Arguably the most distinctive and recognizable image for Cabo San Lucas is El Arco (The Arch), located on the southernmost tip of the Baja peninsula. While we weren’t able to see El Arco from our villa at Montecristo, it’s on Playa El Médano, which is the beach we visited for swimming and water activities. Although it’s a huge tourist attraction, and the thing everyone does, I wanted to see it. Up close. So our group negotiated a water taxi fare for five adults and two children and headed out towards end of the peninsula.
The trip in the water taxi doesn’t take long at all, within ten minutes you’re encroaching upon the beginning of the photo opportunities that surround, and culminate in, El Arco. First up is Lover’s Beach, a stretch of sand tucked in the rocks and only reachable by boat.
Continuing along towards El Arco, our captain pointed out another natural feature, Window to the Pacific. Nestled deep in a wall of rocks, there is a natural tunnel, ever so slim, from which you can see the Pacific while floating in the bay. It’s so slender, and requires you to be at just the right angle, that it’s almost a blink-and-you-miss-it event.
We passed more beautiful rocks, as walls and singular pedestals, reaching toward the sky.
Finally you reach El Arco. And it’s every bit as magnificent as you hoped it would be.
Everyone loves this natural beauty. Including a large colony of sea lions. They barked hello to the tourists and made sure we’d all gotten enough photos. Lovely fellows, those sea lions. Unbelievably stinky – even at a distance – but still, nice guys.
After everyone on our water taxi had been able to get a photo of themselves with El Arco in the background (which may or may not have nearly overturned said water taxi several times), we went around the back of The Arch and got a look at Divorce Beach (similar to Lover’s Beach, but on the other side of the rocks).
We then cruised past Land’s End, upon which two pelicans sat guard. Land’s End earned it’s name by being the the last visible ground of the Baja California Peninsula. If one headed directly south from Land’s End, one would not reach land again until touching the South Pole.
Upon reaching the beach from which we started, we gathered up the rest of our group and headed to lunch at The Office, which is an institution nearly as famous as El Arco. Although there are some tables under the roof of the actual building, the majority of seating is directly on the sand between The Office and the water. No need to worry about the sun while you’re treating yourself to a fresh lunch, however, for the outdoor area is covered by a canopy of blue umbrellas.
Whether it was happy hour, or they always have two-for-one drinks, I’m not certain. But this is what my initial round of beverages looked like.
The group ordered chips, salsa (pico de gallo, which I’m pretty sure I could live off of) and guacamole. They disappeared quickly. I chose Shrimp Tacos with Cheese – stuffed with shrimp with monterey cheese sauteed with onions, tomatoes, and green peppers, and served with rice, beans, and guacamole. I was so excited about the food that I inadvertently ate one of the shrimpies before taking a picture. My apologies. Everything I ate at The Office was phenomenal. Fresh, simple and delicious.
There were also musicians wandering through The Office, serenading guests. They played Brown Eyed Girl for our table, much to the delight of one of our youngest members.
The Office on the Beach may be popular, but it’s popular for darn good reason. The food, location and atmosphere can’t be beat. Go! Go NOW!
Still haven’t gotten enough Cabo? More Mexico photos still to come!