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 José and everywhere is kept pristin.
Though prices are higher than in neighbouring San José, theres 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 goal that would equate the village with the long-established resorts such as Mazatlán 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.«