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The Arch
Vacation Travel Guide

This magnificent natural rock formation at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula marks the start of Land’s End, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.

At the tip of the Baja Peninsula stands a craggy rock formation, in the shape of an arch, that towers over the ocean. El Arco is like the gateway to the ocean and has a majestic appearance, reminiscent of another world. The arch has been carved over time, as rough winds and the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez erode the rocks away. This part of the Baja Peninsula, also known as Land’s End, is one of the most popular attractions in Cabo San Lucas.

See if you can spot sea lions on the rocks. If you come here on a glass-bottom boat cruise, you can also admire the tropical fish that are so abundant in this area. As you get to the arch, don’t miss the opportunity to photograph it from the water, the best vantage point.

Make it a day trip and visit Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach), which is a secluded stretch of sand. Snorkel or scuba dive out in the water, or laze on the beach. Stroll along the shore and watch El Arco change color as the sun sets. Look out to the sea and imagine how pirates roamed this area in the 1500s. They were hiding behind the rocky walls, waiting to steal gold from the incoming Spanish ships.

Between December and March, watch whales as they migrate from the cold Arctic to the warmth of the Baja Peninsula. The shallow, warm water makes the bay the perfect spot for whales to give birth and raise their young.

To get to the arch, book a water taxi from the Cabo San Lucas Marina. If you feel fit, rent a kayak from Cabo and paddle to Land’s End instead. Facilities at El Arco are limited, which adds to the quiet, natural feel of the place. Beach vendors sell snacks and souvenirs and rent out sun umbrellas on busy days, but bring your own supplies just in case. Be aware that the currents on the Pacific Ocean side of Land’s End are often too strong for swimming.

Top Hotels Close to The Arch

Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
4 out of 5
1 Playa Solmar, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
The price is NT$6,545 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24

Located in Marina, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Lover's Beach, The Arch, and Land's End. Plaza Bonita Mall ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,266 reviews)

"I like everything Beautiful place very clean and the personal is pretty nice"…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/13

Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
Solmar Resort
Solmar Resort
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Solmar #1, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
The price is NT$3,464 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in Marina, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Solmar Beach and Cabo Dolphins. Lover's Beach and The Arch are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,135 reviews)

"Playa Grande is an excellent hotel to stay in. Right in the private beach. Hotel staff are professional and attentive to the needs of their guests. Covid regulations were being maintained throughout our stay. Would definitely book again."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/17

Solmar Resort
Riu Palace Baja California - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Riu Palace Baja California - Adults Only - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Camino Viejo a San José, Km 3.5, Col. El Medano, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
The price is NT$9,409 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Located in Cabo San Lucas, this beachfront property is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,086 reviews)

"Booked a last minute vacation, and could not have had a better experience! The staff was extremely helpful, kind, and the entertainment staff was very fun! Restaurants were great, we tried the italian, japanese, and buffet. Wine was not good, but that was the only complaint we had. We loved the freddy ..."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/17

Riu Palace Baja California - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near The Arch

Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
4 out of 5
1 Playa Solmar, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
The price is NT$6,545 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
Solmar Resort
Solmar Resort
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Solmar #1, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
The price is NT$3,464 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Solmar Resort
Riu Palace Baja California - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Riu Palace Baja California - Adults Only - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Camino Viejo a San José, Km 3.5, Col. El Medano, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
The price is NT$9,409 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Riu Palace Baja California - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Tesoro Los Cabos
Tesoro Los Cabos
3.5 out of 5
Blvd. Marina s/n Lote 9 y 10, Col. Centro, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
The price is NT$2,761 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
Tesoro Los Cabos
Riu Santa Fe All Inclusive
Riu Santa Fe All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
Bahia Cabo san Lucas KM 4.5, Camino Viejo San jose del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
The price is NT$5,881 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Riu Santa Fe All Inclusive
Grand Solmar Lands End Resort And Spa
Grand Solmar Lands End Resort And Spa
5 out of 5
Av Solmar No 1- A Col Centro, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
The price is NT$13,068 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Grand Solmar Lands End Resort And Spa
Sandos Finisterra All Inclusive
Sandos Finisterra All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Blvd. Marina s/n, Col. Centro, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
Sandos Finisterra All Inclusive
Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas All Inclusive
Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Camino Viejo a San Jose del Cabo Km 4.5, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
The price is NT$9,018 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas All Inclusive
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort - All Inclusive
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Predio Paraiso Escondido S/N, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
The price is NT$9,025 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.