El Arco or 'The Arch' is an unmissable icon of Cabo San Lucas. The rugged limestone rock formation bursts from the sea at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula and is a must-visit to truly appreciate Cabo's natural beauty.
The area is also known as Land's End – as the crow flies, you won't hit land again until Antarctica. It's also at this point that the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez meet. Because of this and the craggy terrain, the water can be extremely rough, especially at Playa Divorcio – Divorce Beach – on the Pacific side of the formation.
El Arco is a popular hangout for sea lions and, at the right time of year, a great vantage point for spotting whales and sharks as well. Tonnes of tours operate around the Land's End area, from snorkelling and diving to glass-bottom boats and sunset cruises.
Getting to El Arco is easy thanks to the water taxis that frequent the Cabo San Lucas Marina. You may choose to simply view the golden arch from the comfort of your boat, or be dropped off at Playa Del Amour – Lover's Beach – located on the Cortez side of El Arco.
In the 1500s, El Arco was a strategic hiding place for pirates looking to steal gold and spices from Spanish fleets sailing out of Cabo San Lucas. These days, you're much more likely to spy migrating whales than treasure hunters.