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Los Cabos History

Until the early 1970's the secrets of Baja Sur were known to only the heartiest of travelers. The Sea of Cortes is one of the world's most unique ocean environments. Considered to be one of the biologically richest bodies of water on earth, inhabited by over 800 marine life species. Formed millions of years ago in what is today know as the Baja Peninsula slides westward along the San Andreas fault with a Sea stretching 1,125 km north to south. The more shallow northern waters near the resorts of Loreto and La Paz give way to deeper nutrient-rich zones than most oceans.

The two towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José Del Cabo make up Los Cabos. Francisco de Ulloa, Hernán Cortés's navigator, landed upon Cabo San Lucas in 1537. Pirates discovered this trade route and Cabo San Lucas found itself frequently under siege. San José Del Cabo, was founded in 1730 as a Jesuit mission on the banks of the Rio San José estuary.

In the 1940's and 50's, Cabo San Lucas first saw modern development when millionaires built their vacation homes along the cliffs that towered above magnificent clear bays, and coves. Luxury resorts and tourism then began to flourish in the 1960's.

Although it is the municipal center of two towns and a considerable amount of expansion and development has taken place there, San José Del Cabo feels much like a Mexican village. Cabo San Lucas, has a lively atmosphere with lots of shopping areas, markets, and nightlife activity. The area's sport fishing fleet is located there and several cruise ships rely on the Marina port.

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