Â Cabo San Lucas bay, at the extreme south of Baja, was once a base for pirate ships waiting to pounce on Spanish treasure ships. Even fifteen years ago, it was little more than a fishing and canning town occasionally visited by adventurous sports fishermen with the purpose of sailing in or flying down, but it quickly earned a reputation for the marlin that could be caught here, and the once-quiet place found itself inundated with fishermen in search of El Marlin Azul, home to sleek, radar-equipped fishing yachts.
In recent years, it has rapidly become the main point of Los Cabos: million-dollar condos have sprung up, palms have been transplanted, golf courses have been laid, water has been piped in from San JosÃ© and everywhere is kept pristin. Though prices are higher than in neighbouring San JosÃ©, thereâ€™s more of a party atmosphere, with a younger crowd. Currently there are some 3000 rooms for rent, and the local feeling is that 10,000 is the next feasible â€œgoalâ€ that would equate the village with the long-established resorts such as MazatlÃ¡n or Acapulco. Upcoming developments include an enormous mall that will comprise a convention centre, a theatre complex, a bowling alley, a huge parking outlet and condos, and there are even plans for an artificial island to sit in the bay, complete with restaurants and bars.