Arch of Cabo San Lucas

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Coordinates: 22°52′31″N 109°53′39″W / 22.875147°N 109.894171°W / 22.875147; -109.894171

The distinctive El arco rock formation

The arch of Cabo San Lucas is a distinctive rock formation at the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas, which is itself the extreme southern end of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula.[1] The arch is locally known as "El Arco," which means "the arch" in Spanish, or "Land's End."[2]

It is here that the Pacific Ocean becomes the Gulf of California.

This area is widely used in hotel advertising in the Los Cabos Corridor. This spot is a popular gathering area for sea lions and is frequented by tourists.[3] It is three stories tall and was formed from natural erosion. The Arch of Cabo San Lucas is adjacent to Lovers Beach on the Sea of Cortez side and Divorce Beach on the rougher Pacific Ocean side.[2] The Arch is accessible by land if you approach it by placing yourself at the beach of the last hotel on the Pacific ( Finisterra ) You will have to climb some big rocks, once you do that, you will be at the very tip of the peninsula and a few steps from El arco.[2][3][4]

Basement rock in Los Cabos formed through intrusive igneous processes c. 115 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period.[5]

Cabo San Lucas location
Lands End


  1. ^ "Head to La Paz rather than overdeveloped Los Cabos for the real Baja California". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2019-10-04.
  2. ^ a b c "The Arch of Cabo San Lucas". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  3. ^ a b "El Arco de Cabo San Lucas - 2020 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)". TripAdvisor. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  4. ^ "El Arco". Travel + Leisure. Archived from the original on 2017-04-12. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  5. ^ Fletcher, John; Kohn, Barry; Foster, David; Gleadow, Andrew (2000). "Heterogeneous Neogene cooling and exhumation of the Los Cabos block, southern Baja California: Evidence from fission-track thermochronology". Geology. 28 (2): 107–110. Bibcode:2000Geo....28..107F. doi:10.1130/0091-7613(2000)28<107:HNCAEO>2.0.CO;2.