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Surfers enjoy the last of daylight at Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas, the popular Mexico tourist resort on the southern tip of Baja California Sur. (Oct. 18, 2009)

Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas, at the southern end of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, offers more than splendid beaches -- there's all sorts of adventures to be had, like off-road sightseeing, quaint towns, cactii and boating.

Surfers enjoy the last of daylight at Medano
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Surfers enjoy the last of daylight at Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas, the popular Mexico tourist resort on the southern tip of Baja California Sur. (Oct. 18, 2009)

Kayakers paddle near El Arco (The Arch) in
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Kayakers paddle near El Arco (The Arch) in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Some say the distinctive rock looks like a dinosaur bending down to drink, and put Cabo on the map. (Feb. 25, 2009)

Glass-bottom tour boats in Cabo San Lucas, Baja
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Glass-bottom tour boats in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, are one way to see El Arco. When cruise ships are in port, the tour boats are busy. (Feb. 25, 2009)

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Hotels line the hillsides of the beaches in
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Hotels line the hillsides of the beaches in Cabo San Lucas, at the tip of Baja California Sur, Mexico. Just off the shore is a 20,000-year-old coral reef in the marine-rich Gulf of California. (June 23, 2010)

Hummers take to the back roads and hills
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Hummers take to the back roads and hills behind Cabo San Lucas that run up the center of Baja California Sur, Mexico. (undated)

The landlubber's way to enjoy El Arco, Medano
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The landlubber's way to enjoy El Arco, Medano Bay and the evening sunsets is from the tiered terraces of Ristorante DaGiorgio II, a few kilometers east of Cabo San Lucas. Cabo sits at the southern tip of Baja California Sur, Mexico. (Feb. 23, 2004)

Lover's Beach is located on the Sea of
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Lover's Beach is located on the Sea of Cortez side of Land's End at Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. (Dec. 30, 2010)

Rigoberto Rodriguez hits his tee shot on the
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Rigoberto Rodriguez hits his tee shot on the par 3 16th seaside hole at Cabo Real near Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. (July 18, 2007)

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Palmilla Chapel in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California
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Palmilla Chapel in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, sits high on a hill overlooking the ocean, surrounded by tropical palms and vibrant bougainvillea. (undated)

Terrycloth-clad lounges, pillows and double towels await poolside
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Terrycloth-clad lounges, pillows and double towels await poolside guests at the Palmilla resort in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. (2004)

Surfers and dogs alike take advantage of the
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Surfers and dogs alike take advantage of the waves at the almost deserted Playa Los Cerritos, about seven miles south of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, and about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas. Depending on the time of year, the beach is a surfer's paradise with long waves whose curl rarely breaks. (2002)

Downtown Todos Santos in Baja California Sur, Mexico,
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Downtown Todos Santos in Baja California Sur, Mexico, is built around a square, as is traditional with Mexican towns. In the background stands the newly renovated local theatre. Todos Santos is about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas. (2002)

In the winter, visitors to the small town
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In the winter, visitors to the small town of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, gather on the beaches to watch the gray whales that migrate along the Baja peninsula. Todos Santos is on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula, and is about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas. (Feb. 2, 2007)

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Colorful plates fill the wall of the curio
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Colorful plates fill the wall of the curio shop Mar y Sol in downtown Todos Santos in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Todos Santos is a small town about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas, on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula. (Feb. 18, 2010)

Pelicans and other birds enjoy uncrowded sand at
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Pelicans and other birds enjoy uncrowded sand at La Cachora Beach near downtown Todos Santos in Baja California Sur, Mexico. (Feb. 18, 2010)

Texas visitors salute Hotel California in Todos Santos,
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Texas visitors salute Hotel California in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Todos Santos is on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas. (July 21, 2007)

The famous Hotel California is seen at twilight
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The famous Hotel California is seen at twilight in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Todos Santos is on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas. (July 21, 2007)

Barrel cactus grows on the back road out
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Barrel cactus grows on the back road out of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. (Dec. 30, 2010)

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