If you’re visiting Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, anytime soon, there is a good chance you will want to see the Arch of Cabo San Lucas — one of the most famous icons in Cabo San Lucas — while you’re in town. Before heading to the Baja Peninsula, read this post for inspiration about how to get to the famous Cabo Arch and what you can see and do while you’re there.
What Is the Arch of Cabo San Lucas?
The iconic Arch of Cabo San Lucas (El Arco) is a majestic rock formation at the southern tip of the Baja California Sur Peninsula that stands three stories tall. El Arco separates the Sea of Cortez from the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by the best beaches in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Ways to Get to the Arch of Cabo San Lucas
While the easiest way to get to the Los Cabos Arch is by taking a water taxi to Land’s End from the Cabo San Lucas Marina or El Medano Beach — embarking on one of the following tours or activities is a great way to get “up close and personal” with the Arch of Cabo San Lucas in a fun and memorable way.
Cabo San Lucas is one of the most romantic destinations in the world, so naturally, setting sail to the Los Cabos Arch is not only one of the most romantic things to do in Los Cabos — it’s also one of the best ways to see the Arch of Cabo San Lucas up close.
While sailing is a popular option, you can also choose from other boat options for your cruise, like a yacht or catamaran. On your boat tour, you will be able to watch as the spectacular sun sinks below the horizon while enjoying drinks from an open bar and delicious hors d’oeuvres.
Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
If you manage to get an underwater view of El Arco and the other rock formations in Cabo San Lucas — including Neptune’s Finger and Scooby-Doo Rock — you will see that they are teeming with abundant marine life and tropical fish.
Snorkeling, swimming, or diving around the Arch of Cabo San Lucas is a great way to see angelfish, parrotfish, sea urchins, and other colorful fish. So, grab your diving or snorkeling equipment, and spend your day swimming in the waters off the coast of the best beaches in Cabo San Lucas.
Kayaking & Paddleboarding
The waters in Cabo San Lucas are typically calm, ensuring “smooth sailing” for kayaking, paddle boarding, and other water-based activities around the Cabo Arch.
If you’ve never been kayaking, this is the perfect opportunity to get started! On most kayaking tours, you will learn how to kayak on Lovers Beach. Then, with your guide, you will kayak out to the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, past the sea lion colony (the sea lions typically hang around Pelican Rock or on Pelican Beach), and around Land’s End into the Pacific Ocean.
Glass-Bottom Boat Tours
If you want to see all the tropical fish you would during a snorkeling tour without getting wet or taking a swim — then a tour with a glass-bottom boat makes sense for you.
While paddling through the crystalline water in the Sea of Cortez, you can see colorful fish and sea creatures swimming below your feet. You may even see gray whales or humpback whales off the coast. Plus, you can enjoy a stunning view of the Cabo Arch from your spectacular vantage point on the sea.
What Are the Best Beaches Near the Famous Cabo Arch?
While it may be fun to snorkel, sail, cruise, or swim around the Cabo Arch, you may want to stay on the shore. Fortunately, the Los Cabos Arch is surrounded by gorgeous beaches, making it easy to enjoy views of the famous arch and a beautiful beach while soaking up the sun during your Cabo vacation.
Lovers Beach (Playa del Amor) is the closest beach to the Arch of Cabo San Lucas. It is a secluded beach that faces the Sea of Cortez and is surrounded by jagged, majestic granite boulders. It’s a popular spot to swim, snorkel, and sail because of the calm waters, and it can only be reached by boat from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Divorce Beach (Playa del Divorcio) is located across from Lover’s Beach, but instead of facing the Sea of Cortez, this stretch of sand meets the Pacific Ocean. While you won’t find a clear view of the arch from this beach, the golden sand, blue waters, and rocky cliffs make this stunning beach a worthy stop on your adventure to see the Arch of Cabo San Lucas.
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Before you book any of these incredible tours in Cabo San Lucas to admire the majestic El Arco — book the perfect Cabo vacation rental with Cabo Rentals by Jane.
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