like hooded monks. Other natural rock formations near Land End in Cabo include Roca Pelicanos, also known as Pelican Rock plus a collection of smaller formations located off the northeast of the cape.
Back on land Cabo is Mexico’s fastest growing resort boasting miles of tranquil beaches, pristine coastline, stunning homes and resorts and unspoilt desert. Expect to find fabulous fun in the sun and laid-back nightlife with something to do for all the family. Lovers’ Beach and the more tempestuous Divorce Beach are safe for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, yachting, whale watching and more. Golfing, fishing, antique hunting and dining are all other top attractions in Cabo. The area’s resorts, hotels, restaurants and inns cater for everyone from honeymooners and families to Hollywood stars and there’s no shortage of luxury Cabo villas to occupy during your stay.