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Los Cabos is made of the two larger towns, San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, and many surrounding minor towns and ranchos. San Jose del Cabo is the capital and is just south of the Los Cabos International Airport. Cabo San Lucas is home to Land's Ends and El Arco, the famous Arch. The two towns are connected by the stunning stretch of land known as "The Corridor". Villa La Estancia is located on Medano Beach, one of the best and most popular swimming beaches in Los Cabos, just as you enter Cabo San Lucas.
Cabo San Lucas was first seen by Spanish fleets in 1534, and was thought to be an island. It is said that the founder of Cabo San Lucas was Thomas Richie who arrived in 1847. Known as Old Richie, he was an English captain who fell in love with the land and stayed to live and prosper here, which seems to still have the same affect on many visitors still to this day.
San Jose del Cabo was founded in 1730 by Jose Echeverria and Jesuits, with Spanish finance. Before becoming a mission, San Jose was known as Añuiti by the native Pericu’s, and was greatly visited by English and Spanish fleets, mainly to fill up on water from their trades in the Orient. This also brought a lot of pirates, and legends say some of their treasure still lies in Cabo ground.
Today, San Jose is the more quieter sister of the two cities and is known for its quaint Mexican streets, cultural heritage, shopping and world class dining.
Cabo San Lucas' vibrant atmosphere and San Jose’s laid-back colonial style are bridged by a golf course-and resort-studded Tourist Corridor that stretches between the two towns in 20 miles of pristine white sand beaches, azure blue and turquoise waters, and craggy coves teeming with marine life.
Exclusive hotels and gated residential communities, as well as premier, world-class golf courses designed by the legends of the game, attract a wide clientèle of rich and famous. Many of these properties, which are considered some of Latin America’s top resorts, have become havens to Hollywood stars, Fortune 500 C.E.O.s and even the U.S. president during the 2002 Asia-Pacific Economic Conference.