Summer is officially here! And while we know you already have plans to come visit Los Cabos for your summer getaway, we want to share a little history about this Mexican gem and some of the older spots to visit.1 While Cabo, still remains somewhat of a small “fisherman town,” it’s fun to reminisce when it was still just that.
The name of Cabo San Lucas was established more than four hundred years ago. In 1603, General Sebastian Vizcaino, under the direction of the Viceroy Count of ; Monterrey, launched three ships which traveled up the California coastline and named and established the places upon which they came, including Cabo San Lucas.
The actual village of Cabo San Lucas has not been in existence nearly as long as the area itself. Cabo San Lucas was more or less established as a village in 1917, after World War II, when a handful of sportsmen pilots discovered the 500-pound marlin in the Sea of Cortes and lit the fuse under one of the biggest tourist explosions in history. The simple fishing and hunting lodges they built for their friends along the Baja coast are the forefathers of the grand resorts today. The pioneer was the Palmilla resort in the 1950s, and then, in the 60s, came the Cabo San Lucas and the Hacienda. Twin Dolphin, Solmar and Finisterra date from the 70’s. Since the 1970’s, Cabo San Lucas has also been a huge tourist draw and remains amongst the top places for high caliber celebrities to come relax.
These pioneers were followed by campers and RVs. But it was only after the Mexican government agency, Fonatur, which invests in tourist developments, provided what was much needed for resort infrastructure, that the present airport opened in 1984 and the developers moved in.
Stunning developments in the past twenty years have included the opening of seven new championship golf courses designed by such masters as Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones. These courses have made Los Cabos the golf capital of Latin America.
It has also made Los Cabos, home to some of the most phenomenal and amenity-rich communities in all the world, with stunning villas like we proudly provide and manage.
Now that you know a little history of this found gem, you can share it with friends and family during your next in-villa dinner amongst friends and elevate your “host” status.