Cabo San Lucas’ Plaza Amelia Wilkes

After a significant renovation, Cabo San Lucas’ main square, Plaza Amelia Wilkes, recently re-debuted in 2019 as one of the city’s most prettiest attractions for the local community and visitors alike.

The park is located right in the heart of Downtown, just a few blocks inland in from the marina, at kilometer 0 on the Baja Peninsula. Signaled with a large “KM. 0 – [Mexico Starts Here]” sign, it has become an iconic landmark that marks the very end of the highway that runs down the Baja Peninsula, 1,059 kilometers from the border.

Plaza Amelia Wilkes KM. 0

The plaza is of great historical and cultural value for Cabo San Lucas. It received its name in honor of Amelia Wilkes Ceseña, a local Baja woman who brought many public services to the city, such as electricity and water. With beautiful gardens planted between accessible pathways, the focal point of this park is a picture-perfect bandstand gazebo and the Museum of Natural History of Cabo San Lucas in its background.

A step inside the museum offers visitors insight to the geography and topography of the Southern Baja Peninsula. The exhibits on display speak about the local flora and fauna, paleontology and geobiology findings, and  the Pericu and Guaycura native groups which were some of the earliest inhabitants of Baja.

In addition to the museum, the plaza proudly hosts different cultural festivals and community events. You can find them listed in the upcoming events calendar or in the local English newspaper.  Every Friday evening, there is an event called “Viva la Plaza” offering live music, traditional Cabeño gastronomy, and local handicrafts. It also features various art displays with sculptures, paintings, and other artistic expressions.  

Plaza Amelia Wilkes

Bordering the park are some of Cabo San Lucas’ favorite hang-out spots and restaurants. The Cabo Coffee Company is a must-visit café with a unique, local roasted blend which also makes a great souvenir to bring back home. There are three inviting wine bars: Invitra Italian Bistro, The Los Cabos Winery, and DOC Wine Bar, each with outdoor seating overlooking the colorful plaza. And there is also a great Mexican restaurant, Mi Casa, that offers traditional cuisine with much of the ingredients grown on their organic farm just outside town.

The community is very proud of the new and improved Plaza Amelia Wilkes and invites everyone to visit and share in Cabo San Lucas’ history and traditions.

For more information, visit www.visitloscabos.travel

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Top Reasons to Visit Los Cabos for your Spring Vacation

Thinking about visiting Los Cabos? Los Cabos is a multi-city destination that has something for all types of travelers. Here are the top reasons why this special destination should be your next vacation destination this spring.

1) Beaches
The tip of the Baja Sur Peninsula where Los Cabos is located spans coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez. The Pacific Ocean beaches are deep blue waters with wild and unpredictable waves while the Sea of Cortez offers tranquil blue-green bays and 19 Blue Flag certified beaches. Playa Chileno, Palmilla, and Santa Maria are said to be some of prettiest beaches in the world.

2) Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas is the main hub for travelers. Not only do cruise ships arrive to port here, but it also is home to the most famous landmark “El Arco” which is a unique rock formation that marks where the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean meet. During the day, the marina is bustling with fishing tours and snorkeling boats floating out, and at night the city exuberates with nightlife, music, and entertainment.

3) San Jose del Cabo
San Jose del Cabo is a traditional Mexican town with a rich history dating back to the 1700’s. The main plaza offers colonial charm and a laid-back community vibe, completely contrasting Cabo San Lucas. The historic district comes to life on Thursday evenings with colorful photo displays, open art galleries, and unique Mexican fashion boutiques.

4) The Corridor
Between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, there is a 20-mile stretch of coastline called “the corridor” where you will find not only some of Baja’s most beautiful beaches but also some of the country’s best and most luxurious hotels. So whether you’re looking to pitch a tent in a hidden cove along the Sea of Cortez, or prefer a sumptuous suite at a leading hotel, the corridor is where you’ll find home away from home.

5) Wildlife and Adventure
From breathtaking seas to desert and mountains, Los Cabos has rich biodiversity and thrilling ways to discover it.  In the water, snorkel with the sea life in Chileno Bay, scuba dive with sharks and manatrays in the East Cape, or kayak among the sea lions. On land, cruise through the rugged terrain on 4×4 ATV, zipline above the cacti desert to spot foxes and jackrabbits, or ride a camel along the shore to witness whales breaching.

To book your spring vacation to Los Cabos, see a travel professional. For more information, visit www.visitloscabos.travel

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