History of Cabo San Lucas

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History of Cabo San Lucas

Timeline of Cabo San Lucas

Because Cabo is so popular today, it’s hard to imagine a time where the area wasn’t full of luxurious hotels, top-notch adventure tours, and upscale restaurants. However, Cabo San Lucas is a relatively new city when compared to San Jose. 

In the 18th century, San Jose del Cabo was a Spanish missionary settlement. Cabo San Lucas was basically undeveloped until the 20th century. It started as a small fishing village, and in the early 20th century, Cabo began to make a name for itself in the fishing world. Huge deep-sea marlin fishing really put Cabo on the map as a fishing capital of the world. Afterwards, celebrities started venturing out to Cabo and loved it. It was close to Hollywood and California and attracted big-name celebrities like John Wayne, Elton John, and Elizabeth Taylor. During this time, San Jose remained a quieter town while the activity exploded in Cabo San Lucas. 

A peninsular highway was constructed in 1974 and the Los Cabos International Airport expanded in 1986. Tourists became fascinated with Cabo and now had better access to the location. More and more people came to vacation, and with the people came the glamorous hotels and world-class golf courses. The Baja Corridor between San Jose and Cabo San Lucas made it easier for people to travel back and forth between the historic San Jose and adventurous Cabo San Lucas. Along this highway came even more luxury hotels and restaurants. 

Today, Cabo San Lucas is known all around the world. From celebrities and billionaires to a family of five, people from all walks of life are drawn to Cabo. With its seemingly endless sun and beautiful weather year round, it feels as if its always tourist season in Cabo. Also, with its growth in recent years, Cabo cuisine has expanded to offer a variety of delicious flavors from around the world as well as the more traditional Mexican cuisine.

For more fun facts about the development of Cabo, click here.

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