Arch of Cabo San Lucas (El Arco)
Arch of Cabo San Lucas (El Arco)
Arch of Cabo San Lucas (El Arco)

Arch of Cabo San Lucas (El Arco) Tours and Tickets

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A signature landmark of Los Cabos, El Arco de Cabo San Lucas—known locally as simply “El Arco” or “the Arch”—is a limestone arch carved by time, tide, and wind. The natural attraction runs down to the water’s edge at Land’s End, the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas (which itself is at the southern end of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula) and into the Sea of Cortez. From a distance, the rock formation looks like a dragon; up close, the arch frames sky, sea, and sand for prime photos.

  • Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23450

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SylwiaPaulina_N, Nov 2023
Highlight of our days in Cabo
Our tour guide outdid himself to make sure we (especially my 10-yr-old) soaked in the experience, even swimming for him during the snorkeling. The transport was clean and prompt; a lot of pride is taken by the drivers. Our contact was communicative and effective. And of course, the scenery is gorgeous. Even if you are a novice kayaker, it's worth trying! .
pauline_Y, Nov 2023
Beautiful day and our skipper was funny & knowledgeable!
Love it! The boat was clean and the ride was good, & we were lucky that we were the only one booked for that time, so it was like a private tour!
Steve_R, Nov 2023
Cleanest boat on the 7 seas
The crew was very attentive, the service was fantastic and the boat was kept very clean. The dinner was satisfying and the drinks never stopped flowing. It was a great time for us and our friends.
Justin_M, Nov 2023
Memorable Sunset Cruise
The attentive crew was sublime, the ship was clean and spacious, the food was great! It was just an overall wonderful experience with fun music and dancing!
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Q:How do I get to El Arco?
A:El Arco can be reached by boat from the dock in Cabo San Lucas and other departure points such as Medano Beach. Various trips depart for El Arco from both spots, including small speedboat rides, glass-bottom boat trips, private yachts, and convenient water taxis.
Q:Can you walk to El Arco?
A:No, you cannot walk to El Arco. El Arco is a rock formation located at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula. While there are several nearby beaches, you can only truly admire the Arch of Cabo San Lucas from the water.
Q:How old is El Arco?
A:El Arco is likely millions of years old, and would have formed at the same time as the Baja Peninsula itself.
Q:Can you see the Cabo Arch from land?
A:No, but you can visit Lover's Beach or Divorce Beach, both of which are a short paddle from El Arco. Both beaches are only accessible by boat, however, so many tours combine a visit to the sandy shores with a detour to admire El Arco from the water.
Q:How long is the boat ride from Cabo San Lucas to the Arch?
A:Most boat tours from Cabo San Lucas to the Arch of Cabo San Lucas (El Arco) last anywhere from about 45 minutes to an hour. Tours aboard glass-bottom boats are a great option to see marine life, while sunset cruises—which typically take about two hours—are a hit with photographers.
Q:When can you walk through the Arch in Cabo San Lucas?
A:You can walk through the Arch in Cabo San Lucas during a special event that only takes place every few years. At this time, sand accumulates under the arch and the tide recedes enough that visitors can walk through it. (You still need to take a boat to get to the arch).
Q:What is the best time of day to visit the Arch of Cabo San Lucas?
A:The best time of day to visit the Arch of Cabo San Lucas is just before sunset, particularly if you want to take photos of the sun as it sets behind it. However, if you’re more interested in seeing sea life, come early in the day to avoid the crowds.
Q:How do you get to the Arch in Cabo San Lucas?
A:The only way to get to the Arch in Cabo is by watercraft. There are all sorts of water tours that make getting to the rock a breeze, from relaxed boat trips that take visitors from the marina to the arch and back again to kayaking and snorkeling tours.
Q:Can you see the Arch of Cabo from the beach?
A:No, you cannot see El Arco from the beach. Instead, you’ll need to hop aboard a boat and make your way out to the Arch of Cabo San Lucas. Group tours are the most economical option, but you can also take a private water taxi out to the rock formation.
Q:Can you paddleboard to the Arch in Cabo San Lucas?
A:Yes, you can paddleboard to the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, but it’s a good idea to go with a guide. Stand-up paddleboard tours not only help keep you safe, but they also generally include equipment like paddleboards, life jackets, and even extras, such as wet suits and snorkeling gear.