Historic Cabo San Lucas

Plaza Amelia Wilkes is the town's main square, and it's a funny hodgepodge, containing a gazebo, some giant chicken topiary, and a whale skeleton. Buildings on the streets facing the plaza are gradually being renovated to house restaurants and shops, and the picturesque neighborhood is miles more colorful than the touristy strip to the south. The Museo de Cabo San Lucas (tel. 624/105-0661; Mon 10am-noon, Tues-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-2pm and 4-8pm, Sun 4-8pm) is at the north side of the square at Lázaro Cárdenas 10; it's got exhibits on local natural history and archaeology and the remains of a prehistoric zebra. The Spanish missionary Nicolás Tamaral established the stone Iglesia de San Lucas (Church of San Lucas) on Calle Cabo San Lucas near Plaza Wilkes in 1730; a large bell in a stone archway commemorates the completion of the church in 1746. (If you visited the mission church in San José, you may remember Father Tamaral met his fate at the hands of Pericué people in a dispute over the church's ban on polygamy.)

Day Trips

Most local hotels and travel agencies can book day trips to the city of La Paz for around $60, including beverages and a tour of the countryside along the way. Usually there's a stop at the weaving shop of Fortunato Silva, who spins his own cotton and weaves it into wonderfully textured rugs and textiles. Day trips are also available to Todos Santos ($60), with a guided walking tour of the Cathedral Mission, museum, Hotel California, and various artists' homes. For more information,

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